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Philosophy Tuesday

March 19, 2019

Going into a tailspin

in those days meant curtains.

No matter how hard you pulled back on the stick

the nose of the plane wouldn’t come up.

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Spinning round, headed for a target of earth,

the whine of death in the wing struts,

instinct made you try to pull out of it that way, by force,

and for years aviators spiraled down and crashed.

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Who could have dreamed that the solution

to this dreaded aeronautical problem

was so simple?

Every student flier learns this nowadays:

You move the joystick in the direction of the spin

and like a miracle the plane stops turning

and you are in control again

to pull the nose up out of the dive.

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In panic we want to push the stick away from the spin,

wrestle the plane out of it,

but the trick is, as in everything,

to go with the turning willingly,

rather than fight, give in, go with it,

and that way come out of your tailspin whole.

 

~Edward Field~

 

~Corita Kent~

 

(Beyond the lovely words, I love it as a great early example of the remix “culture”, a case of additive worth, with Corita Kent taking the poem of Fields and rendering something extra beautiful with it.)

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Wonder Wednesday

March 13, 2019

by Evelina Viola

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Completing the Cirquit

March 3, 2019

Well lookee here.  Springtime is around the corner, and Cirque is in with their latest show!  Titled Volta, I went in expecting nothing but electricity puns… OK natch, it’s a Cirque show, so I went in with many more expectations.  And the title doesn’t refer to electricity at all.  Nonetheless, let’s plug in and see if Cirque amped themselves up for a high energy show or not.  Potential spoilers ahead! Read the rest of this entry ?

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Wonder Wednesday

February 20, 2019

Lovely pic of a happy Nala by the character designer and supervising animator for the original (animated) film!

by Aaron Blaise

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Wonder Wednesday

February 13, 2019

Joe Hisaishi playing the main theme from the film Spirited Away.  A beautiful tune played with passion and elegant feeling.  Chill inducing.

(Hisaishi is also the composer of the piece)

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Webs all the way down

February 3, 2019

This is a bit delayed now, but I saw Into the Spider-Verse a couple of weeks ago!  Capsule review (and potential spoilers!) ahead… Read the rest of this entry ?

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Wonder Wednesday

January 30, 2019

In keeping with the recent theme!

Disneyland upon opening in 1955:

And here’s the same(ish) view of Disneyland just a few months ago:

It’s amazing to see how much Disneyland has grown, both in density and by expanding outward beyond the railway (not to mention California Adventure, most of which isn’t shown in the picture).  The railway itself has changed over the years, especially so for the new (and positively ginormous) Star Wars land, adopting a more sinuous route around the shortened river…

(It’s also fun to see how much has changed around the park — from groves to hotels and houses!)