Logical fallacies

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool.

Richard P. Feynman

Mineral vs. mineraloid

Why isn't volcanic glass considered a mineral?

Volcanic glass is a mineraloid, but isn’t classified as a mineral because it lacks a crystalinw structure making it amorphous. It cools too quickly for the atoms to form a structure.

A mineral is a naturally occurring solid material that is not of organic composition.
What makes them a mineral is just that.

The fortieth wave ploughed through an abstract topography

bearing no trace of the crystalline regularity of its origins, with ridges and furrows as convoluted as the whorls of a fingerprint.

Greg Egan
Diaspora (Orphanogenesis)

luna-bloom, (via zxmcvn)

The camera sees everything at once. We don’t.

David Hockney

I wish I could photosynthesize

Theodore Roethke


October - Robert Frost


Naked poetry, always mine

that I have loved my whole life!

Juan Ramón Jiménez

Today is Veterans Day

Originally known as Armistice Day commemorating the end of WWI.

Mark Strand: politicians should be required to read poetry

It’s not going to change the world, but I believe if every head of state and every government official spent an hour a day reading poetry we’d live in a much more humane and decent world. Poetry has a humanizing influence. Poetry delivers an inner life that is articulated to the reader. People have inner lives, but they are poorly expressed and rarely known. They have no language by which to bring it out into the open.

Two people deeply in love can look at each other and not have much to say except “I love you.” It gets kind of boring after awhile—after the first ten or twenty years. I don’t expect that from heads of state; I don’t expect them to look at each other after reading a lot of poetry and say “I love you,” but it reminds us that we have inner lives.

When we read poems from the past we realize that human beings have always been the way we are.

Lily of the Valley

We have technological advancements undreamt of a couple thousand years ago, but the way people felt then is pretty much the way people feel now. We can read those poems with pleasure because we recognize ourselves in them.

Poetry helps us imagine what it’s like to be human. I wish more politicians and heads of state would begin to imagine what it’s like to be human. They’ve forgotten, and it leads to bad things. If you can’t empathize, it’s hard to be decent; it’s hard to know what the other guy’s feeling. They talk from such a distance that they don’t see differences; they don’t see the little things that make up a life. They see numbers; they see generalities. They deal in sound bytes and vacuous speeches; when you read them again, they don’t mean anything.

Flowers that resemble creatures


Group of monks


Monkey flower

Cat eyes

Scary ghostly

Described as resembling an angel, fairy, and gymnast....but I see moths

Science fiction monster

Male or tailed something

Laughing snail

Swaddled babies

More weird looking flowers/seeds and flowers resembling creatures (in this blog).

Midterm elections and irrationality

An interesting thing that I think we learned last night is that if you ask people about things that affect them specifically, they will vote for things that they want. This includes things like a higher minimum wage and marijuana legalization.
And then those same people will vote for candidates…

—at year 6 of his presidency, Ronald Reagan was embroiled in the Iran-Contra scandal.
—at year 6 of his presidency, Bill Clinton was going through the Monica Lewinsky impeachment.
—at year 6 of his presidency, George W. Bush was watching Iraq (and his presidency) implode.
—at year 6 of his presidency, Barack Obama is facing … a Republican Congress.
I think we will survive.

Flowers resembling birds


duck ballerina?

Birds of Paradise poster

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Parotia Wahnesi