Philippe Arnoux Photography

August 29, 2010

FOREVER YOUNG

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 11:48 pm

Rejuvenation is distinct from life extension. Life extension studies the causes of aging and tries to oppose those causes in order to slow aging. Rejuvenation is the reversal of aging and thus requires a different strategy, namely repair of the damage that is associated with aging or replacement of damaged tissue with new tissue. Soon we will reach the stage were the only cause of death will be age related degeneration of the muscle and tissue. And if that was not enough, artificial organs will be available. But, what about the brain? The brain is going to be the hardest organ in the body to rejuvenate. We could decide to replace it, but if a new brain is put into your body, you are a different person, or you are the same person but with a different body. And at the end it would still be life extension.

The brain is made up of cells. The number of neurons in the brain could be anything from 10 billion to 200 billion. And the number of neurological support cells could be anything from 5 to 100 times the number of neurons. So the number of cells could be anything from half a trillion or more. And they are all aging all the time. Therefore brain rejuvenation is not for tomorrow….

Better to use it the best way we can, painting, learning, singing, smiling keeping our eyes wide open, loving, caring and singing with Bob Dylan:

May God bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young.

May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young.

May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
And may your song always be sung
May you stay forever young
May you stay forever young.

Tessie, 15

August 23, 2010

BREAST

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 1:57 am

Both men and women develop breasts from the same embryological tissues. However, at puberty, female sex hormones, mainly estrogen, promote breast development which does not occur in men. As a result, women’s breasts become far more prominent than those of men.

Some religions afford the breast a special status, either in formal teachings or in symbolism. Islam forbids public exposure of the female breasts. In Christian iconography, some works of art depict women with their breasts in their hands or on a platter, signifying that they died as a martyr by having their breasts severed; one example of this is Saint Agatha of Sicily.

In current culture, breast is associated with cancer, size, shape, breastfeeding, beauty, clothing, etc.

Women in some areas and cultures are approaching the issue of breast exposure as one of sexual equality, since men (and pre-pubescent children) may bare their chests, but women and teenage girls are forbidden. In the United States, the top free equality movement seeks to redress this imbalance. This movement won a decision in 1992 in the New York State Court of Appeals—People v Santorelli, where the court ruled that the state’s indecent exposure laws do not ban women from being bare breasted. A similar movement succeeded in most parts of Canada in the 1990s. In Australia and much of Europe  it is acceptable for women and teenage girls to sunbathe topless on some public beaches and swimming pools, but these are generally the only public areas where exposing breasts is acceptable.

Recently some American feminists claimed that we should let breasts be like legs, hips, neck, face, and all the other body parts of a female.

Hummmmm….. that would be really sad then….and thanks god it did not happen in the past, or else part of the Art of the Renaissance would have been quite boring…..

August 16, 2010

VESPA

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 1:55 am

On 23 April 1946, at 12 o’clock in the central office for inventions, models and makes of the Ministry of Industry and Commerce in Florence, Piaggio e C. S.p.A. took out a patent for a “motorcycle of a rational complexity of organs and elements combined with a frame with mudguards and a casing covering the whole mechanical part.

The first prototype was given the initials MP5 and baptized “Paperino,” the Italian name for Donald Duck, a nick-name given to it by the workers because of the strange shape it had. Enrico Piaggio did not like the design.
When the second prototype called MP6, was shown to Enrico Piaggio and he heard the buzzing sound of the engine he exclaimed: “Sembra una vespa!” (“It resembles a wasp!”) The name stuck.

Another three Piaggio vehicles were called respectively Ape (bee), Moscone (bluebottle) and Grillo (cricket) – all insect names, to follow up on the idea of a small engine with a buzz that flies anywhere and everywhere.

I wanted to have a Vespa when I was young. I never had. Even today I look at it as a unaccomplished wish.
That night there was plenty of scooters in front of “Le Flamingo Live” in Marseille.
It was midnight, I had my camera with me, and a young lady took the pose and asked me to take a photo.

The model is an Aragon 125cc, 1 cylinder and 4 stroke engine, manufactured by CPI Motor company, a Taiwanese motorcycle producer .

August 8, 2010

CLOUDS and NUAGES

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 8:59 pm

A cloud is a visible mass of droplets of water or frozen crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth. Clouds form because warm air tends to absorb water vapor, which is lighter than air, thus helping the mixture to rise. As it rises the air containing it cools and the vapor tends to condense out of the air as micro-droplets. These tiny particles of water are densely packed and sunlight cannot penetrate far into the cloud before it is reflected out, giving a cloud its characteristic white color.

Venus’s clouds are composed of sulfuric acid droplets. Mars has high, thin clouds of water ice. Both Jupiter and Saturn have an outer cloud deck composed of ammonia clouds, an intermediate deck of ammonium hydrosulfide clouds and an inner deck of water clouds. Uranus and Neptune have cloudy atmospheres dominated by methane gas.

Bacteria’s live in clouds. These microbes—called ice nucleators—are found in rain, snow, and hail throughout the world, and may be part of a constant feedback between terrestrial ecosystems and clouds.

French for “clouds” is “nuages”.

I remember that one of my uncle, Charles, offered me a record from Django Reinhardt for my 13th birthday.
My preferred song was “nuages”.
And I sing it in my head every time I see beautiful clouds.

August 3, 2010

MYOPIA

Filed under: Panama — Philippe @ 1:11 am

Myopia is a leading cause of loss of vision throughout the world, and its prevalence is increasing. Although most researchers agree that people’s refractive status is in large part genetically determined, a growing body of evidence shows that visual experiences early in life may affect ocular growth and eventual refractive status  (British Medical Journal).

Personally I suffer of astigmatism, myopia and hypermetropia. Apparently it is an ideal mixture of pathologies said my ophthalmologist. And he prescribed me not to wear any glasses.

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