Sea Dance / Maureen Jones

Sea Dance
Artist: Maureen Jones / Sea Dance / Original oil on canvas / 24″x24″ / Click on painting for purchasing info
Sea Dance / Maureen Jones

Landscape with Bride, Ram and Waterfall

Arthur Boyd (1920 – 1999) Landscape with Bride, Ram and Waterfall, c1966-68 oil on canvas 108.5 x 113.5 cm signed lower left: Arthur Boyd
Arthur Boyd (1920 – 1999)
Landscape with Bride, Ram and Waterfall, c1966-68
oil on canvas
108.5 x 113.5 cm
signed lower left: Arthur Boyd
Landscape with Bride, Ram and Waterfall

Book Review: Completing Incompleteness

The more colorful cover from Other Press, NY
The colorful cover from Other Press, NY
The Goddess of Small Victories by Yannick Grannec (translated by Willard Wood)

From what little I can glean, the Incompleteness theorems, truths established by the mathematical logician Kurt Gödel in 1931, show us that not all arithmetic is consistent or can be proven from within axiomatic systems of arithmetic. Godel’s theorems utilize “set theory” regarding how we think of “infinity”; and paradoxes such as the familiar “liar’s paradox” (This sentence is false) to illustrate and prove his theories of logic. Since neither mathematics nor logic are in my realm of expertise, that’s about as deep as I can go by way of explanation without mucking it up. Gödel’s scientific oeuvre is considered among the most significant contributions to the field of Mathematics in the 20th century, analogous in its importance to Einstein’s work on general relativity, the photo-electric effect, and unified field theory in Physics.

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Song for the Day

Joni Mitchell / Down to you

Happy birthday to Joni Mitchell. The polymath artist turns 71 today. Here’s a song from her album Court and Spark, released forty years ago. Down To You was never a hit, in fact it’s probably one of the lesser known tunes on the album. This track is really much more than a song, it is an important poetic work from the oeuvre of one of the most accomplished poets of our time. Enjoy.

Everything comes and goes
Marked by lovers and styles of clothes
Things that you held high
And told yourself were true
Lost or changing as the days come down to you
Down to you
Constant stranger
You’re a kind person
You’re a cold person too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you
You go down to the pick up station
Craving warmth and beauty
You settle for less than fascination
A few drinks later you’re not so choosy
When the closing lights strip off the shadows
On this strange new flesh you’ve found
Clutching the night to you like a fig leaf
You hurry
To the blackness
And the blankets
To lay down an impression
And your loneliness
In the morning there are lovers in the street
They look so high
You brush against a stranger
And you both apologize
Old friends seem indifferent
You must have brought that on
Old bonds have broken down
Love is gone
Oooh love is gone
Written on your spirit this sad song
Love is gone
Everything comes and goes
Pleasure moves on too early
And trouble leaves too slow
Just when you’re thinking
You’ve finally got it made
Bad news comes knocking
At your garden gate
Knocking for you
Constant stranger
You’re a brute you’re an angel
You can crawl you can fly too
It’s down to you
It all comes down to you

~Joni Mitchell 1974

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The Germ of a Tale

140727-ebola-jms-2109_f8eada30a725d312b7c5791a8f9fd5e8I am currently listening to an audiobook entitled Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel  which features a super-virus with the sweet sounding name of the Georgia Flu (since patient zero is from Russia). This flu is apparently much worse than the Ebola virus rampaging through West Africa since it is airborne and has a gestation period of only a few hours. In Mandel’s apocalypse, the hospitals fill up exponentially throughout perhaps a few days until things break down completely and it’s all over for everyone but a small percentage of humanity; poor bastards who happen to be immune. Sound familiar?  Stephen King’s The Stand begins similarly. But in King’s epic there is a strange force drawing the survivors to a central location somewhere in the US.

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