When I first wrote about beauty i expressed a general concept that can have a universal validity but some areas of the aesthetic realm deserves some special attention, and human’s beauty is one of them.
The coincidence of beauty with a sense of peace can withstand the severe test of today’s topic but needs to be deepened. The peculiarity is that we’re dealing with humans here not with objects, we’re not talking about industrial design and software engineering; we have a constantly changing body, a character, a soul, an education, basic needs and much more sophisticated ones. Continue reading “Human’s beauty, love and the rules of attraction (Part 1/2)”
In the history of philosophy there’s a long tradition about the concept of sublime. An inspired artistic experience without rational rules it’s how Plato tries to frame it in the Phaedrus, dated around 370 BC. In the first century DC in the essay “About the sublime” by an unknown author there’s an explicit distinction between the beautiful, founded on formal perfection and the sublime, which finds its origin in powerful feelings and belongs entirely to the emotional domain. This essay was rediscovered in 1554, Continue reading “The sublime “
Every child that starts playing tennis dreams about his hero and just for a moment fancies triumphing in arguably the most important tennis tournament: Wimbledon. The center court of the All England lawn tennis and croquet club is a place where history was made, many brave and extremely talented athletes met their destiny there. As a boy I remember seeing those giants handling racquets with a diameter of just 85 square inches and a weight close to 500 grams (okay that was mainly Sampras😅) hitting bullets traveling at more than 200 km/h. Some stories are fairytales: Continue reading “The centre court: the temple of tennis “
I am at Wimbledon in one of the roads surrounding the all England lawn tennis and croquet club, it’s a sunny day and green is the dominant color. I see three terrorists running, they have a beard, their eyes show no emotions, they look high, they are probably on drugs, fake bomb belt wrapped around, there’s no police and I know they are going on a killing spree, i don’t have a weapon, I confront them with my bare hands, I have no expertise in fighting or personal defense, my chances are little, Continue reading “I had a nightmare. How the monsters of the subconscious are born.”
Exactly ten years ago on June 29, 2007 the first true smartphone went for sale in the United States. The 1st generation iPhone (also known as iPhone 2g or iPhone EDGE) is a milestone in the history of software engineering, user interface design and industrial design. The multi-touch touchscreen, the virtual keyboard, the intuitive interaction, the possibility to easily upgrade and backup iPhone OS were breakthrough revolutions, all in an 11.6 mm thick and five-button device. The team who worked on the iPhone, the super secret project Purple, made an incredible effort to create something that brings simplicity to an highly sophisticated product. Everything defers… Continue reading “A victory for Beauty: 10 years of iPhone “
“This is the water. And this is the well. Drink full and descend. The horse is the white of the eyes and dark within” The Woodsman in Twin Peaks – Season 3 Episode 8
Spoiler alert: some mild spoilers ahead
We won’t forget soon those words we heard in the latest episode of Twin Peaks together with the instant classic: “Got a light?”. In the end credits the man, who gets darker in face as his actions get more violent, is credited as “woodsman”. As you know if you watched the series the woods around twin peaks hold a terrible secret and… Continue reading “Twin Peaks Season 3: how to”
The Zeppelin Wireless by Bowers & Wilkins is a speaker featuring Bluetooth 4.1, Airplay, Ethernet and Aux (Mini Jack 3.5 mm) connections. The Spotify Premium compatibility is also present to stream directly from the Spotify app. It comes in two colors: black and white.
The Zeppelin, at its third iteration, is named after the early 20th century german rigid airships company. This is one of the generic trademark cases , where the name of a company is eventually used to define a class of objects (Biro with ball-point pens among the most famous examples). The iconic shape, infact, has a strong resemblance to the one of a zeppelin. An adequate distance between the drives is one of the requirements for a proper acoustic performance. Continue reading “Bowers & Wilkins Zeppelin Wireless | Review “
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“The starry heavens above me and the moral law within me” Immanuel Kant – Critique of Practical Reason
What is beauty?
This is how Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines “beauty”: 1) a quality that people, places, or things have that makes them very attractive to look at 2) a woman who is very beautiful 3) a quality that something such as a poem, song, emotion etc has that gives you pleasure or joy 4) a particularly good quality that makes something especially suitable or useful 5) a very good, large etc example of something 6) beauty is in the eye of the beholder: used to say that different people have different opinions about what is beautiful 7) beauty is only skin-deep: used to say that how someone looks is not as important as a good character.
Beauty attracts and seduces us and it somehow gives us pleasant feelings like joy, but it’s also virtuous and it adds value to our world. What if something achieves the purpose it was created for but it’s not aesthetically pleasing? Continue reading “BEAUTY AND PEACE”