"Begin at the beginning,and go on till you come to the end: then stop." (Lewis Carroll, 1832-1896)

Alice came to a fork in the road. "Which road do I take?" she asked."Where do you want to go?" responded the Cheshire cat."I don't know," Alice answered."Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter."

"So long as I get somewhere," Alice added as an explanation. "Oh, you're sure to do that," said the Cat, "if you only walk long enough."

"All right," said the Cat; and this time it vanished quite slowly, beginning with the end of the tail, and ending with the grin, which remained some time after the rest of it had gone. "Well! I've often seen a cat without a grin," thought Alice; "but a grin without a cat! It's the most curious thing I ever saw in my life!"

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I am diagonally parked in a parallel universe. Like Arthur Dent from "Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", if you do not have a Babel Fish in your ear this blog will be completely unintelligible to you and will read something like this: "boggle, google, snoggle, slurp, slurp, dingleberry to the power of 10". Fortunately, those who have had the Babel Fish inserted in their ear, will understood this blog perfectly. If you are familiar with this technology, you will know that the Babel Fish lives on brainwave radiation. It excretes energy in the form of exactly the correct brainwaves needed by its host to understand what was just said; or in this case, what was read. The Babel Fish, thanks to scientific research, reverses the problem defined by its namesake in the Tower of Babel, where a deity was supposedly inspired to confuse the human race by making them unable to understand each other.


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Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Harvard Map Collection Celestial Globes

Aquarius ('The Water Bearer'): Part of the Zodiac. Mercator draws and labels the jar ('Urna') and the water('Aqua') that flows from it.

Harvard Map Collection Celestial Globes

Gerard Mercator (1512-1594) was a publisher of maps and atlases, but he is only known to have produced one pair of globes: a terrestrial globe in 1541 and a matching celestial globe in 1551. You can pick a constellation from any of the three drop-down lists. Mercator depicted 50 constellations on his celestial globe. This includes the 48 traditional (Ptolemaic) constellations plus two others which, though still from classical times, are later additions to the standard set.



Blogger -K- said...

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair." (Or something like that.)

Thanks for your comment about my photo. I try and put up new ones every few days.

23/3/06 3:10 am  

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