P.S. Source: Svetlana Petrova & Zarathustra the Cat.
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 31, 2018
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
I walked the 'International Four Days Marches Nijmegen' six times. In 1991, 1997, 2013 (at age 49), 2014, 2015 and 2016. The first three times 4 * 50 km. The last three times 4 * 40 km. Why? Because I wanted to proof to the "world" I was able to and because I wanted to have the 'Cross for the Four Day Marches #6' - mark that every number of this cross is different.
Walking four days 40 or 50 kilometer is a tough exercise! Where one needs good legs and a mind in balance. Walking distances like that is above all a fight in your own head. Fighting against sleep, laziness and pain.
The book 'De Vriendelijkste Marathon ter Wereld' (in Dutch) is a collection of 37 'Four Days Marches Nijmegen' stories. Most of the stories are from participants who walked this march themselves. I loved to read the stories but was a bit disappointed in the collection. Too much nagging and emphasis on the walking achievement. As if it is a superhuman achievement. It's not! Every year 90% (mostly more) of the participants are able to reach the finish. Be prepared! Walk! Nothing more. Nothing less.
Read this book? Yes, it's a memory lane for those who walked and for those who would like to walk the 'International Four Days Marches Nijmegen'.
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Are we teaching our kids the correct images at school? (Mark, that an idea is an image too. Mark, that the university is a school too.) Teach them about the history of more/ less market? Teach them about the history of more/ less government? Teach them about the history of more/ less political right or left? Teach them about the history of more/ less democrats or republicans? Teach them about the history of more/ less populism?
According to me we should learn our kids above all more about externalities:
- classification of externalities
- its definitions
- overcome their constraints
- historical context of
In our time and age the discussion shouldn't be about too much Capitalism, too many Republicans, a "self-made businessman" in the White House or Make USA Great Again! We should discuss about the cost and benefit that was (un)consciously not aimed at.
(Mark, that Marx's surplus value is an externality. Mark, that tax avoidance is an externality.)
We should learn our kids to zoom out. We should learn our kids inclusive-thinking and inclusive-acting.
P.S. I wrote about this before in 1-2010 in 'IFAQ. Letter to @BillGates : Are we asking the right questions?'
Friday, September 28, 2018
Friday, September 21, 2018
(A little project I am working on: Brave New World & 1984. Mirrors? My hypothesis: TV and soccer are the bread and circuses in our of time and age. And that 'soma' is the key to Brave New World and Enlightenment. All perfect instruments for the Leader to keep the People in harness.)
Why so much 'soma', bread and circuses and so little for poems?
I dreamed of you last night ... - not telling you.
P.S. Picture is from FB-group 'Love Scottish Islands group' (August 26th, 2018).
Friday, September 14, 2018
El Castillo is the official title of Jorge Méndez Blake's project (here) with a wall of stones "deformed" by a book. Most people know this "visual" under the name 'The Impact of a Book'.
So good and deep!
'El Castillo' is not a random book. It's Frans Kafka's unfinished book 'Das Schloss' (1926). Published against the express wish of Kafka! Wikipedia: "The Castle is often understood to be about alienation, unresponsive bureaucracy, the frustration of trying to conduct business with non-transparent, seemingly arbitrary controlling systems, and the futile pursuit of an unobtainable goal."
The German title 'Das Schloss' is a homonym that can be translated as 'The Castle/ Palace' but also as 'The Lock'. Next to that it's phonetically close to 'Der Schluss' that can be translated as 'The Conclusion/ End.
I don't want to talk about:
- The impact of alienation on stones
- The impact of bureaucracy on stones
- The impact of controlling systems on stones
- The impact of an unobtainable goal on stones
- What is the metaphor behind, under, above, ... - there must be more - stones?
- Is image 'impact' the same as 'deformation'?
- The right spot of the book is important. On most places it would have had no impact at all
- Observation that 'the book' has on the biggest part of the wall no impact at all
- Could it have been another book too? What category tag should we give these books?
I need to talk about storytelling and framing in our time and age. Big media. Big fake news. Big lying. Big wikipedia. Big brother. Big TV. Big news. Big government. For me it feels as if the free spirits on our planet are slowly loosing grip and steady ground. As if they slowly become extinct. As if there is no longer ground and space where they feel love, have their ups and downs and can grow up as free spirits. As if there are no longer ears and eyes who are sensible for their subjective and relativating words. As if everyone is looking for objective and final words ... not realizing that that is a false and most dangerous dream. As if no one is realizing that there are only subjective and relative words. As if no one reads books from free spirits.
Why so much fake news and many lies? Why is the sky blue? What is a free spirit for his- or himself? Why do I love the radiation of the sun on my skin in this time of the year so much? Why 'why'?
Thursday, September 6, 2018
Two weeks ago I ordered the first printed copy of my book (remember?). Last week I sent it to T. for editing. He called twice to compliment me with the superb book: superb book design and impressive quality of its content. Yesterday I recieved it back with his handwritten edits. One day work left!
Thursday, August 30, 2018
You don't like the sketch of Raef Payne's cottage redesigned? That's is OK ofcourse.
For me personally the taste and distaste (and everything in between) tells all about our romantic view or point zero of a place. The perfect picture. Frozen in time. Of what was back then and isn't anymore here and now.
For me personally point zero of Camusfearna is 1948. When the house was a second house (rented) for Gavin Maxwell. When Raef Payne's cottage didn't bear his name and when it wasn't his second house (rented). When there was no landrover track down the hill. When you had to walk the 3 miles up and down the hill. When there still was a lighthouse. When there was no telephone.
For me personally Camusfearna 1961 is a distaste. A paradise lost.
Never get angry about someone else his or her (dis)taste. It mostly tells more about our unconscious perfect picture, our point zero, our romantic view. Frozen in time. Never get fr...n - you know.