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Donkees's Journal
Donkees's Journal
October 17, 2022

A SENSE OF SCALE - Roman De Giuli's Elaborate Topographies Made of Pigments


A SENSE OF SCALE is a reminiscense to the famous "Sense of Scale" documentary by Berton Pierce form 2011. As the documentary, my experimental short film is all about details and the beauty of practical effects. I want to emphasize the meaning of handmade visuals and the effort it takes to stage sceneries on a small scale. I captured very tiny areas of paint flowing on a piece of paper while zooming in the closest possible with a custom lens setup. All shots are taken with my RED DSMC2 in 8K and several macro lenses. It took me around 1 year to finish this piece. Color graded and optimized for HDR devices.

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The sweeping topography of German photographer Roman De Giuli’s “A Sense of Scale” suggests rivers coursing around islands, lava flows, or clouds moving over land masses as if seen from Earth’s atmosphere. Look a little closer, however, and you will find these effervescent terrains are composed of paint, powders, and water that the artist applies with droppers to the surface of paper and sets into motion with small doses of air. Known for elaborate timelapses imitative of satellite imagery, De Giuli’s work harnesses the power of high-definition photography to document the voluptuous movement of fluid pigments.

Using a custom lens setup to zoom in and out, the piece took about a year to complete and was filmed in 8K resolution with the aid of several macro lenses. The title is a nod to the 2011 documentary “Sense of Scale” by Berton Pierce, which chronicled the world of Hollywood special effects as CGI had begun to render scale miniatures obsolete in the film industry.


September 28, 2022

A legend has passed this way

"I choose to listen to the river for a while, thinking river thoughts, before joining the night and the stars."

"The rivers flow not past, but through us."
September 6, 2022

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August 11, 2022

Social Vigilantes - Psychology Today

Like the vigilantes of the old west, these “social vigilantes” take it upon themselves to enforce their views of appropriate beliefs and behavior. Social vigilantes try to impose their views on the rest of us, pressuring and even intimidating everyone to adopt their beliefs about what people should think and how people should behave. Social vigilantes believe that they are obligated to enforce certain beliefs and standards even when they target thoughts and behaviors that are not in any way illegal and that do not directly hurt anybody.

Posted January 14, 2018
Mark Leary Ph.D.
Toward a Less Egoic World


... Social vigilantes, on the other hand, display a particularly pernicious variety of runaway egoicism in which they are convinced that their personal views should be imposed on everyone. Just as the vigilantes of the old west believed they were acting on behalf of society as they enforced their view of the law, today’s social vigilantes believe that they are acting on behalf of society to enforce correct ways of thinking and behaving.

Given the diversity of people’s beliefs and few agreed-upon criteria for judging them, what would lead someone to conclude that his or her personal view of reality should be imposed on everyone? What moves someone from merely disagreeing with other people’s beliefs and actions to insisting that everyone else conform to his or her own judgments about what is and is not acceptable?

Donald Saucier and Russell Webster at Kansas State University have begun to explore this question in their research on social vigilantism. Their research shows that social vigilantes go beyond believing that their views are correct, which we all do, to explicitly trying to propagate their beliefs. Typically, social vigilantes regard the mere expression of beliefs or attitudes that are contrary to their own as akin to a social “crime” that must be prevented if possible and punished should it occur. When other people do not share their beliefs, social vigilantes become upset and angry, and they take action to change other people's beliefs, which fuels conflicts with other people.

Not surprisingly, social vigilantes score high in dogmatism – the tendency to be closed-minded. But not all closed-minded people take it upon themselves to impose their views on others. Social vigilantes are not only dogmatic but are also highly motivated to control other people, and they narcissistically believe that their views are so incontrovertibly superior that they should make an ongoing effort to change others’ "ignorant" beliefs. Ironically, they are also the sort of people who display a great deal of resistance (what psychologists call reactance) when other people try to persuade or control them which, of course, is what social vigilantes try to do to the rest of us.


May 9, 2022

Nurturing Mind 🌿 the mind of treating all things as sacred.

Dogen: "Handle even a single leaf of a green in such a way that it manifests the body of the Buddha. This in turn allows the Buddha to manifest through the leaf. This is a power which you cannot grasp with your rational mind. It operates freely, according to the situation, in a most natural way. At the same time, this power functions in our lives to clarify and settle activities and is beneficial to all living beings"

April 29, 2022


'The time-being has the quality of flowing. So-­called today flows into tomorrow, today flows into yesterday, yesterday flows into today. And today flows into today, tomorrow flows into tomorrow.'

'In essence, all things in the entire world are linked with one another as moments. Because all moments are the time-being, they are your time-being.'

'Each moment is all being, is the entire world. Reflect now whether any being or any world is left out of the present moment.'

13th Century Zen Master Dogen on Being Time

Art by Kanahebi

Animation by Kanahebi


April 26, 2022

Buddha Twirling a Flower 🌸 Revealing a World of Bliss

© Doris Mitsch

''All things merge, mix, create, and liberate each other. Nothing is separate and alone. This is how things are. This is compassion – not merely an extra something one of us feels for another, but existence itself. Being is by its nature sharing and loving. And we realize this not as a teaching a concept or a method we can work at and finally grasp, but through our mutual recognition, our mutual shared awakening.''

© Doris Mitsch

''Buddha's Dharma talk on Vulture Peak includes no words. He holds up a flower and twirls it. This is his talk, – his demonstration of Suchness.

A commentary to the koan says that Mahakashyapa and the Buddha smiled one smile: between them there was one smile. They had perfect accord, perfect harmony, perfect relationship, perfect trust. Essentially, there were not two of them.''

© Doris Mitsch

''You have to hold up a flower. There really isn't a teacher and a student- and at the same time we have to have these relationships and all that goes with them. This is how we activate the One Great Causal Condition of compassion and love. And we must activate it; this is our human obligation, our role, our task, and our joy.''


By Norman Fischer, Artwork by Doris Mitsch

April 24, 2022

Dogen: ''A drop of water can reflect the whole sky''

Enlightenment is like the moon reflected on the water.

The moon does not get wet nor is the water broken.

Although its light is wide and great,

The moon is reflected in a puddle even an inch wide.

The whole moon and the entire sky

Are reflected on one dewdrop in the grass.


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