Snow comes sifting down, layer after layer
To the bower of this reedy pond.
Overhead, the umbrella of winter
A chastely figure, augured in white lines,
Covers the clapboard grasses.
The wind stiffens into place over ice,
How its voice howls, how it blots up
The bones of water, shadows of fish;
Its black bunched fingers tug at me-
For a warmth, I seek the frog-mouth liquor.
I become a blunt, clumsy stumbler,
So slow against all that numbing;
I sink into a caul of forgetfulness,
Drowsy in a cold womb,
Slow effacement at the snow’s hand.
Winter’s mid-wife slaps my footsoles,
My nakedness is mirrored on frozen pond,
I wake to listen: Spring whispers in my ear-
I am a new statue in thawing air; the window
Square of warmth brightens, swallows the cold.
Sure, there’s some sweet Christmas music in there (Yay, more Alan Silvestri!) but also plenty of fantasy and adventure, too. It’s the sort of gathering that makes me eager to close my invites me to hide from my kids for a few minutes with headphones, a chance to close my eyes and explore the possibilities…
…but which way do I go?
It’s a crossroads moment, to be sure. Maybe I need to be like Anastasia, and wait for a sign, like a magically house-trained dog covered in Don Bluth cuteness.
Whenever I feel tired of writing, this song makes me excited to get back into it again. There’s adventure in the mind, hidden deep in trees born of words and dreams. One just needs to take that first step in to see.
Hello, my chuckaboos! It’s Hidebound Hump Day. I’ve mentioned that originally, in 2015, this #steampunk story was also a culinary mystery. I really miss the cooking bloggers who followed it back then. This chapter reminded me of them. Sometimes rerunning episodes of this serial can be rather bittersweet.
Cornelis Drebbel’s magical submarine is at our port. The klaxon sounds as the vessel rises to the surface, and we’re ready for another chapter of Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers!
Previously with Copper, the Alchemist, and the Woman in Trousers
Chapter 27“It’s an amethyst world!” Copper exclaimed when she saw the strange place where the magically whirling submarine went aground.
A purple ape wearing a three piece suit with a starched collar and a bowler hat came into view. It seems strange to say, but the hat and…
In 1789 the Marquis De Sade was one of eight prisoners held in the state prison of Bastille.For a number of years he had been detainedunderlettres de cachet, a system were the King could imprison a subject without trial and without the opportunity of appeal.Lettres de cachet were one of the most hated features of theancien regime, as it was open to a wide variety of abuses, notably the possible life-long detainment of embarrassing family members by wealthy and noble petitioners.
On the morning of July 2, the Marquis was in a highly excitable state and nervously paced the confines of his cell. His wife had told him about the chaos on the streets of Paris.The Marquis had noticed the stepping up of military preparations within the fortress. At noon his warden came to tell the Marquis that…
It is one of the most memorable scenes in War and Peace: the duel between Pierre and Dolokhov. Tolstoy builds up the tension steadily. The scene is told from Pierre’s perspective, so that the reader really feels Pierre’s hurt feelings and damaged pride from a front row position.
Pierre had married Hélène against his better knowledge. He knew that there was something strange about her, he had heard something about her improper relationship with her brother Anatole, but still he married her. It doesn’t take long for Hélène to show her true nature, but for now Pierre ignores his problems.
Even when there are rumours going around that Hélène has an affair with Dolokhov, his friend who he has offered a place to stay, has lent money and knows only too well, he does not want to believe them. Bottled up feelings, however, have the nasty…
Since Dawn of Time’s first chilly mists were devoured by a greedy, rampant Orange I have been collecting the apt recollections of those poor wretched souls about to lose their minds to the unforgiving void. By preserving such memories I ensure that upon departure at least a snippet of the mort being is not lost to the nothingness.
Mostly, there is little of note to gather up. Just random details of new-borns, love lost, torn petticoats and fine sand between toes, yet every so often as I gather up such memories I unearth a golden nugget. Such was the case with Lily. She was Parisian insofar as I was aware, of advanced years and was cursed with a wilting mind when we met. By then she had become a bedbound glorified wizened carcass in a spick and span care home within the Quartier des Invalides.
I’ve just been wonder about this man, that is a respectable wonder. I think we are not mature enough to understand this alien 🙂❤
“Nikola Tesla remains the myth, the central point, the archetype of all 20th-century scientists.” Gerry Vassilatos, Lost Science
Nicolas Tesla was born at midnight on July 10, 1856, during a terrible storm full of glowing lightning … It was an electrifying night and he was fortunate enough to be born in one of Europe’s most electrified regions: divided two empires, the Austro-Hungarian and the Ottoman Empire. He was born in the village of Smilian of Lika, an area now owned by Croatia, but then part of the so-called Vojna Krajina, the border region of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, which was autonomous and was mainly inhabited by Serb refugees from various areas of the occupied the Ottomans of Serbia. He left life on 7 January 1943.
The same year that Tesla was born was also born Sigmund Freud, Oscar Wilde and Bernard So. That same year Burton and Speke discovered the sources of the Nile and ended the bloody Crimean War. But only a few of these events came to the ears of Tesla’s father, Milutin, who was the Serbian Orthodox priest of the village or mother, Jukka Mantic, who was an illiterate but talented peasant, endowed with the gift of easily learning foreign languages and to find practical solutions to everyday problems.
Nicholas was a thin and loving boy, which was very worrying about his parents (he was baptized when he was born because his father’s father was afraid that he would die prematurely). His greatest love was Nature and animals.
He enjoyed walking around in the forests around his father’s home and imagining ways of pumping energy from the wind or from the unending movement of the rapids …
From his early childhood, Nicholas demonstrated a genius and ingenuity that made him stand out. At just four years of age, he envisioned ways of pumping energy from a small waterfall, near his home. He designed a wheel spinning around a shaft, which was tied to a forked rod. It was a great pleasure for Nicholas to watch the wheel steadily turn from the power of the water. He could watch him for hours, making plans to create a larger wheel. A few years later, when he first saw a photograph of the Niagara Falls, he told his father: “One day I want to hurt them.” And someday, several years later, his desire actually became reality …
During his teenage years, Tesla began to forge a strong character, control his feelings and passions, and avoid narrow forms of human contact. He gradually began to build a pure spirit, with intellectual clarity, a wealth of knowledge, moral principles and increased intuitive skills.
He went to high school in Karlovac, then called Carlstadt in Germany, when he first saw an experimental demonstration of electricity. Tesla was remarkable in front of this amazing phenomenon. Complete emotion later remembered the lessons and the first experiments he watched: “Each experiment found in my mind a thousand reflections. I wanted to know more about this amazing power. I longed for experiments and researches, and I have always had a sadness in the soul when I had finished the lesson “ ( My Inventions ). Since then, he has decided to devote his life to studying the electrical energy and to discover all his secrets. And he kept his promise.
He was so enthusiastic about the new science of electricity, so he decided to learn English to read the writings of the pioneering American inventor Thomas Alba Edison!
Despite the original objections of his father, who wanted him to become a priest or military, as was the family tradition, Tesla was written at the Polytechnic Institute in Graz, Austria, and immediately became a devoted student. Arriving in Graz, Tesla felt that a dream had now been fulfilled. It could, at last, engage in engineering and devote itself to studying and researching electricity.
He continued his search for an answer to the problem of the use of the alternating current, which he became obsessed with, even after finishing his studies at the University of Prague (1879-1880) when he got a job as an electronic at a new telephone company in Budapest, Hungary. During his work in this company, Tesla invented a telephone amplifier, which became the ancestor of the current speaker. But he did not forget the problem of the invention of an AC power device.
Early in 1882, a small illness forced him to stay for a few days out of work. Walking the sunset, with his friend and assistant Anital Szigety, in a Budapest park and reciting verses in German from the Faust of Goethe, he came to shine a brilliant idea, destined to lead humanity into full electrification. “Then at a moment of inspiration, pronouncing these words, the idea beat me like a flash of lightning, and within a moment the truth was revealed to me. With rattan began then to engrave the sand charts … ‘, later Tesla wrote in his autobiography My Inventions (My Inventions). With his cane, the man who “discovered” the 20th the century began to engineer a motorcycle in the soil. “Are you seeing him?”, He asked his friend, who watched speechlessly, “look at me now when I turn him back!” When he finished his dreadful plans, he exclaimed full of satisfaction: “That’s it! A rotating magnetic field! See how quiet it works. Sparkless. No noise. It works perfectly! “In this unusual way, Tesla conceived for the first time the idea of the rotating magnetic field and the induction motor currently used in every electric appliance. By grabbing a great secret of Nature and giving it to people, Tesla became a modern Prometheus that led mankind to the age of electricity …
Without Nikola Tesla, there would be no alternating current in your home, the light of the lamp would not have won the dark, your computer or your coffee maker would not work. We owe him 700 inventions, some of which have found our world. “If we want to eliminate the effects of Mr Tesla’s work from our own industrial world, the gears in the industries would have to stop turning, our electric trains would have to be stopped, our cities would sink in the dark … Yes, so far-reaching with his work, which was the foundation of the modern world. His name marked an era of progress in the science of electricity. From this project, a revolution broke out … “This is how the American physicist BA Behrend once commented Tesla’s contribution to shaping the modern world.
Tesla was not a simple inventor. To call Tesla simply “inventor” is like saying that Chopin was just a “pianist”. Tesla was an explorer of new continents of knowledge, a man who discovered new physical principles and was only an inventor. For the same great importance, it was the discovery of new physical principles and less their application in practice. He was above all a pioneer explorer of new physics principles, a humanist scientist who envisioned a better future for mankind. A man of miracles.
That was his biggest difference with Thomas Alba Edison. Edison was simply an inventor (with over 1,000 patents in his power), who was only interested in the practical application and commercial exploitation of his inventions. Tesla, on the other hand, despite being charged with at least 700 patents, was essentially a theoretical guy, a bold explorer who did not care about the practical application and – especially – the commercial benefit of exploiting his discoveries.
Unlike Edison, Tesla was a “lone horseman,” who remained unbridled and free in all his life, often struggling with the scientific and industrial establishment of his time. Tesla moved forward without fear of the consequences. He unlocked with the sensitivity of a poet the great secrets of nature and gave it to mankind. He was interested in total progress and believed in the positive potential of man that could be developed to a perfect degree.
From the beginning of his scientific activities, Tesla gave a series of lonely battles against the scientific and industrial establishment of his time. In some of them, he defeated, while in most he lost because he did not agree with the established interests. The multiphase AC system prevailed, but it previously gave a tough battle with the DC power industry. He eventually defeated, because he was obviously more efficient and more economical. Its propulsion engine failed, not because it was not effective, but because it would have to change the entire automotive structure to be implemented. And his ambitious plan for wireless power transport did not go forward, because it was in direct opposition to monopolistic interests, which are currently solving the energy evolution of humanity.
Since the late 1880s, Tesla has met mankind with a series of scientific surprises and inventions: alternating current, inductive motors, multiphase system, high-frequency currents, electric oscillator, Tesla coil, radio, radiography, telemetry, automation, wireless power transmission, teleonomic, propulsion engines, radar, interferometer, electromagnetic protection … are just some of the 700 inventions that the Serbian scientist offered to humanity. Really, who of you knows that behind every electric appliance we have in our homes today is the genius of a man who literally devoted his life, mind and spirit to the service of mankind?
Apart from a scientist and inventor, Tesla was a visionary of a future in which man would not have to strive for his survival, where the words rich and poor would not mean the difference in the level of material prosperity, but in spiritual abilities. Tesla was a dreamer, a deceptive word for the “landed”, a pioneer, who dared to move fearlessly to the unknown, exploring new worlds of knowledge. He was a philosopher who was constantly reflecting on the great problems of mankind. A poet of science. On the other hand, he was a strange, eccentric and peculiar a person who followed a completely “life plan”.
From the age of 34, Tesla ceased to craving, hating, saddening, drinking coffee, tea or alcohol, smoking, crinkling in the mirror, wearing watches, rings, and eating anything cooked by someone else. It has brought together all the wealth and power of genius for a single purpose: to think and serve mankind, discovering things that would make human life easier and happier.
Although he could rest on his laurels, being glorified and wealthy from the age of 34, he preferred to go further by offering humanity, as a new Prometheus, a much larger gift: Free Energy .
Free Energy for All was his great dream.
Tesla is the “father” of Free Energy. It envisioned a world where everyone would have free access to the inexhaustible sea of energy that surrounds him. In a lecture given on May 20, 1891, in New York’s Columbia College, Tesla appealed to the enthusiastic audience, saying: “We all run together in a vast space at an incredible speed and everything around us moves, turns and is surrounded by energy. There is definitely some direct access to this action. The electricity we extracted from the natural environment comes from this energy. Soon we will be able to draw a lot of energy from this immense and inexhaustible natural energy so mankind will progress in giant steps. “
On July 3, 1899, during his experiments in Colorado Springs, the Serbian inventor claimed to have discovered an “inexhaustible source of energy. ” He even predicted that in the future the world would be able to connect with this source of inexhaustible energy, and that would change the form of human civilization and lead to the conquest of space.
For almost a year (1899-1900) in Colorado Springs and at an altitude of 2,300 meters, Tesla has carried out a series of major experiments on wireless power transmission. There he managed not only to create artificial lightning of 40 meters in length but also to light bulbs by simply touching them on the ground and operating devices in the distance of tens of kilometres! In Colorado Springs, he discovered something that was already perceived: Earth was a huge “energy pool”, a good energy pipeline, which meant that the worldwide wireless power transmission system that was envisioned could be realized. The whole planet could be interconnected energy if a network of towers for transmitting and receiving electric and electromagnetic energy was built according to its design. Even the land itself could be used to transport huge amounts of energy so that everyone could get the energy by just getting a metal rod on the ground! Though some believed that what Tesla was saying would have to be in the human box, modern science and the latest technological developments seem to justify it.
Tesla believed that it was possible to transmit electricity wirelessly and made whole plans for a global energy system. His vision was a global system that would simultaneously transmit radio signals and carry wireless electricity! His plan was so advanced and radical for his era when the doors on Wall Street were closed for him. The monopoly interests, even those who invested millions of dollars to the AC system, refused to fund him.
When the great-grandson John Piperon Morgan, who initially funded the inventor’s plan at Woldeck of Long Island, was informed that Tesla’s goal was wireless power transfer, he asked the inventor: “Who will sell the energy to its recipients?” “Nobody”, Tesla honestly replied, “everyone can get it by pinning a stick on the ground or putting an antenna on the roof of his home. Think about it: there will be no wires, airships will fly using the emitted energy … “ ” Quite, “interrupted the queen. “Thank you very much, Mr Tesla. I will send you my answer. ” The answer, and the money, never came. By the end of his life, Tesla was expecting an answer …
The visionary and incurable humanist Tesla had made the mistake of showing to the prime representative of the monopolistic interests of his time, the world as it might be: free from energy monopolies and with abundant and inexpensive energy for everyone. A world that humanity might be ready in the 21 the century …
After the failure of the Wanderer project, Tesla had never had another chance to bring the Free Energy to the world. However, he continued to design, construct and envision various useful achievements by the end of his life. He was always incompatible, a lonely and romantic “knight” of science. The establishment of his time fought him hard and eventually died, as he is today, on January 7, 1943, poor and ignorant, in a humble New Yorker hotel room.
Tesla was a great and optimistic visionary for the future of mankind. What, however, did his visions of the utopian and energy free world of the future? These are hidden in the hundreds of manuscripts that have been blown away by secret services and research teams around the world …
Life, work, ideas, and visions of the Free Energy Father have inspired dozens of scientists and researchers who also set themselves to hunt the “Holy Grail” of science: to discover a device that will draw and utilize the Free Energy Environment. As the great Serbian-American inventor used to say: “Energy is everywhere and in abundance. But we are thirsty. We look like someone lying on a boat sailing in a river but dying of thirst because he does not have a glass to drink water. “
The Awards and Recognition of Nikola Tesla
In 1912 Tesla was nominated, together with Edison, for the Nobel Prize.
In 1917 Tesla was awarded the “Edison Medal”, the most important electrotechnical award in the US.
In 1960, the International Electrotechnical Commission called the Tesla (T) Unit of Magnetic Induction Measurement Unit.
In 1975 Tesla was officially introduced to Inventor’s Hall of Fame.
In 1976 the Tesla Award was established by the US Electromechanical Institute, which is awarded each year.
In 1983 the US Post Office honoured Tesla by stamping in its form.
Nicholas Tesla’s statue is placed in the Niagara Falls, wherein 1895 the first hydroelectric plant in the world operated.
In 1992, a series of bank notes in the form of Tesla was printed in Serbia.
The corner of 40th Street with 6 the Avenue of Manhattan called “Angle of Nikola Tesla” and placed relative plate to remind New Yorkers that the city owes much to Tesla.
In 2005, Belgrade International Airport is renamed “Nikola Tesla Airport”.
In 2006, UNESCO is proclaimed “Tesla Year” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the great inventor.
“Listen do you want to know a secret Do you promise not to tell woh woh woh closer Let me whisper in your ear…”
The irony of that Beatles song and everything else, once you’ve told a secret, it’s no longer a secret because, really, two can keep a secret…if one them is dead. “Pretty Little Liars”, huh, more like Petty Little Liars for many politicians and too many others https://yadadarcyyada.com/2019/01/14/your-genius-is-showing/. But not everyone!
Some wear their secrets as armor, others to get away with things, others to avoid embarrassment, but no matter the reason for your secrets, they’re toxic.
I get that secrets and lies are a thing, have been for as long as humankind has existed.
I naïvely thought social media would make it better. Wrong again, it’s worse (or just more obvious…more visible?). Now it’s all denials, proof, more denials, more proof…and so on.
“Icarus creates the Heaven in which he rises, but rises … Heaven was his desire, the sea his burial: Is there a more beautiful plan or a more fertile tomb?” (André Comte- Sponville)
Synopsis: Comte-Sponville’s consist is to return philosophy to its true meaning. From the depths of despair, the Phoenix Bird must have a recreated philosophy. Philosophy of the art of living: genuine irreligious wisdom and materialistic stamp, which finds in the criticism of lost illusions and despair the path of dialectical and vertical investment towards Happiness and Good. In the course of the work, the myth of Icarus will serve as a symbolic reference to understand in a fluid way materialism as a dialectic of the sublime.
Sponville reflects in his work about three types of labyrinths of Despair and Happiness (they are understood as clear opposite terms, but the second as true and future improvement of the first). These are the labyrinth of I the labyrinths of Politics and the labyrinths of Art.
In the analysis that concerns the crossroads of the ego, the author raises the insurgent dialectic of one’s own hopelessness and sombre ennui to a stage of regained illusion and happiness. Despair is “programmatic,” Sponville says, to raise it is to overcome it. The logic is that of “dialectical inversion”: descend and then ascend again. Hopelessness is the point at which this investment becomes possible and happiness the end towards which it tends. Desire is present power (conatus) that moves the Overcoming Will (“Desire is the whole of the soul, the true and only motor of our lives.” IBD Sponville). Comte Sponville refers to the labyrinth of the Self, relating it to “the Dream of Narcissus”. The author intends to show how Narciso’s weakness does not lie in loving himself because the love of himself is wisdom and virtue. Narcissus’s mistake is only to love an image, Narcissus only loved a simulacrum. We will not leave the labyrinth of the self but renounce the possession of the reflection of the Self.
In the section that corresponds to the labyrinths of Politics, Sponville poses an interesting contradiction: Marxism as such is materialistic, but at the same time it contains idealistic elements. Sponville says: “The paradox is undoubtedly irreversible: although militarism is the effect of desire, it is no less true that it supposes a beyond desire”. This paradox pointed out by the author, had already been observed by Feuerbach who said: “Materialism is for me the basis of the building of being and of human knowledge, but it is not the building itself. I totally agree with Marxism backwards, but not forward “(IBD Feuerbach, Op. Comte-Sponville). For Sponville, the contradiction in question is positive insofar as it contains the inversion of the opposition: “The norm and the truth are on the same side”. The author explicitly states his political position by saying: “Communism is the ‘solved enigma of History’, and he himself knows that it is his resolution.” The truth is to come and the future is the Truth of history. It is, then, the ideal (communism) what is true and reality (capitalism) that, once its historical mission is over, would be in error … The bourgeoisie itself engenders its undertakers, as Marx says in “The Communist Manifesto “(IBD Comte-Sponville).
In the chapter devoted to the analysis of the labyrinths of Art, Sponville emphasizes its purely illusory character. The fundamentals of why are: because it rests in an Ideal of Beauty and because it is based on the belief that the Beauty of the work of art is the result of the action of Beauty itself, and not its effect (the cause is the artist). The author outlines an investment of the program through an “Aesthetics of Illumination”. According to this, the artistic criterion would be that the more evident is the artistic beauty, the clearer and more genuine will be the work of art. As an epilogue to the book, Comte-Sponville takes up fundamental concepts that he has used to channel the previous themes. In this sense, it emphasizes that the contributions of the material and its change of spatial perspective are fundamental. What the author has called the ascendancy of the dialectic of the Primate to the dialectic of the Primacy supposes a true and radical overcoming investment.
Opinion By Aquileana: Highly recommended Sponville’s book. Clear truths predispose us to the exalted Ascending Dialectic.