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October 4th, 2015

During a summer school in Ireland, I had a teacher (English litterature), named Pacelli O'Rourke.He was a "real" teacher. Dedicated to his work, loving his subject. To this day, more than 20 years later, I still remember some of his words, and the texts we studied. He encouraged me to take the Trinity College Exam, and I passed, but that's another story.

One of the things he used to say was "you are writing to be read".

I'm currently reading a book, The Journal of Helen Berr which brought those words back to my mind. At first, this young woman didn't write to be read. Then she wrote just because she felt she had to, because of the horror of the Nazi's regime.
Her journal is really poetic, and I can't help thinking what a loss it has been that she died in a camp (just a few days before it's liberation). She wasn't a profesionnal writer, but she would have been a such a talented one, had she lived. It certainly doesn't mean that some poeple are less worthy to live than others, and their death isn't such a great loss, but it's quite tragic when you realise that indeed, this young woman would have made such a bigger difference in the world than what she did, while she was only in her twenties.

So for today, I'll only leave you, dear readers (because in fact I am writing to be read) with her words: What a shame that one half of humanity is manufacturing evil and a tiny minority is trying to put it right!
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May 27th, 2013

Here is something quite different from the previous food art. Not your momma's cookies (and thank God for that !!!!)
Eat your heart out ! almost literally !

And here is something from Canada. Your partner has a low sex drive in the morning, while you're quite the opposite? Why not trying these gender based breakfast cereal? There are more than 1000 shops in Canada selling those products, and the demand has been constantly increasing for the last 6 months... 

Food art from Norway...

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Here is a blog that was advertised in one of the magazines I'm fond of.. This 30 something woman has fun making the plates look, if not attractive (seriously, I'd be sorry to destroy some of those, even if they are edible), at least interesting !

You can have a look at her blog here.

July 22nd, 2012

This entry is public, so if you can read it, well, it has to be because you came by my LJ :)
I'm removing some people from my Flist... As usual, you know, the "nothing personal, we just don't click" yadda yadda.... 
To be honest, if I click on your LJ name and it doesn't inspire anything, or I have to search who you are, then I'm probably not that interested in your life, and neither are you to mine, so farewell.. 
If for any reason you want to remain one of my friends though, feel free to write me a message !!!

May 27th, 2012

Eurovision context...

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I know, some of my friends have already posted a video of the winner... but hey, it doesn't mean i can't do it myself !! :)
So this year Sweden won the Eurovision... and France arrived 22d rank on 26 countries participating. We suck. It's like a tradition in France to lose the Eurovision. We do it with an annoying regularity... 

But enough rambling.. Here is the song that granted Sweden the first place, and the -questionable- privilege to organize the context next year... 



This is the song that gave France it's 22d rank..



This is the song that gave Russia it's 2nd rank !!! 75 years (medium age of the women)



For the record, the last year France won Eurovision was in 1977, with this song that everyone still remembers..


May 26th, 2010

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There is a sense of exhilaration that comes from facing head-on the
hard truths and saying, "We will never give up. We will never
capitulate. It might take a long time, but we will find a way to
prevail."

-- Jim Collins, from his book, Good to Great
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February 16th, 2010

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If successful people have one common trait, it's an utter lack of
cynicism. The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they
need without asking for permission; they're driven, talented, and
work through negatives by focusing on the positives.

-- Mike Zimmerman
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January 2nd, 2010

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Enthusiasm is the best protection in any situation. Wholeheartedness
is contagious. Give yourself, if you wish to get others.

-- David Seabury

June 24th, 2009

Being immortal

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The influence of each human being on others in this life is a kind of
immortality.   

-- John Quincy Adams

June 12th, 2009

Napoleon !

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No obstacles fell in his way that seemed to him insurmountable. He
might be defeated, as he sometimes was, but he shrank from no
hardship through impatience, he fled from no danger through
cowardice.

-- J. P. Morgan writing about Napoleon Bonaparte
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April 3rd, 2009

Quote of the day !

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Good manners make any man a pleasure to be with. Ask any woman.

-- Peter Mayle (1939-) British Author and Writer

February 23rd, 2009

About support..

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Many people believe that support is something that you give to
someone you feel sorry for or that it means propping up someone who
would fail unless you were there to give him a boost. But that's not
the way I see it. Support is the boost you can give someone who can
help himself but who needs a partner to open a window or push aside a
roadblock.

-- Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
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February 21st, 2009

Quote of the day !

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Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven
for?

-- Robert Browning
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October 13th, 2008

Is art useful/ necessary?

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There are various aspects to art, that cover what’s aesthetical, human, or even moral (there currently is a photography exhibit in a museum in Toulouse which subject is ‘autopsy’, and you can see all the details and all the steps of someone carrying an autopsy).

 

Art doesn’t contribute to a materialistic well being, or to any useful purpose to make the world a better place. Then why, since the beginning of time, is the human obsessed with leaving artistic traces of his presence, even in the worst events that someone could go through (like Picasso and his Guernica)?

 

1. What is the use of art ?

 

Well some will say that art is producing beauty. Beauty, being it’s end, doesn’t have any other purpose than “being”. It’s something free, it doesn’t have any other use by itself. Therefore the only justification to art would be to produce this beauty. It’s a luxury, totally unnecessary, and yet that man couldn’t do without to progress.

 

Kant say that the “beautiful is the object of uninterested and free satisfaction”.

Some artistic work are known by a lot of people. Like for example the Joconde. What’s the thing about that painting that makes it so special to so many people? What is artistic in that? Mona Lisa was not particularly beautiful, and the technique used by Da Vinci is not earth shattering.. I’m not convinced someone living in the center of Africa would have the same fascination for that work. Appreciating art may then be a question of culture.

 

 Bourdieu said that our relationship with art is determined by our social standards .Art would be for some people a way to assess their social difference from the “mass”. In that regard, he opposes his ideas to the ones of Kant, who viewed art as something universal. Yet, he did make a different between what’s likable and what’s beautiful. Some artwork can please without being beautiful, and the opposite is true as well.

 

In the time the Joconde was painted, art was used as a photography would be today, in a way. Kings were given paintings of women to chose between them their future life. In that regard, art was necessary. But how necessary?

 

2. Is art necessary?

 

Art is not totally free, since it expresses the essence to life. A life is not complete without some art in it.

One of the functions of art is to go through centuries, and bring a testimony of the past. “art is all the images that human creation has opposed to time” (De  Heredia).

Therefore art becomes a way to communicate through culture, language and land. It’s because men are free that they can create the world they want. For the person who creates art, just like the person who observes it, art is more than just artwork, it’s a piece of freedom.

Remy de Gourmont said “without love, there is no art anymore”. It’s that need to love that pushes us to create something beautiful. I think all artists are a little idealistic in trying to put in any realisation so much. The need to love though, is very much necessary…

 

3. Art as a way to see the world differently.

As explained by Shopenhauer, “the artist lends us his eyes to look the world”. We see things beautiful only when we have learned to see them that way. Nature can be terrifying or beautiful, depending on the eyes of the one who’s looking at it.

Have you ever noticed how only tourists appreciate the beauty of the town you live in, and actually enjoy visiting it? It’s pretty much the same thing. Most of us don’t pay attention to the things we consider normal.

We more and more only see nature through art. Nature has become picturesque in the sense that it has become the subject of a painting, or a song, a poem… Art doesn’t reproduce what’s visible, it makes it visible. (Paul Klée)

The moral issue of art is harder to discuss. Is an autopsy artistic? Is it moral? Is it ethical?  Art sometimes goes against the conventions, and yet it can be considered moral, as a way to prepare what’s going to be acceptable in the future, but never was in the past (even a close past).

Art is a way to raise human behaviour, if you can go beyond some moral.

It’s a path to a different knowledge.

 

Is art therefore something necessary, and at the same level to anyone?

Art covers painting, writing, drawing, playing music. As it’s something that’s been found in every culture since we’ve been able to trace them back, it certainly has a high value to everyone.

However, and since it can covers so many aspects of life, it’s approached in a different way, not only by every culture, but by every social level, and even by every individual.


 

 

April 2nd, 2008

 
For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book and a
friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.

-- Fernandez de Andrada

March 24th, 2008

Quote of the day.

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Good manners make any man a pleasure to be with. Ask any woman.

-- Peter Mayle (1939-) British Author and Writer

February 26th, 2008

A view from here..

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 That comes from a tree that I see every day (almost) : it's located just at the entrance of my work place. 

February 21st, 2008

Quote of the day :)

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Many people believe that support is something that you give to
someone you feel sorry for or that it means propping up someone who
would fail unless you were there to give him a boost. But that's not
the way I see it. Support is the boost you can give someone who can
help himself but who needs a partner to open a window or push aside a
roadblock.

-- Dave Thomas, founder of Wendy's
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February 12th, 2008

Something totally stupid..

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Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobie
 

It's a word that means "phobia of the number 666", it contains 29 letters, and could be one of the longest words in French (medicine domain though), and that's not counting the real name of some complex proteins, that can contain several hundred letters, or something like this : 
chlorure d'aminométhylpyrimidinylhydroxyéthylméthythiazolium, which is the name of the riboflavine (B vitamin).. 

I should "really" go to bed, I'm getting beyond silly !

February 8th, 2008

cats vs dogs... :)

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Dog Diary

 8:00 am - Dog food! My favorite thing!
 9:30 am - A car ride! My favorite thing!
 9:40 am - A walk in the park! My favorite thing!
 10:30 am - Got rubbed and petted! My favorite thing!
 12:00 pm - Lunch! My favorite thing!
 1:00 p m - Played in the yard! My favorite thing!
 3:00 pm - Wagged my tail! My favorite thing!
 5:00 pm - Milk bones! My favorite thing!
 7:00 pm - Got to play ball! My favorite thing!
 8:00 pm - Wow! Watched TV with the people! My favorite thing!
 11:00 pm - Sleeping on the bed! My favorite thing!

CAT DIARY

 Day 983 of my captivity. My captors continue to taunt me with bizarre little dangling objects. They dine lavishly on fresh meat, while th e other
inmates and I are fed hash or some sort of dry nuggets.

 Although I make my contempt for the rations perfectly clear, I nevertheless must eat something in order to keep up my strength. The only thing that keeps me going is my dream of escape. In an attempt to disgust them, I once again vomit on the carpet. Today I decapitated a mouse and dropped its headless body at their feet. I had hoped this would strike fear into their hearts, since it clearly demonstrates what I am capable of. However, they merely made condescending comments about what a "good little hunter" I am.

There was some sort of assembly of their accomplices tonight. I was placed in solitary confinement for the duration of the event However, I could hear the noises and smell the food. I overheard that my confinement was due to the power of "allergies." I must learn what this means, and how to use it to my advantage.

This morning I was almost successful in an attempt to assassinate o ne of my tormentors by weaving around his feet as he was walking. I must try this again tomorrow-- but at the top of the stairs.

I am convinced that the other prisoners here are flunkies and snitches. The dog receives special privileges. He is regularly released - and seems to be more than willing to return. He is obviously retarded. The bird has got to be an informant. I observe him communicate with the guards regularly I am certain that he reports my every move. My captors have arranged protective custody for him in an elevated cell, so he is safe. For now...

January 24th, 2008

So worth watching !!

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January 21st, 2008

quote of the day.

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 Principle -- particularly moral principle -- can never be a
weathervane, spinning around this way and that with the shifting
winds of expediency. Moral principle is a compass forever fixed and
forever true.

-- Edward R. Lyman
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January 9th, 2008

Quote of the day.

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The best portion of a good man's life is the little, nameless,
unremembered acts of kindness and love.

-- William Wordsworth (1770-1850) English poet
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January 4th, 2008

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 And another friend's cut. 
As usual, no hard feeling...
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