Olive Oil and the Habit of Bicycle Maintenance

Above: Primadonna Huile D'Olive Vierge Extra  [Olive Oil ] and the Habit of Bicycle Maintenance; derailleur, chain, 7 speed-cassette and '1 click up, 1 click down' thumb shifter, benefit from Olive Oil treatment, after cleaning with dry brush. The Gear-System is the crucial device in the translation of Power into Speed: "It is an illusion to believe that conflicts rooted in geography can be abolished." ¹ 

"If your emotional life was portrayed as a nuclear power plant, would it be described as a source of infinite, controlled, star-like power? Or a reactor that is poorly managed, prone to out-of-control, catastrophic meltdowns? [...] Just thinking about a serious problem is like brushing a light coat of paint on a leaking roof—the problem isn’t remotely solved on a structural level. I believe deep learning occurs when we intently apply both thinking and feeling. Another way I like to put it is this: Emotional intelligence (EQ) is equally as important as cognitive intelligence (IQ). If you have one without the other then you are incomplete and will not “grow” in the developmental sense into your full potential. [U]understand how to embrace obstacles and turn them into opportunities, simultaneously experiencing the full range of emotions that the experience evokes. Rather than a life exclusively lived in the thin vapor of the intellect, experiencing life both with thought and feeling will allow you to access a vital dimensionality in the important things of life. Your emotions, or lack thereof, will no longer block the path toward success and happiness!"

Mark Divine in "SEALFIT BLOG: EARN YOUR BLACK BELT IN EMOTIONAL POWER, THE FOUR KEY STEPS", published last Saturday on: http://sealfit.com/sealfit-blog/earn-your-black-belt-in-emotional-power-the-four-key-steps/

"Christians and Muslims have been bitter enemies, battling for control of Iberia. Yet, lest we forget, they also have been allies: In the 16th century, Ottoman Turkey and Venice allied to control the Mediterranean. No single phrase can summarize the relationship between the two save perhaps this: It is rare that two religions might be so obsessed with each other and at the same time so ambivalent. This is an explosive mixture. […] The Europeans' appetite for cheap labor and the Muslims' appetite for work combined to generate a massive movement of populations. […] Given the economic status of immigrants the world over, the inevitable exclusion that is perhaps unintentionally incorporated in multiculturalism and the desire of like to live with like, the Muslims found themselves living in extraordinarily crowded and squalid conditions. All around Paris there are high-rise apartment buildings housing and separating Muslims from the French, who live elsewhere. […] Europe's sense of nation is rooted in shared history, language, ethnicity and yes, in Christianity or its heir, secularism. Europe has no concept of the nation except for these things, and Muslims share in none of them. […] The Mediterranean borderland was a place of conflict well before Christianity and Islam existed. It will remain a place of conflict even if both lose their vigorous love of their own beliefs. It is an illusion to believe that conflicts rooted in geography can be abolished."

George Friedman in "Geoplolitical Weekly: A War Between Two Worlds" published today on http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/war-between-two-worlds#axzz3OhxCJkAs

"The creation of any modern nation state is characterised by the elaboration of an official history, a legendary narrative produced for purposes of unification, an ideological construct that glorifies a more or less imaginary ethnic group and encourages the rejection of any kind of otherness, regarded as inferior, indeed contemptible.": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/143-sar-sarsential-17-center-of-gravity

See also: Sarsential 24: take the long way home [ motivation, heartbeat ]: http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/163-sar-sarsential-24

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¹ George Friedman today in "Geoplolitical Weekly: A War Between Two Worlds": http://www.stratfor.com/weekly/war-between-two-worlds#axzz3OhxCJkAs

The Silver Lining

Above: Silver lining and variety during wintertraining and 300K event. Dutch winters call for action. Action generates warmth; transcending wind, water, darkness and boredom into Joy.

"[M]aintain a vigilant watch over [your] mental state, control [your] mind […] and channel […] thoughts to positive and purposeful things. When things go wrong, […] don’t blame and wallow in self-pity; rather […] immediately seek the positive lesson in the mess…the silver lining…then […] act on it. [D]on’t dwell on the negative, but learn to reframe each event to only the positive remains."

Mark Divine in 'Habits of Mastery part 2' on SealFit website: http://sealfit.com/blog/habits-of-mastery-part-2/

"Many of us have come to consider comfort as our greatest need. Comfort is not essential, and we often value it much too highly [...]": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/nl/training/98-sar-along-the-way

"[ Without ] optimism [ … ] motivation and talent alone will not result in the confidence and persistence necessary for resilient survival behaviour.": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/nl/training/127-sar-sarsential-toolbox-4-14

"Major Anya Amasova: 
It's getting cold

James Bond:
 Is there anything I can do to warm you up?

Major Anya Amasova:
 You don't have to worry about me Mr Bond, I went on a survival course in Siberia

James Bond:
 Yes, I believe a great number of your country men do. What did they teach you?

Major Anya Amasova:
 That its very important to have a positive mental attitude"

Actors Roger Moore and Barbara Bach in 'The Spy Who Loved Me' (1977), directed by Lewis Gilbert, written by Christopher Wood, Richard Maibaum and Ian Fleming: http://www.mgm.com/#/our-titles/1891/The-Spy-Who-Loved-Me

See also: Sarsential 23: train! [ practice ] "One day, after a rehearsal that hadn’t pleased [ violinist Mischa ] Elman, [ he was ] leaving Carnegie Hall by the backstage entrance when [ he was ] approached by two tourists looking for the hall’s entrance. Seeing his violin case, they asked, “How do you get to Carnegie Hall?” Without looking up and continuing on his way, Elman simply replied, 'Practice.'": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/162-sar-sarsential-23-train

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Above: Sunrise on Lake Titicaca, December 1997 in our film 'La Ultima Trucha' (2002), shot on Fuji F-64 16mm color-negative-film, running 24Fps. Sarsential 21: logo off, story on [ be inspired ].  

"[Reporter on TV: ] Conflicting eyewitness reports concerning "little green men"....

[ Mr. Wing: ] You teach him to watch television? I warned you. With mogwai comes much responsibility. But you didn't listen. And you see what happens. You do with mogwai what your society...has done with all of nature's gifts. You do not understand. You are not ready. He has something to say to you. To hear, one has only to listen.

[ Mogwai: ] Bye, Billy.

[ Mr. Wing: ] Perhaps someday you may be ready. Until then, mogwai...will be waiting."

Actor Keye Luke as Grandfather (Mr. Wing) in director Joe Dante's 'Gremlins' (1984)

"You need to know, you have to know, how to communicate with others who don't speak your language. When the Spaniards came our forefathers spoke Aymara since they were babies. But they had to learn the Castellano, now they want to forget Aymara, it is a shame to speak Aymara. […] Tourists coming from outside say to us: 'Don't stop talking Aymara'. They ask about some old things, they want to know how we were, about the Inca's, the fights against the Spaniards, how they danced, how they dressed, how they were. […] Once we digged in the ruins and we found ashes and they asked how they made fire if there were no matches. We take a little stone from the sand and one lime, we put donkey manure, and scratch until a spark lights a straw and the fire is ready. Those people want to know all these things, what people eat, how they were dressed in the old times. We heard rice is not food, flour is not food, bread is not food. All what earth produces is food; bread is only to blow the belly. But quinua, wheat, potatoes, beans, lettuce all these things, that is food. Don't drink soft drinks, eat sardines, candies, chewing gums and all kind of canned food, plastic, or made by a chemist. It is true."

Fisherman Don Florencio in 'La Ultima Trucha' (2002), from our interview conducted and recorded in Bolivia, 1997, translated by Mily Ruiz, first published in Taipei, Taiwan as '鱒魚的尾聲', 2002

"You must summon the courage to question your stories and do the digging to reveal and tap into the unique source of what is guiding your life. Guess what? This is an extraordinary challenge. [S]uch work requires that we slow down and find a place of silence. Patience is also requisite in order to tune into the whispered frequency of this inner voice. As we do this we must be prepared with an open courage to admit that the current story, the narrative that you once bought into lock, stock and barrel, may no longer be serving you."

Mark Divine in 'SealFit blog part 4, Stoke Your Inner Vision', published today on SealFit website: http://sealfit.com/sealfit-blog/sealfit-blog-part-4-stoke-your-inner-vision/

“[R]emember, you will not be there alone. As you begin to awaken to your mission you will meet others of our tribe. You will recognize them by your common purpose, values, and intuitions, and by the similarity of the paths you have walked. As the condition of the planet Earth reaches crisis proportions, your paths will cross more and more. The time of loneliness, the time of thinking you might be crazy, will be over."

Charles Eisenstein, on page 270 of 'The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible', published by North Atlantic Books, Berkeley, 2013

"Contrary to what one would naturally assume, people do not necessarily transfer their positive feelings about a brand to a logo. Rather, they transfer their positive (or negative) feelings about a logo to the way they feel about the brand...": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/component/content/archive?year=2014&month=9

"[P] ower in a complex society arises from story: from the system of agreements and narratives that scaffold our world...": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/138-sar-sarsential-toolbox-13-14

"[N] arrative is a vehicle for ideology [ , ] humans make sense of the world through a narrative logic [ . ] [ In ] the narrative arc that governs most narrative systems, a conflict initiates a desire and a series of actions and participants, [...] toward a resolution...": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/140-rloveution

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Above: "Le crew hollandais légendaire¹" GVB's double-headed top-to-bottom-whole-train at Haarlem refurbishment and overhaul-depot, yesterday. Sarsential 00: aspect ratio [ watching with a detached gaze ] (click on image for close-ups, large format available upon request)

"During the shooting of a scene the director's eye has to catch even the minutest detail. But this does not mean glaring concentratedly at the set. While the camera's are rolling. I rarely look directly at the actors, but focus my gaze somewhere else. By doing this I sense instantly when something isn't right. Watching something does not mean fixing your gaze on it, but being aware of it in a natural way.I believe this is what the medieval Noh playwright and theorist Zeami meant by "watching with a detached gaze."

Akira Kurosawa: "Advice to young people considering a career in filmmaking", adapted by Audie E. Bock, first published in 1975, cited from 'Something Like an Autobiography' (page 191, 'Some Random Notes on Filmmaking')

"A top-to-bottom whole [ train ] covers the entire side of the [ train ], windows and all. Some writers will only do top-to-bottom whole [ trains ], disdaining anything less complete. Others, particularly during periods when the Transit Authority is vigilant, feel that to cover the windows is a waste of time, since these are the first part of the [ train ]  to be cleaned, and usually with solvent who drips down, streaking the piece below. Window-downs last longer, but the top-to-bottom whole [ train ]  is the graffiti writer's finest achievement. It is here that he displays his virtuosity […]. The initials […] which accompany the writer's names, stand for their crews. [A crews is: ] a unit of dudes who work together to achieve a goal: to get up and to go all city […] Crews are made up of trusted friends, […] a bunch of brothers that are down by street law with each other. […] There is a strong sense of community within a crew and members will expel those writers who are only out for themselves. […]"

Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant in 'Subway Art', page 74 and 50, first published in Great Brittain by Thames and Hudson Ltd, Londen, 1984

See also: (Close-ups piece above) http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/159-supplement-to-sarsential-00-22

Graffitihunt 1 ("Spaarnwoude"): http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/145-graffitihunt-1

Graffitihunt 2 ("A positive image and distinctive position is created over time by providing desirable products or services and communicating consistently and effectively. While a logo is just one component of that image, it is the one that identifies the others, operating like a flag."): http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/146-graffitihunt-2

Graffitihunt 3 (" [ Dutch ] Gulden note, printed in Haarlem."): http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/148-graffitihunt-bonus

Graffitihunt 4 ("Name graffiti initially had a territorial function. Gang members marked out their turf and the local kids wrote for their friends or for their enemies. [...] As available space on walls and trains filled up, it was necessary to develop a style to make a name stand out from the rest. Kids began to practice variations on their names and to develop identifying logos which could be read at glance"): http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/149-graffitihunt-4

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¹ www.allcityblog.fr., 'Amsterdam: GVB': http://www.allcityblog.fr/32115-amsterdam-god-vicious-babies/

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Above: http://bartvanbroekhoven.com website screengrab. Sarsential 20: unbuddha yourself [ take the-cue-from-the-issue ]

"[…] Charles XII. [ King of Sweden from 1697 to 1718 ] could not make the power of his sword subservient to a higher judgment and philosophy—could not attain by it to a glorious object. […] Henry IV. [ a.k.a. "Good King Henry", was King of Navarre (as Henry III) from 1572 to 1610 and King of France from 1589 to 1610 ] did not live long enough to set at rest the relations of different States by his military activity, and to occupy himself in that higher field where noble feelings and a chivalrous disposition have less to do in mastering the enemy than in overcoming internal dissension […] understanding is the power of judgment."

Carl von Clausewitz, 'On War', page 45 and 71, first published in Germany by Ferdinand Dümmler, Berlin, 1832

"The myth that the director is the sole creator of his film is a burden on almost everyone in the movie business, including the director, who frequently becomes weighed down by the excess responsibility, incapable of generating a team spirit, afraid to delegate authority, or unable to fractiously accept the contributions of the expert collaborators he has summoned to his side. With a first time director the pressure of this myth magnifies, specially if he has no film experience, as is often the case. Ashamed to expose his ignorance [...] no one understands his dissatisfaction. If he is insecure and defensive about the degree of dependance he feels on all the experienced professionals around him, and if [ one of them ] is inclined to counter his defensive behaviour by subtly making an issue of his dependency, the scene is set for flashes of paranoia […]."

Filmeditor Ralph Rosenblum with Robert Karen in 'When The Shooting Stops... The Cutting Begins', page 193, 194,  first published in USA by Da Capo Press, New York, 1979

"It is easy to see how essential a well-balanced mind is to strength of character; therefore men of strong minds generally have a great deal of character. Force of character leads us to a spurious variety of it – obstinacy. It is often very difficult in concrete cases to say where the one ends and the other begins; on the other hand, it does not seem difficult to determine the difference in idea. Obstinacy is no fault of the understanding; we use the term as denoting a resistance against our better judgment, and it would be inconsistent to charge that to the understanding, as the understanding is the power of judgment. Obstinacy is A fault of the feelings or heart. This inflexibility of will, this impatience of contradiction, have their origin only in a particular kind of egotism, which sets above every other pleasure that of governing both self and others by its own mind alone. We should call it a kind of vanity, were it not decidedly something better. Vanity is satisfied with mere show, but obstinacy rests upon the enjoyment of the thing. We say, therefore, force of character degenerates into obstinacy whenever the resistance to opposing judgments proceeds not from better convictions or a reliance upon a trustworthy maxim, but from a feeling of opposition. If this definition, as we have already admitted, is of little assistance practically, still it will prevent obstinacy from being considered merely force of character intensified, whilst it is something essentially different – something which certainly lies close to it and is cognate to it, but is at the same time so little an intensification of it that there are very obstinate men who from want of understanding have very little force of character [lacking developed] qualities in which heart and head co-operate […].

Carl von Clausewitz, 'On War', page 71, first published in Germany by Ferdinand Dümmler, Berlin, 1832

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"[It] would be difficult to imagine things plainly in all the completeness of the visible": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/144-sar-sarsential-18-visualisation

"Carl von Clausewitz was a Prussian military theorist who thought of the center of gravity as a focal point": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/143-sar-sarsential-17-center-of-gravity

"Sarsential 6, website-based-workflow [ i.e. resourceful environment] for PGIA-application": http://bartvanbroekhoven.com/en-US/running/129-sar-sarsential-toolbox-6-14