"No one could call him a liar. And this was mainly because the lie was in his head, and any truth coming from his mouth carried the colour of a lie."
East of Eden, John Steinbeck
"The immense distances to the stars and the galaxies mean that we see everything in space in the past – some as they were before the Earth came to be. Telescopes are time machines."
Carl Sagan (via we-are-star-stuff)
Sergio Leone and Clint Eastwood on-set of The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966)
The lithosphere as literature, the aesthetics of the asthenosphere, and Pangaea as a pop-up book. It’s a tactile tectonics lesson!
It’s hard to believe, but the now-common idea that the Earth’s crust (and the continents upon it) are surfing along waves of hot mantle was only put forth by Alfred Wegener about 100 years ago, and not widely accepted by scientists until the 1950’s!
(Educators: Check out the full lesson at TED-Ed)
- me: has no more room on the shelf
- me: has an empty bank
- me: has a thousand other books to read
- me: buys more
Experiencing the extreme polarities of feeling both overwhelmingly humoured and also fascinated by the courtship displays in birds of paradise. They are hilarious but oh my gosh sexual selection wow.
"It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any."
Hugh Laurie (via topkun)
"Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster."
Friedrich Nietzsche, Beyond Good and Evil (via therecipe)
i can’t help but feel it’s too late for that.
Complex works of the Venezuelan artist Rafael Araujo
Math, meet nature. Nature, meet math. You guys should hang out more.
I will forever be imaging DNA as a helix of butterflies now.
Previously: Check out Nikki Graziano’s mathematical landscapes, one of the most original landscape photo series I’ve ever seen.