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Cosmic Gnome (#2)- Nigel Jenkins

Cosmic Gnome (#2)- Nigel Jenkins

(#3)Pulsing·Light,Supernovae Tune·The·Earth. Atoms Dance Atoms·Sing. They·Kill, Die·Who·Seek·To·Cling. -Nigel Jenkins

Found this poem and then about Nigel Jenkins on a run this morning down by the Maritime Quarters. Feeling humbled.

This man also co-wrote ‘Love is a Four-Letter Word’ in 1988, I haven’t read it, but I do love Jason Mraz’s 2012 album!

Green Eyes In Beautiful Detail

Wrote a poem about green eyes before, here are two videos I made lately:

Did you think the eyes are smooth spheres? Macro view of this eye reveals a pattern that reminds me of craters.. Maybe on Alien territories 😛

What do the patterns of this iris remind you of? How about Mediterranean sea, or a bizarre suggestion by a friend- Petri dish or sperms surrounding an egg.

Ok, some descriptions don’t sound pretty… Nevertheless, how intricate are the designs of out eyes? Evolution has created endless forms most beautiful! Spare a moment to be grateful for our sight and these beautiful & well designed features…

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The iris is a contractile structure, consisting mainly of smooth muscle, surrounding the pupil. Light enters the eye through the pupil, and the iris regulates the amount of light by controlling the size of the pupil. The iris contains two groups of smooth muscles; a circular group called the sphincter pupillae, and a radial group called the dilator pupillae. When the sphincter pupillae contract, the iris decreases or constricts the size of the pupil. The dilator pupillae, innervated by sympathetic nerves from the superior cervical ganglion, cause the pupil to dilate when they contract. These muscles are sometimes referred to as intrinsic eye muscles. The sensory pathway (rod or cone, bipolar, ganglion) is linked with its counterpart in the other eye by a partial crossover of each eye’s fibers. This causes the effect in one eye to carry over to the other.

(Wikipedia)

Nature will bear the closest inspection. She invites us to lay our eye level with her smallest leaf, and take an insect view of its plain.

–Henry David Thoreau 

“The soul, fortunately, has an interpreter – often an unconscious but still a faithful interpreter – in the eye.” 

— Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

About weak points [of the Origin] I agree. The eye to this day gives me a cold shudder, but when I think of the fine known gradations, my reason tells me I ought to conquer the cold shudder.

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Shuttecock Game Chinese Lesson

A Brief lesson on playing/ kicking the shuttlecock, a popular pass time for Chinese children. Also, learn to count in Chinese :).

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大家好.
Dàjiā hǎo.
Hello everybody.

谢谢(你们)再次来收看我的视频.
Xièxiè (nǐmen) zàicì lái shōukàn wǒ de shìpín.
Thanks (thank you) for watching my video again.

今天呢我有一点怀旧.
Jīntiān ne wǒ yǒu yīdiǎn huáijiù.
Today I feel a bit nostalgic.

你们看到我的手里有一个什么东西了吗?
Nǐmen kàn dào wǒ de shǒu li yǒu yīgè shénme dōngxi le ma?
Have you guys seen what’s in my hand?

这是什么呢?
Zhè shì shénme ne?
What is this?

这是一个毽子.
Zhè shì yīgè jiànzi.
This is a shuttlecock.

它是用来做什么的(呢)?
Tā shì yòng lái zuò shénme de (ne)?
What do you do with it? What can you use it for? (Literal: This is used for what?)

这个东西呢,是用来踢得.算是一种游戏吧.
Zhège dōngxi ne, shì yòng lái tī de. Suànshì yī zhǒng yóuxì ba.
So this thing is for kicking. Kind of like a game.

就像一个沙包。
Jiù xiàng yīgè shābāo
It’s like a hacky sack.

一, 二, 三, 四, 五, 六, 七, 八, 九, 十, 十一, 十二, 十三, 十四, 十五, 十六, 十七, 十八, 十九, 二十, 二(十)一, 二(十)二.. . 等等.
Yī, èr, sān, sì, wǔ, liù, qī, bā, jiǔ, shí, shíyī, shí’èr, shísān, shísì, shíwǔ, shíliù, shíqī, shíbā, shíjiǔ, èrshí, Èr (shí) yī, èr (shí) èr.. . Děng děng.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22…etc. (When you count quickly, can omit the ‘ten’ in after the first number from 20 onwards).

我有点累了.
Wǒ yǒudiǎn lèile.
I’m a bit tired.

喘不过来气.
Chuǎn bùguò lái qì.
Can’t breathe through (as in normally).

Pupil Constriction and Dilation

So the other week I bought some lens extensions for taking macro images as one of my hobbies is to take pictures of nature. I thought I’d give filming in HD ago and chose the eye as my subject because of it’s intricately beautiful design.

As you can see the video reveals details of the iris and pupil including their movements- constriction and dilation in this case. This didn’t happen to a friend’s eye that I initially filmed. I’m puzzled by this…

After some research and looking at other videos that people posted I came across things such as autonomic nervous system, galvanic response, adrenaline levels… Maybe the pupil is changing in size due to the blood circulation? However someone suggested it could just be the lights. Although additionally, I should point out that I am affected by myopia- essentially shortsightedness which might affect the constriction/dilation as well?

I’m still not sure what exactly causes this relatively fast paced change in size in the pupil & is wondering if many people have eyes that behave like this….

Creme brule

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I had the most delicious creme brule this evening! Beautiful presentation with the colours, a healthy touch with the strawkiwiberry and a lovely crisp topping. Irresistable and parfait! A great finish for the evening meal, even for someone who isn’t much into desserts! Beautiful blend of red green and yellow 🙂

A picture says a thousand words.

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Loving a bit of WWF on the back of this 50p coin!

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An awesome snowman in Regent’s park when it snowed earlier this year!

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What wakes me up every morning, the warmth softly envelopes moi in its golden photons..

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Ah, ought to explore London more, fabulous!

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Celebration of diversity with a message conveyed through the coloufuliciousness of cette flag.

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Introspection time… Zzzzz

You maki miso happy! Elation

Miso happy 🙂 Valentine’s day is drawing close, have you decided what to do yet? I’m sure for some people the day that they dread is Valentine’s day, especially if they have decided that being single is a life style that suits them better. On the other hand if that’s the life style they chose, then they might want to opt for another Japanese inspired tasting menu, dump’em over dumplings 😉 Yes, you maki miso happy is a special valentine’s day menu by the restaurant where I work at.

I have been advised before to restrain my emotions and think in a  levelheaded manner especially when confronted by surprises. How dull would someone’s feeling’s be if they managed to numb their feelings entirely, all sacrificed for being ‘calm and collected’? I think no matter what, excitement is an exhilarating experience one should enjoy and treasure. In particular when we are struck with surprises of unexpected  turn of events… But keeping in mind that although this feeling is great, we must continue to work hard to achieve and maintain what we have gained. If you are so much excited by a piece of news, it must mean a lot to you, you care about it. Things that we care about do not float by too often, once you find it, you should cling on to it no matter what 🙂

January is coming to and end already, only 11 month left of 2012. Time management is essential this year, but I think relaxation is an essential part that must be scheduled in as well, maki you happy.

Chill with this little gem:

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