Easter Reflection: the sudden genius of Jason Padgett

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Imagine you are someone with perhaps slightly above average intelligence but little achievement in life beyond sipping beer and hitting the gym.  In your early 30s, most would brand you most kindly as someone still in search of himself.

Suppose you were leaving your neighborhood bar after shooting pool and a couple of ruffians jumped, robbed and beat you, leaving you unconscious.  When you awoke, you felt somehow different; you were able to see things differently than before your head injury.  You could see the rough edged shapes that exist in nature (fractals)  which repeat themselves over and over forming beautiful patterns.

Imagine you were suddenly able to draw these shapes with remarkable precision, where before you could barely draw a stick figure.  This is essentially what happened to Jason Padgett.  You can see his artwork here.  He has written a book about his life called “Struck by Genius: How a Brain Injury Made Me a Mathematical Marvel” (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), out this Tuesday.

To me this sudden emergence of intellect and vision indicates that God’s work is everywhere.  It shouldn’t require a head injury to see the beauty that surrounds us.  In Padgett’s case, a random attack has provided him access to skills within him that he previously never dared to believe existed.  Of course, we cannot replicate Padgett’s experience but we can further open our minds and senses to the world in which live and appreciate its detail and perfection.

Tarantino stages “Hateful Eight” reading in L.A.

Does this mean the movie is a go after all?  Confused.

And someone is trying scalp tickets for a tidy sum:

Shania Twain takes a break from her Vegas show

And hits the beach…

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Sofia Coppola Interviews Kirsten Dunst for W Magazine Special Issue May 2014

Pure Fluff:

Kirsten Dunst is highly underrated.

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Kirsten Dunst for W Magazine Special Issue May 2014

Kirsten Dunst gets her close up on the cover of W Magazine special issue. The 31 years old actress was interviewed by Sofia Coppola and she talks about style, films and clothes. The photographer of the session is Juergen Teller, while Felicia Garcia-Rivera was in charge of the styling.

About style :I have to say it’s the last thing I want to think about. If you have someone who understands how to just make you look like yourself, then you’ve found someone great. I remember a time when it was more fun and not every little thing was critiqued.

About a different kind of job she would love to do :I love interior design—maybe I’d do that, but if I did an interior, I’d want to live in it. I would stick to a creative…

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New Jesse James Decker EP, “Comin’ Home” released today

You can listen to a preview

You can buy it on iTunes….