I was playing around in the studio…
(2) Alien Bee B800 w/softboxes (1/32 power)
Think for a second… What do you know of Marco Polo?
I’m not going to answer that, because I have read the book, but I guarantee you, that you will know more after you have finished!
The Listen itself is rather dry, the Narrator, Paul Boehmer has a good voice for the job, but I wish there had been another ‘voice’ to separate the Author’s comments/thoughts from the References.
I will be going back and re-listening to this, there is a ton of Info and Detail, and there needs to be quotes around those two words.
One has to remember that we are dealing with late 13th century accounts of travels, that where well beyond ‘normal’ ‘civilized’ thought at that time.
Do a simple time travel in your mind…
Fire is your only real source of Life…
No real books to speak of…
How many people knew how to write?
How many people could afford to write?
Marco’s best work was done in prison?
If you like to Read/Listen to this type of Historic literature, and this time frame (1200s – 1300s), may I also suggest “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World” by Jack Weatherford, which gives a much broader look at the Khan’s family reign over the Mongol empire. (I’ve listened to this one twice already!)
It continues to amaze me after reading both books, the Kahn’s tolerance to all religions, something that is very much missed in this day and age. We could do better with a revisit of the ‘old days’…
That being said, “Marco Polo” by Laurence Bergreen, is well worth the Listen/Read for the story that it contains.
As Bergreen points out, there is no original surviving manuscripts of Marco’s journeys, and the various stories have been told and retold so many times, that we will never know the true extent of what was witnessed.
Anyhow, I’m off to LibriVox to download “The Book of Ser Marco Polo, the Venetian, concerning the kingdoms and marvels of the East, volume 1″ translated by Henry Yule… Just under 10 hours…
It is that time again! The annual Downingtown Christmas parade!
More images can also be found on my Flickr account – 2014 Downingtown Christmas Parade.
It was a little cold, but plenty of warm spirits!
I recently had a chance to photograph a friend of mine, as she slowly adds more ink to the various works of art that cover her body – A Work in Progress.
There are plans to do some more images in the future…
If you are interested in do some studio work, please let me know.
If you are into Whiskey, the spirits these folks produce is not bad, for a VERY YOUNG brew! (7 months)
A big hat tip to the folks at Manatawny Still Works for hosting the Meeting!
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Not my best work, I would love to go back with a tripod, maybe some lights, and reshoot the Still Works…
I love the tones of metals like this…
This morning I was doing my daily social media check-in, and on one of my walls, there was a link to Fascinating: How Matter Reacts to Sound.
I got 41 secs into the Link, and I had to jump to the YouTube link…
I have been there pretty much ever since…
Cymatics is off of Nigel Stanford’s new album, Solar Echoes, which is a Double Album download on iTunes and as mp3, wav files for only $9.95!
I have lost count how many times I have listened and watched this track!
It is mesmerizing!
The cinematographer,Timur Civan, captures nature “performing” to a mixture of well crafted tones and beats similarly to those found in Pink Floyd, Jean Michel Jarre, Rick Wakeman, Mike Oldfield and Sky.
To my ear, it is very addicting and can induce some serious desk dancing.
What is also very cool, is that Nigel Stanford, Shahir Daud (Director), Timur Civan and gang have also posted 6 mini videos, of how they created and filmed each of the classic science experiments performed in the video!
I can only imagine how much fun it would have been, to have been a part of creating this video!
To say that they had way too much fun doing this video, would be an understatement.
While listening to Cymatics, I started to explore the rest of his site, and found out why his, Nigel’s, music and style seemed familiar to me!
TimeScapes was released at the end of 2011, and was an instant hit because of it’s stunning cinematography, slow motion capture and music!
If you have not seen it, check out the Official Website and watch the clip!
If you happen to be a science teacher, the “Behind the Scenes” video for CYMATICS: Science Vs. Music are very well done, and are simple overviews of some classic science experiments, and should easily invited good conversations in the classroom!
Needless to say I can’t wait to show my kids when they get home!