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November 11, 2019

Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell live: "The Long Black Veil"

They performed his song "The Long Black Veil' on the first episode of "The Johnny Cash Show" on June 17, 1969.

Other guests were Bob Dylan and Doug Kershaw.

November 11, 2019 at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

A visit to Dikson, Russia

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From EnglishRussia:

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Dikson is the most northern port in Russia and one of the northernmost settlements in the world.

In most major settlements north of the Arctic Circle, there is still substantial twilight during the polar night at midday.

Dikson is located so far north that one may experience complete darkness with no twilight from the 8th of December to the 5th of January.

Dickson is also one of the most isolated settlements in the world.

The village was named after a Swedish explorer, Baron Oscar Dikson, who sailed on numerous voyages along Russia's remote Siberian coast.

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The most common transport is a cross-country vehicle (above).

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The easiest way to travel to Dikson is by helicopter.

Dikson's inhabitants call their settlement the "Capital of the Arctic," a name taken from a popular Soviet song.

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Many more pictures and descriptions here.

November 11, 2019 at 02:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

"The Writing of Stones" — Roger Caillois

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From Wanderlustmind:

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Surrealist and sociologist Roger Caillois was known for his writings on biomimicry — especially within the insect world — pareidolia, and lithic scrying.

His latter interest provided us with "The Writing of Stones," a book in which he unravels the "unfathomable graphic madness" etched onto the rocks contained within the "archives of geology."

Each chapter of the book is dedicated to a species of rock — in each he channels ever increasingly dense, extravagant, and at times morbid tales from the authorless inscriptions each stone contains.

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"Life appears: a complex dampness, destined to an intricate future and charged with secret virtues, capable of challenge and creation. A kind of precarious slime, of surface mildew, in which a ferment is already working. A turbulent, spasmodic sap, a presage and expectation of a new way of being, breaking with mineral perpetuity and boldly exchanging it for the doubtful privilege of being able to tremble, decay, and multiply."

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About the book, from the flaps:

"The Writing of Stones" is a fascinating meditation on the human imagination contemplating the interior of stones. Caillois examines patterns that are revealed by polishing sections of minerals such as agate, jasper, and onyx. He considers the impact these configurations have had upon the human imagination throughout history and he reviews man's attempt to categorize and explain them.

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Marguerite Yourcenar [in her introduction] points out that "there had taken place in [his] intellect the equivalent of the Copernican revolution: man was no longer the center of the universe, except in the sense that the center is everywhere; man, like all the rest, was a cog in the whole system of turning wheels. Quite early on, having entered 'the forbidden laboratories,’ Caillois applied himself to the study of diagonals which link the species, of the recurrent phenomena that act, so to speak as a matrix of forms." Caillois found the presence throughout the universe of a sensibility and a consciousness analogous to our own. One way which this consciousness expresses itself is in a "natural fantasy" that is evident in the pictures found in stones. Man's own aesthetic may then be no more than one of many manifestations of an all-pervasive aesthetic that reveals itself in the natural world.

Read or browse the 1970 book in its entirety here.

Free, the way we like it.

November 11, 2019 at 12:01 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)

The transit of Mercury is happening as you read these words

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It started at 7:35 am ET today and ends at 1:05 p.m.

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The next one occurs in 2032.

Superb interactive New York Times article here.

November 11, 2019 at 10:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

Highlighters with See-Through Tips

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From websites:

These markers push the tip out to the end of a clear piece of plastic,

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so you can see precisely where you're highlighting.

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The only visual obstruction is the thin straw feeding the water-based ink out to the felt.

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The wide, flat cap means it can stand up on your desk.

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Set of 5: $14.50.

November 11, 2019 at 08:01 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)

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