I told Miyazaki I love the “gratuitous motion” in his films; instead of every movement being dictated by the story, sometimes people will just sit for a moment, or they will sigh, or look in a running stream, or do something extra, not to advance the story but only to give the sense of time and place and who they are.
"We have a word for that in Japanese," he said. "It’s called ma. Emptiness. It’s there intentionally."
Is that like the “pillow words” that separate phrases in Japanese poetry?
"I don’t think it’s like the pillow word." He clapped his hands three or four times. "The time in between my clapping is ma. If you just have non-stop action with no breathing space at all, it’s just busyness, But if you take a moment, then the tension building in the film can grow into a wider dimension. If you just have constant tension at 80 degrees all the time you just get numb."
Genetic Circuits In previous posts we saw how it was possible to amplify DNA from different sources and how to link them together. This post describes the individual components that can make up a genetic circuit encoded in DNA. By amplifying and linking these section of DNA together, synthetic biologists have been able to make a range of genetic circuits that act in different ways.
I miss this
From serving tea
I learnt about service to others, learnt how to entertain guest and how and what to serve them
The English have their fairly larger tea cups, if we were to compare to many other part of the world where they serve tea.
Chinese, Japanese, Moroccan, Turkish, Middle Eastern and even the Malay archipelago. Oh yes not forgetting the Indian in which the British took the tea from.
Thanks for the tea
(Inserts image of Kermit the frog sipping tea)
..gain wisdom not through age but through piety
When you wash some things pray that your heart will be cleaned off from your sins
We have no choice but to be good, even the good might end in despair. So to Him shall we return
"You, young people are quick to judge,
too obsessed with accusing.
Have patience first, a page of a book won’t make a person a scholar,
even if you drew your dagger and force
a village of people to call you as such.
Life needs age,
don’t think you know so much at the time when you don’t understand.”
- SN Muhammad Haji Salleh (1981)
The sahabi tree - Jordan (its literally in the middle of the desert and its the only living tree in the middle of nowhere)
This tree is the only living terrestrial witness of the Prophet as it provided shade to Prophet Muhammad twice, and to many prophets before him. It has been found that the tree is over 1400 years old.