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Two Pablos from Catalonia: Casals & Picasso

When I consider excellence in adversity, I think to the master cellist Pablo Casals. So good a man, he supported his whole symphony during the German occupation of Europe. Pablo Casal’s genius was myriad: he assessed the anatomy of the forearm in order to better commit ‘energy’ to the instrument and also took mission to teach others. Just a warm story of excellence in the adversity of WW2. A truly great man.

Picasso, on the other hand, was quite a dick. He was massively talented, but a dick! His first daughter was convinced that his absence was due to being locked in a room askance from the household. Picasso needed to ultimately quit the hype of his persona and pay attention to his responsibilities.

Stands4 Network API for poetry.

I have had a few requests to explain the API that powers this site’s special effects. Allow me to introduce the Stands4 API (application programming interface) found at

I use this particular interface, and with php (simply guzzlehttp/guzzle library) load the poetry from the api with api credentials you get from Stands4. Be careful not to use the free api more than 100 times per day, it will boot you.

A caching apparatus should be used. Depending upon your technology, research caching the text you get from the api. I personally simply store it in a text file at the server, later requests check the text file to see if it is older than a half hour, and then if not: spit it out to the requestor, if so, start the process over.

There is something to be said about the vision and innovativeness of Stands4: IT processes must be considered from where the greater population sits. We often lose focus of who really matters in IT, and that isn’t just the profit-producing employer, IT must consider all people to be ends in themselves.

For the love of god, please use your skills in unusual ways in the greater good’s service.

Rothko: a great purveyor of personhood.

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The Rothko painting, as you may have seen, is to me a very special invitation to the inside of yourself. By looking through the painting, your eyes tire of the generally neutral tone and as such grow to a blindness that is unique to his work. His studied notions of color exhaustion creates a field of neutral color in your vision that gives a hard-won reward of vision of humaneness. Your exact vision is dulled and your color peripheral vision takes hold. Unique on earth. You. Yet, shared. Rothko is master of this trick.

This is due to the color receptors of the eye being aggregated around the ball of the sclera of the eye (the white part) while exact vision is tone-sensitive rods within the precise vision surrounding your optical nerve. Rothko didn’t study anatomy that deeply, but found a relativist haven in color misperception.

And they are, and you are, truly unique and shared.

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