Saturday, November 29, 2008


Cirrus clouds are the highest clouds. The name Cirrus means "lock of hair", but to me they look more like feathers than hair. The sky was full of Cirrus clouds today, different ones in each direction that I looked.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Cumulus Mediocris

Cumulus Mediocris are as tall as they are wide. These clouds don't cause precipitation.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Cumulus Humilis

Cumulus Humilis clouds are just one of the many types of Cumulus clouds. They are wider than they are tall and they do not cause precipitation.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Cubist Days

The building I spend my days working in is a 1,716,500 square foot, postmodern, modular, concrete structure.

The basic element of its design is the cube, which is most obvious when you look up at the fire-escape route schematics and see how the building is one cube abutted by another cube abutted by another cube and so on and so on.

When you are busy working it is not immediately clear that you are in a cube because all of the cubes have been endlessly subdivided. There is a main set of four hallways on each level and these four hallways form a perfect square linking all the cubes. Whatever square or rectangular room you happen to be in was reached through one of a seemingly endless series of identical corridors. It's hard to remember that you are in a box inside a cube inside another cube. It's both cubist and labyrinthine.

The building uses colour as one of the main orienting systems and you can tell where you are by the colour of your door: red section, blue section, yellow section, purple section.

There are also courtyards interspersed through out the building but we aren't allowed to use them - all the doors are locked and the courtyards are empty except for old concrete paving stones - but if you go up to one of the big courtyard windows, press your cheek against the glass and look up, you can see a small square of the sky.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Special Plates

Notice how each particle moves.
Notice how everyone has just arrived here
from a journey.
Notice how each wants a different food
Notice how the stars vanish as the sun comes up,
and how all the streams stream toward the ocean.

Look at the chefs preparing special plates
for everyone, according to what they need.
Look at this cup that can hold the ocean....

from "Special Plates"
by Rumi


Monday, November 10, 2008

Winter Blowing In

I woke up this morning to the first snowflakes of the year. They started slowly and meandered down like feathers, but within five minutes the wind was blowing so hard that the flakes were flying horizontally by my kitchen window. It was a winter wind and it kept blowing all day. You could see it in the clouds blowing past, see the different layers of cloud moving at different rates.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

The Cloud

I am the daughter of Earth and Water,
And the nursling of the Sky;
I pass through the pores of the ocean and shores;
I change but I cannot die.

from "The Cloud"
by Percy Bysshe Shelley