Art,Commentary,Images,People,Personal Musings

“The Divine Comedy” by Salvador Dali

13 Oct , 2012  

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After visiting the MOCA in La Jolla I stopped into an art gallery and was shown a few of these “original prints”. It’s a funny term, “original print”. It implies special importance for first run copies of an original work. Living most of my adult life in a computer driven digital world where the 100th copy is every bit as good as the first, I found the concept hard to grasp and chalked it up to marketing hype, falling neatly in line with the “AU” (Almost Uncirculated) ratings at collectible coin shops. One art dealer in Las Vegas whom I spoke with at length on the topic placed emphasis on the quality of the print paper and the colors and dyes. “Each print is specifically approved by the artist who then signs the bottom.” she said. Bah. If Vladimir Kush wants my money, he’ll need more than just a signature on a xerox!

The woman running the gallery was blond and spoke with an eastern European accent. She was quite informative on the works of Salvador Dali and Dante’s Devine Comedy.

In 1957, the Italian government commissioned Salvador Dalí to paint a series of 100 watercolor illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy, the greatest literary work written in the Italian language. The illustrations were to be finished by 1965, the 700th anniversary of the poet’s birth, and then reproduced and released in limited print editions. The deal fell apart, however, when the Italian public learned that their literary patrimony had been put in the hands of a Spaniard. Undeterred, Dalí pushed forward on his own, painting illustrations for the epic poem that collectively recount Dante’s symbolic travels through Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. After Dalí did his part, the project was handed over to two wood engravers, who spent five years hand-carving 3,500 blocks used to create the reproductions of Dalí’s masterpiece. Almost 50 years later, print editions can still be purchased online. And the paintings themselves still travel the globe, making their way to museums large and small. You can preview some of the images above and below. – openculture.com

“The Divine Comedy” by Salvador Dali for each of the “Cantos” (chapters) of the Devine Comedy.

Art,Books,Commentary,People,Personal Musings

Author Stephen Covey dies at 79

17 Jul , 2012  

After being passed over for a promotion I pouted for 1 week, then started to read Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People“. It was an easy read, just a collection of short stories really. Each one about people dealing with everyday business problems.  It brought the “human factor” into perspective for me and I learned a lot.  About six months later I jumped two rungs on the corporate ladder and I can definitely attribute some of that success to this book.  Rest in peace Stephen Covey and thanks for the insights.

Commentary,Personal Musings

Who wore SOPA/PIPA blackout best?

18 Jan , 2012  

Today, January 18th, 2012,  is SOPA/PIPA “blackout” day.  Websites all across the net are “blacking out” in protest and to raise awareness of bills currently being considered here in the U.S. that would make illegal all kinds of  things on the web.

Whether these bills pass or not is irrelevant in the long run.  The web will survive.  Anonymous, decentralized “Internet” alternatives already exist such as TOR sites while other “darknet” (Meshnet) infrastructures are actively being developed. There’s even plans by some crazy-awesome German “hackers” to put their own satellite into space to to create their own Internet.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for raising awareness but in the end, these bills aren’t going to stop anything.

“Nothing is more destructive of respect for the government and the law of the land than passing laws which cannot be enforced.” -Albert Einstein

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Words to avoid at all cost: it, they, that, there, those, them!

13 Jun , 2012  

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Don’t assume I know what you’re taking about!