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I never knew you

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“This next song asks the question, ‘Why do we forget things?’ Especially like our exes or past relationships, why do we forget what they were about and why we left? You know, you leave a relationship and a couple months later you’re like, ‘Well, it wasn’t that bad.’ Then you call the person, you’re like, ‘Ooh…oh gosh.’ It’s not like that all the time, but what is that, what is it, what is it about our humanness that we forget? We remember, we forget, we remember, we forget, and I think it’s just for the opportunity of enlightenment, the opportunity awakened again and again and again because it feels good. It feels good to remember our greatness. You know? It wouldn’t be so bright if there wasn’t a shadow every once in a while. Yeah so anyway, remember, forget, remember, forget, this song is about forgetting and remembering, and I realized it’s so that we can achieve enlightenment, but then, alas! We all still have to do our fucking laundry.”

Jason Mraz - I Never Knew You - Live is a …

Mamihlapinatapai

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Mamihlapinatapai: A look shared by two people, each wishing hat the other would initiate something that they both desire but which neither wants to begin."




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Leonardo vs. Nietzsche: Super-DaMan!

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Leonard da Vinci vs. Friedrich Nietzsche
 Nietzsche was mainly a writer and philosopher. Leonardo was mainly an artist and scientist. Although Leonardo did dabbled in philosophy (what didn't he dabble in?) his writings were far more restrained and obscured. This was due to the time he lived in which was hundreds of years before Nietzsche. If Leo would have written what Nietzsche did back in his time, it would have been pure blasphemy - punishable by death. Both were controversial enough but if you were to switch their places in time, their works would have been considered very differently. Nietzsche was most famous for saying "God is Dead." - You couldn't get away with that 500 years ago, you couldn't even come close.

 Leonardo's painting "Madonna on the rocks" was rejected by the church commissioners for being too controversial. The re-worked version (Maybe not all by Leonardo himself) is only slightly different and the changes were where the hands …

The War Horse is Over

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I was watching "War Horse" and Joey (the horse) was taken in by a girl. She loved him and his friend but eventually they were taken away by the army. She was sad. The end!

"Don't be sad that it ended, smile because it happened."

But what it made me question, for perhaps the first time, is why do we have to be sad when something good leaves? Why should we remain bitter and upset?

Everything is going to leave eventually. EVERYTHING. So when something does it makes a lot more sense to appreciate it, and remember it, but let it go without any sad emotions. What use do they serve?


They are really there to motivate us to get something back, or to protect something - not to stay upset when something leaves that we can't get back. Or that we know we shouldn't keep. Those feelings are there, instinctually to keep a family together and to protect things and people - and to try and save them if they are taken, or get lost.

This is called "possessiveness.&…

The anti-brevity Penguin

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"In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.

She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”

American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read."

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Mona sQuared

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Manga Mona Illusion

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http://kotaku.com/5903354/this-manga-optical-illusion-will-blow-your-mind

Zoom in or look very closely at the image over Mona's eye on the copy to the left. Then look at it again from further back.

Flo and Kay: Dick Clark's Smartest Fans

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Dick Clark: November 30, 1929 – April 18, 2012
(I am updating this post from 2010)

I was able to re-watch this show and got a better screen shot of the strange last supper hanging up in their room. Still can't find them online or their family to ask about it. 





Flo and Kay are Autistic Twin Savants. 

They can remember dates and facts for just about everything they have ever heard. They are obsessed with Dick Clark and have seen every episode of 1000$ Pyramid. They can tell you exactly what he was wearing on each show and what the questions were. You can ask them "When was Present Ronald Regan's elected, what was his birthday?" And they'll instantly give you the correct answer, and even include the weather that day and the exact time.

Basically they are the type of Savants called "Prodigious Savants" which is like the top tier of genius. There are maybe 100 known Savants of any kind in the world.



What i'm trying to figure out is the whole mind - dream -…

Happy Birthday Da Vinci!!!

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Happy Birthday Leonardo da Vinci!
April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519
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Proportion of The Human Face - Leonardo

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"The space between the parting of the lips [the mouth] and the base of the nose is one-seventh of the face.

The space from the mouth to the bottom of the chin _c d_ is the fourth part of the face and equal to the width of the mouth.

The space from the chin to the base of the nose _e f_ is the third part of the face and equal to the length of the nose and to the forehead.

The distance from the middle of the nose to the bottom of the chin _g h_, is half the length of the face.

The distance from the top of the nose, where the eyebrows begin, to the bottom of the chin, _i k_, is two thirds of the face.

The space from the parting of the lips to the top of the chin _l m_, that is where the chin ends and passes into the lower lip of the mouth, is the third of the distance from the parting of the lips to the bottom of the chin and is the twelfth part of the face. From the top to the bottom of the chin _m n_ is the sixth part of the face and is the fifty fourth part of a man's height.

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Just don't do it!

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For the last couple weeks I've really been focusing on trying to improve my life. To make better decisions. Kinda like new years resolutions, or maybe an experiment in actually implementing the things I know I should. So for one of the first times I'm giving it a real effort. Quit smoking, drinking, eating right, 12 glasses of water a day, working out, no energy drinks: The physical things that effect my mind in a bad way.
Going through multiple forms of withdrawals, from the different chemicals i used to abuse daily, was difficult. In the same way that when you take them - they affect you in some type of positive way. I got to a point where I would have to keep using them to feel "good." Then they become a habit, as well as a physical addiction. Making it even more difficult to quit. A quick fix to a perpetual problem. I guess what i'm really after is living my life for the high that comes with the feeling of accomplishment, rather than a self serving indulgen…

Macro vs. Micro (The art of War Craft)

Star Craft is a game by Blizzard from 1998, the same company that makes World of War Craft.
WOW has over 10 million players playing every month with a subscription @ 10$ a month (each). Needless to say they are elite video game developers. Billions - not millions. They are even making a big-budget World Of War Craft movie soon.
 There are people who have to go into addiction treatment for playing their games too much.
Anyways, 
The game I've ever played more than any other game is definitely War Craft 3 (Also by Blizzard) 
Now I've graduated to Star Craft 2 which is essentially the same but set in space. it came out a few months ago and I find it to be a great time killer and mind focus-er. I literally don't think about anything else but the game while playing. 
It's an RPG which means role playing game, but it's also a Strategy game. The main goal is to build a base and then make enough units to go and attack and take over the opposing team. You have to …

Dot and Go

Creative


Impressive & Intensive (3million dots!)
This is the Mona Lisa. The most famous work of art in the world. Who she is, when she was painted, and even how she was painted are mysteries. You might wonder why? Why are there mysteries about a painting from someone who seemed to write almost everything down? In all of Da Vinci's hundreds of thousands of pages of journals, he mentions nothing seemingly specific about this painting. Instead his journals are written to teach someone how to truly see her. Once you can do that, then all of the mysteries turn from coincidences to clues.


Without giving too much away, (you gotta get the book for the details) Here is a summary of what I've discovered and some excerpts from the Chapter(s) on the fantastic Mona Lisa.


Who is the girl in this painting? The wife of a wealthy silk merchant? -Lisa Gherardini? Or how about a self portrait of Da Vinci as a woman? A figment of his imagination? Or could it be something more than anyone else could imagine? It is, after all, the most famous w…