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May you live long and prosperous.

 

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Please bare with me while I rant, I will get to my point.

I grew up in cold war USA. At the time I was growing up there was a deep hatred / angst for the USSR. There was always talk of Atom bombs and “First Strike Advantage,” I never really knew what that meant at the time or that it made any sense, because basically we would be destroying our planet in the process of “Protecting ourselves.”  My little boy brain couldn’t make sense of why would people on the other side of the world would want to destroy us. But I theorized, that they thought they were the good guys too. And that they wanted to protect themselves from us. I felt sad after I realized this, why couldn’t we live in peace?

I the 90’s I witnessed the Berlin wall crumble and the USSR collapse as Bush senior said “there is a new world order.” I thought the world would be a better place as the Doomsday clock was set back a few minutes. The last few years though I have the feeling the world is taking a step backward, the world unity that I enjoyed as a young man is vanishing. I realize that there are reasons for this, globalisation isn’t always good. The small guy doesn’t profit from it usually and the big business is only interested in how much money they can make.

The reason for this rant is, I was stunned this week as probably millions for other people were, I was convinced that world had just made another step backwards. The people that I worked with notice this also, I was depressed and shocked. But I realized I can not change the USA vote by being shock or depressed. But I can make a difference with my friends and colleagues by trying to stay positive and look on the bright side. One good thing is we will be supplied with some A1 comedy for the next four years even if its not intended to be. For those people disappointed that a woman wasn’t elected, this will happen eventually. The world is changing and I do believe for the better despite all the hate being slung around. So make yourself some popcorn, open your favorite beverage and lets enjoy the show.

Stay positive and do something kind for a stranger this week,

Bill

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Berlin

I recently made a short trip to Berlin, and I definitely recommend going there even if you only have one or two days to look around. I traveled by train and as soon as we walked out of the train station the sun came out to welcome us. Berlin is a mixture of Old and New. There is a lot of new buildings and modern architecture but also beautiful old buildings. Walking down the street we would find a beautiful old building amongst newer constructions. Here are a few pictures.

German Parliment

German Parliament

Berliner Dome

Berliner Dome

Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor

 

Museum Island

Museum Island

I also spent a half day in two of the many museums that are in the city. Here are some of my personnel highlights:

Recomstructed Roman Market Building

Reconstructed Roman Market Building

 

Reconstructed Babylonian City Gate

Reconstructed Babylonian City Gate

If you ever get the chance go to Berlin, even if its just for a day or two. The public transportation is perfect and just by walking one can almost reach everywhere.

Thanks for taking a look,

Bill

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New Blender Movie : Cosmos Laundromat – First Cycle

 

Those of you have been visiting my humble blog for a while, know that I’m a big fan of Blender (the open source 3D modeling and film making wonder). I use Blender in for making reference for my drawings and or painting. Well, the fine people over at Blender.org make a film every few years to demonstrate what their program can do. This years film is called Cosmos Laundromat- First Cycle, which most likely means there will be a second, third and fourth cycle (hopefully). So now pull up a chair, call the kids, dim the lights because this is a must see augenschmaus.

Thanks for stopping by,

Bill

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Nuerosonics Audiomedical Labs Inc.

I found this so cool I had to share this.

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Kunsthalle Mannheim

Die Rue de la Bavolle in Honfleur Claude Monet-1864

Die Rue de la Bavolle in Honfleur Claude Monet-1864

Tuerkischer Frauenraub-EugeneDelacroix-1852

Tuerkischer Frauenraub-EugeneDelacroix-1852

Market scene Hans Thoma-1889

Market scene Hans Thoma-1889

The fox hunt Gustave Courbet- 1863

The fox hunt Gustave Courbet- 1863

Roses and Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh-1886

Roses and Sunflowers Vincent Van Gogh-1886

I have to admit, the soccer world championship is cutting hole in my productivity, but I’m lucky because I have two teams to root for, Germany and USA. Here are just few of the great paintings that I saw at the Kunsthalle in Mannheim. I spent a good hour and a half looking at the paintings and was able to take pictures of them. After I got home I noticed one of my children had “adjusted” the camera, so the pictures are not very good quality, sorry. Next time I have to check this before I start.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Tomorrow!!!! The desolation of Smaug.

I’ve been waiting practically all year for this.

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Luminaris from Juan Pablo Zaramella

This a beautiful stop motion film from Juan Pablo Zaramella. I could and will watch this many, many times. The original link on Vimeo here: Luminaris.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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Swordsmith per excellent.

This is Tony swatton,…sword-smith. He makes swords for movies, comics, video games and TV. Do you want to see your favorite weapon be made visit him on Youtube. Everyone should know how to make a sword,.. at least in theory.

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Asteroid mining.

This has nothing to do about art, but I thought the animations were cool. I still believe that someday we will be able to book a vacation in space.

Thanks for looking in,

Bill

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My Top Ten list of Paintings of Women

Hi People,

This will be a slightly different post this week, instead of me talking about myself and what I am doing lately, I wanted to make a top ten list of my favorite paintings of women. Now I like paintings of sleepy naked women that are reading books just as much as the next guy, but I wanted to make this list a little different; first, no sleepy naked women that are reading books. Second, the painting has to have a story, or the hint of a story. Third, no full nudity, I like cheese cake just as much as the next guy, but lets try to keep the niveau. Fourth, the artist has to be dead, with that I mean the painter is not among the living. That makes it harder for me, because artist like Dan Santos and Donato Giancola, have painted several of my favorite paintings of power women.

So here goes:

10. Magdalen with the Smoking Flame, by Georges de La Tour (courtesy of Wikigallery)

9. The Milkmaid, by Jan Mermeer Van Delft. (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 8. Selling Slaves in Rome, by Jean-Léon Gérôme (courtesy of Wikigallery)

Ok, I broke the rules for this one.

 7. A Flower Seller, by John William Godward  (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 6. A Coign Of Vantage, by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (courtesy of Wikigallery)

5. The Gypsy Girl, by Pierre Auguste Renoir. (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 4. Madame X, by John Singer Sargent (courtesy of Wikigallery)

3. Destiny, by John William Waterhouse (courtesy of Wikigallery)

 2. The Little Marauders, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

 1. Lullaby, by William-Adolphe Bouguereau (courtesy of Wikigallery)

Honourable mention:

 Egyptian Queen, by Frank Frezetta.

Because Frank Frazetta still ROCKS! (courtesy of the museum syndicate)

Thanks for taking a look and if you have any good paintings of women, please leave a comment.

Bill

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