Just watched Les Misérables and reminded me how many men have fought to have the liberties we take for granted today.

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Just seen now the Les Misérables ( the movie, it is beautiful  ) and i think of this great book and the incredible ideas in it that fascinate us century and a half and more later. The idea that man is born free, that thought is important, that the rights of peoples are important, that having Monarchs rule over peoples is idiotic, and that examining civilization from a moral perspective is a noble pursuit.

some excerpts:

The book which the reader has before him at this moment is, from one end to the other, in its entirety and details … a progress from evil to good, from injustice to justice, from falsehood to truth, from night to day, from appetite to conscience, from corruption to life; from bestiality to duty, from hell to heaven, from nothingness to God. The starting point: matter, destination: the soul. The hydra at the beginning, the angel at the end.

 

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I don’t know whether it will be read by everyone, but it is meant for everyone. It addresses England as well as Spain, Italy as well as France, Germany as well as Ireland, the republics that harbour slaves as well as empires that have serfs. Social problems go beyond frontiers. Humankind’s wounds, those huge sores that litter the world, do not stop at the blue and red lines drawn on maps. Wherever men go in ignorance or despair, wherever women sell themselves for bread, wherever children lack a book to learn from or a warm hearth, Les Miserables knocks at the door and says: “open up, I am here for you”.

Waterloo, by cutting short the demolition of European thrones by the sword, had no other effect than to cause the revolutionary work to be continued in another direction. The slashers have finished; it was the turn of the thinkers. The century that Waterloo was intended to arrest has pursued its march. That sinister victory was vanquished by liberty.

thank God I can read.

 

 

Imagine having to spend a life as a slave, having never learned about the world, the great noble things in it, never read a decent book or seen a great painting, never learned about science or the planets, never created anything beautiful or meaningful, having to serve soup to people who treat you badly. oh my.

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What My Mac Reads to Me – plus INGREDIENTS OF A SUBWAY CAR installation

INGREDIENTS OF A SUBWAY CAR is a series of drawings, installations, simulations with Unity 3D using the pen and ink drawings, animations, and of course photographs i took of the subway which strangely have nothing to do with my vision for the world i am creating. The nyc subway has always provided great comfort and stories and I find it more interesting than any stage production. It has always provided endless fascination for me and filled my imagination.

 

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I have discovered that just like any good pet macs have special hidden talents to please their owners – right click any text in you OS X and add to iTunes as a Spoken Track – choose the default Alex voice, it is pretty good – and voila – now your mac can read to you any text, book, website.

 

I frequently add whole books and make instant audiobooks to entertain myself while I work. In the past artists used to have musicians and clowns entertain them in the studio, I have my mac read to me.

 

Here is the folder on dropbox -i’ll be dropping stuff in here once in a while:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gyg34txz05kgact/AADAynfol9TNzg5D7FaecoKLa?dl=0

 

Here is

Disneyworld Company essay by

Jean Baudrillard

https://www.dropbox.com/s/jy0khl2h1f8pqm6/Jean%20Baudrillard%20-%20Disneyworld%20Company.m4a?dl=0

 

Here is the article online:

http://www.ctheory.net/articles.aspx?id=158

 

The perspective of others is about the perceived reality of others and I am really not fond of news as i much rather listen to smart people pondering odd stuff, it really makes using my organs of hearing all the more worthwhile.

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Beyond the Mundane – The annual question

 

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Mundane is the most reliable circus and a source of endless entertainment so i wouldn’t discount it at all – it is just that we can appreciate it more when we raise above it. Like in a hot air balloon, when you see the patterns on the nearby fields and the curvature of the earth becomes clear. We need to reflect on ourselves and what surrounds us and ask good questions.

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Here is the annual question which is posed by edge.org to the greatest minds working today.

2017 : WHAT SCIENTIFIC TERM OR CONCEPT OUGHT TO BE MORE WIDELY KNOWN?

https://www.edge.org/responses/what-scientific-term-or%C2%A0concept-ought-to-be-more-widely-known

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Ingredients of a Subway Car

Ingredients of a Subway Car is a series of drawings, installations, 3D simulations with Unity 3D, animations, photographs.

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is a series of drawings, installations, simulations with Unity 3D using the pen and ink drawings, animations, and of course photographs i took of the subway which strangely have nothing to do with my vision for the world i am creating. The nyc subway has always provided great comfort and stories and I find it more interesting than any stage production. It has always provided endless fascination for me and filled my imagination.

Installations:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLl9XJDcVINfMCv3r27CLejJRb_0_kKi_q

Drawing:
http://mirenarhee.com/drawings/mirena-rhee-hands-chart-pen-and-ink-drawing.jpg

Photographs:
http://dimmerlight.com/portfolio/subway-grids/

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