Architectonics - Cinematography - writing - Music
Am I real?
I decided to take myself out on a date this evening.
I went and watched Blade Runner 2o49 - I have to say, I was absolutely enthralled.
By The stunning visuals, characters, gesamkunstwerk aesthetic, music, and Ryan Gosling's Performance as "K / Joe" -
Though I found the overall plot trajectory a bit wanting, and it seemed to be arbitrarily cropped at 3/4 of its trajectory. What about Wallace??
Also, what Home did they drag a geriactric Harrison Ford out of ? --- Make that boy a methamphetamine-gingko biloba cocktail and mainline it, or otherwise shock him with a cattle prod everyonce in a while. Poor Thing -
He seems perpetually befuddled, confused, as if he doesn't know what to do or say, or has too much of a stutter to spit it out.
Age is no reason for an actor's performance to lax or otherwise wane - I mean look at Ian Mckellan, or Stephen Frye, or or, any number of older guys who have only become better actors with age...like a fine wine...
I don't know who to blame for Ford's performance : the director, the script writer, or Ford himself.
But as he has already earned his chops many many times over, we can let that pass -
No aesthetic detail is left out, it is an completely immersive environment replete down to every lightbulb, every stair step, every piece of rusted metal, every piece of hair on a 5'o-clock shadow on Ryan Gosling's beautiful face -
Ryan Gosling never ceases to amaze and impress me, Ever since "Drive" - I have just been madly in Love.
Leo Di-caprio has shown himself to be a better actor as he gets older, but something about him has always seen a bit put on, a bit overwrought to me - (partly , I can never forgive him for having hair over 3 inches long (that wasn't a quiff) for the entire early part of his career)
Plus, Gosling is a total Adonis, throughout the 3 hour film, no matter what is going on, he just looks like a greek god - he even makes bloody earlobes look good.
But I think that part of Gosling's acting style that attracts me, is the understatement - he is an Enigma, Sphinx like - his beautiful face isn't sour, - a sort of stonewalling that makes us hang onto every expression, every movement, ever eyelash...uh-hem....but the expressions are so subtle, everything about him is subtle but with massive force and virility behind him -
The characters in this story, are well developed (except for Ford's Deckard), and there is a terrible sadness and pathos to a future only 2 decades from now where there are no trees, it is always raining or snowing, and the entire world is covered by urban sprawl.
The "who is my daddy trope?" here is much better executed than in my beloved "Tron Legacy" - but it still cloying and slightly obnoxious.
This 2o49 future is terribly tragic and wrought with great pathos - but even though it is a not-too-distant future where corporations control every aspect of people's lives - at least everything looks beautiful and is well designed.
And I don't say that with any bit of irony --- I have always thought, if anything is worth doing - it is worth doing well = Beautifully.
Why wouldn't a soul-less future of humanity be incredibly well-designed?? that follows the projection of the Design Zeitgeist as it stands - where computers and materials technology become ever more important and emphasized than soul, and human built design.
Another thing that really captivates me, is that as Emerson is my God - and most of my personal cosmology emerges from American Transcendentalism, that The questions that are troubling "The Great Man" or "The Poet" or "The Scholar" (aka "The Replicant") in 2o49 are the same questions that plagued skeptics of the Industrial Revolution:
Where is the soul in all this mad race for rent?
What is real? What is true? What is Honest?
Can Nature be a force of redemption?
What is the cost of a world where the artificial replaces the natural environment?
Is a superficial mode of existence merely lipstick-on-a-pig?
What is the nature of relationships between people? Are they important? Are they meaningful?
What do they Mean?
What is Love?
What purpose does Love serve in Life?
Is love merely a mechanical movement, or is there something more to it?
Are we willing to live in a world without trees? grass? animals? a view of the sun?
Can Human beings be happy and/or fulfilled in a completely artificial environment?
Yet another idea that this film inspired in me, as I am an aspiring writer, currently 6 months into a book - is the idea that an Object can be the seed, the germ - the origin of a story.
As I am writing a collection of Essays, I have been perpetually befuddled by the problem of figuring out the mathematics of how Emerson wrote his essays.
With each Essay, Emerson sort of was snapping his fingers saying, "look over here buddy" with his right hand, while his left hand was holding a crystal with a 1ooo facets each reflecting a different truth, - insight into the greater Truth.
Starting out with an object, in the case of 2o49 - a whittled wooden horse, can be a great way of writing one's self out of the story - a horse, a key, a pocket watch, an antique camera, or even a memory - a kiss, a clasping of hands, a sight of someone on a street corner, etc.
So then, the great problem, the dilemma for me is - How, as a Romantic sculptor do I create something this much of a Gesamkunstwerk - this sublime through the medium of sculpture?
Films, with their hundreds of creative talent in their employ, always make me feels smaller than when I consider every person on the planet, or all the galaxies in the universe - how really insignificant that I am, as an individual to the greater scheme of things - The Great Trajectory.
Am I important? Can I make a mark? what is my legacy? How can I provide an "oooohhhh ahhhh!" type experience??
Recently, I have really been looking to Swedish Polymath Martin Molin for my ooohhh ahhhs - in the sculptural realms:
Another OOoooohhhh ahhhhh :::
Life is sooo big and amazing, and so grand that I am of the motto, "Go Big or Go Home!" -
We all have to define what that means , on our own terms - "What is our big thing?" - or not ---
But I believe being a good plumber is just as big of a thing as being a Beethoven / Hans Zimmer or a Daniel libeskind or a Michelangelo sculpting The David.
If we are merely all cogs in The Great Babbage Analytical Engine of Thae Universe ---- What is our Role? What is our present place that we must fill, and overfill? ~~~
What is Real?
I remain, your Humble Servant, in utmost regard for all the Amazing things that you blow-my-mind-out with each day - These days, my mind feels like a semi that is going down Interstate 84 in Eastern Oregon State at 85 mph blowing out tires left and right -
And thank all the stars in the sky for that!
What is Success?
For one thing, I have always had a sense, and operated from the assumption that success of the individual is paramount to the creation of healthy communities, a healthy society - A civilization.
That has been my thesis, and I think that it has borne out.
My Life's work, that of Roxbury Live-Work-Research Community for The Advancement of Thae Living Arts and Sciences for The Betterment of Worldkind (the philosophy of "Home") and Atlas Design Company (the philosophy of "Work") have been based upon this premise.
At the bottom line, my observations, and experiences have shown that when individuals act for their own effectiveness, self-actualization and that of the family unit - that this actualization has immense consequences for everything that they come into contact with - it expands outward in ever widening concentric circles of immensely positive, constructive influence.
We are only as strong as our weakest link.
I am an American, I was fortunate to have been won The Ovarian Lottery and was born into these United States of America - I think in a way, that though the United States is a world superpower - we are still the kooksters of the world, the rogues, the intrepid explorers, the mavericks -
The Great American Experiment has shewed that individuals of daring, on a strong foundation of secured civil liberties and human rights truly can excel - I think that that, in our early days was the biggest lesson that which was eagerly devoured by The French Revolution, The Bolshevik Revolution, and later influences to The UK, and The European Union -
The great American Experiment became a model for the rest of humanity because it was a crazy vision that became a wilde success.
And it hinged upon the vast resources of the continent of North America and upon an industrious frugal people that understood the essential concept of a "Value Added Product." -
It is folly to export our raw materials - wood, metals, etc before first sculpting those materials into a product that thereby has added value through design, prototyping, and manufacturing.
Cast out in an untamed land, our forefathers had to innovate or cease to exist.
this spirit of innovation, made possible by the checks and balances of state and federal powers, the securing of civil liberties and human rights
This broad base of civil liberties not only create a fertile territory for the success of the individual through free enterprise, but ensured it.
Part of the precipitous downfall and decline of American Civilization, and the waning of this experiment is that early seeds cast of xenophobia, the idea that "All men are created equal, but some are more equal than others" --- were nourished until they have become a virulent kudzu run rampant through the empire and are hindering progress at every turn.
Americans have always had an "Us vs. them, me against the world" sort of mentality, that though is of sound practice for a scattershot of human beings in a vast wilderness is not conducive to a country with a population that has now pressed from sea to shining sea.
In an civilization of millions upon millions of people - how can it ever survive if every one of those persons has decided to "go my own way, everyone else be damned."
Rugged Individualism has become both a relic of a long gone era, and also more necessary than ever for the survival of these United States.
Another problem is how religious monomania and dark ages -esque dogma has crippled the education of our children, the future leaders of our county almost since its beginning.
The American Education system has long been more propaganda than the edification and expansion of the human consciousness, and thereby the human soul.
yet somethiing else, was that the United States still does not nearly fully exploit one of its greatest untapped human resources: the female species.
Dogma and religious mania that has been handed down from our calvinist framers via fairy tales held that Women were the origins of evil in the world, and therefore had nothing to offer. And that they must be subjugatd, penalized, and suppressed entirely to ensure the salvation of mankind.
But since mankind is also evil, and all of his children - there can be little good in this world of men, and so all of this splendor is merely a celebrity architect designed airport during a snowstorm and we must patiently wait for our next arrival : Kingdom Come.
Sadly, after thousands of years, and several hundred years of American History - much of the State Architecture still functions from these assumptions, because the actors of that architecture , they themselves still believe in dogma based upon code written down aeons ago by a Moses desperate to keep his band of brothers alive as they wandered in the desert for half a century ---
The American Civilization, like most civilizations, has failed to edify man's spirit, to raise him up - to elevate him and of his self - whereby he can claim the true mantle of his powers, and bring all this into a new era - and a new abundance.
A thinking of wealth, rather than a mindset of poverty that empoverishes all.
Man, deemed of value, and as man values himself - his stooped and begrudged statue is raised up, and himself raised up in his own estimation - naturally creates wealth, in all its forms - and bestows that wealth upon the rest of humanity.
Another thing, yet again - the United states has been a victim of its own success because it has created wealth in and of its own sake.
The creation of great piles is the end product, whereas it ought to be the beginning.
A man who accumulates wealth does so not merely to have a great horde to preside over, but to utilize that wealth for some greater end - if not for the greater good but for the entirety of humanity, and this troubled planet.
A man who is inherently wealthy, in the greater sense of the word - naturally wants to bestow wealth upon all people, and all things that ask of his nourishment. and without which, wither and die -
So much of our potential is aborted, or otherwise is still born.
Most often the richest men of the planet are not wealthy - because their spirits are racked by privation and sterility - never having educated their inner selves, their great piles only become Armories - whereby they inflict their own special brand of terror upon the world.
The American System , in a dangerous auto-pilot now, which may breed tailspin (if it hasn't already) utilize's the 99% as merely drones in the creation of only greater piles - in desperate times, we see advertising, consumerism is ever more virulent.
We are told, by the 1%, and thus tell ourselves - that the poverty of our spirits can only be filled by acquisitiveness and avarice.
When that, is the false heaven - and we are forever running - like a horse whose carrot dangles on a pole ever 5 feet out of reach - the faster he runs, the faster runs the carrot - always just out of reach.
Are We men, progeny of God? Created in his image, or are We merely beasts of burden?
Here is a Queery-Question for you folks.
I was drawing dots arranged in squares on graph paper , when I decided to account for the ratio of a previous square whole number to its next square whole number.
I then plotted those ratios on a cartesian grid, and found that same said ratios decrease over time.
I am sure that this has been studied to death in mathematics, and I am merely a Maths beginner --- but it seems a curious phenomenon to me.
For some reason, it seems to me that the ratio of squares of a whole number to its previous whole number would stay the same.
I am really curious as to why this is.
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