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  1. This poem has been re-christened (new name) because I have featured it in a screenplay I have just written. It's new title is A Morning Legende. And you can listen to me recite it here: http://josegainza.podomatic.com/player/web/2011-08-12T13_24_12-07_00
  2. I found this movie really enjoyable. It should have been longer however because that could have made an evaluation on Zuckerberg's character more explicit. By the end of the movie the issue of his moral standing and his worth as a business hero is not clear. But it is implied by what is shown and what businesss decisions he did make and what opportunities he seized on. By the end the evaluation leans more towards one side but it is not too clear. And also, the issue seems to be over how rude he is, his social skills, and that seems to be detached from a total moral evaluation. "You're ri
  3. Hey! Great to see that there are other Objectivists in Toronto!

  4. I bought season one a few months ago and liked it very much. However I'm taking my time with the rest of it. Will treat myself to a mega marathon some time in the summer or fall. I've seen some random episodes on tv since, and the rest looks very promising.
  5. Hokken, I recommend strongly that you read The Fountainhead first. You'll be intrigued by Roark who seems to renounce so much and seems to suffer so, or others like more materialistic pleause seekers, or Dominique who seems to renounce so much and actually suffers, but sees her heaven in art a la Schopenhauer.
  6. Before Your Labor Day By Jose Gainza As the rays of dawn race to brush your face, While your eyes are shut softly on my pillow, The scent of rind will awaken your embrace, Shine a smile on me that has no touch of sorrow. This orange skin caresses cheeks this new born morn, Ere I peel the fruit in our fragrant, windowed room. Of tears of joy and gasps of mirth you warn, As I feed you slices sweet; your feast assume. The trickling dew upon your chin I kiss away, And soon the circle of my lips will circle yours, And the duvet cloud embracing you I'll throw away, And lift you in
  7. For the last 2 years this poem has been properly called IN LOVE WITH HER UNDERGROUND officially by me and in other venues. It used to be called: "Mrs. Dominique Roark!" It was certainly inspired by Roark and Dominique. However, it is also a statement of something personal at the time and probably right now too. And that is what it really is. Any similarities between Roark and Dominique are merely coincidental parallels inspired by Ayn Rand's great and timeless abstractions. The underground is a metaphor for the subconscious, or sense of life, and the conflicts that are possible therefor
  8. "This is existence! ....... This greatest payment, this union of our worthy selves!"
  9. A SUDDEN SENTIMENT This is existence! This is what my strongest feeling says: That to be with you is life— That what this mirth and fear embodied in aching, are saying, Is that you and I together now are the meaning of life! Together we are the triumph of what is possible to human ability— The testament to how magnanimous the earth is to men’s dreams— The end to which all our choices and actions have thus embarked— The confirmation of our beneficent power of choice, seizer of this Utopia— This choice the constant condition of eternal happiness: This greatest payment, this union of
  10. THE IDEA OF MIGHT BE AND OUGHT TO BE RELATED TO THE METAPHYSICAL ISSUE OF VOLITION It applies to the actions and character of men. A keen observer may sit in a city square and watch peolple for months, interviewing people, classifying them by common characteristics, surveying them, and lists his types. But this limited locale, though hundreds of men have been observed, does not speak well enough for all mankind. Our observer if he wanted to make these observed types representative of all mankind, would be in error. The onion is deeper than that. One thing distinctive in the character
  11. Ayn Rand held the 'romantic principle' as she called it very early in life, she grasped it first hand. Gradually as she read french novels she began to recognize the principe in the romantic movement in fiction. In addition, when she read Aristotle's poetics she saw it stated, "what could be and should be." I can't tell you what is romantic in painting, or music, or sculpture. But fiction I am more familiar with. In fiction the clearest statement would be Victor Hugo's work and particularly his preface to his play Cromwell. Romanticism was something new in rebellion of Classicism. Som
  12. Here's the same building from a different perspective: different perspective
  13. The poem in these two documents started out as a lark so that I could amuse a friend. But it actually turned out quite pretty. I guess I can't help myself. I call the picture with the skyline, "West One from DNA". The poem is a typical ode.
  14. The way I've seen it since several years after my beginning with Objectivism is that if you do not understand the Objectivist view of sex fully, then you are in danger of being a whim worshipper in sex. That doesn't necessarily mean promiscuous, but it certainly means sleeping with the wrong person. If in adolesence you wanted sex very much with beautiful people as the standard, then it will take many years to automatize withholding sex for the right person. If you are achieving in life, and you are proud in the realm of your creative achievements then you will automatically want sex with s
  15. See 6:25 onwards a couple minutes past for the Monet I talk about.
  16. So if in the case when the subject and composition is not good enough to be considered art in the context of expressing metaphysical value-judgments, can style alone be sufficient when it is able to express something fundamental about perception? It seems that it is possible for the subject to be dull, but the style brilliant and expressive. And also the style to be brilliant yet elusive or distracting (impressionism), and yet the subject and the painter's strange success in using an unnatural style of painting to give the metaphysical effect he desires. For example, I cannot escape the del
  17. Wow, my eyes must be deceiving me; I thought I saw something about keys and a dress--but still, I said nothing about 'legs' either ...
  18. [i'm back for the writing of this post merely]. I spoke not of any dress. So you don't agree that all art has the two criteria I named, which I got from the definition of Miss Rand? If you can name the metaphysical value-judgments an artist manages to express, and if he re-creates something real, is it not art? My statment may be rationalistic but it certainly is not subjective, and I doubt it is the former either. So an object such as bread is only art if the style implies something metaphysical, but not if it is there as merely copied as if it were on the painter's table? I'm not a pa
  19. I spent some time thinking about this issue a couple of weeks ago. But I haven't had time to edit properly what I wrote. I will say that it is clear by Ayn Rand's definition that art has to criteria--all art: "re-creation of reality" and "selected according to an Artist's metaphysical value-judgments". So the bread as something re-created does meet the first criteria of art. The second one is more tricky: what does a picture of bread express metaphysically? What are metaphysical value-judgments? They deal with issues related to the nature of existence and man's RELATIONSHIP to existence
  20. It does re-create reality. It re-creates Roark's metaphysical value-judgements! That's the whole point. That's why as a modern novel it would be unrealistic and fantastic, though it is in significant ways naturalistic ... The whole point of the novel is that ARCHITECTURE IS ART ... and in the corpus of Rand, the only place one will find her answer is in THE FOUNTAINHEAD. Don Joselito.
  21. You simply don't see the art. I've done this already. Do it. I'm not sorry. But enjoy yourself. Don Joselito.
  22. This idea of rand--Architecture as Art--perhaps takes years to validate: it is not easy. Why should a house be art? What "metaphysical value-judgment" is implied by this idea? It's a primordial art: Why do we need confined space? We can and should determine our immediate universe for our purposeful judgment of what will make us happy, given the function that we have decided is our goal to reach: VERY METAPHYSICAL.
  23. Who the hell said that only "romantic-realist" art is "ART"?
  24. My opinion of Ayn Rand is of Super-genius. Very early I knew that she studied philosophy in College, and Aristotle and Plato, very indepth. By the time she is beginning the Fountainhead she is very familiar with the history of philosophy. I speculate that she read a whole load first hand. I do believe that she read Kant first hand. However, even if she didn't, she certainly has a first hand grasp of all the major issues of philosophy, so that she arrived at them according to her intellectual interest and need. So that by the time she is a mature and successful woman she can pick up any m
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