What the above painting shows? A road through a grassland, a distant church and nothing much.This is “Vladimirka” by Russian painter Issac Levitan.
Vladimirka is the way from Muskova (Moscow) to Vladimir since the middle ages and later became the part of the road to Siberia and that’s what makes it important and interesting.
Siberia, the Wild East of Russia, long stretches of grass, marsh and forest, extreme climates in both summer and winter.
So this is the road trodden by generations of fortune seekers, adventurers,convicts, exiled political prisoners who made the establishment unhappy, all who does not fit well into the mould of the prevalent social structure.
This is the road curved out in this wilderness by the feet of these misfits.
This painting is a hint to that history, where core subject is missing and needs to be felt through your knowledge of the past
When you’re a carpenter making a beautiful chest of drawers, you’re not going to use a piece of plywood on the back, even though it faces the wall and nobody will ever see it. You’ll know it’s there, so you’re going to use a beautiful piece of wood on the back. For you to sleep well at night, the aesthetic, the quality, has to be carried all the way through ― Steve Jobs
|Andy Hertzfield is “Man Who Programmed the ROM of Macintosh”.
”The ROM of Macintosh”, the soul of the great machine, which housed the Mac Toolbox with key components like QuickDraw, Window Manager, File System, TextEdit etc.
Hertzfield was also the person who overnight developed the program to display a Scrooge McDuck on the screen of first Mac prototype.
He officially became a part of the Macintosh much later, after Steve Jobs took over the project from Jef Raskin.
A true hacker by nature and supporter of free spirited software development Andy is now working for Google( since 2005) and is UI designer for Google+ Circles.
He also maintains an interesting site on Macintosh
His Google+ profile can be found at:
In “This is not the End of the Book” Umberto Eco mentions about two such incidents which Restif might have witnessed along with the crowd of the “The Gala Guillotine Show”.
The first is “The Groper”, a man who gropes women’s butt in the crowd every time a head falls, chopped off by the Guillotine.
The second is the story of man and his dog. The man who pleas to the crowd before his execution to take care of his dog. The crowd pays no heed to that and insults him.After his death the guards found the dig licking blood from the tray and the angry guards stabs him to death. The crowd gets furious at this incident and yells at the guards.. “Murderers! Shame on you ! What did the poor dog ever do to you?.
An interesting book, important from the aspect of time and content rather than the literary values. Google has digitized the book and is freely available in Google Books
But this is in French !!!
History is a continuing dialogue between the present and the past. Interpretations of the past are subject to change in response to new evidence, new questions asked of the evidence, new perspectives gained by the passage of time. There is no single, eternal, and immutable "truth" about past events and their meaning. The unending quest of historians for understanding the past—that is, "revisionism"—is what makes history vital and meaningful.
“God in the safe and Ford in the shelves” – Brave New World By Aldous Huxley
Those were the words of Mustapha Mond.
Who is Mustapha Mond? Wait….
I just finished reading “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley.Huxley’s Brave New World is a technologically advanced, ideal society controlled through advanced biological/genetic engineering mechanisms.Here humans are no longer born but hatched,engineered and psychologically brainwashed to suit the conditions of this ideal society.Here man lives a happy peaceful life through controlled use of drug and recreational sex.This world is set in A.F 632 i.e. 632 years after the advent of Henry Ford, icon of modern industrial automation,philosophy and culture. Now, Ford is the Lord (The God) and worshipped all the across the world. History,culture and religion that existed before this new world order was established is being systematically destroyed and erased.
Mustapha Mond is one of the ten World Controllers, he is the controller of Western Europe.We first come to meet him in the beginning where speaks boastfully of this “brave new world” and the foolishness and futility of the old world order.At this point he seems to be an ardent advocate of the new order.But his profound knowledge of history, religion and life of the old world was really surprising.How he knows about all these? From where??
We get a more deeper view of Mustapha Mond’s character towards the end of the novel where he gets into a discussion with some of the main protagonists regarding his views on literature, science and religion.He is a avid reader, mostly of the books he himself has pronounced to be banned.He is deeply influenced by Shakespeare.He appreciates the artistic value and beauty of this kind of literature. But he is of the opinion that this should not be made available to general public as they will not be understand the same.This is because the theme and content of these is obsolete in his modern world.He used to be a scientist, interested in pursuing true science,pursuit of knowledge and truth .At this stage he was given a choice between his study of science in some remote island and position in the Council of Controllers. He preferred the second.Now he is the Controller of Western Europe with all his books ,knowledge and longing for art, science, literature and religion hidden in a dark safe behind his shelves.
So, is Mustapha a disillusioned man ?…, compromising coward ?…, pragmatic intellectual ?…, opportunist ?…I think this is left wide open for interpretation.
But we can notice a couple of things. Mustapha has never criticized the modern world and it’s ways. He is very critical human drudgery in the old world driven by love, hatred,war, famine and hunger. He is happy about the new happy world without any of these problems.He also appreciates the art,culture,science and religion of the old order which obviously has some of the vices like emotions,devotion and inquisitiveness.
So he likes all goodness of the old order…So he dislikes all badness of the old order…So he is happy to see all these badness removed in the new order..
But that also implies that he is not happy about the goodness of the old order being removed.But somehow this does not fit in his scheme to solve the problems of the old order.
How can people appreciate Shakespeare if they do not have emotions? But if they do how can you stop them from feeling pain,fighting?
So like most of the world leaders (of both old and the new order), I think Mustapha is also not able to see the problem as a whole but rather as parts with partial unstable solutions leading to a chain of other problems.
He does not have a solution which bridges the gap between his safe and shelves.