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bloomsday 2011

“…I was a flower of the mountain yes when I put the rose in my hair like the Andalusian girls used‏ or shall I wear a red yes and how he kissed me under the Moorish wall and I thought well as well him as another and then I asked him with my eyes to ask again yes and then he asked me would I yes to say yes my mountain flower and first I put my arms around him yes and drew him down to me so he could feel my breasts all perfume yes and his heart was going like mad and yes I said yes I will yes.”

Painting by Adrien Henri Tanoux (1865-1923), “A Young Beauty with a Red Flower in her Hair”. More information on Bloomsday here.

discover the elusive (courtesy of S.G.)

sun dog & glory


etymology: mid-13c., from O.Fr. solstice, from L. solstitium “point at which the sun seems to stand still,” from sol “sun” + pp. stem of sistere “to come to a stop, make stand still”

coptic music manuscript

manuscript ink on vellum, circa 8th century

What the bright circles on this page mean no one absolutely knows.

The six words written on this page are in Coptic once the common tongue of Egyptian Christians. The words at the top mean “spiritual music”. Those below and to the left mean “sacred hymn singer.” Below these, a word states simply, “beginning,” and one at the foot of the page reads “end.”


(first image is a mirror-image, reversal of fortunes)

Any noncircular curve may be approximated by tangent circle arcs, selecting a center by trial, drawing as much of an arc as will practically coincide with the curve, then changing the center and radius for the next portion, remembering always that if arcs are to be tangent, their centers must lie on the common normal at the point of tangency. — French, Thomas E. A Manual of Engineering Drawing for Students and Draftsmen (New York: McGraw-Hill, 1911) 54

inferno et purgatorio

Dante Aligheri, Purgatorio, Venice: Aldine Press (Aldus Manutius), 1502.

Dante Aligheri, Inferno, Venice: Aldine Press (Aldus Manutius), 1502.

colour wheels go round

circe variant

Circe Offering the Cup to Odysseus – John William Waterhouse

mass circles: what goes around