Ne Pret Pas a Manger

Oh no, my venue pulled out!! The Pret sandwich turns to ashes in my mouth. Well I still have a script and an actress, fuck it I think this might be better suited to a public space anyway. We still need a good male lead (youngish Chinese guy) and two alien law enforcers (any age/race/sex/species will do, preferably NOT like Men in Black), acting experience absolutely necessary as is a blatant disregard for the law and personal safety.

Maybe it’s the music outside the arts centre. There’s something just superb about live rock n roll outside; and not in some distant field; and not in some crowded precinct, but just randomly, below a tree, by the side of the road, with taxis and ambulances and buses going by. The joy is how the rest of the noisy city life is muted. The taxis go by silently as the drums crash away.

Anyway, it’s standing outside under the sky - a rare night sky in Hong Kong - that I start to think about how fast we’re moving through space. How the little warm patch we occupied with a warm Fender amp and joyous noise is long cold space by now. Bear with me if you’ve heard this before, I get like this every 3.5 months, something to do with sunspots or something.

We’re moving pretty fast. In Hong Kong, due to the rotation of the Earth, we’re moving at 1,550kph.

Add to this how fast we’re spinning around the sun. That’s 107,300kph, give or take depending on the time of year, but pretty close.

Oh, and the sun itself is spinning around the centre of the Milky Way at around 869,046kph. Roughly speaking.

And of course, the whole galaxy we’re in is shifting towards Andromeda at a rate of 2,160,000 kph.

Bottom line, amigos, is that we are moving at a little over 3.2 million kilometres an hour, or to put it more manageably, around 870 kilometres per second.

(Now, pedants, please don’t point out that not all these velocities are in the same direction. Sure, at certain times of the day and year and galactic seasons, we could be going as slowly as 328 kilometres per second. But that’s less fun)

Don’t get too attached to that little space you’re occupying right now - in six minutes (up to 18 minutes for the pedants) it will be a moon’s distance away, and likely occupied by nothing but cold vacuum.

That’s if you believe in time at all, which I don’t. It’s just useful for thinking about movement without going absolutely crazy.

Have a beautiful night friends——
it’s an honour sharing space with you :)


Otto Goetze (1868 Leipzig - Berlin 1931). Erwartung.
—via jahsonic


Otto Goetze (1868 Leipzig - Berlin 1931). Erwartung.

—via jahsonic

Any attempt by the state to guarantee an ecologically sustainable society would be but the latest road to serfdom. The fact that no liberal democratic state has yet achieved a fully sustainable trajectory should therefore be understood not as a failure, but rather a vindication, of liberal democracy, which accepts and seeks to accommodate political pluralism.

Robyn Eckersley. From the liberal to the green democratic state: upholding autonomy and sustainability. Int. J. Innovation and Sustainable Development, Vol. 1, No. 4, 2006.

be happy

"Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest… whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, if there be any praise, think on these things.”

bummed out but Noel cheering me up

Oasis “Half the World Away”:

I would like to leave this city, this old town don’t smell too pretty and
I can see the warning signs running around my mind.
And when I leave this island I’ll book myself into a soul asylum
‘Cause I can see the warning signs running around my mind.

So here I go, I’ve been scratching around in the same old hole
My body feels young but my mind is very old.
What do you say?
You can’t give me the dream if it’s mine anyway.

You’re half the world away,
Half the world away.
Half the world away.

I’ve been lost I’ve been found but I don’t feel down,
no I don’t feel down.

funny how such a small thing can keep us going

Stingy government

LOL - who brings paper for God’s sake??!