Of Bill Cunningham & Mountain Lion

Today is a rainy day. One of those when people start their day slowly staying home instead of venturing out. I was shooting black and white candid shots… nothing inspirational when I spotted a lonely figure on a bike, a New York institution, Bill Cunningham. He has been shooting NYC streets for nearly 50 years now. Of course I had to snap a pic of him, shamelessly. It was one of my wishes to see Bill Cunningham in action. This wish was granted.

Now, for a long time, (say 27 years), in California, my dream was to see a mountain lion. I never did. The signs of its presence were plentiful…San Francisco Bay Area parks were always marked with signs to watch out for cougars. And then there was the time in the Sierra Nevada Foothills where my neighbors’ goats were found slaughtered high in a tree dragged there by a mountain lion. After a while I came to realization that these creatures saw me without being seen. And the reason I did not come across one because I would probably be eaten.

Duelling Philosophers from DarkPinePhotos

Reblogging doesn’t always work. I think DarkPinePhotos has a story to tell. This is his last year as a teacher as he and his wife are retiring this year. Existential Friday: Duelling Philosophers is dedicated to a  piece by his high school student from his the Assisted Study Program. It is a debate between two philosophers in the form of a rap duel.

Please read this little mad cool rap piece and go to DarkPinePhotos to show the support and make a difference in these students’ lives. I turned off likes for this post so the fellow bloggers can leave all the comments and likes where they belong…on Existential Friday: Duelling Philosophers

As DarkPinePhotos puts it, “This post is tagged under a number of headings including photography & art. The most important though is education. This is a story of 21 men & women from vastly different parts of the world, different backgrounds, and ages who, through the power of blogging, have shaped the education of a young person. They have never met this person nor have they directly communicated with them.”

Aquinas: St. Thomas Aquinas here to rap,

I’m just gunna give ya a little recap.

The five proofs of God yo,

They outshine anything you’ve learnt in bio.

The first proof begins with motion (motion, motion),

It can be compared to the domino (domino, domino) effect yo,

Where one thing in motion is moved by something (something, something) else,

Like the fire that started from the log of wood (wood, wood).

But the sequence can not go forever,

Because there ain’t no explanation for the first mover,

This right here is where God comes in,

Using his powers to be moved by nothing else.

Sartre: Nah bro you’re totally wrong, We are wholly responsible of our own belong There ain’t no such thing as this God man None of our actions originate from a plan

Instead, humans believe in this thing called intentions (intentions, intentions) Where everything we do is on purpose (purpose, purpose) And there ain’t no such thing (no such thing, no such thing) as an accident Rather the idea that we deserve (deserve, deserve) everything that happens

Aquinas: Well lemme explain to you,

The second proof which will stick with you like glue,

It’s called an efficient cause yo

Where one item is the cause of the next item ya know

But what if the causes stretch all the way back? (back, back)

There will be no first (no first, no first) efficient cause

Without the wonderful thing everyone calls God (God, god)

So you better believe (better believe, better believe) its him who makes the first cause

Sartre: The causes don’t need to stretch back, Everyone is to blame for their own track, Because they make intentional choices With or without the help of any inspirational voices

Aquinas: The third and fourth proofs,

There’s no possible way that they can be spoofs

The third proof, God is accountable for necessity (necessity, necessity)

And in the fourth he is the cause of goodness (goodness, goodness) and perfection

Sartre: Both necessity and goodness come from people (people, people) themselves

God does not play a part in our lives (no part, no part)

Every cause can be traced back to us (us, us)

We never encounter anything except responsibility (responsibility, responsibility)

There is no such thing as compulsion,

It is only you who caused the most recent explosion

Everything is a matter of choice,

Like whether you’ll date that girl named Joyce.

It’s all up to you,

Do not try to blame it on little boy blue.

Or your friend named Drew,

Or even the fact that you had the flu.

Aquinas: I have to disagree with you Sartre, (disagree)

Many things in life wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for God (weren’t for God, weren’t for God)

The fifth idea proves this exactly, (fifth proof, fifth proof)

It states that intelligence is the workings of God (intelligence, intelligence)

God directs our goals,

Watching every one of our souls

And being in charge of every “first”,

So don’t try to argue or you’ll be cursed.

“St. Thomas Aquinas here to rap,

I’m just gunna give ya a little recap.”

PS Please leave all the comments and likes on DarkPinesPhotos blog. He has a story to tell that goes with this school assignment.

Dark Pines Photo

I have mentioned in a few of my posts about my background and current work as a secondary school teacher. Teaching can put a person in a box. Depending on where and what you subjects you are required to communicate ( you teach students, not subjects), it can be difficult exercise flexibility both in content & methodology.  The most effective teaching requires an opportunity to create and innovate. You need to adapt to the students and the situation. Teachers try to nurture and take advantage of the teachable moment. That is when the student is sparked with curiosity and the desire to know, understand, and apply.

In my capacity of my final year as a teacher before retiring, I have a range of students and subjects. These students are acquiring courses through what is called, an Assisted Study Program (ASP).  They are working independently on different subjects at different levels. …

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Get Into the Swim of Advertisement

So here in NYC as in the rest of our country we, the partakers of our daily bread, are encouraged to watch a lot of TV, drink, be awake but only partially, dive head first into “the swim of things”, solute our waspy roots. Above all, we are encouraged to spend and spend with abandon…our energy, time, money on anything that can be sold and bought on our way to attain the eternal peace. Amen.

blooming bloom

NYC is covered in bloom. Such a nice display of spring and money invested in bulbs and such…
I saw Hunger Games yesterday during which I couldn’t stop marveling at the idea of reality shows.

I founded it strangely relevant with OCCUPY protests going on this country and frills of disposability in our times.