Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ancient Egyptians in Australia

Did the Ancient Egyptians visit Australia - 5,000 years ago - long before the Europeans did in the post-Columbus era? History is full of surprises so it could be ... but did they?


Arguments pro:
  • There are valid Ancient Egyptian hieroglyps carved in Gosford on the west coast. Discovered in the early 1900s
  • Ancient Egyptians used tabacco and cocaine. They only grew in the continent which makes up modern America
Arguments contra:
  • Number of hieroglyps increased in time (after 1975)
  • Carved disorganised
  • Some hieroglyps are carved backwards
  • Some of used shapes were invented 2,5000 years later
  • Less erosion than nearby 250-year-old Aborigine petroglyps
  • Gosford is on the east coast and you'd expect them to land on the west coast

A possible explanation is that they were carved in 1920s by Australian soldiers who served in Egypt in WWI. Back then there was a widespread interest in ancient Egypt after the discovery of the Tomb of Tutankhamun.

Sources: 1, 2 and 3

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Cartas

Valentines day 2017. I love reading love letters.

I started reading - two weeks ago - António Lobo Antunes (1942) 'Mijn Winterkat mijn Lief. Brieven aan mijn vrouw' (2012). It's the Dutch translation of the war letters António wrote to his wife Maria José Xavier da Fonseca e Costa (1946-1999) while he stayed in Angola as a drafted soldier. Original title 'Cartas da Guerra. D'este viver aqui neste papel descripto' (2005).


Monday, February 6, 2017

Literally Illuminated in Gold

What a great way of living life is the Japanese 'kintsugi'! Embracing what is broken, flawed or imperfect. Not throw it away, not flee from it but simply ... repair it with gold. Accept change, sweet and sour as aspects of human life.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Particles

Sometimes happiness feels for me as a cloud. Particles of water in the sky, grouping and ungrouping in clouds, fighting with gravity and wind. I can watch clouds for hours. How they float, flow, fight, tumble, roll and ... - there must be more.

Happiness never feels for me as a destination. To set a goal and archieve it.

I guess happiness is a balance thing. Feeling being in balance, however short the moment in time is.

P.S. On days like this I like listening to songs like: esta.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Mirror

Trump - the USA president elect - looking in the mirror:
Freud as in: sublimation, repression, displacement, denial, reaction formation, intellectualisation and projection. More

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Do Stuff and Pay Attention


More from her 'Vassar Speech' (2003): here.

Susan (1933-2004) also puts: Be less afraid! Without thinking that being happy is what it's all about. It's not. It's about ... - Chinese Garden.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Friday, December 23, 2016

La Pie


Claude Monet, 'La Pie' (English Magpie). 
Painted in Normandy, France in the winter of 1868-9.

P.S. Feliz Natal.
P.P.S. No snow on my corner on Planet Earth.