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Leonardo da Vinci's Self Portrait

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"If liberty is dear to you may you never discover that my face is Love's Prison." - Leonardo da Vinci


Leonardo da Vinci by Leonardo da Vinci
Year c. 1512
Type: Red chalk on paper
Dimensions: 33.3 cm × 21.6 cm (13.1 in × 8.5 in)
Location: Biblioteca Reale, Turin

There is some debate as to how accurate of a representation this is to what Leonardo really looked like. He wouldn’t have been as old as he looks here when it was drawn. There are also some who say this might not even be by him or be a copy - I am not one of them! I think this totally by Leonardo himself.

This sketch is a lot more complicated and sophisticated that it appears. Since it aligns and combines over the face of the Mona Lisa there would have been some required alterations to his appearance to get it to fit over her face and for their combined faces to alter in a specific way.

This image is more like a mask and a puzzle than a traditional self portrait where the artist tries to represent themselves as…

Right side Down

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Everything that enters your eye comes in upside down and mirrored. It's your mind that turns it right side up and backwards. If you were to wear goggles that showed everything upside down - so that the sky looks below you and the ground is above you - your mind will automatically adjust and re-orient it after a few days! Which is interesting since "up and down" are relative. What is up to you is down for someone on the opposite side of the earth.

Lines of Sight

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Shadow is not the absence of light, merely the obstruction of the luminous rays by an opaque body. Shadow is of the nature of darkness. Light is of the nature of a luminous body; one conceals and the other reveals. They are always associated and inseparable from all objects. But shadow is a more powerful agent than light, for it can impede and entirely deprive bodies of their light, while light can never entirely expel shadow from a body, that is from an opaque body. Leonardo da Vinci


Shadow is the diminution alike of light and of darkness, and stands between darkness and light. Leonardo da Vinci

A shadow may be infinitely dark, and also of infinite degrees of absence of darkness. The beginnings and ends of shadow lie between the light and darkness and may be infinitely diminished and infinitely increased. Shadow is the means by which bodies display their form. The forms of bodies could not be understood in detail but for shadow. Leonardo da Vinci


No small hole can so modify the conv…
The body of the atmosphere is full of infinite radiating pyramids produced by the objects existing in it. These intersect and cross each other with independent convergence without interfering with each other and pass through all the surrounding atmosphere; and are of equal force and value — all being equal to each, each to all. And by means of these, images of the body are transmitted everywhere and on all sides, and each receives in itself every minutest portion of the object that produces it.

Introduction to The +e Movement

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Free Coyote!!

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The Golden You

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I've spent so much of my life worrying about what other people thought of me. I've been afraid of being weird or ugly, poor, insensitive - emotional - and basically every negitive thing that is possible to think about one's self. But someday you get to a point where you look at yourself and you realize that you are the only person you will ever really be able to depend on and the only person who will be with your for your entire life, and you know yourself better than anyone else does - and you gotta say: "fuck it" Stop being so hard on yourself! Why can we be so gracious and forgiving to other people - and then treat ourselves like shit? And we look at other people and think "I wish I could be like that" and then we look at other people and say "they are arrogant ass holes who are full of themsevles" but who are they suppose to be? What are they suppose to be full of? Be the best YOU you can be, make no excuses, no apologies, and become someo…

Change

"The funny thing about hurt people
Is they tend to hurt people
The funny thing about lies is
They're only lies
The funny thing about hearts is
They tend to break easy
The funny thing about healing is
I'm alright"
Christina Aguilera - Empty Words



The funny thing about change is that at the same time you feel it happening inside of you – you also feel another part fighting against it. There is a battle waging in your mind: On one side you have who you were, your memories, and what you know. On the other is your future self who is unknown. What you do in the present is to decide which part of you takes the lead – what you are used to or what you could do.

Your past self will use anything in its arsenal to keep you exactly the same. It wants to survive. The best way it does this is by keeping other people in your life that will not allow you to change. It will cling onto them with clenching fists and fangs. It drops anchors anywhere it can, holding back the sails pulling your forw…

Raphael - Madonna with the fish

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Preview out of my book. Raphael's "Madonna with the Fish" - Mirrored on itself. coincidence? hmmm!


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Gygrazok

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Igor Morski

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Gear Head

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"There's a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can't take part; you can't even passively take part, and you've got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you've got to make it stop."
(Mario Savio)






Sketches of gears from Leonardo's notebooks. Did he know he was the first to design a mechanical calculator? Someone else is credited with it's invention around a 100 years later. His design/ invention was stowed away in his notebooks.

Leonardo's Vitruvian man Sketch Detailed

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This is Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. It's a sketch of the human body showing how it's mathematical proportions are related to a square and a circle. When you are trying to sketch or paint a person it can be very difficult to get them proportionate. During Leo's studies and being influenced by Vitruvius the Architect, he came up with a formula that would be the ideal proportion for a human man. Everyone is slightly different, and obviously a dwarf or someone that isn't "proportionate" would vary from this formula. What this represents is the universal shape and proportion that the body would be mathematically and relating to phi. It's also called the "Golden Ratio" - it can get really complicated!






20+Hours sketching Leonardo da Vinci'sVitruvian man on the computer down to the scaled detail of a single letter. My chapter on this sketch just got a lot longer and interesting -lets just say I found what I was searching for....


The text t…

Daniel Bedingfield - Secret Fear

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Daniel Bedingfield - Secret Fear (Official Video)

One of my favorite singers is back with a very controversial (warning nudity) and amazing video.








SECRET FEAR I have a secret fear- That I will love you still. Maybe all my life. There are no secrets here- Maybe I love you still. Maybe all my life.
I fear that when I lie Beside the woman I will call my wife- Then I will hear your voice, Your heart will call to me- Maybe all my life. All my life- All my life.

Freud on Leonardo

“Leonardo da Vinci was like a man who awoke too early in the darkness, while the others were all still asleep.”
—Sigmund Freud


Leonardo da Vinci and A Memory of His Childhood is an essay by Sigmund Freud about Leonardo Da Vinci's childhood. It consists of a psychoanalytic study of da Vinci's life based on his paintings. Freud provides a psychoanalytical interpretation of da Vinci's The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. According to Freud, the Virgin's garment reveals a vulture when viewed sideways. Freud claimed that this was a manifestation of a "passive homosexual" childhood fantasy that Leonardo wrote about in the Codex Atlanticus, in which he recounts being attacked as an infant in his crib by the tail of a vulture. He translated the passage thus: It seems uranous and rose are the love of my life and that I was always destined to be so deeply concerned with vultures — for I recall as one of my very earliest memories that while I was in my cradle a vulture cam…

Daniel Tammet

Daniel Tammet is arguably the smartest genius alive today. He can learn a new language in a weekend and recite phi for hours. He is also gay and has autism/ Aspergers. In my book I propose that Leonardo da Vinci has a form of autism, and is also gay (obviously) What is it about someone being homosexual and autistic that enables genius? It's theorized that Einstein was autistic. (but not gay)

There is a section in my book titled: "Mental Mutants" - It should be very clear (But seemingly isn't) that both autism and homosexuality are both natural - and have huge advantages towards the human race. Why would two men or two women getting married have anything to do with anything? If anyone cared about the sanctity of marriage they would be protesting a law that says that humans are only allowed to get married ONCE. And if you do - good luck cause its an archaic ritual between two people who watched too many disney movies anyways.

Savantism

Tammet has been "studied …

The Reality and History of Zombies!!!

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Dead bodies were thrown in piles, the streets were streams of blood and rotting body parts, mangled bodies were crawling, chewing on limbs. Others were running for their lives hoping they weren't infected - avoiding those who were.

In the 1300's MILLIONS of zombies hobbled though the various cities of Europe - stalking the living. In various stages of decay - some could only crawl, some could not move, and others would stagger along - all with one thing in common - they were infected by a virus that would surely kill them in the coming days and weeks. They were also starving and had skin falling off of their bodies - the smell must have been revolting. Bodily fluids and dead bodies were slewed everywhere and by necessity some of these "walking dead" would be driven to cannibalism. Those still able-bodied would run - trying to avoid being bitten or touched by those infected. Because if they were infected they would share the same fate. There was no cure - so they wer…

Geopolymerization and Megalithic Structures

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There is a theory that the Pyramids (and other Ancient megalithic structures) were made from "Geopolymerization" which is essentially "making rocks." It's similar to poring cement - but after it hardened it would be rock that is almost indistinguishable from natural rock.

Certain materials and chemicals - when mixed together would go through a chemical process and harden into "rock" - being almost identical to natural rock. This can be done today - so that means it would have been possible in the past. Then they could be polished to "perfection." It's thought to be the origin or a type of "Alchemy" which eventually became "Chemistry."

This would have eliminated the need to cut, carry, and quarry GIGANTIC stones. It could also account for the near-perfection of seams between each block that is so precise that a piece of paper can't be fit between them. 




Basically they would be built like a brick house but with eac…

Da Vinci's Demons Teaser Trailer

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In a world where thought and faith are controlled, Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) fights to set knowledge free. The tortured genius defies authority and throws himself into the future, forever changing the fate of mankind. From David S. Goyer co-writer of the Dark Knight Trilogy and Man of Steel, Da Vinci's Demons will reveal the hero behind the genius. Coming Spring of 2013 StarzSo excited!! I will be posting details and.. well anything related as it comes up!

What's under Antarctica?

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The British Antarctic Survey used radar imaging to see what the continent of Antarctica would look like without the ice covering it.  

It's kinda crazy to imagine what it would be like to explore it without the ice or what it might have been like before it was completely covered and still had life. Even more so what we might still discover hidden beneath. Fossils? Ancient Ruins? Would the cold have preserved stuff like it has with Wholly Mammoths? 

I can imagine it's what someone living on Antarctica in the far future would think about wherever the poles are at that point in time... so cool! It's also kinda intriguing that there is this whole vast continent just waiting to be explored. If we can go to the bottom of the Mariana trench and Mars - why can't we go there? It would have been even cooler if the radar images would have shown cities or roads or.. well I guess with the techniques used - radar - it wouldn't show the kind of detail needed to get a clear picture …

Leonardo’s Diary, 1972

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Jan Svankmajer - Leonardův deník (Leonardo's Diary) 1972
This is pretty freaking amazing, and more accurate that you might think..