Dienstag, Februar 28, 2006

OH, I FORGOT : IT'S MARDI GRAS TODAY !

Montag, Februar 27, 2006

LEONARDO DA VINCI'S PROPORTION STUDY OF THE MALE BODY





Leonardo da Vinci was born 26th. April, 1452, at Anchiano, near Vinci, Tuscany, Italy; died 2nd May, 1519, at Cloux, near Amboise, France.

He was one of the most famous artists of the Italian Renaissance, as well a musician, engineer, and scientist ... and he has always been rumored to be interested in boys: at age 24, still living in Florence, he was arrested for sodomy following an anonymous denunciation (for more about that and the attitude toward homosexuality in XVth and XVIth-century Florence, I recommend "Forbidden Friendships", the excellent book by Michael Rocke) :-)


About an artist and his work, Leonardo said: "The painter must be solitary ... For if you are alone you are completely yourself, but if you are accompanied by a single companion, you are half yourself."

Samstag, Februar 25, 2006

SALVADOR DALI : THE GREAT MASTURBATOR


The famous Spanish artist Salvador Dali (1904 - 1989) was one of Marshall McLuhan's contemporaries ...



... Drawing is the honesty of the art. There is no possibility of cheating. It is either good or bad ... (Salvador Dali)

Donnerstag, Februar 23, 2006

ALEX AND ME


My Italian friend Alex Dall'Asta is a musicologist and a journalist. As journalist he primarly specialized in cultural subject-matters.

He was so kind to write an interesting essay about me and my work for my official website in 2002, the updated website you can see under the link:

http://members.chello.at/hans.sfiligoi/index.htm




Now he is writing a book about the development of the music in the occidental part of our planet from the Baroque Music to the Classical and Romantical Music until the Atonal Music and Electronical Music and Jazz.

For a short time we keep now an interesting correspondece to this subject and it was him who called my attention to the important Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan!

Above you can see a photo of Alex and me at our first encounter here in Vienna.

Dienstag, Februar 21, 2006

ONE OF McLUHAN's PROPHETIC IDEAS


"World War III will be a guerrilla information war,
with no division between military and civilian
participation"


... and here we go at the moment, that's the bitter reality of our days ...

THE GLOBAL VILLAGE BY THE PHILOSOPHER MARSHALL McLUHAN


"The global Village"

McLuhan says:

"By emerging the new medium electricity - which means also a new stage of the expansion of body - McLuhan believes to overcome the condition to the technology serving, "hypnotized" humans. In the electricity humans shift his central nervous system outward. Here it concerns those its senses coordinating instance; the electricity manufactures a connection - contrary to earlier expansions of body (hand, foot, eye), which were converted in separate equipments. "In relation to the 'limited and 'atomistic' mechanical technology, which followed from the dismantling of processes, the electrical is total and comprehensive ' ". For the first time it is possible for humans to recognize the nature of the technology and its situation.
McLuhan sees the 20. Century in a transitional phase, where the "Gutenberg galaxy" was replaced, but old perception patterns still prevail, since they are not replaced ad hoc. Result is "rear view mirror thinking" which tries to solve "the tasks from today with the tools from yesterday and the conceptions from yesterday". The "rear view mirror thinking" represents an anachronism in the environment changed by electricity.
Because of the electrical cross-linking of the globe space and time will overcome, distances of all kinds thus waived, the world is pulled together to a village. In the consequence features of the printing culture - like individualism and nationalism - are overcome. Humans live now in the community of the global village in the form of the oral master organization in interdependence, which requires commitment and sympathy with the other one and which makes redundant past society of passive individuals. The tactile aligned perception is favoured, whereby the rehablitation is made possible before displace feelings."




Herbert Marshall McLuhan (July 21, 1911 – December 31, 1980) was a Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar, professor of English literature, literary critic, and communications theorist, who is one of the founders of the study of media ecology and is today an honorary guru among technophiles.

Montag, Februar 20, 2006

ABOUT LOVE


Each love differs from another one. The most beautiful love is this one which resembles the dance of butterflies in the sun.

Sonntag, Februar 19, 2006

THE SECOND ANNIVERSARY OF BULKIAH AND ME


In Malaysia it is already the 20th of February, here in Europe we have to wait still 6 hours :-) until the new day will start, everything is relative, so I called just now Bulkiah and we celebrated our anniversary on the phone and enjoyed it a lot.

Here we are together, two years ago :-)

Samstag, Februar 18, 2006

SATURDAY IS WASHING DAY



Artists have their washing day too :-) and washing day means to clean up everything, doesn't it ? ;-)

Freitag, Februar 17, 2006

THE FIRST SESSION OR "THE AGREEMENT"

Mittwoch, Februar 15, 2006

OUR FIRST MEETING


Time flies and we are flying with it, but each relationship which is harmonious ab initio. endures ...

The first sketch I made from Bulkiah and myself was in front of a mirror because each one of us likes mirrors, for the mirror is magical and supports every performance and we wanted to capture our sensual encounter in some sketches ... Bulkiah was the director of the erotic scenes and I made the drawings :-)

Dienstag, Februar 14, 2006

BULKIAH



This night I dreamt of my Malysian friend Bulkiah that he came to see me :-) He brought me a wonderful bouquet of flowers, but the most beautiful flower was he himself, as you can see :-)

ASLEEP IN THE VALLEY / by ARTHUR RIMBAUD



ASLEEP IN THE VALLEY


Here in this bosky pit a singing creek
Snags wildly at the grass with rags of bright
Silver; the sun, from the proud mountain's peak,
Shines: here's a little valley, bubbling light.

A young recruit, bare-headed and slack-jawed,
His nape bathed in the cool blue watercress,
Sleeps; under clouds, he sprawls, pale on the sod,
Where sunlight rains down on his bed of grass.

Feet in the flowers, he dozes. With a smile
Like a sick child's smile, he takes his rest.
He's cold: Ah, Nature, keep him warm awhile!

The odors here don't make his nostrils flare;
He sleeps beneath the sun; upon his chest,
His hand is tranquil. Two red holes are there.

(translated by Joshua Mehigan)

The painting I made during my military service ...

ARTHUR RIMBAUD


My favorite French poet, Jean-Nicholas-Arthur Rimbaud was born on October 20, ( like me :-) ! ) 1854 at Charleville in France. His family (two sisters and a brother) was abandoned by their father Frederic, an army officer, when the boy was six and they were forced into poverty. His mother, Vitalie a hard, possessive and snobbish woman, showed little affection to her children. Forbidden to play with other boys, Rimbaud immersed himself in his studies, including Latin and Greek, and was, until his 15th year, a precocious, well-behaved, religious child, and model student however at age ten, Rimbaud wrote:

'You have to pass an exam, and the jobs that you get are either to shine shoes, or to herd cows, or to tend pigs. Thank God, I don't want any of that! Damn it! And besides that they smack you for a reward; they call you an animal…..'

At age 15, his first poem was published in La Revue pour Tous. It was called The Orphans’ New Years Gift. and then in July 1970 he headed for Paris where he was arrested for not having a train ticket and was forced to return home. Within a year he had run away two more times, had changed into a bitter, arrogant, dishevelled, foul-talking adolescent, and had written some of the poems that would one day place him among the greatest names of modern poetry. He lived on the city streets. He denounced women and the church and lived willingly in squalid conditions, studying "immoral" poets like Baudelaire and reading everything from occult to philosophy.

He had sent some of his poems to Paul Verlaine, and in 1871 the older poet invited him to Paris. The Parisian literati rejected him as an arrogant and boorish drunken youth, but he and Verlaine became lovers...

Before his twentieth birthday, Arthur Rimbaud quit writing. After learning German, Arabic, Hindustani and Russian, he set off on a series of adventures that included crossing the Alps on foot, enlisting in and then deserting the Dutch army, joining a German circus bound for Scandinavia, travelling to Egypt and working as a labourer in Cyprus. At each step, he suffered setbacks of illness and hardship. During a battle with typhoid fever in 1879, Rimbaud decided to abandon his wanderings and settle down. In the employ of a coffee trader from Aden, he became the first white man to journey into the Ogaden region of Ethiopia and eventually became involved in arms-trading. While in Ethiopia, Rimbaud lived with a native woman and the home they shared became a mecca for travelling Europeans.

He returned to Marseilles in June of 1891. His right leg was amputated, probably due to the complications of syphilis, and he was nursed for a time by his tender sister Isabelle who claimed that in his last days he again accepted the Catholic faith of his childhood. He died in Marseille on November 10, 1891.

Montag, Februar 13, 2006

CINDY SHEEHAN


SHALOM CENTER HONORS CINDY SHEEHAN
& 3 PHILADELPHIANS AS "PROPHETIC VOICES"

More than 250 people joined with The Shalom Center Sunday, February 5, at a Philadelphia synagogue to honor the prophetic voices of Cindy Sheehan and three Philadelphia activists.

The event was covered with long news stories and photos by both Philadelphia daily newspapers and by three TV stations.

Eight rabbis, two cantors, and three choirs from various congregations took part in the event, which was held at the Reconstructionist synagogue Mishkan Shalom.

"We are members of the human race first and we are Americans second," Sheehan said during the ceremony. "We are members of the human race first and Jews second, Muslims second, Christians second, Iraqis second, Israelis second, Palestinians second. Our love of our fellow human beings does not stop at the border."

SHALOM ALEYCHEM, LOVE & PEACE,

Castor

Sonntag, Februar 12, 2006

TO ALL MY FEMALE READERS AND FRIENDS


MARCH 8, INTERNATIONAL WOMAN'S DAY : Rally in Washington D.C. to stop the war.

GO TO MICHAEL MOORE'S WEBSITE WHERE YOU CAN SIGN THIS CALL TO SAY NO TO WAR:

Women's Call for Peace: An Urgent Appeal

We, the women of the United States, Iraq and women worldwide, have had enough of the senseless war in Iraq and the cruel attacks on civilians around the world. We've buried too many of our loved ones. We've seen too many lives crippled forever by physical and mental wounds. We've watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war while our families' basic needs of food, shelter, education and healthcare go unmet. We've had enough of living in constant fear of violence and seeing the growing cancer of hatred and intolerance seep into our homes and communities.

This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With fire in our bellies and love in our hearts, we women are rising up - across borders - to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction.

We have seen how the foreign occupation of Iraq has fueled an armed movement against it, perpetuating an endless cycle of violence. We are convinced that it is time to shift from a military model to a conflict-resolution model that includes the following elements:

- The withdrawal of all foreign troops and foreign fighters from Iraq;
- Negotiations to reincorporate disenfranchised Iraqis into all aspects of Iraqi society;
- The full representation of women in the peacemaking process and a commitment to women's full equality in the post-war Iraq;
- A commitment to discard plans for any foreign bases in Iraq;
- Iraqi control of its oil and other resources;
- The nullification of privatization and deregulation laws imposed under occupation, allowing Iraqis to shape the trajectory of the post-war economy;
- A massive reconstruction effort that prioritizes Iraqi contractors, and draws upon financial resources of the countries responsible for the invasion and occupation of Iraq;
- Consideration of a temporary international peacekeeping force that is truly multilateral and is not composed of any troops from countries that participated in the occupation.

To move this peace process forward, we are creating a massive movement of women - crossing generations, races, ethnicities, religions, borders and political persuasions. Together, we will pressure our governments, the United Nations, the Arab League, Nobel Peace Prize winners, religious leaders and others in the international community to step forward to help negotiate a political settlement.

And in this era of divisive fundamentalisms, we call upon world leaders to join us in spreading the fundamental values of love for the human family and for our precious planet.




http://www.michaelmoore.com/

Samstag, Februar 11, 2006

"SEBASTIANE" A FILM BY DEREK JARMAN


Derek Jarman made his debut as director with this story of the life of St. Sebastian, the martyred roman soldier who was sent into exile and tortured. A poetic exploration of sexuality, the film ( in Latin language with English subtitles ) is beautifully shot against a scorched desert landscape.

The film earned a cult status after it's release in 1976 and when it was finally given a UK television broadcast 10 years later, its' depiction of male nudity and graphic homoerotic content still proved controversial. "Sebastiane" set the tone for Jarman's uncompromising, highly personal and original style of filmmaking.

Freitag, Februar 10, 2006

DEREK JARMAN


I think I should point out to Derek Jarman and his films, for I was a little bit astonished to notice that some of you haven't seen for example his first film "SEBASTIANE".

Derek Jarman was a poet, author, film maker, artist, video director, gardener, gay rights activist and an inspiration to a lot of people, naturally also to me.

He died of AIDS in 1994.

One of Derek Jarman's quotes :-) :

"All men are homosexual, some turn straight. It must be very odd to be a straight man because your sexuality is hopelessly defensive.
It's like an ideal of racial purity."




Donnerstag, Februar 09, 2006

A TAG BY ELMO

FOUR JOBS I'VE HAD IN MY LIFE :
1) philologist / linguist
2) freelance artist
3) dancer
4) masseur/art-therapist at a Neurological Ward in a hospital

FOUR MOVIES I COULD WATCH OVER AND OVER:
1) "Satyiricon" by Federico Fellini
2) "Sebastiane" by Derek Jarman
3) "Phaedra" by Jules Dassin
4) "Senso" by Luchino Visconti

FOUR PLACES I'VE LIVED:
1) Graz
2) Salzburg
3) Brussels
4) Vienna

FOUR TV SHOWS I LOVE TO WATCH:
1) none
2) none
3) none
4) none

FOUR PLACES I'VE BEEN ON VACATION:
1) Istanbul
2) Venice
3) Taormina
4) Sousse

FOUR WEBSITES I VISIT DAILY:
1) Webmail
2) Blog-spot
3) Leo-English-German-Dictionary
4) Garzanti-Italian-Etymological-Dictionary

FOUR OF MY FAVORITE FOODS:
1) Spaghetti
2) Pizza
3) Wiener Schnitzel
4) Persian Hot-Pot

FOUR PLACES I'D RATHER BE :
1) Rome
2) Florence
3) Venice
4) Istanbul

FOUR ALBUMS I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT:
1) none
2) none
3) none
4) none

FOUR PEOPLE I'M TAGGING:
1) JJ
2) Cocaine Jesus
3) Sirreene
4) Milind

Mittwoch, Februar 08, 2006

"The Wisdom Of Crows" by COCAINE JESUS



Last weekend I started a series of pencil drawings in respect of Cocaine Jesus' fantastic poetical work which inspires me a lot.

The drawing shows him with his friend, an old crow, who is telling him: " No one should pass from this life alone "

If you want to read the full test, here is the link to his blog :

http://fishywords.blogspot.com/

Dienstag, Februar 07, 2006

COOL BOYZ



AS YOU CAN SEE, NOBODY HAS TO KEEP SUPPLIES COMING !!!

CANNON FODDER ABOUNDED !!!

Sonntag, Februar 05, 2006

ABOUT FLAMES, FIRE AND LIGHT / BY FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE










Ecce Homo

Yes, I know from where I came!
Ever hungry like a flame,
I consume myself and glow.
Light grows all that I conceive,
Ashes everything I leave:
Flame I am assuredly.

LUCIFER AND PROMETHEUS



Prometheus means " forethought " He was punished by Zeus, the highest God of the Greek Mythology, punished for stealing fire back after Zeus had taken it away from men and bringing it back to men..

Lucifer is another name for the devil and it means nothing else than " light bearer " ... he was the highest archangel in heaven, but he was motivated by pride and greed to rebel against God and was cast out of heaven, followed by a third of the host of heaven. He became the Devil, and his fellow angelic rebels were known as demons.

There is a common sence in these two stories:

NEVER REBEL AGAINST THOSE WHO ARE MIGHTY !

( This is a well thought out basis for each kind of dictatorship, I think! Isn't it ?)

Painting by Chr. Griepenkerl "Zeus, Ganymed and Prometheus"

NOW I CAN SEE MY BLOG / LET'S WAIT HOW LONG

I AM REALLY PISSED OFF!!!

I CANNOT OPEN MY BLOG

SINCE TODAY I CANNOT OPEN MY BLOG / I GET ALWAYS THE NOTIFICATION :

YOU DON'T HAVE PERMISSION TO ACCESS

I AM CURIOUS IF ANYBODY CAN SEE NOW THIS POST

IF YES / WHO CAN GIVE ME AN ADVICE ????

please write to :

castor321@hotmail.com

Freitag, Februar 03, 2006

ASMODI or ASMODAI



The devil has got different names and can take different shapes, as we know.

For example here is one of my pictures, called "Asmodi", which I painted when I concerned myself with religions a lot of years ago ...

"Asmodai's mission is to fill the hearts of men with anger and vengeful desires, and to create all evil on Earth."

Donnerstag, Februar 02, 2006

ABOUT THE " DEVIL"

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WHO IS THE DEVIL ?

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

The Devil is the name given to a supernatural entity, who, in most Western religions, is the central embodiment of evil. This entity is commonly referred to by a variety of other names, including Satan, Asmodai, Beelzebub, Lucifer and/or Mephistopheles. In classic demonology, however, each of these alternate names refers to a specific supernatural entity, and there is significant disagreement as to whether any of these specific entities is actually evil. The English word devil derives from the Middle English devel, from Old English dēofol, from Latin Diábolus, from Late Greek Diabolos, meaning, slanderer, from diaballein, to slander: dia-, dia- + ballein, to hurl. The term devil can refer to a greater demon in the hierarchy of Hell. In other languages devil may be derived from the same Indo-European root word for deva, which roughly translates as "angel". However, a "diva" is not a devil. ( hahahaha by Castor :-) )
Some scholars believe that the notion of a central supernatural embodiment of evil, as well as the notion of angels, first arose in Western monotheism when Judaism came into contact with the Persian religion of Zoroastrianism. Unlike classical monotheism, Zoroastrianism features two gods, one good and one evil, locked in a cosmic struggle where both are more or less evenly matched and the outcome is always uncertain. Ahura Mazda ("Wise Lord"), also known as Ohrmazd, is the god of light, and Ahriman ("Evil Spirit"), also known as Angra Mainyu, is the god of darkness. In a final battle between the supernatural forces of good and evil, human souls will be judged in a fiery ordeal, and only the good will survive. Accordingly, humans are urged to align themselves with the god of light and his angels and to shun the god of darkness and his demons.

Christianity views Satan as an angel cast from heaven by God.

It's so interesting where you can find the source of every prejudice ...

Mittwoch, Februar 01, 2006

SWIMMERS / WRESTLERS / PARTY DANCERS ... THEY ALL LOVE CHRIS


Here is the link to his website:


http://www.chrisgeary.co.uk/


If you like to see cute and happy sportsmen and other cuties, then have a look into this Englishman's world!

You'll find a lot of pics, and previews and jokes and so on! :-)