August 17th, 2006

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Vapor Trails!!

My brother sends this on vapor trails.


I recently saw a climatologist interviewed regarding the affects of vapor trails and it seems they too are contributing mightily to global warming.  If you watch just a single one it spreads out dramatically and does not go away quickly.  When you consider how many miles the average jet travels combined with how many planes are actually up there, they are now seeing how significant the affects really are.  He said that immediately following 9/11 after all planes had been grounded they were shocked to see how dramatic the affects of vapor trails were from only 10 or 12 fighter planes in the sky at that time as they observed from satellites in space.  Prior to that they had not distinguished between the vapor trails and normal cloud cover but when the cross country traffic was reduced to so few planes, they could witness precisely what a dramatic affect each individual plane was having.

Well, that is interesting.  I enjoyed the trail, and slow disintegration of a vapor trail yesterday, that wonderful mark walking across the sky, and, now, I learn it may not be so innocent, and, I was aware of that, even as I watched.  I knew a noisy jet was making the trail, and yet, all was silent for a moment.  I played with the image, like I do clouds in the sky.    I am reminded now of Blake's poems of Innocence and Experience.   Each moment is both.   We have two eyes.

These are the two most famous poems in Blake's study of Innocence and Experience, but there are many more.   Check out:

   Little Lamb, who make thee
   Dost thou know who made thee,
 Gave thee life, and bid thee feed
 By the stream and o'er the mead;
 Gave thee clothing of delight,
 Softest clothing, wolly, bright;
 Gave thee such a tender voice,
 Making all the vales rejoice?
   Little Lamb, who made thee?
   Dost thou know who made thee?
   Little Lamb, I'll tell thee;
   Little Lamb, I'll tell thee:
 He is called by thy name,
 For He calls Himself a Lamb
 He is meek, and He is mild,
 He became a little child.
 I a child, and thou a lamb,
 We are called by His name.
   Little Lamb, God bless thee!
   Little Lamb, God bless thee!


 Tiger, tiger, burning bright
 In the forest of the night,
 What immortal hand or eye
 Could Frame thy fearful symmetry?
 In what distant deeps or skies
 Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
 On what wings dare he aspire?
 What the hand dare seize the fire?
 And what shoulder and what art
 Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
 And, when thy heart began to beat,
 What dread hand and what dread feet?
 What the hammer?  what the chain?
 In what furnace was thy brain?
 What the anvil? what dread grasp
 Dare its deadly terrors clasp?
 When the stars threw down their spears,
 And watered heaven with their tears,
 Did he smile his work to see?
 Did he who made the lamb make thee?
 Tiger, tiger, burning bright
 In the forests of the night,
 What immortal hand or eye
 Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


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The world is nuts!

This morning, Jane and I were using our writing time to work  with when I wrote of having no eyelashes, and how clearly I was able to see without their flickering beam.  

Now, I read in the NY Times that eyebrows are "in" to match the new, clunky fashions of fall.  Eyebrows plucked too thin?  There is this option.

    "For those with very sparse brows, some salons offer eyebrow extensions. At LuxLash on Newbury Street in Boston, for example, Suzanne Cats, the owner, thickens brows by gluing a tiny fiber onto each existing hair. The process, which costs $75 to $250, can take 45 minutes to two hours and the false eyebrow effect lasts two weeks, she said. She also offers brow prosthetics — hairpieces for the eyebrows — in 20 different shapes and shades."

How can we talk now about Nero fiddling while Rome burned? I hate to be judgemental, but this has to be the straw.  Are we really going to allow the fashion industry to dictate our eyebrows?   It sounds like this fall's fashions are nothing to get excited about, so peek into your closet,  pull out what you wore last year, and be content with the caterpillars that augment your eyes to butterfly.   Be all stages now!

Now, I feel guilty.  According to Wikipedia and other sources, Nero did not fiddle while Rome burned.  The fiddle wasn't even invented at that time.  Instead, and this is from Wikipedia today. 

    Nero was away at Antium when the fire started and did not return until the fire had begun to threaten his palace. He began a rather large relief measure; he housed citizens in the remaining public buildings and his own gardens, built temporary shelters, imported food and water, and lowered the price of food. However, by this time rumours were already beginning that he started the fire himself.

    Nero was an unpopular emperor – he was said to be violent, often out of control, and reputedly enjoyed singing, and did so, quite to the dismay of his guests. A rumour spread that had him singing of the burning of Troy as Rome was on fire. The facts of this myth are inconsistent: Tacitus had reported that the rumour was started during the Great Fire itself and that Nero was accordingly singing in his private theatre, despite being in Antium at the time. Suetonius says he was watching from the Tower of Maecenas, and another source puts it at the roof of his palace. Still, these rumours quickly worked against Nero, and, along with other facts, made a wide margin of his citizens come to believe that the fire was ordered by him for political intent or mere amusement.

    Similarly, many associate the Great Fire with the image of Nero merrily playing his fiddle as Rome burns, obviously inspired out of the ancient anecdote that Nero 'fiddled while Rome burned'. In truth, this is an idiom. The musical instrument was invented many centuries later; to fiddle at that time merely meant to squander needlessly away the time in vain, as is still a popular use of the word today.

    To ease suspicions against him, Nero gave banquets for his people and made tributes to the gods, but eventually opted to use Christians as a scapegoat when other measures did not work. There is no hard evidence of who or what actually caused the Great Fire of Rome, although fires were very common in Rome at the time. Rome was rebuilt after the fire and Nero played a large role in the reconstruction, including establishing fire codes for the first time in Rome; it was then that the building of his famous Domus Aurea palace began.

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The loveliest of days -

I am sitting with the name "Chris Bliss."  Is that a perfect name, or what?   Could you watch it and not move your shoulders and arms?   I hope you turned up the sound.

Twenty years ago I bought an inflatable snake at Nature Conservancy and wrapped it around and through the flowing strands of a Philodendrum.  The two intertwined all this time.  I am realizing now the plant and basket are also over twenty years old.   Today, Bella and Tiger discovered the snake, and it has now deflated, molted and moved on.   For years, I would wash it, and blow it back up, and think it really should move on, but there was nothing wrong with it, and I liked it, and, now, I think it is nice to have the place less cluttered.   Bella and Tiger are helping me on my next step of stirring up energy, and letting go.  It is a very good thing.   They continue to be cute and sweet as can be, and they have learned to stay off the kitchen table, and they are mainly scratching their scratching areas.  They are very intelligent cats.  : )