Thursday, December 31, 2009

Celebrations | 2009, 400th Anniversary of the Telescope



One of the only two surviving Galileo's telescopes d at the Institute and Museum of the History of Science, Florence

2009 marks the 400th anniversary of the first use of telescope by Galileo Galilei.

The telescope opened a new window on the Universe, allowing human perception to observe remote worlds before left to theories and imagination. The telescope greatly influenced the transition from a geocentric view to the heliocentric theory of Copernicus.





Monday, December 7, 2009

Places | Hudson, Winterwalk





Another winter and another winter celebration in Hudson, one of my favorite places in this side of the planet. Winterwalk, the annual winter celebration organized by the Hudson Opera House, populates Warren Street with mimes, acrobats on stilts, surreal windows and grand finale with fireworks.

Although I usually experience Winterwalk as a spectator, in 2007 I greatly enjoyed it as a participant: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBHOow2Iyzk

This winter the tone of the celebration was not as festive and energetic as in the past years ---the weather combined with the economy? But yet Winterwalk is always a wonderful way to win the winter blues before the holidays consumistic madness, in a small city where diversity is very much part of the community.


Endurance | NYC, Zoe's Black Belt



On December 5 Zoe took a three-hour test for a first degree black belt in Tae Kwondo. Although not a practitioner, I have always shared martial arts structure and endurance and been impressed by the five taekwondo tenets:
  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Perseverance
  • Self-Control
  • Indomitable Spirit
The first hour of the test was about endurance, in the form of excruciating warm-ups, hundreds of jumping jacks, sit-ups push-ups.
Great guidelines for life itself,and metaphor --- especially for those of us in creative professions, trying to make art, culture or critical thinking...

More about Zoe's journey toward the black belt at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytdpic-FRfM