On a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam


in 1977, NASA launched their Voyager mission. The main objective of the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 space probes was to study Jupiter and Saturn. After each fulfilled their objectives, they kept going, out into the far reaches of our solar system. Voyage 1 is now traversing through the very outside of…


Feb 23
6:33 pm
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Light some candles. Get yourself a bucket of buckballs.


What Do Buckyballs Really Look Like?

Buckyballs — or buckminsterfullerines, named after American architect Richard Buckminster Fuller — are the fun-sized micro-soccer balls of the molecular world. Composed of 60 carbon atoms linked through strong bonds, buckyballs are known to be floating around inside beautiful nebulae in the furthest-most reaches of our galaxy. They are also found in the soot produced by a burning candle.

These carbon molecules, and their larger family of fullerines and graphine, have many futuristic applications for industry on Earth. Everything from boosting superconducting materials to improving body armor to investigating some of the oddities of the quantum world; it seems there’s no limit to these different arrangements of carbon atoms.

Now our understanding of cosmic buckyballs has increased with the Spitzer Space Telescope discovery of buckyball “particles” surrounding the binary star system XX Ophiuchi. Finding cosmic sources of these particles may ultimately help us understand where life itself began.

So, let’s celebrate the buckyball by looking at some of the best artistic renderings and real photos of these captivating structures.

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Feb 23
6:29 pm
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Earth Angel


An angle of light. Believe in it. I believe in the light and disorder of the word
repeated until quote Meaning unquote leeches out of it.

I already had the seeing taken care of. Even in the months I didn’t have
a single poem in me, I had this death and this love, and how’s
that not enough? I even have a quote:
Love is the angel

Which leads us into the shadow
, di Prima.

— Ana Božičević, from Death, Is All

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Feb 23
6:23 pm
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And we’re changing our ways, taking different roads-
Ambitions are already starting to fade..


Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart

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Feb 9
4:12 pm

"Some say you’re lucky
If nothing shatters it.

But then you wouldn’t
Understand poems or songs.
You’d never know
Beauty comes from loss.

It’s deep inside every person:
A tear tinier
Than a pearl or thorn.

It’s one of the places
Where the beloved is born."

Feb 9
3:56 pm
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Reminds me of my father…



Goodbye to You Scandal (1982)

These last few weeks of holding on
The days are dull, the nights are long
Guess it’s better to say

Goodbye to you

The Theme Is…Mean Breakup Songs!

EDIT - by the way, please don’t presume that any of my contributions to this week’s theme on the-theme-is are directed at anyone specific that I’ve known. I’m just having fun looking for great songs that fit the description “mean breakup songs,” and I did not choose this week’s theme.

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Feb 9
3:44 pm
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Natural histories

'All of nature is series and pivot, like Pythagoras' numbers, like the transmutations of light. Give me a sparrow, he said, a leaf, a fish, a wasp, an ox, and I will show you the harmony of its place in its chord, the phrase, the movement, the concerto, the all'