the other side of here

feel disconnected going through motions
folding clothes comfy coming down from
so many moments only seen from a distance
far away
the future and what i want to be someday
am i
the best sexually
i could be
on top of a mountain somewhere probably
out in the earth doing some good
not under some blanket
asleep always dreaming
asleep always awake wondering
what it means to wander
every time i want to drop everything and run
every time i want to look around town for
lights in different patterns and sounds
i've never heard before i wonder
what it means to wander
and i find nothing
is on the other side of here



gig in the sky

this week is

the looking forward to
the walking there
the video wonder and audio wandering toward almost
being there best

the amount of time spent smiling
the trip from quietude to figures to total sound
the sweater argument in the forest by the road
the way the moon will look behind
the cartwheel in the clouds
the way you will look

and no one will know what

and all we will want
is to eat breakfast
in the middle of the night

this gig in the sky
this festival nearby


detail from "aqua galactic" by n8w.


community, identity, stability

Mother, monogamy, romance. High spurts the fountain; fierce and foamy the wild jet. The urge has but a single outlet. My love, my baby. No wonder these poor pre-moderns were mad and wicked and miserable. Their world didn't allow them to take things easily, didn't allow them to be sane, virtuous, happy. What with mothers and lovers, what with the prohibitions they were not conditioned to obey, what with the temptations and the lonely remorses, what with all the diseases and the endless isolating pain, what with the uncertainties and the poverty–they were forced to feel strongly. And feeling strongly (and strongly, what was more, in solitude, in hopelessly individual isolation), how could they be stable?

-Aldous Huxley, Brave New World


aquathletic vitae


The crux of [Michael] Phelps’s superiority — the quality that allows him to maintain the power and efficiency of his strokes when other swimmers begin to falter and that allows him to overpower competitors in the final lap of a race — is his endurance. Years of [coach Bob] Bowman’s drills have developed and refined Phelps’s capacity to endure, but from the outset Phelps brought to the pool physiological attributes that place him at the limit for his species. Under aerobic strain, Phelps produces far less lactic acid than other athletes.... Genadijus Sokolovas, an intense former pentathlete from Lithuania who is the sports-science director for USA Swimming, explained to me how important this is: “I recently calculated how much Michael is going to swim in Beijing. We don’t know his final schedule yet, but if it’s similar to Athens, the total time he’ll spend in the water — preliminaries, semifinals, finals, warm-ups, cool-downs — will be the equivalent of running eight or nine marathons over the course of the Olympic Games.”
that's based on the number of calories burned. going by distance, he'll swim a "mere" 30 miles. yeesh. what a crazy gunard, right?

yet 'tis true. weird fishes = rad.

and something else true for ye, re: water. didja know...? Point Nemo is the spot in the middle of the Pacific Ocean that is the place on Earth farthest from land. fact!