Thursday, July 5, 2012

Happy 5th of July!

Isaac and I had a wonderful time at Irish Family Vineyards last night. Fantastic fireworks and lots of wonderful home made dishes, smoked meats, desserts, and wine. The BEST wine! Russ and Joan Irish's vineyard is in Vallecito, and you MUST visit if you come to gold country (Hwy 49). Vallecito is just above Angels Camp, the home of Twain's Celebrated Jumping Frog.

How do I choose the movies I watch? Always with the objective to learn, but topic is chosen by mood. Today I was in the mood for strange.
From The Phillyist
Ressurect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynebee Tiles was a very interesting documentary about these mysterious plaques or tiles placed in open spaces such as roads and crosswalks, most in the United States, all over the world. The tiles' creators, installers, or meanings are a mystery, and over time people have become interested in solving the mystery. In the end, the movie is a connection of thoughts revolving around spirituality, heaven, the movie Space Odyssey 2001, humans as energy, and what happens when we die.

The movie inspires wonder about coincidence, and what it really is or if it really is; if coincidence didn't exist in this story, then what would it be called? Conspiracy? Connection? Fact? Another thought is inspired by this film: Human's want to learn and when they are self motivated, they will pick a mystery through the bone to get at the marrow, without being pushed by anything other than curiosity and a desire to know. In the process of learning, more often than not these students find company with similar pursuit and new or affirming information. A good lesson for teachers.

Is this man, the one responsible for the tiles and the ideas behind them, insane? I suppose the same was asked about Copernicus, DaVinci, Einstein, Newton, Gallileo, and even Jesus of Nazareth. In the end it is about the ideas, not the man named James Morasco/Sevy Verna. In the end, it is a story that makes me smile for several reasons.

Some of the scenes in the film include some beautiful artwork; I was impressed by water color images in mostly black and sepia tones, with very sophisticated and emotionally expressed characters. While I couldn't find the artist, I did find the that Justin Duerr (the protagonist) is an artist and I've chosen to show you my favorite pieces by him.

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