This is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever heard. Jeeeeesus. Many thanks to Joe Panama for this.
Tom Waits (on Robert Wilson): “Wilson, he’s always playing with time. I heard a recording recently of crickets slowed way down. It sounds like a choir, it sounds like angel music. Something sparkling, celestial with full harmony and bass parts - you wouldn’t believe it. It’s like a sweeping chorus of heaven, and it’s just slowed down, they didn’t manipulate the tape at all. So I think when Wilson slows people down, it gives you a chance to watch them moving through space. And there’s something to be said for slowing down the world.”
Source: “Woyzeck to run at Freud Playhouse”. Daily Bruin (USA), by Andrew Lee. December 3, 2002
The aswang is a shapeshifting weredog of Filipino folklore, and one of the most feared creatures in the islands. It is hard to pinpoint any one definition of what, exactly, the aswang is, because descriptions of the beast vary from one person to another. However, stories say that the aswang is quiet, shy and elusive in its human form; at night, they transform into animals, most commonly the dog, and then feast on unborn fetuses and children. They are often portrayed as a monstrous being with wings that beat louder the further they are from their prey. Some suck the fetus out of the mother’s womb with long probiscuses; others are so thin they can hide behind a bamboo post. They often replace their victims with doppelgangers made out of banana trunks or other plant materials; the doppelgangers return to the victim’s home, where they wither and die.
Hoping to give new meaning to the term “natural light,” a small group of biotechnology hobbyists and entrepreneurs has started a project to develop plants that glow, potentially leading the way for trees that can replace electric streetlamps and potted flowers luminous enough to read by.
The project, which will use a sophisticated form of genetic engineering called synthetic biology, is attracting attention not only for its audacious goal, but for how it is being carried out.
Rather than being the work of a corporation or an academic laboratory, it will be done by a small group of hobbyist scientists in one of the growing number of communal laboratories springing up around the nation as biotechnology becomes cheap enough to give rise to a do-it-yourself movement.
98 year old dobri dobrev, a man who lost his hearing in the second world war, walks 10 kilometers from his village in his homemade clothes and leather shoes to the city of sofia, where he spends the day begging for money.
though a well known fixture around several of the city’s chruches, known for his prostrations of thanks to all donors, it was only recently discovered that he has donated every penny he has collected — over 40,000 euros — towards the restoration of decaying bulgarian monasteries and churches and the utility bills of orphanages, living instead off his monthly state pension of 80 euros.