Medieval music books, with their merry notes jumping off the page, are a pleasure to look at. This sensational page from the 14th century adds to this experience in a most unusual manner. It presents a well-known song, the French ballade titled En la maison Dedalus (In the house of Dedalus), be it that the scribe decided to write both music and lyrics in a circular form. There is reason behind this madness. The maze created by music and words locks up the main character of the song, the mythological figure Ariadne, who is a prisoner in the house of Daedalus - she is represented by the red dot. The book contains treatises on music theory, notation, tuning and chant. In other words, it was meant for experts readers. The beholder likely enjoyed the challenge of singing a circular song (did he or she spin the book around?) and how it held its subject hostage in the merriest of ways.
Pic: Berkeley, Music Library, MS 744 (made in Paris in 1375). More about the manuscript here, including more unusual images. This is a study of the book (the ballade is discussed at p. 14).
Devils of monstrous and tiny proportions drive souls into the inferno, 1240-1300
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We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, “O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless… of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?” Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?
Rest in peace.
Watched this last night and cried. I’m still trying to get over the fact that he’s gone.
earthdaily: Fox & Twist by Sean Gordon on Flickr.
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Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko (Uroplatus phantasticus)
The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko, is a species of gecko indigenous to the island of Madagascar. It is an arboreal species that relies on its natural camouflage in the northern and central tropical forests. Its adult size is 2.6 to 6 inches in total length, including the tail. The gecko occurs in a variety of colors, including hues of purple, orange, tan and yellow, but is often mottled brown, with small black dots on the underside that help to distinguish it from similar species. A nocturnal reptile, with suitably large eyes, the satanic leaf-tailed gecko moves about its rainforest habitat at night feeding on insects. The adhesive scales under their fingers and toes and their strong curved claws enable them to move adeptly through the trees. The satanic leaf-tailed gecko is somewhat of an expert at avoiding predators, not only through their incredible mimicry, but through a number of behaviours. They can flatten their body against the substrate to reduce the body’s shadow, open their jaws wide to show a frightening, bright red mouth, and voluntarily shed their tail in order to trick a predator.photo credits: Piotr Naskrecki / Minden Pictures/CORBIS
Uroplatus phantasticus is not able to flatten its body to reduce its shadow, and some populations (undescribed species) have black mouths, and others have cream mouths, but none have red mouths.
To read more about U. phantasticus click here!
When I was a kid and I saw my family smoking cigarettes outside, I thought it made them feel warm. That was a completely false assumption and I am fucking cold
outside it looks like what i am feeling in my head and it is nice to see nature so in tune with me
Someone should buy me a cactus, they’re so cute! And Iscea plans on bringing her Bonsai trees over here from her mothers house so I can look after them. Bonsai art is beautiful and it’s something I’ve always loved.
But, yeah, buy me cacti.
I honestly can’t wait to start studying horticulture, then eventually homeopathy and natural remedies at university. I don’t think I’ve ever been so motivated and passionate about a future career. I never knew what I wanted to do — I always thought that I’d just be some broke musician but now that Iscea has pulled me in line and I have my priorities straight, I’m so excited for the future. A future I used to think I wouldn’t be alive to experience.
Giant amazon waterlilies in a large greenhouse - St. Petersburg Botanical Garden, Russia.