Saturday, June 06, 2009

Luminescent Japanese Fungi

Originally uploaded by thatwhichfalls
During the season of rains in certain regions of Japan, the forests begin to fill with small lights: in the trunks of the trees and the humid ground hundreds of bioluminescent fungi grow, that thanks to a chemical reaction produced by an enzyme, emit a light that shines in a greenish tone.

The Nebraska Figure Skater Meets the Pakistani Child Psychiatrist at the Jewish Christmas Carol Party While Eating Latkes in South Manchester

When it’s 7 inches thick,
you can really let rip.
I tell you, a double-axle
is better than two orgasms.

I prefer Hebrew for getting through.
The kids are mostly Jewish, anyway.
Don’t you think samosas would have been
a better choice for bridging gaps tonight?

Yeah, the Red Sea, the Indus, the Platte
and then there’s Jesus, walking on the water.
If kids could skate on thick Nebraska ice,
I know they’d be safe as houses.

All I’d have to do is sharpen their blades
and never even have to shrink them.
Hey, don’t you wish we had the words
to all these songs in front of us?

Not really. We can manage.
Fa la la la la,,,!

Linda Chase

Friday, June 05, 2009

The First Figure

Originally uploaded by thatwhichfalls
All things are implied by this figure, for instance we can say: "God is good, great and eternal etc. and angels are good, great and durable, and avarice is not good but evil," and so forth.
from Ars Magna by Ramon Lull

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Ancient Antarctic Mountains Found Under Miles of Ice

Millions of years ago, rivers ran in Antarctica through craggy mountain valleys that were strangely similar to the modern European Alps, Chinese and British scientists reported on Wednesday.

In a study published by the British journal Nature, the scientists described a vast terrain that had been hidden beneath ice up to two miles thick for eons, until new imaging technology recently uncovered them.


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Portuguese man-of-straw: The jellyfish crop circle that appeared in Kingstone Coombes, Oxfordshire, earlier this week

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

The Glass Chain

The Glass Chain or Crystal Chain sometimes known as the "Utopian Correspondence" (German: Die Gläserne Kette) was a chain letter that took place between November 1919 and December 1920. It was a correspondence of architects that formed a basis of expressionist architecture in Germany. It was initiated by Bruno Taut.

They published texts on this subject and built the Glass Pavilion at the 1914 Werkbund exhibition. Inscribed around the base of the dome were aphoristic sayings about the material, penned by the Scheerbart.

"Coloured glass destroys hatred","Without a glass palace life is a burden","Glass brings us a new era, building in brick only does us harm"- Paul Scheerbart, inscriptions on the 1914 Werkbund Glass Pavilion

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Knightslow Wood 2

Originally uploaded by thatwhichfalls
Both the Hall and the Park are steeped in history and local legend. Sir Piers Legh who fought at Agincourt is said to have been buried in Knightslow Wood. His lover, who is said to haunt the wood, is called the White Lady of Lyme. The hall was visited by the Duke of York (later James II) in 1676.


Knightslow Wood

KnightsLow Wood
Originally uploaded by thatwhichfalls
Round Barrow in Cheshire

According to the County Sites and Monuments Record, Knights Low Wood in the care of the National Trust on the Lyme Estate, is a barrow hot spot, home to a number of Bronze Age mounds.

This third mound may be one of three possible barrows discussed by Marriott in his Antiquities of Lyme in 1810:‘3 small tumuli, just beyond the wall which forms the partition of the calf-croft from the Knight’s Low. These are not particularly striking, yet have character enough in them to warrant the supposition that they may be composed for small barrows or sepulchres.’


Monday, June 01, 2009

The cloud with no name

Originally uploaded by thatwhichfalls
They have been seen all over Britain in different forms - from Snowdonia to the Scottish Highlands - and in other parts of the world such as New Zealand, but usually break up without producing a storm. And some experts believe the stormy weather phenomenon deserves its very own classification.

Experts at the Royal Meteorological Society are now attempting to make it official by naming it 'Asperatus' after the Latin word for 'rough'.

If they are successful, it would be the first variety of cloud formation to be given a new label in over half a century