Wednesday, January 26, 2005
Noted physicists and men of science in general will admit it...
Why is it then that ignorants, atheists and other stubborn individuals will NOT?
Intelligence can only take one so far... without two other equally as vital elements, no remarquable progress has EVER been made...
Albert Einstein is, of course, the most stunning example of this - he had the brains, unquestionably. The physics, mathematics and so on of his time held little or no secrets from him very early on - he reinvented them practically. But his fantabulous understanding of the universe came only about because he possessed two traits normally absent from most rational, scientifically-rigid minds (that tend to be, thus, quite trite, boring and even abstract!) - he had all three "I's"!
INTELLIGENCE combined with
IMAGINATION and a little (not little at all) underestimated thingie called...
When combined, these three elements (wow - I sound like Einstein now! *LOL*) can produce literal MIRACLES - HUGE GIGANTIC STEPS forward... when all the others, steeped in the quantifiable and the measurable and the seen over the unseen... well, they tread water! A lesson to be learned for ALL intellects here - sizeable and small...! (And I know my readership comprises them ALL! *LOL* My friends are, of course, the sizeable ones; they have enough good common sense and... INTUITION indeed to have befriended me - and to have stuck by me! The rest... well... you know who you are! *lol*).
2005 is the centennial anniversary of Einstein's earliest revolutionary work and discoveries - and he achieved them mostly thanks to his ingenious use of his gifts of INTUITION and IMAGINATION... using what his intelligence had allowed him to understand and fully assimilate first, sure... and that is how he took it all to new heights previously... UNDREAMED OF! Note my choice of words... I am thinking of a song I like while typing this - Burton Cummings' little-known solo effort titled BORING DREAMS... (A "side B" type of tune -am I sounding too old now or what? LOL Most kids have no idea what a side B is...! In the olden days of strictly cassettes and -sic- vinyl records... a single release had two songs - one on each side (duh)... The side B was rarely more than a throwaway song... except in this case, where side A was "TAKE ONE AWAY" - the one that got a video made to "push" it... End of music history lesson... for now! ;).
BORING DREAMS had these fascinating lyrics in it...
"I knew a man who was a slave to science...
And his dreams were boring... his dreams were boring!"
Well... Albert was not like that! Almost all other egghead-types seem to be though (and that is so... ironic! And even absurd - for science relies so much on serendipitous LUCK to strike gold - they NEVER know what their next big finding will be - IT finds THEM...! Ironically -again- it sounds a whole lot like... well... dumb luck! But we know better - don't we? LOL)... but not our man Al! He had vision - he had stupendous dreams...
Only the use and application of his findings eventually turned these into nightmares, of course... the Bomb. But so was it meant to be, apparently...
With a little, ah... IMAGINATION, one can think that all happened as it did for a REASON - and that it was FATE, KISMET, our collective destiny that it all wound up happening that way!
Albert Einstein himself knows it was...
No - not Di Crapio... Di Carpio... Di Caprio...!!!
Da Vinci Workshop Discovered in Italy -Researchers
25/01/2005 8:13:47 PM
ROME (Reuters) - A forgotten workshop of Leonardo da Vinci, complete with 500-year-old frescos and a secret room to dissect human cadavers, has been discovered in Florence, Italy, researchers said on Tuesday.
The find was made in part of the Santissima Annunziata convent, which let out rooms to artists centuries ago and where the likely muse of the Renaissance artist's masterwork, the Mona Lisa, may have worshipped.
"It's a bit absurd to think that, in 2005, we have found the studio of one of history's greatest artists. But that is what has happened," said Roberto Manescalchi, one of three researchers credited for this month's discovery.
"The proof is on the walls."
Frescos adorning part of the workshop were left undisturbed over the centuries and gradually forgotten. The wing of the convent was eventually split by a wall and is partially claimed today by the Institute of Military Geography.
In a slide-show presentation to media, Manescalchi pointed to one colorful fresco with a character conspicuously missing from the foreground.
The white silhouette bore a striking resemblance to da Vinci's painting of the archangel Gabriel, who appears in his "Annunciation" hanging in Florence's Uffizi gallery.
Manescalchi, who refers to the silhouette as "The Ghost," told reporters it was not clear to him whether the angel was removed or perhaps never completed.
The walls were also adorned with paintings of birds, one of which strongly resembled a sketch from da Vinci's "Atlantic Codex," a 1,286-page collection of drawings and writings by the painter, sculptor, inventor and scientist.
Another painting was similar to a drawing in da Vinci's codex on the flight of birds.
Manescalchi speculated that da Vinci had assistants in his workshop and probably used a "secret" corner room for his dissections of human corpses, aimed at improving his understanding of anatomy.
While some experts have cautioned that it is still too early to say Manescalchi has found da Vinci's studio, the researcher, who made the discovery earlier this month, was convinced further research would back up his claims.
"It's easy to say 'It's not true'," he said.
"I didn't paint the Angel's ghost."
The find has sparked speculation that while da Vinci was using the workshop, he might have met the probable model for the Mona Lisa, Lisa Gherardini, wife of a Florentine merchant whose family had a chapel in the Santissima Annunziata.
Da Vinci is thought to have painted the Mona Lisa after he presumably left the convent, but Manescalchi said he was reviewing documents for evidence that the two met during his stay there from 1501 to 1502.
"We are researching," he said, adding that thousands of da Vinci's papers were still missing.
"This is still a fresh discovery."
(If you're in doubt - yes; I am talking about DUBYA...)
37 Troops Die on Deadliest Day in Iraq
Jan 26, 11:14 PM (ET) By JASON KEYSER
BAGHDAD, Iraq (AP) - A U.S. helicopter crashed in a desert sandstorm in the early morning darkness Wednesday, killing the 30 Marines and one Navy sailor aboard. Six other troops died in insurgent ambushes in the deadliest day for Americans since the Iraq war began nearly two years ago.
Only days before Iraq's crucial elections Sunday, militants set off at least eight car bombings that killed 13 people and injured 40 others, including 11 Americans. The guerrillas also carried out a string of attacks nationwide against schools that will serve as polling centers.
In Washington, President Bush called on Iraqis to defy terrorism and go to the polls despite relentless insurgent attacks. He said it was a "very discouraging" day when the U.S. death toll for the war rose above 1,400.
The CH-53E Super Stallion was carrying personnel from the 1st Marine Division on a security mission in support of the election when it went down about 1:20 a.m. near the town of Rutbah, about 220 miles west of Baghdad, the military said.
The crash occurred during severe weather, but its cause was still under investigation, said Army Gen. John Abizaid, chief of U.S. Central Command. An Accuweather map showed sandstorms Wednesday in the western region of Iraq near the Jordanian border where the crash took place.
A search and rescue team was at the site. The victims were 30 Marines and one sailor, said Lt. Gen. John Sattler, the top Marine commander in Iraq - the most American service members to die in a single incident since the March 2003 invasion of Iraq.
All but three of the Marines had been based in Hawaii, according to Sen. Daniel Akaka, D-Hawaii.
The deadliest previous incident for U.S. troops was also a helicopter crash: a November 2003 collision of two Black Hawk helicopters that killed 17. Before Wednesday's bloodshed, the most Americans killed in one day came on the invasion's third day - March 23, 2003 - when 28 troops were killed during the U.S. military's drive to take Baghdad and topple Saddam Hussein.
The U.S. military has not seen such a high loss of life in one day in 15 years - since an explosion ripped through a gun turret on the USS Iowa during a training exercise in the Caribbean in April 1989, killing 47 sailors.
Iraqi security forces and civilians have borne the brunt of violence in Iraq, with bombings often killing scores of people at a time. More than 180 people were killed on March 2, 2004, during a string of suicide attacks at Shiite shrines in Karbala and Baghdad.
Violence has only increased ahead of Sunday's election, which will create a 275-member National Assembly and regional legislatures. Sunni Muslim extremists have threatened to sabotage the election, and many Sunni clerics have called for a boycott because of the presence of U.S. and other foreign troops.
The group calling itself al-Qaida in Iraq warned people to stay away from the polls, threatening attacks. "Oh people, be careful. Be careful not to be near the centers of infidelity and vice, the polling centers ... Don't blame us but blame yourselves" if harmed," a Web statement issued in the group's name said.
In addition to Wednesday's crash deaths, four Marines were killed in fighting in Iraq's Anbar province, the military said.
A reporter embedded with those troops, Jim Dolan of WABC in New York City, said the deaths came when insurgents ambushed a Marine convoy leaving the town of Haditha, northwest of Baghdad, hitting a vehicle with a rocket-propelled grenade.
Also Wednesday, insurgents attacked a U.S. Army patrol near the northern town of Duluiyah, killing one soldier and wounding two others, and in the Baghdad area a roadside bomb killed another soldier and wounded two others, the U.S. command said.
The day's deaths brought to at least 1,416 the number of members of the U.S. military who have died in Iraq, according to an Associated Press count.
A string of political violence continued. Several schools slated to be used as polling stations were bombed overnight.
A suicide bomber detonated a fuel tanker at the offices of the Kurdistan Democratic Party in the town of Sinjar, southwest of Mosul, killing five and injuring at least 20 people, KDP officials said.
Earlier in the day, gunmen opened fire with machine guns on the local headquarters of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan and the Communist Party in the city of Baqouba, north of Baghdad, killing a traffic policeman. The KDP and PUK are the two largest Kurdish groups in Iraq and have formed a coalition along with other Kurdish groups to run in the election.
Insurgents also set off three car bombs in rapid succession in the town of Riyadh, north of Baghdad, killing at least five people - including three policemen.
Four American soldiers were injured in a car bombing Wednesday in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, the U.S. command said. Another car bomb targeted a multinational forces convoy on the road to Baghdad's international airport, injuring four soldiers, the command said.
The attack temporarily closed the airport road, one of the country's most dangerous.
Another car bombing later hit the same airport road, and an eighth car bomb detonated prematurely in the town of Mashahda, 30 miles north of Baghdad, killing the two men in the car.
Here is hoping that my American readers did NOT have one of their dear friends or relatives among the 37.