the ugly earring

ug‧ly [uhg-lee] offensive to the sense of beauty; displeasing in appearance

Month: August, 2011

skeleton woman

‘Oh’ he thought, ‘I’ve got something really big on the end of this line that’s going to keep me fed for a very long time to come.’ As he pulled harder, Skeleton Woman began to drift to the surface of the water. And as he turned back around with his net to catch his ‘prize’, there she was – hanging off the bow of his kayak, with her long yellow front teeth, and her bald head filled with crustaceans, and sea worms dangling from the nose holes and ear holes of her skull.

photo: Untitled [Young woman wearing a skeleton suit,
standing with two other women (probably her mother and grandmother)]
text: the skeleton woman folklore

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ephemeral

A Swiss fragrance chemist is traveling the world, trying to capture the scents of hundreds of rare and endangered species and archeologists are using modern analytical technologies to bring ancient scents to life.

Scientists at Bonn University’s Egyptian Museum, for example, are trying to raise from the dead, so to speak, the aroma of the contents of a 3,500-year-old perfume bottle from the reign of the Egyptian female pharaoh Hatshepsut.

“Smell is unique among the senses in the way it is processed by the brain — olfactory information travels directly to a brain region linked with the hippocampus and the amygdala, sites of memory and emotion,” writes Humphries.

“Scientists have suggested that the way smell is processed makes smell memories particularly strong and persistent. But outside of our memory, smells themselves are ephemeral: They are formed by volatile chemical compounds that can easily disperse and disintegrate. So smell is both a powerful part of our experiences and an evanescent one.”

photo: Nicolas Muller – Girona, 1940s
from: unlocking the scents of the past
and more

wednesday spin

1. mrs. lennon, fly
2. silver horse,  season of glass

green-rooted in mid-noon

I had no idea the elf owl
Crept into you in the secret
Of night.

I have torn myself out of many bitter places
In America, that seemed

Tall and green-rooted in mid-noon.
I wish I were the spare shadow
Of the roadrunner, I wish I were
The honest lover of the diamondback
And the tear the tarantula weeps.
I had no idea you were so tall
And blond in moonlight.
I got thirsty in the factories,
And I hated the brutal dry suns there,
So I quit.

You were the shadow
Of a hallway
In me.

I have never gone through that door,
But the elf owl’s face
Is inside me.

Saguaro,
You are not one of the gods.
Your green arms lower and gather me.
I am an elf owl’s shadow, a secret
Member of your family.

To the Saguaro Cactus Tree in the Desert Rain, James Wright
(photo
via invisible stories)

the sign of monsoon

lover found this meandering in our backyard yesterday.

and so said the meteorologist:

“You start seeing the build up on the horizon. You start seeing the upper part of the thunderstorms, the cirrus anvils on the horizon in the evening, and then we eventually start seeing more of the puffy clouds up in our area,” He said.

Look to the ground for Palo Verde Beetles, termites, scorpions and ants. Moist air brings insects out of their winter hiding spots to welcome the monsoon in full glory. (here)

a walk with clouds

“Death frames the high wire. But I don’t see myself as taking risks. I do all of the preparations that a non-death seeker would do. The WTC walk was crazy though; I was lucky. It was terrifying. Still, I grabbed the balancing pole not with the feeling of a man who is about to die.”

~ philippe petit

modern findings

“We propose that modern findings showing lack of lunar effect can be reconciled with pre-modern beliefs in the moon’s power through a mechanism of sleep deprivation. Prior to the advent of modern lighting, the moon was a significant source of nocturnal illumination that affected the sleep-wake cycle, tending to cause sleep deprivation around the time of the full moon. This partial sleep deprivation would have been sufficient to induce mania in susceptible patients and seizures in patients with seizure disorders,” the team says in its report in the Journal of Affective Disorders.

It has also been proposed that if the gravitational force of the moon is sufficient to cause the oceans to rise, it may also affect the glands and organs. Some people are affected more than others, it’s suggested, because they are borderline cases that are tipped over into ill health every month by the power of the moon.

Dr Mikulecky Rovensky proposes that gout attacks may peak at the full moon because of the changing geomagnetic fields; Dr Arnold Lierber suggests the biological tide theory, in which the moon exerts a pull on the water within the body, resulting in a cascade of effects. Internal body rhythms may also be implicated, as could the effects on the pineal gland of the light emitted by the moon or a slightly warmer temperature triggered by the full moon.

Although some conditions, especially depression, anxiety and behavioural problems, have long been associated with a full-moon effect, other conditions, such as diarrhoea, are more recent.

One of the explanations as to why the full moon should have such an effect is that its small gravitational effect has an unbalancing effect on pathogens, making the body more toxic.

how does the moon affect us?
photo: sleep paradise

teen identity

overalls and a 1968 volkswagen bug.

photo: here