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Willem Loots
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perpetual student of history and philosophy
perpetual student of history and philosophy

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I rarely watch video and do not recall ever sharing anything. Yet this relatively short documentary from 1929 is of such beauty that I have no other choice and especially for my friends in the Netherlands this is absolutely must-see category. As a special treat for the weekend please do enjoy thirteen minutes of Amsterdam in the rain
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beeo beep beep beep...time to wake up
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for my fellow students of history a useful brief on the interdisciplinary nature of paleoanthropology
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A lunation is the duration between successive new moons. The lunar month averages twenty-nine and a half days but the true length varies throughout the year. I learned on http://EarthSky.org that this new moon brings to an end the longest lunar month of the 21st century…and it is also the begin of the longest complete lunar month of 2018, which will end with the new moon on February 15. Not exactly the type of staggering news as you may find in the tweets of Trump but those who take an interest in the subject can find the details here: http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/lengths-of-lunar-months.

Yet this particular lunatic was unable to spot the moon even a single time in the period that she was waning during the past seven days. Because the skies were brimming with water the dawns came late and dusk descended early every very day. It was not a great week for amateur beach photographers on Bali and looking back on the end of week two and the begin of week three I am surprised myself that I managed to fill an album with forty-four decent shots. Here is a quick recap.

I could have converted those from Wednesday morning last week to black and white and that afternoon I had to cancel my sunset walk. Yet some color returned on Thursday when villagers from Kaba Kaba came to the black sand beach for a ceremony to celebrate the renovation of their Pura Dalem temple.

On Friday it rained all day but I caught how the sun briefly peeked through the layers of cloud just above the horizon. After another full night of rain, I took a few pictures of octogenarian Nyoman Sudri when he was doing his morning gymnastics and welcoming the Saturday. When I came home the kids were on their way to school. On Sunday morning for once I beat old Ketut Kontre to the cape so finally I caught his customary morning salute to the Batu Nunggul sea temple. Then drizzle dulled the dawn and after my counter hit thirty-six I decided that one roll was enough.
On Monday morning a flock of ‘kokokan’ white herons were flying westward on their way to new rice fields about to be plowed. Near the mouth of the Seseh Creek I had a chat with lay priest Mangku Yasa from Mengwi who assisted one of his friends in the process of burning bad memories and restoring his karma.

For the youngsters of Tabanan Tuesday morning was Banyu Pinaru, a ceremonial bath on the beach, in a river or a lake, Banyu is Balinese for water and Pinaruh means wisdom. The philosophy behind Banyu Pinaruh is that wisdom flows like water and after the quest for knowledge the second most important thing for human life is good health.

This album closes with seven pictures from this morning when I caught the tail end of a post cremation ‘mukur’ ceremony of a family from Sangeh.
After a week of gloom, we are awaiting a turnaround and may I wish you all an exceptionally splendid lunar month.
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