The Magician. An interesting visual opportunity. Taken at The Leopard Lounge, April 23, 2016.
It may be too late: We have grown blasé.
Many urban Americans do not cook, but they will never starve: delivered cooked food is a cellphone call and an agonizingly long 20 minute wait away.
We have far more information at our fingertips than we can ever use, but now we can store new information (to us) in a digital cloud, for later…
Luxury is SO available to so many, some hotels manage the encroachment of lesser wealth by offering ultra-exclusive facilities within their already exclusive facilities.
If you are unsurprised by these observations, thank you, because you are helping make my point.
There is little surprise to grab and challenge our attention AND imagination anymore. We are in danger of accepting whatever happens, with little involvement on our parts, especially if it makes a lot of people happier. [Maybe this is why Trump and Sanders are interesting as Presidential candidates. The shakeups they invite a sort of mental awakening! ‘Oh, we could do that, here…?’ Yeah, maybe.]
“Codebreaker” is the story of Alan Turing–it is available on Netflix. As you know, Turing cracked the enigma code, the solution instrumental in defeating Nazi Germany. Yeah okay, So I know that(!) you may be saying…
What I did not know was that he was a true genius. Prior to his work at Bletchley, Turing wrote a 38-page paper that laid out the foundation for today’s computers. The digital backbone of ones (1) and zeros (0) he recognized could perform multiple and varied computations without people doing them. Even when the British government turned against Turing, on indecency charges, he wrote other papers. One of these was the mathematical calculation of how animals get their stripes (zebra and tigers) and spots (fish and leopards, for example.) These hidden puzzles were Turing’s mysteries.
Every successful person tackles mysteries–it is what drives them.
Walt Disney wondered if audiences would become emotional over a cartoon, in 1938, his Snow White overwhelmingly proved that we do. Nicola Tesla challenged the common notion of electricity in the early 1900s with the idea of turbines (AC) that would provide a greater amount of power at a lower cost more regularly than batteries (DC). He often looked at clouds imagining how this could be so, then in his lab, he sketched out the physical plan and built the test model.
I have mysteries in me, and I am glad I do.
Mystery makes us all more alive. Beyond that, it is nice to discover something that is truly new.