After exploring, trailing, criss-crossing, discovering Colombia across 40 years, still fascinated each time and every day when we return?
Colombia, el único riesgo es que te quieras quedar allí.
” Pues somos dos países a la vez: uno en el papel y otro en la realidad.
En cada uno de nosotros cohabitan, de la manera más arbitraria, la justicia y la impunidad;
somos fanáticos del legalismo, pero llevamos bien despierto en el alma un leguleyo de mano maestra para burlar las leyes sin violarlas, o para violarlas sin castigo.
Amamos a los perros, tapizamos de rosas el mundo, morimos de amor por la patria.
Nos indigna la mala imagen del país en el exterior, pero no nos atrevemos a admitir que muchas veces la realidad es peor.
Somos capaces de los actos más nobles y de los más abyectos, de poemas sublimes y asesinatos dementes, de funerales jubilosos y parrandas mortales.
No porque unos seamos buenos y otros malos, sino porque todos participamos de ambos extremos.
Llegado el caso -y Dios nos libre- todos somos capaces de todo.” Etc. etc.
Gabriel García Márquez, Por un país al alcance de los Niños (p. 11), 147 páginas.
Villegas editores, 1996, ISBN 958-9393-17-9.
We have been in Medellin a couple of times, recently.
It is a fantastic place, lots of progress, work, restaurants, hotels, industries, fashion, medical clinics, the metro, a very dynamic environment.
Amazing shopping malls, like Tesoro, Santafé, Oviedo.
The atmosphere reminded me of the feeling I had in Caracas, back in the booming years, end seventies, beginning eighties.
With about the same divine spring temperatures all the time (…up to now).
Though, we stayed mainly in the El Poblado area, the upscale area.
But also other cities have dramatically changed and progressed through the years, we witnessed.
Like Bogotá, Bucaramanga, Cúcuta, Cali, Pereira, Armenia, Manizales, Cartagena etc. etc. etc.
Colombia is now in a good flow and direction.
Hope they extend it and continue.
Baseball World Series Champions, of 2018 Senior League.
By Team Pariba from Curaçao, Little League.
Curacao in 2008 also won the Junior League World Series.
Furher, 10 best MLB players (out of 22+) from Curaçao, Aruba:
Hensley Meulens (bench/coach SF Giants),
Andrew Jones (Hall of Fame, Atlanta Braves 2016; youngest with home run in post season, 1996; youngest with 2 consecutive homeruns in very first 2 times at bat in World Series 1996),
Didi Gregorius (SS@NYY, replaced successfully legendary Derek Jeter),
Andrelton Simmons (SS; in first 3 years, already averaged Ozzie Smith, dWar defensive saber-metrics, best SS ever in ML),
Ozzie Albies etc.
Aruba, Curaçao Hotspot baseball talents?
Highest World Percentage score: Number-of-MLB-players/Population.
Higher than USA and surrounding really big baseball countries as Venezuela, Puerto Rico, Santo Domingo.
World Baseball Classics 2013 & 2017, 28 countries?
Team Netherlands (mainly players Curaçao, Aruba) won most of the big baseball brothers, blasted Cuba (…14-1 @7 innings).
Reaching semi-finals both times.
A stunning beach and most interesting Hercynian belt, geological area (Bretagne & Normandy) that we fully enjoyed during our fieldwork.
(Long ago. Bretagne-Normandy excursion with prof. dr. E. den Tex, drs. H. Koning and André, Ray, Wilbert, Arie. Géologie, gastronomie, œnologie. Et menhirs, dolmen, cairn, cromlech…. le patrimoine néolithique de Carnac en Bretagne).
Mn and Mg-rich garnets: HP/HT (18 kbar/450 *C).
A garnet isograd, trending NNE–SSW, divides the island into two parts: with and without garnet to the east and west, respectively.
In the eastern part, P and T conditions are estimated as 16–18 kbar and 450 C from Mn and Mg-rich garnets.
Kinematic records of subduction and exhumation in the Ile de Groix blueschists (Hercynian belt; Western France)
Melody Philippon*, Jean Pierre Brun, Fre ́de ́ric Gueydan Ge ́osciences Rennes UMR 6118 CNRS, Universite ́ de Rennes 1, 35042 Rennes Cedex, France;
Journal of Structural Geology 31 (2009) 1308–1321
Pls. visit if you have (make) the opportunity.
The ferry boats leave from the city of Lorient. Compagnie Océane, Gare maritime de Lorient (ferry terminal), 2, rue Gilles Gahinet – 56100 Lorient.
Sun bathing on HP/HT red garnets, dans la Douce France, mais oui, oui, certainement, bien sûr.
Bonne visite !
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Beautiful landscape. Art and boxing. Hands that are delicate as they are fierce!
Thanks for your sharp comment.
That was one of the things that amazed me.
While we used to watch him painting, in the evening, in his own painter’s corner along the boulevard. That we often visited.
How is this possible?
With those same boxer’s hands, knuckles and fingers ?
To produce such beautiful pieces of art.
Reason why I ventured to ask him to make this specific painting.
That certainly requires some inner boxing fury.
To express the dynamism and geotectonic fury that formed this coastal mountain range and landscape ?
Faults and transtensional, transpressional, compressional structures, mountains, the result of stresses produced during the large eastward translation of the Caribbean plate since the Paleocene…etc. etc. etc.
Baruch Spinoza or Benedictus de Spinosa is the most important philosopher of The Netherlands.
In tandem with Desiderius Erasmus who preceded him with a century.
They are in the same exclusive major league of philosophers. With Immanuel Kant, David Hume, John Locke, Thomas Hobbes, Voltaire, René Descartes, Jean-Jacques Rousseau etc. etc.
He lived his last 6 years in this house where he died, probably due to silicosis, a lung disease, at age 44 in 1677. It is located in the Netherlands, The Hague.
Close to the city centre and top three Kee Lun Palace, Fat Kee, Full Moon Dim Sum & Hot Pot in China Town, within others…
In this house he finished his famous work Ethica.
These are my own pictures, partly, and musings. Info is also taken from books, internet and Wikipedia.
Ethics, Demonstrated in Geometrical Order (Latin: Ethica, ordine geometrico demonstrata), usually known as the Ethics, is a philosophical treatise written when just 32-33 years old. Between 1664 – 1665 and first published when about to die, in 1677.
I ventured to read and tried to understand this book as a student in Lugdunum Batavorum. Also bought several other Spinosa books (…as well as Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, the philosopher with the hammer). In Boekhandel De Slegte and Atheneum in Amsterdam.
No, not yet. No Amazon.com or Bol.com for easy and fast online acquisitions. Just slow. Take the train from Leiden, via Haarlem to Amsterdam where you stroll along the whole day.
No hurry, just slow and peacefull nostalgic living. Those were the days…
Regularly I attended additionally lectures on other famous philosophers. By the Philosophy Department in the main Groot-Auditorium with its alluring stained glasses. As well as interesting presentations and analysis of Shakespeare and The Bible. In the historical Academie Gebouw building of 1516. One was stimulated also to attend for free, extra-curricular subjects and discussions: ” Studium Generale “.
It is perhaps the most ambitious attempt to apply the method of Euclid in philosophy.
Spinoza puts forward a small number of definitions and axioms from which he attempts to derive hundreds of propositions and corollaries, such as
“When the Mind imagines its own lack of power, it is saddened by it”,
“A free man thinks of nothing less than of death”, and
“The human Mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the Body, but something of it remains which is eternal.”
Baruch Spinoza (24 November 1632 in Amsterdam – 21 February 1677 in The Hague) was a Dutch philosopher of Portuguese Jewish origin. He is considered to be one of the great Rationalist philosophers of the 17th century. Other famous rationalists include Gottfried Leibniz and René Descartes.
Spinoza’s ideas were not cherished by the Jewish community in Amsterdam of the time. He was excommunicated at age 24 in 1656.
An important idea in Spinoza’s philosophy is God and Nature, everything that exists, are the same thing. Opposing Dualism, Spinoza said that the body and the mind (soul) are two of God’s infinite attributes.
There is no good or evil in Nature, and that these words only have meanings for human beings. For a person, an event that leads to happiness is good, and an event that leads to suffering is bad.
Spinoza describes two (2) types of thoughts, or emotions:
When a person acts from his own nature, he is said to be Active. The more you understand your actions, the more active you become. Active emotions lead to happiness and an understanding of God, as well as to Freedom.
When a person is being influenced by another person, or a thing, he is said to be Passive.
The goal of every person is to intellectually love God (that is, understand Nature as much as humanly possible).
P.D. & Musings
Looking out from the window in the Spinoza House you see this street of my last photo.
Highly frequented by gents. In an elusive search to acquire a few minutes of undisclosed solitary happiness.
The big bang for their bucks?
I do not know if this famous street already existed in Spinosa’s time. If so, it would have been his window view to the outside world. Stepping out of his house for a break and stroll, when writing his famous Ethica, he would have walked straight into this boulevard of elusive and broken wet dreams.
How would the contents of his Ethica have then looked like?
If this lively street had already existed and had surrounded, immerged and assimilated him by then. Would he have included specific deep philosophical thoughts on this item ?
Similar to the effect the immersion had on Henri Marie Raymond de Toulouse-Lautrec-Monfa.
Known as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the French painter, printmaker, draughtsman, caricaturist, and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century ?
Count Henry lived in Montmartre, a part of Paris that was famous for its bohemia people, artists, poets, philosophers and poor students. He was called “the soul of Montmartre”. And often visited the nightclubs such as the Moulin Rouge
Yes. This whole atmosphere inspired him to produce a candid tribute. A precious collection of enticing, elegant, and provocative images of the modern, sometimes decadent, affairs of those times. So often used for posters throughout time.
And Pablo Picasso, Les Demoiselles d’Avignon (The Young Ladies of Avignon) a 1907 cubist painting. It was inspired and represented five women in a brothel.
Similar to Gabriel García Marquez, GGM ?
Who lived in Cartagena as a poor, rookie journalist. And often sought and found refuge such as to pernoctate, in a cheap house of joy. Bread-and-breakfast-all-inclusive? A period that inspired him with many thoughts and themes as expressed in a sublimated and camouflated way in many different parts of his 35+ Nobel Prize works.
Even in GGM’s last, post prize 2009 novel ? A candid veiled tribute. Unveiled at age 82 ?
All immersed, influenced and literary inspired by this setting. Not again Charles Beaudelaire’s Parisian capo lavoro from 1857, Les Fleurs du mal. Or Big Sur, Henry Miller, with numerous. Neither Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, also with various, such as his Trilogía sucia de La Habana from 1999.
His reputation suffered after announcing to the New Yorker in 1994 that he had been “a great prostitute man” during his marriage to Patricia Hale, and declined further in 2008 after admitting to his biographer Patrick French a long-running affair with Margaret Gooding in which he was “very violent”.
V. Naipaul, Nobel Prize literature, 2001.
Last but not least least. Absolutely. The infamous and famous L.A. wordsmith and barfly. The laureate of lowlife that wrote about the wild side of life, unpolished or mundane as it could be.
” When I came it was in the face of everything decent, white sperm dripping down over the heads and souls of my dead parents. If I had been born a woman I would certainly have been a prostitute. Since I had been born a man, I craved women constantly, the lower the better. And yet women, good women frightened me because they eventually wanted your soul, and what was left of mine, I wanted to keep.
Basically I craved prostitutes, base women, because they were deadly and hard and made no personal demands. Nothing was lost when they left. Yet at the same time I yearned for a gentle, good woman, despite the overwhelming price. Either way I was lost. A strong man would give up both. I wasn’t strong. So I continued to struggle with women, with the idea of women.”
Fertile food for musings and speculations of philosophers and Spinosa specialists ?
Maybe, a Ph.D. thesis needed to unravel…: ” Baruch Spinoza and the influence of his red front street on Ethica “?
This street is one of the several ones in The Hague.
An unintentional, coincidentally candid tribute to Ethica and Baruch Spinoza ?
A Red Light Street.
” But all things excellent are as difficult as they are rare.
End of the Ethics by Benedict de Spinoza”.
One click away and for nothing. For your free, leisure weekends. Alternatively also when you get bored?
During your long flight to Houston while sitting in your KLM Business Class chair?
During your regular stops while trailing the 777 km of the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage, starting in Roncesvalles, with your heavy backpack?
On the beach of Pirate Bay accompanied by a Cuba Libre with ron Diplomático and Orquesta Guayacán through your headphone?
After watching your favourite team loose 1-2 in Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Russia?
These paintings in acryl were created by my dear wife. She is a painter and artist as well, within others.
She studied at art academies in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Spain, Madrid.
Also Suriname, Paramaribo at Nola Hatterman Art Academy. With guidance of Wilgo Vijfhoven and Rinaldo Klas. Two well known, colourful local and international well-known artists, both with their own unique art style.
She is really fascinated by painting geological features in an expressionistic style in her creations. This inspired by the fact that we talk a lot about geology, petroleum exploration etc. etc.
Certainly a stiff competitor of Janis Joplin’s Porsche 356 C 1600 cabriolet of 1964.
For just US$ 1.8 million, most recently sold & acquired.
Alternatively? Just simplistic, Out-of-the-Box thinking ?
(…Why not, sure, not a 54 years old one.
But a Brand new Porsche 718 Boxster cabriolet 2018 for just US$ 57.400 @ Dealer. Thus.
31 New ones instead of just 1 JJ. Have them 31-different-creative-versions-styled-and-painted as you heart wishes.
Certainly, make sure, also One (1) exact copy of JJ’s. Then.
Most fortunate with 31 different, unique-one-of-a-kind new Porsche 718 Boxster cabriolets.
Each day another one.
In tandem with your new, clean socks in your red-soled Christian Louboutin shoes. And Derek Rose Otis pure silk boxer underwear under your Porsche Design Denim, Yves Saint Laurent and D&G jeans.
Each and every (…working…) day another one.
During the whole month.
Sure, pls. do not forget, you will also need a 31 size garage.
Tip: after some time, that time will certainly come, when you are really bored of them all ?
Sell them all and each for some US 1.8 million…?
(sure…first ask Mick Jagger, Tom Jones, Elton John, Romeo Santos, Shakira, Marc Anthony etc. etc. to touch them at least once, sign them. And also go for a fast James-Dean-type-of-drive, to create the legacy, that later pays off. Note, don’t let the sound of your own wheels drive you crazy (Eagles). A super high ROI.
This as you will always find car lovers dearly willing and most able to pay that legacy amount).
In addition to ” Casas y Terrenos Baratos “.
Re.: Photography by Dan Giannopoulos – BBC News, In Pictures, June 12th, 2018.
36. Geo-Art: Liza in 2008. Deep Sea Fans and Canyon Heads
Deep sea fans and canyon head deposits on the Continental Shelf, Guiana-Suriname Basin, 2008.
This is geo-art based on petroleum exploration geosciences.
Acryl paintings made in 2008.
Eight years before giant Liza 2015 offshore discovery. She was still on the waiting list. ” In-statu-nascendi “. Patiently waiting to be magnificently drilled and discovered by ExxonMobil.
An artistic expression of already a common situation offshore Guiana-Suriname Basin.
In my geo-mind ?
I had already imagined, constructed, admired, cherished and unveiled them.
Representing the giant Berbice canyon and its head, funnelling and guiding prospective turbidites. Slope, channel complexes and deeps fans. That were supplied by their provenance area on the Guyana Shield hinterland. Debouching and deposited via mainly 3 canyons, on the continental slope and splaying further onto the abyssal plain deep offshore.
From Lower Cretaceous times onwards.
Much later to become very popular leads, prospects and eventually giant petroleum fields, in 2015. In the Upper Cretaceous and Tertiary sediments. Sparking the ongoing Black Gold Rush.
These paintings were hanging on the walls of my office in Staatsolie.
The play concept and petroleum habitat. Beautifully painted in acrylic. Impressionism, Vincent Van Gogh style ?
Already in 2008.
Pre-discovery time ?
” Petroleum is first found in the mind of the explorer “.
Liza…and 12 others, at April 2019, already 5.5+ billion bbls recoverable reserves,
some 15 remaining propects just in Stabroek License,
Orinduik, much more to come.
Also in nearby licenses and in Suriname (Block 58).
I had the privilige to work on the whole Guiana-Suriname Basin for an extended time. Serving also Staatsolie, Suriname as an exploration advisor.
Part of this technical work I presented in december 2009. On offshore Guiana-Suriname Basin. A summary of the whole gamut of play types, leads and their prospectivity. In tandem herewith the newly re-defined licence blocks on offer in Suriname, then mainly open. This in line of the strategy to actively promote offshore Suriname to IOC’s. Now most fortunately most licensed. Even Demerara High area.
Mind you. No fuzzing and fighting. No public discussions. No uncertainties. All transparent. Black on white. Professionally. Signed.
Beforehand, of course, a most clear view and strategy. A pre-defined level playing field set. What exactly do we want. What exactly we do not want. Who do we want. Who do we not want. Like it or not. No complaints. Negotiated, give and take, no-yes-no-yes-no-Yezzz. Agreed, mutually, sure-about-it? Yes, signed, silent and go for it.
Staatsolie, is a unique role model. For developing countries. Founded and grown up from scratch. Within others by geologist Dr. Eddie Jharap himself, the first and longstanding managing director. Please read his interesting book and biography on how he did it. Awesome.
A grown-up and fully respected oil firm. With both technical and managerial grounded expertise in the whole value chain of oil and gas. Amazing, they did it on their own, they did it their way. Silently.
Dr. Jharap was about to finish his studies with structural geologist professor L.U. de Sitter. When I arrived as a green rookie at our mutual Alma Mater, Leiden.
My presentation was in Trinidad, Port of Spain during the Caribbean Energy Conference.
These 2 paintings were created by my dear wife. She is a painter and artist as well, within others. She studied at art academies in Venezuela, the Netherlands, Spain, Madrid. Sranankondre, Paramaribo at Nola Hatterman Art Academy, with guidance of two well known, splendid and colorful local artists, Wilgo Vijfhoven and Rinaldo Klas.
She accompanied me during the presentation. Is really fascinated by the dynamics of the canyons, turbidites and deep fans.
These paintings were made by her on my request.
First presented, during her art exhibition titled ” A Tribute to Suriname ” in April 2010. Together with other 25 paintings. In Paramaribo, Suriname. Sponsored by the Embassy and Consulate of Venezuela, that has a special cultural area and building, such as for art expositions.
I wish to share it with you, enjoy.
As an art lover, contantly stepping in and out of museums, art galleries etc. etc., wherever I go and can go. Since being a kid at high school, till now I have never seen any other oil or acryl paintings of this subject. Not even in my favourite museum in Amsterdam. Van Gogh museum. Neither in the Palazzo degli Uffizi della bella Firenze. Of course.
A few neat hand drawings (no, not computer generated) of him, Poet, paleontologist and also mining engineer. His interesting sketches and notes on geology in general are conserved today at the archive in Weimar. Mr. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Sure, sure, sure. Almost forgot him. Sorry, before quitting. The greatest genius all times. Even though he never painted or published on relativity theory, quantum mechanics and black holes.
He was not just a great painter.
He was also a brilliant geologist,
as the latest instalment of an interactive series on his drawings revealed. Rocks pile and gather and disintegrate in mountains, caves, strata and screes in his paintings. The two versions of his picture of The Virgin of the Rocks in the National Gallery’s exhibition of his art glory in two different imaginary caverns. Each with its own rich earthscape of stone perforated and sculpted by wind and water. But he did not only look at stonefrom a painter’s point of view. It was not a background feature in his eyes. It was a scientific problem.
As a geologist he anticipated the scientists of the 18th and 19th centuries who were to prove that the Earth is far older than it says in the book of Genesis. When scientific pioneers around 1800 recognised fossils for what they are, traces of ancient animal, and analysed the processes that create and erode rocks, they quickly reached a set of conclusions that led to Darwin’s theory of evolution and a crisis of Christianity. But amazingly, this self-taught researcher thought through a lot of their key discoveries. Hundreds of years earlier ?
Leonardo da Vinci
If you have seen other Liza subsurface discoveries in oil or acryl paintings ? Please let me know, a reference of the artist and/or a picture. Who knows yourself are a geo-artist as well ? Would like to see them. Many thanks in advance.
Enjoying the subsurface discoveries, also in art paintings on the wall.