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Text and drawing Tiit Kändler
Translation: Liis
 Galileo: 450 years of first experimental physicist
 
450 years ago, on February 15th or 16th 1564, the son Galileo of musician and music theoretician Vincenzo Galilei and his wife Giulia Ammannati, daughter of a cloth merchant, was born.
Three negatives:
I Galileo was not born on the day when Michelangelo died, but six or seven days later.
II Galileo did not invent the telescope, he snatched it from Dutch spectacle makers, forestalling inventor protection rights..
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Written and illustrated by Tiit Kändler, www.teadus.ee
Translation: Liis
 
The Potterer’s glass jar law
 
The Potterer cuts open his newly bought package of ground coffee and pours the contents into the glass coffee jar. He notices that half a kilo of ground coffee fit nicely into the jar. This effect is not dependent on the kitchen temperature.
 
Only a few years ago half a kilo of coffee did not go into the coffee jar, from the surplus two or three cups of coffee must be...
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Drawn and illustrated by Tiit Kändler, www.teadus.ee
Translation: Liis
 
 
 
The first snow of the year falls. The flakes are very large, but when the Potterer puts his glasses on, the flakes become smaller and somehow sharper. Is it possible to conclude that glasses have an influence on snow?
 
The first seeds must be spread out on the birds’ food table. The guests take some time to arrive. While the Potterer waits he begins to ponder on the importance of...
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Come along on winter holidays and make hay!
Happy New and Old Year to all!
 
Drawing and New Year Greetings: The Backyard Potterer - Tiit Kändler
 
 
 
 
Estonian original 31.12.2013
Translator’s note: Forwarding the Backyard Potterer’s New Year wishes while the extraordinarily warm Estonian winter still lasts!
 
 
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Written and illustrated by Tiit Kändler, www.teadus.ee
Translation: Liis
 
 
 
Nature’s measure and weather maker is nothing other than a leaf.
 
In autumn nature becomes four-dimensional. On the forest wall that seemed evenly green in summer red maples, yellow birches step forward, even pines provide some brown. And the time dimension becomes perceptible – tomorrow the forest standing behind the plain will not be the same as it is today. Does it stand at all, it moves over time,...
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Text and drawings Tiit Kändler
Layout: Eerik Kändler
Teaduslugu 2013
Translation: Liis
 
 
Like the first early autumn birch leaf a brand new book dropped into the yard: “Õueonu aasta – Backyard Potterer’s Year“.
 
The Backyard Potterer has written and drawn about his yard, and the doings in it, in Looduskalender for a long time, the bulk of it from October 2010 to  September 2011, and when the year cycle closed, what...
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Written and illustrated by Tiit Kändler, teadus.ee
 Translation: Liis
 
Cornel
 
September 29th
 
Michaelmas. A good time to consider man’s relations to the yard (or, in common parlance – his relation to nature). Is it one-one, or one-ten or instead more irrationally one-∏?
I saw a film about composer John Cage; this thing happened to him – first he discovered that music can be created from everything, then he somehow ended up living far from New York, all of ten...
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Written and illustrated by Tiit Kändler, teadus.ee
 Translation: Liis
 
Cranes bringing children to Egypt.
 
September 8th
Context is important and particularly in the yard. Those whose spiritual life is just a roundabout will never understand life in the yard. Finnish Pentti Saarikoski’s poetry is not really poetry at all nor is his prose writing any prose, they are just so-called poetry and prose. Because things have to be called something. No name, no thing, man thinks. But...
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Text and illustrations Tiit Kändler, tiit.kandler@teadus.ee
Translation: Liis
 
 Brussels
 
May 23rd
The Potterer walks only a small block away from the Brussels Euro-Quarter and wherever he goes there are parks. The city park is after all the city’s courtyard, isn’t it? The Brussels potterers know well that in parks should also be little corners that our park designers would term brushwoods. Wildish shrubberies beneath trees, patches where what will grow, grows. In gratitude...
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Illustrated and written by Tiit Kändler
Translation: Liis
Discovery of the archaeological Salvo sliding sled
 
Potterer’s diary: May
 
May 5th
The potterer decides to organise a Backyard Saturday – as he usually does at this time of the year. The flooding of the land strip bordering to the Treppoja creek has receded and as every year, left as memorial nature objectified by man. A beer bottle that has sucked itself full of mud. A piece of a sadly empty...
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