The School of Athens

The School of Athens
The School of Athens by Raphael (click on picture to view short documentary from Columbia University)

Monday, 17 November 2014

A face that any mother could love

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait, all the ships at sea and marsupials in the bush.

A face that any mother could love.

My old mate watching the proceedings at the G20.



Friday, 14 November 2014

A question for the ages

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

Dateline: G20 Leaders Summit, Brisbane, Australia, 2014.

Channelling my great ancestor Socrates, a question for the world leaders attending the G20: "How do you propose to achieve infinite growth in a finite world?"





It's a question no economist can answer satisfactorily, except for vague references to technology.

I entrust all members of the fourth estate to ask this if they get the opportunity.

I hope doing so won't result in having to down a glass of hemlock.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Origin of the origin of the species

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait, all the ships at sea and starships in space.

Dateline: Earth, Origin of Life, 2014.

Scientists have speculated that comets crashing onto the Earth might well have been the origin of life on this planet.

This photographic evidence appears rather conclusive, don't you think?

Coincidence? I think not.




A few quiet words.

Fellow citizens,

A few quiet words from Wilfred Owen and John McCrae for Armistice Day.





Lest we forget.


I've been to the mountaintop.

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

Last week we witnessed an exceptional speech given by Noel Pearson at the memorial for Gough Whitlam. It led to discussions regarding other great speeches.

For mine, the most powerful speech I've seen was delivered by the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the evening of April 3, 1968 called "I've been to the mountaintop".

He was assassinated the next day. He was only 39 years old.

Below is the transcript of the final section of that speech in which he prophetically speaks of his imminent demise and a YouTube link to him saying those words.

It is truly remarkable from a truly remarkable man.


"Well, I don't know what will happen now. We've got some difficult days ahead. But it really doesn't matter with me now, because I've been to the mountaintop.

And I don't mind. 

Like anybody, I would like to live a long life. Longevity has its place. But I'm not concerned about that now. I just want to do God's will. And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over. And I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land!

And so I'm happy, tonight.

I'm not worried about anything.

I'm not fearing any man! 

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord!!"

YouTube link here

"I've been to the mountaintop" full transcript and audio here.

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Just a word

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

With yet one more warning, in an endless torrent of warnings, from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change about the impact of human induced climate change on the planet; and despite the Secretary-General of the United Nations pleading that the "heat is on and we must act" because "there is no planet B"; we continue to witness inexcusable inertia from our political leaders.

An inertia, which most charitably can be viewed as this:



And much less charitably, though equally as accurately, as this:



Now just as we use a few short words to mark the great sacrifice that past generations had made for us, precisely so we'd never forget what they did:


Three words - so simple, yet so clear.


Make no mistake, in the decades to come, as the impact of climate change becomes even more obvious and our negligence becomes even more apparent, Gen Then will use just one word to mark the great 'sacrifice' that we have made for them, and precisely too so they'd never forget what we did:



One word - so simple, yet so clear.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Vale great spirit

Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." Albert Einstein.

Vale great spirit.


Blog Archive

Our home

Our home
Earthrise over the moon (click on picture to view film)

The pale blue dot

The pale blue dot
Earth viewed from Saturn (click on picture to view film clip)

Our neighbourhood

Our neighbourhood
The Solar System (click on picture to view film)

Our Home Galaxy

Our Home Galaxy
The Milky Way (click on picture to view film)

A sister galaxy

A sister galaxy
Andromeda (click on picture to view film)

Another sister galaxy

Another sister galaxy
Triangulum (click on picture to view short film clip)

The Local Group of Galaxies

The Local Group of Galaxies
Our Galactic Neighbourhood (click on picture to view film clip).

Our farthest view of the Universe

Our farthest view of the Universe
Hubble's farthest view (click on picture to view film clip)

The virgo super cluster of galaxies

The virgo super cluster of galaxies
Galaxies within 100 million light years (click on picture to view film clip)

Galaxies within 1 billion light years

Galaxies within 1 billion light years

Universe

Universe