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May 29 2012

Three Beautiful Things and a Funny

I just spent a few moments perusing G+ whilst dinner cooked. For those of you who aren’t on G+ or don’t follow me there, I figured I’d share, because there are three extraordinarily beautiful photographs and something to delight the hearts of current and former English majors.

If I remember rightly, there were people who said, when photography was born, that it could never be art. It’s too bad they’re gone. I’d like to spread the following photos out in front of them, laying them down like a royal flush.

For geology lovers, Kent Mearig’s photograph of a stream in an ice cave in Alaska’s Mendenhall Glacier. You’d be forgiven if you thought such things couldn’t appear on this planet – but they can, and do, and they are exquisite.

Arachnophobes beware, but our own George Wiman took this fantastic photo of a tiny spider, and I think it’s utterly adorable. Also, I love the eyes! Remarkable little critters. And capturing it in such detail takes a certain mastery of photography that can only be envied by amateurs such as myself.

The trump card*: liquid flower photos. Mind boggled. Click through to see the whole series, because they are amazing.

And, teh funneh: English doesn’t borrow from other languages. Laughed me arse off, didn’t I just? I’m sure at least one or two of you got a kick out of that.

It’s back to the gargantuan 800+ page paper on Mount St. Helens for me. Stay tuned for the best UFD ever later this morning…

 

*I don’t play poker, so I don’t know if there is a trump card in a royal flush, or even what a trump card is except in a vague “ha ha you are so pwnd” sort of way, and I didn’t feel like looking it up. Did I mention dinner? Also, 800+ page paper? Yeah. Just go with it, m’kay?

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  1. 1
    Aliasalpha

    Despite being an arachnophobe, I do have to say its a pretty cool photo of that spider. The best photo I have in a similar vein is this one, more notable for the colour of the spider than the quality of the photo (which was pretty crap really)

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      Dana Hunter

      Beautiful! It’s like a chocolate and mint convection.

      1. rq

        Confection? I think you have ovens on your mind…

      2. Aliasalpha

        Nah, spiders can at best be kinda cool in a freraky monster-like way, not beautiful. Rosellas on the other hand…

  2. 2
    Cujo359

    I’ve never heard the expression “trump card” in connection with poker. It’s an expression used in bridge, which I’d probably best let someone who remembers the game explain.

  3. 3
    Blueaussi

    “And, teh funneh: English doesn’t borrow from other languages. Laughed me arse off, didn’t I just? I’m sure at least one or two of you got a kick out of that.”

    And be sure to credit that quote to James Nicoll, not Booker T Washington.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Nicoll

  4. 4
    Trebuchet

    Those splash-flowers are absolutely amazing. I’d really like to see how he did it.

    I agree, no trumps in poker but they’re commonly used in any of the trick-taking games like bridge, whist, or pinochle.

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