Starting in 2007 this blog documents the multiple attempts to write a book about Leonardo da Vinci, with random thoughts and posts along the way. In early 2016 I finally gave up (or in?) on that and it was the most free'ing decision I've ever made. Maybe i'll go back to it eventually but now i'm able to focus on my other passions. The things I wanted to do "Once I finish, someday." I learned what I didn't like and what didn't work. Now it's time to figure out what I do want and what does.
I always find it a little ironic that when something bad happens that people will usually take it as a sign that things are getting worse. When in fact - things are getting not just a little better but a lot better. The 'problem' isn't that more bad things are happening but that less are - so that when things do go wrong they are exemplified and sensationalized.
In California the weather is almost always great so when it rains - it becomes a big deal even if it's just a drizzle. It's "Dangerous" and you better watch out! Meanwhile in other parts of the world it rains more often than not and it's not newsworthy at all - actually it's more news worthy when the weather is nice.
There is also the types that find certain groups of people getting "more" or equal rights a sign of bad times. The kind that thought the world was getting "worse" when slavery was abolished or women were allowed to vote or the world becomes more liberal. For those it's not a matter of the world getting "worse" but more so that the world is changing from what they are used to - like when it rains. They seem to have lost the perspective that not only is change inevitable but that it is essential and like rain - it may get your socks wet or make you uncomfortable but without it we wouldn't have anything to eat or drink.
People may get offended and hurt by other people's words and beliefs or who think differently than they do - but forget that not too long ago they would burn you to alive or cut out your tongue. The whole - sticks and stones things. Sometimes we forget that it's a good thing to only have petty things to complain about - that someone's social media comment upsets us rather than where we are going to get our next meal.
These graphics (and the site) show the direction where the world is really heading and it's a great time to be alive even if some people don't think so.
The shining is one of those movies that the people who only see it once won't appreciate. If you go into hearing that 'it's scary' you'll be disappointed. It's not your typical horror movie. It's not your typical - movie movie. It's just weird in a way that is hard to put your finger on. It's a movie with a lot of layers.
It's an example of a weird type of paranoia- questioning- is there a hidden meaning or isn't there? Are you just reading too much into it and seeing things or was it intentional? This is also a great example in that it definitely has some hidden meanings but also brings some vagueness since the director is dead and can't verify if they are his intention or coincidence or just accidental.
The idea that he filmed the hallways and blueprints of the hotel being 'impossible' is definitely true. It invokes a type of sub-conscious confusion in that we realize there is something 'wrong' with the orientation but…
I've been thinking about how each animal seems to have it's "ivore" - opposite. Or a herbivore/ carnivore opposite. Almost as if each type of animal divided into two different types and with each comes almost universal characteristics not just shared between the two similar species but all of the herbivores/ carnivores and even more interestingly- omnivores.
This made me think of humanities place within this potential contrast.
For example a Panda bear exclusively eats bamboo (Herbivore) and a Polar Bear exclusively eats Meat - they can probably eat some vegetables (saw them eating carrots in a zoo) as well but their natural diet is almost all meat. A Panda could also probably eat some meat but the idea is they are definitely more one or the other. Another dividing factors isn't just "will eat meat" but will actually hunt or kill an animal to get it. There are a lot of animals that could or would eat meat if it was in front of them but wouldn't eve…