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in the cosmic realm

"Nobody has ever seen anything like that before in the cosmic realm"

isn't it a great quote? It's from a news story about the discovery of a new, double-helix-shaped nebula. Holy Cosmic Correspondence, Batman! Thanks to Ninja Girl for pointing out the story (Ninja Girl doesn't read Live Journals, though, alas, so she won't know I'm thanking her...)

Here is a picture:

It came from a USA Today story, here

Maybe in our DNA we have some nebula-shaped something-or-others, to match.

The sap was back again--I got 3 gallons and a bit. This is good--it means that even after four days of 50 degree (and more) weather, the trees will still be making sap... so long as we're talking mid March. If it was late March, it probably would have been a different story. I was so grateful to the trees--thank you, trees.

Speaking of trees, we all watched Laputa yet again this evening. And we all looked at the great tree growing through the central dome in Laputa, and we all said, That's a marvelous tree. Miyazaki really knows trees.

On my morning walk, rocks and fallen logs were playing tricks on my eyes--I kept thinking I was seeing creatures, then I'd look again, and they'd be just rocks or logs. It made me think of all the stories, all over the world, of this or that rock formation that's actually some god or creature or ancestor that turned to stone. Maybe what looked like a giant tortoise to me was a giant tortoise, but somehow turned to stone. wakanomori is researching poem stones in Japan--when people like a poet or his/her poems so much that they start putting up commemorative stones with the poems on them here and there. He says it's like the poetry becoming fossilized--an interesting idea.

In Greek mythology (thinking of Medusa or Niobe), it wasn't such a good thing to turn to stone... but thinking of all those gods and ancestors and creatures who become stone... maybe it doesn't have to be a bad thing. Maybe it's a kind of phase state. Maybe it's just a slow way of existing, like ice is a slow way for water to exist.


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Mar. 17th, 2006 02:07 am (UTC)
slow state
yes, to match my current rate of progress on it...no, really I think you're right about stones in Japan (Kimi ga yo has stones growing, after all). Maybe fossilization is a bit too loaded a term, though? Hmm.
Mar. 17th, 2006 10:15 am (UTC)
Wow! I read the article about the double-helix nebula...thanks for the link. It's incredible there is so much energy and power and BEAUTY in the cosmos. Watched Laputa...is that a movie? The picture reminds me of a book I read once.
Mar. 17th, 2006 11:09 am (UTC)
Laputa is our short-form name for one of Hayao Miyazaki's animated films (he's famous in the United States for "Spirited Away"). The full name is "Tenkuu no shiro Laputa," or "Laputa, the castle in the sky," which was translated into English officially as "Castle in the Sky." It was released in the U.S. direct to video--you can definitely get it from Netflix but probably from any local video store, too--or from your library.

It's a marvelous movie, but I love all of Miyazaki's movies. Here is a good plot summary (nausicaa.net is a great website).
Mar. 18th, 2006 01:22 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing your thoughts and discoveries : )

[what a tree!]
Mar. 19th, 2006 08:25 am (UTC)
Maple syrup
Thought of you Saturday when I had a bit more of your good syrup on my strawberry pancakes. You should call your home the Sugar House.

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