Monday, January 24, 2011

Isaac Newton and the Philosopher's stone

Previously, I blogged a little about Newton being an alchemist and having a large collection of alchemic texts... however, this article I read on Discover Magazine is even more intriguing. Apparently someone found a handwritten manuscript of Newton's that describes how to create the Philosopher's Stone.  If you are not familiar the Philosopher's Stone, it's basically a legendary chemical that can theoretically transmute elements... specifically lead into gold.   What is kind of interesting is that it seems that the father of Physics and Calculus (Newton) and the father of Chemistry (Boyle) were both buddies and hard core alchemists... check the article for more...

here are a couple snippets

Today revered as the father of modern physics and the inventor of calculus, Newton was describing a recipe for the Philosophers’ Stone, a legendary substance that reputedly could turn base metals like iron and lead into gold. Newton’s dabblings in alchemy are well known, but his belief that he had found the closely guarded blueprint for the Philosophers’ Stone was astonishing indeed.
Further evidence of their seriousness emerged after Boyle’s death in 1691. In life, Boyle had guarded his recipe for red earth as if it were the most precious thing in the world. But upon his death, his executor, the philosopher John Locke, also an alchemist, was more generous, sending Newton the recipe along with a sample that Boyle had made before his death. 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The artistic temperament

So I found this article in the New York Times archives and it is dated 1906.  It's quite an enjoyable read if you yourself have the curse of an artistic temperament or know someone else that does. Check it out the article in its old school print glory here.

Here are the three artists she talks about

Joseph Mallord William Turner, the English Romantic landscape painter
Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting.[2] Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as "the painter of light"[3] and his work regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. (via wikipedia)
Johannes Brahms, the German composer and Pianist
In his lifetime, Brahms' popularity and influence were considerable; following a comment by the nineteenth-century conductor Hans von Bülow, he is sometimes grouped with Johann Sebastian Bach and Ludwig van Beethoven as one of the Three Bs. (via wikipedia)

Honore de Balzac, one of the founders literary of Realism
His writing influenced many famous authors, including the novelistsMarcel ProustÉmile ZolaCharles DickensFyodor DostoyevskyGustave FlaubertMarie CorelliHenry JamesWilliam FaulknerJack Kerouac, and Italo Calvino as well as important philosophers such as Friedrich Engels. Many of Balzac's works have been made into films, and they continue to inspire other writers. (via wikipedia)

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Advertising Fail - Mad Men Wins! Fatality!!

So I found this article about how one of the agencies mentioned in AMC's MAD MEN liked the mention so much they decided to change their web page.... however fast forward and the characters on MAD MEN actually hate the agency.... lol now thats funny... hell even the McCann edit of Mad Men has a negative tone to me.

Check out the original link here

I'm surprised they didn't see how this could turn bad, I know the second they mentioned the agency taking over Sterling Cooper it probably wasn't going to be positive (at least thats what it felt like)

So I found McCann Erickson's reponse... to the MAD MEN Dis... and it's kind of not what I would have expected....

We contacted the firm, which — like the good ad men they are — sent over some options for comebacks:
• "The Mad Men premiere garnered 2.9 million viewers while the Jersey Shore premiere garnered 5.2 million viewers. Clearly, the ‘retards’ are the winning team."
• “It is not appropriate to make fun of people with disabilities. You know, like TV writers.”
• “We watch Mad Men for the commercials. We skip through the actual show.”
All were provided by George Dewey, executive creative director of McCann NY.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011