Monday, June 21, 2010

Salvador Dali

Every morning when I awake, the greatest of joys is mine: that of being Salvador DalĂ­.

Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings

Salvador Dali (1904 -1989)
Spanish painter, sculptor, graphic artist, and designer. After passing through phases of Cubism, Futurism and Metaphysical painting, he joined the Surrealists in 1929 and his talent for self-publicity rapidly made him the most famous representative of the movement. Throughout his life he cultivated eccentricity and exhibitionism (one of his most famous acts was appearing in a diving suit at the opening of the London Surrealist exhibition in 1936), claiming that this was the source of his creative energy. 

His Pet Ocelot 

Salvador Dali once visited a New York restaurant with his pet ocelot, which he tethered to a leg of the table while he ordered coffee. A middle-aged woman later walked by - and was horror-stricken by the animal.  

 Robert Pattison took on the role of Salvador Dali in the film Little Ashes and he remembers that he had to bare all in a room full of men.
    Twilight vamp trades in his fangs for a surreal stache in Dali Goes to University, a.k.a. Paul Morrison's chronicle of the young life and loves of the legend, and his ultra-modern companions, filmmaker Luis Bunuel and Federico Garcia Lorca.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mayans and their Prediction for the Future

THE END on December 21, 2012! The ancient Maya made this prediction more than 2,000 years ago in the ancient city of Chichen Itza, the hub of Maya civilization deep in the heart of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula. The Maya were legendary astronomers and timekeepers their calendar is more accurate than our own. By tracking the stars and planets they assigned great meaning to astronomical phenomena and made extraordinary predictions based on them many of which have come true. Could their doomsday prophecy be one of them?

The Mayan Calendar Explained

The Mayan Pyramids
The ancient city of Teotihuacan is located 50 kilometers north-east of the center of Mexico city and
 is one of the most famous sites constructed by our ancestors. It bloomed between 300 and 600 AD and covered 20 square km (7.7 square miles), once holding a population of 200,000. The name means “place of the gods” or “where men were transformed into gods”, a name given by the Aztecs. The citadel holds the Mayan pyramids.

Pyramid of the Moon                                  Pyramid of the Sun 

  There are many restored buildings to explore, as well as artwork and artifacts recovered from the site, as well as the two enormous structures for which the city is best known, the Pyramid of the Moon, shown here, and the even larger Pyramid of the Sun. The Pyramid of the Sun, with an estimated weight of three million tons, is much larger than the Pyramid of the Moon, and was also built earlier. Each side is 222 meters long and it's over 70 meters high, making it the third largest pyramid in the world by volume.