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

August 26, 2010

The Pendulum Of Life

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

Up, down, up, down, up. Down, up, down, up.

Pendulum of Foucault

Start from the down again, with decreasing amplitude until the down cannot become an up anymore. Everything alive and in life complies to the down-up-down rule. The knowledge of this in an experience we the creatures gain during our lives.

 Always too late. Even then, we never give up the hope to trick the Pendulum and defy the laws of gravity. Just a bit more force, it will take the pendulum higher, and maybe then the down will become an up again, as before, as we used to be. One more time, this time it will work. But, in fact the time is the one we will never win the race with.  Time will never be on our side.  

Nevertheless we, the humans will never give up the hope  to invent Perpetuum Mobile and stop worrying about the ups and downs. 

July 24, 2010

Young Romans

Posted in portraits, thought tagged , , at 12:59 am by silivalilife

To me, of all fakes, the hardest is imitating the time in portraits. There is some physical difference in people at each time frame and if you have the original you can easily tell the fake. And that is true for photographs as much as for the paintings, as the technique of the time adds up.

In some cases though the old and ancient portraits look strikingly contemporary.  

This couple looks like a pair of nice yuppies next door we are used to say high in the mornings. Taken out from the time, dressing, color palette and given an iPad or a laptop, they could well be an engineer, a painter, a lawyer, a professor, scientist or just a blogger.

It is amazing to see how something so distant in time could make through two millenia to talk to us now. I wonder what from all we create now will live up to Time to empathise our successors in just one.

July 10, 2010

Places

Posted in thought at 1:04 am by silivalilife

There is this strange feeling about the places – missing them when you are not there. When you know how it is there and leave it then you think about the place and want to return and stay. And since there are several of those places, you know you will miss the place once you leave it for the other one. There are also places that you want to return but want to leave once you are there.
The time seems to be stopped there to have some rest and it seems uneasy for the restless one to stay out of the movement and change.
I wish I could be in several places at the same time and could get wherever I wanted instantly.

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 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 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

May 2, 2010

About the Importance of Grades

Posted in Life, thought tagged , , at 1:05 am by silivalilife

You start getting them in elementary school. Middle school ones are not that good usually. High school ones become important. Then more, and more, the more the merrier. Usually they are not fair.
Grading becomes even more unfair at workplace. Bosses are not as liberal as teachers and professors.
Over years the grading and all the feelings connected to it becomes a routine.

The grades stop causing inconvenience, or let’s say the worry becomes less bothering once the ladders of success becomes longer and higher. Grading those on lower level feels fine, though it is not confessed.

At one point there is a feeling of freedom from grades.  And right on time when the height of the ladders seems comfortable enough to not be afraid of falling down, a reminder comes. Not from the below but from someone situated at the same comfortable level. A reminder that the grading is still there and being a loser is as actual as in college. And whole lot if people starts discussing that, more than in college.

Not pleasant huh?

Courtesy of Cultural China

Courtesy of Cultural China: http://www.cultural-china.com/

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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