Ye Mighty

The Last Pictures

Ozymandius fair draft shelley twk

Fair draft of Ozymandias in Shelley’s hand

I love Werner Herzog’s voice. Would that his was the voice of the “People of Earth” on the “Golden Record” sent with both Voyager 1 and 2 on planetary grand tour, now outbound from the solar system into interstellar space. Herzog, instead of Kurt Waldheim, speaking the words of Ozymandias, instead of the generic postcard greeting from the United Nations…

     ….boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

golden record

The Golden Record was designed and the recorded material was selected by a team lead by Carl Sagan. The earlier plaque attached to Pioneer 10 and 11 was designed by Sagan and Frank Drake.

pioneer 10 plaque

The reboot of Carl Sagan’s Cosmos series with Neil deGrasse Tyson replacing Sagan premieres on Fox this Sunday. The hype is heavy. The optimism expressed by Tyson in interviews is desperate.

sagan pioneer 10 plaque

Look upon my works, ye Mighty, and despair!


2 responses to “Ye Mighty

  1. ah, one more example of the scientist bursting with hubris, going about his
    business of inventing the plutonium bomb, “free” “cheap” “harmless” atomic
    power plants, etc. or in this case, speeding the attraction of the Borg upon
    Sector 000, without a thought of consulting an ethicist. Or any of ”
    the little people”, eh, who will suffer the results of that hubris.

  2. Gee, Carl, that building behind you, do you think there is enough male-efficient iconography on it ?? The Goddess is gonna smite you; oh yeah she has already.

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