Quote of the day: Funeral Blues

image W.H. Auden small One of W.H. Auden best known poems “Funeral Blues” in its second (shorter) and changed version. We are still searching for the original version with five stanzas which Auden wrote together with Christopher Isherwood in 1936.

Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
Scribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,
Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

He was my North, my South, my East and West,
My working week and my Sunday rest,
My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong.

The stars are not wanted now: put out every one;
Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
For nothing now can ever come to any good.

Wystan Hugh Auden, 1907 – 1973, Funeral Blues

More information:
W.H. Auden at Wikipedia

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Video: The Sky in Motion

An outstanding time-lapsed video of the sky, the sun, moon and the stars.

“…Set the sky in motion! Not seen in real-time by naked eye, but a time lapse technique speeds up the motion of the celestial objects. About 7000 individual photographies were assembled showing the apparent motion of the sun, moon, and stars due to earths rotation…”

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link to vimeo video

video by: Ansgar Rudolf and Till Credner

More information
More great time lapsed videos available at The Sky in Motion

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Science: Yoshimoto Cube

A video with a little puzzle to start the new year.
The Yoshimoto Cube – a transformation of two stellated rhombic dodecahedrons from one cube.

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link to YouTube video

More information
A discussion of the video and the topic at Reddit

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Happy Holidays from Duvet-Dayz.com

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Thanks to all our readers for another year of your support.
Best wishes and happy holidays!

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Humor: The Meaning of Life

Now you can finally find out what the meaning of life is, well maybe not.

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link to Flickr Photostream

via: fatheed at Flickr

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Humor: Christmas in Japan

A video to start your day smiling.

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link to YouTube video

More information:
Download the song at Fatblueman web log.

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