Posted in History, Photography

Just A Siegfried Pillbox!

Across the Nims River…

Blue Battalion, Company A…

A pillbox, a bunker in the woods…

Heavy fire…

No time to think…

Taken…

But at great cost!

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The 304th Infantry, Forward

In honor of Frank E Knapp, Regimental Chaplain’s Assistant

Father-in-Law

“To all those and to scores of others, who are, unfortunately, too numerous to mention!”

Posted in Art, History, Photography

An Andrew Wyeth Honeymoon

This photo was taken July 1971 on the east coast of Nova Scotia, Canada. For me, it invokes the feeling of a nostalgic Andrew Wyeth painting.

Andrew Wyeth is considered one of the greatest and best-known U.S. artists of the middle 20th century.

He was a ‘realist’ regionalist style painter of rural landscapes and people. And for me, his paintings invoke romantic notions and strong family feelings.

He was aptly dubbed “painter of the people.”

Am I right, completely bonkers, or is it just little old blurry-eyed me?

“Breezy in Nova Scotia”

Posted in Art, History, humor, Science

Da Vinci in a Mirror Image Darkly!

There are three classes of people: those that see, those that see when they are told, and those that do not see… Leonardo da Vinci

And may I add another special class: those bloggers that ‘like…like…like’ even though they only rarely see. And that’s sometimes even me!

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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519), more commonly  Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath of the Renaissance whose areas of interest included invention, drawing, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and he is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter, and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal.

But what’s this about Mirror Image Darkly?

It is very well known that Leonardo was left handed. His notebooks were written right to left using mirror image script. His books were private, written for his eyes only. However, he wrote in the conventional manner, left to right, when he wished to communicate with other people.

He celebrated the fact that he defied public convention, declaring ‘I o mancino,’ I am left handed. Left-handed people were called southpaws and accused of practicing witchcraft. The Devil himself was considered to be a leftie.

You see, left–handed children were forced to write with their right hand a practice that continued to the beginning of the 20th century.

Leonardo would have been taught to write with his right hand and most likely only rebelled when he became an adult.

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My apologies to Leonardo for the poor rendition of his likeness.

And what’s with all those pictures?

Posted in History

General Tso’s Fast Food Restaurant Not Near Yu!

General Tso’s chicken is s popular sweet deep-fried chicken dish that is served in North American Chinese restaurants. The dish is named after Zuo Zongtang (also romanized Tso Tsung-t’ang), a Qing dynasty statesman and military leader. However, there is no recorded connection to him nor is the dish known in Hunan, Zuo’s home province.

The dish is not found in Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province, or in Xiangyin County, where Zuo was born. Moreover, Zuo’s descendants in Xiangyin County, when interviewed, say that they never heard of such a dish.

Posted in History, Imagination, Time

“The Now” Conundrum

Are we bounded by Time?

It’s order.

Just prisoner’s

to the end?

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Are there beginnings,

real endings,

or is it just

a series of snapshots?

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Snapshots

strung together

to show

movement forward.

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If we really

know

what forward

actually means.

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Does Time slowdown?

Does Time stop?

Pray tell, even

move backward?

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Why Not?

If it’s just an

infinite,

continuous

existence of events.

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Mirrors of the

past … Present … FUTURE

existing

only in “The Now!”#

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Yes!

Are we

bounded by Time?

Only Time will tell!?

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#Notes on ‘The Now’ Conundrum:

You’re reading this right now.

I don’t know when you’ll read this. I can’t say you read it yesterday or will read it tomorrow. But, for sure, you’re reading it “now.”

That’s how special “now” is. And yet, for all the thoughts and books that’s been devoted to time, science doesn’t consider “now” as really different from the past or the future.

Don’t take my word for it — Mr. Albert Einstein himself struggled with this conundrum.

Philosopher Rudolf Carnap, in 1963, recalled a conversation he had with Einstein about what Einstein called “The Now.” That “The Now” worried him seriously and it means something special to Man, essentially different from the past and future. And he considered this important difference to be outside the realm of science because it cannot occur within physics itself: to him a matter of painful and inevitable resignation.