Κυριακή, 24 Ιουνίου 2012

Transit of Venus


First (?) observation of the transit of Venus, by William Crabtree in 1639

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Πέμπτη, 14 Ιουνίου 2012

Τετάρτη, 13 Ιουνίου 2012

Ημέρα Θεά




First light with my new Point Grey Research grasshopper camera. Some flaring was seen in the black regions amidst the long filament at upper left.
This image received some wide distribution courtesy Jason Major at Discovery News and from BuzzFeed.
April 7, 2012/ captured with Little Big Man, PGR Grasshopper camera
© Alan Friedman | all rights reserved







Τρίτη, 12 Ιουνίου 2012

Κυριακή, 10 Ιουνίου 2012

Tool, lateralus

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Tool, lateralus


Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
lets me see.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
drawn beyond the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment drawing way outside the lines.
Black then white are all I see in my infancy.
red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me.
lets me see there is so much more
and beckons me to look through to these infinite possibilities.
As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
drawn outside the lines of reason.
Push the envelope. Watch it bend.
Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.
Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind.
Feed my will to feel this moment urging me to cross the line.
Reaching out to embrace the random.
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come.
I embrace my desire to
feel the rhythm, to feel connected
enough to step aside and weep like a widow
to feel inspired, to fathom the power,
to witness the beauty, to bathe in the fountain,
to swing on the spiral
of our divinity and still be a human.
With my feet upon the ground I lose myself
between the sounds and open wide to suck it in,
I feel it move across my skin.
I'm reaching up and reaching out,
I'm reaching for the random or what ever will bewilder me.
And following our will and wind we may just go where no one's been.
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been.
Spiral out. Keep going, going...

This song is saying to think like a spiral, not like a straight line. It also refers to the spiral as a kind of shape that represents our divinity and soul. The spiral is the visual version of the Fibonacci Sequence, which is the ongoing pattern in the song (explanation at bottom). The song is also about trying to become more spiritually aware and connected with the universe and the collective consciousness.

"Black, then, white are, all I see, in my infancy"

This line refers to the basic colors of humanity, and how in ignorance, we only see the basic.

"Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me; lets me see"

This line refers to developing as a society into a more intelligent and more aware people. When we start to look deep within and push the boundaries that we know ("push the envelope; watch it bend"), then it will "let us see". We will see more of ourselves and the universe than we thought existed in our ignorance.

"I embrace my desire to... ...swing on the spiral of our divinity and still be a human"

Once we start to realize our own divinity and our connection with the universe and each other through swinging on the spiral, we may be the same physically and individually, but not mentally, spiritually, or as a whole.

Only when we stop over-thinking and overanalyzing will our minds and spirituality truly be one.

Maynard James Keenan said himself: "A circle is the reflection of infinity; it has no beginning, no end, and theres no way to tell one part apart from another. When you lay circles on top of each other, you get a spiral."

"There is so much more and, beckons me, to look through to these INFINITE possibilities"

When you think past what we know, our "black and white", there are infinite possibilities.

So spiral out, and keep going. You may just go where no one's been.

FIBONACCI PATTERN IN SONG:
Count the syllable groups in the verse. "Black - then - white are - all I see - in my infancy - red and yellow then came to be - reaching out to me - lets me see"
1 - 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 8 - 5 - 3
The Fibonacci Sequence is a sequence in which any number, except the first two, is the sum of the previous two numbers. This is that pattern. The pattern continues in other parts of the verse and the song. The drum beats also follow that pattern.

The singing in the song starts at approximately 1.618 minutes into the song. This number is the Golden Ratio, or the divine proportion. It is found in all forms of life and nature throughout the universe. This number is closely related to the Fibonacci Sequence mathematically.

The chorus of the song moves from 9/8 to 8/8 to 7/8, time signature-wise. 987 is the 17th step of the Fibonacci Sequence.

This all may seem kind of random. Let me explain. The idea of the song is spiraling out, riding the spiral, etc. The entire song is based on the idea that our divinity and the way we should live is like a spiral, and we should ride it. In other words, over-thinking and overanalyzing separate the body from the mind. Our body, mind, and soul should be one. When the Fibonacci Sequence is graphed out, it is represented as a slowly expanding spiral.

Tool - Lateralus (Lyrics and Meaning) 

 


Κυριακή, 3 Ιουνίου 2012