The four basic cloud types, as defined by amateur nephologist Mr. Luke Howard at a lecture at Plow Court London on 12 December 1802, are cirrus, cumulus, stratus, and nimbus. Cirrus, from the Latin for "lock of hair," means a tendril or fibrous shape. Cumulus, from the Latin for "heap or pile" means a heap or pile. Stratus, from the Latin for layer, is a horizontal band. And Nimbus, Latin for Cloud, a rainy combination of all three types.
I gave them to believe that I, the clouds, could be reduced to a typology. It was hard work. I had to replace the shapeless caprice of my atmospheres with 4 basic cloud types. I had to edit the indecipherably fluid filigree of my language into a dry as dust classification system replete with Latin terminology. And beyond that, I had to be flirtatious. If you bring a concept or category up close enough to the human mind to be very attractive and then wisp it away to be out of reach, it becomes erotic. Flirting is not in my nature, but who would be bothered doing science if it wasn't erotic?
How to Create a Winning Relationship
Don’t rush things. Take the time to really get to know each other.
Focus on positivity rather than negativity. Getting angry quickly or being harsh and critical will undermine and ruin even strong relationships. In contrast, being kind and gentle will help develop love.
Appreciate the little things the other person does. Don’t overlook their efforts; don’t just expect their help.
Enjoy the ways you’re different – and not clones of one another. It makes things interesting (and creates healthy space).
Don’t get into a rut so that you’re bored when you’re together. Keeping doing something different, or keep trying something new.
Learn how to be listener, someone who’s understanding, and helps their partner open up and share what’s bothering them.
Be loyal and committed, so trust can be established - that helps you both feel safe, and it will grow a strong, deep love.
She’s a very 360-degree person, not a painter or a sculptor but something more. You can’t put her into a box; she creates her own language.
There is something about the kitchen that invites intimacy. I suppose kitchens are a space for intimacy because I will touch with my hands the things that will go in your mouth; I will taste what you taste; I will work for you, or you will work for me. I will make this for you because I love you, because you need it, because you want it.
The world is not a collection of things, it is a collection of events. A stone is prototypical ‘thing’: we can ask ourselves where it will be tomorrow. Conversely, a kiss is an 'event’. It makes no sense to ask where the kiss will be tomorrow. The world is made up of networks of kisses, not of stones. On closer inspection, in fact, even the things that are most 'thing-like’ are nothing more than long events.
| Carlo Rovelli