Sometime the universe sends stuff in bunches, linking to current bemusements. For instance, this week I received a follow-up on last week’s question of how to cook eggs. This embroidery artiste ADDS CHIVES. Don’t tell Paul.
— #WOMENSART (@womensart1) November 6, 2022
Sometimes the universe sends stuff on a longer cycle, linking to persistent preoccupations. For instance, this week I received something on birds . . .
A four-month-old Bar-tailed Godwit known as B6 set a new world record by completing a nonstop 11-day migration of 8,425 miles (13,558 km) from Alaska to Tasmania, Australia. This trip represents the longest documented nonstop flight by any animal!
“They don’t land on the water. They don’t glide,” said Dan Ruthrauff, a U.S. Geological Survey research wildlife biologist who helped tag B6. “This is flapping flight for a week and a half. It’s crazy, and I think is just tangible enough that we can appreciate it and have our minds properly blown.” (emphasis added)
. . . and on bridges.
Researchers at MIT have proven Leonardo da Vinci correct yet again, this time involving his design for what would have been at the time a revolutionary bridge design. Although clients rejected da Vinci’s work at the time, over 500 years later, the researchers have proven that his bridge would have worked. [Ed’s note: It’s a beautiful design, well worth a look.]
In what I suspect was an unintended twofer, this article also speaks to my work experience. Leonardo didn’t get the contract, but his proposal was sound. I know just how he feels. I also have to appreciate that line he walks: claiming expertise while deferring to the client.
I, your faithful servant, understand that it has been your intention to erect a bridge from Galata (Pera) to Stambul… across the Golden Horn (Haliç), but this has not been done because there were no experts available. I, your subject, have determined how to build the bridge. It will be a masonry bridge as high as a building, and even tall ships will be able to sail under it. (emphasis added)
All glory to the guy with the money. Now, where have I seen that before?
Postscript: Thanks to reader Ralph Gibson for the article on Bar-tailed Godwits.