Detritus 8

> A talking piano?? Read about how here

> Field recordings from Ghana – love how the files are labelled as tapes! #nostalgia

> Music from a sky full of stars? Quite beautiful, but not something you will see from any light-polluted city….

> Speaking of light pollution, after my visit to Dunedin next week I’m planning a visit to the Mt John Observatory, check the truly beautiful image of Comet Mcnaught here! You can also remotely control the webcam at the Observatory here

> There was another earthquake (6.3) in the Pacific today & while waiting for the tsunami warning I was looking around wikipedia reading up on the pacific ring of fire which passes right through NZ…. yikes… but seeing the map of deep, deep water I started reading about the Marianas Trench – the deepest part of the ocean on this planet: its 2km deeper than Mt Everest is high! But then I started reading about the crazy mo fos who have been to the bottom of the Marianas Trench in a submarine called the Bathyscaphe Trieste which led me to read this awe inspiring account of the mission…. Scariest moment? Well losing all contact with the surface on the way down would hve been a contender (they had been using a sonar type telephone) but “at 30,000 ft. a sharp crack rang through the ship, shaking it violently. The water pressure outside was more than 6 tons per sqare inch., and even a slight fracture in the hull would have meant certain death. It proved to be only an outer Plexiglas window pane which had splintered under the pressure. The inner hull remained watertight….” I suspect they’d be changing their pants after verifying they were going to survive but hows this for weird science: “The Trieste stayed on the bottom for 30 minutes, but Piccard and Walsh could use its powerful lights for only short periods because the heat they generate made the water around them boil violently”
Bear in mind this all happened in 1960! And I love the calculated nonchalance of these people: “The result, said Piccard, “is what he had foreseen. It is possible for man to descend into the sea depths using means created by him. The problem is to overcome physical obstacles by using physical principles.” He had not felt, he made clear, that he was running much risk. “Everyone,” he remarked, “is in the habit of trusting a railway bridge. We trust the eternal laws of physics.”

>And an uber-organ? or a house sized set of bagpipes? – check it out here – love the photo of its 20 foot high piano roll!

> Lastly, repeat after me: “ichi nichi kore kōnichi” – its a Japanese Zen Buddhist proverb at least 300 years old which means “Every day is a good day”, or “All days are good days”

2 thoughts on “Detritus 8

  1. Kevin Seward

    Cool link about the Uberorgan. My wife and I saw in at the MassMOCA back when it was there. She called it the “big mom”, maybe because its volume made it seem like some giant transparent whale calling out to her young.

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