Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday Header : 404 3 February 2018

This week we’re tripping the light fantastic and sharing photos about dancers or dancing.

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Valentina Blinova in L’Oiseau de feu [The Firebird], Ballets Russes, Sydney, 1936-1937 / Max Dupain

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Russian ballet dancer. Source: National Library of Australia. Circa 1936.

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Greek Dancing, British Museum, 1890

 

How to Dance the Charleston

Singing in the Rain

STOMP

Jordan B Peterson

I recently discovered Jordan Peterson’s videos through Scott Adams of Dilbert fame. I first saw Peterson’s interview with the British broadcaster where he eludes her attempt to make him seem like an offensive, non-PC, heartless villain. I’m enjoying learning more from this gentleman and scholar. (Yeah, I’ve noticed the dearth of gentlemen and scholars, too.)

What he says is straightforward, commonsense, and I think most people I know follow his advice already because they had parents who provided such wisdom. Yet I do know that we all have blindspots and that blame is a tempting easy-out. The video is a healthy reminder and we all need those from time to time.

Below is a sample of the videos Peterson has made himself. These videos are getting a lot of attention and call for more responsible, mature behavior from all of us. No more Peter Pan Complex.

What? Tide Pods?

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Don’t eat these! They’re poisonous!

I just learned that teens and 20-somethings are making videos of themselves eating detergent pods. The health risk is great and some have even died. This challenge has gone viral. I don’t get it. There seems to be no upside I can see in this behavior other than fame? There’s a lot of better ways to get attention.

I haven’t viewed any of these videos as I don’t want someone’s statistics on YouTube to go up.

“O mores, o tempora!”

How to Read More

With so many To Be Read (TBR) books, I would like to know how to accomplish this. I feel I haven’t read as much this year as in the past. Yes, it’s been a topsy turvy year so that’s one reason.

Also, I haven’t taken the train as much. Whenever I go into the city on the train I get a good chunk of reading done. I always bring 2 or 3 books to switch them up.

A Kindred Spirit

By serendipity, I just discovered this smart, engaging woman’s vlog on books and writing. Farah lives in the UAE and is articulate, perceptive and oh so knowledgeable about current books.

After the first video I watched (above) I immediately subscribed. Then I watched her talk about writing and bonded with her because as a screenwriter, I am concise with description and context and get right to the dialog.

According to her Good Reads account she reads 100 books or more a year. Wow. I envy that. I have to update my Good Reads, but I aim for 26 books a year.

Above Farah talks about the 5 classics she wants to read this year. Some she probably finished by now.

Here’s my list of classics I have read this year:

  1. Dante’s Inferno – a reread and a delight. I got a lot more out of it.
  2. The Magnificent Ambersons by Booth Tarkington – just started so watch this blog for a review.
  3. His Excellency by Émile Zola – the third book I’ve read in the Rougon-Macquart series.
  4. The Kill by Émile Zola – my goal is to read all 20 of these Rougon-Macuart books.
  5. Prometheus Unbound by Aeschylus – It was a classic I missed though I knew the legend.
  6. The Lady of the Camilias by Alexander Dumas, the Younger – it reminded me of The Kill.
  7. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. I reread this and discussed it online with a friend, with whom I try to read a classic and discuss it online each summer.

 

Learning from Ben

After watching Thomas Frank’s wonderful video on doing your homework faster, I saw this video on Ben Franklin’s daily plans. I’m definitely going to start clearing my desk each night and choosing an intention for each day.

What do you think of using Ben Franklin’s ideas in your life? Are they helpful? How would you tweak this for the 21st Century?