Monday, December 23, 2013
MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
AND THE HOPE FOR A PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY, AND JOYOUS NEW YEAR
BLESSED WITH PEACE
WITH LOVE AND SEASON'S GREETINGS,
ENJOY THE LINK BELOW OF THE SPECTACLE OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS IN CUENCA, ECUADOR. CLICK ON THE FIRST PHOTO TO SEE AN ENLARGE IMAGE AND TO BE ABLE TO READ THE COMMENTARY UNDER EACH PHOTO.
Friday, December 13, 2013
A very good friend of mine, Gil Castle just launched his new website, CitiesBeautiful.org, and would love to have you take a look. At CitiesBeautiful.org you will find free, interactive maps of hundreds of beautiful features of cities around the world. Every feature has been categorized using a glossary of 15 civic beauty terms. Gil developed the glossary by looking for common threads among the theories of beauty of aesthetic philosophers, architects, city planners, and related disciplines from the Ancient Greeks up to the present.
Since “beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” the website also has a short psychometric questionnaire (somewhat like a Myers Briggs personality assessment test) with which you can discover your preferences among 15 classifications. You can then use your test results to prioritize the beautiful features of cities that you visit, both virtually at the website and in your future travels.
Gil will be doing statistical analyses of the responses to the psychometric questionnaire, as part of a book he is writing on the nature of civic beauty – so the more people who take the test, the better. Thanks for checking it out.