Sunday, December 30, 2007

A Peaceful Scene



Very often if things seemed to be overwhelming with too much activity I turn my thoughts to this peaceful scene in Paradise, Pennsylvania.

The depth of the beauty takes my mind in many directions as I imagine how it is that the results of the farmer's work here in this area produces such a magnificently beautiful and peaceful scene to look at.

Friday, December 28, 2007

the plain part of the Kingdom



A section of my kingdom lies in the Paradise, Pennsylvania area where the influence of the plain philosophy and exemplary living of the Amish takes over.

Submerging myself in this Paradise here on earth transforms my entire being into a totally different sort of peacefulness where I am content to live a more plain and very different life such as I was introduced to some 36 years ago.

Although it seems as if this introduction took place a lifetime ago, and relative to some lives it did, there are some steps that I have taken that has brought me closer to the environment and living that exists in the Lancaster area and more specific recently in Paradise such that I believe that in some way I am on a very thin edge with being in a place which I set out to become involved with and perhaps a part of such a very long time ago.

As I approach this particular state of being more at one with this environment I wonder as well if it is in doing this that I begin to feel more separate from both the environment where I grew up, the environment that I am actually living in in this point in time, separate from the many worlds that I have been introduced to over the years through movies, television and films, and even so very separate from the many worlds which seem to be generated from either the thoughts that come to me or those that are emanating from the art that I am continuously producing on a daily basis.

This causes me to wonder as to both if and is so then when will all of these merge into an environment in which I may begin to feel a little more settled into than any of the one's that I have mentioned till now, none of which I have totally felt at home with as of yet.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The perfect time every day!




I like traveling to the trillions of different locations within my kingdom since I am always arriving and leaving at just the right moment for me to see what is most beautiful in each particular location and then simply moving on to the next spot -

Sunday, December 23, 2007

I just discovered my Enchanted Forest!



While this magical corner of my larger forest has been here all along - it wasn't until today that is became obvious to me just how magical this corner of the woods are - look for yourself!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

One of my favorite crops





Onions, one of my favorite flavorful roots, flourishing in the beautiful eden of the Black Dirt Region at Pine Island, New York

Christmas in my world -





There are few places in the world that evoke the feelings of this joyous season so perfectly as in the Greenhouse where the Poinsettia together with the beautiful arrangement of the various colors and varieties makes this a perfect place to be during this festive holiday season.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

View from the Top -



Not to be forgotten -












The World Trade Center
Height: 1,368 and 1,362 feet (417 and 415 meters)
Owners: Port Authority of New York and New Jersey
Architect: Minoru Yamasaki, Emery Roth and Sons consulting
Engineer: John Skilling and Leslie Robertson of Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson
Ground Breaking: August 5, 1966
Opened: 1970-73; April 4, 1973 ribbon cutting
Destroyed: September 11, 2001
The World Trade Center was more than its signature twin towers: it was a complex of seven buildings on 16-acres, constructed and operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ). The towers, One and Two World Trade Center, rose at the heart of the complex, each climbing more than 100 feet higher than the silver mast of the Empire State Building.

Construction of a world trade facility had been under consideration since the end of WWII. In the late 1950s the Port Authority took interest in the project and in 1962 fixed its site on the west side of Lower Manhattan on a superblock bounded by Vesey, Liberty, Church and West Streets. Architect Minoru Yamasaki was selected to design the project; architects Emery Roth & Sons handled production work, and, at the request of Yamasaki, the firm of Worthington, Skilling, Helle and Jackson served as engineers.

The Port Authority envisioned a project with a total of 10 million square feet of office space. To achieve this, Yamasaki considered more than a hundred different building configurations before settling on the concept of twin towers and three lower-rise structures. Designed to be very tall to maximize the area of the plaza, the towers were initially to rise to only 80-90 stories. Only later was it decided to construct them as the world's tallest buildings, following a suggestion said to have originated with the Port Authority's public relations staff.

Yamasaki and engineers John Skilling and Les Robertson worked closely, and the relationship between the towers' design and structure was clear. Faced with the difficulties of building to unprecedented heights, the engineers employed an innovative structural model: a rigid "hollow tube" of closely spaced steel columns with floor trusses extended across to a central core. The columns, finished with a silver-colored aluminum alloy, were 18 3/4" wide and set only 22" apart, making the towers appear from afar to have no windows at all.

Also unique to the engineering design were its core and elevator system. The twin towers were the first supertall buildings designed without any masonry. Worried that the intense air pressure created by the buildingsâ high speed elevators might buckle conventional shafts, engineers designed a solution using a drywall system fixed to the reinforced steel core. For the elevators, to serve 110 stories with a traditional configuration would have required half the area of the lower stories be used for shaftways. Otis Elevators developed an express and local system, whereby passengers would change at "sky lobbies" on the 44th and 78th floors, halving the number of shaftways.

Construction began in 1966 and cost an estimated $1.5 billion. One World Trade Center was ready for its first tenants in late 1970, though the upper stories were not completed until 1972; Two World Trade Center was finished in 1973. Excavation to bedrock 70 feet below produced the material for the Battery Park City landfill project in the Hudson River. When complete, the Center met with mixed reviews, but at 1,368 and 1,362 feet and 110 stories each, the twin towers were the world's tallest, and largest, buildings until the Sears Tower surpassed them both in 1974.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Equity

Today I am pondering the term equity and the various uses for this term:

equity |ˈekwitē|
noun ( pl. -ties)
1 the quality of being fair and impartial : equity of treatment.
• Law a branch of law that developed alongside common law in order to remedy some of its defects in fairness and justice, formerly administered in special courts.
• ( Equity) (in the U.S., UK, and several other countries) a trade union to which most professional actors belong.
2 the value of the shares issued by a company : he owns 62% of the group's equity.
• ( equities) stocks and shares that carry no fixed interest.
3 the value of a mortgaged property after deduction of charges against it.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

How refreshing it is to be by the water



Whether an ocean, a lake, a stream, a creek or the Long Island Sound - the water is always refreshing to be near on a warm balmy calm day -

A warm summer night



looking forward to spending a relaxing bit of time on the porch of the Primrose Inn on a warm summer night -

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Cuurrent Minimum Value




The current minimum value of a small segment of Volord Kingdom is now worth as of:

12/11/2007 - $12.32 X 10(1631560)+

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

A Rest in the Garden Greenhouse



The Garden Greenhouse is always one of the most peaceful places to take a rest from the scurry and hurry that one might find in the outside world.

Buried Treasures



And before you think of limiting yourself to the surface gems that you will find here in bits and pieces throughout the land, know that there are many many places throughout Volord Kingdom where you would never imagine such valuable items could be found that are so unbelievable ---- where you will be struck not only by the beauty of what you see, but also the unique and rare qualities of that which is here as well, so as to go way beyond anyone's imagination as to the value of what is here - so way beyond any mortal's comprehension!

Magnificent Gems



and now it is obvious to me that I can and will be creating magnificent gems beyond believe and without any restrictions whatsoever - with the greatest of freedoms!

Increase in value



no other kingdom anywhere has increased in value with such consistency year after year and will continue to do so in the future!

Monday, December 10, 2007

Holiday Brass



and then a surprise visit to the Lincoln Center Avery Fisher Hall and a wonderful performance of Holiday Brass.

after a great deal of thinking and working




After a great deal of thinking and working on a particular series of images I can always take a breather by taking a nice slow walk in the corn fields in Paradise Pennsylvania for refreshment and perhaps some new ideas.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

a challenge -



there exists the way things are going at this moment in time - a very large challenge in as much as if I produce enough images to perhaps find one image that each and every one of the 6.5 billion or so people on the planet might be able to choose one image unique to themselves - that is one thing, but how, out of all the images that I am creating, will any one person be able to find that one image that they will relate to or that will be specific to their liking?

some bits of wisdom from a great violinist




A sponge has that much absorbent capability and after a while you can pour water over it and nothing stays.
Itzhak Perlman

Another thing that I don't like to do is show too much how it goes. I do it once in a blue moon. Sometimes there are lessons when I don't pick up a violin at all.
Itzhak Perlman

Any gifted child can potentially get in real trouble because of the way they are handled.
Itzhak Perlman

Child prodigy is a curse because you've got all those terrible possibilities.
Itzhak Perlman

Competition can be the most nerve-racking experience. Some people just thrive on it.
Itzhak Perlman

For every child prodigy that you know about, at least 50 potential ones have burned out before you even heard about them.
Itzhak Perlman

For people who are really talented, what you don't say becomes extremely important. You have to judge what to say and what to leave alone so you can let the talent develop.
Itzhak Perlman

I am playing the violin, that's all I know, nothing else, no education, no nothing. You just practice every day.
Itzhak Perlman

I don't feel that the conductor has real power. The orchestra has the power, and every member of it knows instantaneously if you're just beating time.
Itzhak Perlman

I feel that you always pay when you are a child.
Itzhak Perlman

I listen to kids play a lot.
Itzhak Perlman

I look at raising funds for The Perlman Music Program as a challenge and as a way to provide opportunities for people who care about the future of classical music.
Itzhak Perlman

I love to work with young kids.
Itzhak Perlman

I'm now doing three things: concerts, conducting, and teaching, and they each support each other. I learn to see things from different perspectives and listen with different ears. The most important thing that you need to do is really listen.
Itzhak Perlman

In Paris they have special wheelchairs that go through every doorway. They don't change the doorways, they change the wheelchairs. To hell with the people! If someone weighs a couple more pounds, that's it!
Itzhak Perlman

One of the most important elements in teaching, conducting, and performing, all three, is listening.
Itzhak Perlman

Preparing for a future in music is an expensive proposition.
Itzhak Perlman

So many things can drive you mad as a child, not only music.
Itzhak Perlman

Sometimes you get from the mouth of kids wonderful things.
Itzhak Perlman

That makes classical music work, the ability to improvise.
Itzhak Perlman

That's the goal, to survive your gift.
Itzhak Perlman

The most important thing to do is really listen.
Itzhak Perlman

There are people who are uncanny, who are finished products at a young age. I wasn't, thank God.
Itzhak Perlman

This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in five or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development.
Itzhak Perlman

Trust your ability!
Itzhak Perlman

When you play a concerto with a small orchestra, you don't feel it is as important as Carnegie Hall. You try to work out all the little problems. Once that's all done, trust comes in.
Itzhak Perlman

You get more nervous in front of a lot of people. That's why, when you play a concerto, you play with a small orchestra, in some place where you don't feel that it is as important as Carnegie Hall.
Itzhak Perlman

What I start out with



At this point in time it is clear that I have many varying and divers abstract images as well as many simple photographs which can be converted or transformed into various other abstract images infinitely.

I have spent a good part of the the last 6 years developing the skills to create such abstract images with the tools available to me on the computer utilizing the software program photoshop, however this has not only been an exercise in creating abstracts but more of an exercise in exploring various inner worlds and the many directions that focusing on them have and will take me.

Previous to those six years there had been a build up of photographically created images which were both created for commercial usage and images which I had taken on a self directed basis, all with the basis in mind that eventually - perhaps after another 30 or 40 years from this point in time, that I would have a sufficient amount of work and also perhaps enough of a credible basis for securing the acknowledgement from various curators, art directors and art critics, to move forward at such a later date with putting on a number of gallery exhibitions of my work.

In the mean time a few things occurred to change the course or direction which I was on and that was pushing me in the original direction described above .

First I was introduced to the potential uses of the computer in it's primary stages and then I developed various communication skills along with the advancement of the computer and it's development to be used as a communication tool and to help conveyr certain ideas and conceps beyond previously ellusive boundaries.

Next I became familiar with and began exploring with the world of first digitizing some of my previously created images using scanners digital printers and then how these images could be both placed in a computer and then transferred to various web sites on the Internet and/or transferred to various other parties via e-mail or other systems for their use and/or enjoyment.

This opened up not only one or two new worlds for me but an infinite number of previously invisible worlds were beginning to glimmer out from behind the previously dark screen.

Next came photoshop and the true meaning of Infinite Generation for me.

From the Beginning

The purpose of my creating this blog is for me to become clear about the following - to see how to create various diverse assets - to create and to acknowledge the existence of various assets and potential assets that already exist in my possession and which I will then work on turning into assets - all which will then become part of that which I will designate in name as well as treat as Volord Kingdom and it's treasures.