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Keep on Trekkin

As I did at the end of 2013 & 2014, so I do again here at the end of 2015 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year (travel blogs I finished or made additions to) include:

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That’s the summary for 2015. Some are carry overs from 2014, but I finished the blogs in 2015, after my last post on travels (see: Travels of Spocklogic II) in December 2014 or earlier if I made additions. As I alluded to in recent entries, I will take a break from this Cogito Ergo blog for a while in 2016. I’ve had 20 years of internet exposure and been blogging for 10 years (see: 20 Years of Internet and Mapping the Internet). I hope to return again with a fresh perspective down the line. There’s plenty to explore in the Cogito Ergo blog archives until then (see the link to: Browse Blog Posts). Best wishes for the New Year 2016! See you in the future…

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As I did at the end of 2013, so I do again here at the end of 2014 to recount some travel experiences, which I don’t normally write about here. I need not give the whole setup again for the premise of such entries and see my blog from the end of 2013: Travels of Spocklogic. The notables this year are a couple of blogs I finished and some reviews that may be of interest:

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spocklogic_Wroclaw-Poland_travel_blog.

spocklogic_Kirin-Hot-Pot_review.spocklogic_Long-Chao-Shou_review.
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That summarizes some travel selections for 2014. I did travel to Italy also in July 2014, and have some links to share for photo collections I put together for a special year in Erice to celebrate a 40th anniversary of the International School of Atomic and Molecular Spectroscopy (ISAMS):

Rino: 40 Year Erice Celebrations (2014) – Erice, Italy
2014 Erice Workshop: 30 July – August 5 – Erice, Italy
People (2014) – Erice, Italy
Places (2014)
– Erice, Italy

In addition, I traveled to China again this year in November 2014, but am still working on my travel blog for that, so it will have to wait until my 2015 account of my travels. I will make this type of entry something traditional at years end to cover where I have been and what I have done in travel ways. It’s all rather like the City on the Edge of Forever perhaps…

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I don’t often write about my travels in this WordPress blog (Cogito Ergo) as I have another site for that (TravBuddy). In this year of 2013, I completed a number of travel blogs on that site that are worth noting and I give the links to them here. Mind you, I don’t know that any of my travel blogs are ever really completed. Each one is like a child I nurture and raise up, but always needs attention in future ways. Anyway, I suppose I list them here for my own reference and also to offer it to others who may be interested in my travels. There is some connection of the blogs, one to another in embedded personal ways, but are also self-contained. Here they are:

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Spocklogic_Italy_Travel_Blog.

Spocklogic_Switzerland_Travel Blog.

Spocklogic_Germany_Travel Blog.

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Spocklogic_China_Blog.

Some of these blogs have been posted for some years, and I either added to them, made them more complete, and/or formed connections between them. Some of them are entirely new in 2013. They do tell a story in total I suppose and maybe that’s why I decided to make a sort of review of the Travels of Spocklogic here. They were also all the blogs featured on TravBuddy for me this year. My Italy blog (L’Avventura Dell Italia) seems never-ending and I have some more work to do on it, but the majority of important events are there for the most part. The last one in this list, the blog on China, is something I am still working on too, but intend (or hope) to complete it before the end of 2013. I suppose this collection of blogs forms a personal journey of sorts that I tried to form this year regarding my life and relation to travel. When I finish the China blog, maybe I will know what I have been endeavoring to understand and ultimately discover in my life. It’s not a teaser, or cliffhanger, but maybe more a matter of what I will embrace. Sounds enigmatic I suppose, but not really. It’s my personal perspective, the choices I make and what is ultimately best for me in a world of possibilities…

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“All I Really Want to Do” is a song written and performed by Bob Dylan in 1964. I like this song for its purpose, and it shows something about life. People can be difficult – some like simplicity, some enjoy drama and some like to complicate. Of all the songs I know, however, this may be a singular example of what we all want to say sometimes, but never do. It is a love song of sorts, but one that speaks towards what is not desired in reality, rather than what is desired in fantasy. What’s wrong with some real honesty?

Lyrics “All I Really Want to Do” (Bob Dylan – 1964)

I ain’t lookin’ to compete with you,
Beat or cheat or mistreat you,
Simplify you, classify you,
Deny, defy or crucify you.
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

No, and I ain’t lookin’ to fight with you,
Frighten you or tighten you,
Drag you down or drain you down,
Chain you down or bring you down.
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

I ain’t lookin’ to block you up
Shock or knock or lock you up,
Analyze you, categorize you,
Finalize you or advertise you.
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

I don’t want to straight-face you,
Race or chase you, track or trace you,
Or disgrace you or displace you,
Or define you or confine you.
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

I don’t want to meet your kin,
Make you spin or do you in,
Or select you or dissect you,
Or inspect you or reject you.
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.

I don’t want to fake you out,
Take or shake or forsake you out,
I ain’t lookin’ for you to feel like me,
See like me or be like me.
All I really want to do
Is, baby, be friends with you.
——-

Here is Bob Dylan performing the song : All I Really Want to Do

 

To conclude, I posted this because it is close to my experience. I find people judge too much on others without thinking how they have lived their own lives and how that affects others. In a sense I am judging too in this way. In my own defense, at least I realize it. This is the first step toward real honesty towards others and to yourself.

And so it is – Obama is president! And it is a marriage of sorts, not only with America, but the world as well. So, I thought I would tell an international story (and there is an allegory here) – With a scene from Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (Marriage of Figaro):

Non Piu Andrai Farfallone (No More Gallavanting)

Count Almaviva has just caught the youth, Cherubino, romancing the ladies again. As punishment he is to be dispatched to the army, at once, but with a commission. Figaro, who has appeared in the room, sends Cherubino off with a mocking-militaristic aria, “Non più andrai” where he’s told that his flirting with the ladies will now be replaced by the rigors of military life, marching through mud, over mountains, in the snow and scorching sun, etc.

The translation from the Italian goes like:

You won’t go any more, amorous butterfly,
Fluttering around inside night and day
Disturbing the sleep of beauties,
A little Narcissus and Adonis of love.
You won’t have those fine feathers any more,
That light and jaunty hat,
That hair, that shining aspect,
That womanish red color [in your face]!
Among soldiers, by Bacchus!
A huge moustache, a little knapsack,
Gun on your back, sword at your side,
Your neck straight, your nose exposed,
A big helmet, or a big turban,
A lot of honour, very little pay.
And in place of the dance
A march through the mud.
Over mountains, through valleys,
With snow, and heat-stroke,
To the music of trumpets,
Of bombards, and of cannons,
Which, at every boom,
Will make bullets whistle past your ear.
Cherubino, go to victory!
To military glory!

There have been many theories as to why the Stradivarius violin is such a superb instrument in its tonal qualities. Some say he soaked his wood in urine, while others say he used the beams from old churches. People have been trying to replicate the sound for a long time, but without success.

Well, it seems this paleobiologist noticed that the life of Antonio Stradivari corresponds almost exactly with the Maunder Minimum. The Maunder minimum is a 70 year period from 1645 to 1715 of much colder than normal temperatures in western Europe. It is the coldest part of what is called the ‘little ice age’, which lasted from 1500-1850. Scientists believe this was caused by a period of reduced solar activity, which prevented the movement of warm air across the Atlantic to Europe. The implications are that Stradivari, in his later years, the golden era of his violin making, would have used wood that grew during the Maunder minimum. Because of the colder than normal temperatures, the trees would have a slower, more even growth resulting in a stronger, denser wood. These are apparently positive attributes for wood used in violin making.

If this is true then the sounds of Stradivarius were a fortuitous circumstance of unusual times. Did Stradivari think his times unusual? He was well known in his time, but hardly as admired as he is today. Did Stradivari’s sounds reside in his craftsmanship or just some good wood? Probably a combination of both. That’s the beauty of it. Never let it be said you live in ordinary times. You just never know.