This day has been, truly, a cornucopia, a harvest of sorts. It's not yet the shiitake-type or the Reishi Mushroom gotten, but I'm well satisfied both
This day has been, truly, a cornucopia, a harvest of sorts. It's not yet the shiitake-type or the Reishi Mushroom gotten, but I'm well satisfied both with the collection and knowledge I've gathered.
Starting with the medicinal properties of the species I was drawn to this quote on a cultivation booklet:
"Shiitake are said to have antitumour and antiviral properties and remove serum cholesterol from the blood stream.
(Auricularia Wood ear)
Other species, such as Pleurotus (oyster), Auricularia (mu-er), Flammulina (enokitake), Termella (yin-er) and Grifola (maitake), all have varying degrees of immune system boosting, lipidlowering, anti-tumour, microbial and viral properties, blood pressure regulating, and other therapeutic effects. Mushrooms represent a vast source of yet undiscovered potent pharmaceutical products and their biochemistry would merit further investigation".
in Make money by growing mushrooms*, by Elaine Marshall and N. G. (Tan) Nair.
No doubt, a promising field.
I could start the cultivation, as one couple told me some time ago; they had explained to me how they do it with the Shiitake species. Some day, maybe.
I've found also interesting the propagation process of the species.
Back to the medicinal viewpoint, about the Reishi species, this quote is enlightning: "Reishi is a mushroom used for thousands of years in the Far East to overcome insomnia, reduce heart troubles, relieve allergies and lengthen life".
(Reishi cultivation, Singapore)
But let's see how my basket was filled in,today.
No, today, no spiders found, just their webs filled in with the dew, which makes them a masterpiece...of "astronomical" resemblance???
Today, there wasn't much moist; rain has been absent for days; so, new mushrooms aren't that abundant, but many decomposing. I wonder about their sho
Today, there wasn't much moist; rain has been absent for days; so, new mushrooms aren't that abundant, but many decomposing. I wonder about their short life. Stamets believes they have a good impact on the soil. His "mycorestoration" is a good idea.
(I think there's a part missing in the whole shape....)
(by the window I caught the spider preparing her meal...)
But then, before sunset, I still had time for a few more shots.
In our days it’s quite normal the “a-new-planet-found” story in the news. We almost have a classification system of the “planetary species” that popu
In our days it’s quite normal the “a-new-planet-found” story in the news. We almost have a classification system of the “planetary species” that populate the cosmos. They vary in size and composition, in age and orbits, and distance from here-earth …, we‘re familiar with the topic. Yet, by 1961 that was not the case.
The peculiarity of S. Lem resides in imagining an ocean-planet, a planet-type with intelligent capabilities,messing up …experimenting with humans, stationed there. Humans are victims of a much more intelligent agency, one who that has the capability to get into their memories and create duplicates or ….”Phantoms”; flesh-and-bone duplicates.
One of the ideas I had, recurrently, while I watched the (Russian) movie by Boris Nirenburg , was that maybe Lem had some familiarity with the idea of Unconscious; an area escaping the grip of time and space coordinates, in the Freudian sense, and out of which the humans got only symbols, representations via dreams…,fragments. The Ocean-planet of Lem is men’s sort of unconscious, but this time around with intentionality; a bright one challenging humans for a response: an experiment too.
But, first, the story, which the movie of 1968 follows very closely to the book’s.
Onboard the ship Prometheus travels Chris Kelvin. He’s headed towards the Alpha Aquarii constellation, and more specifically, to planet Solaris. He knows there are stationed a scientific crew.
Upon arriving he notices strange things are happening. Snout, the cyberneticist and Xeno-biologist looks disgruntled. Snout has been puzzled by the appearance of “visitors”, sort of flesh-and-bone ghosts that had a negative impact on the (mental) lives on the scientists. Gybarian, for example, is dead. Only Snout and Sartorius are alive; and yet, Sartorius, by all means, hides the other character he plays with in his bedroom; a lady. Snout himself, sort of, fights with a ghost, but he doesn’t tell much about.
(movie Solaris, 1968)
When resorting to his bedroom Kelvin finds out there’s someone else disturbing his sleep; he cannot believe: his wife (Harey), he was sure she died 10 years ago; by suicide. The first reactions are of non-belief; and yet, much later, of true love. It’s a love the other two men try to thwart. Yet Kevin doesn’t give up, and even tries to get back to earth with the lady; unsuccessfully.
“These creatures…they don’t know where they came from…cannot be killed”.
Harey has a limited knowledge of her past; she forgets a lot, but Kevin helps. He finds her a little bigger than earth-Harey; but he surely loves her. As Kevin gets to sleep, she checks on facts, so to speak. She knows she’s not human; she’s not “her”. She holds some doubts on Kevin’s love.
Snout is truly the scientific mind: he knows that the “more time she’s with you, more qualities she acquires”.
"They mirror our expectations"
Most of the intense scenes (of guilt, namely) relate to the dilemmas Kevin will go through: he will have to choose between Harey or the mission; they’re incompatible: logic and feeling.
The crew had a deal (their "experiment"): they would try a contact with the alien mind/ocean. They want ghosts to be gone. They would send their “record “ to the Ocean using a “flash of light”.
Now that Harey is gone, by her “own” free will, the movie ends with an inconsolable Kevin ruminating on the future: he’s certain that “more cruel miracles” to happen…”what else the alien mind will show us?”.
The Tarkovsky (1972) and Soderbergh (2002) versions of the novel deserve a viewing because they focus on different aspects of the novel.
(The answer of the Soviet cinematography to the 2001 Space Odyssey)
(movie Solaris, 1972)
(closing lines: "everything we've done is forgiven"; Solaris 2002)
"For Marren not only has knowledge, quite staggering knowledge of the precise differences between all the British boletes and the brittlegills, all th"For Marren not only has knowledge, quite staggering knowledge of the precise differences between all the British boletes and the brittlegills, all the waxcaps and the blewits – he also has enormous affection for them, for their beauty, for the odd corners in which they turn up, for their links to the landscape, and most of all for the roles they have played in human lives with their curious names (stinkhorn, candlesnuff, earthstar, dapperling) their intriguing smells (marzipan, aniseed, After Eight mints, rotting crabmeat) and their potential to be culinary delights on the one hand, and psychedelic mindbenders and killers, on the other."
I’ve watched the movie (of 1958) with the same title, by Hitchcock.
This is a psychological thriller of the best quality, I have ever seen. As film-dirI’ve watched the movie (of 1958) with the same title, by Hitchcock.
This is a psychological thriller of the best quality, I have ever seen. As film-director W. Friedkin put it, it’s a case of “a lost love and mistaken identity”.
Especially in the first part [my division] of the movie the viewer is focused on the pathology of Madeleine (played by Kim Novak); whereas in the second part Scotty (played by Jimmy Stewart) becomes somehow pathological (melancholic) due to the presumed death of Madeleine, the person he was in love with. The last (third) part of the movie provides the viewer with the sort of scam revelation Scotty has been under since the very beginning. But since he’s not careful enough he loses his second chance: he loses Judy too, in fact Madeleine under disguise.
The introductory scenes show how Scotty became acrophobic and henceforth a retired detective.
Maybe due to Hitchcock’s maturity coupled with the 1950’s inherent beauty*, the movie results in a fine work of art; from the moment it starts till the end.
Shot in San Francisco, it allows the viewer the chance to enjoy bumpy roads, the Golden Gate and the Bay area landscapes a few times; even a visit to the sequoias forest. But most beautiful* are the camera sequences shot in the Art Gallery when Madeleine contemplates a painting, under the secret eyeing of Scotty, then with a mission: to unravel the pathology of the wife of his friend. “Just follow my wife”; Scotty, the retired detective, accepts the assignment.
Scotty had seen her “falling” into the Bay; so he rushed to save her from the waters. She doesn’t know what happened. Her husband had told Scotty that someone had taken possession of Madeleine: Carlota Valdes.
Scotty will get fooled in a visit to a church, “witnessing” Madeleine falling from its roof. Thence his melancholy state.
Until he meets another woman called Judy, remotely resembled to blondish Madeleine. Throughout their acquaintance period, Scotty tries, by all means, to change Judy’s looks: her clothing and hair color, namely. Scotty turns obsessive about the looks.
The last scenes of the movie, showing a determined Scotty forcing Judy to climb the inner stairs of a church, in this kind of going back to the scene of the crime, turns therapeutic for himself, who overcomes temporarily his fear of heights; yet fatal to Judy/Madeleine who gets scared, by the appearance of an innocent wondering nun; and, in fact, falls from the church heights.
About the movie Hitch commented it was a chance for Jimmy Stewart to “indulgence in a form of necrophilia”.
It pleased me greatly, watching the movie. Soon, I'll review it.
1. The condition or quality of being completely forgotten 2. The act or an in
It pleased me greatly, watching the movie. Soon, I'll review it.
1. The condition or quality of being completely forgotten 2. The act or an instance of forgetting; total forgetfulness
By the year 2077 earth had been destroyed, the moon taken out. Most of the population had been evacuated to one of the moons of Saturn. A couple, though, proceeds on their work in the deserted planet: Jack, the drones-fixer, and wife Victoria, who, from home, helps him with communication work and missions . It’s an “effective” couple.
Yet Jack has been haunted by dreams of him meeting a girl in before-destruction-New York; presumably, she, being his wife Julia; dreams which involve a wedding ring, and happy moments shared together.
In one of his missions he gets to find some survivors; one of them is precisely: Julia. Again the recalls set in and the insights that there’s a different narrative for his life. The encounters with the so-called rebels (in fact, informed humans) will lead Jack to know about the truth.
He’d been deceived on the real history. Victoria is not really Jack’s wife. Instead, he’ll find a way out to break the spell of the “effective “machines that ran their destiny so far….and join Julia.
One of the interesting characteristics of Jack is that he secretly has a sort of refuge, where he collects old stuff from earth before destruction; especially, books; on Ancient Rome, namely. The words of Horatius are resounding in Jack’s psyche: “how a man can die better”?
Apparently, he’ll have to die in the destruction of the machines. But he’ll meet again Julia.
The last scenes of the movie depict Julia with a kid, “rebels” approaching; amongst them Jack, who says: “I am him (Jack Harper). “I am home”.
It’s a beautiful tale in the future, with awesome technology crafts and design. A story of deception and memory.
“If we have souls, they’re made of the love we share”.
After a sort of accident (ice breaking over the river), 15 year old David finds out he’s got a power he doesn’t master that well; he can teleport him
After a sort of accident (ice breaking over the river), 15 year old David finds out he’s got a power he doesn’t master that well; he can teleport himself. He leaves home, where he hadn’t much love.
Now on his own, and after robbing a bank, he’s marveled at his new apartment and rich lifestyle in New York. He can easily get a girlfriend in London and thereafter jump to a quick meal over the Sphinx in Egypt and enjoy some surfing moments on the ocean.
He’s truly a JUMPER; he can go anywhere, by free will.
Yet there’s someone after him: Roland, who knows how to block David’s powers. ...
Just started watching the movie; interesting. ...more