To venture in the Fair Unknown,
I must enter as I leave:
A traveler, alone.
I rarely ever watched Gene Roddenberry’s Andromeda, but every now and then I saw some scenes (mostly the ends of episodes when I was already sitting in front of my parents’ TV set, eagerly waiting for a new episode of Stargate: SG1 or something similar to start playing); and on one occasion there was this one quote on screen. (Not the orignal one but a translated version; a very well translated one though.) Somehow it struck a cord. I copied it to a piece of paper, taped it to the wardrobe door with another small collection of important stuff. Even now, about a decade (or maybe even more years?) later, every now and then the words come back to me. My subconsciousness must have attached it to several strings of associations. Stargate, Lord of the Rings, my personal fictive world (cf. the preceding post), and moments of wonder.
To me, it is one of THE quotes about the enigmatic concept sense of wonder. Something so wondrous, amazing, beautiful, you want to share it but you can’t. It’s impossible to convey the impression afterwards, and some moments lose their wonder if another person is present.
After last week’s confession of guilty pleasures it’s time to tell you I don’t spend all of my free time working on lowering my I.Q.
I like reading geeky/nerdy webcomics, for example https://xkcd.com and http://geek-and-poke.com. While I don’t understand everything I do learn new things on some days.
When looking up random topics I don’t stop at reading about the photosynthesis of sea slugs, but also educate myself on medical/psychological phenomena.
Thinking and talking about complicated stuff from TV shows. One of my favourites is the line “the mathematical progression of the harmonics in each given pattern relative to its spectral equivalent” (Daniel Jackson in the Stargate SG1 episode “The Sentinel”), which I still quote occasionally because it’s so awesome. Shows with science-y stuff generally make for great conversations. At the moment we watch a lot of “Lie to me”.
Saying lines from “Macbeth” or poems by heart from time to time so I won’t forget them. In school we had to learn poems and scenes by heart sometimes, and I truly enjoyed it. Still being able to recall the sad yet beautiful brief candle monologue and the first scene with the three witches after all these years feel very satisfying.
Watching TED talks. The TED channel on Youtube is one of my favourite sources of infotainment. I like infotainment.
“In that big big house there are fifty doors and one of them leads to your heart.
In the time of spring I passed your gate and tried to make a start.
All I knew was the scent of sea and dew …”
(Roxette – “Queen of Rain”)
Some of the best lines delivered by Captain Kathryn Janeway of the Federation starship Voyager in the first two seasons
“At ease, Mr. Kim, before you sprain something.” ( Caretaker)
“Dismissed. That’s a Starfleet expression for ‘get out’.” (The Cloud)
“There’s coffee in that nebula.” (The Cloud)
“Weird is part of the job. “ (Deadlock)
“And a season turned into another one,
I found a heart bright like the morning sun.”
(Roxette – “The Rain”)