On constellations and an ethnocentric interpretation of science
How crazy is it that ancient Greeks were able to map out stars by weaving mythological narratives out of what was, for all intents and purposes, a massive game of connect-the-dots? Seems like their science was more about patience and imagination than anything else. (Though they were definitely onto something– imposing semantic significance is super effective way to store information. Plus it’s useful in discerning cardinal directions. But I digress.) Makes you wonder in what ways we’ve infused our culture into the documentation of modern scientific discoveries. Because we definitely do. The existence of Americium, Californium, Berkelium and Einsteinium on the periodic table are just the tip of the iceberg. Honestly, I’m pretty excited to see which of our theories/assumptions/models will be deemed arbitrary by people-of-the future. Basically any chaotic or quantum system, yea? also binomial nomenclature. On second thought, that’s a can-o-worms I am not fit to be opening.
I know I can’t compete with the billions of reviews about Radiohead’s new album that’ve been thrust into the interwebs over the past few weeks, however, I can recommend that you give the album a good listen in the shower. Particularly the song Feral. It’s phenomenal. But if you’re impatient and don’t feel like waiting for your monthly cleansing, here, appreciate this deliciously trippy visual interpretation of the song by Steven Murashige.
*Cue that one Phantom Planet song everyone knows*
Heads up dudes, I’m finally following through two years worth of blog posts and moving to the West Coast! This is going to be quite an adventure and I can’t wait to bore you with details! Til then, listen to this way cheerier Phantom Planet song. Or check out Aaron Diaz (of Dresden Codak)’s tumblr where he explains and explores some theory supporting aesthetically strong comics. OR watch this incredible rap battle between Abraham Lincoln and Chuck Norris. Those are your only three options.