My Fantasies

I love listening to classical music. It can bring you to the most wonderful places in your imagination. Disney’s masterful feature animation ‘Fantasia‘ visits a good few of these places, and how gloriously imaginative is the music of the great composers like Modest Mussorgsky, whose ‘Night On Bald Mountain‘  provides a ‘musical picture’ on the theme of a St. John’s Night Witches Sabbath. Disney caught the menace in the music perfectly in the imagery and movement of the animated spectres and spooks of darkness.

Loving it as much as I am? I hope so, because this movie certainly made classical music accessible to its audience in 1940, as I hope it will for you too, if you aren’t already a classical music fan. If you fancy listening to some more, with a change in tempo, here’s some more of the magic of Disney. Ludvig van Beethoven does depressed and moody awfully well, but the Pastoral Symphony (Opus no. 68 ) is one of his sweeter, happier works.

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Beethoven’s Symphony no. 6 (Pastoral) script

Disney’s images to accompany the music are charming and sweet too. The following video features two versions of the same footage alongside each other for comparison. If you are the sort of person who likes fiddling about with reading the sleeve of the album cover too while listening, I can’t help you out, but I can provide a link to an analysis of some of the metaphors and mythological references that abound in the movie.

Satyr With A Pipe

Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Let’s make it a night, settle down and relax in style like a satyr, pull up a log and grab a pipe to blow bubbles in order to not-think better, kick the shoes off to let the hooves breathe,  and enjoy taking a nice trip with these cute little mushrooms, who like dancing around to the Nutcracker Suite by llyich Tchaikovsky.

Soylent Green is People!

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It’s here at last. I’ve been waiting patiently since 1973 for this product to hit the shelves. I first heard about it in the movie starring Charlton Heston, and it sounded like something that could solve a lot of problems in the food department, if you’ve nothing else left in the cupboard, or you just don’t have time to pop outside to scavenge. Here’s the movie trailer for those of you who haven’t ever seen it.

If you love the idea of being able to top up your nutrition with a convenient drink, choc-a-bloc with  stuff that you can add other stuff to, if you want it to taste better, here’s some more info about the drink…..

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…and a helpful video by the people who make it.

Or, if you think the future of food isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you could follow the suggestion made by this commenter:

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Is your interest piqued in new developments in the food industry? Here’s a documentary called The Future of Food which might provide more insight.

Guest Blogger Cloudnine33

meditation_harmony_peace_crystalCloudnine33 has kindly written a guest post, related to an earlier post I made over here. He has stuff to say on the nature of phenomena. Read on:

 

Everything is interconnected, ONE??? Obviously.
If we had no ears, then sound, speaking would have no meaning.
If there were no sounds, then ears, hearing would have no meaning,
Thus hearing and speaking are ONE movement. One has no meaning without the other.
They are both interdependent.
When one is hearing, it’s in their head and also outside their head at the same moment.
It’s ONE continuing vibration.
And do we change?????
LIVING, which IS movement, which IS time, IS change. Therefore change IS what IS.
And when we say change, what do we mean????
I am THIS, but I want to be THAT.
“THAT” does not exist, “THAT” is an idea, and an idea is not reality but an illusion.
And therefore ONE has divide itself psychologically into duality TWO, and thus the battle
begins between that which IS, and that, which IS NOT.
This IS the breeding grounds for all inner conflict, which manifests in all outer conflict,
What exists IS what IS.

Side B (just for the record)

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As I was just sayin’ over here, I don’t think that change is all about the outside. But as humans, do we really change at all? Or is it only the outside that grows, develops, withers and decays? Are our minds, like Shakespeare’s idea of love, constant and unchanging? Psychologists seem to think our minds are more fluid and adaptable than we ever thought before, and can perhaps even have an influence on things around us, as Masaru Emoto’s contoversial theories, and quantum physics theory seems to suggest.

The philosopher Heraclitus seemed to think that we are all change, and maintained that
‘No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river, and he’s not the same man’. Food for thought indeed.

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Now, and Now, and Now

Eckart Tolle’s ‘The Power of Now’ is one of the many books out there that looks at the idea of ‘no thought’, that is, being conscious without following the little monkey in our minds that likes to skip after  every thought we have, making us miss the moment we’re actually in. Tolle describes this as an addiction to thinking. He argues that thinking is a way of trying to escape from the present moment. A non-judgemental being in the moment is a tricky little number to explain, as words explain concepts, and concepts are what we are still  trapped in when we are trying not to think.

What’s the usefulness of what Tolle talks about? Well, if you like what he said in the first video, you might find out more of what he thinks it is from this one. On the other hand, you might have to create your own point, or even find it pointless to wonder how to connect with your deepest truth.

 

Where Nature and Culture Collude

Sometimes money isn’t the bottom line. There are people out there (thank goodness) who care as much about creativity for its own sake as thinking about how they can create more cash out of the cash they’ve invested. I came across this creative pair on Adobe TV. They are generative designers, who work on the interface between art and design, using as many free tools as they can, and sharing their knowledge with others in workshops. Good stuff.