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Breath of the Day #1015

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The heat today was so thick you could swim through it, and like any other liquid we couldn’t stay submerged in it long without drowning. We went on a hike through the heat today, and needed to stop for relief whenever it was possible. This meant going straight for any shadows that we found, lining the path like air pockets in an underwater cavern.

True relief came when we made it to the mouth of the mines, which constantly exhaled a cool breeze from deep within the Earth. The temperature in the sun was about a hundred degrees Fahrenheit (which is a poorer scale than Celsius, but the only one I know by feel); the mines were a gorgeous fifty-five degrees, and we had to stop and bask in the cool flow of air until we started to shiver.

I still don’t understand why cool air blows from the mines to the outside, because all my physics lessons tell me that higher temperature means higher pressure, and that air always flows from areas of high pressure to low – thus the wind should have been blowing into the mine. I will never perfectly understand how the world works.

We spent several hours by the pool again today, indulged in many cold drinks, turned on the air conditioning in Lauren’s van and in Anna’s house, but nowhere did I feel as comfortable as in front of that mine, resting by the tracks while its endless breath rolled over us. I could have spent the whole day there, could have slept there, and it would have been spectacular.

life up there is home and here’s my grave

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July 4, 2011 at 12:44 am

Party of the Day #972

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Kelly (back and center) turns 22 in the middle of July, and by then everyone will have dispersed across the country, so she very wisely held a party for it tonight instead. It was a fantastic celebration, with gorgeous food and delicious music and a bonfire that could have sung me to sleep, and I’m glad Kelly chose to celebrate before the year ended. Here’s a large portion of the party posing in front of the very professional photo booth that Kelly’s friend Alex set up – note the silver umbrella looming in the corner. This photo is a bit less carefully taken, and as a result everyone in it has developed the ability to fire lasers from their eyes.

Rob came to perform for everyone, and Emily added her cello’s depth to a few songs, then Muriel and another friend came on to sing a few covers for Kelly. We were all sitting out on the lawn in the backyard, lit by christmas lights and the bonfire, and it was such a wonderful atmosphere, built by hard work from good people. I wish I could have done more to make the party go well, but it was successful nonetheless. At least I managed to bake some cookies for it.

Kelly has a lot of really amazing friends, and I wish that I’d gotten to know them better. Perhaps the opportunity is not entirely lost.

now let me at the truth which will refresh my broken mind

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May 22, 2011 at 2:45 am

Photo of the Day #952

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Today’s photo of the day is not this photo, but the photo in this photo – that is to say, this photo. I like the idea of metaphotography for some reason – catching the moment when someone sees a moment they want to catch.

A neighbor’s cat has learned that we are all friendly, cat-deprived people, and has been spending more time here lately. Kelly here crawled under the hammock to join the cat in the shade, and for her efforts she nabbed a much more dramatic photo than mine.

(I, however, also caught the kit-kat wrapper, and so successfully logged the visit from both kat and cat to our backyard. So this photo isn’t that bad.)

Our jasmine plant has been suffering the wrath of a gopher, but perhaps this cat will protect our fair land from such invaders. Hopefully it’s fed well enough that no one comes to harm…

you’ve got your sad, short life left

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May 2, 2011 at 1:17 am

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Jam of the Day #949

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Emily went to jam with Rob, Brittany and Eric (the accordionist) this afternoon, and we all met on the grass to witness the music’s creation. This lawn is the quad at Porter College, surrounded by dorms and full of passing students, and whenever anyone starts playing music, other musicians are sure to join them.

I don’t have the skill to join in with the music, but I’m certainly capable of enjoying it, and I took a bit of a nap on the lawn while they played. Gradually, the music, the warm sun, and the faint smell of the grass melted together into a single creature, as though I was perceiving the world through only one gestalt sense that captured everything.

It’s amazing how much music can transform the atmosphere.

I like what I’m studying, but I’m never going to be able to meet neuroscientists in the park and spontaneously start crafting dreams with them. Music is more of a collaborative medium than any other, and it’s incredible to see how it can bring strangers together.

don’t forget you’re in the tens place

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April 29, 2011 at 12:27 am

Shield of the Day #940

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Imagination can come under fire by work stress, or by overstimulation from television and swathes of internet memes, but it’s far too important to let shrivel away. A well-placed book can defend your imagination from the most terrible things. Here Kelly is protecting her imagination by proper application of a book, and neither rain nor sleet nor meteorite will stop her from thinking up great things.

To be honest, I haven’t the slightest notion of what that book actually contains, but I’m rather intrigued by the title. I always like to think of psychology as a way of literally exploring the landscape of the mind, and any psychologist might be a hero to defend a world in need.

the declaration of amenhotep

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April 20, 2011 at 12:46 am

Cake of the Day #888

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It is better sometimes to just let photos speak for themselves. Faces are great, and Anna’s birthday party was successful and delicious.

eh? eh?

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February 26, 2011 at 11:59 pm

Beacon of the Day #807

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Tonight we lit the penultimate candle on the Menorah, and asked Kelly to guide the shaman candle to ignite each wick while Emily sang the little prayer. If we’d planned this out more carefully, everyone living here could have lit the candles once with one day left over, but Lauren is gone already and there are two others who haven’t yet had the chance.

Still, Emily, Anna, Kelly and I have all lit the candles, and there is still a sort of feeling of family to it. We haven’t done anything else to celebrate Hanukkah, really, but there is magic in the ritual anyway, and it’s lovely to eat or read by the flames while they slowly melt away.

Tomorrow afternoon I will be free, and the last candle will flicker and glow.

sturm und kong

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December 8, 2010 at 12:53 am

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