my colleague recently ordered a book online for her classroom
then added a second book
because it was such a deal at the great price of $2.50.
when her order arrived, she only saw one book
until upon further inspection
much to her surprise
sitting in the corner of the box
the $2.50 book
which was actually a miniature edition
while it was technically a book
it was perhaps better sized for the fairy world
though still a good deal
as we definitely had more than $2.50 worth of laughs.
“the best things in life are free – and $19.95”
not ‘my’ cheetos truck, but at least you can get a feel for it
driving home from school
behind a giant truck load o’ cheetos
and i thought ‘oh, man..’
couldn’t help but daydream
about what would happen
if the back doors blew open
and my favorite flamin’ hot cheetos
and i had to take home a car load of bags
just to help clean up the mess
and it might make me very happy at the same time.
who wouldn’t consider this, i ask you?
“i was trying to daydream, but my mind kept wandering.”
The humble spider has always been well represented in the musical world, from Ziggy Stardust to the Who and Wilco. For too long, though, we’ve refused to let them relate their experiences to us more directly. That’s now changed, thanks to the work of scientists who are turning spiders’ vibration-based perceptions into music.
Vice recently profiled the work of MIT engineering professor Markus Buehler, who leads a team that’s working to translate web vibrations into sounds we can actually hear. The project uses “the physics of spiderwebs to assign audible tones to a given string’s unique tension and vibration” through a process called data sonification.
The resulting models can be explored through virtual reality software or listened to via examples recorded by Buehler and his collaborator Tomas Saraceno. The music created by manipulating the models is incredible—an eerie approximation of how spiders understand their environments.
Buehler says that the project’s goal is both to “expand how we generate sound in music and how we compose music” and to practically demonstrate how “for something like a spider, there’s a whole different way of experiencing the world.”
“Researchers say the project could eventually be used to reverse engineer spiders’ reality and communicate with the arachnids,” Vice explains, somewhat ominously. Buehler elaborates, saying that he’s planning to play AI-generated spider sounds to the creatures and “gauge [their] reactions.”
For more on Markus Buehler And The Spiders From Earth, read the full article.
“is there anything more beautiful and protective than the simple complexity of a spider’s web?”
-e.b. white, Charlotte’s Web
source credits: Reid McCarter, Michelle Bender, Vice
“on water and light she runs.”
ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021
This sculpture was built by the Irish people in their own country to honor the American Choctaw Indian tribe.
They were grateful because the Choctaw people sent money to Ireland
when they learned that Irish people were starving due to the potato famine.
And that is a lesson in how to be a person in this world.
“Generosity is not giving me that which I need more than you do,
but it is giving me that which you need more than I do.”
source: open homes, open hearts u.s., karen waters
early evening in the park on the river in spring
crew teams have returned with the birds.
“all were merged into one smoothly working machine;
they were, in fact, a poem of motion, a symphony of swinging blades.”
-Daniel James Brown, The Boys in the Boat: 9 Americans and Their Epic Quest For Gold at the 1936 Olympics
argo park, ann arbor, michigan, usa – april 2021
when you want to change the color of your shoes
but don’t have a job
to make the money to buy them
and no one will hire you
just because you are a 4-year-old
even though you have a lot of energy
you find your own way to get those turquoise shoes.
“a busy mind is full of thoughts, a blissful mind is full of ideas.”
– amit kalantri, author
1971 – with all my sibs and cousins – 8 of us
2021 – 2 gone too soon – missed by 6 of us
“a cousin is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.”
-marion c. garrety
the kinder created a new house for the fairies
after their old house broke apart
and they had nowhere to live.
after learning about detroit artist, tyree guyton,
they created the house in his artistic style
and placed it in the garden
where beautiful flowers were just beginning to bloom.
“life itself is an art form”
-tyree guyton (creator of the heidelberg project)
big, old tree is winning, no little fence is going to stop it.
“this old world keeps spinnin’ round, it’s a wonder tall trees ain’t laying down.”