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"...every man is the architect of his own fortune."
SALLUST (Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
- Speech to Caesar on the State, sec I
Here to help you see how your life would be, had you been allowed to make your own choices even before you were born, is a game called Alter Ego.
Answer true or false to a list of questions about your personality, and a character sketch will be developed, giving points out of 100 for each trait. The game begins at the time of your birth, and you choose to come out of the womb aggressively or peacefully (or not come out at all!).
You can then decide what areas to explore: social, intellectual, emotional or familial, by clicking on appropriate icons. It's an existential game, and every step of the way is influenced by the choices you make. An hourglass icon keeps track of your age. When young, you will deal with basic reactions, like whether you are inquisitive and take electronic things apart, but as you grow older, money comes to play a key role.
If you do something out of character, you may get the chance to rethink your choices. The game ends when you die.
When things aren't going your way, or you're down in the dumps, this site is an online anti-depressant. You get ideas from others about things that make them feel warm and fuzzy inside. They might just work for you too.
The stories section offers 'nuggets of wisdom, compassion, humour, and gratitude' while the good work pages help you 'generate positive, constructive change in your workplace'. There are reports of people who have changed things for the better and those whose deeds inspire others to be courageous.
In addition, you can find selections of books, music, movies and greeting cards in keeping with the theme of the site.
Pablo Picasso's The Tragedy
A 1903 painting by Picasso entitled 'The Tragedy' has been found to cover and incorporate three of his previous works… all on the same panel.
'Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) often left visual clues on the surfaces of his paintings to suggest a hidden image underneath,' says this site. Some sketches, a bullring and 'a work similar to the pencil drawing of El Arrastre,' were in 1903 covered by The Tragedy. 'It is important to understand that Picasso incorporated each layer into the subsequent one because he believed that a painting was the "sum of destructions." The arched forms of the stadium evolved into the plumes of the horses' headdresses, and the head of the leading horse became the contour of the man's head and shoulders in the final composition of The Tragedy.'
The site guides you in an exploration of the painting and 'uncover' what lies beneath. You can also watch a QuickTime 'movie' on its metamorphosis.
Not sure whether to buy the latest DVD that's out? Wondering if it's worth all that money? Or confused which one to buy with your limited allowance? Check out DVD Reviews to get the dope on your favourites.
With reviews, and quick peeks to guide you, you should have more than an inkling of which one to call your own.
Don't miss the 'Easter Eggs' section that'll give you tips on discovering hidden features in many of them.