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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Alphonse de Lamartine - Le Lac

Le Lac
Alphonse de Lamartine
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En 1816, à Aix-les-Bains, près du lac du Bourget, Lamartine fit la connaissance de Julie Charles. L’année suivante il revint au paysage qui avait été témoin de leur bonheur, mais seul, cette fois, contre son attente. Il pensa d'abord qu'elle lui avait posé un lapin, mais apprit un mois plus tard qu'elle était tombée malade et puis mourut. 

Le pronom féminin dans ce poème partiellement autobiographique fait référence à ladite Julie. 
D'ailleurs, la "voix qui m'est chère" est celle de Julie, interlocutrice des strophes 6-9.

Ainsi toujours poussés vers de nouveaux rivages,
Dans la nuit éternelle emportés sans retour,
Ne pourrons-nous jamais sur l'océan des âges
Jeter l'ancre un seul jour?

O lac! l'année à peine a fini sa carrière,
Et près des flots chéris qu'elle devait revoir
Regarde! je viens seul m'asseoir sur cette pierre
Où tu la vis s'asseoir!

Tu mugissais ainsi sous ces roches profondes;
Ainsi tu te brisais sur leurs flancs déchirés:
Ainsi le vent jetait l'écume de tes ondes
Sur ses pieds adorés.

Un soir, t'en souvient-il? nous voguions en silence;
On n'entendait au loin, sur l'onde et sous les cieux,
Que le bruit des rameurs qui frappaient en cadence
Tes flots harmonieux.

Tout à coup des accents inconnus à la terre
Du rivage charmé frappèrent les échos;
Le flot fut attentif, et la voix qui m'est chère
Laissa tomber ces mots:

"O temps, suspends ton vol! et vous, heures propices,
Suspendez votre cours!
Laissez-nous savourer les rapides délices
Des plus beaux de nos jours!

"Assez de malheureux ici-bas vous implorent:
Coulez, coulez pour eux;
Prenez avec leurs jours les soins qui les dévorent;
Oubliez les heureux."

Mais je demande en vain quelques moments encore,
Le temps m'échappe et fuit;
je dis à cette nuit: "Sois plus lente"; et l'aurore
Va dissiper la nuit.

Aimons donc, aimons donc! de l'heure fugitive,
Hâtons-nous, jouissons!
L'homme n'a point de port, le temps n'a point de rive;
Il coule, et nous passons!

Temps jaloux, se peut-il que ces moments d'ivresse,
Où l'amour à longs flots nous verse le bonheur,
S'envolent loin de nous de la même vitesse
Que les jours de malheur?

Hé quoi! n'en pourrons-nous fixer au moins la trace?
Quoi! passés pour jamais? quoi! tout entiers perdus?
Ce temps qui les donna, ce temps qui les efface,
Ne nous les rendra plus?

Éternité, néant, passé, sombres abîmes,
Que faites-vous des jours que vous engloutissez?
Parlez: nous rendrez-vous ces extases sublimes
Que vous nous ravissez?

O lac! rochers muets! grottes! forêt obscure!
Vous que le temps épargne ou qu'il peut rajeunir,
Gardez de cette nuit, gardez, belle nature,
Au moins le souvenir!

Qu'il soit dans ton repos, qu'il soit dans tes orages,
Beau lac, et dans l'aspect de tes riants coteaux,
Et dans ces noirs sapins, et dans ces rocs sauvages
Qui pendent sur tes eaux!

Qu'il soit dans le zéphyr qui frémit et qui passe,
Dans les bruits de tes bords par tes bords répétés,
Dans l'astre au front d'argent qui blanchit ta surface
De ses molles clartés!

Que le vent qui gémit, le roseau qui soupire,
Que les parfums légers de ton air embaumé,
Que tout ce qu'on entend, l'on voit ou l'on respire,
Tout dise: "Ils ont aimé!"


Alphonse Marie Louis de Prat de Lamartine, chevalier de Pratz  ; 
21 October 1790 – 28 February 1869), was a French writer, poet and politician who was instrumental in the foundation of the Second Republic and the continuation of the Tricolore as the flag of France.



Monday, August 29, 2016

How Americans Got Stuck with Endless Drug Commercials

How Americans Got Stuck
With Endless

Drug Commercials

Two decades of seemingly endless drug commercials are having a profound impact on Americans' health.

by Joss Fong on August 29, 2016

The American Medical Association wants the FDA to ban prescription drug commercials, which have been ubiquitous on American television since the late 1990s. 

In this video, we take a look at both sides of the debate over direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising.




What 20 years of drug commercials are doing to Americans’ health

TV ads for prescription drugs are illegal in most countries and only became common in the US in the late 1990s. Now, it's hard to imagine American television without them, but their effects on public health are mixed.

Critics note that access to the masses through TV ads encourages the pharmaceutical industry to cast a wider net for its products and to develop drugs that even fairly healthy people would want to take. Those drugs can expose people to unnecessary risks and discourage alternative, nonpharmaceutical treatments. Advertising campaigns also shift the market toward newer drugs, which are more expensive and possibly more risky.

But if the drug is truly beneficial, then so is the commercial. Why should patients have to rely on their doctors to alert them when new medicines become available? Dr. Richard Kravitz, who authored the only randomized experiment on the effects of direct-to-consumer ads, concluded:
 
The net social value of DTC advertising and the requests it engenders may depend on the specific clinical and epidemiological context. The benefits of advertising will tend to dominate when the target condition is serious and the treatment is very safe, effective, and inexpensive. Harms are most likely to emerge when the target condition is trivial and the treatment is relatively perilous, ineffective, or costly.

Watch the video above to learn about his experiment, about the history of prescription drug ads in the US, and why they're likely here to stay.


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Top 10 Deliciously Unhealthy Foods

Top 10 Deliciously

Unhealthy Foods


Some foods nourish us, replenish our bodies with vitamins and minerals, protect us from disease, and make us feel better about our bodies...
           these are not those foods.






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15 Healthy Foods
That Are Actually Unhealthy

From yoghurts filled with sugar-coated fruit chunks to the common belief that "fat-free" actually means anything, we count 15 food marketed as healthy when that simply isn't true





Sunday, August 28, 2016

Charles Aznavour - Il Te Suffisait Que Je Taime

Charles Aznavour
Il Te Suffisait Que Je Taime
1965
avec paroles


                           

Gérard Vermont
Orchestrée par Dominique Laussat
Cette chanson était, à l'époque, la préférée de Madame de Gaulle.




    














Friday, August 26, 2016

Earth Animation 3D

Earth Animation 3D
An animation of the Earth made in Maya 2014 and rendered in multiple passes with the Maya software renderer. 
Composited in After Effects and edited in Premiere.



Get Hypnotized By This Interactive Map of the Winds
Using live meteorological data, it shows every wave and gust on the planet.

Do  Spin the Globe using your Mouse
when you get to the site :-)

by Eric Grundhauser May 02, 2016



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

“Machina” by Claudia Hart

“Machina” (2008)
by Claudia Hart
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Framed digital art piece is a 3D animation of a sleeping female nude subject in the classical pose of Venus / Odalisque - a two minute example of the twenty minute work:

“Machina” is a 3D animation portraying the compressed time and space of painting, shows a dreaming character whose slow, drowsy movements articulate all of the minutia of a single moment. “

Machina” uses the most advanced techniques of virtual reality simulation, and a series of animations that result in a representation that is sensual and organic.

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Occasionally, Machina opens her eyes to gaze at the viewer, in a moment of transformation, allowing the object of our gaze to subject us to hers. 

Based loosely on works such as Titian′s Venus and paintings by the Baroque artist Peter Paul Rubens, “Machina” is meant to introduce sensuality into the virtual realm by employing an idea of beauty as defined by a woman.

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"Machina" (2008) by Claudia Hart from bitforms gallery
 on Vimeo.












Monday, August 15, 2016

Saturday, August 13, 2016

NYC - Flatiron Building

N.Y.C.

Flatiron Building
Night and Day
by Stephen Wilkes
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The Flatiron Building
 by @craigsbeds


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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Rio Olympics 2016

Cauldron Makes its Final Ascent
Kicking off Rio Games


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After former Brazilian marathoner Vanderlei de Lima lights the Olympic flame, the cauldron makes its final ascent, kicking off the Rio Games.


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The Torch Design


The Olympic flame is an important symbol of the Games, representing peace, unity and friendship. The torch is used to pass the flame from one bearer to another during the relay, until the lighting of the cauldron at the opening ceremony.


Among the main innovative aspects of the Rio 2016 torch is the opening segments, revealing characteristics of Brazilian flair: harmonious diversity, contagious energy and exuberant nature.
 
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Tocha Olímpica / Olympic Torch
Rio 2016

The Sky - The highest part of the Olympic Torch is represented by the sun, which, like Brazilians, shines and illuminates wherever it passes. Its colour is golden, representing the ultimate achievement at the Games.

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The Mountains - Rio’s natural beauty, expressed in the green curves of its hills and valleys.


The Sea - Blue, organic and fluid ripples represent the sea, always present in the landscapes of Brazil and Rio.



The Ground - Our land, which is part of our history. Represented by the Copacabana promenade, the most famous piece of ground in Rio.



PILLARS

Olympic Spirit - Present in the triangular texture, reflecting the three Olympic values (excellence, friendship and respect), and in the segment floating effect, inspired by the bodies of athletes flying through the air.

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Harmonious Diversity - A compound axis expresses unity and diversity, with individual parts that form a whole.

Contagious Energy - The segments open up and release energy for the moment of the kiss (when the flame passes from one torch to another).

Exuberant Nature - Profiles reveal the organic shapes of Rio’s nature and Brazil’s colors.


 
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Rio Olympics’ cauldron:
The cauldron proper takes the form of a pot; as part of the organizers’ focus on preventing global warming, it was designed to have low emissions and produce a smaller volume of flame than previous cauldrons.
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The flame is accompanied by a circular kinetic sculpture by Anthony Howe  representing the sun, with the spirals representing life.
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