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Jung & Mandala
|| 4/18/2005 || 11:01 pm || Comments Off on Jung & Mandala || ||

interesting

The “squaring of the circle” is one of the many archetypal motifs which form the basic patterns of our dreams and fantasies. But it is distinguished by the fact that it is one of the most important of them from the functional point of view. Indeed, it could even be called the archetype of wholeness.
– from Mandalas. C. G. Jung. trans. from Du (Zurich, 1955)

When I rendered images from the “Lenz Project” I actually used a square image behind the circle…



remotely seeing old documents (again!)
|| 4/17/2005 || 9:01 pm || Comments Off on remotely seeing old documents (again!) || ||

interesting news

Eureka! Extraordinary discovery unlocks secrets of the ancients
By David Keys and Nicholas Pyke
17 April 2005

Thousands of previously illegible manuscripts containing work by some of the greats of classical literature are being read for the first time using technology which experts believe will unlock the secrets of the ancient world.

Among treasures already discovered by a team from Oxford University are previously unseen writings by classical giants including Sophocles, Euripides and Hesiod. Invisible under ordinary light, the faded ink comes clearly into view when placed under infra-red light, using techniques developed from satellite imaging.

The Oxford documents form part of the great papyrus hoard salvaged from an ancient rubbish dump in the Graeco-Egyptian town of Oxyrhynchus more than a century ago. The thousands of remaining documents, which will be analysed over the next decade, are expected to include works by Ovid and Aeschylus, plus a series of Christian gospels which have been lost for up to 2,000 years.

The line I like the best is “…using techniques developed from satellite imaging.”
The technique probably being the quantization of the spectral bands of light reflected from the document.

I look forward to reading the translations of these manuscripts.



Denver Recap
|| 4/12/2005 || 9:27 pm || Comments Off on Denver Recap || ||

Denver turned out to be a lot of fun. I had my moments of panic and my moments of pride. All in all, I survived my first annual meeting.

Highlight #1: Meeting Jack Dangermond
Highlight #2: Having my colleague Angie show him “Minneapolis Memory
Highlight #3: Showcasing one of my renderings to thousands of geographers.
Highlight #4: The GWU Geography Bowl Team winning the geography bowl…..and going out and celebrating with them
Highlight #5: Mentioning the Inaugural Map to a scholar and getting props.
Highlight #6: Finishing up a 3 million dollar National Science Foundation grant and submitting it on time.

Lowlight #1: Not seeing one pine tree
Lowlight #2: Not going outside of Denver
Lowlight #3: Not taking a week off for vacation

The trip definitely made me want to have a presentation for next year…
…that spells inspired… I have a few ideas swarming in my head :-)



Off to Denver!
|| 4/4/2005 || 6:09 pm || Comments Off on Off to Denver! || ||

Tomorrow I leave for Denver for the AAG Annual Meeting, and I am both very nervous and excited. I have some secret aspirations and some secret fears, and hopefully it all goes smoothly.

I am bringing my first printing of the “Star of the Middle East #2” and someone at the meeting will be taking home a very special prize. The idea is for people to drop off their business cards and have a raffle for the print at the end of the meeting. I think the raffle is an interesting approach to find out who is coming to the meeting and more importantly, seeing the various careers represented. I really hope the winner displays his/her prize in a prominent location! More importantly, I just hope the meeting runs smoothly…..Rockies here I come!



Ballwin Lenz
|| 4/3/2005 || 5:55 pm || Comments Off on Ballwin Lenz || ||

I grew in that rendering. From 1985 until 2002 my family resided in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment in the Burtonwood Manor Condiminiums and paid a grand total of roughly $530 a month. I spent much of my formative years here and it holds a truly special place in my heart. I know that I can go back there and still see some of the folks I grew up with. Spaces and places will change, but the memories still remain. I think this my favorite rendering yet, simply because subject not only hits close to home, it is home.

My mother has the first print of this rendering :-)



The D.C. Colonist makes his baseball debut!
|| || 5:28 pm || Comments Off on The D.C. Colonist makes his baseball debut! || ||

a bit a news I posted on the dc.indymedia.org

Photo summary of the April 3rd, 2005 exhibition game at RFK stadium
On April 3rd, 2005 over 20 DC Statehood Activists convened in section 438 at RFK stadium to highlight the resident’s of Washington, DC second-class status.



On April 3rd, 2005 over 20 DC Statehood Activists convened in section 438 at RFK stadium to highlight the resident’s of Washington, DC second-class status.

After each strike out the activists would hold up the letters that spelled out “STRIKE 4 DC STATEHOOD”

When the Nationals were at bat and the pitcher would walk a player, the activists would hold up “BUSH PLAY BALL WITH DC”

The exhibition was also the first time that Nats fans saw their unofficial mascot, the DC Colonist

DC Fox 5 also mentioned the activists antics on the evening and morning news, footage will be uploaded shortly.

Near the end of the game the activists made their way down to the lower level of RFK stadium, behind 3rd base, and proceeded to hold the signs up for all the spectators to see.

In the bottom of the 9th inning, with the go-ahead runner on base, the DC Colonist held up the large DC sign and ran up & down the stairwells hyping the crowd up. Yet even with the crowd ecstatically cheering, the Nationals were unable to score in the final inning.

The first baseball game played in RFK stadium in almost 30 years, and I show up dressed as a Colonist! I rented the costume from Backstage and eventually ended up purchasing it. I’m thinking of spending some saturday in the near future greeting people on the National Mall and telling them how DC residents are colonists. I think this might be an effective way to promote DC’s voting rights because 75% on the Mall are tourists. I think they’ll be more apt to go back to their hometown and put pressure on their elected officials. I’d love to see DC Vote pay someone to do this!

Nonetheless, I wonder how baseball will do at RFK stadium…





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