Sentient in San Francisco – 11 March 2019

Contemporary Czech Art – Tomas Nemec: Part I of II.

Below – “Garden”; Untitled; Untitled; Untitled; Untitled; “Vasek.”

This Date in History: 11 March 2011 – Initiated by a tsunami following the Tōhoku earthquake, three reactors at the Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant suffer meltdowns, explosions, and the release of radioactive material.

Contemporary Czech Art – Tomas Nemec: Part II of II.

Below – “Alex III”; “Orchid III”; “Hortensia”; “Still life”; “Window III”; “Water Lilies I.”

Musings in Winter: Gary Snyder

“The size of the place that one becomes a member of is limited only by the size of one’s heart.”

Contemporary Australian Art – Kim Hyunji

Below – “NuLL”; “Chloe”; “Void I”; “Zheani”; “Elly”; “Clair.”

This Date in Literary History: Born 11 March 1952 – Douglas Adams, an English writer, scriptwriter, essayist, humorist, satirist, dramatist, and author of “The Hitchhiker’s’ Guide to the Galaxy.”

Some quotes from the work of Douglas Adams:

“It is a well-known fact that those people who must want to rule people are, ipso facto, those least suited to do it… anyone who is capable of getting themselves made President should on no account be allowed to do the job.”
“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing noise they make as they go by.”
“Human beings, who are almost unique in having the ability to learn from the experience of others, are also remarkable for their apparent disinclination to do so.”
“If you really want to understand something, the best way is to try and explain it to someone else.”
“For instance, on the planet Earth, man had always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much—the wheel, New York, wars and so on—whilst all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man—for precisely the same reasons.”
“Flying is learning how to throw yourself at the ground and miss.”
“Beethoven tells you what it’s like to be Beethoven and Mozart tells you what it’s like to be human. Bach tells you what it’s like to be the universe.”
“I only know as much about myself as my mind can work out under its current conditions. And its current conditions are not good.”
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
“I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.”
“You live and learn. At any rate, you live.”
“The single raindrop never feels responsible for the flood.”
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable.There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
“Isn’t it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too?”
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
“We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.”
“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see if we may not eff it after all.”

Contemporary Canadian Art – Pavel Rehurek

Artist Statement: “I have spend quite a big chunk of my life in a photographic darkroom, up to my elbows in developer and fixer, doing it for others, for myself – experimenting all my life. I am the old school film and darkroom photographer, who was converted in mature age into digital world. I gradually became an artist whose photography and digital media fused to demonstrate my passion for the figurative, abstract, expressionist style of art.”

Below – “Shapes of Summer”; “Encounter”; “Coffee Break”; “Girl With White Rose”; “January Fog”; “Landscape With Cloud.”

A Poem for Today

“In Memoriam”
by Leo Dangel

In the early afternoon my mother
was doing the dishes. I climbed
onto the kitchen table, I suppose
to play, and fell asleep there.
I was drowsy and awake, though,
as she lifted me up, carried me
on her arms into the living room,
and placed me on the davenport,
but I pretended to be asleep
the whole time, enjoying the luxury—
I was too big for such a privilege
and just old enough to form
my only memory of her carrying me.
She’s still moving me to a softer place.

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