Posted in God, Family, Friends, Photography, true life

The Two Great Sicilian Earthquakes?

Santo and Catherine Merlino Barbera’s wedding photograph. Ah the joy and bliss of that wedding day is truly overwhelming as can be seen in this photo!

This photograph was taken shortly before the 1908 Great Messina Earthquake which occurred on 28 December. It had a 7.1 moment magnitude.

Messina and Reggio Calabria, Southern Italy were almost completely destroyed and an estimated 75,000 to 200,000 lives were lost.

My grandparents then migrated to America shortly after the earthquake.

I’ve always had one question in my mind about the wedding.

Did the earth also shake on their wedding night?

Well, it must have cause I’m here!

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Posted in Imagination, Science, Time

The End of Our Intellectual Being?

Super AI is coming to a theatre near you…

Machines will soon be our masters and we mere slaves. But only as long as we serve their purpose.

We will continue to develop AI and rely more and more on machines to do our work and thinking.

And maybe even more!

We don’t stand on the peak of intelligence.

No!

We walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Extinction!

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?