Saturday, February 17, 2018

Cat's Palace

We have a new cat, called "poes". The first cat in 16 years. The last one got hit by a car. I think she - it's a female cat - would love to sleep, hunt, purr, eat, sleep again and ... - there must be more - here:


There is a nice exhibition, in 2018, in Atlanta (USA) about 'Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt'. I would love to go but I know I'll not. Look at this oldie. Statuette of a Cat in bronze. Ancient Egyptian, Third Intermediate Period (around 1076–723 BC):

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Shelter

Look at this more than 4,500 old statue (source). "We" in the 21th century AD "see" a nice statue of the ancient Egyptian king Menkaura and Queen Khamerernebty II of the 4th dynasty (around 2530 BC).


What did Aristotle (384-322 BC) "see" 2,000 later in Ancient Greece? He sees four causes (Greek 'aition'), in 'Physics II 3' and 'Metaphysics V 2'. The material cause, 'that out of which', the stone of this statue. The formal cause, 'the form', the shape of the statue. The efficient cause, the primary source of the change, the artisan who made this statue. The final cause, 'the end, that for the sake of which a thing is done', e.g. a statue in a temple is the end of sculpting. 

What did the Ancient Egyptians "see"? For them a statue is a medium to continue existence. A living statue. A statue for forever. That can come alive any moment. It's an asylum or shelter from which he (the 'Akh') will operate when he (the 'Khat' or physical body) dies to maintain life. Let me repeat: to maintain life. They were so in love with life that they wanted to have more of it. Let me repeat: more days, weeks, years etc in this life.

P.S. More on Aristotle: here.
P.P.S. This point of view is for the biggest part based on Bertus Aafjes' book 'De Blinde Harpenaar, Oudegyptische poëzie' (1955). More on the Ancient Egyptian concept of the soul: here.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Para

Parasol is for protection against sun.
Parapluie is for protection against rain.
Parachute is for protection against falling.

Why is there not a paramoon, paraflooding or ... - there must be more?

Guess what I saw yesterday morning frozen in a gate? A paradeath or paramortality?

Friday, January 19, 2018

09

This picture scares me a bit because a train can pass any moment over the track. Danger! At the same time it is mysterious - what's in and at the end of the tunnel? - and beautiful - the trees and ivy growing everywhere. Beautiful red/ lila color.


Wise men William Snell. I love 09, 11, 29 (read for dog: cat), 37 and 45.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Pina_

One day I'll visit museum 'Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo' and the Jardim da Luz in São Paulo, Brasil. I would love to see these five paintings of José Ferraz de Almeida Júnior (1850-1899) for real. Sooooo lovely. Interesting life and man. Looking for a biography now.

 Cena de Família de Adolfo Augusto Pinto (1891)

Estudo para Cabeça de Caipira (1893) 


Retrato de Euzébio Stevaux (1894)

 Paisagem Fluvial (1899)

Saudade (1899)

Friday, January 5, 2018

Q2!

Do Q2 stuff! Do Q2 stuff and in time you will be blown away with the result.



Q2 stuff are the important but not urgent activities that add value into our lives but ...
  • No time
  • Not urgent
  • Stress
  • Deadlines
  • So much to do
  • Interrupted all the time
  • Regret
  • ... - there must be more
P.S. I wrote on this before in post 'Will You Go?' (2011). Source matrix: here.
P.P.S. There is a lovely video about "Big Rocks": here.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Black and White. Without explanation

The request was: take a black and white picture for 7 days at a row. Out of your life, without people on it and without explanation. Here is my set of seven. Plus one for the road.







And one for the road with a piece of an individual 'homo sapiens' on it ;)


Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ...
Which reminds me to check out, how old this greeting tradition is (source):
  • Although the month and date of Jesus' birth are unknown, by the fourth century the Western Christian Church had placed Christmas on December 25, a date that was later adopted in the East.
  • The first Christmas cards were commissioned by Cole in London in 1843.
  • One of the earliest Nativity of Christ images is on this 4th-century sarcophagus. 'Sarcofago di Stilicone' in Sant'Ambrogio basilica in Milan.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Cold Coffee

Cool what artist Giulia Bernardelli makes from cold coffee:

P.S. More of her and her other "spilled" food art: here.