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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

The Sum

posted by on October 7 at 9:56 AM


Scientists using NASA’s RHESSI spacecraft have measured the roundness of the sun with unprecedented precision. They find that it is not a perfect sphere.
Who in our day is surprised to learn that the sun is imperfect? Who? You? No, no. What would shock us to a million bits is the very opposite: that sun is a perfect shape, a perfect star at the center of a perfect system of planets, the third of which is just perfect for the final creation of the perfect form of life, the human being, the animal that looks up at the sky to find things that are like itself: bright and perfect.

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You are very different Charles, and you should celebrate that by way of speaking for yourself. More Steven Curtis Chapman posts, please.

Posted by Mr. Poe | October 7, 2008 10:26 AM

I think you need to re-evaluate your idea of perfection.

Posted by johna | October 7, 2008 10:28 AM

Yes the sun has flaws and limitations, too. Big duh.

Anyway, it's not the actual sun it's the idea of the sun that counts, in the Hegelian Platonic Marxist Obscurantist Mishmash smorgasbord served up daily by certain flawed, imperfect writers......

Posted by PC | October 7, 2008 10:32 AM

Just like Mary Poppins, practically perfect in every way.

Posted by Sargon Bighorn | October 7, 2008 10:33 AM

As one of my favorite calc professors once told me, perfect circles exist only in mathematics.

Posted by i have a medium penis | October 7, 2008 10:43 AM

the sun is perfect in its imperfections.

Posted by infrequent | October 7, 2008 10:56 AM

Awww, this made my morning better.

Posted by juris | October 7, 2008 11:05 AM

I hope I didn't spend money to find this out.

Posted by elswinger | October 7, 2008 11:55 AM

The sun makes my tomatoes perfect. Even when they are flawed unlike the illusion of perfectness in the supermarket.
I like imperfection.
Perfect is a fantasy. Nothing is perfect, just perfect for that moment and then it is over.
If your car is perfect then it is in an accident is it still perfect.
A "perfect day" is only perfect because it was not like the day before maybe, which was not so.
But one thing sounds perfect and that is "Perfect Day" by Lou Reed but I feel there is something sinister happening in that song like he is walking around stoned on heroin and that was his perfection at that time which is not someone else's. So perfect is like the word normal it is different from one person to another.

Posted by -B- | October 7, 2008 12:43 PM

Everyone knows that the only perfect sphere ever was George Michael's ass, circa 1987. "It's a perfect circle!"

Posted by nightlifejitters | October 7, 2008 12:46 PM

The only imperfection is in the eye of the beholder.

Posted by Vince | October 7, 2008 2:06 PM

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