Sunday, December 7, 2014

A Happy Death

"Seulement, il faut du temps pour ĂȘtre heureux. Beaucoup de temps. Le bonheur lui aussi est une longue patience."
--La Mort heureuse
"Only it takes time to be happy. A lot of time. Happiness, too, is a long patience."
--from "A Happy Death" (1971) By Albert Camus

In his first novel, A Happy Death, written when he was in his early twenties and retrieved from his private papers following his death in I960, Albert Camus laid the foundation for The Stranger, focusing in both works on an Algerian clerk who kills a man in cold blood. But he also revealed himself to an extent that he never would in his later fiction. For if A Happy Death is the study of a rule-bound being shattering the fetters of his existence, it is also a remarkably candid portrait of its author as a young man. As the novel follows the protagonist, Patrice Mersault, to his victim's house -- and then, fleeing, in a journey that takes him through stages of exile, hedonism, privation, and death -it gives us a glimpse into the imagination of one of the great writers of the twentieth century. For here is the young Camus himself, in love with the sea and sun, enraptured by women yet disdainful of romantic love, and already formulating the philosophy of action and moral responsibility that would make him central to the thought of our time. Translated from the French by Richard Howard.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Odds of Finding Alien Life

Odds of Finding Alien Life

The Drake Equation

Assessing the Probability of Intelligent Life

Back in 1961, Frank Drake proposed a probabilistic formula to help estimate the number of active, radio-capable extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way Galaxy. It goes like this:
A New Equation Reveals Our Exact Odds of Finding Alien Life

Friday, June 20, 2014

Musk Quote

"I think it would be great to be born on Earth and to die on 

 Mars. Just hopefully not at the point of impact." - Elon Musk

Saturday, June 14, 2014

The Universe…Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The Universe is under no obligation to make sense to you” Neil deGrasse Tyson

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Untranslatable Words

23 Charming Illustrations Of Untranslatable Words From Other Languages

Illustrator Anjana Iyer created these lovely designs for her 100 Days Project. She’s accepting commissions, and on the strength of this she must get a lot…
See Untranslatable Words Here