October 31, 2010
UPDATE TO 2010
Harry Houdini Quotes
You can discover what your enemy fears most
by observing the means he uses to frighten you!
I have recently been examining all the known superstitions
of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition
(Christianity) one redeeming feature.
They are all alike founded on fables and mythology.
When the human race has once acquired a superstition
nothing short of death is ever likely to remove it.
Allow me to make the superstitions of a nation and
I care not who makes its laws or its songs either.
I wonder as the Millennium edges nearer, pseudo-science
and superstition will seem year by year more tempting,
the siren song of unreason more sonorous and attractive.
Star Trails and the Captain's Ghost
Explanation: Look closely at this surreal nightscape. In the dreamlike scene, star trails arc over an old ship run aground on a beach near Gytheio, Peloponnesus in southern Greece. Could that be the captain's ghost haunting the beach, gazing forlornly at the decaying wreck, hovering over starlight reflected in still water? Actually, the ephemeral shape is the photographer. Instead of a single long exposure to record the motion of the stars as the Earth rotates on its axis, the picture is composed of 90 consecutive images, each exposure 90 seconds long. Digitally stacking the individual exposures then reconstructs the star trails. It also creates a ghostly, semi-transparent figure of the photographer who was captured standing on the beach in only one of the exposures.