“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Sunday, January 2, 2011


Just broke open some geodes with my daughter Claire. It was almost ridiculously easy to pop them open with a hammer. Soft on the outside, crystalline and sparkling on the inside. There are quantum mechanical reasons for the sparkle given off by a crystal lattice, and for the way in which crystal lattices trap different kinds of light inside them.

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