This is one of the first HDR photos I made back when I was first getting into photography. I showed it to a friend tonight and it inspired him to try out this interesting technique, which blends 3 overlapping photos of different exposure levels into one combined image. The results tend to resemble a painting, or a 3D video game. Plus it’s fun and creative! The above photo was taken at Millennium Park, Chicago, overlooking the cafe.
“Beit Natan”, a.k.a. “house of Nathan,” a real-life building in Tsfat, Israel. I say it is a real-life building because I see it there, and therefore it must exist, but I cannot imagine what it could be since it seems like something out of my imagination! I wish I could live there one day! Maybe they’re saving it for me! ;)
Can you imagine philosophy, drama, theatre and film all rolled into one?
Tremendous work here by some of my old friends from the Niles North High School theatre department, who have developed a set of silly yet subtly brilliant pieces. They are written, directed, scored, acted, and filmed by the group as a team in a marvelous display of talent and camaraderie.
And they aren’t paying me to write this I promise ;)
I especially like Episode 8.
Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch z”l, Horeb, 1837
The Ken Wilber Explanation in a pretty-picture nutshell. Love^4.
James Allen (1864-1912): A guy who had a grasp on life and how to get inside your inner self. He lived in the 19th century, predating today’s self-help era by a long shot, but he had very contemporary ideas.
How did I find him, you ask? Well, here’s how: on a pure whim I thought of the words, “Wreak Intelligence.” It had a funny ring to me, so I Googled the phrase and this book was the result.
In the book James writes, “now I send forth these books into the world on a mission of healing and blessedness, knowing that they cannot fail to reach the homes and hearts of those who are waiting and ready to receive them.” In other words, he felt that he did not have to worry, whether the right words would reach the right person. He knew that no matter what, the Universe (or whatever other Higher Power he ascribed to existence) would carry his thoughts like beams of like to the correct sources for their reception.
He further writes: “knowing that the laws of the universe can never fail, and that your own will come back to you with mathematical exactitude—this is faith and the living of faith”.
So it turned out the phrase I looked for, “wreak intelligence” isn’t actually in the text, it was “weak intelligence” with a typo in the translation to pdf. Alright then good for me, it brought you to my hands now James. Thanks :)
Eponymous sounds: like “Leaves in the River”. Song by Sea Wolf I picked up from Indie/Rock playlist and just rediscovered on shuffle. Meditative and melodic and sweet.
Brainy, eloquent, and hilarious, McKenna applies his Irish gift of gab to making a simple case: Going through life without trying psychedelics is like going through life without having sex. For McKenna, mushrooms and DMT do more than force up the remains of last night’s dream; they uncover the programming language of mind and cosmos.
"The psychedelic experience is not the equivalent of a dust bunny under your psychic bed," says McKenna. "It’s a product of the fractal laws that govern the world at an informational level. There is no deeper truth."
"The fact that the Cairo drama ended relatively well—no Israeli diplomat or guard was hurt—was due in large measure to American intervention at the highest level. Israeli efforts to set up direct communication with General Muhammad Hussein Tantawi, the Egyptian defense minister and chairman of the interim governing council, were unsuccessful until Mr Netanyahu appealed to Barack Obama and the American leader threw his personal weight into the fray. From that moment, according to Israeli reports, Mr Netanyahu and his defense minister, Ehud Barak, were able to talk directly to their Egyptian counterparts and impress upon them the parlous condition of the six security guards, cowering behind a steel door on the 18th floor of the building as the protesters battered their way up with sledge-hammers." -The Economist, 9/11/11
"From a mystical perspective, peyos separate between the front part of the brain which is used for abstract thought that can be used for holiness, and the back part of the brain that governs the body."