10/12 – 16/12 incl.Quantum Physics, Roman Vineyards and an Alaskan Hunter

news on the march

Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

 Real Truth Science Documentaries:

I have been binge watching these scientific documentaries by ‘Real Truth Science’. They are some of the most illuminating documentaries I have ever seen. Jim Al-Khalili’s communicates these complex theories in such a way that they can be understood by the Layman. The overall production and visual presentation is exemplary.

I was particularly invested in this episode about Quantum Physics because I wrote  an article ‘Is it too early to rule out the Copenhagen classic interpretation?‘ which purported what this video demonstrates. This video proves as John Stewart Bell’s Theorem seems to suggest that the nature of reality is that only as conscious observers do we conjure particles into their existence. Or better put, Einstein’s version of reality cannot be true. Photons only become real when we observe them. The experiments shown in this presentation only confirms this.  The significance of these results is enormous! ..….… (Watch entire episode).

Travel blog article by Bram at Notes From Camelid Country:

Standing on one of the vertigo-inducing narrow terraces that have been painstakingly carved into the hillsides of the Ribeira Sacra, hundreds of metres above the River Sil in the gorge below, gives you a tiny glimpse into what it takes to produce a bottle of wine in this mountainous region. These terraces are responsible for some of Spain’s most distinctive wines, and they all have to be worked by hand. Some mountain goats would think twice about clambering around these hillsides…..Read Entire Article

Story at Intellectual Shaman:

Jimmy exited the 4th floor elevator, making his way to the vice president’s office. Writing for a men’s magazine was not what he envisioned. He believed he was a poet; he wanted to be a poet; at a time when most dream of money, Jimmy wanted to write words that couldn’t be unwritten. He was skinny; dressed in a cheap suit that was too big for him. Dress at Maximum Magazine was a part of company regulations and a way of measuring the worth of employees. He was worthless by their standards but he had words inside. He opened Mr. Bills’ office. It was shiny, the way mahogany and silver look when they’ve been polished. ...… (Read entire story).

Video podcast at Powerful JRE:

Glenn Villeneuve is a hunter, fisherman and TV personality, best known for appearing in the show “Life Below Zero”, which showcases the life of the Alaskan hunters particularly during the harsh winters.…....…. (Watch entire interview)

Poem by Mike Ennenbach at Mike’s Manic Word Depot:

she

threaded her way
in between
the nervous system
of impulse and adoration
wriggled her way
deep into the marrow..….(Read entire poem)

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Beds are Burning (1987) – Midnight Oil

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Beds are Burning is a modern day Australian anthem. It was released just months before Australia marked on 26 January 1988, the 200th anniversary of the first fleet’s arrival in Sydney. The Guardian described Beds are Burning as arguably the most resonantly subversive artistic gesture ever made by Australians. It was essentially a powerful, pleading rattle of the national conscience and suggesting to non-Indigenous Australia that the country “Belongs to them/Let’s give it back.” It is the first track from Midnight Oil’s classic Australian album Diesel and Dust.

I remember this album vividly when it came out and I played the cassette tape to death.  Before this landmark song / event there was scant regard or public discourse about the plight of indigenous Australia. Midnight Oil performed the song in front of a world audience of millions at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics and played it dressed in black, with the word “Sorry” printed conspicuously all over their clothes.

Three decades later, on 13 February 2008, then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made a formal apology on behalf of the Australian Parliament to Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. In particular to the Stolen Generations that included Aboriginal singer/songwriter Archie Roach who will feature in this music library project. At the age of 4, Roach and his sisters, along with the other Indigenous Australian children of the stolen generations, were forcibly removed from their family by Australian government agencies and placed in an orphanage.

Remarkably, the lead singer of Midnight Oil Peter Garrett would be serving as Environment minster for the Rudd Government at the time of Rudd’s historic speech.

Wikipedia: “Beds Are Burning” was released as the second single from the album. It reached No. 1 in New Zealand, South Africa and Canada, No. 3 in the Netherlands, No. 5 in France, No. 6 in the United Kingdom, Australia and Ireland, No. 17 in the United States and Sweden….It is one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll…In May 2001, Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA) celebrated its 75th anniversary by naming the Best Australian Songs of all time, as decided by a 100 strong industry panel. “Beds Are Burning” was declared third behind the Easybeats’ “Friday on My Mind” and Daddy Cool’s “Eagle Rock”.

Out where the river broke
The bloodwood and the desert oak
Holden wrecks and boiling diesels
Steam in forty-five degrees

The time has come to say fair’s fair
To pay the rent, to pay our share
The time has come, a fact’s a fact
It belongs to them, let’s give it back

How can we dance when our earth is turning?
How do we sleep while our beds are burning?

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Good Night, and Good Luck (2005) – George Clooney (Friday’s finest)

Good Night , and Good Luck

Edward R. Murrow: We have currently a built-in allergy to unpleasant or disturbing information. Our mass media reflect this. But unless we get up off our fat surpluses and recognize that television in the main is being used to distract, delude, amuse, and insulate us, then television and those who finance it, those who look at it, and those who work at it, may see a totally different picture too late.

If you like historical political dramas then look no further than George Clooney’s Good Night, and Good Luck. This movie is set in the era of McCarthyism in the United States when the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia. What I admire so much about this movie is the sense of realism it projects and the depth and nuance of the all performances. In my opinion Clooney has never been better on or off camera than he is here. This 7 million dollar project is handled with such deft hands and finesse by Clooney that it’s difficult not to feel a sense of awe with the ease as a viewer you slip into the strange events of this gritty drama. It feels flawlessly executed.

IMDB Storyline: In the early 1950’s, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history.

The movie takes its title from the line with which Murrow routinely signed off his broadcasts. The film received critical acclaim for Clooney’s direction, the writing, cinematography, production design, and performances (particularly Strathairn’s). It was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for Clooney and Best Actor for Strathairn. In September 2005, Clooney explained his interest in the story to an audience at the New York Film Festival: “I thought it was a good time to raise the idea of using fear to stifle political debate.” Having majored in journalism in college, Clooney was well-versed in the subject matter. His father, Nick Clooney, was a television journalist for many years, appearing as an anchorman in many cities in the United States. Clooney and producer Grant Heslov decided to use only archival footage of Joseph McCarthy in his depiction. As all of that footage was black-and-white, that determined the color scheme of the film.

I find of nearly all my favourite political dramas Good Night, and Good Luck one of the most appealing to revisit. It is of comparative short duration and doesn’t get bogged down in the weeds to become wearisome, over sentimental or politically ideological. It finds this delicate balance and nuance to attract the viewer by its integrity and truthfulness.  The nostalgic music soundtrack of that era makes you feel you are literally being transported to that time and place.  The cinematography by Robert Elswit (Magnolia) is crisp and starkly lit in black and white to evoke the past. The production design and costumes are consistent with the period. This film succeeds on all levels.

Interesting Movie Trivia (IMDB):

  • George Clooney was paid one dollar each for writing, directing, and starring in the film. This helped keep the film’s costs low, coming in at a budget of just 7.5 million dollars.
  • Each morning, George Clooney would gather his cast members together and give them copies of the newspapers from that day in 1953. He’d then give them an hour and a half, working on old manual typewriters, to copy out the stories from the paper. He would then hold an improvised news conference with hidden cameras, in which the cast members would then pitch their stories to the editor, just like a real newsroom.
  • George Clooney was extremely nervous about showing the film to his father, Nick, a newsman himself. Nick Clooney got up after watching it, patted his son on the shoulder and said, “You got it right”.

I have attached below a song by Dianne Reeves ‘There’ll be another Spring’ which features in the soundtrack. In fact, precisely every 23 minutes (the standard running time of television shows from the 1950s), the film is punctuated by a jazz song performed by Dianne Reeves.

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Be Mine (2003) – David Gray

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Be Mine is the second song to appear in the music project from David Gray and it is also my favourite song of his. I don’t think there is any other song in his catalogue which demonstrates his passion and raw talent better than Be Mine.  I like how he doesn’t mince words in this and just comes out with what’s going on his heart. It’s his proclamation of adoration for someone he’s just met and fallen really heavy for and wishes they would ‘be his’.  Check out below how he unleashes into this:

From the very first moment I saw you
That’s when I knew
All the dreams I held in my heart
Had suddenly come true
Knock me over stone cold sober
Not a thing I could say or do
‘Cos baby when I’m walking with you now
My eyes are so wide
Like you reached right into my head
And turned on the light inside

Wikipedia: “Be Mine” is a song by David Gray. It was released on 7 April 2003 as the second and final single from his sixth studio album A New Day at Midnight. The single peaked on the UK Singles Chart at number 23. “Be Mine” is also included on the album The Best of David Gray released in October 2016.

As I mentioned in my previous post about his Babylon track, I think David Gray is just such a great live performer and why I have included another live performance below.  The official release video version proceeding it is a doozy. I love how he takes the piss out of his head bobbles. A proper Artist.
He winds the song up effortlessly because it feels like he’s just conveying his pure raw emotion. And then comes the strength of his vocals when he sings ‘be mine, be mine’ which is astounding and then ‘Jumpin’ Jesus, Holy Cow!..’

Oh, I meant to ask if David Gray reminded you of someone else famous. It kept niggling me how he reminded me of someone and then my dear friend revealed who it was. I’m wondering if it’s just the two of us of who find an uncanny resemblance (more so in the eyes and facial features) between David and this other famous individual (but recently departed). I’ll reveal it in the comments.

So without further to do, Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you Be Mine by David Gray:

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Don Quixote – At the inn which he mistook as a castle

Sanch leading Quixote after drubbing

Sancho leads the bruised and battered Don Quixote on his mule after their first real taste of a ‘drubbing’.

The illustrations which will be shown in this Don Quixote book series come from the hand of Gustave Dore. This french artist was a child prodigy by the age of 5 and the illustrations he made for Don Quixote editions including in English were originally a French commission. His renderings were so influential they determined the look of Quixote and Sancho Panza in many subsequent illustrated versions, stage and film productions, and of course readers’ imaginations.

Today’s second book excerpt from Don Quixote follows on from the Introduction post where our esteemed duo; the knight-errant ‘Don Quixote de la Mancha’ and his squire ‘Sancho Panza’ (formerly a simple farmer) continue in their courageous journey to revive chivalry and serve their nation. They are of course deluded in their quest since Spain at this time was a post-Chivalric world and therefore their fictional titles and quest were rendered useless by reality. You’ll understand after reading why Don Quixote was usually interpreted as a comic novel although more modern interpretations have looked upon it as a tragedy.

To set the scene for you today as the illustration above testifies Don Quixote and Sancho have just taken a drubbing. They had just stopped to rest and eat lunch, but Quixote’s horse Rocinante wanders off into a herd of mares owned by a group of Yanguesans and tries to mate with them. The Yanguesans then beat Rocinante. Don Quixote then attacks the numerous Yanguesans, and he and Sancho – to not put too finer point on it – lose the battle. Don Quixote blames their defeat on the fact that he drew his sword against non-knights, a clear violation of the chivalric code. The two quarrel about the value that fighting has in the life of a knight-errant. On Don Quixote’s orders, Sancho leads him to an inn on his donkey (see illustration). They arrive at the inn, which sure enough – Don Quixote mistakes for a castle.

This is a longish read, but extremely engaging if I may so –  so be sure to tuck-in with a strong coffee and strumpet on hand, oops ‘crumpet’ rather!

OF WHAT HAPPENED TO THE INGENIOUS GENTLEMAN IN THE INN WHICH HE TOOK TO BE A CASTLE

THE innkeeper, seeing Don Quixote slung across the ass, asked Sancho what was amiss with him. Sancho answered that it was nothing, only that he had fallen down from a rock and had his ribs a little bruised. The innkeeper had a wife whose disposition was not such as those of her calling commonly have, for she was by nature kind-hearted and felt for the sufferings of her neighbors, so she at once set about tending Don Quixote, and made her young daughter, a very comely girl, help her in taking care of her guest. There was besides in the inn, a servant, an Asturian lass with a broad face, flat poll, and snub nose, blind of one eye and not very sound in the other. The elegance of her shape, to be sure, made up for all her defects; she did not measure seven palms from head to foot, and her shoulders, which over-weighted her somewhat, made her contemplate the ground more than she liked.

This graceful lass, then, helped the young girl, and the two made up a very bad bed for Don Quixote in a garret that showed evident signs of having formerly served for many years as a straw-loft, in which there was also quartered a carrier whose bed was placed a little beyond our Don Quixote’s, and, though only made of the pack-saddles and cloths of his mules, had much the advantage of it, as Don Quixote’s consisted simply of four rough boards on two not very even trestles, a mattress, that for thinness might have passed for a quilt, full of pellets which, were they not seen through the rents to be wool, would to the touch have seemed pebbles in hardness, two sheets made of buckler leather, and a cover let the threads of which anyone that chose might have counted without missing one in the reckoning.

On this accursed bed Don Quixote stretched himself, and the hostess and her daughter soon covered him with plasters from top to toe, while Maritornes- for that was the name of the Asturian- held the light for them, and while plastering him, the hostess, observing how full of wheals Don Quixote was in some places, remarked that this had more the look of blows than of a fall.

It was not blows, Sancho said, but that the rock had many points and projections, and that each of them had left its mark. “Pray, señora,” he added, “manage to save some tow, as there will be no want of some one to use it, for my loins too are rather sore.” “Then you must have fallen too,” said the hostess.“I did not fall,” said Sancho Panza, “but from the shock I got at seeing my master fall, my body aches so that I feel as if I had had a thousand thwacks.” “That may well be,” said the young girl, “for it has many a time happened to me to dream that I was falling down from a tower and never coming to the ground, and when I awoke from the dream to find myself as weak and shaken as if I had really fallen.”

“There is the point, señora,” replied Sancho Panza, “that I without dreaming at all, but being more awake than I am now, find myself with scarcely less wheals than my master, Don Quixote.”

“How is the gentleman called?” asked Maritornes the Asturian.“Don Quixote of La Mancha,” answered Sancho Panza, “and he is a knight-adventurer, and one of the best and stoutest that have been seen in the world this long time past.” “What is a knight-adventurer?” said the lass. “Are you so new in the world as not to know?” answered Sancho Panza.“Well, then, you must know, sister, that a knight-adventurer is a thing that in two words is seen drubbed and emperor, that is today the most miserable and needy being in the world, and tomorrow will have two or three crowns of kingdoms to give his squire.”

“Then how is it,” said the hostess, “that belonging to so good a master as this, you have not, to judge by appearances, even so much as a county?”

“It is too soon yet,” answered Sancho, “for we have only been a month going in quest of adventures, and so far we have met with nothing that can be called one, for it will happen that when one thing is looked for another thing is found; however, if my master Don Quixote gets well of this wound, or fall, and I am left none the worse of it, I would not change my hopes for the best title in Spain.”

To all this conversation Don Quixote was listening very attentively, and sitting up in bed as well as he could, and taking the hostess by the hand he said to her, “Believe me, fair lady, you may call yourself fortunate in having in this castle of yours sheltered my person, which is such that if I do not myself praise it, it is because of what is commonly said, that self-praise debaseth; but my squire will in-form you who I am. I only tell you that I shall preserve for ever inscribed on my memory the service you have rendered me in order to tender you my gratitude while life shall last me; and would to Heaven love held me not so enthralled and subject to its laws and to the eyes of that fair ingrate whom I name between my teeth, but that those of this lovely damsel might be the masters of my liberty.”

The hostess, her daughter, and the worthy Maritornes listened in bewilderment to the words of the knight-errant; for they understood about as much of them as if he had been talking Greek, though they could perceive they were all meant for expressions of good-will and blandishments; and not being accustomed to this kind of language, they stared at him and wondered to themselves, for he seemed to them a man of a different sort from those they were used to, and thanking him in pothouse phrase for his civility they left him, while the Asturian gave her attention to Sancho, who needed it no less than his master.

The carrier had made an arrangement with her for recreation that night, and she had given him her word that when the guests were quiet and the family asleep she would come in search of him and meet his wishes unreservedly. And it is said of this good lass that she never made promises of the kind without fulfilling them, even though she made them in a forest and without any witness present, for she plumed herself greatly on being a lady and held it no disgrace to be in such an employment as servant in an inn, because, she said, misfortunes and ill-luck had brought her to that position.

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Barricades and Brickwalls (2002) – Kasey Chambers

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Barricades and brickwalls
Won’t keep me from you
You can tie me down on a railroad track
You can let that freight train loose
Iron bars and big old cars
Won’t run me out of town
Well I’ll be damned if your not my man
Before the sun goes down

Barricades and Brickwalls is the title track of Kasey’s second album. It is the second song from this fantastic Australian country artist to feature in this music project and most likely the second I ever heard from her after her commercial radio protest song – (Am I) Not Pretty Enough. I mentioned in that post that the album Barricades and Brickwalls was one of favourite Australian albums. So good was this album that today’s title track song wasn’t even released as a single.

Wikipedia states: The album would end up going platinum in 2002, becoming the highest selling album by an Australian artist in that year, along with the highest selling single. Chambers, because of the success of this album, won “Best Country Artist,” “Best Female Artist,” and “Album of the Year” at the 2002 ARIA awards. In October 2010, the album was listed in the top 40 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.

The origin of Barricades and Brickwalls (song): Kasey recalled in this concert at Ann Arbor Michigan (08.11.15) that her roadie and lifelong best friend Worm Werchon had come up with half of the song and asked her to help him finish the second half.  He said, ‘Then you are going to record it and put it on your next album.’ Kasey, Worm and her father (who is also her lead guitarist) sat down and finished it. And the album went onto go 7 times platinum. She said she may only be the only music artist in the whole world who owes her whole career to her roadie.

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3/12 – 9/12 incl. Deontay Wilder, The Visitor and Order and Entropy

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Welcome to Monday’s News on the March – The week that was in my digital world.

Video clip at JRE Clips:

There are some topics Joe Rogan can talk with some expertise. Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts are two of them.

His description of heavyweight boxer’s Deontay Wilder’s record of knockouts was a lot of fun to watch. His expressions and catch phrases made me chuckle.

“That guy has 4 aces and he puts them right in your face….BOOM!!”    ..….… (Watch entire clip).

Travel blog article by Sheree at View from the back:

As my beloved and I conducted our holiday port-mortem, it inevitably threw up our vacation highlights. We then attempted to whittle these down to five – easier said than done on such a great trip. So here we go!…..Read Entire Article

Book Article by Scéal Milis at Sceal Milis wordpress:

About halfway through Maeve Brennan’s novella The Visitor, the author comments on the two worlds that exist within the landscape of a city. She distinguishes these two worlds by describing them as, the one with walls around it, meaning the private interior world of the home, and the one with people around it, which is the public exterior world of the city. The exterior world of the city is rife with anxiety and isolation. Dominated by an intrusive, overbearing presence, referred to as ‘the crowd’, this world is always threatening to overwhelm the individuals within its borders...… (Read entire article).

Poem by Manuel at MacalderBlog:

MY LIFE IS YOU.

Despite living in skies separated
by the wrinkles of time unable to fly,
I
will wait for your loneliness to crack
and you can reach me following in the footsteps of my silence.
Do not be afraid if there are no days under your eyes.
The night will descend breathing its brightness….
...…. (Read entire poem)

Science documentary Real Truth Science Documentaries:

Professor Jim Al-Khalili discovers the intriguing story of how we discovered the rules that drive the universe. Energy is vital to us all, but what exactly is energy? In attempting to answer this question Jim investigates a strange set of laws that link together everything from engines to humans to stars. It turns out that energy, so critical to daily existence, actually helps us make sense of the entire universe..….(Watch entire episode)

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Barbara Ann (1965)- Beach Boys

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Barbara Ann is the first song by the Beach Boys to appear in the music library project and it is also one of the first songs I can ever remember hearing.  I am still in awe of it, mainly because of the wonderful harmonies and catchy tune which never seems to grow old. Nearly all of the Beach Boys songs remind me of my cousins growing up who went surfing a lot, but ironically only one of the ‘Beach Boys’ surfed, namely Dennis Wilson who tragically drowned in 1983.

Just prior to Barbara Ann being covered by the Beach Boys, Brian Wilson was working on Pet Sounds. But it was taking him so long. The record company kept pestering Brian ‘when’s it coming’? And Brian decided he wasn’t that close to finishing it. But he had this idea of doing a Party record and completing it in a few days and giving that to the record company as a way of getting them off his back for a few months.

Dean Torence from the American rock duo ‘Jan and Dean‘ (who were pioneers of the California Sound and vocal surf music styles popularized by the Beach Boys) recalled how he was recording in a studio alongside the Beach Boys. Dean had a few minutes spare and thought he’d pay a visit to his friends The Beach Boys and they asked which song they could all sing in the time he had allotted away from his studio. He suggested Barbara Ann which Jan and Dean had recorded a few years earlier. So after a few takes and change in key, this is how the iconic Barbara Ann version by the Beach Boys (and Dean Torrece) was conceived. You can listen to the full interview with Dean Torrence here. He mentioned they were having so much fun doing the takes that they felt compelled to get it down. The rare extended version below of Barbara Ann demonstrates just how much fun they were having!

According to wikipedia: Barbara Ann was a song written by Fred Fassert and was first recorded by the Regents as “Barbara-Ann” in 1961. Barbara Ann by the Beach Boys was the most famous cover version and was issued as a single from their album Beach Boys’ Party! with the B-side “Girl Don’t Tell Me”. 

The song entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week ending January 1, 1966. The week ending January 29, the song leaped from No. 15 to No. 2 and was in position to replace “We Can Work It Out” by The Beatles as the next No. 1 song. However, “My Love” by Petula Clark unexpectedly vaulted into the No. 1 position the week ending February 5, 1966. Consequently, “Barbara Ann” peaked at No. 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (No. 1 in Cash Box and Record World) and at No. 3 in the UK in January 1966.

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I Origins (2014) – Mike Cahill (Friday’s Finest)

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This week on Friday’s Finest we showcase another recent low budget – independent Sci-Fi movie called I-Origins. Like last week’s movie The Man From Earth, this movie probes profound questions about the human existence. I-Origins is a highly original movie about how discoveries in science and technology challenge us to look at ourselves differently and rethink our place in the world. It is about this tug of war between Science and Religion and how and if the two can be reconciled. Once again the less known about the plot going into it – the better, but I couldn’t leave you hanging without knowing the gist:

IMDB Storyline: I Origins begins when graduate student, Ian Gray, is researching the evolution of human eyes with Karen and Kenny, in order to prove that eyes have evolved instead of “appeared” as creationists claim. His fascination with eyes takes him into areas that have profound personal and cultural consequences.

I Origins begins rather unassumingly about two young people falling in love, and its a rich love story until something occurs which will leave the viewer in shock, it certainly did me. From then on, a feeling of insecurity pervades the movie where you don’t know what will happen next. Hollywood does not seem make films like this. They can do a lot of things, but they can’t seem to write scenes, scenarios, and certainly not dialog like in I Origins which so closely resemble real life.

From Steven Leibson’s review of I Origins:

There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy. – Hamlet (1.5.167-8), Hamlet to Horatio

Actually, we know that Shakespeare did get it right. Science adds new discoveries and corrects old theories constantly as it progresses. What’s this have to do with “I, Origins”? It’s one of the main themes of the movie: What if there’s more to the universe than what we can perceive with our senses. Ask any real scientist and you’ll find out that the concept is hardly new or controversial. We can’t directly perceive radio waves or x-rays yet we make use of them every day. Nevertheless, this movie approaches the topic in a way that makes this question, perhaps, easier to approach for non-scientists.

I recommend another Mike Cahill Sci Fi called Another Earth which I analysed in a post here.

I Origins Movie Trivia:

  • The famous National Geographic cover of the Afghan girl whose eyes mesmerized the world and who was found years later makes a cameo in the film.
  • Resurrection is a big theme throughout the movie, as Ian doesn’t believe in it and Sofi does. The eye necklace Sofi wears is the eye of Horus, an Egyptian symbol for healing and resurrection.
  • The book Ian is reading in the cafeteria is called The Blind Watchmaker by Richard Dawkins.
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Bapa (2008) – Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

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Geoffrey Gurrumul wrote and performed some of the most beautiful world music of this millennium so far. Geoffrey was an Australian blind aboriginal singer who played the guitar upside down. After the release of his debut album –  (pictured above) he caught the attention of Elton John and Sting who wanted to perform on stage with him. Many of the songs from this album will appear in this music library project starting today with Bapa. Gurrumul remains one of my favourite Australian albums. The album reached 3x Platinum sales in excess of 210,000. Geoffrey Gurrumul was the most commercially successful Aboriginal Australian musician at the time of his death.

Wikipedia states: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu (22 January 1971 – 25 July 2017), also referred to since his death as Dr G Yunupingu, was an Indigenous Australian musician. A multi-instrumentalist, he played drums, keyboards, guitar and didgeridoo, but it was the clarity of his singing voice that attracted rave reviews. He sang stories of his land both in Yolŋu languages such as Gaalpu, Gumatj or Djambarrpuynu, a dialect related to Gumatj, and in English. Although his solo career brought him wider acclaim, he was also formerly a member of Yothu Yindi, and later Saltwater Band.

Today’s song Bapa is a song of loss; a great loss of someone very close most likely his father. This is how we feel when we lose someone so very important in our lives, you can feel the pain, his soul is crying out for one more moment. A truly beautiful song.

Additional information about Geoffrey Gurrumul will appear in subsequent music posts which feature his music. Please enjoy Bapa.

Warwuyu ŋarranha mulkana
ŋaraku bapawu
ŋurununa gunipunharayu
ya..a, bäpa marrkapmirri

ŋathina wilawilayurruna
ŋuruŋuna djarrawalyurruna
liya-wayma Bekulŋura
ya..a bäpa marrkapmirri
m..m m..m m..m

[english translation]
Grief have taken hold of me
for my father
when the sun sets
o..h, beloved father

Crying and crying
when the sun goes down
my mind there at Bekulnura
o..h, beloved father
m..m m..m m..m

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