The Yucatan / Chichen Itza ………… The Sound of the Serpent

17 Jun


Ancient Mayan Music / Tsompantli

It would appear that Sound was deliberately built into a lot of Mayan architecture.
How they knew how to do this we may never know? 

And the fact that the echo sound of the Quetzal bird
was discovered at the Pyramid of Kukulkan
and recreated is almost equally amazing. 

Were those who reconstructed the Pyramid aware of this phenomenon? 
And even if they were, what were the chances their reconstruction
would successfully achieve this result?

And since only 2 sides of the Pyramid have been restored
we don’t know what the the other 2 might have offered.

This brings us to the 2nd sound phenomenon:

The Sound of the Serpent
at The Temple of the Warriors

Truly amazing. 
And since there was once a roof over that structure the sound/echo
would likely have been even more pronounced.

Up Next: 
Play Ball!

BLUES Culture Wins the CUP!!!!

13 Jun


GLORIA!

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It took 52 years.

At one point this season the St. Louis Blues were dead last in the Standings.
Dead Last.
The fans were screaming for a ‘rebuild’.
They fired the coach.
And started to climb.
All the way to the top.

It wasn’t done on the back of Superstars.
It was a complete team achievement.
Everybody bought in.
Everybody believed.
Blues Culture.
Marvelous to behold.

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Coach Craig Berube with CUP.

Amazing.

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Apocalypto … 2006

12 Jun


Apocalypto Soundtrack / Words Through the Sky / james-horner

“No one can outrun their destiny”

Wrong.
Anybody can. 

If you know how.

Must have been a very tough movie to make:
Jungle, mosquitoes, snakes, all kinds of crap/challenges/obstacles.
But it’s a good movie.
Graphic in places (of course). Mel never holds back on the heavy stuff:
Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Hacksaw Ridge …
Made in 2006. And since we’re making discoveries about the Maya everyday,
(I’m not confident we’ll ever get a handle on them)
it’s pretty hard to get everything right.
This is NOT a documentary however.
Unusual Cast. N
o Yul Brynners or Elizabeth Taylors here. Most unknown.
Yet they do a very good job. Let’s give a nod to Director Mel for that.
Visually stunning.
Rewatchable.
Excellent job.  

Movie Making. Easy as pie.

No coughing!

The eyes of a child.

The ways of Men.

Mayan Blue.

Something’s coming …. 

Something not good …

About as bad as you can get.

Cometh butchers …
In guise of Gods. 

But the Maya have never died.

DEADWOOD ……. The Movie ……. Now Showing on HBO

11 Jun

I warned ya ’bout the cussing.

High Ratings.

Adios.

Them Ghost Chickens in the Sky …

8 Jun

BUUCK BUUUUCK BUCK !!!!

Too good.

Passing the torch …

7 Jun


Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover / Vera Lynn

To you from failing hands we throw The torch …

be yours to hold it high.

Honouring D-Day Heroes 2019

6 Jun

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Except for what these brave men and women did a mere 75 years ago you wouldn’t be sitting there.
I Salute – and Thank.

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Bless You All. 

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Two Great Men

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9,000 sand drawings commemorate the fallen on d-day

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … How it was done …

5 Jun


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The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Song of the Quetzal

4 Jun


Jorge Reyes

Quetzalcoatl / Kukulkan

So this guy called Quetzalcoatl walks out of the jungle one day
and becomes a God. 

To both the Aztecs and the Mayans.

He must have been a hell of guy.
Throughout Central America there’s temples and pyramids
dedicated to him all over the place.

So we have this beautiful bird called the quetzal
meaning “precious” or “sacred” in several Mesoamerican languages
that was associated with 
Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent
–  a connection between Earth and sky.

Beautiful eh!

Soooo … now we discover one of the (among several) wonders of the Pyramid of Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl
an amazing thing that the Mayans created from sound / echo
that was built into the Pyramid of Kukulkan.

First listen to this recording of the Quetzal bird singing.

Now … watch and listen to this:

                                              

When you stand in front of the Pyramid of Kukulkan and clap your hands
you hear the song of the Quetzal bird.

Audio scientists don’t know how they did this. 

Here is my own video of this experience:

It seems that many ancient civilizations knew some things about the power of SOUND that we don’t.
And this isn’t the only place at Chichen Itza where they engineered sound into their architecture. 

We’ll look at a couple more next …

The Steed ! Equus Medius !

4 Jun

Spring 2019

Took a ride on my Norco Hybrid today – over to the Mall.
I heard rumors that exercise is good for high blood pressure.
I’m sure it is.

 Off I went. 

Norco Hybrid

Not a bad steed really. About $350 bucks.
That’s all I’m gonna spend on a bike.

Has about 20 gears – or more.
I know the low ones really well. 

But for me, it’s main modification is a larger bike seat.
Geezer size.

Yep.

I recall from my body building days that the bum muscles are called Gluteus Maximus.
That’s Roman for Big Bum Muscles.
Mine are really well developed.
(I have no idea where the small ones are.)

However, I rediscovered the large ones very quickly.

Have a great summer. 

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Part 4

30 May


musica-prehispanic

Chichen Itza
The Pyramid of Kukulkan


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7LFODaiyE4

Some necessary knowledge:

Wikipedia says:

“The Maya name “Chichen Itza” means “At the mouth of the well of the Itza.”
This derives from chi, meaning “mouth” or “edge,” and chʼen or chʼeʼen, meaning “well.”
Itzá is is the name of an ethnic-lineage group that gained political and economic
dominance of the northern (Yucatan) peninsula.”

“One other possible translation for Itza is “enchanter (or enchantment) of the water,”
from its, “sorcerer,” and ha, “water.”
Since Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl, appears to have been a highly enlightened person,
enchanter” and “sorcerer” makes sense.

In 2015 the Pyramid was discovered to have been built over a A cenote [seˈnote])
a natural pit, or sinkhole, resulting from the collapse of limestone bedrock
that exposes groundwater underneath. A natural well.”

I heard someone suggest that this may have been accidental. Really!?
It’s called “At the mouth of the WELL of Itza” for a good reason.
These people did nothing by accident.

In other words, we are still discovering things about the Mayans
that we didn’t know before.

Our guide, Carmen, showed us some recent photos of sun/celestial alignments
at Chichen Itza that were only recently discovered by Security Officers
who work at the site year round.
These discoveries are not yet common knowledge.

Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl

“Kukulkan (/kuːkuːlˈkän/) (“Plumed Serpent“, “Feathered Serpent“) is the name of a Mesoamerican serpent deity. Kukulkan was worshipped by the Yucatec Maya peoples of the Yucatán Peninsula, in what is now Mexico. The depiction of the Feathered Serpent is present in other cultures of Mesoamerica. Kukulkan is closely related to the deity Qʼuqʼumatz of the Kʼicheʼ people and to Quetzalcoatl of Aztec mythology. Little is known of the mythology of this Pre-Columbian era deity.”

They got that right.

And since some of this knowledge may enter into the Esoteric arena
it’s unlikely that science will ever get the whole picture.
Per usual, getting Truth is always a personal endeavour. Don’t wait for Harvard. 

Next: More …

 

CALGARY ROUGHNECKS !!!!!!!!!! WORLD CHAMPS !!!!

26 May

2019 NLL CHAMPIONS

Way to go Lads !!

26 May

Johnny Mack Brown and James Arness ride in for the February WFPS meeting

The Western Film Preservation Society

We have an action packed lineup for the February 21 meeting of the Western Film Preservation Society, Ed Wyatt Chapter at McKimmon Center on the campus of NCSU.

First up is Johnny Mack Brown in “West of Carson City” (1940). His sidekick is Fuzzy JMB-WCCKnight and the leading lady is Peggy Moran. There will be plenty of action with three of the baddest heavies in B-Westerns. With Harry Woods, Roy Barcroft, an Charles King in the same picture (they were only together in 4 films), it doesn’t get any better than that!

JA-GMDOur second feature stars James Arness in “Gun the Man Down” (1956). Robert Wilke is the heavy and this film introduces Angie Dickinson in her screen debut. There is not only plenty of action but also Angie and James! Between the fighting, gunplay, and Angie, you will not want to miss this one!

Also:

Nobody double deals on Johnny Mack!

Take that you Galoot!

Now for the payoff!

Gun the Man Down / 1956


James Arness

Somebody’s not paying attention.

“Think I’ll head for Dodge City.”

Johnny Mack Brown and James Arness ride in for the February WFPS meeting

25 May

Love these old time Cowboys !

The Western Film Preservation Society

We have an action packed lineup for the February 21 meeting of the Western Film Preservation Society, Ed Wyatt Chapter at McKimmon Center on the campus of NCSU.

First up is Johnny Mack Brown in “West of Carson City” (1940). His sidekick is Fuzzy JMB-WCCKnight and the leading lady is Peggy Moran. There will be plenty of action with three of the baddest heavies in B-Westerns. With Harry Woods, Roy Barcroft, an Charles King in the same picture (they were only together in 4 films), it doesn’t get any better than that!

JA-GMDOur second feature stars James Arness in “Gun the Man Down” (1956). Robert Wilke is the heavy and this film introduces Angie Dickinson in her screen debut. There is not only plenty of action but also Angie and James! Between the fighting, gunplay, and Angie, you will not want to miss this one!

Also:

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Today …

20 May


TODAY / The New Christie Minstrels 1964

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Part 3

15 May


musica-prehispanic –jorge-reyes

Carmen – our Guide – shows us how Mayan Temples used to look – brilliantly colored and illustrated. 

At last … there it is: The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan!

So why is Pyramid of Kukulkan so special? There are others that are bigger and more impressive.
But there are several reasons that I will reveal shortly.

Our motley crew.

Up until recently they used to let people clamour all over this. And, of course,
everybody wants to do that. Me too.
BUT this is a very important artifact and thousands of people climbing on it
will eventually destroy it. So I’m glad they stopped that. 

Getting the vibe.

91 steps …

Coming Next: Amazing things about this Pyramid

Doris Day …. Cow Gal !

14 May

DORIS DAY

born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
1922 – 2019

“I like joy; I want to be joyous. I want to smile and I want to make people laugh. And that`s all I want. I like being happy. I want to make others happy.”
– Doris Day

Oh you did that Doris. 
Oh so well. 

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Loved that Gal.
Sweet Dreams Doris.

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The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Part 2

8 May


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Fierce, Majestic, Mysterious

What can be said of the Ancient Maya? –  a massive Civilization/Culture
that spanned beyond 3500 years throughout Central America.
Much, much more than I have room for here.

And much more to be revealed.

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Recent aerial laser technology has revealed over 60,000 manmade structures in in Central America. 
Many appear to be large pyramids. They don’t have the enough time, money, or people to investigate them.
Most will remain a mystery far beyond our lifetime.

The Mayans/Aztecs built immense Pyramids – several bigger than the Pyramids in Egypt.

Without the wheel or metal tools.
Yeah.

Entering Chichen Itza

Looks like a fortress … 

It was pretty hot so I opted to buy a hat.
I’ve had sunstroke once so this would protect the back of my neck.

Unfortunately this made me look more like Belloq – the Raiders bad guy – than Indy. 

Hmmm …

UNESCO Historic site.

Protected. 

Oh shush!

Next: Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan … Part 1

30 Apr

Warning: Geezer Alert


Quetzalcoatl / Caleb Hennessy

The Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan

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One of the 7 New Wonders of the World
(2007)

Justly so.

For me, this was the highlight of our Holiday to the Yucatan. It deserves special treatment.
As a kid I had wanted to be an Archeologist or Paleontologist. In the 60’s I had lived in the Drumheller, Alberta for 5 years – the Badlands of Alberta – and I had made many trips up into the surrounding hills to gather a large collection of Dinosaur Bones, Petrified Wood, Fossils, etc. Likewise I have always been very interested in Ancient History and civilizations. To go to Yucatan and Chichen Itza seemed like a dream beyond my reach.

Yet here we were.
Life has it’s wonders and mysteries. I ride the carpet.

Did I know I was going to see the Temple Pyramid of Kukulkan / Quetzalcoatl? No. Absolutely not. This was all arranged by Rose, my partner.
I don’t believe she could have known how much this would mean to me?

That’s another wonder in this world. 

Truthfully though, I don’t know that I would have made a good Archeologist?
I’m not much for pecking in the dirt with a brush and trowel.
I’m more inclined to grab the loot and run for the door.

Maybe not such a good idea.

Anyway … I’ve called on a couple of friends to help me out.

We’ve got this.

Onward! Part 2

 

 

Deadwood Movie … 2019

28 Apr


Arriving in Deadwood / Michael Brook

Warning: lots of profanity.

 

 

AHHH Spring at last ….

28 Apr

Spring time in Alberta.
Reminds me of last Spring.

 

GOT … Daenerys Targaryen … a photo essay

25 Apr

Emilia (Isobel Euphemia Rose) Clarke


Game of Thrones / Dark Wings Dark Words / Ramin Djawadi

GOT … Jon Snow … a photo essay

23 Apr

Kit Harrington 

GOT … the Hound finds a seat …

18 Apr

Opening Credits | Game of Thrones | Season 8 (HBO)

“Bring me one of those chickens.”

THE KID / 2019

16 Apr


one horse town / blackberry smoke

The Kid / 2019

An Outlaw. A Lawman. A Boy Caught In The Crossfire.

It only matters the story they tell when you’re gone.

All you have to do is say “The Kid” and everybody knows who you’re talking about.
That’s Fame. Or Infamy.
A Legend any way you look at it.

In theatres March 8 – Limited Distribution

Locations: Check Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MovieTheKid/
I’ll be looking for it to show up on Netflix, Crave, ??? somewhere.

Ethan Hawke gets Top Bill.

Dane DeHaan (The Kid) gets second Bill.

Jake Schur is” introduced”.

Last I heard there were over 20 movies depicting Billy the Kid. Of various quality.
Some Classic. But most end up in Boot Hill.
So among the 20 new Westerns that I posted recently,
The Kid is one of the most interesting. 

(Anything with Billy the Kid gets our attention)

It’s always interesting to see if they stick to actual events and history – or depart wildly.
Some folks don’t like it if Historical events aren’t closely followed.
I say: Is it a good Western – or not?

Rotten Tomatoes Audiences liked it. 
Critics not so much.

IMDB says it’s Watchable.

Obviously a huge factor in KID movies is who plays The KID?

Dane DeHaan
Does he have the Star Power to pull if off?
We’ll see.

The Kid centers the plot / storyline around Rio – played by young Jake Schur (his first movie!?)
and the events being seen through his eyes …

… and how he is influenced by Billy or Pat Garrett.
That’s the angle. 

Director / Actor Vincent D’Onofrio.


Vincent D’Onofrio has massive credentials as a TV / Film Actor going all the way back to 1983.
Over 30 years. Also Produces and sings.
He’s paid his dues.

Chris Pratt plays a bad guy. He’s almost unrecognizable with that huge beard.

IMDB Trivia:

  • Dane Dehaan was 31 years old during filming ( 32, upon release ) while the real Billy the Kid was shot and killed at 21 years of age. (Though I still wonder if the Kid didn’t get away.)
  • Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, and Vincent D’Onofrio all previously starred together in another western, The Magnificent Seven (2017).
    Pratt and D’Onofrio also starred in Jurassic World.

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  • Vincent D’Onofrio and Adam Baldwin both starred in Full Metal Jacket, though they shared no scenes together in that film.
  • Dane DeHaan and Ethan Hawke both starred in the movie Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (2017).

I’m eager to see what they come up with.

YUCATAN … Day 3: That evening …

9 Apr


don’t let the rain come down / serendipity singers

It continued to rain on and off.

Nobody was walking around.
Maybe they thought it was cold?
Not to us Canadians.

Crocs and peacocks don’t care about rain.

Beautiful.

Will somebody give that guy a raise!?

All is Still.

Empty.

Peaceful.

My roof’s got a hole in it.

But I don’t care either.

 

A few folks on the beach.

Birds and divers don’t mind rain.

Call it a day …

Coming soon: Chichen Itza

YUCATAN … Day 3: Shopping Excursion

7 Apr


a time for us / Bárbara Padilla

On the third day it rained.
(But If you’re visiting a jungle rainforest – by the ocean – you might expect some rain)

Frankly, it was a welcome break from the heat.

Unless you have to work in it.

Art shot. 

When it rains people evaporate.

Waiting for our ride.

We made it.
You won’t see the REAL Mexico on these Excursions.

(But you might not want to.)
Like the Resort, they are a safe, sanitized, controlled environments.
You won’t get shot, mugged or molested. Or likely food poisoning.
I’m not really pooping on Mexico though because there are areas in many
Canadian and American cities where it’s not safe to go either.
Nuff said.

Booze.

The effects of excessive tequila.

Mezcal – with a scorpion.

All kinds of stuff. A lot of the merchandise wasn’t bad. 
We just couldn’t afford to buy much and get it back here. 

They got Chocolate.

Mugs.

Leather.

Whirlygigs.

Hindu Goddess? Stuff that seems to belong somewhere else.
Like India.

Cigars. Big Cigars.

Plaza.

?

Then it started raining like hell again.

My camera has an App called Chick Magnet.

More later … 

Never Fool with the Kid …

3 Apr

Easy Kid. Easy! It was ONLY a joke.

Yeah, sure it was lousy … but still just a joke!

NO! NO …. !

OK my April Fools joke stunk. It wasn’t funny.
And if your April Fools joke isn’t funny you’re in trouble.

I just left things too late and then rushed something out. Not good.

So … I’ll just toss it on the massive pile of ‘Billy the Kid’ Mythology …
And git outta town.

Next year …

YUCATAN …

2 Apr


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Regulator’s Diary found in Tucson

1 Apr


knockin on heavens door / roger waters

Westerns Movie Avalanche … Part 2

27 Mar


the gunslinger

Can’t wait to see some of these. 

Westerns Movie Avalanche … Part 1

26 Mar


i won’t back down / cash

I can’t vouch for the quality … but the passion is high. 

Westerns are making a comeback. Big time.

As I periodically do, I was skulking around the Net looking for new Westerns. I got totally bushwhacked! I found over 20 recent Westerns! – and a sizable number “In Production”.

I’ve always said Westerns will never die because pretty well every Actor and Director wants to make a Western at some point in their career. It’s true. We love these damn things. And always will.

Yeee Hawwww !

This avalanche is the usual mix: mostly small productions; some B stuff (though B doesn’t always mean bad); and more than a fistfull that look pretty good. I haven’t seen any of them yet, so I can only preview them for you. You’ll have to be the judge – and jury. I do expect a few hangings and some will definitely end up in Boot Hill. But I still see a fistful that will likely ride into the sunset. We’ll see …

I just like to promote Westerns – of any ilk.
So Let’s Ride!

Pretty impressive. 
More to come …

I’ll do a post on each one shortly. 

YUCATAN … Day 2: more exploring

20 Mar

For Rose … my Lady


Over the Rainbow / Eva Cassidy

A big place.

Not bad at all. 

Local resident.

More residents.

We got coconuts.

Rose got some nice shots.

I Love You.

UpComing: more

 

YUCATAN … The Mystery of Maya

18 Mar


Meditative Mayan

Apology to
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

3 Mequiteers … Western Posters 1940

13 Mar


Ghost Riders in the Sky / Pat Derry, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson.

Duncan Renaldo, Bob Livingston, Ray Hatton

The 3 Mesquiteers / Western Film Posters 1940

The 3 Mesquiteers made 8 Serial episodes 1940, but this post was a tuff project. 
A lot of the 1940 images just weren’t that good – and hard to find.
They also required a lot of editing. They were beaten up pretty badly.
I’ve injected a few other images to make the post worthy.

The original poster was a mess.

A rather odd poster. Boxers?

A lobby card.

That old soft spot.
Works for me. 

Robert Livingston got Top Bill. 

Duncan Renaldo – who later became the Cisco Kid!


Colorized by My Favorite Westerns

All for one … 

The 3 Mesquiteers had several personnel changes over the years and just kept on riding. 
This new edition retained Bob Livingston and brought in Bob Steele and Rufe Davis.

That was a lot of work …

GOT The Final Season …

8 Mar


Game of Thrones Theme / Taylor Davis

New Trailer:

April 14

YUCATAN … Day 2: To the Beach!

7 Mar

YUCATAN … Day 2: To the Beach!


I Can See Clearly Now / Jimmy Cliff

Day 2 Morning:
We found the ocean.

Drowning will probably ruin your whole holiday.
Surf Conditions: 
(Posted in 4 languages Spanish, English, German and French)
Green is Good; Yellow is Caution; Red is Do Not Swim; and Black is Dangerous Conditions.
Today was condition Red: ‘Do Not Swim.’
Not many people were paying attention.
For us, just walking on the beach was fine for today.
We’ve got a week.

Red Flag. Take warning.

Lifeguards on Duty.

Lots of room. 

Lots of sand.

And a few rocks.

The lure of the ocean.