Thursday, 29 May 2014

A Matter Of Perspective

I found this online. It brings to mind the visual cliff experiment devised by Eleanor Gibson (1910-2002). If I were walking along not paying much attention and at the last moment glimpsed the painting on the floor when just about to step on it, like many I'm sure that I would try to avoid falling down to the 'street' below - and then breathe a hearty sigh of relief that I was still alive.

Friday, 23 May 2014

At An Intersection

I found this quote from C.S. Lewis's 'Mere Christianity':

"... what I proudly call 'Myself' becomes merely the meeting place for trains of events which I never started and which I cannot stop."
(I can't remember which edition I read but this quote was on p225 of it.)

I read this book about nine years ago at a time when I had more pressing things on my mind. Unsurprisingly perhaps, I didn't get as much from it as I had hoped but the general idea that there is a form of Christianity that is acceptable to all Christians regardless of their (man-made) religious traditions is one that keeps coming back to me.

I do not remember the context within which this quote was written. At a conference, I once surprised a rather staid professor when I told her that I did not just read books for the content but for the ideas they generate in me. She had dismissed a book that somebody had written because there were factual errors in it. My response was, to the effect, "So what, there were interesting ideas in it nonetheless". Thus, context isn't always important to me.

This quote concerns something about which I think daily: our very existence. I am at a point that intersects with a miriad other "trains of events", it suggests. Alternatively, I could write that as: 'I' am at a point that intersects with a miriad other "trains of events". What is more, I have little or no control over these trains. There are things that impinge upon me without my permission and I have no power over them - I certainly can't get all of them to go away when I want them to.

These trains of events are not necessarily all bad though; they may even work out to our good. However, I tend to resent all forms of external interference forgetting, when they occur, that that may be the case. (I can, on reflection, even think of cases of this from the last week!) In the content of Lewis's book, we can either trust God that these trains of events will have some benefit or we can just soldier on, on our own.

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Happy (Pharrell Williams)

I loved Happy by Pharrell Williams from the moment I first heard it during a TV ad break. It had me driving for my iPod to find it within seconds.

You can't help but be happy when listening to it. How anybody can give it a thumbs down on YouTube I just don't understand but at the time of writing nearly 47,000 people have! The number of thumbs up and views tell a completely different story.

I then found out that there is a 24 hour video version. This is a very clever and impressive idea. The song is played 360 times with the video moving seemlessly from happy person to happy person. You can't help but be happy to see people so happy.

I wonder if anybody has been sponsored to watch the whole 24 hour video at one go?

I can't get the version to work but 24 Hours of Happy at YouTube works just fine.

Just click: 'Play all' and get happy!

Sunday, 11 May 2014

Stuttgart City Library

Having come across a picture of the city library on Mailänder Platz in Stuttgart on the web, I find that it appeals to my love of straight lines and right angles. A couple of pictures below show what I mean. (A Google image search shows it in numerous many ways.) The drawing at the bottom shows how it has a cube within a cube structure.  However, I wonder how I could possibly work in such a building. I prefer dark, enclosed corners in which to study and write rather than the bright, open spaces provided here.

Monday, 5 May 2014

Barcode - 15

Haven't had a barcode since 'Barcode Extra' (or should that be since Barcode - 14?) and there are not that many left in my collection (probably enough for a scattering over the next couple of years). This is a LOGMARS barcode spelling out, as always, Marginalia55. (Where the 'D' at the end came from, I don't know.)