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You can't win?

No matter what you do you are going to be criticized for it.
 If you are sad someone is going to point out that there are people that have more reasons to be sad so you are not allow to be sad.
 If you are happy they will point out the same thing - there are people in the world who are un-happy. So if you are happy - you are spiting them? How can you be happy if there are people in the world starving to death?! And then if you try to help them - and can't help all of them - you still can't be happy until everyone is happy? 
"You can't win" 
So - you can't feel happy or you cant feel sad - or else someone else will judge you for whatever you feel? 
If you feel sad for not being able to help other people - you're not allowed to feel sad cause you should feel happy for what you have! 
"You can't win!" I want to know, like, what am I suppose to do then? What are we suppose to do, or feel? 
I can't be happy if there are other people in the w…

Dogs and Magic Tricks

This is hilarious. They re-act exactly how different people do. From thinking it's funny, to being freaked out and scared, to being bothered, confused, and asking what happened. They even look to their masters for guidance. The most interesting part is that they know that something 'magic' has happened.

Caught my Breath

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I don't wanna be left behind
Distance was a friend of mine
Catching breath in a web of lies
I've spent most of my life
Riding waves, playing acrobat
Shadowboxing the other half
Learning how to react
I've spent most of my time

Catching my breath, letting it go,
Turning my cheek for the sake of the show
Now that you know, this is my life,
I won't be told what's supposed to be right

Catch my breath, no one can hold me back,
I ain't got time for that
Catch my breath, won't let them get me down,
It's all so simple now

Addicted to the love I found
Heavy heart, now a weightless cloud
Making time for the ones that count
I'll spend the rest of my time
Laughing hard with the windows down
Leaving footprints all over town
Keeping faith, karma comes around
I will spend the rest of my life

Catching my breath, letting it go,
Turning my cheek for the sake of the show
Now that you know, this is my life,
I won't be told what's supposed to be right

Catch my b…

Quotes

"The experiences in question are not ready to hand. We must therefore look in the obscurest corners and summon up courage to shock the prejudices of our age if we want to broaden the basis of our understanding of nature. When Galileo discovered the moons of Jupiter with his telescope he immediately came into head-on collision with the prejudices of his learned contemporaries. Nobody knew what a telescope was and what it could do. Never before had anyone talked of the moons of Jupiter.
Naturally every age thinks that all ages before it were prejudiced and today we think this more than ever and are just as wrong as all previous ages that thought so. HOW OFTEN HAVE WE NOT SEEN THE TRUTH CONDEMNED! It is sad but unfortunately true that man learns nothing from history. " – Carl Jung
Clarke's Three Laws Arthur C. Clarke ·When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is…

Discovering Da Vinci Daily: Printed Softcover

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DISCOVERING DA VINCI DAILY: 365 Days of Genius


A daily calendar formatted book with hundreds of Leonardo da Vinci’s best quotes and works of art. More InfoRead the first month for free: HereA physical copy is now ready to order: Here7.5 x 7.5 in 407 pages Also Available on kindle. Hundreds of his sketches and drawings. All of his paintings with additional information. Hundreds of his best quotes and written works. Some entries show Leonardo’s original Italian and their translations. Dated entries that correspond to his life time. Eg: Birthday, Death (with his will) and dated entries from his notebooks.

Falcon's Wings

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Captain America 2: Winter Soldier’s Falcon’s wings vs. Leonardo da Vinci’s eerily similar designed wings from over 500 years ago.

The biggest difference is that Falcon's are made of medal and use jets for thrust. Leonardo designed his out of wood and for them to flap to create lift, or to be powered by pedals. (He made many different designs) Also they were inspired from the wing of a bat and not a bird.






Released April 4, 2014

IMDB Wikipedia  Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Theatrical release poster Directed byAnthony Russo
Joe Russo
Produced byKevin FeigeScreenplay byChristopher Markus
Stephen McFeely
Based onCaptain America
by Joe Simon
Jack KirbyStarringChris EvansScarlett JohanssonSebastian StanAnthony MackieCobie SmuldersFrank GrilloEmily VanCampHayley AtwellRobert RedfordSamuel L. Jackson Music byHenry JackmanCinematography

Mona Lisa's DNA: Identity

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Link- One of the first posts I did about this in 2006. (Lisa Mona was the title for one of the first versions of my book
Hey Mona -Can I see some identification please? *Hands out a dozen paintings and a stack of notebooks and coincidences.* "Figure it out!"
This is an update to the whole "Who was Mona Lisa, lets dig up bones and dna test them and reconstruct them" etc etc. story. That story has been picked up and followed by all the top news outlets around the world for years. You can read about it on Leonardo's Wikipedia page and all over the internet.

Previous blog posts about this: 
Mona Lisa's (Gheradini) DNA August 12, 2013Proado Mona who you be? Feb 23, 2012Scientists to dug up Leonardo da Vinci's bones: January 24, 2010Mona Lisa's true Identity: January 27, 2008
Scientists were going to did up Leonardo's bones to reconstruct his skull and compare it to the Mona Lisa.  This is interesting because the same group of scientists are now going t…

Leonardo's Salvator Mundi privately sold for 75 Million dollars.

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Leonardo's Lost and then re-Found Salvator Mundi just sold privately for 
75 Million Dollars
It probably goes without saying but there is a very huge incentive for any work to be authenticated to be by or even touched by Leonardo. This can make it more difficult for researchers and other people who don't have ulterior motives. It also makes it complicated in "authenticating" a work. Who is it that has the "Authority" to say it is or isn't? Who gets the final word? Thankfully our technology is helping to clear up some of the controversy. With the ability to peer inside a painting and into the individual layers of paint and how they were applied it's easier to notice individual styles. Leonardo being left handed is convenient. So is his using his fingers and leaving his finger prints behind - they happen to be on file with the FBI and can be found on some of his works.

 Perhaps the most intriguing aspect to modern technology is DNA testing - not just id…

Masterpieces

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"The smallest feline is a masterpiece." - Leonardo da Vinci He is probably referring to their physical bodies design and it's adaptability. A lion is very similar but it is too large. A small feline is able to climb, hunt, and reproduce very quickly. They can survive in almost any environment and not to mention can be very entertaining. 










Restoration of St. Annamorphosis

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Leonardo's painting: The Virgin and Child with St. Anne. Underwent restoration in 2011-2012 which resulted in a controversy causing  two of the advisory committee supervisors to resign. Critics said that it was damaged by the restoration and became too bright. Others thought it came out fine. You can judge for yourself above. The darker is the pre-restoration.

I tried to make gifs showing the difference by transitioning between the two -  but the pictures of the before and after must have been taken from a different perspective so they would not align (over each other) properly. If they would have been taken from the same spot they would fit right over each other. Ironically Leonardo talks about this same thing in  his notebooks and designed his paintings to be viewed from a specific vantage point. It's also the basis for anamorphosis - which is art that changes depending on your perspective. oh, Leonardo was also the first artist known to use it!








I didn't realize until t…

re-Pre face

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Every so often I feel I should do an updated "preface" as to what my site and book are about. Sometimes it's easy to forget that someone might be new and not have a clue what you are talking about or referring to. It's like watching a tv show with someone that you have never seen before and they start talking about it like you should know what they are saying.

It's like - wait wait wait - pause the show and catch me up.

How did he become vice president? (House of Cards)
Why does Brandy not trust Lisa anymore? (Beverly Housewives)
Are these people actually friends or enemies? (All housewives)
 Is that their sister or their ex girl-friend? (Game of thrones)

I am confused! I don't even know these people's names! Which one is which? Who is that again?

So the really short version is:

"Discovering Da Vinci's Daughter" is a non-fiction semi- autobiographical narrative about the author discovering the enigmatic identity of the Mona Lisa and previously …