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Thursday, December 20, 2012

George Washington Thomas Lambert

"Self-Portrait with Gladoli"

born 1873 in russia
raised in australia
spent a year in paris
moved to london
during WWI, he painted in turkey
died 1930 in australia

i became aware of him after coming across this painting ~

"Miss Helen Beauclerk"

"Miss Alison Preston and John Proctor on Mearbeck Moor"

"Thea Proctor"

"The Old Dress"

"Annie Murdoch"


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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

mantis shrimp

butterflies can see more colors than humans can.
but mantis shrimp, can see more colors than any creature on earth.

learn more about color here at radiolab

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Friday, October 19, 2012

prayer beads

once, prayers were marked by dropping little pebbles one by one.
in 500BC, it became customary to tie knots in strings.

rosary can be traced to the crusaders,
who adopted the practice of using beads from the arabs,
who may have borrowed it from india.


prayer beads ~

- offer a focus point, a way of keeping the mind still while praying
- provide an "anchor," something solid to hold onto
- allow prayer to be physical, or kin-esthetic, as well as mental and vocal
- keep us in touch with traditions, and unites the many different religions

in a high-speed world, slowly and carefully recited prayer, calms the body, mind, and soul.


european researchers has found that repeating "ave maria" is good for one's body.
also, reciting the latin "hail mary" prayer slows breathing and improves heart health.

prayers have evolved to fit the rhythm of the breath.
humans have rhythmic fluctuations in their circulatory system; 10 second cycle, 6 times per minute.
both yoga and rosary cause people to breathe in precisely the same rhythm of
6 breaths per minute (as opposed to 14 for normal breathing).

in meditation; breath rate, metabolism, blood pressure and heart rate all decrease.
the state is marked by distinctive, slower brain waves.
this relaxation response can be deepened when the meditative phrase used
has some personal, religious significance.

slow, rhythmic breathing (6 breaths a minute) ~
- synchronizes internal heart-lung rhythms
- improves blood oxygen levels
- cardiovascular responsiveness
- benefits the lungs
- mobilizes heart muscles
- enables more exercise
- alleviates problems of stress
- opens the mind


catholic ~

the rosary is the catholic form of transcendental meditation
though. it does not have the following among catholics that it did 40 years ago.

the standard 5 or 15 decade prayer beads is called the rosary.

and if a strand has any other number of beads, it is called a chaplet.
one of the most common chaplets is the 10-bead ring or strand.
by shifting the 10-bead chaplet from finger to finger on one's hand,
one can easily count the 50-bead cycle.

"rosary" also refers to the prayer prayed with the prayer beads; one "prays the rosary".

to facilitate the counting or to mark off certain divisions of a devotion,
sets of beads, usually decades, are separated from each other by a larger bead
or sometimes by a medal or metal cross.
the number of beads on a chaplet, or rosary,
depends on the number of prayers making up each particular form of devotion;

a full rosary consists of 150 Hail Marys, 15 Our Fathers,
and 3-4 beads corresponding to introductory versicles and the "Glory be to the Father", etc.
such a "pair of beads" is generally worn by religious.
lay people commonly have beads representing a third part of the rosary.

the brigittine beads number 7 paters in honor of the sorrows and joys of the Blessed Virgin,
and 63 aves to commemorate the years of her life.

another Crown of Our Lady, in use among the Franciscans,
has 72 aves, based on another tradition of the Blessed Virgin's age.

the devotion of the Crown of Our Lord consists of 33 paters
in honor of the years of Our Lord on earth
and 5 aves in honor of His sacred wounds.

(here's a list of some prayers)


buddhist ~

(photo from here)

"prayer bead strings are used for counting mantras.
the usual mantra is 'om mani padme hum' which is one of the names of the Buddha.
(the literal translation is "jewel in the heart of the lotus".)
for each mantra uttered, the fingers advance one bead.
there are a total of 108 beads on each Buddhist prayer bead string.
repeating the name of the Buddha gains a person merit on the path to enlightenment.
visualize the 6 syllables of the mantra as a luminous wheel of light.
it turns and radiates rainbow rays of light which drive away evil,
filling you and all other beings with peace and bliss."

among the Buddhists, whose religion is of Brahminic origin,
various prayer-formulas are said or repeated with the aid of beads
made of wood, berries, coral, amber, or precious metals and stones.
a string of beads cut from the bones of some holy lama is especially valued.

the number of beads is usually 108;
but strings of 30-40 are in use among the poorer classes.

Buddhism in Burma, Tibet, China, and Japan alike
employs a number of more or less complicated forms of devotion,
but the frequently recurring conclusion, a form of salutation, is mostly the same,
and contains the mystic word "OM"

keys and trinkets are often attached to a buddhist's prayer beads,
and generally each string is provided with 2 little cords of special counters, 10 in number,
in the form of beads or metal disks.
at the end of one of these cords is found a miniature thunderbolt;
the other terminates in a tiny bell.
with the aid of this device the devotee can count a hundred repetitions of his beads
or 108 x 10 x 10 formulas in all.


muslim ~

(photo from here)

strung in 33 or 99 bead strands,

to pray the 99 names of Allah.
divided into 3 equal parts (by either a bead, special shape/size, gold tassel, or silk thread)

for prayer of the Tasbih:
- 33 times: "Subhana-llah" (Glory be to Allah),
- 33 times: "Alhamdu-li-llah" (Praise be to Allah)
- 33 times: "Allahu akhbar" (Allah is great)


hindu prayer beads have 109 beads
for the 108 names of God,
and one to mark the beginning of the prayer cycle.


snips from wiki, and:

Friday, October 5, 2012


wolfgang amadeus motzart quotes ~

"Neither a lofty degree of intelligence, nor imagination, nor both together go to the making of genius.
Love, love, love, that is the soul of genius."

"I pay no attention whatever to anybody's praise or blame.
I simply follow my own feelings."

"...Passions, whether violent or not,
should never be so expressed as to reach the point of causing disgust..."

"When I am traveling in a carriage, or walking after a good meal,
or during the night when I cannot sleep;
it is on such occasions that ideas flow best and most abundantly."


Amadeus (the 1984 film) ~


"In a play if more than one person speaks at the same time, it's just noise,
no one can understand a word.
But with opera, with music... with music you can have twenty individuals all talking at the same time,
and it's not noise, it's a perfect harmony!"

"They say I have to rewrite the opera.
But it's perfect as it is!
I can't rewrite what's perfect!"

"Here. It's all right here in my noodle.
The rest is just scribbling.
Scribbling and bibbling, bibbling and scribbling."

"All I wanted was to sing to God. He gave me that longing...
and then made me mute. Why? Tell me that.
If He didn't want me to praise him with music,
why implant the desire? Like a lust in my body!
And then deny me the talent?"
- Salieri

"I speak for all mediocrities in the world.
I am their champion.
I am their patron saint.
Mediocrities everywhere... I absolve you... I absolve you all."
- Salieri

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

Friday, September 14, 2012

When Wendy Grew Up

Chapter 17 ~

Of course all the boys went to school. ...
Before they had attended school a week,
they saw what goats they had been not to remain on the island;
but it was too late now, and soon they settled down to being as ordinary as you or me. ...
It is sad to have to say that the power to fly gradually left them. ...
In time they could not even fly after their hats.
Want of practice, they called it; but what it really meant was that they no longer believed. ...

when Peter came for [Wendy] at the end of the first year.
She flew away with Peter in the frock she had woven from leaves and berries in the Neverland,
and her one fear was that he might notice how short it had become;
but he never noticed, he had so much to say about himself.

She had looked forward to thrilling talks with him about old times,
but new adventures had crowded the old ones from his mind.
"Who is Captain Hook?" he asked with interest when she spoke of the arch enemy.
"Don't you remember," she asked, amazed, "how you killed him and saved all our lives?"
"I forget them after I kill them," he replied carelessly.
When she expressed a doubtful hope that Tinker Bell would be glad to see her,
he said, "Who is Tinker Bell?"
"O Peter," she said, shocked; but even when she explained he could not remember.
"There are such a lot of them," he said. "I expect she is no more." ...

Wendy was pained too to find that the past year was but as yesterday to Peter;
it had seemed such a long year of waiting to her. ...

Next year he did not come for her.
She waited in a new frock because the old one simply would not meet; but he never came. ...

Peter came next spring cleaning;
and the strange thing was that he never knew he had missed a year. ...

That was the last time the girl Wendy ever saw him. ...
years came and went without bringing the careless boy;
and when they met again Wendy was a married woman,
and Peter was no more to her than a little dust in the box in which she had kept her toys.

Wendy was grown up.
You need not be sorry for her.
She was one of the kind that likes to grow up. ...

"The last thing he ever said to me was,
`Just always be waiting for me, and then some night you will hear me crowing.' ...
But, alas, he forgot all about me," Wendy said it with a smile.
She was as grown up as that.


[she was no longer a girl when he visited her again]
"Peter," she said, faltering, "are you expecting me to fly away with you?"
"Of course; that is why I have come."
"I can't come," she said apologetically, "I have forgotten how to fly."
"I'll soon teach you again."
"O Peter, don't waste the fairy dust on me." ...

For almost the only time in his life that I know of, Peter was afraid. ...
She let her hands play in the hair of the tragic boy.
She was not a little girl heart-broken about him;
she was a grown woman smiling at it all, but they were wet eyed smiles.


Monday, September 10, 2012

fundraiser and b-ball

in may 2012, george clooney hosted a multi-million-dollar campaign fundraiser in his home
for obama and 150 donors, who paid $40k to attend,
including barbra streisand, james brolin, jack black, robert downey jr, salma hayek,
stacy keibler; jeffrey katzenberg (dreamworks exec.), and diane von furstenberg.

(the biggest smile i've ever seen)

then, they hit george's tented basketball court for a friendly face-off
with actors tobey maguire, and white house staff.

“i want to thank clooney for letting us use his basketball court,” obama said.
"this guy has been talking smack about his basketball game ever since I’ve known him,”

“who won the game?” shouted mark knoller (cbs) the next morning.

obama joked “what basketball game? what are you talking about?”
then smiled, “as you might expect, george and I won,
but I think we are all winners because nobody got hurt.”

no cameras were allowed in,
so here are some other shots of barry in the court...

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

more rat pack bits

"A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made." -sammy

"Being a star has made it possible for me to get insulted
in places where the average Negro could never hope to go and get insulted." -sammy

"Everything Michael Jackson does on stage is exactly right." -sammy

(burt boyar, photo by sammy)

"I didn't hate being 60 as much as I had 50." -sammy

"I don't have many easy songs." -sammy

"Reality is never as bad as a nightmare,
as the mental tortures we inflict on ourselves." -sammy

(photo by sammy)

"Sober up, and you see and hear everything you'd been able to avoid hearing before."

"The ultimate mystery is one's own self." -sammy

(peter o'toole, photo by samme)

"There are certain romances that belong in certain cities,
in a certain atmosphere,
in a certain time." -sammy

"When you lose a lover, it's like getting a bad haircut; it grows back in time."

"You don't swing where you sleep." -sammy

"The best revenge is massive success." -frank

"Everybody thought I was big-headed and stuck up, and I wasn't.
It was because I didn't know how to speak good English,
so I used to keep my mouth shut." -dean

"I can`t stand an actor or actress who tells me acting is hard work.It`s easy work.
Anyone who says it isn`t never had to stand on his feet all day dealing blackjack."

"I feel sorry for people who don't drink.
They wake up in the morning and that's the best they're going to feel all day."

"I once shook hands with Pat Boone
and my whole right side sobered up." -dean

"There's a statue of Jimmy Stewart in the Hollywood Wax Museum,
and the statue talks better than he does." -dean

"Do I look all blurry to you?
'Cause you look blurry to me!" -dean

"Milton Berle is an inspiration to every young person
that wants to get into show business.
Hard work, perseverance, and discipline:
all the things you need...when you have no talent." -dean

"Most people think of Joey Bishop as just a replacement for Johnny Carson.
That`s NOT true. We in show business know better: we don`t think of him at ALL."

"As a young boy, Bob (Hope) didn`t have much to say.
He couldn`t afford writers then." -dean


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