The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The Sargent Pepper’s Army

It is well known who the Beatles are and also widely recognized that in 1967 they had this one iconic Long Play cover called Sargent Pepper’s Lonely Harts Club Band.

I will focus on how it was conceived and who appears on it.

It is worth reading further because it is culturally pop information for all likes.

The graphic artists behind this cover art are married couple Peter Blake and Jann Haworth.

There were more people involved but they were the project managers.

The visual content of the cover image was as great as the musical content recorded on the vinyl record.

An additional fact is that the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was the first disc with the letters printed on the disc wrap.

It is said that the composition of the illustration would be an allegory of those who would be invited to the funeral of the four Beatles.

As the name of the album indicates, the condition to be on the cover was to be of the lonely hearts club. That means Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

It is speculated that on this disc cover between all the lyrics of the songs, is hidden the “goodbye” given to Paul McCartney by his bandmates, it seems that it was at this time when Paul died, but it was not communicated to anyone and the myth or truth emerged? That the current ex Beatle is a double of the original.

The idea of ​​making a cover like that “originated ” of Paul McCartney, nevertheless it is said that he saw the concept before on the disk of the band Mercbleck in 1964.

John Lennon was the main obstacle faced by graphic artists and McCartney himself.

The selection of the people that appeared would have led to a long and somewhat controversial discussion.

It was like inviting someone to a party or a sect rather than an alleged wake.

Hitler was excluded, but so was Jesus Christ.

Surprisingly Elvis Presley was not taken into account, the Beatles admired him, but it is not known what was the reason for being excluded.

The same Gandhi was given to the blacklist, nevertheless appears on the cover because the conclusion was that if he did not, the album would not be sold in India.

It is not known under what criteria was included Aleister Crowley who was an accomplished practitioner of esotericism and consummate Satanist.

The story tells that “Tin Tan”, a Mexican actor from the time of “Golden Cinema of Mexico”, when he was invited to participate with his photo, he sent a very fine typical handicraft called “Tree of life of Metepec “.

The actor sent it to Ringo Starr. He loved it.

It was photographed and this image is printed on the cover.

It seems that there was a kind of agreement made by the Beatles when taking the picture with the same clothes and 2 of them completely drugged.

This is relevant because there are printed, the symbolism of 2 people flying high and two not.

With this material, the mysticism and magic of the Liverpool quartet was consummated more than ever.

I am not a data machine of knowledge of this nature so I leave a list that is literally found on Wikipedia and which illustrates well who and where each character was located:

Top row

 

Sri Yukteswar Giri (Hindu Guru)

 

 

Aleister Crowley (expert in black magic and author of the Satanic Bible)

 

 

3- Mae West (actress)

 

4- Lenny Bruce (comedian)

 

5- Karlheinz Stockhausen (composer)

 

6- W. C. Fields (actor and comedian)

 

7- Carl Gustav Jung (psychologist)

 

8- Edgar Allan Poe (writer)

 

9- Fred Astaire (actor and dancer)

 

10- Richard Merkin (artist)

 

11- The Girl Vargas (by the artist Alberto Vargas)

 

12- Huntz Hall (actor)

 

13- Simon Rodia (designer and builder of Watts Towers)

 

14- Bob Dylan (singer / songwriter)

 

Second row

 

15- Aubrey Beardsley (illustrator)

 

16- Sir Robert Peel (British Prime Minister of the 19th century)

 

17- Aldous Huxley (writer)

 

18- Dylan Thomas (poet)

 

19- Terry Southern (writer)

 

20- Dion DiMucci (singer)

 

21- Tony Curtis (actor)

 

22- Wallace Berman (artist)

 

23- Tommy Handley (comedian)

 

24- Marilyn Monroe (actress)

 

William S. Burroughs (writer)

 

26- Sri Mahavatara Babaji (Hindu Guru)

 

27- Stan Laurel (actor and comedian)

 

28- Richard Lindner (artist)

 

29- Oliver Hardy (actor and comedian)

 

30- Karl Marx (political philosopher)

 

31- H. G. Wells (writer)

 

32- Sri Paramahansa Yogananda (Hindu Guru)

 

33- Stuart Sutcliffe (artist / ex Beatle)
S / n- Anonymous (hairdressing wax manikin)

 

Third row

 

 

S / n- Anonymous (hairdressing wax manikin )

 

34- A “Petty Girl” (by artist George Petty)

 

35- Max Miller (comedian)

 

36- another “Petty Girl” (by artist George Petty)

 

37- Marlon Brando (actor)

 

38- Tom Mix (actor)

 

39- Oscar Wilde (writer)

 

40- Tyrone Power (actor)

 

41- Larry Bell (artist)

 

42- Dr. David Livingstone (missionary / explorer)

 

43- Johnny Weissmüller (Olympic swimmer / Tarzan actor)

 

44- Stephen Crane (writer) – barely visible between the head and raised arm of Issy Bonn.

 

45- Issy Bonn (comedian)

 

46- George Bernard Shaw (playwright)

 

47- H. C. Westermann (sculptor)

 

48- Albert Stubbins (soccer player)

 

49. Sri Lahiri Mahasaya (guru)

 

50-Lewis Carroll (writer)

 

51- T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”) 52- Wax model by Sonny Liston (boxer)

 

51- A “Petty Girl” (by George Petty)

 

Front row

 

52- A Legionary of America

 

53- Wax Model of George Harrison

 

54- Wax Model of John Lennon

 

55- Wax Model of Ringo Starr

 

56- Wax Model of Paul McCartney

 

57- Albert Einstein (physical) – you only see the hair, it is covered by John Lennon

 

S / n- John Lennon holding a Wagner tuba

 

S / n- Ringo Starr holding a trumpet

 

S / n- Paul McCartney holding an English horn

 

S / n- George Harrison holding a flute

 

58- Bobby Breen (singer)

 

59- Marlene Dietrich (actress / singer)

 

60- Diana Dors (actress)

 

61- Shirley Temple (children’s actress)

 

Other objects inside the cover

 

Cloth figure of the grandmother, work of Jann Haworth (pop artist and co-author of the album cover with Peter Blake)

 

Shirley Temple rag doll with a sweater that says “Welcome The Rolling Stones”, another work by Jann Haworth. It was also her idea to add the name of the group written with flowers on the floor.

 

A Mexican ceramic candlestick known as The Tree of Life of Metepec.

 

A television set

 

A stone figure of a girl

 

Another stone figure

 

A statue brought from the house of John Lennon

 

A trophy

 

A doll of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi

 

A leather drum, designed by artist Joe Ephgrave

 

A hookah (water pipe)

 

A velvet snake

 

A Fukusuke, figure of Japanese porcelain

 

A stone figure of Snow White

 

A Garden Gnome

 

People who would originally appear but were eventually excluded

 

Leo Gorcey – would appear to the left of Huntz Hall, but was later removed when he was asked to pay $ 400 for the use of the actor’s image.

 

Mahatma Gandhi – would appear to the right of Lewis Carroll, but was later withdrawn. According to Paul McCartney, “Gandhi also had to appear, but EMI boss Sir Joe Lockwood said that in India they would not allow the album to print, and eventually it was removed.”

 

Jesus Christ – was requested by Lennon, but was removed from the LP a few months after Lennon’s statement about Jesus.

 

Adolf Hitler – appeared and was visible in the first photographs of the montage, located to the right of Larry Bell, but was finally darkened by Johnny Weissmuller in the final image.

 

Timothy Carey – film and television actor; Although his figure is among the characters, and can be seen in discarded images, in the final edition is hidden by the head of George Harrison; On the right side of his neck can be seen the shirt of the character

 

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The spanish carpenter-builder of ideas

The spanish carpenter-builder of ideas 

It turns out that a good friend of mine, has told me that right here in Barcelona lives a man of great genius.

His name is Herminio Fernández Fernández and he is carpenter.

Mr. Fernández is retired and has dedicated part of his free time in trying to unveil one of the greatest mysteries in human history, and that has to do with the construction methods of the pyramids of Egypt.

Before we continue, let us ponder that the Egyptians moved about two million stone blocks of more than two tons each.

When one simply writes or reads it, there is no idea in the mind of what this means, no matter how much one thinks about it, there is no parameter of comparison with anything we have seen or lived to recreate these moving figures.

Now, if we add that with today’s technology would be an extraordinary task, less is one able to conceive how did the Egyptians build such prodigious monuments.

The ingenuity of the human being is revealed by these pyramids and we can follow with art, architecture and an endless number of disciplines that require human intervention.

In this way Mr. Herminio has developed a machine of a dignified simplicity and worthy of admiration and definitely valued for its creativity, functionality and exquisite proposal.

It is a device that in the logical way adds to the steps of the pyramid to move the material in a relatively simple way.

The mechanism is based on two crossbars with cams or teeth that lean on the steps, a platform that fits these cams and that by means of two levers can move stones of more than 100 kilos as if it were to move 15 kilos.

Awesome isn’t it?

Herminio says that he developed this mechanism on pure and logic observation since he did not create a plan nor did he make any calculation before starting to build his prototype in miniature.

Seeing that it was feasible on a small scale, he built the machine on the rooftop of his house with which he shows us the way it works and the effort required to move hundreds of kilos easily.

I have said before, that people who innovate, who leave the established to create or build great things from the challenge of novelty, has my respect and total recognition.

That is why I dedicate this writing and I hope that many people will know him.

I leave this video that shows the man and his machine in action.

Let’s continue building.

The spanish carpenter-builder of ideas

Chicxulub “Flea of the Devil”

Chicxulub “Flea of the Devil”

The immediate question is:

What the heck am I talking about with this title?

Nothing less than the name of the place of the asteroid impact, that supposedly caused mass extinction of many living plant and animal species on Earth, including of course the group of reptiles called dinosaurs.

Maybe it happened, why not ?, a day like today but 65 million years ago.

The asteroid of approximately 10 to 15 kilometers in diameter appeared in the terrestrial air space and arrived on time? For its appointment.

The bad news is that it had the worst trajectory to fall on this planet. I’ll explain later, but first I want to get into a little more detail.

Its epicenter was a few miles from the present day town called Chicxulub that in Maya means something like the “flea of ​​the Devil”, and is located on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico.

It was in the 1970’s that the relationship between the fall of a celestial body, the mass extinction of species and Chicxulub was established.

The “landing” of this meteor made a gap of 300 kilometers and is assumed to have caused the disappearance of three quarters of the biodiversity here on Earth.

A few minutes before or after would have made the difference in terms of the damage caused.

At least this is how scientists from around the world are handling it (Mexico, Spain, Germany, United States, Canada, France, Austria and Puerto Rico). Involved in drilling, analyzing and studying the impact site to be able to delve into the effects it had on the change in the ocean currents of the Caribbean coasts and the Gulf of Mexico.

They also want to understand the processes of climate change and the disappearance of dinosaurs and other species.

In short, the processes of a massive extinction, with the findings that are performed.

Perhaps they can also understand the conditions that favored the development, adaptation and evolution of life in this world as we know it today.

It seems to me that very valuable arguments and theorems can emerge from these investigations and one of them already came out “afloat” direct from the waters. Reports indicate that the asteroid fell in very shallow waters, caused incredible volumes of sulfur (which is highly deadly), and that in this case steam from the mineral gypsum, were scattered at “meteoric” speed and quantity forming acid rain and total darkness, that did not allow the entrance of the Astro King for a long period.

With this fact the global terrestrial winter was prolonged, much longer than if it had hit the open sea either in the Atlantic or the Pacific or simply in another area of ​​the world.

But it had to fall always in the most dramatic, which ironically was at the right time and place, to allow the emergence of new species, and that makes mi write today about it and you read this.

And to wrap up I will keep this thought:

The mechanics of such an event must have been something so monumental that the mind can not conceive in its totality everything that happened around this event.

I can not imagine the noise, the suction, the temperatures, the pressures, the mushroom of the explosion …, in short, the magnitude so “out of this world” that must have been the arrival of the asteroid.

I think the same science should try to calculate the thousands of variables and physical effects based on theories, a lot of logic, count on satellite studies and geological tests, and observation on site to be able to at least try to reconstruct such a catastrophic scene.

Chicxulub “Flea of the Devil”

Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College with the People-Centered Design

Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College with the People-Centered Design

 

I’ve always had the idea to contribute to improve the well-being of people.

I am implementing the global initiative of the People-Centered Design.

This is something that already exists, it’s happening and I want to be part of this movement.

So, I work day by day with that mission.

One fine day and it will be soon, I will make a difference.

It is true that there will always be obstacles, and they have to be drawn in an optimal way.

A factor of a well-structured business plan requires, apart from all the basic concepts of business model and other structures, a lot of patience and vision.

This is the case that I will expose.

Bunker Roy, fantastic visionary and creator of a concept that has left me optimistic about humanity.

This is a story, full of passion, perseverance and open mindedness of who can make a difference.

Why, how and what?

With solving this golden circle of questions in mind in 1972, the Social World and Research Center (SWRC) was created or as it is also known: Barefoot College, which is a unique voluntary organization.

This effort was implemented in Rajasthan, India, specifically in the Villa of Tilonia.

The central idea of ​​this College model founded by Bunker Roy, is that people who live in rural communities will be the ones to solve situations in different areas of their lives.

In this College, people learn about adapting energy technologies to their community, having the health knowledge to heal their neighbor, solving the challenges of having water, transmitting the knowledge and skills of each site’s culture and, finally, to create a sustainable community through dedicated studies.

The people are the protagonists: learning, performing and teaching.

It does not matter if people know how to read, whether or not they have the minimum schooling to carry out the job implementation that normally requires many years of schooling and dedicated studies.

Of course, to achieve this, in the beginning they are trained directly in a topic, for example: how to install and even produce solar panels. Then they work on it until it’s accomplished.

At all times must prevail the awareness that everything is done for a common good.

In such a way the children also enter into this educational concept.

Since infants have to collaborate daily with activities in their homes, they created exclusive evening classes for them.

Thus all sectors fall into this role of mutual aid.

Bunker Roy focused a lot on women and empowered them to be project leaders.

The school has worked in an extraordinary way and gives us an impeccable example of conscience and collective work.

Anyone will say that this is not new and that it is an extension of socialist philosophy.

It may be, but the Bunker Roy model, which by the way is one of the 100 most influential people in the world, is proven to work and I hope it lasts for long.

The reality is that the Barefoot College has already made a major change in a large part of India and Africa.

It is known that more than three million people already have work thanks to this school system.

Let’s look for the Bunker Roy that we carry inside. We need many like him.

I leave some videos and their official site so that you know one more of this magnificent concept.

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Bunker Roy and the Barefoot College with the People-Centered Design

National Anthems without lyrics at all

National Anthems without lyrics at all

National anthems represent an identity, a character; Is the belonging, the intimacy and the exhibition of a nation in front of the world.

We can find them focused on various styles, tones and themes.

While some talk about hope, others do it in a warlike manner, of brotherhood, joy, welcome, simple presence and in general, they all converge in a common subject which is an allegory to freedom.

The national anthems are songs, emblems to the fact of existing, of being alive.

I am not a musician but I know that metrics, harmony, arrangements and of course the lyrics create an environment that can provide pleasure to several of our senses.

The anthems can be very subjective when it comes to appreciating them, in particular I agree that the Marseillaise is one of the most beautiful.

Also recognized among the most beautiful are the Russian, the Mexican, the Japanese, the Nepalese, the Brazilian, the Chinese, the Hindu, the German among others…

Perhaps there is a “top ten” of the most beautiful anthems. You know that humans quantify everything, But in this case it would be very absurd to have such a list, because we would never be able to satisfy everyone.

What is likely, is to make an estimate of the most heard anthems, but that is another story.

But what about anthems that have no lyrics?

What is their story?

The Spanish anthem, for example is famous for its lack of words.

A message expressing something about the country, about its people, customs, or its national philosophy is missing.

However, it has a name.

“The Grenadier March ” was its first name, later it evolved to be “The Royal March “, which incidentally has a sound somewhat military.

Composed in 1770, it is one of the oldest in Europe, and it was King Charles III who declared it the official “March of Honor” that prevails till today.

More curious yet is that its author is unknown.

It is speculated that it was Manuel Espinoza of the Monteros who created it, but there is no official document that can witness this fact.

There is no shortage of proposals to write some lyrics.

Even Plácido Domingo has offered to sing it if some lyrics were written. The wait continues for the longing verses that will dress this march.

As far as I know, there are three other anthems that do not have lyrics either: the ones from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo and San Marino.

I leave some links with anthems that are worth listening for several reasons. One of them being to learn a little more about the human being and his needs for to connect to this world.

National Anthems without lyrics at all

The majestic Folies Bergère’s theater

The majestic Folies Bergère’s theater

When you walk through Paris life changes. It is a place that takes your breath away and leaves you mystified.

Its streets and boulevards are majestic and it is a city that has an overpowering and charming character like no other.

Every place has its own history and is full of life.

Leaving aside so many themes that are worthy of Paris, I will focus on a particular theme, since visiting the Folies Bergère is an experience worth living.

The City of Light is more enriched by these kinds of entertainment venues.

The Folies Bergère or the Moulin Rouge are both a guide mark to have fun and spend an unparalleled moment.

Personally, I have really enjoyed the presentations of the first one.

One can be delighted with the staging of an opera, a musical comedy, a play, or a presentation like no other.

As an example, I will say that Charles Chaplin, Frank Sinatra, Édith Piaf, Stan Laurel and even Mata Hari among many others performed in the same stage.

In mentioning those luminaries I cannot fail to mention the actress, singer and dancer Joséphine Baker “The Bronze Venus”. Dressed in her small Banana Skirt.

An intriguing fact about her, is that she was honored to receive the Cross of War for the aid she gave to the French army during WW2.

It is so fascinating visiting the Folies Bergère. There are artists who have dedicated some of their work to honor this place.

One of them was Guy de Maupassant, French writer who mentions it in one of his novels.

Another, Eduard Manet who painted an extraordinary and magnificent painting in 1881 called “A bar of the Folies Bergère” where you can see a woman in front of a mirror.

I emphasize in the mirror as experts in the subject, noticed that the reflection in the mirror is impossible because it does not match the view that should have the man with a top hat and mustache that is located at the far right of the picture. The error could be explained in two ways: The man should not be present in the picture or the reflection of the woman in the mirror should not have existed.

I leave an image of the painting to illustrate the point.

But let’s continue with the Folies Bergère.

It opened its doors on May 2, 1869 under the name Folies Trèvise.

Had to change its name because the Duke of Trèvise complained that his family name was associated with a cabaret.

It was modified to Folies Bergère that has nothing to do with an “important” person and was simply named thus using the name of a street nearby the theater.

Bergère means “shepherdess” and that does not bother anyone.

Its first facade was typical of the streets of Paris, it was not ugly, but in the 1930s it changed the exterior to an Art Deco style that further adorned the building.

What better than to leave you a couple of videos with some history of this great place and encourage you to visit this historical site full of fun.

 

The majestic Folies Bergère’s theater

(VR) Virtual Reality

(VR) Virtual Reality

Mankind Virtually Real.

It is already here and each time we step forward in leaps and bounds in the delicate and dangerous but at the same time fascinating world of Virtual Reality.

About the VR I will only say that for those who are not familiar with it, that it consists of putting on a helmet or special glasses that isolate us from this world as we know it.

For greater safety and to enhance the experience different devices are used, for example a frame containing a harness that holds us from the waist down with a treadmill type endless band, whose function is to keep us stable when we are using the lower limbs, while we are disassociated from real life.

Your life changes when you connect, wherever you turn there is this alternate world. The only way out of it is not to forget the “on and off” switch.

Now, everything that happens in that environment is supposed to be fiction, is it not?

The scopes are incredible, they are dichotomous, from moral to amoral, from the logical to the illogical, it touches the fantastic, the scientific, the recreational, the sordid, the excessive, the chaotic.

It is an experience without precedent. In short, it is the describable and the indescribable.

The VR is imposing, it generates doubts, expectations, but in short, it is somewhat frightening to think about what would a society immersed in an alien and independent reality become.

Even though there are virtual encounters between human beings through this vehicle.

Total simulators.

I want to briefly give you my point of view.

In the scientific area we can already appreciate its large scale use in thousands of applications.

For example to travel outside this blue planet without the implied risk involved. In aeronautics different companies and institutions make use of this technology for takeoffs, maneuvers, landings, etc. and its use has become indispensable.

In medicine, open heart surgery, dissections, lobotomies already occur and are practiced and experienced from a simulator in a separate world.

The same is true in many areas such as the weapon industry or the sports field, where training and strategies are based on VR procedures.

I could go on and on, but I leave you with a personal thought:

Normal people will have access to the VR watching the news. For example, they will be transported where the action takes place.

They will witness all kinds of situations, from attending the Olympic Games, or the onsite roughness of war, of course without dying or sustaining wounds from a weapon.

We will enter the fantastic world of video games where we will go hand in hand with Mario Bros or will be a medieval princess’ hero or sorrowfully we will be a hit man, a rapist, or a pimp.

There in those underworlds, in those spaces where everything that will happen, will be a “reality”.

Movies will become a live experience.

Our social relationships might be encounters in fictitious scenarios but in real time. Courses, “attendance” to school, everything and more will give us the “opportunity” to be part of an alternate world without leaving home.

As long as we put on the helmet, everything will be possible.

I hope I’m exaggerating but it does not seem like an unthinkable scenario to me.

A future that virtually will be virtual.

(VR) Virtual Reality

Fortress between two rivers: Besalú

Fortress between two rivers: Besalú

I have already commented that the greatness of human beings seems to have no limit, discover, create, construct, and paradoxically destroy all of the above.

Apparently that is the true mission of this disturbing race to which we belong, but as long as there is evidence that we are fabulous, will have to value and highlight it.

This is the case of Besalú.

A castle like the one that appears in the stories of the charming prince, like the one that has been conformed and has been protagonist in the books of the most fantastic adventures or battles, and even being part of the atmosphere on the cinema or television screens.

It is located near the border with France, in the Autonomous Community of Catalonia. It’s a mediaeval town in the comarca of the Garrotxa, in Gerona, Spain.

Fortunately, Besalú was designated as a “Historical National Property” in 1966.

I would declare it World Heritage Site, not every day is built something so majestic.

With an architecture that represents the medieval era dates from the X century, is perched and crowns an imposing hill “The Cornador”.

Definitely over time many things have changed especially in its layout, but the town still retains the existence of the wealth of its buildings and constructions, such as the extraordinary bridge where you can still enter when going to visit, which features a gateway at its midpoint.

On the other hand are the ritual Jewish baths (mikveh) dating from the eleventh or twelfth century (we know that Jews have a long history in these latitudes), the typical church of the Benedictine monastery of Sant Pedro Besalú and San Julián, the ancient House Cornellá and the church of Sant Viçens and the imposing Gothic room of the Palace of the Royal Curia.

The rural landscape is charming as a whole and part of the mysticism lies in that it is crossed by two beautiful rivers: the Riera Capellada and the Fluviá.

Today is an important tourist site and full of life. If someone gets to go remember to eat the breads made in the ovens of long ago that are a delight if they have just been taken out.

I leave a link with a video that portrays quite well and reliably what this place is.

Let us enjoy what this world has to offer!

Fortress between two rivers: Besalú

Well done: Scientists against Purists

Well done: Scientists against Purists

Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727) examining the nature of light with the aid of a prism

In 1667 the formidable and restless Isaac Newton put his two prisms in different positions.

The room for the experiment was in almost total darkness, it had only a small hole through which sunlight would enter.

The sunbeam did its work, passed through one of the two crystalline objects.

The Astro King had revealed the magic of the rainbow by breaking up the light in the spectrum of colors.

With the second prism he proved that when the white light breaks down the colors were generated, the iconic celestial symbol lost some of its mythical charm.

Incidentally, Newton only promoted 7 colors out of the total. It is curious, sometimes I think that since he was a scientist that had a degree of mysticism and the mind of an alchemist, he chose that number because it’s “special.”

So far so good but … Almost a century later the extraordinary romantic poet John Keats cursed as often as he could this scientific experiment.

His poem Lamia of 1820 reads as follows:

“There was an awful rainbow once in heaven:
We know her woof, her texture; she is given
In the dull catalogue of common things.
Philosophy will clip an Angel’s wings,
Conquer all mysteries by rule and line,
Empty the haunted air, and gnomed mine –
Unweave a rainbow, as it erewhile made…”

Here we have two great thinkers and two postures.

I will try to relate this two points of views through what I consider to be a good example.

First we have Johannes Vermeer van Delft.

One of the greatest painters of all time.

His mastery of light was unparalleled, almost magical.

Each of his magnificent works consisted of a beautiful and exquisite composition and his painting technique allowed him to create a photographic representation on each canvas never achieved before.

However it is speculated that to achieve these tonalities and the perfection of each painting, he used as working tool optic lenses to make each painting.

In the documentary of “Tim’s Vermeer” (very interesting and inspiring regardless of topic), the billionaire and genius Tim Jenison addresses the issue of how Vermeer’s paintings were supposed to be created.

It took him four years of his life to perfectly recreate Vermeer’s painting “The Music Lesson”.

With this experiment he was able to prove that Vermeer was not only a wonderful artist but also a sensational scientist and that he possibly combined both concepts.

Richard Feynman won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1965.

It is said that he had a poet friend (not as great as Keats of course,) and during a talk with him the controversy around science and its philosophy to unravel the mysteries of life arose .

The writer reproached the physicist that, “while artists admire beauty in a flower, scientists dissect it into a lifeless object.”

Feynman closed the conversation with an excellent reflection:

“The knowledge of science only enlarges the interest, the mystery, the wonder and the beauty that produces a flower”,

In short, knowing a flower in the background of its totality does not prevent the appreciation of its beauty, just as learning acoustics does not diminish the appreciation of my beloved “The Four Seasons” by Vivaldi.

Many experiments or scientific positions are like works of art and in many of them the wonder of the expression and fineness of human thought can be valued.

It is like talking about Einstein’s Time and Space concept or seeing the incredible images that Hubble sends us, both works take our breath away one way or another.

What is relevant is something that Einstein himself recognized in other terms but I will use my own word to express it: what makes the difference between science and the purism of life is that it is not absolutely necessary the existence of someone like Bohr, Mendel, or Newton to decipher life or the universe, eventually someone would accomplish it, but nothing ever will compare to a of Tchaikovsky´s composition for example, or appreciating Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” or be speechless when contemplating Roman or Venetian art.

Long live life, purism and science!

Well done: Scientists against Purists

 

The book: 1.5 million dollar edition

The book: 1.5 million dollar edition

 

Today I decided to write about a masterpiece of literature.

It is about The ingenious nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha that is mostly known only as the Quixote of La Mancha.

It is a universal icon and is recognized as the best literary work in history and it has also been said that it is the book that marks the “before” and “after” literature in Spanish because before this magnificent work, the books were written in a Spanish that was too cultured and difficult to digest (see the work of Lope De Vega for example), instead, The ingenious nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha was created in a Spanish that everyone could read and fully understand each page.

Even though it contains almost 23,000 different words, perfectly used.

In fact thanks to it, the Cervantinism was developed and exists. It is the current that was created in order to enhance the value and appreciation of the work of Cervantes.

It is one of the best selling books in history, it is estimated that around 500 million copies have been sold and it has been translated into 50 languages.

There are few books that have sold that many copies.

Some of those are The Odyssey, The Iliad, Romeo and Juliet, The Divine Comedy among other classics in literature.

Nevertheless I have to mention that the book who’s sales surpass all the previously mentioned is the red Book of Mao.

The reading of this book was mandatory, for political and philosophical divulgation reasons and other obligations that had nothing to do with (the pleasure of reading).

The Quixote, supposedly has sold more than six billion copies throughout the history.

Due to its high sales we can assume therefore that the book of Cervantes is also one of the most read in history alongside others like the Bible, the Koran, the mentioned book Red of Mao and one of my favorites that is also a Masterpiece, The Little Prince.

Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a tax collector and due to errors while performing his job, he was imprisoned and because life is sometimes strange, it was during this period of his life that he wrote this book.

He was completing each chapter full of life and freedom behind bars.

Equally his time spent in prison allowed for him to write two more books. Ironically, he knew how to make the most of his “free time”.

I must highlight that Cervantes was also known as “Lepanto’s Manco (one armed man)” for having lost his left hand on the battlefield defending Catholic Spain, which did not count for much because they still got him arrested.

About the book itself there are several curiosities, one of them that always struck me is that throughout history Sancho Panza has been known as an overweight character.

Cervantes never describes him as obese, he just mentions something like he was a character with a desire to eat but it was Gustave Doré that represented him as overweight in his illustrated engraves.

Now, the title of this article mentions the figure of a million and a half dollars and I will explain what this is about.

It was in 1605 that this book was published for the first time.

Of that first batch, two very well preserved books survive today.

In 1989 one of these copies was sold for $ 1,500 million dollars.

Also the second part of the story that was called The ingenious knight Quixote of La Mancha in its original volume, was sold in 1991, for more than 10 million pesetas (little more than $ 103,000 dollars of the time).

The trouble with this whole affair is that Cervantes died and never received any benefit or great recognition for having written such literary prowess.

The book: 1.5 million dollar edition