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Stare at each image of the Mona Lisa for about 5-20 seconds. You will notice that she starts to change and move around. Pay special attention to her expression and hands.

The same picture seen at different distances (sizes) will be perceived differently because more or less of the image is being apprehended by our vision. You are able to take more in and see a smaller image as a "whole" rather than seeing a larger image that your eyes focus more on specific areas or details.
If you stare long enough it's possible that the entire image will fade to where you don't see it anymore - it just looks white. This phenomena has to do with our peripheral vision and how our eyes operate. Some things that we see out of the "corner of our eye" are seen differently when looked at directly. Stars are an example of this.

When your eyes look around the Mona Lisa - depending on the size/ distance you are viewing from (your perspective) will enable this peripheral phenomena. Me…

The Restoration of St. Anne

The Virgin and Child with St. Anne (Leonardo da Vinci)
ArtistLeonardo da VinciYearcirca 1508TypeOil on woodDimensions168 cm × 112 cm (66 in × 44 in)LocationLouvreParis

Louvre uncovers restoration of Leonardo da Vinci's last work Saint Anne
An intense and controversial restoration of the last great work by Leonardo da Vinci, The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne, goes before the public on Thursday at the Louvre Museum Link


I don't even know how many prefaces I have written for my book? Since each version has been different from the previous, the prefaces have had to be re-written as well. They are quite possibly the most difficult part to write.
I'm finishing up a rough draft and this is the latest rendition. A lot of the "prefaces" to non-published versions are actually more of an introduction to that particular book/ draft and not really meant to be included in the "final" version. It's hard to know how much to include in the introduction. I waver between a long and detailed "introjection" to a more reduced one and then let the story unfold through the interjections.

It's interesting for me to go back and read the different prefaces since they are all so different and written at different times. Basically they are all trying to say the same thing, but over the years they have evolved and de-evolved immensely.

Since the version i'm working on is go…


"Hermann Rorschach (German pronunciation: [ˌhɛʁman ˈʁoːʁʃax] or [ˈʁoːɐ̯ʃax]; 8 November 1884 – 1 April 1922) was a Swiss Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, best known for developing a projective test known as the Rorschach inkblot test. This test was reportedly designed to reflect unconscious parts of the personality that "project" onto the stimuli. Individuals were shown 10 inkblots, one at a time, and asked to report what objects or figures they saw in each of them."

"Using interpretation of "ambiguous designs" to assess an individual's personality is an idea that goes back to Leonardo da Vinci and Botticelli. Interpretation of inkblots was central to a game from the late 19th century. Rorschach's, however, was the first systematic approach of this kind."

I was 'almost' surprised to see Leonardo mentioned in association with Ink Blot tests. Although I don't know how a painting/ drawing would relate to an ink blot that s…

Monas Hieroglyphica

This is a whole book about describing this one image/ symbol by John Dee. I think there may be a correlation/ connection between the Title "Mona Lisa" and Monad.(Monad)

"Monad (from Greek μονάς monas, "unit" from μόνος monos, "alone"), according to the Pythagoreans, was a term for Divinity or the first being, or the totality of all beings,Monad being the source or the One meaning without division.

For the Pythagoreans, the generation of number series was related to objects of geometry as well as cosmogony. According to Diogenes Laertius, from the monad evolved the dyad; from it numbers; from numbers, points; then lines, two-dimensional entities, three-dimensional entities, bodies, culminating in the four elements earth, water, fire and air, from which the rest of our world is built up." Link

   How the painting "Mona Lisa" received that as it's title is very complic…


What's most funny about the post on "Denial" Is how I can go back and read it and think - wow i'm crazy, and -wow i'm so right at the same time.

Interesting note about my blog and book. I am NOT an editor.

I write with the motto " Write drunk - revise sober" but I hardely ever revise...

And when I think about why. Besides being lazy. Is that I learned to write by keeping journals. Things i wrote to myself that no one else was ever going to read or judge. Like writing a paper in schooll that the teacher wont grade. You can write whatever you want, and anything you want. And there is no one to tell you if it's good or bad. A or F.

So when you read this, or pretty much anything write. Remember. I dont know what i'm saying. When someone in an english class gets a paper. Usually they have to write anything between 2-10 pages. And usually - they get 2-6months to write it.

And thats not typing for 6 months. If you type 50 words a min, you could f…


CharacteristicsPsychologist Dr. David Weeks mentions people with a mental illness "suffer" from their behavior while healthy eccentrics are quite happy. He even states eccentrics are less prone to mental illness than everyone else. This may be related in the same way that introverts (introversion) suffer more from their mental illness than do extroverts (extroversion), who tend to make those around them suffer instead by their actions or deeds (outward expression of their illness rather than inward). According to studies, there are fourteen distinctive characteristics that differentiate a healthy eccentric person from a regular person or someone who has a mental illness (although some may not always apply). The first five are in most people regarded as eccentric: Nonconforming attitudeCreativeIntense curiosityIdealisticHappy obsession with a hobby or hobbiesKnown very early in his or her childhood they were different from othersHighly intelligentOpinionated and outspokenNoncom…


(This was from 2 years ago)

Why Can't my muscles look like that?

I just had a really obvious realization.

Lets say someone is really over weight but they dont want to be. They want to lose 50lbs. They know how to do it - (dont eat so much, work out more.) It might take a couple months but they they stick with it, they'd lose that 50lbs for sure.

But then they dont work out or eat less. So they dream about being 50lbs lighter, but dont do anything about it, Even though they really want to.

The problem is that it requires a daily discipline. Lets say I want to gain 15lbs of muscle and look like the picture above.. Why dont I do anything about it? Cause it would take too long? I can't do it in 30min or less so It's not worth it?

Then there are other things that would require 10 minutes or less to accomplish. Lets say I want to contact someone and tell them how i really feel and that i'm sorry about something. To tell someone you made a mistake or to apologize. Or to send s…

Adolph Menzel

Adolph Menzel :
"Adolph Friedrich Erdmann von Menzel, (December 8, 1815 – February 9, 1905) was a Germanartist noted for drawings, etchings, and paintings. Along with Caspar David Friedrich, he is considered one of the two most prominent German artists of the 19th century,and was the most successful artist of his era in Germany."
I randomly came across this guy's page and this painting "The Studio Wall" really stood out to me. At first I thought it was a photograph! This is a great example of "Photo-realistic" paintings vs. Abstract. The light and shadows and perspective are so "spot on" that it makes the painting look as if it were real.

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This is one of the most bizarre and interesting phenomena's of human perception. A lot of people don't even know that they have it because they assume that everyone else perceives the world in the same way that they do. Its basically when your senses get jumbled and linked in strange ways with each other. There are some people who "taste" words, and others who see numbers in color. Its ironic that I saw a documentary about this once about a guy who "tasted words" and he specifically said "Derek" tasted really bad! (not true!)

Some people are born with it while others develop it due to brain injury. The most fascinating aspect of it is that in some cases it imbues some persons with an almost added ability that someone without it might not have.

"Synesthesia (also spelled synæsthesia or synaesthesia, plural synesthesiae or synaesthesiae), from the ancient Greek σύν (syn), "together," and αἴσθησις (aisthēsis), "sensatio…

The Shaman's Sight

"The Shaman’s Sight:

"The shaman thought there was something different in the distance. He didn’t know what it was so he kept looking. Day after day after day until it became more and more clear to him. The ship started off as a spec but as it approached it started to change. He couldn’t understand what it was? Was it a bird? A whale? What could it be? So he kept watching and watching and as it got closer he was more and more confused. It appears to be made of wood, but what could have made something so large?

If you looked out from a cliff out into an ocean you’ve never seen before- how would you know if a small brown dot of a ship in the distance was meant to be there or not? How would you know if it’s moving? You would have to know what a ship is AND look long enough to see that it’s changing. The shaman could eventually see it and perceive it as something moving but it was so difficult because he had never seen anything like it before. He had to show the other Indians be…

The Death of Perception

So, this is an example of something I quazi-call: "Synchronistic Web Surfing."

I'll be watching something on tv, or in a movie, or something will pop in my head that inspires me to "google it." Then i'll find something that leads me to something else, that leads me to something else, and it almost seems that.. I was meant to be where I ended up.

The connection between what first started it - and where it led to seems to be related. This is easily explained in most cases. You see something about an actor - you look them up - you see what movies they were in - you click on one of them - then you end up on a wikepedia page about something you never thought you would be at after only looking up an actor's bio. There is nothing really special about it, its just a casual result of boredom and curiosity.

I do stuff like that a LOT but there have been a few times that where i've started, why I started - and where I ended up seemed to have something synchro…

When was Mona Lisa painted? (Mona DOB?)

Here are a couple pages from the previous version of my book that are relevant to this new "news" article. I came to the same conclusion a few years ago, but for completely different reasons. This helps to verify a more accurate and expanded birth and painted life span of the freaking awesome Mona Lisa!

"Mona Lisa could have been completed a decade later than thought"


"A drawing of rocks by Leonardo in the Royal Collection provides evidence that the artist worked on the portrait for much longer than the dates officially given by the Louvre"


This article is using the newly cleaned Prodo Mona and a later sketch of Rocks by Leonardo to challenge that the Mona Lisa was painted later than was previously claimed.

The 1503 starting date is still being held to be accurate since that is when Vasari claimed it was started and a note found recently (in the margins of an old book) that said Lisa was being painted during 1503 as well. The note said that Leo wa…