Volver the Cat and Emoticons

Volver is our cat.  We talk to him all the time and he understands us.  When he is scratching the furniture and we say NO, he stops scratching.  When it’s time to eat, we say PAPPA* and he comes running. When he snuggles next to us and we say WE LOVE YOU, he purrs.    (*pap)

PAPPA makes him run

Once upon a time, humans were like Volver. They didn’t need to know the meaning of words in order to communicate.

More complex than verbal communication, non-verbal communication is somewhat telepathic and uses body language, eye contact, and, above all, empathy. Once upon a time we used much more non-verbal communication but when demographics drastically changed, standardized communication was needed. Words replaced sensation. And, instead of integrating one form of communication with the other, the verbal mode of thinking completely took over.

they exchanged vibrations

Not too long ago, I was feeling a bit stressed and went to a wine bar near my studio to mellow out.  The place was packed. I looked around for an empty table and, not finding one, decided to leave.  A man sitting near the door made a gesture with his hand indicating the empty chair next to him.  It was an obvious invitation to sit down. The man, old but not elderly, had a pleasant face and seemed perfectly harmless. So I accepted his offer.

she drank wine with a stranger

He told me his name was Leonard and that he’d given up being a surgeon to write books.  A storyteller, his books sometimes put scholars on the spin cycle. His theories regarding the written word, for example, had created a lot of polemics.

According to Leonard, the invention of writing rewired the human brain. It created a society dominated by left-brain mentality typical of men.  That is, the abstract substituted the actual.  As a result, the holistic and iconic feminine right-brain  was put into limbo. The word was preferred to the image. Goddesses were substituted with a patriarchal monotheism that totally obliterated the female principle. Thanks to the written word, said Leonard, the misogynist manipulators had stigmatized the role of women in society.

they obliterated goddesses

Recently I decided to use homemade emoticons/emoji  for Facebook commentary for two reasons.  For one, I don’t like being transformed into part of a social engineering algorithm (as posted about HERE). Secondly,  the written word has a rigidity to it that the image doesn’t have. And, if you use any kind of social media, you need to protect your bio-rhythms from people out there desperate to externalize their anger and frustration.

Instead of word ping pong, why not use some emoticons/emoji of your own?  Not interpreted in the same way as words, images can intrude upon verbal thinking which will  frustrate troll-like thinkers. I mean, how can you fight with an emoticon?

Meaning and words are not necessarily synonymous.

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(from The Diary of Luz Corazzini, Cynthia Korzekwa ©)

Related:  The Alphabet Versus the Goddess + timeline + The Alphabet vs. The Goddess Lecture by Dr. Leonard Shlain VIDEO + and, for art lovers and historians, ART AND PHYSICS is a must read! + Empathy and Ecofeminism + Alphabet vs. Goddess TIMELINE + Emoji as a language

 

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Beatrice Wood shocks herself

Not all diaries are meant for long wordy entries.  But it takes talent to sum up the day’s events in one sentence.

“A Line A Day” diaries are set up in such a way that each day of the month is divided into five parts on one single page so that the diary is used for five years. It doesn’t leave much space but, as the years progress, you can easily compare the present with the past.

one line a day diary

For c. 85 years, Beatrice Wood (1893-1998) kept “A Line A Day” diaries. She was able to stuff her daily activities into one sentence– an incredible feat considering the kind of life she led.

A rebel from a wealthy American family, the young Beatrice went to study art at the Julien Academy in Paris.  More than focusing on art, Beatrice focused on artists and Bohemian lifestyles.  With the arrival of WWI, she was forced to go back to New York.  Here she hung out with Duchamp & Co and was known  as Mama of Dada. Beatrice and Duchamp were involved in a ménage à trois  relationship with Henri-Pierre Roché, the author of Jules et Jim. Despite some gossip, Beatrice was not the inspiration for Catherine.  However, she did inspire the character of Rose in James Cameron’s Titanic.

she’d found love on the Titanic

With her ménage buddies, Beatrice created the Dada magazine The Blind Man mainly to defend the submission of Duchamp’s rejected R. Mutt  urinal in the Society of Independent Artists Exhibition in 1917.

For years Beatrice enjoyed acting but eventually became disenchanted with it because “You know, acting is very fascinating. But being an actress is not, because you become so concentrated on yourself.”

Thanks to the encouragement of Duchamp, she started drawing. But her true artistic passion became working with clay and glazes. Beatrice also developed an interest in Oriental Philosophy and, in the late 1940s, she moved to Ojai, California to be near the Indian philosopher, J. Krishnamurti.

clay waited for her hands

At the age of 90,  her friend Anais Nin convinced her to  write her autobiography, I Shock Myself. Beatrice lived to the age of 105.  When asked the secret to her longevity, she responded ”I owe it all to art, chocolate, and young men.” Other memorable quotes include “Celibacy is exhausting”  and “You can’t change the world, you can only change yourself.”

her clay sculptures had names like “chocolates and young men

She eventually began transforming her folk-like drawings into whimsical clay figurines that narrated her joie de vivre.

three women and a man

why have heads? she asked

 

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(from The Diary of Luz Corazzini, Cynthia Korzekwa ©)

Related:  Académie Julian + Beatrice Wood One Line A Day Diary + Jiddu Krishnamurti  + Beatrice Wood Center for the Arts  +The “Real” Rose Calvert From Titanic

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Living in a world of voyeurs

Are you looking at your TV or is your TV looking at you?

A few years ago, Jason Huntley became suspicious when he noticed that TV commercials seemed to be especially tailored for him and his family.  With the use of a laptop, he discovered that there was an invisible bridge between his TV and his computer and that, unknown to him, data had been transferred from his home to the manufacturers of his TV, LG in South Korea.

Armchair travelling has reached a whole new dimension.

This phenomena is not just limited to LG.  Samsung and Vizio have been caught doing much the same.  And the ability to use TV & Co for espionage is so strong that Huawei has been banned in the US for fear that the Chinese will use this kind of technology for spying.

Are  you watching your TV or is your TV watching you?

Well this kind of spying could make some people happy.  For example, if you’re an exhibitionist anxious to do a striptease for an unknown Asian executive.  Or if you’re an unemployed actor anxious for an audience.

Standing in line just dying to watch you is Big Brother, metadata collectors, and hackers anxious to get your credit card number.

So dilemma of the moment:  What to wear this evening when I watch TV ?

She Danced for her TV

 

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Related:  LG investigates Smart TV ‘unauthorised spying’ claim + Most smart TVs are tracking you — Vizio just got caught + Smart TV company Vizio was fined $2.2 million for tracking what customers watched without permission + WikiLeaks Adds to Samsung Headaches With Claims of Spying TVs + Vault 7: CIA Hacking Tools Revealed + What Your Computer Could be Doing to Your Face + Why is Huawei banned in the USA?

 

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The Empty Page

 There was an empty page in my diary and its emptiness disturbed me.  Poor page, I thought, it must feel lonely.  So I decided to fill it up.

I was thinking about that page while riding the tram one afternoon. Because of the traffic, my tram stopped as did a tram coming from the opposite direction.  Looking out the window, I could see people in the other tram looking out the window, too. We scrutinized one another until both trams began to move and off  we were never to see one another again, the temporary snapshot gone forever. Trams, trains, and buses provide us with so many transient moments to reflect upon.

they shared a fleeting moment

In Agatha Christie’s “4.50 from Paddington”,  such a fleeting moment occurs for Mrs. McGillicuddy who’s travelling by train to visit our friend, Jane Marple. At a certain point, a parallel train going in the opposite direction passes. Mrs. McGillicuddy gives a quick glance at the passing train and unexpectedly witnesses a man strangling a woman. She reports it to the ticket controller who, because she is an elderly female,  doesn’t take her seriously.  But luckily Miss Marple does and proves that Mrs. McGillicuddy really had seen a murder take place.

He Strangled Her On The Train

Advice: when looking out a window, be prepared for what you’ll see.

they rode the bus to Chapultepec

Amacord.  Around 1936 I was on the bus to Chapultepec with Malcolm Lowry.  We were both startled when the bus came to an abrupt halt.  Looking out the window, we could see the body of a man on the side of the road. Not knowing whether or not he was dead or alive, we got off the bus thinking we could help but were told brusquely that Good Samaritans were not wanted. As we were being bullied, a petty thief pocketed the few coins near the victim and used them to buy a bus ticket. Then  the police came and shouted  váyanse de aquí (get out of here)!

they stared at his motionless body

Back on the bus, Malcolm and I sat in silence. That’s the way men are.  When women really feel the need to talk, men become hermetic. So, while Malcolm was taking swigs from his little flask of tequila, I mentally started filling in my diary’s blank page.

Even though Malcolm and I and everyone else  on the bus had seen the same thing, our perceptions of the event were all different. Because reality is something  very personal.

In 1902, Einstein began working at the patent office in Bern. And it was thanks to the train station  across the street from his office that he began to formulate his theory of relativity.

not all motion goes in the same direction

I first met Albert in the park where we both used to take walks.  Like most great men, he was very talkative about himself and his theories.  It was only because Albert was so simpatico that I would pretend to listen to him as we strolled together.  But to be honest,  I didn’t understand much of what he said. Plus it doesn’t take a genius to know that everything is relative. Nevertheless, some ideas were more intriguing than others.  For example, after daily observation, he noticed that  every train track had its own clock just as every observer has their own way of measuring elapsed time. Like the time it takes to wash dishes isn’t measured in the same way that it is for dancing a cumbia.

stillness doesn’t mean motionless

One day when I was feeling a bit down, I confided to Albert that sometimes I felt my life was too static.  Don’t worry, he said, your life is always in motion because, even though you feel you’re not moving, the earth you live on is. When the earth moves, so do you.

As for my diary page, the idea that it was blank was simply relative to the page next to it. Problem solved, it was time to move on.

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(from The Diary of Luz Corazzini, Cynthia Korzekwa ©)

Related: The 100 best novels: No 68 – Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry (1947) + Under The Volcano 1984 Trailer + Volcano: An Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry + note: “Under the Volcano” was written as a short story in 1936 then rewritten again years later as a novel +  Relativity Train + Theory of relativity explained in 7 mins video + Simple Relativity – Understanding Einstein’s Special Theory of Relativity + Einstein,  Seven years a “cobbler”
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Throwing some balls around

I’m tired of being subjugated to the elite’s greed and total lack of compassion for their fellow man. I want to rebel but don’t know how.  On internet I tried researching “guerrilla warfare for everyday life” but, once again, Google let me down.  However, a few vague ideas are starting to materialize. In the meantime, I’m getting the warrior within me in shape, psychological shape.

A warrior needs to feel strong.  Affirmations are good warm-ups (see Affirmation  posts).  Walking helps, too. Not only does it mellow out the stress, it’s also a form of meditation.  But I need more to combat the enemy—I need a weapon! No fire arms for me, though.  So what options do I have?

Finally, an idea. One night I couldn’t sleep because some jerks outside my building were making noise.  I yelled at them to stop but they just ignored me.  I thought about throwing water balloons at them but didn’t have any balloons.  That’s when I came up with the idea of throwing qi balls instead.  Unfortunately, I was low on qi and realized that I needed to get that stagnant energy flowing again if I wanted to fight back.

Part of my combat training now includes making qi balls every morning.

Qi Ball

It takes motion to activate motion. So I start by swaying my arms and shifting my weight.

Qi Ball

A few gi gong exercises help especially if you do them cumbia style!

Qi Ball

First I rub my palms together until I feel the heat.  Then I cup my hands as I move them back  and forth. Slowly the qi begins to form a ball.

Qi Ball

It won’t be long now before I’ve enough qi to throw some balls around!

 

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Related: Taoist who lived to 118 years old Lu Zijian Grandmaster preforms amazing Wudang Martial Art Forms + Psychokinesis  warfare + video Creating Qi Ball , amazing energy practice of Qigong healing + REAL LIFE SHOCKING SUPERPOWER (CHI ENERGY) + Beginners Chi-gong/ Energy Training video
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Internal Landscapes

Excerpts from “The Diary of Luz Corazzini”

Monday:

This morning, while driving around inside my mind observing the scenery, I reflected on the ever changing landscape within me.  It seems as if every day, I’m someplace else.

she put a sailboat in her mind

Today my shapeshifting terrain has transformed me into a huge ocean that’s vast and empty just waiting to be explored.  So I put a boat in my brain  hoping to sail far away.

she dove into his ocean

Surrounded by depth, I was afraid to dive into infinity.  James Joyce worried about the effects of having loved and lost because it leaves one listless and without the energy necessary to throw the self into the ocean of another’s soul. But Joyce should have known that love is about learning how to swim again.

Wednesday:

A Walk in the Forest

This morning I woke up and found myself inside a forest.  The density disoriented me and made me feel claustrophobic.  So I looked up towards the sky.  Crown shyness kept the tree tops from touching…a sensation I well know.

Umberto Eco was walking next to me explaining how the reader is a traveler exploring the forest of literature. He said that storytelling helps us escape our daily anxieties.  And to give our life a narrative is to give it meaning. Ahh, how lovely to master the art of fiction.

The Exchanged Dendrites

Like a tree’s branches, my dendrites  seek to grow outward and not inward. But I can only branch out if I’m well rooted.

Friday:

she was devastated by the desert

Today I’m surrounded by the void. In this desert, survival seems so difficult sometimes. And the stress distorts my perception. To encourage me to go on, my mind created a mirage. That’s how I met Fata Morgana.

Fata Morgana

Fata Morgana is the name given to a special kind of mirage. The name comes from the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay who’d studied magic under Merlin.  Morgan had a crush on Lancelot who had a crush on Queen Guinevere who was married to King Arthur who died once Morgan took his sword away.

Like a mirage, sometimes love is an illusion.

Sunday:

once on top, where do you go?

Last night I had a dream—I was climbing a mountain which, according to my dream interpretation book, means that I probably am trying to overcome some obstacles.  Unfortunately, I woke up before arriving at the top which means I haven’t achieved my goal.

I’ve been climbing and climbing for so long.  And while climbing, I’ve often asked myself; once on top, where do you go, what do you do? On top you can try  to touch the sky, look down on others, or enjoy a new point of view.

as above so below

Is the Hermetic concept of  “As Above, So Below” really so? That the microcosm and the macrocosm behave alike?  That what happens on one level of reality happens on all other levels as well?

So I tried looking up then tried looking down. But it just wasn’t the same.I can assure you that being on top is not the same as being below.

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Related: James Joyce’s EXILES + Umberto Eco’s Six Walks in the Fictional Woods + dendrites + Fata Morgana + As Above, So Below + Hermes Trismegistus

 

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Interrogation

A diary provides a means for learning more about yourself because it gives you a place to articulate your feelings. Anchoring these feelings with words facilitates their examination.

Bird in a Cage, Bird in the Sky

A self-awareness diary needs intention and method. One method is that of self-interrogation. If you want to get answers, first you need to know what and how to ask. For those not experts in interrogation, why not consider police methods such as the frequently used John Reid technique.  Based on his many years of experience using the polygraph, Reid’s method suggests that the interrogation take place in a brightly lit small room with white unadorned walls furnished with only a small desk and three chairs, two for the interrogators and the other, very uncomfortable, for the suspect.

she waited to be innterrogated

Often the air-conditioning is turned on high, the suspect is not allowed to drink, eat, sleep or leave the room even though the interrogation can last for hours. After much questioning, the interrogators then unexpectedly go away living the suspect in isolation. Physically and mentally stressed out and exhausted, the suspect, even if innocent, is broken down to the point that he will confess to just about anything if he believes it will stop the entire interrogation and let him go home.

they gave her the third degree

Another method is the Kinesic technique which relies much on non-verbal communication.  The interrogator’s aim is to provoke the suspect into “revealing” themselves. So body language and facial expressions are carefully observed.

Eyes Expose Lies

But two World War II interrogators proved that you really can kill more flies with honey than with vinegar.  One was the Nazi Hanns Joachim Scharff.  Scharff was from a wealthy Prussian family who owned textile mills all over Germany.  Here he became an expert in sales techniques.  But when the war broke out, Scharff serendipitously wound up as an interrogator and was so successful that he became known as the  “Master Interrogator”.  After the war, Scharff became an American citizen and worked on Cinderella’s mosaic mural for Walt Disney.

Cinderella's Shoe

Then there was the American, Sherwood Ford Moran.  Having lived as a missionary in Japan, he was fluent with the language and knew the customs well. Furthermore, he was not in favor of military brutality and stripping people of their dignity. Moran’s technique was that of making the prisoner feel safe and respected. He would begin by asking the prisoner about himself and making the prisoner and his situation the theme of the interrogation and not the war and its needs. Moran would have the prisoner sit in a pleasant room where he provided them with something to eat and cigarettes.  When the prisoner felt relaxed, he would tranquilly answer many of Moran’s seemingly innocent questions.

In his later years, Moran, like Scharff, preferred art to Military Intelligence and wrote articles about Japanese sculpture and Asian artifacts.

Moral: make art not war.

* however, it must be noted that confinement alters behavior

 

Related:  Why The Reid Technique is Losing Ground to Non-confrontational Police Interview Methods  + The Kinesic  Interview Technique pdf + Hanns SCHARFF, The Master Interrogator video + Profile: Sherwood F. Moran + Walt the Quasi-Nazi: The Fascist History of Disney is Still Influencing American Life

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