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« Quantum Fluctuations (Norman Costa) | Main | Visitors from beyond »

October 28, 2011


Link after your own heart, Cyrus. Glad to see you here again!

Cyrus, you had my complete attention for the first four paragraphs. But the moment you started to think about converting the sounds into a collaborative effort on the WWW to share, I started to zone out. It isn't that I have anything against the razzle-dazzle of technology and the ability to share moments of serendipity, aural, visual or otherwise. It's just that, being a verbally focused person, I find the magic of words and the images they conjure in my mind more appealing than being presented with the fait accompli experience on the screen of a computer or tablet or phone.

I was driving my kid home the other evening from something, when I spotted a green luminescence in the clouds that shimmered for a few seconds. Aurora borealis, this far south? Could it be possible? I put it away in my mind to ponder.

A few days later, a prosaic confirmation of Northern light sightings far south of normal was in the online news. It was an aha moment, but didn't begin to remotely capture the actual experience of watching it.

I remember someone doing something similar in Boulder a couple of years back, but I can't seem to find it with a google search. I think it was stationary, though.

@ Cyrus:

So sorry to see you going through this. Having been there, myself, I can say that it will get better. It's one of those things that is invariably treated, successfully, with time. Of course, it can't come soon enough. All the best to you for a complete recovery.

Elatia, still need to watch it. The idea is great, but whenever I see the name Ridley Scott I get a little queasy. In this case, it seems to be a irrelevant reaction.

Sujatha, I can very much sympathize with your comment. I've been trained for years to drain technical descriptions of any spice, which can make something that is already pretty dry into the Sahara.

Norm, thanks for the kind words. Things continue to improve, slow but steady. The day I wrote this was the worst it's been in the last two weeks, but even that was an improvement over a month ago. I'm still playing with different sleeping retinues, and that seems to be helping even more.

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