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October 2008
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corvi [userpic]
Things You Learn Watching Contra Dancing While Sleep Deprived

Contra-dancing is full of caustics! It's very neat. I was watching all the dancing, every footfall a needle-burst of pale misty copper light, and it was like watching frost on a windowpane, long curves laid out by the needles fanning from them, and I wondered where I'd seen all these curves before: open figure-eight nephroids and cascading spiralled epitrochoids and cardioids graceful and heart-shaped. And then I realized they were all caustic curves: the shapes laid out by light refracted through a lens. Like the odd scallop-edged puddle of light you get in the middle of the shadow of an empty wineglass. Mmm, tasty physics dancing, light all layered and braided and shining.

Also got to meet beowabbit, who appears to be the human incarnation of some primoridial and cheerfully chthonic grin, minus the tentacles. Did not get to actually dance myself, alas.


[...] minus the tentacles [...]
Well, I usually keep them tucked away in the eighth direction when I go dancing; otherwise I might put somebody's eye out.

It was lovely to meet you! Anybody who uses the word chthonic is all right in my book.

I'm notoriously clumsy, but the patterns and weaves of contra dancing came almost completely naturally to me.

We did a Spiral Dance last winter at the Solstice Dance, and it was so gorgeous...you could feel the energy being raised.

<3 Contra dancing.

I used to contra occasionally around the time I did morris dancing.

Oh my god! I see how unlocal you are. I forgot. Small small small small worlds. I'll have to find out who you know/meet yonder.