You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.

by Mary Oliver. 

"Wild Geese ”

(via abiding-in-peace)

look at that strut

oh queen

And my body slopes toward yours no matter how level the ground.

—Rosmarie Waldrop, from “Conversation 2” in Curves to the Apple (via proustitute)


I was lucky to be on an airplane the other day, in a windowseat, facing west, with a plastic cup of seltzer water and a camera..There is a different quality to the light up there, so much closer to the source

this just made me giggle so hard

White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement.

—(via athousandsweetkissies)

A German officer visited Picasso in his Paris studio during the Second World War. There he saw Guernica and, shocked at the modernist chaos of the painting, asked Picasso: “Did you do this?” Picasso calmly replied: “No, you did this.” 


René Magritte (1898-1967) - A masquerade ball (Le Bal Masqué), 1958


THE HEMIHELIX: Scientists discover a new shape while messing around with rubber bands.  Warning: perversions are involved.

Figure 1. Illustration of a helix (top), a hemihelix with one perversion marked by an arrow (middle) and a hemihelix with multiple perversions (bottom).  The scale bar is 5 cm for each image. Credit: Jiangshui Huang

Figure 2. Sequence of operations leading to the spontaneous creation of hemihelices and helices.  Credit: Jia Liu

  • Starting with two long elastomer strips of different lengths,
  • the shorter one is stretched to the same length as the other.
  • While the stretching force, P, is maintained,
  • the two strips are joined side-by-side.
  • Then, as the force is slowly released,
  • the bi-strip twists and bends to create either a helix or a hemihelix. 

Figure 4. Snapshots recorded from the finite element simulations, illustrating the formation of (A) a helix, (B) a hemihelix with single perversion and (C) a hemihelix with 12 perversions.


Jia Liu, Jiangshui Huang, Tianxiang Su, Katia Bertoldi, David R. Clarke:
"Structural Transition from Helices to Hemihelices  in the journal PLoS ONE — 23 April 2014

Nature abounds with complex, three-dimensional shapes. Of these, the helix and spiral are amongst the most ubiquitous, often emerging during growth from initially straight or flat 2-D configurations. For instance, initially straight roots form helical shapes while attempting to penetrate more compact soils.

NOTE:  Something is said to be chiral if it is not identical in shape to its mirror image; the simplest example is the human hand. 

Similarly, as seed pods open, a chirality-creating mechanism turns an initially flat pod valve into a helix. In other instances, the chirality can switch during growth as noted by Asa Gray and Darwin in their studies of plant tendrils. They noted that as a growing plant tendril circumnutates [that is, twists around] it can attach to another object and then, being fixed at both ends, its chirality reverses in between to maintain its topology as it continues to grow.

This reversal of chirality - often referred to as a perversion - forms what we term here a simple hemihelix. More generally, we introduce the term hemihelix to describe multiple reversals in chirality connected by perversions

Read more about this in a general way at News …

For the math and a lot of discussion, go to PLoS ONE

La Grande Tapisserie (The Great Tapestry) by Julien des Monstiers, 2013.

I don’t let go of my concepts. I meet them with understanding. Then they let go of me.

—Byron Katie (via beherenowandzen)


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light splaying out, in a wonderful & gifworthy type of motion