This is an amazing level of synchronicity, posted in the order the photos were taken. I don't know what they were looking at. (Incidentally, both of them are adults and the same age. The small one, Natasha, is tiny but fierce.)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010
Wednesday, May 5, 2010
"Did You Know?I hope that I don't need to explain to anyone now reading this what is wrong with that statement.
U.S. soldiers discovered bonsai in Japan during World War II."
I do like these two unusual bonsai that are part of the Weyerhauser collection, though.
Tuesday, May 4, 2010
A tangent related to something I was looking for led me back to the Ketjak, generally referred to in English as the "Ramayana Monkey Chant." Balinese Gamelan has had a profound influence on Western academic music, which is understandable given its complexity. There's something pretty fabulous about the compelling rhythm of those metallophones and gongs...
While the ketjak is a creation of this century, it is descended from something much more ancient — the trance dance, the dance of exorcism called sanghjang; its ancestry is clear. Ostensibly, the ketjak is a reenactment of the battle described in the Ramayana epic — in which the monkey hordes came to the aid of Prince Rama in his battle with the evil King Ravana — complete with a chorus imitating monkeys, as they chant the syllable tjak.