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October 17, 2010


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Beautiful image Michael...Love those rich blue colors that look like they are inside or the inner backside the grains. I can visualize microscopic amobeas or organelles or stellar and nebular gas formations.

Knowing that ubiquitous, so-called mundane grains of sand you hold in your hand could be a part of incomprehensibly ancient rocks formed billions of years ago staggers the imagination.


This is so beautiful, truely the art of mother nature!

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The Photoshopped version looks like a polarized-light microphoto, and makes me wonder whether image enhancement of this sort might be used as a research tool. You've probably seen notes on how conversion of data to visible or audible form helps scientists discern pattern that the primitive brain picks up faster than the mathematical brain or even the computer. Whether or not, it's gorgeous.

My goodness, Richard - you HAVE been excavating the archives!

Your last point on conversion of one form of data to another that stimulates a different sense is indeed fascinating - have you listened to the "sounds" of the Japanese earthquake that are available on the web?

I missed a lot and am much enjoying reading backward to where I fell out. The speeding up of the earthquake vibrations to audible range reminds me of the recordings that raise whale call frequencies so that they sound like bird songs. And then there's Dr. Terenzi, the "cross between Carl Sagan and Madonna": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiorella_Terenzi

Good grief - a "cross between Carl Sagan and Madonna"??!!

My mind boggled - I had not heard of her, so followed up your link and then to her website (http://www.fiorella.com/). I was relieved to find that Sagan was the intellectual part of the analogy, Madonna the appearance. What is it about the Italians? All quite extraordinary.

"But what if it had MY looks, and YOUR brains?" Shaw wrote to the woman who proposed she have his baby.

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