Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Master of the Legend of the Magdalen, Portrait of an elderly man holding a tally stick, cca 1520 -


Portuguese cistern El Jadida in Morocco
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Yerebatan Sarnıcı, Istanbul, 138 m x 65 m, 80.000 m³, Justinian I., 523-542
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The Basilica Cistern or Istanbul Cistern (Yerebatan Saray)
 The cistern is surrounded by a firebrick wall with a thickness of 4 metres (13 ft) and coated with a waterproofing mortar.

Space Tower

A parallel-sided structure made of conventional brick and stone cannot reach past 2000 meters as bricks at the bottom would be crushed under the weight.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


Assume all humans are needy attention hungry creatures. Never ignore the opportunity to pay anyone some little respect or sign of acknowledgment. Give confirmation to every little joke or act of emotion.

Always assume confidence when dealing with someone. Act with purpose or people will see you as a waste of their time. Always give people a reason to be dealing with them and they will follow their own protocol.

Seek constant confirmation from others that what you do or say is alright. Give every opportunity to hear their opinion and listen.

Constantly be open what someone is leading the conversation to and what they likely want to hear.
Never assert dominance or show any sense of power over others.

Always assume you owe anyone you deal with, anyone who has been nice or friendly to you, always be on the look out to return kindness, friendliness, and favors to the degree they were given.

Monday, January 28, 2013


  1. CREON: Latin form of Greek Kreon, meaning "ruler." In mythology, this is the name of a king of Thebes, husband of Eurydice and father of Haemon. 
  2. CADMUS: Latin form of Greek Kadmos, meaning "the east." In mythology, this is the name of the brother of Europa. He is said to have founded the city of Thebes and introduced the alphabet to the Phoenicians.  
  3. BRENIN: Welsh form of Celtic Brennus, meaning "king."
  4. BRENNAN: Irish surname transferred to forename use, from an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Braonáin, "descendant of Braonán," hence "little drop."  
  5. CYRILLUS: Latin form of Greek Kyrillos, meaning "lord."
  6. JOSEPHUS: Late Latin form of Greek Ioseph, meaning "(God) shall add (another son)." 
  7. JOSIAS: Latin form of Greek Iosias, meaning "whom Jehovah heals." In the bible, this is the name of a king of Judah. 
  8. LEANDER: Latin form of Greek Leandros, meaning "lion-man." In mythology, this is the name of the lover of Hero.
  9.  LUCIUS: Old Roman name derived from Latin lux (gen. lucis), meaning "light." In Arthurian legend, Lucius Tiberius was the name of a Roman Emperor who demanded that Arthur pay him tribute and recognize him as his sovereign. When Arthur refused, a battle ensued. Arthur defeated Lucius.

Amaranthus australis

Masonry Water Tank

When collecting the gas all other gases and elements must be exhausted. After collecting it one could use a diaphragm pump "Vacuum Pump" to compress it in a vacuum tight container or tank. Working with methane is like working with freaon. One needs to remove all air from a tank and replace it with methane and use a high cfm vacuum pump to compress it. If the pump is hooked to a ready supply of methane and it pumps the gas from the producing tank to the holding tank it can be set to hold a certain pressure like 20psi at all times. This will help in the process of burning like a propane tank will. Propane pressures off its boiling point temp. Methane needs the pump to make the same pressures.

Phyllostachys pubescens Moso

Sunday, January 27, 2013


The Eye of the Storm by Christopher Alender


Jabberwocky (1977) - Terry Gilliam
Brazil - Terry Gilliam
Delicatessen - Jean-Peirre Jeunet
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen - Terry Gilliam
In Bruges
Howl's Moving Castle
The City of Lost Children - Jean-Peirre Jeunet
Micmacs - Jean-Peirre Jeunet
Monty Python and the Holy Grail
The Life of Brian
The Blackadder Series and Movies
The Meaning of Life
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead - Tom Stoppard
Time Bandits - Terry Gilliam
Sky Captain and the World of Tommarrow
Nausica of the Wind Valley

As you can see I'm a big fan of Terry Gilliam, Jean-Peirre Jeunet, and Hayao Miyazaki. I like historical fantasy, sci-fi, and lots of scenery porn.

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

"Everyone - who had a talent for it - lived happily ever after."

My analysis of the plot:
Many people describe the plot of the Adventures of Baron Munchausen as a mindscrew since at the opening of the movie the unnamed town is being besieged by the Turk, but at the end when the baron demands that the gates be opened. The enemy is no longer there, in fact due to the decrepit state of the enemy's encampment they appear to have been gone for some time. This has lead some people to speculate that the city official, Horatio Jackson, was fabricating the attacks to maintain control and obedience from the town's people. If you watch carefully for the cues you will see that the most honorable Terry Gilliam is giving us a lesson in the importance of tales of heroes and bravery, magic, and fantasy in our overly cynical and rational age. In the opening the time period is given as: 
A story of a man who rides cannon balls, flies to the moon, and defies death because he knows who death is and doesn't like him; set in the Age of Reason is definitely a Gilliam joke. You will see reason, common logic, and reality attacked a lot in this film by the Baron and defied by the crazy events that happen around him. But in the opening the movie is set in a world where cold logic and mediocrity is more important than tales of bravery and heroism. The adventures of the Baron are just silly stories acted out by a bunch of bad actors in front of a jeering crowd and we see a brave soldier who destroys six enemy cannons and rescues ten prisoners, executed for being too heroic and extraordinarily brave.
The Baron arrives and announces that only he can end the war because he started it and tells Horatio Jackson, who personifies the coldly rational beaurocrat, that he is happy not to have any grasp of Horatio's version of reality what so ever. The Baron is the Ace, he changes the reality around himself to be what ever he wants, and the other characters don't realize it but they are just pparticipants in his story, that is why only he can end the war. I think this is a great contrast to the play where he is portrayed as just a silly character. I can imagine Mr. Gilliam loving the idea of provoking a legendary figure to appear by acting out his life in a play, to the audiance of the play this is what seems to happen. And being such a Bad Ass Grandpa for whom death, time, age, and reality have no hold he retroactively defeats the Turks attacking the city. I love how in Terry Gilliam movies stories become reality and if anything The Adventures of  Baron Munchausen is and exploration of this theme.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

No enigma, no dignity, nothing classical, poetic - only this, a comic pornographer and a rabble of prostitutes!
Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Home design

Coal Baron's home, Kentucky


 Old World Wirecut Brick Home Exterior - Coronado Stone Thin Brick
 West Mill Street, Ontario Canada


Donaldson Pennsylvannia




Page-Walker Hotel Cary, NC

Page-Walker Arts and History Center


Sunday, January 13, 2013


Violaceous turaco


Lady Ross Turaco

 Black throated magpie jay

 Collared Aracari
 4 year old pair of Collard Aracaris. $2,000.00 plus shipping and crate

 Buff Banded Rail


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Suicide by Emilie Durkheim

Suicide (French: Le Suicide) was one of the groundbreaking books in the field of sociology. Written by French sociologist Émile Durkheim and published in 1897 it was a case study (some argue that it is not a case study, and that this is what makes it unique among other scholarly work on the same subject) of suicide, a publication unique for its time which provided an example of what the sociological monograph should look like.


The Anatomy of Melancolia by Robert Burton

The Anatomy of Melancholy (Full title: The Anatomy of Melancholy, What it is: With all the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes, Prognostickes, and Several Cures of it. In Three Maine Partitions with their several Sections, Members, and Subsections. Philosophically, Medicinally, Historically, Opened and Cut Up) is a book by Robert Burton, first published in 1621.