I’ve never been certain whether the moral of the Icarus story should only be, as is generally accepted, ‘don’t try to fly too high,’ or whether it might also be thought of as ‘forget the wax and feathers, and do a better job on the wings.’Stanley Kubrick (via likeafieldmouse)
Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience.Sylvia Boorstein (via buddhistforrestmonk)
It isn’t more complicated that that.
It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is,
without either clinging to it or rejecting it.
My road trip around Europe // Summer 2014
The Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle, in a landing configuration was photographed in lunar orbit from the Command and Service Module Columbia. Inside the module were Commander Neil A. Armstrong and Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin. The long rod-like protrusions under the landing pods are lunar surface sensing probes. Upon contact with the lunar surface, the probes sent a signal to the crew to shut down the descent engine.
I like middles. It is in middles that extremes clash, where ambiguity restlessly rules.John Updike (via likeafieldmouse)
Affine transformations preserve parallel lines, and include rotations, scaling, shears and translations. Linear transformations can’t perform translations, but this can be achieved if we go to a higher dimension.
In this animation, a planar (2D) shape lying on the plane z = 1 is translated by means of a linear transformation in three dimensions: a shear along the z axis.
Rotations can be performed normally, also around the z axis. Both operations are now linear in 3D, and can be represented by a single 3x3 affine transformation matrix acting on two dimensions.
The “shadow” of the shape illustrates the relative position between the two images, on the planes z = 0 and z = 1, and was included to better visualize the shear.