September 22, 2010

Following the Sun

Posted in portraits, Random tagged , , , at 9:17 pm by silivalilife

Did you notice that the sunflowers have this amazing ability of making the place to glow of happiness, even the gloomiest ones, substituting the sun whenever and wherever needed.  A field of sunflowers – something from the childhood dream. A little house with a couple of sunflowers behind the wooden fence, and you immediately know – it is full of happiness, bursting from voices of children. Pass by a sunflower, it watches you from the above, and you know there is a smile on its broad face.

This flower is the individualist of the plant world. Every sunflower can make a portrait of its own. No wonder they have been painted so many times, and if you think the sunflower’s smile is not as mysterious as Mina Lisa’s, you cannot deny that it still is one of the most open and kind smiles from someone who wants to warm your heart.

And when  this flower perishes it leaves behind its tasty seeds for you to enjoy and remember him, like someone who continues to love you from afar.

September 18, 2010

New Fashion Statement: from Apple

Posted in Random tagged , , at 2:28 am by silivalilife

I am somewhat happy I am not a responsible one for creating computers, phones, music devices, and now watches competing with Apple. Otherwise I would have been losing my night sleep before each recent years’ product release announcement from them. I would know for sure whatever it is, it is going to make world news, eventually becoming a fashion statement. And all my efforts of creating a really great product will be overshadowed, no matter how much noise I manage to make in media.

Here is a new one which will become a hit in near future and harm, now the watch makers.

From http://www.ubergizmo.com/tags/ipod-nano

I wonder if the new iPod Nano creators hoped that it will be worn as a watch, or they had something else in mind?

September 13, 2010

City of the Future

Posted in environment, Random, thought tagged , , , , at 12:37 am by silivalilife

What comes to your imagination first when asked about the future? In the best scenario that is, without world wars, global warming, ice ages, etc. I am  not sure, there is no much place left in my imagination, because I have been imposed a very generalized image by the people, whether it is an artist, writer, director, or a scientist. A Megapolis that covers whole planet. It is assumed that in best scenario there are going to be a lot of us on a very little space. Oh well, nothing much we can do there.  Ok, I wanted some of those images, from Google.

treehugger.com has a lot of images:

this is how we imagined it may look in 1985

There are more gloomy images, this one might be not the best of the scenarios:

It is quite realistic though, and not much of a future, cities like this exist already.

 This one is creepy too, imagine living in one of these:

All of the images I found have a lot in common. High buildings, some lawns for green feeling. What I could not find in any of those images were the trees. In the present time cities the trees somehow managed to survive, usually dusty, dwarfed and surrounded, tangled in humiliating Christmas lights, but still giving us some illusion of being close to nature.  But according to common vision there is no place even for those our bright future. 

What happened to those childhood love towards climbing trees, hiding in tree houses, sleeping in the shades of the trees.  It is possible that we are feeling unsuitable for the humans on higher level of evolution still getting messed up with the same things our distant ancestors were used to – living among the trees and even hanging on the trees.

Not sure how everyone else, I would feel much happier to live among trees. So I modified my search to look for “city in a forest”.  And, there are images, this one from http://daughterearth.com/blog/2009/01/city-in-the-trees/ I liked

I hope a time will come when we would at least dream of a city where the trees are dominant.

August 27, 2010

Ladies in Blue

Posted in portraits, Random, thought tagged , , , , at 12:03 am by silivalilife

They are not wearing blue, but are painted in blue. Some scientists think they are goddesses. I do not see any particular godliness in them. I have to admit they look very important. And they look very healthy. One has to be very healthy to have a waist of that size and hair this thick and long.  

What else can be said, just watching them makes one happy. That also explains the position of science on their godliness. A happy and healthy woman is a goddess. Not to mention that in their society some 3500 years ago the women in these ladies’ society had more freedom than most women in the societies of the 21st century.   

Ladies in blue

May 26, 2010

Forced Love

Posted in Random, thought tagged at 12:52 am by silivalilife

I hate this and I wonder if I am not alone.

I open a web page of a well-known newspaper, magazine, etc, getting to home page,  notice an interesting title, and BOOM! – a flash animation with some commercial is just rolling whole page covering the screen and moving the text all the way down.
It is so annoying that if next second someone asks me what was the commercial about, I could not answer. I hate is so much that my memory does everything to forget it instantly. I wonder if others are the same.

So if I do not even remember what I just saw and even if I saw, I am focused on one thing only, to close the animation immediately and get to the title I just saw, what is the value of it? Does anyone really pay attention to it? How many people click on it?

Isn’t it possible to make that animation more pleasant to me, something that will catch my attention and not make me hostile? Is it that difficult? Oh, that requires some imagination and some more work. I see. Ok, never mind.

May 20, 2010

Mystery Clicks

Posted in Random tagged at 4:01 pm by silivalilife

I am getting hits from some bogus addresses. When I do not publish a new post for several days they stop. When I update the blog for several days in a row, they keep hitting, but from different addresses each time. And what is interesting they keep hitting the same posts over and over, always the old ones, very rarely a newer ones. They seem to like certain titles, or maybe the words in the title are keywords for them.

Very interesting

This is what I am getting:

But even this is preferable:

Or maybe this:

May 12, 2010

Dream Number 2

Posted in Random, thought tagged , , at 12:28 am by silivalilife

I named this post dream No 2 as I already have another post about a dream. Feeling extremely real sometimes but easily forgotten, I feel I need to record them, just for myself.
This night before going to sleep I read the Freshly Pressed blogs, some were so good and informative, no wonder I had a dream about them. I was sitting face to face with the authors and telling about each of them, listing what I liked or disliked there, quite a friendly and pleasant encounter. I was dying to ask what they were thinking about my posts, and they all started shaking heads. One said, oh, those random, absurd posts, they are so boring! Well, I guess I need to work harder…

May 6, 2010

Pleasant stuff

Posted in Random tagged , at 12:13 am by silivalilife

Better late than never. Better now than later. No, better later than now. Ok, maybe not better but easier. Because today it is too hard to do. For some reason when thinking about it and planning was much easier. 

Procrastinating is a pleasant thing by definition. The work is hard thing on other hand. The completed work is satisfying, procrastination is not, but it is easy and pleasant.

I am trying, trying to do the work, not procrastinate, but always get back to it, to the pleasant stuff.

Here is one result of procrastination.

Or like this:

Happier than the first one

May 3, 2010

The Story of Her Hands

Posted in portraits, Random, thought tagged , , , at 11:48 pm by silivalilife

Her hands are the first thing one can see in her whole tired figure. Red and rough from constant contact with cold water, they must belong to someone who worked all her life. One would think a long one.
Then you look up at her face and realize how young she is.

Modigliani captured her  relaxed immediately after concluding her hard work. She contrasts with the other women portraits he used to paint, whether nude, or just beautiful. But it seems to me he put more love into this one.

Amedeo Modigliani. Young Woman Of the People

April 23, 2010

Not Fair

Posted in Random, thought tagged , , , at 12:35 am by silivalilife

 The toothache. I get them checked and cleaned twice a year, I clean and floss them. And what? The whitest of them start aching right in the middle of the night and all day long! And the day turns to be quite important one. Not fair.
Could happen to anyone?  I have suspects the writers are often silent of those facts in regard of their heroes. Take D’Artagnan for example. Let’s say you have a schedule – a deed a day. You think you would have time to brush your teeth in between a fight, confrontation with  cardinal, executing a super-lady, saving a queen and befriending a lord? Most likely you would lose the toothbrush in the course of action. 

Each time my dentist finds out there is a cavity he makes a sly face, I can notice that under his mask, and asks, – are you flossing regularly? Frankly, I cannot imagine D”Artagnan flossing every time after having foie gras with D”Anjou wine. The fact that he was having toothache is hushed, a big mistake by the author, his hero would have gained sympathy and popularity and as a result sales would have doubled.  Not bad for two centuries. Maybe it did not happen when he was traveling to London, but during the siege of La Rochelle, for sure. He seemed to be going white frequently then.

And that is not only D”Artagnan, it could have happened to the others too, Porthos, Aramis, Athos.

 Milady, she was already missing a tooth.  BTW, do you smell some sexism here?

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