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Friday, December 13, 2002

Friday December 13, 2002

Filed under: General — m759 @ 2:27 PM

Rhyme Scheme

"The introduction of Charge-Coupled Devices (CCDs)
has dramatically changed the methods
astronomers use to view objects."
— Santa Barbara Instrument Group, Inc.

"They should have sent a poet." 
— Jodie Foster in the film version
of Carl Sagan's Contact

star cluster

M16 Nebulous Star Cluster.
300 second Model ST-7
CCD image
taken through a
7", f/7 Astrophysics refractor
utilizing the self-guiding mode.

"Say 'Abba,'
Jesus told
his followers. 
'Our Father.'"
 

Abba!
Abba!

CCD!
CCD!

— Rhyme
Scheme,
Gerard
Manley
Hopkins

On the question of what reality is:
"Under what circumstances do we think things are
real? ….

This question speaks to a small, manageable problem
having to do with the camera and not
what it is the camera takes pictures of."

Erving Goffman,    
Frame Analysis, An Essay on
the Organization of Experience
,
Harper & Row, 1974, p. 2

2 Comments

  1. Is existence real?

    Comment by oOMisfitOo — Saturday, December 14, 2002 @ 7:15 PM

  2. Two relevant quotes:

    From Joan Didion in The Last Thing He Wanted:

    ”The most terrifying verse I know: Merrily merrily merrily merrily, life is but a dream.”

    On the other hand, this very verse is the recurrent theme of Cosmic Banditos, which one reader calls “perhaps the funniest book I’ve ever read.”

    Comment by m759 — Sunday, December 15, 2002 @ 1:58 AM

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