“Inside my empty bottle I was constructing a lighthouse while all the others were making ships.” — Charles Simic
I’ve been spending a lot of time near the ocean lately. Yesterday, I took a trip to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute and saw, among other things, a rare blue lobster. The odds are 2 million to one against its very existence. How fitting then that today, I came across the first poem to be published in a scientific journal. The poem, by Smith College life sciences professor and clock researcher Mary E. Harrington, is about the bioluminescent algae Gonyaulax polyedra.
If the lazy dinoflagellate
should lay abed
refuse to photosynthesize,
the clock will not slow
but it will grow fait
barely whispering at the end
to little effect.
The recalcitrant Gonyaulax
“No longer will
they call my life
I am sticking to the sea bed!”Have a good weekend. Here are some links for your perusal:
- Pretty camping tents by Fieldcandy. I love the one that looks like a book!
- How to style the perfect top-knot. I’ve been wearing my hair like this all week. So easy and elegant!
- Buy a bracelet (my favorite is the double-wrapped wood) from the do-gooders over at Threads and “wear change” by helping at-risk kids break the cycle of poverty. You can also read a blog entry about each kid involved here.
- Got some time on your hands this weekend and a hankering to add more cement items to your life? Nine things you can make with cement.
- DIY typewriter pop-up cards. Just like your favorite books from when you were a kid!
- Artist Lisa Kellner makes sculptures out of silk organza, thread and pigments that look like giant cell structures dripping out of the ceiling. They are quite fascinating.
- And finally…Chinese artist Pinpin Co uses washable ink to draw intricate patterns on her subjects’ faces. What do you think? Creepy or beautiful?