Monthly Archives: October 2016
Their Name Liveth For Evermore
Whether you are a lover of military history, or just a fan of old, war movies, a visit to Kanchanaburi is absolutely required during your next Bangkok, Thailand visit.
Located about one and one-half hours outside the city of Bangkok, the bridge over the River Kwae (not Kwai) is still operational. Repaired after allied bombers destroyed it (unlike the movie depiction), you can still ride a steam locomotive and see what is now referred to as the Death Railway.
In actuality, over 100,000 conscripted Asian workers and 12,000 Prisoners of War died while building a bridge for the Japanese Army that would connect Thailand to Burma (now Myanmar).
After you ride the train and marvel over how a railway could have been carved in the Thai mountains using just rudimentary tools, you have to visit the JEATH Museum.
You may think that I spelled DEATH incorrectly, but JEATH is correct – it is an acronym for Japan, England, Australia, Thailand and Holland – the five nations who lived and died on the ‘Death Railway’.
The museum has been constructed to resemble a Prisoner of War barracks and has many artifacts on display. There are also drawings made by some of the prisoners. It doesn’t matter what country you come from, you will not be able to walk away from this building unmoved.
A short walk will take you to the military cemetery honoring those who died during their internment. Memorials to the war dead adorn the meticulously manicured grounds. The Thai people take very good care landscaping the area by hand.
Many of the deceased POWs were returned to their home country, but there are still numerous graves marked by simple headstones. For most of the brave, young soldiers, all that is left is their name, rank, service number and country. To let it all sink in, take the time to walk each row and read every name. These heroes need to be remembered.
If you saw the movie, The Bridge on the River Kwai, starring Alec Guiness, you may see a lot of differences when you visit. The movie is a classic, but is riddled with fallacies. The POWs did not blow up the bridge, but they did their best to delay building it and sabotaged the work along the way.
The real senior commander of the camp, LTC Philip Toosey, was not an enemy collaborator as was depicted in the movie. He encouraged his men to do whatever possible to ensure that the bridge was not completed on time. This included collecting white ants to eat away at the wooden structures, and mixing concrete improperly.
In reality, there were two bridges. A temporary wooden structure was erected, and a permanent steel and concrete bridge was built. Both bridges were destroyed by Allied bombers and the steel bridge was repaired and is still operational today.
Pay a visit and pay your respects to some very brave men that lived and died in a real hellhole. You will never forget your visit to the JEATH museum and the Bridge over the River Kwae.
Cinematography – A Brief Historical Overview
Cinematography is one of the man’s efforts to portray to others, through the use of techniques that combine motion pictures and text, the world and the messages it transfers as these are understood by the artist. With the term cinematography, one today describes the discipline of making lighting and camera choices when recording photographic images for cinema use. Based on two Greek words, cinematography etymologically means “writing in the movement” and was introduced as a new technique to record images of people and objects as they moved and project them on to a type of screen. Combined with sculpture, painting, dance, architecture, music, and literature, cinematography is today considered to be the seventh art.
It is very difficult for a researcher to find and pinpoint the one individual that could be named the “father” of cinematography, accepting that the word symbolizes a technique used for motion pictures’ creation. But, it is apparent that man has experimented, very early in human history, with different methods that would allow him to record the movement of images. Very closely related to still photography, which has been a catalyst to the development of cinematography since the mid 19th Century, the technique that would allow images to be recorded while in motion has been extensively studied. One of the first attempts to analyze the element of movement with the help of photographic machinery was made by the British photographer Edward Muybridge in 1878. After successfully developing a new method of producing consecutive photographic images, he recorded the movement of a running horse. Through the motion pictures he produced, he managed to prove that there are instances when a horse is running that none of its feet touch the ground. Around the same period, the French physicist Etienne Mare managed to capture, also by using photographic machinery that could record 12 images per second, the movements of a flying bird.
Based on the developments of the early 1880s in exposing images on light sensitive elements, attributed to pioneers like Thomas Edison and the Lumiere brothers among others, the new art form of motion pictures introduced a new type of aesthetics that captured the attention of people wanting to explore its applications and create art. One of the first cinematographers that decided to examine this dimension of moving images was the French Maries-George-Jean Méliès who became one of the first cinema directors. With his film, Trip to the Moon (Le voyage dans la lune) in 1901, he created a fantastic story of a trip to the moon using motion pictures. He was also the one that introduced the coloring technique in films by painting each one of the frames by hand.
During the infancy stage of motion pictures, the cinematographer had multiple roles, acting as the director and the person holding and moving the camera. As the years pasted, this new art form was further developed by the new technological tools introduced. New art-related professions emerged and due to cinema’s ability to capture the attention of vast audiences worldwide, by appealing to more than one the five senses, cinematography emerged to what is known today as a multi-billion dollar industry and one of the favorite art forms in the world.
How To Maximize The Potential Of Your Home Business
If you have always wanted to work in your pajamas, then you should look into owning and operating a home based business. While it’s not a get rich quick scheme, (you will have to do lots of hard work) it can be a way to break out of your dependence on an employer and make a living on your own. Use the tips here to get started.
Involve your family. If you have a teenager, you may be able to have them answer the phone for you in order to get their allowance. Having family members who work with and for you can help to lessen the burden of starting a new home business, as well as allowing you to spend more time with them.
Seek out advice from a tax professional. They can help you find ways in which you may be able to reduce the amount of taxable business income at the end of the year. Paying a professional for an hour or two of consultation will pay off in the long run if it saves you money.
A great home business tip is to get as organized as you can. There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to run a business out of your home when everything is a mess. You need to be able to find things easily without having to dig through messy piles.
If you have children, you need to figure out who is going to watch or take care of them when you are working. Just because you work from home does not mean that you will have the time or ability to take care of your children. Figure out how school or daycare will work into your business plan.
If you have a home based business, set up a place in your home that is just for that purpose. Don’t try to do your work in your personal space. Having a place for work only will keep you more organized and discourage that “always working” feel for you and your family.
As you begin developing your initial home business plan, make sure that you are also creating a well-crafted backup plan. In any business there are things that could happen and cause your business to go awry. You want to make sure that you have a backup route for these issues so you aren’t left unprepared.
Do not try and sell a product or service that you do not believe in, when starting your own home business. Find something that makes you feel good when you share it with other people. If you don’t believe in your product, no one else will and your business will not be successful.
If you are looking for a way to eat potato chips while watching movies all day and still make a living, then a home based business is not the answer you are looking for. But if you implement the tips given here you can have a successful business from the comforts of your own home in no time.