January 24, 2013

The worker in Mr. Gradgrind's factory...

"But the man we see every day--the worker in Mr. Gradgrind's factory, the little clerk in Mr. Gradgrind's office--he is too mentally worried to believe in freedom. He is kept quiet with revolutionary literature. He is calmed and kept in his place by a constant succession of wild philosophies. He is a Marxian one day, a Nietzscheite the next day, a Superman (probably) the next day; and a slave every day. The only thing that remains after all the philosophies is the factory. The only man who gains by all the philosophies is Gradgrind. It would be worth his while to keep his commercial helotry supplied with sceptical literature. And now I come to think of it, of course, Gradgrind is famous for giving libraries. He shows his sense. All modern books are on his side. As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will be exactly the same. No ideal will remain long enough to be realized, or even partly realized. The modern young man will never change his environment; for he will always change his mind." G.K. Chesterton (Orthodoxy); Image:  The Iron Rolling Mill (Modern Cyclopes) by Adolph Menzel (1815–1905)

January 20, 2013

Romanian traditional art - a milenar tradition

http://youtu.be/NvSDR6oYXAQ  The women's dress patterns for the autochthonous population in Romania can be traced back to statuettes made by the people of ancient civilizations in the area...

January 18, 2013

Byron & Alexandru Andrieș - Cea mai frumoasă zi (Acoustic Drama)


http://youtu.be/oB9DjDbyQ1c

The Luzin Affair - one year after the end

In 1936, Nikolai Luzin“was tried at a special hearing of the Commission of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, which endorsed all accusations of Luzin as an enemy under the mask of a Soviet citizen”. One year ago, the (long overdue, though) Resolution No.8 of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (January 17, 2012, see here) overturned the 1936 decision.
On topic: 
http://youtu.be/s6XxE8EDtNk - Maria Yudina plays Musorgsky Meditation (1949)

January 10, 2013

January 7, 2013

Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (1949 – 2011), soul and jazz poet, bluesologist

http://youtu.be/Nhc55qjHHXs - Gil Scott-Heron - Three Miles Down
 
Gilbert "Gil" Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011) was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and '80s. His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was "bluesologist", which he defined as "a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues." (wikipedia)

January 4, 2013

Nested dreams...

“You have wakened not out of sleep, but into a prior dream, and that dream lies within another, and so on, to infinity, which is the number of grains of sand. The path that you are to take is endless, and you will die before you have truly awakened.” (Jorge Luis Borges)

Bob Seeley - Boogie Woogie Dream - http://youtu.be/218GKlwSN1k

January 2, 2013

Timpul

Timpul - o temă serioasă de reflecție în prag de An Nou... Teoria A sau Teoria B ?  - it's complicated. Însă omul este ființa care transcede timpul spre veșnicie prin nădejde și pocăința  (Pr. Dumitru Stăniloae). Angajarea în acest proces de transcendere este adevărata piatră unghiulară a experienței umane.

http://youtu.be/iZaZqx9v3dU - Willie Nelson - 1997 - Funny How Time Slips Away