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The Night Watch

January 19, 2012 in Beautiful Things

By High Talk and Rumors

The Night Watch
Rembrandt van Rijn
1606 – 1669

Rembrandt is generally considered to be the greatest of all the Dutch painters and one of the greatest painters of all time. Biographers usually demarcate his career in three parts: the 1630s when he painted portraits; the 1640s when he painted larger, formal paintings of groups of men; and the later period when his paintings became dark and mystical. With each successive change his reputation diminished.

The Night Watch was painted in 1642, when he was 36 years old and still popular. Originally titled The Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq and Lieutenant Willem van Ruytenhurch, it depicts 29 members of the civic guard.

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Facts to Be Aware Of

January 19, 2012 in Poems

1. At minus ninety
Your breath will freeze
In midair
And fall
To the ground
Watch where you step

2. Antarctica is the only continent with no owls
So make provisions when packing to go there

3. All of Forest Gump’s still photos
Picture him with closed eyes
Think about why you didn’t notice that
Adjust your perspective accordingly

4. There are 2,598,960 possible hands in Texas Hold ‘Em
And just as many chances to go wrong in Oklahoma

5. A ten-gallon hat holds three quarts of liquid
Three quarts of liquid is more than two quarts of blood

6. In 1941 When Thomas Edison died Henry Ford captured his last breath in a bottle
When Henry Ford died His last breath was too warm to fall and so ascended

I don’t know if there is a formal study of the history of numbers and their importance in culture, but if there is there is no doubt that scholars have found that the three most important (and powerful numbers) are one, two and three.

  • One for unity.
  • Two for duality: (two eyes, two ears, two arms, two legs, etc.)
  • Three represents everything else

Religious leaders and some philosophers and scientists like to search for the One. The one god. The one truth. The one unifying theory of whatever.

Naturalists – those who observe nature – have noticed that most things in nature come in twos: two eyes, ears, arms. Two energetic impulses, etc.

Mystics – people who can’t figure out what to make of anything – focus on three – the divinity.

How the World Will Change

January 18, 2012 in Poems

First the sharks will descend a thousand feet
Gulls and then larks and then blue jays will find shelter in aeries
Deer will disappear from the clearings
Dogs will howl and crawl and hide
The locust will cease their racket
And even earthworms will dig for shelter
A clear blue sky will become electric and dark
And suddenly our ears will be filled with an eerie humming
The ocean will recede five thousand feet
A wall of black a mile high will appear at the horizon
And then everything will be changed forever

The End of Privacy Is Near.

December 12, 2011 in Briefs


John Hurt in "1984"

Communications technology made it inevitable. Human nature – which wants to out the truth – demands it. Charles Bukowsky, Lenny Bruce and Howard Stern prepared us for it. And economics makes it profitable. The public has an insatiable desire to inspect the most intimate details of their fellow creatures. And the media is giving it to them – with the rise of the paparazzi and reality shows, etc. Even when we are outraged by the media’s reach, we cannot stop looking. The Rupert Murdoch fiasco will not stop reporters from using technological tools to invade private lives. The backlash against Murdoch’s papers will only force the media to hide their tactics for a while. Tools that invade privacy are like steroids for news agencies. They will be necessary if you want to compete.

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