Steve Jansen - The Extinct Suite

Steve Jansen’s new album The Extinct Suite arrived yesterday, and I’ve kept listening to it on repeat ever since. What a beautiful album. It’s absolutely fantastic and inpiring to me. I’ve always been a huge fan of David Sylvian’s more ambient recordings including Flux & Mutability, Plight & Premonition, Ember Glance and Approaching Silence (hence the name of my blog) - and Steve’s album fits perfectly into the collection. What makes this and the other albums so special to me?
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Mood

Last weekend started quite productive, but my mood turned dark and heavy again Saturday evening and even worse throughout most of Sunday. It’s a strange thing; I find it hard to describe, and even harder to predict and control. It’s almost like a software bug that occurs sometimes, but not always, and I don’t have an idea what’s causing it, how to reproduce or fix it. The only difference: this here is not a bug but real life.
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Astronomy: Exploring Time and Space - Week 4

The Tools of Astronomy Telescopes Gallileoscope 1 inch diameter over 400 years ago, modern telescopes now have diameters of 8 or 10 meters. Telescopes can also be used in invisible light wavelengths, e.g. ultraviolet, infrared, radio. James Webb Space Telescope will bring space astronomy to the level of large ground telescopes, 6.5 meter mirror. Ground based telescopes cost about a billion dollars. Hubble Space Telescope cost about $6-8 billion.
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Two and two are five

“Nazi theory indeed specifically denies that such a thing as “the truth” exists. … The implied objective of this line of thought is a nightmare world in which the Leader, or some ruling clique, controls not only the future but the past. If the Leader says of such and such an event, “It never happened” – well, it never happened. If he says that two and two are five – well, two and two are five.
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