Tim Burton is making a movie of Dark Shadows? I’ve been living in a hole, why didn’t I hear about this?
Oh, and Happy Halloween everybody.
OK, this isn’t a re-blog from Tumblr, but I can’t look at macro photography of insects without thinking of Kuribayashi, who is the grand master of this art form. His work is truly amazing to me.
"Without dreams we would be cows in a field, and I don’t want to live like that."
"My notion of personality is pretty simple: it’s that your ‘self,’ the essence of who you are, reflects patterns of interconnectivity between neurons in your brain. Connections between neurons, known as synapses, are the main channels of information flow and storage in the brain… . Given the importance of synaptic transmission in brain function, it should be practically a truism to say that the self is synaptic. What else could it be? Not everyone, however, will be happy with this conclusion. Many will surely counter that the self is psychological, social, moral, aesthetic, or spiritual, rather than neural, in nature …"
From Synaptic Self by Joseph LeDoux
an illuminating insight into the workings of the mind and how it defines who we are. It’s fascinating to me to think about how everything that we produce, including all the decisions we make in our personal and professional lives are an expression of our physical minds. Of course this doesn’t invalidate the concept of a soul as some people think, but it reinforces the belief that I have always had that thinking is a physical activity. This was a very influential book for me in defining who I am as an artist and who I want to be as a person.
La Jetee trailer - Chris Marker 1962
"Memory is a marvelous device, a means of transporting ourselves to earlier times. We can go back a moment, or most of a life. But as we all know, it’s not perfect, and it’s certainly not literal. It’s a reconstruction of the facts and experiences on the basis of the way they were stored, not as they actually occurred. And it’s a reconstruction by a brain that is different from the one that formed the memory. Sometimes, details are lost, but the gist is there. At other times, we just can’t come up with what we’re looking for, though we know we once had the information. Occasionally, we remember things that didn’t actually happen."
from Synaptic self, by Joseph E. LeDoux
"Many a man fails as an original thinker simply because his memory is too good"
George Herriman’s Krazy Kat via: Warren Peace
opening scene from Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich
"Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face"
Jorge Luis Borges
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion feat. Beck - Flavor
back in the day when this came out, this was always playing in my Discman. Beck’s solo starting ~3 min in was completely freestyle, recorded over a telephone.
The first evidence of the omega-minus particle in a bubble chamber. Image courtesy of Brookhaven National Laboratory