On the Unspeakable

The very thing that makes the reading of tarot cards a questionable undertaking for many people is also what makes it so effective: people only see what they want to see in the cards. The widespread acceptance of the rhetoric of “science” in the Western world has predisposed most of us to draw a sharp, unbridgeable line between the caprice and vanity of our desires and the immutable laws of nature as revealed by the scientific method. We have been trained for centuries to believe that any truth that we can possibly establish from what we observe in the world can only come as a result of banishing as completely as possible subjective opinions and desires from our interpretations

The praying mantis is the oldest symbol of God: the African Bushman’s manifestation of God come to Earth, “the voice of the infinite in the small,” a divine messenger. When one is seen diviners try to determine the current message. In this culture they are also associated with restoring life into the dead. “Mantis” is the Greek word for “prophet” or “seer,” a being with spiritual or mystical powers. Meet the eye of a mantis and feel the presence of God. Interspecies communicator Sharon Callahan says, “the I of me, and the I of the creature became one and we rested on the breath of God.” She notes that a praying mantis appears sometimes in person, other times in a dream or even in an object of art, but always with the “shiny conscious eye ~ God looking at me through the eye of the Mantis.” The praying mantis shows the way. In the Arabic and Turkish cultures a mantis points pilgrims to Mecca, the holiest site in the Islamic world. In Africa it helps find lost sheep and goats. In France, it’s believed that if you are lost the mantis points the way home. “Follow Mantis” means putting that core aspect of yourself, your foundation of Spirit, at the helm and let it direct your intellect and ultimately your life.

In a Lonely Place (1950)

In a Lonely Place (1950)

One of the more unlikely solos in music history was recorded live on July 16, 1986, during a performance in Tokyo by the fusion-jazz supergroup Steps Ahead. The footage is worth watching, even if fusion isn’t your thing. Saxophonist Michael Brecker stands center stage, not with a sax but with an oboe-like instrument that looks as if it had been plucked from a Cubist painting. His fingers rest on silver buttons attached to a skinny black box with no discernible wind passage, and in his mouth is a stem wrapped in a rainbow sports band. Brecker performs a series of ambient tones — from chimes to otherworldly trumpets to squalls of white noise — that to modern ears harks back to the Nintendo era. But the instrument sings, the mood building to a tension that is released only when he triggers a drum machine and starts jamming over the beat. (via [Postcard] | Virtualsity, by Michael Barron | Harper’s Magazine)

One of the more unlikely solos in music history was recorded live on July 16, 1986, during a performance in Tokyo by the fusion-jazz supergroup Steps Ahead. The footage is worth watching, even if fusion isn’t your thing. Saxophonist Michael Brecker stands center stage, not with a sax but with an oboe-like instrument that looks as if it had been plucked from a Cubist painting. His fingers rest on silver buttons attached to a skinny black box with no discernible wind passage, and in his mouth is a stem wrapped in a rainbow sports band. Brecker performs a series of ambient tones — from chimes to otherworldly trumpets to squalls of white noise — that to modern ears harks back to the Nintendo era. But the instrument sings, the mood building to a tension that is released only when he triggers a drum machine and starts jamming over the beat. (via [Postcard] | Virtualsity, by Michael Barron | Harper’s Magazine)

Road Not Taken isn’t a game about harrowing moral decisions like The Walking Dead or Gods Will Be Watching. It’s more of a puzzle / strategy game, where each in-game year you have to save a group of children stranded in a forest. But it’s also a game about life, and how you can’t always do everything you want no matter how hard you try. I had saved five of the six children stranded in the woods, but due to a stupid error I trapped the last behind some immovable stones. I couldn’t save her. There was nothing I could do. The mayor was happy that I rescued most of the children, but that didn’t make it any better. Who could be happy about leaving a kid to die?

Although their personalities were in many ways opposite, Mayer being more outspoken and nearly twice the younger man’s age, Thalberg was hired as vice president in charge of production at Louis B. Mayer Productions. Years later, Mayer’s daughter, Irene Mayer Selznick, recalled that “it was hard to believe anyone that boyish could be so important.”[1]:47 According to Flamini, Thalberg was hired because, although Mayer was an astute businessman, “what he lacked was Thalberg’s almost unerring ability to combine quality with commercial success, to bring artistic aspiration in line with the demands of the box office.”[1]:47 Mayer’s company subsequently merged with two others to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), with the 24-year-old Thalberg made part-owner and accorded the same position as vice president in charge of production. Three years after the merger, MGM became the most successful studio in Hollywood. (via Irving Thalberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Although their personalities were in many ways opposite, Mayer being more outspoken and nearly twice the younger man’s age, Thalberg was hired as vice president in charge of production at Louis B. Mayer Productions. Years later, Mayer’s daughter, Irene Mayer Selznick, recalled that “it was hard to believe anyone that boyish could be so important.”[1]:47 According to Flamini, Thalberg was hired because, although Mayer was an astute businessman, “what he lacked was Thalberg’s almost unerring ability to combine quality with commercial success, to bring artistic aspiration in line with the demands of the box office.”[1]:47 Mayer’s company subsequently merged with two others to become Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), with the 24-year-old Thalberg made part-owner and accorded the same position as vice president in charge of production. Three years after the merger, MGM became the most successful studio in Hollywood. (via Irving Thalberg - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)


If Andromeda were brighter, this is how it would look in our night sky. They’re all out there, we just can’t see them
Distance to Earth: 2,538,000 light years

If Andromeda were brighter, this is how it would look in our night sky.
They’re all out there, we just can’t see them

Distance to Earth: 2,538,000 light years

(Source: laughing-treees, via infinity-imagined)

infinity-imagined:

Comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko, imaged by the Rosetta spacecraft in August 2014.  Rosetta is the first spacecraft to orbit a comet, it has been traveling for more than 10 years to reach 67P, which is currently between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.  Later this year Rosetta will deploy a lander named Philae to the surface of the comet to determine its composition.  Observations of 67P will continue through its closest approach to the Sun in August 2015, revealing the changes that occur as the temperature of the comet increases.

(Source: esa.int)

humansofnewyork:

"Going through life without God is like being an astronaut tumbling out of control in outer space. You grab on to this, but it breaks, and you tumble some more. Every time you lose something that you tried to hold on to— your marriage, your job, your mom— you start tumbling even faster. So you’ve got to stay close. You can’t cut your umbilical cord. But you don’t have to go to church. God is everywhere. God is that blade of grass trying to come up through the concrete. So many people go to church, and leave church, not even realizing that they are the church. You just need to make a determination in your mind that you want to find and believe in the truth."

humansofnewyork:

"Going through life without God is like being an astronaut tumbling out of control in outer space. You grab on to this, but it breaks, and you tumble some more. Every time you lose something that you tried to hold on to— your marriage, your job, your mom— you start tumbling even faster. So you’ve got to stay close. You can’t cut your umbilical cord. But you don’t have to go to church. God is everywhere. God is that blade of grass trying to come up through the concrete. So many people go to church, and leave church, not even realizing that they are the church. You just need to make a determination in your mind that you want to find and believe in the truth."