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I sit, regarding the spent cartridge of a shell, one of 21 fired at the interment of my father's ashes beneath the shadow of a sharply-presented American Flag and the slow, precise salute of a young Marine.  It sits beside my bed, the first and last thing I see each day.

In my study is a small box. Newspaper clippings, photos, an old homemade chessboard, a clock I made for him in Shop Class many, many years ago, a wind chime from his front porch, and handmade DreamCatchers.  

Also a Galilean Thermometer.

It's a deceptively simple device. A sealed glass column of water, in which is suspended a number of small spheres, each filled with their own colored liquid, as well as their own unique buoyancy properties.  As the temperature of the water changes, the spheres, marked with a temperature, sink, one by one - the lowest floating sphere records the temperature.

Although the physics behind it are complex, the solution it represents is elegant and clear. It is fine to look at.  It solves a problem and it communicates information at a glance, with no fiddling, no adjustments.  It fulfills its design and nature by simply existing.  I do not need to second guess it, I just need to know where it is, and that I can trust it.

It's 70 degrees now.  I just glanced over and knew it.

A column of brass, that once and still inspires my heart to jump, and a column of glass, that is always there to flawlessly inform me, "this is how it is."  Tiny facets of a world that was my father.
  • Mood: Peaceful
  • Listening to: Perfume

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Writingangel2010 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015  Student Writer
Thanks for the favorite on Refracted: 1.1! 
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Rashavarak Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2015
Awaiting upgrade........  ^_^
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Writingangel2010 Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2015  Student Writer
:) Lol
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you so much for the watch! *__* :hug:
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Rashavarak Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2015
^_^  Inspiring work!!!
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Lithroxid Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks a lot! :D ;_;
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Kezmayu Featured By Owner Dec 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi c:
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Rashavarak Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014
Hey, Meza!!! :hug:  Good to hear from ya!  Just wrapping up a nice quiet holiday weekend, and NOT looking forward to work tomorrow.  Hope yours was good to ya.  Happily, the days are getting longer, although it has felt more like mid-Autumn than anything else this winter.  I don't mind snow..... ^_^  Any plans for the break, or just hanging out? (I usually prefer to hang out - downtime is underrated.)
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Kezmayu Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea, I don't go to school til the fifth and I'm not loking forward to that, either. xD I personally hate snow, and can't wait til Spring. c: I usually just hang out alone or with loved ones. :D 
Have a great New Year! :D
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Rashavarak Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
Send your snow over this way (if it ever arrives) - I'll take care of it. ^_^  Enjoy the rest of break, and I hope your 2015 starts off well and gets better from there!  
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