My first proper rant..and it’s about my Neighbours!
Gotta say, the next door house and garden were quite for many years.. lovely elderly coupled lived there before. They had a nice big apple tree which the gy used to trim …little bit weekly.. with a very long pruner mounted on a long stick-device. Anyway the old guy died, and his lovely wife was settled in a nursing home..
So the house got sold..and the current young couple bought it.. some 5-6 years ago.. They’ve been a noisy irritating bunch. Apart from the regular domestic arguments, shouts and tantrums..(and resulting loud radio music the woman plays..) they also now have 2 young kids…4-5 year olds.. who also shout and cry all the time!! They run and make noises like packs of animals! Now I like kids..and get on very well.. I’m a regular Piped Piper when it comes to kids in family circles.. but these ones… constant screams and shouts! So much so I haven’t been able to get into my own garden in daylight.. for 5 years.
No peace!! Only late at nights I get to go and sit and do some meditative work etc.
Few weeks ago the woman came to ask about cutting our Willow Tree that’s been leaning a few branches (high above) into their garden. Only few days prior to that, I had climbed up and cut a huge branch!! I told the woman that, I will trim a bit more when I am ready. Well, today I woke up to heavy machine / grinding sounds.. and lo and behold, our door bell rang- the guy dropped into ask us about the tree (As hey happen to have a tree surgeon with them?! They don;t have any trees…They cut that apple tree years ago!!). We told them- no! And later, I went to the garden, and realised…they had reached a good 2 foot in to our garden..7-8 metrs high..somehow..and cut many of the branches..and dumped the stuff back in (and I have all my outdoor candles and ceramic stuff..statues..right under there!).
I am just outraged! Rage is not even a word that can describe my rage..if that makes sense?! There are 2 ways forward – for me that is! Write a formal letter of protest to them.. And the other option.. summon up the devil, offer my soul in return for some peace, quiet and protection …from these neighbours from Hell.. ??
Winter Solstice – when the Sun enters the sign of Capricorn.. shortest day..longest night..!
This year it’s happening on Thursday 22nd December 2011.. at 5.30am (GMT). That’s the astrology.
Pagans, Wiccans, Druids and New-Agers celebrate this – and have done so for thousands of years – and consider the Sun-child being born. Makes sense as after this, the days get longer…Sun gets stronger ..growing its full force by Summer Solstice.
Of course this has been somewhat `acquired’ by Christianity, and repackaged as celebration fo the birth of Christ (baby Jesus!). Any decent effort at historical research will show that Christ was not born in December, but in earlier part of the year (if we can even consider the birth of Christ as `real’).
I have no problems with Christianity. Brought up as a Hindu, I also went to the nearby Church with family – once in a back in Ceylone in the early 70’s. No one would deny the `magic of this time’..
These days I look forward to the annual special show of Doctor Who on Christmas day.. and yes, I have a Yule tree in my home, and it has lights…and I think about those Christmassy feelings of childhood gone by..
Up & Down, Strange & Charm, Truth & Beauty (or Top & Bottom)- these are the 6 quark pairs that make up all matter as we know it..! We are talking about the `particles’ which make up protons, neutrons and so on.. It’s actually more particle physics than quantum mechanics…but hey…!
The diagram shows a typical interaction.. of a quark being scattered by an electron, with the force carrier (X). That’s where the real science ends..
But of course the whole thing is on a membrane…and a `light’ penetrates this side from the other side, through a `light-hole’. That’s just my art.. It’s a bit of graphics I created.. including the fake beard on my face, Sun (lots of photos of bonfire merged), and a `planet’. Enjoy.
So here we are, almost on the eve of Mid-Winter Solstice.. longest night – shortest day.. a time when the Sun-child is reborn, according to many Pagan beliefs. Quite an apt time for QuantumPhoenix to surface..again.
It was possibly my 2nd oldest internet username/handle.. way back in the days of telnetting . As the name suggests, it was a re-invention of the Self.. and an integration of Science, Magic & Myths…with me ofcourse!
So how do I see it..the name? The power of the magic and regeneration, lurking inside a Quantum of energy… undefined, yet full of possibilities, undulating as a probability wave in all dimensions…awaiting collapse into a single reality!!
What’s reality? Is that an esoteric question or a scientific one? Are you asking or am I asking myself? Am I asking me who is here, or the me in a multiverse? More on that.. another time.. But to get back to reality…it’s just i-squared. Well, that’s `i’ the imagnary number squared (equals r – the real number..) That’s the O/Level maths..
I like to think of it as `imagination-squared = reality manifest’ – after all it fits right in with the collapse of a probabiliy wave function, by the effect of an observer!