Monday, December 15, 2014

Nikola Tesla

Using electricity to make a portrait of
Inventor, Engineer (c. 1856–1943)

Serbian-American inventor Nikola Tesla developed the alternating-current electrical system that's widely used today, and discovered the rotating magnetic field (the basis of most AC machinery). So it is only fitting that electricity be used to paint his portrait. (I'm sorry, I don't know the name of the artist.)

 Nikola Tesla ca. 1890
One of the brightest minds the world has ever known.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Benji in Yorkshire

If this doesn't make you smile there just might be something wrong with you.

A pygmy goat is a small breed of domestic goat. Pygmy goats tend to be used as meat goats primarily, though also work well as milk producers unlike standard meat goats. They are also sometimes kept as pets in urban or suburban backyards, depending on local regulation of livestock ownership. The pygmy goat is quite hardy, an asset in a wide variety of settings, and can adapt to virtually all climates. The anatomy of a pygmy goat shows it has many features specific to pygmy goats, such as a thurl, but also has features similar to other animals, such as the dew claw which is also found on cats and dogs. Maybe that's why dogs and pygmy goats are able to get along as friends.

Goats are among the earliest animals domesticated by humans. The most recent genetic analysis confirms the archaeological evidence that the wild Bezoar ibex of the Zagros Mountains are the likely origin of almost all domestic goats today.

Neolithic farmers began to herd wild goats for easy access to milk and meat, primarily, as well as for their dung, which was used as fuel, and their bones, hair, and sinew for clothing, building, and tools. The earliest remnants of domesticated goats dating 10,000 years before present are found in Ganj Dareh in Iran. Goat remains have been found at archaeological sites in Jericho, Choga Mami Djeitun and Çayönü, dating the domestication of goats in Western Asia at between 8000 and 9000 years ago.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Michael Grab - A Balancing 'Class' Act

Thinking of the previous post, the movie review for Koyaanisqatsi (Life out of balance) this artist is not only not out of balance but is a balancing expert.

Michael Grab has mastered the art of stone balancing. He explains how he does it. “The most fundamental element of balancing in a physical sense is finding some kind of “tripod” for the rock to stand on. Every rock is covered in a variety of tiny to large indentations that can act as a tripod for the rock to stand upright, or in most orientations you can think of with other rocks. By paying close attention to the feeling of the rocks, you will start to feel even the smallest clicks as the notches of the rocks in contact are moving over one another. In the finer point balances, these clicks can be felt on a scale smaller than millimeters. Some point balances will give the illusion of weightlessness as the rocks look to be barely touching. Parallel to the physical element of finding tripods, the most fundamental non-physical element is harder to explain through words. In a nutshell, I am referring to meditation, or finding a zero point or silence within yourself. Some balances can apply significant pressure on your mind and your patience. The challenge is overcoming any doubt that may arise.”

Koyaanisqatsi - Movie review (A blast from the past)

This film is one of my favorite films and is most certainty best viewed on the Big Screen. I saw it years ago in Manhattan in IMAX -- such a visual treat.


Documentary | Music | Special Interest
1 hr. 26 min.

Rated: UR - Unrated
Grade: A

Director: Godfrey Reggio

Writers:Ron FrickeMichael Hoenig, Godfrey Reggio, Alton Walpole 
Music: Philip Glass
Stars: Lou Dobbs, Ted Koppel | See full cast and crew

A movie with no conventional plot: merely a collection of expertly photographed scenes. Subject matter has a highly environmental theme.

An art-house circuit sensation, this feature-length documentary is visually arresting and possesses a clear, pro-environmental political agenda. Without a story, dialogue, or characters, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) (the film's title is a Hopi word roughly translated into English as "life out of balance") is composed of nature imagery, manipulated in slow motion, double exposure or time lapse, juxtaposed with footage of humans' devastating environmental impact on the planet. Starting with an ancient rock wall painting, the film moves through sequences depicting clouds, waves, and other natural features, then into man-made landscapes such as buildings, earth-altering construction machinery, and cars.
The message of director Godfrey Reggio is clear: humans are destroying the planet, and all of human progress is pointlessly foolish. Also notable for its intense, atmospheric score by new age composer Philip Glass, Koyaanisqatsi (1983) was a labor of love for Reggio, who spent several years filming it. The film was followed by sequels, Powaqqatsi (1988), Anima Mundi (1991) and Naqoyqatsi (1999).

Koyaanisqatsi is eye candy and the Phillip Glass soundtrack is excellent and I'm not a big Phillip Glass fan.
Below is the full movie via vimeo
I suggest viewing it in full screen mode.

At the end of the film just prior to the credits are some very telling quotes of ancient Hopi prophecies. Think of the contrails from  military jets that appear in our skies worldwide.

If you are just too impatient to watch the entire movie there is a 5 min.'Cliff Notes' version of the film below.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Welcome to Fall

Enjoy the season

 Enjoy the colors

 Enjoy the chill in the air
 Enjoy the misty mornings
Enjoy the fragrance in the air
For all too soon it will be gone.