happy 150

Yes, I know, I’m late. Thetis’s cake may be finished already. But we have lots of cognac and sausages for Rudolf S. And champagne. I couldn’t find a picture of his favourite flower — meadow saffron — it’s not that common in Sweden, though I have seen it in parks. And I wanted one of my own pictures. So I went for his favourite colour, purple. With a little imagination, you can make out the purple tulips in the background.

Facts found in Steiner, R. Selbstzeugnisse, a wonderful little volume, which includes a short introduction to the controversy of Steiner’s date of birth. I still think the 25th seems plausible, but I don’t see why one couldn’t celebrate on the 25th, the 26th and the 27th! No harm done, and Steiner has a lot of time on his hands these days. The ethereal kiosk will be open, the stash of champagne is endless, the fridges are filled. The flowers are in a pot on the table and the sofas are comfy. There will be no eurythmy performances.

20 thoughts on “happy 150

  1. what a night that was! How we laughed. Blowing out 150 candles isn’t easy. But the cake was delicious & there’s still a slice left for Sune, outside the cat-flap with a glass of milk ;)

  2. Zooey,

    If you enlarge the photo, you can read the answers. So I just sent the crossword to Michael Eggert suggesting that he blank out the squares and put the puzzle up as an actual Steiner birthday festivity for the Egoists to solve. And then put the answer key up on Monday. We’ll see if he posts it.

  3. Here’s my Wax Block translation.

    On the Steiner Sesquicentennial Express webpage is the story of the 220 pound, 18” sided wax block cube riding to its destiny in Croatia. Here’s the English translation.

    http://www.rudolf-steiner-2011.com/index.php?set_language=de&cccpage=wachsblock

    The Wax Block

    A Beeswax “Building Block” for the 150th Birthday of Rudolf Steiner

    For Rudolf Steiner’s 150th Birthday (February 27, 2011), the Beeswax Block will be on board the “Rudolf Steiner Express” traveling from Cologne to Kraljevec, the birthplace of this remarkable thinker and spiritual pioneer and the place where a cultural center is now being built to honor his life’s work.

    Sandra Percac is now deeply involved in all aspects of making this project succeed. On this “day of jubilee,” 199 passengers are traveling on the train. The interrelated celebrations along the railway line and in the actual birthplace of Steiner will certainly boost the success of the project. This idea is enriched by transforming the wax cube into a Beeswax Building Block. May this Beeswax Building Block become a foundation stone of the heart for the new anthroposophical cultural impulse in Croatia.

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    Happy Birthday, Rudi!

    May there be as much buzz on your birthday today as there was in building this beeswax block!

    Tom

  4. THE PHYSICS OF THE BEESWAX BLOCK

    The beeswax cube weighs 220 lbs. with sides of 18″. But let me give you a good perspective on this. The weight density of beeswax is 60 pounds per cubic foot. (961 kg per liter) But now imagine that you bought a glass aquarium in the shape of a cube with sides of 18″ (19″ height to keep from overflowing.) You then pour water in up to the 18″ height line. How much would that volume of water weigh?

    It would weigh 229 lbs.!!! That is, 9 lbs. heavier than the beeswax cube!

    Now suppose you froze the water into a solid ice cube? (Because of expansion you’d have to drain the water first, down to, say, 16.5 inch level. then freeze it.)

    How much would a cube of solid ice weigh? 210.4 lbs.

    I don’t know if this is cosmically significant, but the density of beeswax is exactly midway between the density of solid ice and the density of pure liquid water.

    Finally, someone on Alicia’s FB thread suggested that the cube would only benefit Croatia if it were made out of gold. So what would the cube weigh if it were made of gold instead of beeswax?

    The density of gold is 20.1 times the density of beeswax, so the cube of gold would weigh 4,422 lbs (that’s 2.2 tons!) or 2,010 kg

    To get a sense of that weight, consider that 4500 lbs is the cutoff in GVW (Gross Vehicle Weight) between compact cars and mid-size sedans.

    OK, boys and girls, the next pop quiz will cover the distinction between mass density and weight density as well as conversions between the British and metric systems. No make-ups this time!

  5. ‘I don’t know if this is cosmically significant’

    Isn’t everything co(s)mically significant? Thus, I don’t think it can be mere coincidence.

    2,010 kgs of gold — now, if the Goetheanum had it, given their economic situation, I’d suggest they’d keep it and not give it impulsively to Croatia. Beeswax, on the other hand… they have free supplies, I would think… I even know of anthroposophist bees…

  6. By the way, Tom, you did read the Zander article in NZZ I hope. There’s a rather spectacular claim in it, one I’ve never read anywhere else before. (Not the thing about reincarnated cats, though that one made us quite upset…)

  7. What makes anthroposophy look totally stupid is reproducing stuff like this:

    ‘Waldorf parent and Nobel peace prize winner Willi Brandt called it the most important contribution to world peace of the 20th century.’

    It’s from a press-release:
    http://3blmedia.com/theCSRfeed/RSF-Social-Finance-and-Anthroposophical-Society-America-Celebrate-150th-Birthday-Rudolf-S

    It reveals a certain lack of contact with reality and an inability to say anything interesting about anthroposophy. Despicable junk. Can’t Rudi please return and call the bluff?

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