As I scour through all the chatter in cyberspace and everywhere, I remember this quote attributed by Joseph Campbell to Heinrich Zimmer.
“Via Joseph Campbell: My friend Heinrich Zimmer of years ago used to say, “The best things can’t be told,” because they transcend thought. “The second best are misunderstood,” because those are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which can’t be thought about, and one gets stuck in the thoughts.”The third best are what we talk about.”
― Heinrich Zimmer
Some things to consider about Holy books and religion
1) Religious writings like the Bible, Koran, Torah, Bhagavad Gita, etc.. are not scientific papers.
2) They are often historically incorrect
3) They are not factual many times
4) They were written from the worldview of their time and some contents may or may not apply to modern times
5) It is not helpful to accept them literally because historical, scientific research will readily dispute many of them and prove them wrong factually.
So what are they?
a) They are ‘holy books’ considered ‘sacred writings’ which have extremely powerful symbolic messages. And symbols often move people more than facts.
b) They are meant to lead you to ponder on mysteries which man will always be fascinated with. e.g.,meaning of life, What God is like, Sex, death and the afterlife, divine justice, the future, etc..
c) They are a guide to how we must conduct ourselves in the world and towards others.
d) Every religion reaches different conclusions about these mysteries resulting in different dogmas and moral codes although some of them may share some of the same insights.
e) Religion is but a subtopic of spirituality
f) The same mysteries and questions can be approached on a spiritual plain outside religion.
g) Not everyone will believe or be moved by religion and Holy books but at one point, everyone will engage and ask these same spiritual questions.
h) I take heed of what a religious man once told me. I quote,’Treat religion like salt. Use it in moderation.’ After all, religion and politics are among the top two main causes of war and enmity in the human history.
Typhoon Glenda’s manifesto
The media has not picked it up yet. I am talking about the manifesto Glenda left behind. It reads:
People of the Earth
I speak to you as a spokesperson for Mother Nature also known by some as Gaia, and other names.
You are on the whole a stupid species. I gave you everything beautiful and wonderfully life-giving.
But your greed is inexhaustible and your denial that All is One is remarkably ignorant, unenlightened and perverse.
Many of you consume too much, way more than you need.
You pollute everything you touch.
You want to own everything
You don’t give a shit about other people
Nothing is sacred to you except money.
You have forgotten the joys of simplicity
You refuse to think of tomorrow
You refuse to try solutions out there that will benefit everyone
Throughout the past centuries, I have been leaving messages but you ignore them.
Let me tell you this. More of my homies will be visiting. Sorry if they don’t have manners you expect nor any regard for you.
This is our world. You only live in it. So show some respect or we will keep coming back more ferociously until you wont want to live here anymore.
Blown away by Olympus
Olympus is a brand that has been around for years. Their relatively recent foray into the mirrorless 4/3rd cameras has put them solidly on the map as one of the leading camera manufacturers in this category. It is not surprising since they are the pioneers in this format and have come out with more generations than any other brand. In the process, they have fine-tuned their mirrorless cameras into fabulous photography instruments.
I first discovered the Olympus OM-D E-M5 camera some two years ago. Truth to tell, the day I held it, I immediately fell in love with it. It was small, light and could take really great photos. My big DSLR camera has remained unused since then.
The new Olympus OM-D E-M1, the latest in this series of cameras was released last year in Japan. I only got hold of a review copy now. Let me just say that I am blown away by it.
The camera is small compared to the regular DSLRs. That’s how mirrorless cameras are, and its size is a big deal if you are carrying a camera strapped on your neck for hours. But its smallness is packed with goodies that can surprise and delight even the pros.
The heart of every digital camera is its MOS. This is what captures the light. In this E-M1, it is a 16 megapixel live MOS and the TruPic II image processor that makes its pictures superior in image quality because of its hi-res and high sensitivity. The minimum ISO is 100 and the maximum is 25600.
Its metal body, size and ergonomic design makes it actually nice to hold. It feels solid. The viewfinder is even much improved compared to the E-M5 which actually was already quite good. Its response is much faster and is clearer and more accurate. Its cat’s eye control makes the viewfinder adjust brightness automatically depending on the situation. And yes, the viewfinder is customizable and there are three settings to choose from.
The image stabilization supports every lens you can use. It has an 81 point focus area, fast AF and can shoot 10 frames per second. And by the way, its fastest shutter speed is 1/8000 sec and claims to have ‘the shortest shooting time lag in its class’.
The monitor is a touchscreen, which is great for scrolling and enlarging. And I love the way you can angle it when holding the camera for almost every angle high and low.
As a habit, I shoot mostly on manual mode even if the E-M1 is great to shoot on any mode actually. It is a breeze to get the settings you want because they are almost all just a press, a click or a switch away. When it comes to ease of us, this camera is a real winner. The Zuico- made lens I am using, a 14-42 mm lens is sharp and captures the photos in beautiful stunning detail.
One difference between the old EM-5 and its new upgrade the EM-1, is that the latter is now WI-FI capable. You can now easily share photos online by way of your smart phone which can also serve as your camera monitor and remote control. This is a wonderful add on that makes shooting , say, selfies a walk in the park.
I was also able to try the OM-D E-M10 for a ride. It is an even smaller, more compact camera than the top of the line E-M1. It feels right and can do a lot of what the more expensive E-M1 and E-M5 cameras can do. It may have its limitations when it comes to its shutter speed (1/4000 at its fastest) , and a few other things. But for half the price of its big brother, it is a camera worth having.
But what you will miss though is it does not have the all weatherproofing that the EM-5 and the new E-M1 have where you can shoot under rainy and extremely dusty conditions.
If you are thinking of buying the new E-M10 versus the old E-M5, get the newer one since it has almost the features of the E-M5 plus a few more.
Some photographers out there still cannot take the 4/3 camera format seriously. They still look at it as inferior and like sticking to the traditional DSLRs that they have invested in. But more and more, with the giant strides in product development and marketing from companies like Olympus, it won’t be too long before this tinier, lighter camera becomes the standard.
The Samsung NX30: the new big boy has arrived
The NX30 camera, the latest from Samsung is a solid micro 4/3 camera worth looking at.
I have tried the NX300, its predecessor, and have used it extensively. I really enjoy using the NX300 camera. It is light, and the menu is so easy to navigate. It has everything I want in terms of picture quality, ease of use, portability, and a lot of other things. It is great for quick photos, and captures them quite well. It has enough power and capability to let you go wildly playful with it.
But what I sorely missed in the NX300 was a real viewfinder, not a back screen monitor to look at to see my subject.
A photographer really needs a viewfinder especially when it is super sunny outdoors. The light of an intense sun can black out the images on a video screen often no matter how vibrant the screen is and it can affect your framing and a host of other things. But a viewfinder makes shooting under the bright sun and practically under any condition possible.
This is where the NX30 completes the picture. It has a marvelous viewfinder that not only can extend towards the photographer but can also angle 90 degrees up. In short, you can look at your subject with eyes looking straight kike a regular viewfinder, or eyes down on the viewfinder, like the old classic cameras.
The features of the NX30 which you can mostly find also on the NX300, are great. The ISO start at 100 and goes as high as 25,600. You can only push or pull it down incrementally. I have only shot as high as 12000 ad let me say that in a dark setting like a bar or a night club, it takes very decent shots and you can hardly detect any noise. The shutter speed goes as fast as 1/6000 of a second. It has all the white balance settings you are used to. Throw in the photo wizard mode where you can choose to shoot in vivid, B & W, Sepia, and a host of other ways. It comes with a basic 18-55mm lens. And it is good to know that here are a host of excellent lenses available if you wish to build on this camera.
The back screen is sharp and is a touchscreen. You can scroll back and forth, and even make the picture bigger or smaller with the flick of thumb and forefinger. This is a major asset.
Unlike the NX300, the back monitor screen can be pulled to the left of the camera and positioned in many different angles. I initially found this variation from the previous NX unimpressive. I felt that Samsung gave up a great feature of the NX300 which was a screen monitor that could be angled for low or high perspective, just for the sake of being different. But the more I use it, it is actually more flexible than the old screen. I just have to get used to it some more.
With the new NX300, I can say with confidence that Samsung has now produced a camera that can competently stand up to the big boys of Canon and Nikon, at least in the starter to mid-range DSLR category. It can do whatever the big cameras can, and then some.
You can send your photos immediately to the net via NFC where you simply tap your smart phone on the camera and the image transfers to it. You can then post it straight to Facebook, twitter, or any social media.
The suggested retail price of the Samsung NX30 is 49,900Pesos. It is comparable to the Canon EOS Rebel T3i which goes for 44,000 Pesos. But considering that you get so much more ISO capability, way faster shutter speed, and a host of other advantages like lighter weight, and more versatile viewfinder, the extra 5K should not be an issue.
Next time you go to a store, ask to take a look. Chances are you will like it.
clawsfingerspaws asked: HI Sir Jim, would you know how (or where) can I reprint copies of old photographs? I intend to give them to my relatives & keep some for myself. (Most of these photos where taken in the early '60s & during the '70s.) Thank you very much.
If you are printing from negatives, you may have to go to a custom lab. Lok them up. There are some still around. Otherwise just take a digital pic of them
The ultimate Truth is beyond words. Doctrines are words. They’re not the Way.
The Way is wordless. Words are illusions.
They’re no different from things that appear in your dreams at night, be they palaces or carriages, forested parks or lakeside pavilions.
Kundi ka matawa dito, ewan ko na….
Dahil sa tindi ng kahirapan sa probinsya, namasukan si Inday
bilang katulong sa Maynila.
Habang ini-interview ng amo…..
Amo: Kailangan namin ng katulong para mag-linis ng bahay,
Magluto, maglaba, mamalantsa, mamalengke, at magbantay sa mga bata. Kaya mo ba ang lahat ng
Inday: I believe that my acquired skills, training and expertise in management with the use of standard tools, and my discipline and experience will contribute significantly to the value of the work that you want done. My creativity, productivity and work-efficiency and the high quality of outcome I can offer will boost the work progress.
Amo: [Nagdugo ang ilong.]
Makaraan ang dalawang araw, umuwi ang amo, nakitang may bukol si Junior.
Amo: Inday, bakit may bukol si Junior?
Inday: Compromising safety with useless aesthetics, the not-so-well engineered architectural
design of our kitchen lavatory affected the boy’s cranium with a slight boil at the left temple near the auditory organ.
Amo: [Nagdugo ulit ang ilong.]
Kinagabihan, habang naghahapunan….
Amo: Inday, bakit naman maalat ang ulam natin?
Inday: The consistency was fine. But you see, it seems that the increased amount of sodium chloride affected the taste drastically and those actions are irreversible. I do apologize.
Amo: [Nagdugo na naman ang ilong.]
Donya: Bakit tuwing pag-uwi ko, nararatnan kitang nanunuod ng TV?!
Inday: Because I don’t want you to see me doing absolutely nothing.
Kinabukasan, sinamahan ni Inday si Junior sa Principal’s office dahil hindi makapunta ang amo at donya.
Principal: Sinuntok ni Junior ang kanyang kaklase.
Inday: It’s absurd! It was never a fact that he will inflict an injury to anyone. I can only imagine how you handle schizophrenic kids in this educational institution. Your policies need revision because they suck!
Principal: [Nagbitiw sa tungkulin.]
Pagdating sa bahay, nandun na ang amo, galit na galit.
Amo: Inday, bakit nagkalat ang basura sa likod ng bahay?!
Inday: A change in the weather patterns might have occurred, wrecking havoc to the surroundings. The way the debris is scattered indicates that the gust of wind was going northeast, causing damage to the path it was heading for.
Amo: [Nagdugo na naman ang ilong.]
Habang nagluluto si Inday ng hapunan, malikot si Junior.
Inday: Stop your rambunctious behavior! It is bound to result in property damages and if that happens, there will be the corresponding corporal punishment to be inflicted upon you!
Junior: [Takbo sa CR, para hugasan ang nagdudugong ilong.]
Pagkatapos magluto, nanood na ng TV si Inday. Nasa balita na umalis si Angel Locsin sa GMA 7.
Junior: Bakit kaya siya umalis?
Inday: Sometimes, people choose to leave not because of selfish reasons but because they just know instinctively that things will get worse if they stay. Leaving can be very tough, and it’s even harder when people can’t understand you for doing so.
Junior: [Binalunguyngoy na naman. Takbo ulit sa CR.]
Nung gabing yon, may nag-text kay inday—si Dodong, ang driver ng kapitbahay, gustong makipagtext-mate..
Biday: To forestall further hopes of acquaintance, my unequivocal reply to your request - Irrevocable denial.
Di naglaon, dahil sa tiyaga ni Dodong, naging girlfriend niya rin si inday.
Pero di tumagal ang kanilang relasyon, at nakipag-break si inday kay Dodong.
Inday: The statute restricts me to love you but you made the provocations. The way you smile is the proximate cause why I love you. We have some rules to think of, however. We have no vested rights to love each other because the upper household dismissed my petition!
Dodong: Perhaps you are mistaken….
I was merely attempting to expand my network of interests by involving you in my daily recreation. Heretofore, you can expect an end to any verbal articulation from myself!
May dumaan na mamang basurero, at narinig ang usapan nina Inday at Dodong.
Basurero (kay inday): Be careful in letting go of the things you think are just nothing because someday you will realize that the one you gave away was the very thing you had been wishing for to stay..
Narinig ng amo ni inday ang lahat-lahat.
Amo: Mula ngayon, walang magsasalita ng inggles, sinumang magpadugo ng ilong ko at ng anak ko, palalayasin ko sa pamamahay na ito!
Inday: Ang namutawi sa inyong bibig ay mataman kong ilalagak as kasuluk-sulukan ng aking balintataw, sa kaibuturan ng aking puso, at palagi kong gugunam- gunamin.
Sakbibi ng madlang lumbay kung mapapalis sa gunita yaring inyong tinuran..
Amo: Leche! Hindi kami sinauna! Yung makabagong wika at salita ang gusto kong gagamitin dito sa bahay ko!!
Inday: Tarush! Pachenes pa ‘tong chorva eklavubo chuva tabayishki kun suplandish!
Nyahaha HANDS UP me sayo manang inday nyahahaha!
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I heard this love story from my mom, and I have never forgotten it.
She knew of a couple which were dating. This was around the early 60s. They discovered that they were compatible right off the bat. She liked his openness, attention and the strength and the caring he exuded. He liked her for her simplicity, her humor and the love she seemed to project. They went out a few times and not too long after, they eventually fell in love.
After a few months, they decided to get married. But there was just one problem. The guy had a very low paying job. It was around 200 pesos a month during that time. He was living with his parents.
While the girl’s parents liked him, they naturally were quite alarmed. How would he be able to support their daughter? What if she got pregnant early? Where would he get the money in case they had a child? They were full of questions and anxieties.
But the girl and the guy were too far in love to change their minds. It seemed like a deadlock that couldn’t be solved without some unpleasantness and pain.
Finally, the guy decided to do something. He went to talk to the girl’s parents and presented their case.
“I hope you do not doubt that we are truly in love’, he said.
‘No, we can see you are truly in love and that you have the best of intentions for our daughter’, the father answered.
Finally, the guy took a deep breath, faced them and asked with the most serious face he could muster the following question. ‘Would you let 200 Pesos stand in the way of your daughter’s happiness? I know I will not.’ He said. ‘And I also know that life is not static and I know good things will come my way in time. And with our love as our inspiration, we can overcome any problems we may encounter and create opportunities for more happiness.’
The parents were baffled. How indeed could they let a simple obstacle like a 200 Pesos salary jeopardize the happiness of their daughter. They thought about it in silence for a few minutes. It was the longest silence the parents and the guy had ever experienced.
Finally, throwing away their misgivings, they gave them the blessings to marry.
And yes, theirs was a marriage that lasted and was happy.
I thought that story was so romantic then especially since it was a true story. When I started dating my wife-to-be, I found myself often in the same boat as the young man. I had no money. All the other guys who were after Lydia were rather rich. They had cars. They would invite her to fine dining, and give her flowers and gifts.
Aside from taking her to the movies, I could hardly afford going out to do anything else much less take her to some expensive dining place.
One of our earliest dates was in Luneta. My cousin who had a car dated Lydia’s sister who was our designated chaperone. the arrangement was so convenient. At least we had a car.
When we got to Luneta, the 4 of us went for a long walk around the park and to the sea wall while we chatted away about so many things. We told jokes, exchanged stories while flirting. At the end of the night, my cousin and I bought our dates balloons which was all we could afford. But we enjoyed ourselves.
This may sound cheesy but to Lydia and her sister, we were quite unique. They were used to more ‘proper’ dates. My cousin and I were different and exciting to them. On our next date, we went to La Mesa dam to take their pictures under the big trees.
The best thing about this was it set the tone for us. When we got married, we hardly had money and only spent what we could afford which was not much. The reception was at home. We served cocktails, not dinner. But everyone present enjoyed the celebration. There was a ring of sincerity to it.
My father-in-law calculated how much we had spent and gave us a corresponding check as his gift. From our only set of ninong and ninang, we got some more and that was enough to get us started.
These days, I see people going all out for their weddings and a few years later finding out that they are not meant for each other.
Love is not about THE peak experience that you get by manipulating or controlling the outside world to give you the mood and thrill you desire. Lasting love is simple. It’s more about the peak experience between the two of you where the outside world may hardly even matter.