Sunday, December 29, 2019

Thursday, December 26, 2019


Encounters, Werner Schramm, 1922

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Paradise Lost Game Beta Tester Now Online

The Paradise Lost Board Game online will soon be available worldwide in several languages. A beta tester playroom, aka “sandbox,” will be open for a short time to get feedback as the designers adjust the game. Students will enjoy this tool since they have grown up with the internet and online gaming. When the final version is launched, there will be two or three versions. One will have a limited number of cards and be free to everyone to “taste” the game. Others will be premium and monetized. The monetized version will feature a plethora of exciting illustrations from artist Terrance Lindall, an abundance of quotes from Milton’s epic, and references to scholarly works on the subject. The game will be available on STEAM, the world’s largest online gaming platform. Universities and libraries can buy a lifetime subscription to make the game available to everybody.

The Beta tester will be available through the holidays only. 

Please click HERE.

To make a tax deductible donation to the project on Paypal: or send check to Yuko Nii Foundation, 135 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Paradise Lost III.222-272

And now without redemption all mankind
Must have bin lost, adjudg'd to Death and Hell
By doom severe, had not the Son of God,
In whom the fulness dwells of love divine,           
His dearest mediation thus renewd.

Father, thy word is past, man shall find grace;
And shall grace not find means, that finds her way,
The speediest of thy winged messengers,
To visit all thy creatures, and to all                         230
Comes unprevented, unimplor'd, unsought,
Happie for man, so coming; he her aide
Can never seek, once dead in sins and lost;
Attonement for himself or offering meet,
Indebted and undon, hath none to bring:                
Behold mee then, mee for him, life for life
I offer, on mee let thine anger fall;
Account mee man; I for his sake will leave
Thy bosom, and this glorie next to thee
Freely put off, and for him lastly dye                     240
Well pleas'd, on me let Death wreck all his rage;
Under his gloomie power I shall not long
Lie vanquisht; thou hast givn me to possess
Life in my self for ever, by thee I live,
Though now to Death I yield, and am his due        
All that of me can die, yet that debt paid,
Thou wilt not leave me in the loathsom grave
His prey, nor suffer my unspotted Soule
For ever with corruption there to dwell;
But I shall rise Victorious, and subdue                     250
My Vanquisher, spoild of his vanted spoile;
Death his deaths wound shall then receive, and stoop
Inglorious, of his mortal sting disarm'd.
I through the ample Air in Triumph high
Shall lead Hell Captive maugre Hell, and show        
The powers of darkness bound. Thou at the sight
Pleas'd, out of Heaven shalt look down and smile,
While by thee rais'd I ruin all my Foes,
Death last, and with his Carcass glut the Grave:
Then with the multitude of my redeemd                    260
Shall enter Heaven long absent, and returne,
Father, to see thy face, wherein no cloud
Of anger shall remain, but peace assur'd,
And reconcilement; wrauth shall be no more
Thenceforth, but in thy presence Joy entire.            

His words here ended, but his meek aspect
Silent yet spake, and breath'd immortal love
To mortal men, above which only shon
Filial obedience: as a sacrifice
Glad to be offer'd, he attends the will                270
Of his great Father. Admiration seis'd
All Heav'n, what this might mean…

Monday, December 16, 2019

Symmetries by Richard Kostelanetz

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

The Symphony of Industrial Horns

Arseny Avraamov conducting.

For more information on Avraamov and "The Symphony of Industrial Horns", please click HERE.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Monday, December 9, 2019

Saturn IB Launch Pedestal



The biggest problem in designing the pedestal was to minimize vertical and horizontal vibrations. The requirements eventually set forth by Huntsville allowed only the slightest sag under very heavy loads, yet the designers were limited in the weight they could use to achieve the desired stiffness. Since the Saturn V was a near-capacity load for the crawler, the pedestal could weigh little more than the stage it replaced. KSC engineers set that figure at 225 metric tons. The effects of the Saturn's exhaust had to be considered. Although flame temperatures would approach 2700 K, it was uncertain how much of this would impinge on the pedestal. Wind loads were still another factor. During operations at the pad, the service structure would deflect much of the wind and an arm connected to the top of the rocket would damp vibrations. Neither protection, however, would be available in the final hours of the countdown. Wind-tunnel tests established a maximum permissible wind speed of 32 knots for launch. Designers considered connecting the pedestal to the launcher tower for added strength until studies showed that the pedestal would actually be stiffer than the tower.

-- Interviews with George Walter, 9 Nov. 1976, with Walter and William Tolson 12 Jan. 1977