15 December

by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

by Friedensreich Hundertwasser

“When we dream alone it is only a dream, but when many dream together it is the beginning of a new reality.”

(Friedensreich Hundertwasser, born 15 December 1928, Sun in Sagittarius, Moon in Capricorn, Austrian artist)

 

Robert Charles Wilson (9.1) (born December 15, 1953), Canadian science fiction author.

“We’re all born strangers to ourselves and each other, and we’re seldom formally introduced.”

“What a person runs from and what a person runs to aren’t always as different as we hope.”

“We contrast the urban and the natural, but that’s a contemporary myth. We’re animals, after all; our cities are organic products, fully as “natural” (whatever that word really means) as a termite hill or a rabbit warren. But how much more interesting: how much more complex, dressed in the intricacies and exfoliations of human culture, simple patterns iterated into infinite variation. And full of secrets, beyond counting.”

“I want a better Bible, Adam. I want a Bible in which the Fruit of Knowledge contains the Seeds of Wisdom, and makes life more pleasurable for mankind, not worse. I want a Bible in which Isaac leaps up from the sacrificial stone and chokes the life out of Abraham, to punish him for the abject and bloody sin of Obedience. I want a Bible in which Lazarus is dead and stubborn about it, rather than standing to attention at the beck and call of every passing Messiah.”

“There are so many kinds of time. The time by which we measure our lives. Months and years. Or the big time, the time that raises mountains and makes stars. Or all the things that happen between one heartbeat and the next. Its hard to live in all those kinds of times. Easy to forget that you live in all of them.”

“I won’t put my ignorance on an altar and call it God. It feels like idolatry, like the worst kind of idolatry.”

Nero, (9.5.9) Pl Instr/Power., Roman emperor of the Julio-Claudian dynasty (15 December 37-d. 68) The first frozen dessert is credited to Emperor Nero of Rome. It was a mixture of snow (which he sent his slaves into the mountains to retrieve) and nectar, fruit pulp and honey. Archaeologists have uncovered what they believe to be the Roman emperor Nero’s fabled rotating dining room. The ‘coenatio rotunda’, which was discovered in the remains of the first century Golden Palace on Rome’s Palatine Hill, is thought to be the one described by the Roman historian Suetonius in Lives of the Caesars. He wrote: ‘The chief banqueting room was circular, and revolved perpetually night and day in imitation of the motion of the celestial bodies.’

Lekhraj Khubchand Kripalani (15 December 1876 – 18 January 1969), also known as Dada Lekhraj, the founder of the Brahma Kumaris.

Lucius Verus, (9.8) Roman co-emperor (15 December 130-d. 169)

Gustave Eiffel, (9.7.5) French engineer and architect (Eiffel tower) (15 December 1832-d. 1923)

Hans Carossa, (9.6.10) German writer (15 December 1878-d. 1956)

Leonid Pitamic, Slovenian philosopher (15 December 1885-d. 1971)

Maxwell Anderson, American writer (15 December 1888-d. 1959)

Betty Smith, American author (15 December 1896-d. 1972)

Nicholas P. Dallis, American psychiatrist and comic strip writer (15 December 1911-d. 1991)

Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (15 December 1913-d. 1980)

Jerry Wallace, American singer (15 December 1928-d. 2008)

Edna O’Brien, (9.8.6) Irish novelist and short story writer 15 December 1930

Jesse Belvin, American musician (15 December 1930-d. 1960)

Bapu, Indian cartoonist, designer and film director 15 December 1933

Tim Conway, (9.8.7) American actor and comedian 15 December 1933

Joe D’Amato, (9.10) Italian director (15 December 1936-d. 1999)

Cindy Birdsong, American singer (The Supremes) 15 December 1939

Dave Clark, English musician (The Dave Clark Five) 15 December 1942

Lucien den Arend, Dutch artist 15 December 1943

Julie Taymor, (9.9.11) American director 15 December 1952

J. M. DeMatteis, American comic book writer 15 December 1953

Laura Molina, American artist, musician and actress 15 December 1957

Walter Werzowa, Austrian composer 15 December 1960

Michael Shanks, (9.4) Canadian actor 15 December 1970

Stuart Townsend, (9.1) Irish actor 15 December 1972

Eba, Mongolian entertainer 15 December 1977