From The Earth To The Moon (Jules Verne)

What makes From the Earth to the Moon so enjoyable is it’s sheer earnestness. Entire chapters are filled with debates about figures and equations. Verne loves to write about all the details of his little thought experiment. This is very clearly his fantasy, and had he the money, I could imagine him attempting something like this. There are some charming details. For example, they launch from southern Florida, which at the time was a large swamp with forts to guard against the indians. Also, when packing their capsule for provisions, they load up 50 gallons of brandy, because that’s how a gentleman spaceman travels.  [Read more…]

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Ludwig’s The Man

My first classical music posting and its one of the big guns. Art has certain high aims: to sublimate, to uplift, to expand the human consciousness, and to create harmony and certainty. And if this doesn’t do the trick, nothing will. Modern “music”, eat your heart out!

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