Thursday, December 30, 2010
Monday, December 27, 2010
Are the nearest galaxies distributed randomly? A plot of over one million of the brightest "extended sources" detected by the Two Micron All Sky Survey (2MASS) shows that they are not. The vast majority of these infrared extended sources are galaxies. Visible above is an incredible tapestry of structure that provides limits on how the universe formed and evolved. Many galaxies are gravitationally bound together to form clusters, which themselves are loosely bound into superclusters, which in turn are sometimes seen to align over even larger scale structures. In contrast, very bright stars inside our own Milky Way Galaxy cause the vertical blue sash.
Monday, December 20, 2010
'This total lunar eclipse, where the entire Moon is engulfed in the shadow of the Earth, will be visible from all of North America, while the partial phase of this eclipse will be visible throughout much of the rest of the world. Observers on North America's east coast will have to wait until after midnight for totality to begin, while west coasters should be able to see a fully darkened moon before midnight. Pictured above is a digital prediction, in image form, for how the Moon and the surrounding sky could appear near maximum darkness. Rolling your cursor over the image will bring up labels. Parts of the Moon entering the circle labeled umbra will appear the darkest since the Sun there will be completely blocked by the Earth. Parts of the Moon entering the circle labeled penumbra will be exposed to some direct sunlight, and so shine by some degree by reflected light. The diminished glare of the normally full Moon will allow unusually good viewings of nearby celestial wonders such as the supernova remnant Simeis 147, the open star cluster M35, and the Crab Nebula M1. By coincidence this eclipse occurs on the day with the shortest amount of daylight in the northern hemisphere -- the Winter Solstice. This solstice eclipse is the first in 456 years, although so far it appears that no one has figured out when the next solstice eclipse will be.'
Sunday, December 19, 2010
"I studied biology because I was interested in animals and plants and when I was studying it in Cambridge I began to have terrible doubts of what I was doing because everything that really interested me about animals and plants somehow vanished when I got into biochemistry and biology. I was majoring in biochemistry and I did a PhD in biochemistry there but theres a curious thing about biochemistry, your doing biochemistry to study the molecular basis of life, yet the very first thing you do as a biochemist is kill whatever your studying, grind it up, extract the enzymes and then in a test tube study the properties of some of these molecules extracted from this killed organism, and it began to occur to me that perhaps this wasnt the best way to understand life...."
'Metamorphosis: A trialogue on chaos and the world soul with
Rupert Sheldrake, Ralph Abraham, and Terence McKenna'
Friday, December 17, 2010
I have been waking up early for some time now, and accidentally discovered that if I go back to sleep I seem to experience the most beautiful, intricate dreams.
Later I did some research and found that it may be because of the body's melatonin, and cortisol Circadian rhythms, also that this cycle can be used to attain lucidity, and provoke OBEs.
So today I woke, and decided to do this again, and had one of the weirdest dreams to date.
I was with friends from my past whom I haven't seen in years, and we were going through this inspection in this building, and I had a knife so i was scared to go through the metal detector, anyways I somehow manage to get around it, and we are now laying down in this open field- well its open and vast on one side, and its like a jungle on the other, we were laying by this rock formation, and some trees on the jungle like side when I look up and there is your typical UFO, you know like in cartoons a simple disc swirling in the sky, but it moved like a flower, or as if it had wings like a flower has petals. Then I tell my friends and we are all just in awe, when I realize that there is a huge crowd in this field with us (dreams are crazy). So this is the strangest part: the disc in the sky shoots out this beam of light in all directions to give it a kind of halo appearance and in this circle of light are people, like normal human beings just going on about their day, then some realizing they're being watched and instead of freaking out, they just wave hello to us. What can that mean?
Friday, December 10, 2010
this is what I worked on today, Its not done yet, and this is as much of it that could be scanned so its a bit cut off. I want to paint eyeballs on the necklace or something like that;)
fix the face a bit, and hands, you know you know
and the background I really dont know yet......
"And so I try not to believe in anything, but the
other side of that coin is not to disbelieve in anything either."
I love that! and its a fundamental thinking point in my life.
Jonathan also says this:
"And so I just think that it’s something that we can’t know. It’s unknowable."
and to balance it all out (because balance is just so essential and key) is this, from a book im reading called "The Glorious Presence" its incredible to say the least:
"...I think that the universe is our creator.
And to me the divine is the universe itself. And specifically
it’s manifestation as energy, as opposed to matter or as a
more tangible, palpable thing. And so far as I can tell, neither
science nor any religion can explain the origin of the
universe. If you talk about it—and SASHA did a good job of
satirizing this—the “big bang,” and so forth. The universe
was created in this big bang, and is so old. Okay, but if there’s
no universe and no temporal era, when did that happen,
where did it happen, and where did it come from? So you’re
still postulating the universe, basically. And if they say, “Okay,
this or that deity created it,” or that life actually came in interstellar
dust, you’re still just pushing away and farther back.
But where did that start? Where was this deity standing if
there was no universe? Where did she come from? Out of
what was this created? And so I just think that it’s something
that we can’t know. It’s unknowable. I haven’t experienced it
as plant-spirits, and so I can’t vouch for that particular way
of seeing it. But I would never say that it’s for pinheads or
pea-brains or whatever, or negate someone else’s perception
of it. I have to admit that that is possible. And it’s certainly
plausible. And so I try not to believe in anything, but the
other side of that coin is not to disbelieve in anything either.
And I try to just enjoy and live with the uncertainty of not
knowing. I just think there are things that we can not know.
The whole business of religion—and science has gone into
that same business, and now everybody and his brother is
exploiting the breach that science has more or less vacated
by not doing such a good job of it—is offering certainty to
people, when basically the universe gives us questions not
answers. People don’t want to live in uncertainty. RICHARD
FEYNMAN said it really well. He said, “I can live with doubt
and uncertainty and not knowing. I think it is much more
interesting to live not knowing than to have answers which
might be wrong…I don’t have to know an answer. I don’t feel
frightened by not knowing things, by being lost in a mysterious
universe without a purpose, which is the way it really is
as far as I can tell.”
Jonathan Ott Speaks part two
Interview with 'The Entheogen Review'
Thursday, December 9, 2010
I actually was productive last night, this is what came of it.
I hope to paint some more today.
Birds, and I dont know, I guess Ill call everything I do a self portrait;)
The second piece has a bit of some of Pablo Neruda's poetry:
Desnuda eres tan simple como una de tus manos,Lisa, terrestre, mínima, redonda, transparente,
Tienes líneas de luna, caminos de manzana,
Desnuda eres delgada como el trigo desnudo.
Desnuda eres azul como la noche en Cuba,
Tienes enredaderas y estrellas en el pelo,
Desnuda eres enorme y amarilla
Como el verano en una iglesia de oro.
Desnuda eres pequeña como una de tus uñas,
Curva, sutil, rosada hasta que nace el día
Y te metes en el subterráneo del mundo
Como en un largo túnel de trajes y trabajos:
Tu claridad se apaga, se viste, se deshoja
Y otra vez vuelve a ser una mano desnuda.
In nude you are as bare as one of your hands
smooth, earthly, small, round, transparent
with lines of moon and paths of an apple,
in nude you’re slender like a naked stem of wheat.
In nude you look blue like the Cuban night
with stars and vines in your hair,
in nude you are whole and yellow
like summer in a church of gold.
In nude you look tiny like one of your finger nails
curvy, subtle, rose-colored like the rising dawn
and you move back to the world's underground.
As if in a large tunnel of robes and chores:
your clarity, dressed, blinds and drops its leaves
and other times becomes a naked hand again.
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
This week I added two books to my little library, one I "coincidently";) came across with, and the other was a gift from beautiful friends. has anyone read these? I got H.G Wells solely for his 'time machine' and was given 'Ishmael' it is just so beautiful so far Ive only browsed through it though. Is anyone else a fan of H.G Wells?
I dont know if ive said this here before but if you know me personally you know I want to jump into a black hole, its just one of those things, a super-massive black hole though, stellar ones are dope, but you know;)
What would you see if you went right up to a black hole? Above is a computer generated image highlighting how strange things would look. The black hole has such strong gravity that light is noticeably bent towards it - causing some very unusual visual distortions. Every star in the normal frame has at least two bright images - one on each side of the black hole. Near the black hole, you can see the whole sky - light from every direction is bent around and comes back to you. The original background map was taken from the 2MASS infrared sky survey, with stars from the Henry Draper catalog superposed. Black holes are thought to be the densest state of matter, and there is indirect evidence for their presence in stellar binary systems and the centers of globular clusters, galaxies, and quasars.
Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris
Saturday, December 4, 2010
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
when people ask me that they want me to say like, be married, have a family, or something like that, but i dont know.
maybe teach art, and have a warehouse kind of building where i share my artwork with friends, and have little gatherings on advancements in pharmacological research, travel and take lots of photographs;)