|Waxing Moon, April 19th 2018 (3rd night after new moon)|
The concept of human races, and in particular the notion that hair color or skin complexion is a feature that reflect racial differences, is extremely weak and lacks any scientific base. A recent genome wide association study (GWAS) on about 2000 volunteers with all possible types and shades of body hair has shown that around 170 different genes influence its pigmentation from silver-blond to dark black. And the same is true fort the complexion of our skin.
Sometimes people think they could change their ethnicity by artificially altering their skin color. Michael Jackson and many people in India use various kinds of more or less harmful chemicals, virtually peroxide bleach to make their skin appear lighter.
But there is also the case of a strange lady of pure caucasian ancestry, who was bound by the idea to become afro-american. For some time she even managed to be elected president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP, after she excessively used UV and chemical tanning to change her face complexion to cinnamon. Rachel Dolezal even changed her name to the African sounding Nkechi Amare Diallo. In 2018, Netflix announced that they were making a documentary about her life; an announcement that caused some controversy.
12 rulesRule 1 Stand up straight with your shoulders back
Rule 2 Treat yourself like you would someone you are responsible for helping
Rule 3 Make friends with people who want the best for you
Rule 4 Compare yourself with who you were yesterday, not with who someone else is today
Rule 5 Do not let your children do anything that makes you dislike them
Rule 6 Set your house in perfect order before you criticise the world
Rule 7 Pursue what is meaningful (not what is expedient)
Rule 8 Tell the truth – or, at least, don’t lie
Rule 9 Assume that the person you are listening to might know something you don’t
Rule 10 Be precise in your speech
Rule 11 Do not bother children when they are skate-boarding
Rule 12 Pet a cat when you encounter one on the street
Life is tragic, says the provocative Jordan Peterson, and we are all capable of turning into monsters. But this hasn’t stopped millions from watching his online lectures.
Please note the white peace dove that Laura Edelbacher has placed in her cartoon next to the traffic light. It is a clear sign that the little green and red figures are indeed on a pure peaceful mission.
The proportion of the little guys, however, seems to be a little bit distorted in this YouTube video. In reality, the two resemble gnomes (like on the photo on top), and are almost as wide as they are tall.
|Girl and watchdog playing violine|
|Hot tunes (Tschudo/Wonder)|
|The Quest for no.22015|
|Liberation of Picassos Dream|
|Life is not a Game Boy (Forever Toys,forever young)|
I had developed at least two more or less enthusiastic projects during the last 5 years or so, which had little to do with my job or my skills. But if one reads good autobiographies of gifted people, one is occasionally surprised what sudden new talents they discover and follow with great energy.
So it happened to me 6 years ago, when I had to work together with a PhD student from Iran, met her more often than nessesarry for the project, and after she left I suffered of bad heartache. So I tried to compensate this loss with developing more interest in the politics of current Iran, issues of human rights and the question why people from there leave the country to look for freedom abroad. I came across some morvellous books, like those from Amir H. Cheheltan, unfortunately still completely unknown in the West, who with describes the psychology of victims and traitors in the political system of Iran. Another one were Shahrnush Parsipur’s memories about her time in Evin prison (kissing the Sword). I developed the idea to collect letters from Iranian political prisoners, which they send to their friends or family, translate these letters into as many as possible foreign languages (in a sort of community afford) and publish them on a website. I came quite far with this project, and even had some response from foreign friends, colleagues or just internet buddies who contributed the translations. But my idea that the project could get viral did not worked out. Although I tried to promote it by inviting some famous political artists, social scientists and political activists in Germany, Europe, the US, there was not so much response. The website, however, is still active and its called Evin Rosetta.
The next funny project, with some political and some cultural and entertaining context was my plan to develop a Vineyard here in Munich, using one of the artificially made rubbish hills. It should have been a Vineyard of the Nations, because I invited people from quite different countries (Russia, US, Iran, Germany, Afghanistan, Israel) to participate. The flyer from our first meeting you can find here.
But again it appeared much harder to motivate the people to stay on board. Some simply said they had no time, others honestly expressed their doubts or their fear to do something with foreigners.
Maybe I should post an new announcement via Twitter. Although it is only for daily news, the range of readers and potential responders could be much larger.
What it takes to succesfully launch a really crazy project can be red here:
About the design of the golden data record with information about our earth, mankind and a couple of sounds and voices and music from different sources. The Golden Record was launched on board the Voyager probe to travel across the universe, and maybe being found and played by an extraterrestrial civilisation.