Sunday, August 26, 2018

The Fairness of Life

Life Is Not Fair

 Watercolor by William Blake

Some are Born to sweet delight, 
Some are Born to Endless Night.
William Blake



Sunday, April 29, 2018

Who Are You?



Your attitude
and
how you spend
your time
and
your thoughts
is
who you are


Saturday, March 31, 2018

Orville Wright About Why Airplanes Fly

The 1911 glider by the Wright Brothers that stayed aloft for a record 10 minutes.
The 1911 glider by the Wright Brothers that stayed aloft for a record 10 minutes.

"The airplane stays up because 
it doesn't have the time to fall."
Orville Wright



Photo of the first Wright Brothers powered flight, December 17, 1903.
Photo of the first Wright Brothers powered flight, December 17, 1903.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Quote from the actor, Edward G. Robinson

Nothing Human Is Foreign To Us

Photo of Edward G. Robinson

"Every one of us bears within him
the possibility of all passions,
all destinies of life
in all its manifold forms.
Nothing human is foreign to us."
Edward G. Robinson

Edward G. Robinson as Little Caesar.
Edward G. Robinson as Little Caesar. 



Monday, January 29, 2018

How-To Learn From the Past

Titian, Allegory of Time: youth, middle age, old age.

 THE TRICK IS: 

 To learn 
 from your past 

Liz Taylor with her newborn child and husband Mike Todd.

 But not let 
 old memories 
 taint the present 

Just before prom night.

Monday, December 25, 2017

Einstein's Clocks and Thought Experiments


 Einstein's Clocks 

 OR 
 A Flight Of Imagination  
 That Revealed The Real World
 In 1905 

 About Einstein's thought experiments
 and his ability to imagine in the moment 


shot of the Zytglogge tower in Bern Switzerland,   with the astronomical clock on the bottom and the bell at the top in the tower
Left: Full shot of the Zytglogge tower in Bern Switzerland,
 with the astronomical clock on the bottom and the bell at the top in the tower
Right: Close-up of the bell and bell ringer in the tower

Full shot of the astronomical clock (left) with the animated figures (right) 
that parade and move every hour, known as the Zytglogge bellworks

Close-up of the hour hand and Zodiac wheel
Close-up of the hour hand and Zodiac wheel

Father Time sits next to the astronomical clock   and presides over the animated figures who parade every hour
Father Time sits next to the astronomical clock 
and presides over the animated figures who parade every hour

A sketch of the Zytglogge tower and clock from 1534
                                  A sketch of the Zytglogge tower and clock from 1534                                                      

A figure representing Chronos, the Greek god of time,  who strikes the bell, that was cast in 1405, on the hour
A figure representing Chronos, the Greek god of time,
who strikes the bell, that was cast in 1405, on the hour


A shaft of light
A shaft of light

 Late one night 
 after struggling with the physics of light, 
 Albert heard the distinctive ring 
 of Bern's Zytglogge clock tower, 
 with its 500 year-old bell 
 struck by a figure 
 representing Chronos, the Greek god of time. 

 In a flash 
 he was riding a streetcar 
 at the speed of light 
 and looking back at the time 
 on the Bern clock 
 which froze 
 because the light from its later time 
 could never catch him. 
 Yet he could see the minutes 
 on his pocket watch were 
 continuing. 

 And then he knew 
 time was relative. 

A streetcar with the clock behind it   around the time Einstein lived in Bern
A streetcar with the clock behind it 
around the time Einstein lived in Bern

Bern streetcar around the time Einstein lived there
Bern streetcar around the time Einstein lived there

Streetcar interior
Streetcar interior

A Swiss pocket watch made around 1900 with Roman numerals
Left: Inner workings of a pocket watch
Right: A Swiss pocket watch made around 1900 with Roman numerals

The man who arrives at the doors of artistic creation with none of the madness of the Muses would be convinced that technical ability alone was enough to make an artist... what that man creates by means of reason will pale before the art of inspired beings.
Plato

There comes a point where the mind takes a leap 
— call it intuition or what you will — 
and comes out upon a higher plane of knowledge, 
but can never prove how it got there. 
All great discoveries have involved such a leap.
Albert Einstein


Monday, November 27, 2017

Franz Schubert's Last Sonata

Franz Schubert's Last Sonata: 
Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960 
Franz Schubert portrait

 How amazing 
 that just before he died 
 Schubert 
 can speak to me 
 across the centuries 


Piano Sonata No. 21 in B-flat Major, D. 960 

Completed September 26, 1828

Schubert died November 19, 1828, age 31
Recording on YouTube

Franz Schubert: 1797 - 1828 

About
"...until the last weeks of his life in November 1828, he continued to compose an extraordinary amount of music, including such masterpieces as the three last sonatas."

Franz Schubert portrait