The Magic of the Cities.

Zen promotes the rediscovery of the obvious, which is so often lost in its familiarity and simplicity. It sees the miraculous in the common and magic in our everyday surroundings. When we are not rushed, and our minds are unclouded by conceptualizations, a veil will sometimes drop, introducing the viewer to a world unseen since childhood. ~John Greer

You don't take a photograph, you make it. ~Ansel Adams

The Earth Has Music For Those Who Listen.

"I still find each day to short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read and all the friends I want to see"

~ John Burroughs

October 31, 2010

Sunday

I Have PSD from Hyperakt on Vimeo.

Photoshop dexterity (PSD) is a skillset acquired by proficient users of Adobe Photoshop, the world's most ubiquitous digital tool for creating visual ideas. Qualities of PSD include supernatural powers of imagination and an overwhelming desire to constantly make the world more beautiful. PSD affects people from different walks of life. In fact, there is a high probability that you have PSD.

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October 29, 2010

Choices



Left-Wing to Right-Wing Spectrum
Copyright © Hypocrites.org.uk

There are only two basic ways to organize society: coercively, through government dictates, or voluntarily, through the myriad interactions among individuals and private associations. All the various political "isms"--monarchy, oligarchy, fascism, communism, conservatism, liberalism, libertarianism--boil down to a single question: "Who is going to make the decision about this particular aspect of your life, you or somebody else?"
Edward H. Crane

Happy Weekend!


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October 27, 2010

Brand New day



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October 26, 2010

Absorbed

 
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
~Confucius


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October 25, 2010

El Pantalon


Arcos Corporative Building, known as "El Pantalon" (The Trousers) by Mexican architect Teodoro Gonzalez de Leon.
Another views of this building here and idem.

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October 24, 2010

Moon Branches




The moon's an arrant thief, And her pale fire she snatches from the sun.
~William Shakespeare

Canción Mixteca
Que lejos estoy del suelo donde he nacido!
inmensa nostalgia invade mi pensamiento;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.

Oh tierra del sol!, suspiro por verte
ahora que lejos yo vivo sin luz, sin amor;
y al verme tan solo y triste cual hoja al viento,
quisiera llorar, quisiera morir de sentimiento.

Mixteca Song
I'm that far land where I was born!
Immense sadness fills my feelings
and seeing me so lonely and sad like leaf in the wind,
I would like to mourn, I would die of feeling.

Oh land of the sun! I yearn to see you
now that I live far without light, without love
and seeing me so lonely and sad like a leaf in the wind
I would like to mourn, I would die of feeling.

Happy Sunday!


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October 21, 2010

Beautiful Danger


Popocatepetl is an active volcano and, at 5,426 m (17,802 ft), the second highest peak in Mexico after the Pico de Orizaba (5,636 m/18,491 ft). Popocatepetl is linked to the Iztaccihuatl volcano to the north by the high saddle known as the Paso de Cortés, and lies in the eastern half of the Trans-Mexican volcanic belt.
The name Popocatepetl comes from the Nahuatl words popōca 'it smokes' and tepētl 'mountain', thus Smoking Mountain; the name Don Goyo comes from the mountain's association in the lore of the region with San Gregorio (St. Gregory), "Goyo" being a nickname-like short form of Gregorio.
Popocatepetl is 70 km (43 mi) southeast of Mexico City, from where it can be seen regularly, depending on atmospheric conditions. The residents of Puebla, a mere 40 km (25 mi) east of the volcano, enjoy the views of the snowy and glacier-clad mountain almost all year long. The volcano is also one of the three tall peaks in Mexico to contain glaciers, the others being Iztaccihuatl and Pico de Orizaba.

Popocatepetl is one of the most violent volcanoes in Mexico, having had more than 20 major eruptions since the arrival of the Spanish in 1519. A major eruption occurred in 1947 to begin this cycle of activity. Then, on December 21, 1994, the volcano spewed gas and ash which was carried as far as 25 km (16 mi) away by prevailing winds. The activity prompted the evacuation of nearby towns and scientists to begin monitoring for an eruption. In December 2000, tens of thousands of people were evacuated by the government based on the warnings of scientists. The volcano then made its largest display in 1200 years. [Wiki]

Iztaccíhuatl
A legend tells the tale that many years before Cortés came to Mexico, the Aztecs lived in Tenochtitlán, today's Mexico City. The chief of the Aztecs had a beautiful daughter named Iztaccíhuatl.  The people were enchanted with Izta and her parents prepared her to someday be the Empress of the Aztecs. Izta grew up and fell in love with a captain of a tribe named Popocatépetl or Popoca. Popoca asked for the Emperor's permission to marry his daughter and he agreed to the arrangement under one condition: in order to marry his Izta, Popoca had to bring the head of an enemy chief back from the war.
Popoca went off to fulfill his destiny. Several months passed and an adversary of Popoca sent a false message back to Izta that her loved one had died in battle. When Izta heard her lover's fate she was overcome by the news, refused to eat and died of grief.
Popoca returned victorious, but upon hearing of Izta's passing he could not be consoled. He carried his beloved to the mountains and put her down to rest, then plunged a dagger in his broken heart. The gods covered them with snow and changed them into famous peaks in Mexico. Together in eternity are Iztaccíhuatl's mountain "La Mujer Dormida" (Sleeping Woman), and Popocatépetl's volcano, still active today raining fire on Earth in blind rage at the loss of his beloved. [Wiki]


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October 19, 2010

On the move

La Cibeles Turnabout. Mexico City
Riverside. NYC


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October 18, 2010

Sign and graffiti with light on top


Detail:

“Time is an illusion perpetrated by the manufacturers of space.”

“Is there intelligent life on earth? Yes, but I'm only visiting.”

“I used to be indecisive; now I'm not sure.”

“Laughter translates into any language.”

“Only the truth is revolutionary.”

~Graffiti quotes


October 17, 2010

Dancer


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October 15, 2010

Hoja


When I look carefully
I see the nazuna blooming
By the hedge!

Cuando miro con cuidado
Veo florecer la nazuna
Junto al seto!

~Basho (1644-94)




Happy Weekend!

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October 14, 2010

Pixels Skyline


Central Park. NYC 2008
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October 13, 2010

Diana The Huntress


Diana Fountain. Mexico City

Diana de Versailles. Musée du Louvre
Diana
 (lt. "heavenly" or "divine") was the goddess of the hunt, being associated with wild animals and woodland, and also of the moon in Roman mythology. In literature she was the equal of the Greek goddess Artemis, though in cult beliefs she was Italic, not Greek, in origin. Diana was worshiped in ancient Roman religion and is currently revered in Roman Neopaganism and Stregheria. Diana was known to be the virgin goddess and looked after virgins and women. She was one of the three maiden goddesses, Diana, Minerva and Vesta, who swore never to marry. [Wiki]
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October 12, 2010

Nocturnal



"A person needs a little madness, or else they never dare cut the rope and be free." 
Nikos Kazantzakis
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October 11, 2010

El Mexicano


(Sculpture) by Rachid Khimoune. 2003
Borda Gardens. Cuernavaca. Mexico

How much do you know about Mexican people?


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October 9, 2010

John Lennon

Central Park (Garden Of Peace) New York City
The Dakota Building. NYC
Entrance The Dakota Building

The Central Park memorial was designed by Bruce Kelly, the chief landscape architect for the Central Park Conservancy. Strawberry Fields was inaugurated on what would have been Lennon's 45th birthday, 9 October 1985, by his widow Yoko Ono, who had underwritten the project.  The entrance to the memorial is located on Central Park West at West 72nd Street, directly across from the Dakota Apartments, where Lennon had lived for the later part of his life, and where he was murdered.


Dreamers of the world, unite!

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October 8, 2010

Cul-de-Sac


Reality is not always probable, or likely.
 ~Jorge Luis Borges 
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October 7, 2010

Points of View (Peace Piece)



If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there'd be peace.
~John Lennon
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October 6, 2010

Manifestation


Free election of masters does not abolish the masters or the slaves. 

Herbert Marcuse (1964) One-dimensional man.

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October 5, 2010

Designated Driver



Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend.  ~Corey Ford
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October 4, 2010

Sunday (Sundae)


We perceive time 
according to the completeness 
of our own presence.
Gurdjieff

The level of Being of a man attracts his life, and history repeats itself because we remain on the same level of being. 

Living Time, Maurice Nicoll


The world does not yield to us directly: the description of the world stands in between.
Tales of Power. Carlos Castaneda

Contracting our infinite sense we behold multitude;
expanding it, we behold One. 

William Blake

Our purpose in life 
is to have a unique relationship with the Universe.
Emerson

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October 3, 2010

UpAndDown




“If a man happens to find himself, he has a mansion, which he can inhabit with dignity all the days of his life.”
~ James A. Michener
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October 1, 2010

October Theme Day: Graffiti




"Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing.
And even if you don't come up with a picture to cure world poverty you can
make someone smile while they're having a piss."

It's a very frustrated feeling you get when the only people with good photos of your work are the police department."
Banksy

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