30 April 2013
The vernacular name daisy, widely applied to members of this family, is derived from its Old English meaning, dægesege, from dæges eage meaning "day's eye," and this was because the petals (of Bellis perennis) open at dawn and close at dusk.I often think the simplest things are by far the most beautiful!
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22 April 2013
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11 October 2012
This is what Carl Saggan (astronomist) wrote about 'The Pale blue dot' we call earth, my friend Pete shared it on his Facebook page and I thought this kind of powerful take on humanity should be shared around a little further. It helps to put a few things into perspective, not to make us all think everything we do is futile, instead to make us realise how important it is to preserve and cherish what we have on this blue dot.
That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors, so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.
Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand. It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.
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29 September 2012
Forget Me Not from Mew Lab on Vimeo.
An elderly woman recalls bygone memories: as a child she had three imaginary pets that she held with strings. She carried with her them all day and night, until one day she lost them. She looked for them everywhere to then find them unexpectedly.