Thursday, June 19, 2008

Morning Dew

Originally uploaded by Kadath
Crazy weather here lately, from 103 degrees to incredible storms to 65 degree chilly nights at the Sandy Hook concert series. My Rose Bush has exactly one bud on it this summer, and it is a magnet for morning dew.

3 more in the set can be found -here-

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Neck and Neck

Originally uploaded by Kadath
I liked this one too, gotta give it a little exposure. Full set link below.

A day at the races

Originally uploaded by Kadath
Full set - here.-

Diet Coke and Mentos fun!

Originally uploaded by Kadath
Showed Ryan and Eddie (and the whole fam too) how to make Diet Coke cannons using Mentos, they really dug it and we got a pretty awesome fountain!

Full set can be found -here.-

Friday, June 13, 2008

Walt Whitman's reflections on Navesink

In my morning Gmail Alerts I got a curious hit on 'Navesink'.  Apparently there is a short section in Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass titled "Fancies at Navesink".  Well, I'm sure both of my parents, my sister, and I were all required to read Leaves and somehow I never heard about this connection.  Thank's to Project Gutenberg I was able to get the whole section and I have placed it here below.
Walt Whitman
Leaves of Grass

[I]  The Pilot in the Mist

Steaming the northern rapids--(an old St. Lawrence reminiscence,
A sudden memory-flash comes back, I know not why,
Here waiting for the sunrise, gazing from this hill;)
Again 'tis just at morning--a heavy haze contends with daybreak,
Again the trembling, laboring vessel veers me--I press through
    foam-dash'd rocks that almost touch me,
Again I mark where aft the small thin Indian helmsman
Looms in the mist, with brow elate and governing hand.

[II]  Had I the Choice

Had I the choice to tally greatest bards,
To limn their portraits, stately, beautiful, and emulate at will,
Homer with all his wars and warriors--Hector, Achilles, Ajax,
Or Shakspere's woe-entangled Hamlet, Lear, Othello--Tennyson's fair ladies,
Metre or wit the best, or choice conceit to wield in perfect rhyme,
    delight of singers;
These, these, O sea, all these I'd gladly barter,
Would you the undulation of one wave, its trick to me transfer,
Or breathe one breath of yours upon my verse,
And leave its odor there.

[III]  You Tides with Ceaseless Swell

You tides with ceaseless swell! you power that does this work!
You unseen force, centripetal, centrifugal, through space's spread,
Rapport of sun, moon, earth, and all the constellations,
What are the messages by you from distant stars to us? what Sirius'?
    what Capella's?
What central heart--and you the pulse--vivifies all? what boundless
    aggregate of all?
What subtle indirection and significance in you? what clue to all in
    you? what fluid, vast identity,
Holding the universe with all its parts as one--as sailing in a ship?

[IV]  Last of Ebb, and Daylight Waning

Last of ebb, and daylight waning,
Scented sea-cool landward making, smells of sedge and salt incoming,
With many a half-caught voice sent up from the eddies,
Many a muffled confession--many a sob and whisper'd word,
As of speakers far or hid.

How they sweep down and out! how they mutter!
Poets unnamed--artists greatest of any, with cherish'd lost designs,
Love's unresponse--a chorus of age's complaints--hope's last words,
Some suicide's despairing cry, Away to the boundless waste, and
    never again return.

On to oblivion then!
On, on, and do your part, ye burying, ebbing tide!
On for your time, ye furious debouche!

[V]  And Yet Not You Alone

And yet not you alone, twilight and burying ebb,
Nor you, ye lost designs alone--nor failures, aspirations;
I know, divine deceitful ones, your glamour's seeming;
Duly by you, from you, the tide and light again--duly the hinges turning,
Duly the needed discord-parts offsetting, blending,
Weaving from you, from Sleep, Night, Death itself,
The rhythmus of Birth eternal.

[VI]  Proudly the Flood Comes In

Proudly the flood comes in, shouting, foaming, advancing,
Long it holds at the high, with bosom broad outswelling,
All throbs, dilates--the farms, woods, streets of cities--workmen at work,
Mainsails, topsails, jibs, appear in the offing--steamers' pennants
    of smoke--and under the forenoon sun,
Freighted with human lives, gaily the outward bound, gaily the
    inward bound,
Flaunting from many a spar the flag I love.

[VII]  By That Long Scan of Waves

By that long scan of waves, myself call'd back, resumed upon myself,
In every crest some undulating light or shade--some retrospect,
Joys, travels, studies, silent panoramas--scenes ephemeral,
The long past war, the battles, hospital sights, the wounded and the dead,
Myself through every by-gone phase--my idle youth--old age at hand,
My three-score years of life summ'd up, and more, and past,
By any grand ideal tried, intentionless, the whole a nothing,
And haply yet some drop within God's scheme's ensemble--some
    wave, or part of wave,
Like one of yours, ye multitudinous ocean.

[VIII]  Then Last Of All

Then last of all, caught from these shores, this hill,
Of you O tides, the mystic human meaning:
Only by law of you, your swell and ebb, enclosing me the same,
The brain that shapes, the voice that chants this song.

This was first published in 1885.  I can tell you Walt, 125 years later and the Navesink is still remarkable.
You can get the full text of Leaves here:
Text version here:
Information about Project Gutenberg can be found here:
For those, like me, who don't know what 'debouche' means (tho I remembered enough French to know it translates as 'from the mouth', it means 'emerge or exit' according to Webster...

Friday, June 06, 2008

Joe Walsh for President!

Originally uploaded by Kadath
Full set from the Eagles when they played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ a few weeks back can be found -here-