Friday, April 01, 2011

Connection #14 - Francesco Sforza to Cosimo de' Medici

Fransesco Sforza was the son of a mercenary, Muzeo Attendola Sforza, who was the founder of the Sforza House. The family nickname aptly meant ‘strength or force’. Attendola came from a peasant family and was born in 1369 at Cotignola at Romagna. He chose to train as a condottiere – a soldier who could be hired for money to fight on behalf of some kingdom or duchy – by training and taking command over the very band of adventurers who happened to kidnap him for ransom. Attendola later served under Joanna II of Naples and also fought bravely for Pope Martin V in a battle against the Spaniards. The Viscontis too employed his services whenever they felt the need. He was drowned when on a military expedition in 1424.
His son Fransesco Sforza carried on the family name from then onwards, even followed his father’s footsteps in the profession and took charge of the troops Attendola commanded. He continued to be in the employ of the Viscontis but at one point mutual distrust between the two soured the relationship and made them part, when Fransesco who was in the employ of Queen Giovanna of Naples, was thought to be betraying his masters in a war against the Venetians. Then Filippo Visconti, the last duke of the dynasty sorely needed the services of Fransesco Sforza, so recalled him with the promise that Filippo would even reward the soldier with the hand of his only child Bianca Maria, in marriage. The game plan worked to lure Fransesco but it took many more years for the marriage to take place since the two men, still viewed each other with deep suspicion and distrust.
Ultimate Italy 

During Sforza's reign, Florence was under the command of Cosimo de' Medici and the two rulers became close friends. This friendship eventually manifested in first the Peace of Lodi and then the Italian League, a multi-polar defensive alliance of Italian states that succeeded in stabilising almost all of Italy for its duration.

Rigs I Have Worked On #6 - Sedco 706

Rig Name: Sedco 706
Rig Manager: Transocean Ltd.
Rig Owner: Transocean Ltd.
Competitive Rig: Yes
Rig Type: Semisub
Semisub Generation: 2
Rig Design: Earl & Wright/Sedco 700 Series
Rated Water Depth: 6,000 ft
Drilling Depth: 25,000 ft

Thursday, March 31, 2011

In the Evening, in the Sudden Dark

Gael lies down on soft moss under an oak tree. The little light eaters swarm, storing the days' brightness for the day to come. Transient flashes of power writhe across him and fade as he falls asleep.

Rigs I Have Worked On #5 - Stena Hunter (now the Ocean Princess)

Rig Name: Ocean Princess
Rig Manager: Diamond Offshore
Rig Owner: Diamond Offshore
Competitive Rig: Yes
Rig Type: Semisub
Semisub Generation: 2
Rig Design: Aker H-3 Modified
Rated Water Depth: 1,500 ft
Drilling Depth: 25,000 ft

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

In the Morning, In the Sudden Glow

Gael awakes, covered in light. The webs are all over him, glittering with pulses of bright, warm gold. 
Gael sits up and looks close, then closer, then closer still, eyes bulging as he warps their response to light. He sees the tiny eight legged light weavers, stealing from the air, weaving to cover everything, making the day bright and sending the stars to sleep.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Rigs I Have Worked On #4 - Sedco 704

The SEDCO 704 is a Sedco 700 design semi-submersible drilling unit capable of operating in harsh environments and water depths up to 1,200 feet using a 18¾in 15,000 psi BOP and a 21in OD marine drilling riser.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Golden Tractate of Hermes Trismegistus #6

Abstract...A Conjunction of Elements

The disposition sought after by the philosophers, O Son, is but one in our egg; but this, in the hen's egg, is much less to be found. But lest so much of the Divine Wisdom as is in a hen's egg should not be distinguished, our composition is, as that is, from the four elements Adapted and composed. Know, therefore, that in the hen's egg is the greatest help with respect to the proximity and relationship of the matter in nature, for in it there is a spirituality and conjunction of elements, and an earth which is golden in its tincture. But the Son, enquiring or Hermes, saith, The sulphurs which are fit for our work, whether are they celestial or terrestrial ? To whom the Father answers, Certain of them are heavenly, and some are of the earth.
Then the Son saith, Father, I imagine the heart in the superiors to be heaven, and in the inferiors earth. But saith Hermes, It is not so; the masculine truly is the Heaven of the feminine, and the feminine is the earth of the masculine.

EDT…it’s the edge of winter…snow, wet, dark, light, night, day…a time when S.A.D is pre-eminent…it takes time to adjust, and some wait in limbo for EDT in March, but some embrace the changes…I don’t like the dark that sets in so early, so I have daylight bulbs in all my lamps…six weeks from now it’s the solstice and we start looking forward to lighter days  
Thomas Hood expresses it beautifully for us 
Janis Zroback Fine Art

Of angels there are three kinds. Some are celestial, some are of the air, and some are of the earth.