Sea Foam


Here we go, row matey
Break yer back
There’s a survivor now
Push forward hard against sweet currents
Jagged boys, bespangled
The girl, she shoots a Glock no doubt

Here we go, up against it
Endless horizons of loose shale
Stiff challenges
Count them up like plastic coin
Not good for anything but remembrance
Circulations alive, heart pumping
Born for the borrowing

Cast yer eye away from the truth of it
No sense in wailin’
Fickle is the day

Climb over piles of unattended matters
Don’t tell a soul
It’s not worth the time
Stand firm, trees block yer view now
Skittish children by the shore
Lookin’ for a game of chance
Settle the score some other time, then

Sing low, you Anglo Saxon bounder
Mettle is all in a word
Oysters and plagued misfortunes running against it
Unforgiving coastlines, homemade decks splinter up fast

They’re buyin’ up the town
While you hang onto a knapsack, a copper neck cuff
Pants that don’t ever quite fit

Strong voyagers of swift waters
We tell ourselves buoyant creatures all
Today’s not for the sinking
Neither tomorrow
For a hardy pack we make
At sunset


Galileo, Foscarini, The Catholic Church, and heliocentricity in 1615 Part 2 –the consequences: A Rough Guide.

Must have part 2 to go with part 1.

The Renaissance Mathematicus

In part one I outlined the clash, which took place between Galileo and Foscarini on the one side and the Catholic Church on the other in the second decade of the seventeenth-century. I ended by saying that this initial confrontation had very few consequences for Galileo at the time, who continued to be the highly feted darling of the North Italian in-crowd, including the higher echelons of the Catholic Church. Of course the events of 1615/16 would come back to haunt Galileo when he was tried for writing and publishing his Dialogo in the 1630s but that is a very complex topic that require a post of its own sometime in the future. I also wrote that the books of Foscarini and of the Protestant Copernicans, Michael Maestlin and Johannes Kepler were placed on the Index of Forbidden Books. Interestingly De revolutionibus was only placed on the Index until corrected…

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Galileo, Foscarini, The Catholic Church, and heliocentricity in 1615 Part 1 – the occurrences: A Rough Guide.

A favorite writer in one of my side interests–history of science.

The Renaissance Mathematicus

I have been criticised for claiming, in a recent post, that given time the Catholic Church would have come to accept heliocentricity in the seventeenth-century and in fact because Galileo acted unadvisedly he drove the Church to reject and condemn heliocentricity and thus to substantially delaying its acceptance by that organisation. The criticism was that this claim is speculative and thus not history and one critic even said not scientific. Point one, history is not science and is considerably more speculative than science, although, contrary to popular opinion, science is by no means free of speculation. In this case I think a certain amount of speculation is justified and by looking at the available facts on the attitudes of Catholic astronomers, and in particular the Jesuits, during the seventeenth-century both before and after the events of 1615, which will be discussed, it is possible to argue for a Catholic acceptance…

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MOOCs, Writing and Making

It has been two months since I posted and I suppose whoever out there might think I’m off the boards. Au contraire mes amis. Giving up internet access to pursue art has its drawbacks. Can’t write at night until unis are back in session. It is so much easier to write at your leisure in the comfort of ones own room but I cannot. What I can do, and have done more of is reading, making and thinking. Often about art but also about many other things. I found a few MOOCs I like. Now I see the magic everyone was talking about. It stretches brain capacity, introduces ideas from around the world and helps you compare modes of thinking. I finished an excellent course on the French Revolution through the University of Melbourne with Prof McPhee of the Robespierre bio fame. Fantastic lecturer. Absolutely up to the new media. Images, supplemental material, readings and websites meshed nicely with his captivating presentation style complete with maps and images. If it comes up again I highly recommend it.

As to my bookish interests I read Robert Darnton’s  The Literary Underground of the Old Regime. Behind the scenes surly, lascivious yellow journalism from Voltaire wannabes who eventually, some of them, make it into significant roles in the revolution. Something to mull over.

Also a University of London course called The Camera Never Lies with Dr. Emmett Sullivan, a deep look at manipulated images and their use/value as historical resources. Both courses supplement the understanding of images and the world they influence, which is a side note to any of my considerations for art work. I spent seven years in south Louisiana and New Jersey as a reporter, photojournalist and eventually editor and everything else they could fit on my plate. It was an extraordinary look inside the good and negative of daily human life.

Outside of all that I have three works hitting the art scene. One is at the Sally Francisco Gallery in Layton, NJ. It’s called Consequences of the Harvest. It will be there until October 19.

Consequence of the Harvest

Consequence of the Harvest

From October 12 to November 30, customs willing, I’ll have the Invisible piece in Redland Museum in Queensland Australia. This is very exciting for me. You can find my name, Celeste Regal, in the alphabetical lineup.

The William Paterson University Galleries in Wayne, NJ, accepted The Price of Freedom in the Ink, Press, Repeat 2014 juried competition. Sweet. I did not think this book would see the light of day after thesis show, even though it was well received. The exhibition is from November 3 – December 12. The show is in its 13th year. Maybe a lucky number for all concerned.

The Price of Freedom

The Price of Freedom