Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Passing Through the Death Experience


"Dying" by Alex Grey

Seen on DailyZen:

Passing Through the Death Experience
"An ancient Zen text recommends that when people are dying, they should contemplate their mental and physical elements as being void of ultimate reality, having no independent being and no identity of their own.
Further, they should contemplate the true mind as being formless, neither coming nor going, the essence of mind not coming into existence at birth and not going out of existence at death, being forever tranquil.
By this means, people can leave the world; they will not be drawn to beatific visions or frightened by horrific visions, such as they may experience at death, according to their mental states. The mind will be forgotten and merged with the cosmos."
- Muso Kokushi (1275-1351)

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Seed of Life- Teal Glow


I have a gallery of 3D rendered art that I created, with hi-res images that I'll continually add to.

by Paul Micarelli

Here is another addition to the gallery, a sacred geometry symbol. It's a glowing arrangement of circles known as "The Seed of Life", reflected to form an overlapping design:

 "Seed of Life- Teal Glow"
by Paul Micarelli


Feel free to download any images for use as wallpapers or backgrounds. If you share it, please give credit or a link.

I used to make a lot of 3D art using Vue software, which was intuitive for me to learn. My previous computer became obsolete, so I wasn't able to run the program anymore. Last year for my birthday, my wonderful fiancée helped me pay for a purchase of a newer Mac Mini. I downloaded the free Vue Pioneer program, and I have been starting to create more 3D art.

I don't run any ads on this site, but I'd appreciate it if you check out my Cafepress shop. There are prints and products with this design available:

The Monkey Buddha Bazaar:

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Da Vinci's Challenge" Game - IWC Schaffhausen Edition


"Da Vinci's Challenge" is a strategy game that I created as a senior graphic design student in 2001. It was published in 2005 and earned the highest awards in the toy industry and overwhelmingly positive reviews from customers on Amazon. The game board is the pattern of interlocking circles, known as "The Flower of Life". I developed the game with the concepts of the field of study known as sacred geometry in mind.

A new edition of "Da Vinci's Challenge" was recently produced by Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen. It was used as a promotional item for their line of "Da Vinci" luxury watches.

One of the reps from the company came across the official Facebook page for "Da Vinci's Challenge", and reached out to me about licensing the game from me.

Facebook:

The game has been out of print since the publisher was bought out several years ago. I have not had much luck finding a new publisher to produce a retail version of the game, so I was excited to have this opportunity for the creation of a new edition. IWC made a very high-quality item, and I was extremely pleased with the results.

The game comes in an embossed box, wrapped in a ribbon and a metal IWC medallion. The game board is dark stitched leather, with a felt bottom. "The Flower of Life" pattern, the sacred geometry symbol that forms the playing surface, is raised in the leather so the pieces don't slide around. The oval & triangle game pieces are beautiful marbleized acrylic, and come in velvet drawstring pouches. The game rules have an embossed metallic ink logo, and I was directly involved with the design of the print materials.

I created an album of photos I took of one of the sample games I received. I'll post some of the photos here, but you can click the link to see more:

Photo Album:






 

"Da Vinci's Challenge" Game design & rules © Paul M. Micarelli

Monday, March 13, 2017

3D Comparison of Sizes in The Universe


In my opinion, one of the most important uses of digital media is to visualize concepts that would otherwise be difficult (if not impossible) for our minds to comprehend.

On io9, I saw this new video by Reigarw Comparisons that compares the scales of objects & phenomena in 3D.


I have previously posted several different comparisons of scale that look at our reality from the subatomic to the cosmic level. Animations like these help us wrap our head around the practically infinite depth and complexity of The Universe.

• Cosmic Eye: Scale of the Universe

• Scale of the Universe 2 

• Powers of Ten (10)

• The Known Universe

Thursday, March 09, 2017

Spiritually Solid

I saw this somewhat humorous meme on The Weird Wide Web, and I feel it describes my attitude perfectly.


"When they think
 they have some type of effect on you
but you're spiritually solid
and nothing can phase or destroy you."


Many years ago, I found my spiritual core and the center of my being. Through meditation and deep self-awareness, I've cultivated this psychic strength to protect against being affected by outside disturbances. Nothing anyone can do or say can destroy this foundation, or penetrate my inner peace.

I approach the world as an observer- always keeping my perceptions open, and just letting phenomena flow through me without perturbing my consciousness.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Exposing "The Deep State"


With the crazy ongoing public feud between President (*gag*) Trump and elements of the American intelligence community, I thought it might be worthwhile to share this detailed essay I saw on Brainpickings. It was written by Mike Lofgren, a Congressional staffer who had top security clearance, and describes the un-elected (and mostly unaccountable) aspects of government, law enforcement, and military known as "the deep state":


I had bookmarked this essay last week, but was prompted to post it today by the initial release by Wikileaks of a large collection of CIA documents, known as "Vault 7".

Washington Post:

One of the major takeaways from this leak is that the CIA has been implementing ways to hack into or exploit most electronic consumer devices, like computer software & mobile devices. Anyone with any common sense already suspected that the government was working to spy on the population through our digital devices. This just exposes the various ways they've been going about it.

A lot of people have been commenting on the timing of this data dump, and how it helps Trump cast doubt on U.S. intelligence agencies. It has also been noted that Wikileaks isn't in the business of releasing Russian or Chinese intel. This has led to suspicion that these countries are part of the Wikileaks efforts to expose American secrets.

It's hard to make sense of everything that is going on, and who is behind the various events that seem to get crazier by the day. On the one hand, I think that black ops and secret agendas by the "deep state" can be very dangerous. On the other hand, maybe these entrenched institutions can also be a safeguard against a clear threat to the Republic like the Trump administration. I don't think the simplistic binary "good or evil" paradigm works for things that are this complex.

I'm not sure if the established order is falling apart, or if certain aspects are in the process of solidifying & strengthening, but it is fascinating to watch the accelerating unfoldment of history.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Animatronic Yoda Battle


 On my recent birthday, I posted about how Yoda is one of my favorite characters.

Then, on Reddit the other day, I came across this goofy video by a guy who bought a bunch of animatronic Yoda toys on sale. For the amusement of himself and the Internet, he filmed the Yodas engaging each other. It made me laugh out loud at the absurdity of it, so it's worth sharing!


Friday, March 03, 2017

Organ Grinder Monkey Mayhem

This is what's really going on inside the mind of a monkey playing one of those musical organ grinders:


Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Boards and Pieces- "Da Vinci's Challenge"


After my weekend at Toy Fair a couple weeks ago, I have begun to contact game publishers about ideas for new products. I am especially interested in getting the award-winning game I created, "Da Vinci's Challenge", back on the market.

Recently, a new edition of "Da Vinci's Challenge" was produced as a high-end promotional item for Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen. I still have to post pics of this version here on my blog, but you can see photos on the offical Facebook page that I made for the game. Please 'Like' the page if you'd like to get news & info about it:

Facebook:

Anyway, I was doing a Google search for something related to the game, and I discovered a site called Board and Pieces that archives classic abstract strategy games. It was started by James J. Bond, a librarian from Richmond, Indiana.

I was excited to see that there is an entry for my game, that describes the history behind the concept and the basic rules of play.

Board and Pieces:

It is always amazing to see a reference to something that I created, especially alongside so many other classic games.

I am working diligently to bring this timeless and fun game back to the market. My intention was always for "Da Vinci's Challenge" to be an enjoyable way for people to learn about visual pattern recognition, ancient history, and the mystical ideas of sacred geometry. I'm always encouraged by people who tell me they have seen or played it, and I hope that many more get to experience the wisdom it contains.