The Hughsletter #89 – Pictures of Gods

Good Morning!

The weather, while externally beautiful for most of the last three or four days, is killing my head – I suffer from weather related migraines. They make my head hurt, of course, but they also kill my ability to sleep and that makes me irritable and grumpy. So I spent the whole weekend outside and alone as much as possible – which is good for my garden, but not so much for the relationships I have with actual people.

The way things work here at The Hughsletter home office is that I spend the week scouring for the links I want to share, and then get up really early Monday morning to sort them out and write the rest of the letter around them. This morning I almost called in sick, so keep your expectations low for this issue, OK?

I both love spring, and hate it. I hate it for what the weather does to my head, and love it for the flowers.

Here are five other things I thought were beautiful:

  • The Telegraph in the UK has this small collection of photos from Holi, the annual Hindu festival whose celebration  involves bodypainting. (Here are even more!)
  • Nature photographer Nobuyuki Kobayashi sees his work as “taking pictures of gods“. It is obvious he takes this literally when you notice the amount of reverence he has for his subjects.
  • Because the Earth and The Moon are tidally locked, you can’t see the other side of the moon if you don’t leave the earth. NASA used satellite imagery to stitch this full rotation of the moon together for the rest of us. I don’t know what it is, but I can sit and watch it over and over.
  • Before there were robots, there were automatons – highly intricate machines that ran from clockwork gears to replicate humans. Like the one built to look like a small boy, that could actually write on paper with a quill pen- built in 1768! This article from Open Culture shares 4 different videos with working examples of automatons that are over 200 years old.
  • I almost shared these watercolors of animals and children last week, but didn’t. Since then they have haunted me, and I find myself going back and looking at them again and again.

Reading:

Like I said last week, because of the rush to get everything out in the garden, I am not reading much these days, but I came across this lovely excerpt from the memoir of Bill Hayes, who was Oliver Sacks’ partner at the time of his death. I was late to the Oliver Sacks party, but have came to love his writing. I think, however, based on this view of Sacks from someone who loved him, that I would have liked the person he was, too.

Housekeeping:

I will be in NYC the evening of May 10 through the morning of May 13th. If you would like to grab some coffee while I am in town, please let me know.

Take care of yourself, and each other.


Hugh Hollowell
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