Tuesday, March 31

Tim Noble and Sue Webster

"Dirty White Trash", 1998
This is one of he most famous piece of this period of Tim Noble and Sue Webster works. You can find some more of this amazing shadow silhouettes of the two artists here. One never knows what can imagination do with piles of junk and a light.

Doctors WIthout Borders

"Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international medical humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe..."(continue reading) There are great people in this world.

Smart cat

You would come up with the same solution...

Monday, March 30

Snowflakes

Snowflakes at Beauty of Earth.

Bill Viola - The Crossing

I've just found this at Studio Foundation. Bill Viola's "'The Crossing' [detail] (1996). Video/sound installation". Bill Viola has been working with videos and dealing with philosophical and religious concepts that has to do with human experiences. You can find more of his views at his site. It's amazing that so many artists are doing incredible work but the public and some critics are always complaining that art is not in accordance with humans issues and there is too many garbage being done. That's a question for those who are curators of big events and small galleries. This is what Tung Nguyen has to say about this work:
"On the right, the same figure was disappearing into pouring water. The concept of balance is presented through opposite concepts that each alone is an extreme that can only be balanced by one of the other extreme. Left - right, fire - water, red - blue, warm - cool, hot - cold, bottom - top, and so on. The viewer can even sense the artist's desire for moderation, for compromise, and the message that the extremes are what harming us (burnt by fire or washed away by water) and we need a common ground to survive."
Balance...

Funny signs

Sunday, March 29

Literature Map - funny

Check this map: Literature Map. You type the full name of your favorite author and it generates an animated map of authors that somehow are related whether by style, content or reader's taste. "The closer two writers are, the more likely someone will like both of them." Check it. It's funny!

Roberto Bolaño - plagiarism - the easy way to become a writer

This was the book I found at my first visit at Words Without Borders: Roberto Bolaño, "The Many Masks of Max Mirebelais" "Roberto Bolaño's Nazi Literature in the Americas presents itself as a biographical dictionary of American writers who flirted with or espoused extreme right-wing ideologies in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It is a tour de force of black humor and imaginary erudition. The novel is composed of short biographies, including descriptions of the writers' works. All of the writers are imaginary, although they are all carefully and credibly situated in real literary worlds. Authors from twelve different countries are included." Read Roberto Bolaño text here. "With the passage of time he became expert in the art of breaking down the work of another poet in order to make it his own"

Words Without Borders

The project Words Without Borders The online magazine for international literature This is a great initiative not only for literature but for exchanging cultural ideas. You can search for your favorite writer and end up interested in another one that you have never heard about which is one of the most amazing aspects of the project. There are book reviews and informations about writers and the countries they live. They have already done a lot since 2007 and are planning to do more: adding more features, events, writers, criticism, biographical and historical data. It's a great way to make literature alive and not that boring class one has to attend reading books that has no interest other than taking notes to please others.
"Our ultimate aim is to introduce exciting international writing to the general public — travelers, teachers, students, publishers, and a new generation of eclectic readers — by presenting international literature not as a static, elite phenomenon, but a portal through which to explore the world. In the richness of cultural information we present, we hope to help foster a “globalization” of cultural engagement and exchange, one that allows many voices in many languages to prosper."
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Saturday, March 28

Black and White

I found it Here by Kiran

Black and White landscape

Enjoy the quietness and light.

Steven E. Gordon sketches

At Steven E. Gordon's blog I found amazing drawings and sketches I love sketches. They give us an idea of the process of artist's researches on the character and some studies of the body in movement. I'll be posting some others of Gordon's sketches.

Elizabeth Barret Browning

Consolation By Elizabeth Barrett Browning ALL are not taken; there are left behind ............Living Beloveds, tender looks to bring ............And make the daylight still a happy thing, And tender voices, to make soft the wind: But if it were not so--if I could find ............No love in all this world for comforting, ............Nor any path but hollowly did ring Where 'dust to dust' the love from life disjoin'd; And if, before those sepulchers unmoving ............I stood alone (as some forsaken lamb Goes bleating up the moors in weary dearth) Crying 'Where are ye, O my loved and loving?'-- ............I know a voice would sound, 'Daughter, I AM. Can I suffice for Heaven and not for earth?'

Friday, March 27

Silence

This is an amazing blog of a Danish woman journey in Africa.

Kitty mien

I don't know from which site I've stolen this. What is he saying?

The masterpiece cards - Art Blog by Bob

Bob at Art Blog by Bob, an excellent blog about Arts, just wrote about "The Masterpiece Cards" a collection of 250 cards of artists from Renascence to 1960. There is only one example of a card at the site and it was at Bob's site that I became aware of the back side of one of these cards showing the historical approach and some aesthetic considerations. It's good to have the paper at your hand and you can browse your eyes at the picture they have gathered according to "art review of each by scores of renowned art historians". Reading the list of pieces they have chosen from each artist don't causes many impression but as it's a collection of masterpieces paintings such as Vélasquez, Las Meninas ; Munch, The scream; Manet, A Bar at the Folies-Bergère & Olympia; da Vinci, The Last Supper & The Mona Lisa; Dalí, The Persistence of Memory; van Gogh, Bedroom at Arles, The Starry Night & The Night Café are inevitable. This is a good start to make people familiar with the masterpieces and make people wanting to know more about some artists they will find more interesting. If you think of Leonardo da Vinci and only consider one of his paintings you will have one da Vinci that will change after the apreciation of some of his works. I believe it can be considered as another tool for those who are art lovers but books are valuable source and the Web can help every individual creating its own master-piece collections. We are talking about reproductions. There is a kind of "market" for reproductions. Those who are at X or Y museum are more displayed and those who have been studied by a number of experts has also its place at this market. I would like masterpiece cards of paintings and sculptures that are at the basement of museums or taken away from public view because they are at private collections. It would require lots of money. But we cannot stop daring to dream. This is a good way to have access to art's history. I hope that their next step is making collections of one single artist at a time because it’s a good way to understand each artist and their arts, world and aesthetic in a more complex way. Since we still cannot travel in space and time at light speed we have to rely on reproductions although nothing compares to the experience of being on an exhibition dedicated to an artist. It's the most efficient and pleasuring way to understand the art and universe of an artist we like. Visit Bob's blog. This is a great source for art lovers. I'm visiting it daily.

Thursday, March 26

Tuesday, March 24

On Beauty by Zadie Smith - Rembrandt

" 'Well', he said loudly, hoping to finish it off with a daunting display of academic pyrotechnics, 'what I meant was that Rembrandt is part of the seventeenth century European movement to... well, let's shorthand it - essentially invent the idea of the human.' Howard heard himself saying, all of it paraphrased from a chapter he had left upstairs, asleep on the computer screen, boring even to itself. 'And of course the corollary to that is the fallacy that we as human beings are central, and that our aesthetic sense in some way makes us central - think of the position he paints himself in, right between those two inscribed empty globes on the wall...'" ........Hmmm... Not empty anymore. ........."On Beauty" is a great novel by Zadie Smith. This parody "Pizza Boy" was part of a contest to celebrate the 402th birthday of Rembrandt. There are more here.

Bees - It's all about honey





I remember doing a research on bee's community in High school. There was no Internet and strangely enough some illustrations of mags suddenly disappeared leaving an empty whole at some pages. I'll try to do the same research in www. I remember: they have a female oriented social life: there are the workers, one queen and the drones. The workers have a dance to show others where to find the pollen and I got amazed by that. Most amazed was knowing that the drover has no sting, it's life is a reproductive circle and he is killed by the queen after the nuptial flight. Production of honey is vital for the community and regulates most of their interactions and life. Now I will do the search and see if I remembered correctly and what are the news. I'll start here beauty of earth. Image: Female worker honey bee drives drone bee (male) away from hive.


Monday, March 23

Surfing in California, Huntington Beach

I've just fount this amazing blog by Storyteller. Click at the images to enlarge. The photos are really beautiful you can see it's done by a pro. Take a look at the blog to see more incredible photos and inspiring quotes.

Precious Moments and Love is...

"Precious Moments" by Sam Butcher "Love is" by Kim Grove
I still think they are cute.

Sunday, March 22

Nasa help surfers find the best waves

Since 2002 "Surf forecasters are now using near real-time meteorological data from satellites to find big waves. With a click of a mouse, they can use the Internet to link to satellite sources like NASA's QuikScat satellite." "We are using satellite data to study the global and coastal oceans in many different ways. Surfers are now using it too, including to figure out where to ride gigantic waves," said JPL oceanographer Ben Holt. "The skill and nerve needed to ride big waves is awe-inspiring." Wow! Now I can think about buying the board! It's great seeing them imagine being there! Next lifetime...

Saturday, March 21

London - Big Ben was customized

London calling. This is from Dave Lee's HowStrange.

Mondrian - Broadway Boogie Woogie

Mondrian went to New York because of WWII and it must have been striking to get in touch with boggie-woggie, architecture, Broadway lights and the traffic of the city. It was suggested that the yellow was inspired by New York cabs. He only used verticals and horizontals lines as he always used to . Oh my! US citizens are familiar with this work. It's at MoMA. I cannot help feeling something related to the London Underground at the post below which last version was designed in 1960. I guess it's just me. I like both cities. Perhaps that's it.

London Underground map's beauty

Designed by Harry Beck the London Underground Map has it's beauty . It has already been studied by some scholars and Rudolf Arnheim in his "Art and Visual Perception" claims that it's harmony pleases the eyes. He says that by withdrawing geographic details and other informations is the best possible image of what is needed to inform. He says lots of things. Just look. If you are a British citizen try to forget it's utility. Perhaps it will be easier if you look at it upside down. Harry Beck worked many years to find this last version in 1960.

Friday, March 20

White

Dan Torop. I Wish I was there. I love the sea.

The Passionate Blogger Award

This blog has received an award. Can you believe it? Sandee at Comedy Plus gave me the Passionate Blogger award. Sandee really deserves this award and I think that all of her friends know how passionate she is about blogging. I'm very honored because I was told that I'm passionated and just realized it after a blog friend told me. Thank you Sandee for your work and encouragement.

These are Sandee's awardees (I have to visit them because I don't know them but since they are passionated they have to be good!)

Lisa of "...All Things Work for Good..." Annie of A Nice Place in the Sun Megan of Amid Clutter Clara of Coming Back to Life! Diane of Good Mourning, Glory Virginia (Storyteller) of Happily Retired Gal , Small Reflections, Sacred Ruminations or Blog Rolls, Bling and Blurbs Ana of Hella Heaven Grace of Hugz Before You Go Rhonda of Led Beside Still Waters Colleen of Short Stories in the Making

I pass this award on to this amazing friends and bloggers:

Anonynous Drifter at Disjointed Thoughts Catatonic Kid at Catatonic Kid Cheryl at Wishing and Discovering Katharine at kath.A.rine Kim at Invincible Summers Marian at Different Thoughts Matthew at It's quite an experience Naturalgal at Naturalgal's Weblog Stephany at Soulful Sepulcher Susan at If you're going thought hell keep going

Participation is not mandatory, so don't feel that you have to play along.

Thursday, March 19

Quick funny exercise to lose 100 calories

1. While sitting at your desk, lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.
2. Now, while doing this, draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.
 Your foot will change direction. . . . . . and there's nothing you can do about it! 
This will keep you busy for a while, trying to outsmart your foot, but you can't.

Émile Zola - reason of his life

This is an Émile Zola quotation. A great way to live! Enjoy.

Wednesday, March 18

Funny serious cat

Stolen it from here. It's amazing how serious he looks!

Einstein - black holes and gravitional lens

The theory of general relativity has important astrophysical applications. Notably, it predicts the existence of black holes—regions of space in which space and time are distorted in such a way that nothing, not even light, can escape—as an end-state for massive stars. There is evidence that, indeed, such black holes as well as more massive varieties are responsible for the intense radiation emitted by certain types of astronomical objects (such as active galactic nuclei or microquasars). The bending of light by gravity can lead to the curious phenomenon of multiple images of the same astronomical object being visible in the sky, an effect called gravitational lensing which has spawned an active new branch of astronomy. General relativity also predicts the existence of gravitational waves, which have been measured indirectly; a direct measurement is the aim of projects such as LIGO. In addition, it is the basis of current cosmological models of an expanding universe. Photo: Extragalactic astronomy: gravitational lensing. This Hubble Space Telescope image shows several blue, loop-shaped objects that actually are multiple images of the same galaxy. They have been duplicated by the gravitational lens effect of the cluster of yellow, elliptical and spiral galaxies near the photograph's center. The gravitational lens is produced by the cluster's tremendous gravitational field that bends light to magnify, brighten and distort the image of a more distant object. Text Source: Nationmaster; Knowledgehush.

Sea of water bottles

I don't know the reason although I have searched. On March 19, 2008 a group of people got together and trucked these bottles of water from San Antonio, TX to southern New Mexico. Doesn't this photo look like a sea?

Einstein our next door neighbor

It's amazing how little of his theory is known by many of us and how much we like him. Einstein has lived in poverty and was not bright as a student. His clothes are normal, no suits, nothing that implies he is a superior person. He could be our next door neighbor. He spent most of his time at home studying his theories and trying to proof them to their colleagues. In order to proof the theory of relativity to skeptical physicist he decided to use this postulate: if relativity was true, then rays of starlight that passed near the Sun would be bent compared to the same rays when the Sun was elsewhere in the sky. In each case, the relativistic effects are caused by gravity from the Sun's huge mass. It only requires photos of solar eclipses to measure shifts in star positions and there was some of them so that the astrophysics could use. When they did examine previous photographs of solar eclipses, they found that the pictures were unsuited to proving or disproving Einstein's claim: the telescopes had been set to track the Sun's motion across the sky, not the stellar motions, and the slight differences between these perspectives obscured the small, predicted shifts in star positions. However, as time went by and other experiments gave equivocal results, the solar-eclipse experiment represented the best chance to test the truth of relativity. It was his British friend Sir Arthur Eddington, an renowned astrophysicist who believed in Einstein, that constructed a telescope with few resources and did try twice to photograph solar eclipse. The second time was in the spring of 1919 that Sir Eddington went on an expedition to Australia to take photographs of a solar eclipse that it was possible to confirm the correctness of general relativity theory. It change it all we are using his theory on daily basis without even knowing that without this theory many things would be different.
Photography: one of the many photos Sir Eddington took from Australian solar eclipse in 1919

Tuesday, March 17

Funny football

For US citizens: that game played with feet.

Warhol would like it...

...but surely would ask: "Not a single Campbell's soup?"

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Near a misty stream in Ireland in the hollow of a tree Live mystical, magical leprechauns who are clever as can be With their pointed ears, and turned up toes and little coats of green The leprechauns busily make their shoes and try hard not to be seen. Only those who really believe have seen these little elves And if we are all believers We can surely see for ourselves. (Irish Blessing) The Leprechaun is an Irish fairy. He looks like a small, old man (about 2 feet tall), often dressed like a shoemaker, with a cocked hat and a leather apron. According to legend, leprechauns are aloof and unfriendly, live alone, and pass the time making shoes. They also possess a hidden pot of gold. Treasure hunters can often track down a leprechaun by the sound of his shoemaker's hammer. If caught, he can be forced (with the threat of bodily violence) to reveal the whereabouts of his treasure, but the captor must keep their eyes on him every second. If the captor's eyes leave the leprechaun (and he often tricks them into looking away), he vanishes and all hopes of finding the treasure are lost.

Monday, March 16

Blue - colour of the universe

Just came across with this amazing blog by Gale Martin . Could not help copying it not only because I love blue but the images are amazing. The whole story is here.

Little story with photos

.....................Wings...........................................In the Clouds ...............Above the Clouds................ .......................................................................New Found Land/Neverland/Wonderland

Sunday, March 15

The poet, the thinker and the craftsman

The first line of a poem of a eighteen century poet, let's call him John, is "A thing of beauty is a joy forever". One of his contemporaries was a thinker, let's call him Arthur, who claimed that life is tedious and a great way to escape this boredom is by arts. I like them both and in my life arts is one of my passion. But I also believe we can see beauty in many places like the craftsmanship of crystal blowing that transforms glowing balls of molten crystal into a shape.

Ingo Maurer's work

....................................An amazing work by the lighting artist Ingo Maurer in Milan