Archive for April, 2012
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 !!!