Red Dog New York, September 2006
From his book Melting Point
‘I had a few supporters who really liked what I was doing with color and strobe, but most of the members of Magnum, especially the Europeans, hated it with a passion, because it violated every one of Cartier-Bresson’s rules. If you read The Decisive Moment, he literally set out rules: We photojournalists do this. We photojournalists don’t do that. And two of the things that we photojournalists don’t do is one, in his words, “use little flashlights,” because that violates the integrity of the natural light. And we don’t use color; we see the world in black and white. I cannot tell you the resistance that my work engendered at Magnum in 1978.’
From The Old Astronomer (To His Pupil) by Sarah Williams
The full poem:
Reach me down my Tycho Brahé, — I would know him when we meet,
When I share my later science, sitting humbly at his feet;
He may know the law of all things, yet be ignorant of how
We are working to completion, working on from then to now.
Pray remember that I leave you all my theory complete,
Lacking only certain data for your adding, as is meet,
And remember men will scorn it, ‘tis original and true,
And the obloquy of newness may fall bitterly on you.
But, my pupil, as my pupil you have learned the worth of scorn,
You have laughed with me at pity, we have joyed to be forlorn,
What for us are all distractions of men’s fellowship and wiles;
What for us the Goddess Pleasure with her meretricious smiles.
You may tell that German College that their honor comes too late,
But they must not waste repentance on the grizzly savant’s fate.
Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.
What, my boy, you are not weeping? You should save your eyes for sight;
You will need them, mine observer, yet for many another night.
I leave none but you, my pupil, unto whom my plans are known.
You “have none but me,” you murmur, and I “leave you quite alone”?
Well then, kiss me, — since my mother left her blessing on my brow,
There has been a something wanting in my nature until now;
I can dimly comprehend it, — that I might have been more kind,
Might have cherished you more wisely, as the one I leave behind.
I “have never failed in kindness”? No, we lived too high for strife,—
Calmest coldness was the error which has crept into our life;
But your spirit is untainted, I can dedicate you still
To the service of our science: you will further it? you will!
There are certain calculations I should like to make with you,
To be sure that your deductions will be logical and true;
And remember, “Patience, Patience,” is the watchword of a sage,
Not to-day nor yet to-morrow can complete a perfect age.
I have sown, like Tycho Brahé, that a greater man may reap;
But if none should do my reaping, ‘twill disturb me in my sleep
So be careful and be faithful, though, like me, you leave no name;
See, my boy, that nothing turn you to the mere pursuit of fame.
I must say Good-bye, my pupil, for I cannot longer speak;
Draw the curtain back for Venus, ere my vision grows too weak:
It is strange the pearly planet should look red as fiery Mars,—
God will mercifully guide me on my way amongst the stars.
Wil Wheaton on why being a nerd is awesome
Mr. Crusher delivered a message to an audience member’s newborn girl on why it’s so great to be a nerd, and a little advice for future life. It’s a goosebump-inducing video, and you should watch the whole thing here, and maybe just paste it to your mirror or something.
I don’t know how you’d paste a video to your mirror, but you should.
My favorite parts:
“Being a nerd… it’s not about what you love, it’s about how you love it… The defining characteristic that ties us all together, is that we love things.
Find the things that you love and love them the most that you can.”
A message that jives well with my own (see title of blog). I applaud you, Mr. Wheaton.
Dorion Sagan, son of Carl, on why, at a time of increasing fragmentation into different micro-disciplines, science require synthesis more than ever.
Sometimes we dig so far into our particular disciplines that we forget that it’s the synthesis of knowledge that fills in the colors of nature, not the splintering of it.
Fitting that a Sagan said so.