Archive for May, 2010

the beginning of the next encounter (for Judy-san)

May 24, 2010

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beholding departure

projection sonorous

I squeeze my heart

and know it is received by you

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Kanshiketsu!

May 17, 2010

works from my day at IDP with Meredith

bell

bowl for sound

or eating

either way it must be empty first

in order to begin to fill it

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fan at rest

potential

to cool my body if I am too hot

flick the switch to turn it on

there will be a cost

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hangnail

it sticks out

I pick it off

it leaves a hole that hurts


phassa-nirodha

May 15, 2010

blindfold

gap where my sight was

knowing there are others here the same

choosing to stand still listening to the paces of others

their space is bound as mine, limitless inside

spin to the left ,  spin to the right

the treasure my feet are introducing me to

aliveness in space

delicious meeting brief, like a peck on the cheek

where is the Buddha

find the window, find the wall

meet myself in darkness along the way

puppets, prophecy, and practice, second chance consolidation toward facillitating environments

May 11, 2010

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glass brick

insulation and light

what a great way to build a house.

but, what about the door?

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knothole

a pebble was thrown and left a scar.

or maybe the tree just cried inside;

and the tears had nowhere to go.

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winding the music-box of desire

May 4, 2010

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winding the music-box of desire

the between is less solid

living the flavors of incomplete

folding into bed sheets of myself;

fragrant of lavender and lilac

sandalwood silk gazing

on the beauty of pink insides;  majestically repugnant

it is the protector of this moment’s illumination

the lost, the found,  music-box

winding, winding, winding.

NGC 1275- the stardust sound not heard

May 2, 2010

In 2003, astronomers detected the deepest note ever generated in the cosmos, a B♭, after 53 hours of Chandra observation. No human will actually hear the note, because it is 57 octaves below the keys in the middle of a piano. The sound waves appear to be generated by the inflation of bubbles of relativistic plasma by the central active galactic nucleus in NGC 1275 . Such plasmas may be created either by heating a gas to very high temperatures or by the impact of a high-energy particle beam. Since these temperatures are so high, most relativistic plasmas are small and brief, and are often the result of a relativistic beam impacting some target.  More mundanely, “relativistic plasma” might denote normal, cold plasma moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light relative to the observer.  Relativistic plasmas may result when two particle beams collide at speeds comparable to the speed of light, and in the cores of supernovae. Plasmas hot enough for particles other than electrons to be relativistic are even more rare, since other particles are more massive and thus require more energy to accelerate to a significant fraction of the speed of light.

The giant elliptical galaxy NGC 1275, at the center of the Perseus cluster, is surrounded by a well-known giant nebulosity of emission-line filaments, which are plausibly in excess of 108 years old3. The filaments are dragged out from the center of the galaxy by radio-emitting ‘bubbles’ rising buoyantly in the hot intracluster gas, before later falling back. They act as markers of the feedback process by which energy is transferred from the central massive black hole to the surrounding gas. The mechanism by which the filaments are stabilized against tidal shear and dissipation into the surrounding extremely hot gas has been unclear. Here we report observations that resolve the thread-like structures in the filaments. Some threads extend over 6 kpc, yet are only 70 pc wide. We conclude that magnetic fields in the threads, in pressure balance with the surrounding gas, stabilize the filaments, so allowing a large mass of cold gas to accumulate and delay star formation.

The existence of the filaments poses a problem. As they are much cooler than the surrounding intergalactic cloud, how have they persisted for perhaps 100 million years? Why haven’t they warmed, dissipated or collapsed to form stars? One possibility is that weak magnetic fields (about one-ten-thousandth the strength of Earth’s field) exert enough force on the threads to keep them together.

info found on web (several sources)including NASA, WIkipedia, and  http://mnras.oxfordjournals.org/content/367/2/433.full.pdf