The above photo is a picture of my friend Jason Fane with Les Steiner at Jason’s New Year’s Eve Party on December 31, 2015 at Jason’s apartment on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.
The above photograph is a photograph of my friend Elisabeth Acogny on February 11, 2016 at the Rose Cafe & Market in Venice, California.
The above photograph is a photograph of a section on a twelve foot high sculpture that was mounted above the fireplace in my condominium in Playa del Rey, California.
The above photograph is a photograph of a note attached to a pair of socks a friend gave me. The note states, Life is too short to live a life with only black and white socks. That note is on a shelf in one of the nine bookcases in my apartment in Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys, California.
The above photograph is a photograph of tulips in a flower pot on top of one of the bookcases in the living room of my apartment in Sherman Oaks/Van Nuys, California. The books on the shelf in the bookcase below the tulips are: “Born to Run” by Christopher McDougall, “Natural Born Heroes” by Christopher McDougall, “Eye of the Beholder” by Laura J. Snyder, “Soul of the Age”, by Jonathan Bate, “The Age of Insight” by Eric R. Kandel, “The House of Wisdom” by Jim Al-Khalili, “Mansfield’s Book of Manly Men” by Stephen Mansfield, “Why A Man Should Be Well-Dressed” by Adolf Loos, “The Book of Symbols – Reflections on Archetypal Images” by Editor-in-Chief Ami Ronnberg and Editor Kathleen Martin culled from a collection of 17,000 photographic images of the Archive for Research in Archetypal Symbolism, “Mona Lisa to Marge – How the World’s Greatest Artworks Entered Popular Culture” by Francesca Bonazzoli and Michele Robecchi, and “An Empire of their Own – How the Jews Invented Hollywood” by Neal Gabler.
The above photograph is a photograph of me enjoying Baklava and Turkish Coffee at a Bosnian Cafe in West Los Angeles, California.
The above photograph is a photograph of a sign in Lady Chocolatt, a cafe in West Los Angeles, California.
PUBLISHER GARY S. SMOLKER’S MOTTO:
INGENUITY BELONGS TO THE CURIOUS.
I am a very curious person.
I invite you to benefit from my curiosity by reading this blog.
I am guided by the following statements in selecting what to share with you in this blog.
- “We see nothing truly till we understand it.” – John Constable
- “In the field of observation, chance favors only the prepared mind.” – Louis Pasteur
- “To understand anything you have to look at it from many vantage points, seeing all its contradictory points. – Samuel Johnson
- “Only someone who is well prepared has the opportunity to improvise.” – Ingmar Bergman
- “Your vision will become clear only when you look into your heart….Who looks inside awakens.” – Carl Jung
- “It is the responsibility of writers to give a just and lively image of human nature. It is the responsibility of frown-ups to learn how life is lived in worlds distant from their own.” – Steven Pinker
In “The Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog”, I report on how the world is transforming around us and our reactions to that transformation. I also discuss and report on movies, ideas, information, places and experiences I think are worth learning about.
The purpose of my blog is to foster thought, stimulate imagination, provide information, provide ideas, to encourage discussion of the complex and challenging issues facing people, and to take people out of the everyday.
QUESTION: What are the character traits of the people for whom this blog is published?
This blog is published for people, like myself, who want to be more self-aware, be more knowledgeable, want to understand how and why the world is transforming around us and also want to exchange ideas and information.
This blog is written for people who are focused on doing things, who have a tremendous amount of follow-through, know how to sell a story and are creative in making things happen and closing deals.
Such people are always curious, always learning something new, are comfortable with becoming a new person, are constantly reinventing themselves, are open to learning and are constantly seeking to learn more; they want new things to think about and want to become more and better informed.
They understand there are advantages and disadvantages in everything we do, that everything involves a trade-off.
Above and below are photographs of me taken at 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 in my living room.
I was at work while it was completely dark outside.
I love movies.
On the wall behind me in my living room are posters for three movies: KILL BILL, PINEAPPLE EXPRESS, SPIDER MAN.
I also try to figure out and think about the message the people who have made a film are trying to get across to the people who watch their film.
I like to watch film that are about real issues.
I like to think about and discover the “reason” behind real issues.
I want to understand human behavior.
I watch movies and read books to help me better understand human nature.
I want to have a constant pulse on what is going on.
I am whole heartedly focused on personal growth.
However, I have no clue why the title “KILL BILL” is reversed in the photo shown below.
I am told that is the way the camera in my desk top computer is set up.
Below is a photograph of a pair of socks on a shelf in one of the nine bookcases in my home library.
The handwritten note on the sock states: Life is too short to live a life with only black and white socks.
I totally agree with that sentiment.
I think “thinking” is part of the reality people must think about.
I want to know if other people think about things the same way I do.
If they don’t think the way I do about something, I want to understand why.
I realize it is one thing to discover the facts. It is another thing to understand the facts.
I publish this blog to raise my own consciousness, to raise other people’s consciousness and to engage in a reciprocal process of sharing information worth sharing.
Wherever you are in the world, you are invited to correspond directly with me by email.
My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
[A] If you are interested in better understanding the course and paths of social, political and economic events that are shaping the business, political, legal and social environment this blog is published for you.
[B] If you want to make an impact on the world by sharing your experiences, by being inspirational and by advancing civilization this blog is published for you.
[C] If you want to know how other people think and why other people think the way they do this blog is published for you.
[D] If you desire to be exposed to other people’s thinking, ideas, perspectives, opinions, and cultures and desire to be exposed to other people’s real life experiences this blog is published for you.
- I approach writing this blog as if you and I were sitting at a table in a cafe engaged in an intense interesting conversation with each other.
- I want to be engaged in an intense conversation with people (a) who are animated with a sense of fun and the anticipation of discovery, (b) who have an insatiably curious approach to life and an unrelenting quest for continuous learning, and (c) who are committed to test knowledge through experience and are willing to learn from mistakes.
- I want to be engaged in intense conversation with people who have a recognition of and appreciation for the interconnection of all things and phenomena.
Past Posts on This Blog
Previous posts contain reviews and comments on popular movies such as Django Unchained, Lincoln, 12 Years A Slave, The Butler, Mandela – Long Walk to Freedom, Belle, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, Midnight’s Children, This Is My Land, Hannah Arendt, Can A Song Save Your Life?, Argo, Silver Linings Playbook, The Book Thief, Dallas Buyers Club, American Hustle, Black and White, A Little Chaos, The Theory of Everything, Ruth & Alex, The Great Beauty, Top Five, Pawn Sacrifice, Interstellar, The Judge, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Imitation Game, Woman in Gold, Trainwreck, Our Brand is Crisis, Being AP, He Named Me Malala, Where to Invade Next, In the Shadow of Women, The Intern,Whiskey Tango Fox Trot.
Previous posts discuss world famous chefs and businessmen such as Grant Achatz and Isadore Sharp and how they got to be the “best” at what they do.
Previous posts (a) discuss how to judge the quality and distinction of a film, (b) report on the early work and debuting works by gifted new film directors, (c) discuss and highlight the work of established master film makers, and discuss political campaigns, politics, political candidates and political campaigning.
Previous posts also discuss quintessential experiences I have had in New York City, in New Orleans, in Chicago, in Toronto, in Paris, in Prague, in London, Moscow, Vienna, Rome, Cairo, Alexandria, in Istanbul, in the Eastern Sierra.
Previous posts also discuss the history of chocolate, the properties of chocolate, where to get the best chocolate.
Previous post also discuss interesting and breath taking things to see in Los Angeles and in other parts of the world.
Previous posts discuss what I have learned through my own personal experience with respect to down to earth challenges such as (a) losing weight, (b) coping with the glut of available information regarding health and wellness, (c) dealing with the practices of the medical profession, (d) changing diet and lifestyle instead of taking pills to prevent heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and cognitive impairment, (e) getting along with other people, (f) being in love, (g) what makes relationships work, (h) understanding how other people think, (i) understanding what makes other people tick, and (j) learning through life experiences, through talking to other people and through reading.
I share the best ideas I come across.
I seek to be part of the process by which great books, great films, and great ideas expose people to valuable new ideas and ways of thinking.
People can share and also augment each other’s understanding.
There is a communication in which intellectual compatibility turns into emotional fusion.
Exceptional things come when passion comes first.
Life should be led with fun, passion, joy and a sense of style.
Ideas are the ultimate creator of wealth.
To be an exceptional leader you need to be an exceptional sharer of information.
If everyone is thinking alike, then somebody isn’t thinking.
Happiness happens when your life is filled with projects that are meaningful to you, manageable, socially connected and involve a higher ratio of positive to negative emotions.
Everyone’s behavior is always based on some point of view.
We become what we love.
THE GOALS OF THIS BLOG ARE (1) TO SHARE IDEAS, INSIGHTS, KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCES; (2) TO STIMULATE THINKING; (3) TO EXPOSE PEOPLE TO THINGS WORTH KNOWING AND THINKING ABOUT AND (4) TO HELP PEOPLE MAKE SENSE OF THE WORLD.
According to WordPress, in 2014 people in 108 different countries viewed the Gary S. Smolker Idea Exchange Blog.
NEW POSTING SCHEDULE AND NOTIFICATION OF NEW POSTINGS
New postings on this blog are posted irregularly.
Once a post is posted it is often revised.
It might take a long time (i.e. more than one month) for any post to become completely finished.
I post each post when I believe I have said enough about what I have written about but as time passes I often think of more I want to say and consequently I often update and/or revise each of my posts as time goes by.
Because I am not the kind of man who can stand still and be satisfied, and because I feel the need to keep building and improving, I often update and or revise each one of my posts after they have been originally posted on my blog.
I appreciate the following statement attributed to wine maker Ernest Gallo, “My first grade teacher told me I was the dumbest student she ever had. She did me a favor. If she had told me I was very smart, I wouldn’t have tried to improve.”
I also appreciate the following statement attributed to singer Lady Gaga, “When you make music or write or create, it’s really your job to have mind-blowing, irresponsible, condomless sex with whatever idea it is you’re writing about at the time.”
I also appreciate the following statement attributed to Twitter CEO Dick Costolo, “Managing by trying to be liked is the path to ruin.”