“The Cosmos is all that is or ever was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”
Happy Birthday to Carl Sagan, who would have witnessed his 78th revolution around the sun had he not lost his battle with cancer.
Though his life was cut short, he continues to inspire me in a way I never could have imagined, and for that, I am grateful.
Svyatoslav Ponomarev, Moscow, Russia, 1999
From the series Face to Infinity and Possibility of Transformation [+]
Color Print from Negative Film, Printed in 1999, Vintage Edition
For me, I am driven by two main philosophies: know more today about the world than I knew yesterday and lessen the suffering of others. You’d be surprised how far that gets you.Neil deGrasse Tyson (via the-star-stuff)
“Death has the features of Mozart’s face and is my waiting friend.” -Maurice Sendak (1928-2012)
Neil deGrasse Tyson - We Stopped Dreaming
“I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, we are part of this Universe, we are in this Universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, because they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars” - Neil deGrasse Tyson
Illustration of a lovely encounter between a crab and butterfly, by Paolo Giovo, the 15th century historian from Como. (Festina lente: Make haste slowly.)
This was brought to my attention by Italo Calvino in Six Memos for the New Millennium. It officially makes two lists at once.
1. The Tragos List of Emblems He Would Adopt If He Adopted Emblems
2. The Tragos List of Mottos He Would Adopt If He Adopted Mottos.
A beautiful telling of the never-realized film “Dune” by the recently deceased artist Moebius.
Before the 1974-1976 project went belly up, Jodorowsky’s production team for Dune was perhaps the most insane who’s who in film history. Moebius and H.R. Giger were brought on to do production designs, Alien writer Dan O’Bannon was in charge of special effects, Pink Floyd was slated to do the soundtrack, and the cast included Mick Jagger, Orson Welles, David Carradine, and Hervé Villechaize (Tattoo from Fantasy Island). Also, Dalí was to play the Emperor, for a fee of $100,000 an hour.