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Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Platonic solids



"...As the walls clear themselves of everything
but transparency, the scent of carnations
leaves with them. ..."

From "Geometry" by Rita Dove

11 comments:

Dale said...

What on God's green Earth is that?

Granny J said...

Or Euclidian? Or merely alien. What a splendid, odorless UFO

Lee's River said...

Not only does that thing look like a dunce cap, it even looks like it's just my size.
for more on the origin of the dunc cap, see here
http://www.straightdope.com/mailbag/mduncecap.html
( end of tea break; back to the iron mine)

Lori Witzel said...

Hi folks!

Dale: I don't know what the heck it is, but it sure was startling to drive slowly around a side-street corner and encounter it.

Granny J: Yes, ain't it grandly puzzling?

LeeR: It's large enough that I suspect we'd make it look like Terry Pratchett's Luggage if we put it on all the people who'd fit beneath its vast and pointy tin sheathing.

http://nostalgia.wikipedia.org/
wiki/Terry_Pratchett/The_Luggage

Lee's River said...

sounds like Pratchett's been through Rimini Airport (the Italians haven't named it Federico Fellini Airport for nothing)
very cool link - thanks.

dennis said...

Dennis likes that witch hat / upsidedown ice cream cone minus the ice cream / wigwam sculpture!

Shelly Lowenkopf said...

a verso candidate

Writer Reading said...

dunce cap? party hat? rocket ship about to take off? one of those pyramid-type devices that channel energy to anyone standing beneath?
a winter tree protector? a composter? a poor excuse for a Christmas tree?

Anonymous said...

I wonder if you know what a platonic solid is...

Lori Witzel said...

Hi y'all! And goodness, Anon, of course I know what a Platonic solid is: a Platonic Solid is one free from all physical desire.

I distinctly heard this one murmuring the Heart Sutra as I came close.

http://wordnet.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=platonic

http://www.kwanumzen.com/misc/HeartSutra.html

;-)

Lee's River said...

Excuse me Lori, but I started giggling when I got to the sixth paragraph of the sutra. Where it reads no this and no that "and so forth"
I mean... no nuthin' AND SO FORTH? How does THAT work. I mean... if there's nuthin there's nuthin. No? Never mind. Oy. no that's funny too. never mind and so forth, maybe?

I'm almost rolling on the floor now. Sorry. I'm hopeless. But that is soooo funny. Please. Don't ask.

(You just finished making my day.)