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Monthly Archives: January 2013

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse. A film about the global economy. ” After the greatest financial heist in history, the modern day ‘Four Horsemen Of The Apocalypse’ continue to ride roughshod over the people whom can least afford it. One – a rapacious financial system, Two – escalating organized violence, Three – abject poverty for billions and Four – exhaustion of the earth’s resources, gallop unchallenged because we are not encouraged to question the accepted norms.” – Huffington Post.

Turner has a painting of one of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse in the Clore Gallery.

Cycled up the North Downs and across to the village of Chaldon. The deposits on the side of the road overlying the chalk look like beach gravels! Is this some Tertiary remnant like the Lenham Beds. Need to get a closer look in better weather and carry out a bit of literature research.Maybe this deposit at Chaldon lies a little too high up at approximately 220m, at Lenham the deposit lies at 180m and is described as a ferruginous sand.

My copy of Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime by Elizabeth A. Kessler has arrived so I’ve just had a quick look at it…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Now – having read Picturing the Cosmos I found it to be a mainly a description of how astronomical images are compiled rather than why they are compiled in that way. Fenella Saunders of American Scientist reviews Picturing the Cosmos: Hubble Space Telescope Images and the Astronomical Sublime HERE. I think the Hubble Telescope Images are produced purely for advertising purposes and you would not see the objects portrayed by the images because the electomagnetic spectrum portrayed has been broadened to include wavelengths that the human eye cannot perceive. Also, the colours do not mesh with human perception. In the Hubble Telescope Images blue is often used to portray ‘hot’ areas with red for ‘cold’ areas. In fact the different colours are chosen for different purposes which is explained on the Hubble site.

I’ve stopped working on the Eskimo nebula painting, I need to leave it for the paint to dry and to give it a final appraisal in due course.

I’ve realized that my first ‘astronomical painting’ “It’s almost certainly a star” needs more work. I also need to remember to date my pictures.

Using a Mahl Stick (arm crutch) is very helpful!

Watched film “I am Love” with actress Tilda Swinton playing the main character. Very artistic cinematography and Tilda Swinton speaking in Italian! Here is an interview with Tilda Swinton that explains more about the film.

Several books recently read:

Beyond human nature : how culture and experience shape our lives by Jesse J. Prinz. Prinz takes the view that it is nurture rather than nature that shapes most of our lives. In a peer review of Prinz’s book, Rob Brooks, Professor of Evolutionary Ecology at the University of New South Wales, suggests that the nurture angle may be overdone. I would agree with Brooks, the nurture angle is pushed too hard.

“Fundamentalist creationists are by no means the only ones who squirm at the idea human affairs are shaped by our squalid and brutish animal past.

The thoroughgoing nurturism of many social scientists – particularly those with deep commitments to Marxism and gender feminism – seems to originate from a suspicion that all evolutionary biologists are shills for imperialism and laissez-faire capitalism.

To admit to an interesting role for biology in shaping human nature or individual differences would be to succumb to “survival-of-the-fittest” social Darwinism.” Brookes R. 2012

Why does the world exist? : an existential detective story by Jim Holt. This book is an exploration of this age old fundamental question, examining different ideas posited through the ages. Ultimately though it’s a question with no answer! Good reads provides a short review of Why does the World exist.

Still missing novel by Beth Richardson Gutcheon. Quite a good detective story with a happy ending.

Just watched the film Blade Runner again – street scenes remind me of Charles Averys’ drawings. There has also been a program on TV recently that shows how this film was made. Part of the season celebrating of 30 years of Blade Runner.