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Old 08-21-2017, 11:07 AM
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Default The Eclipse has Begun!

I know this is rude (pushing one's own work on General Talk) but I am so excited that I could not help sharing my translation of this eclipse poem:

Archilochus on the Solar Eclipse of April 6th, 648 BC

Nothing’s unreasonable, nothing too much, nothing stunning,
now that Zeus the Father of the Gods has cloaked the light
to make it night at noontime, even though the sun was shining.
Terrible dread has fallen upon men. From here on out
all that we human beings have assumed will be in doubt,
and no one should be shocked to see, in briny acres, land
animals, walking creatures, having sex with dolphins, when
their four legs come to love the sounding waves more than the sand,
and dolphins with their flippers come to love a mountain glen.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:41 AM
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"If stars fall or trees cry out, the people of the state are filled with fear and say, 'What is this?' I say: It is nothing. These are simply rarely occurring things among the changes in Heaven and earth and the transformations of yin and yang. To marvel at them is alright, but to fear them is not. Eclipses of the sun and moon, unseasonable winds and rains, unexpected appearances of strange stars—there is no age in which such things do not occur."

– Xunzi
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:54 AM
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Xunzi is such a party-pooper.
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Old 08-21-2017, 11:58 AM
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The Neil DeGrassse Tyson of ancient China.
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:01 PM
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Enjoyable, but I think maybe you should move it over toe D&A, where the rules allow us to post our own work (and others may answer you in kind).
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Old 08-21-2017, 12:25 PM
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Alright. Dear Moderator, would you please, at your convenience, move this thread to Drills & Amusements?
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Old 08-21-2017, 01:00 PM
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Carhenge, Nebraska~~only in America!

Love the unexpected sunset-like colors on the horizon. From one state to the next, one totality after another so you know you're on a planet!
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Old 08-21-2017, 04:54 PM
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Hi Aaron,

Thread moved, as requested.

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Old 08-21-2017, 05:46 PM
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We learned something unexpected on campus today: during an eclipse, the shadows of leaves on the ground all look like little moons pointing the same way. It's quite weird. A bit late, but I thought worth noting.
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Old 08-21-2017, 06:05 PM
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Yes, I have seen many lunate leaf-shadows today.

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