Fully Apple Equipped for La Antigua Guatemala

Fully Apple Equipped for La Antigua Guatemala

The tree of knowledge was an apple tree and Newton took a bite from a fallen apple. The rest is history they say, but history is being rewritten as we speak.

Adam and Eve also had a bite or two with the apple in their so call paradise; probably somewhere in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet Republic in Central Asia, bordering China. Kazakhstan is also the home country of Borat, who has had many apples for sure.

Paris also had some trouble because of the apple he gave to Aphrodite, offending Hera and Athene; thus the Apple of Discord (c 1400).

No other fruit, well maybe except for chile and maize, has changed history in so many ways.

We could go on and on about apples throughout history, but since this is not history site, we move forward to the future, all the way to 1984, not George Orwell’s novel, which he wrote in 1948 (I believe he was dyslexic at the moment he typed the title of his novel). Anyhow, we are talking about the 1984 television commercial launched by Apple Inc. in 1984, to promote a tiny computer under the name of Macintosh, another kind of apple. This is what Wikipedia has on the now world famous advertisement:

The ad showed an unnamed heroine (played by Anya Major) wearing red shorts, red running shoes, and a white tank top with a Picasso-style picture of Apple’s Macintosh computer, running through an Orwellian world to throw a sledgehammer at a TV image of Big Brother — an implied representation of IBM — played by David Graham[1]. This was followed by an on-screen message and accompanying voice over by actor Edward Grover: “On January 24th, Apple Computer will introduce Macintosh. And you’ll see why 1984 won’t be like 1984.” At the end, the Apple “rainbow bitten apple” logo is shown on a black background.

Okay Rudy, where the heck are you going with this entry, you ask just about now?

Oh nowhere really, just a little explanation for the plausible origins of the little white apple with a bite taken out of it.

Postdata. There are many Apple computers in La Antigua Guatemala and the apple orchard just keeps on expanding with new iPods, iPhones, and iPod Touch fruits. Soon Guatemala will go from the derogatory alias of “Banana Republic” to an Apple Republic. Maybe not. I often forget this is a third-world country. I must’ve had one too many apples today! 😉

This is what happens when you watch three of Darren Aronofsky films in a row: Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Fountain. The last one with so many references to Guatemala, that is not even funny. You should watch it.

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  • a apple a day keeps the doctor away. maybe it is good to live in a third world country. looks like a great place to live to me. i notice you mention your gardner sometimes. i would like to have a gardner.

  • Rudy… for some reason this morning I woke up thinking about “The Fountain”… are you using your blogging powers to read minds across borders AGAIN? I second your recommendation, although at some point you just want to stop (the beautiful) Rachel Weiss and say “it is pronounced Xibalbá, not XibAlba…”, at least (as far as I remember) they get the “X” sound right.
    Maybe your apple cider was a little fermented because this post is borderline baroque… an instant classic and a diversion from Rudy’s second “RED” period (aka the Watermelon postings). 😀

  • Patsy, you should keep on eating an apple a day to keep the doctor away!

    Manolo, they spelled Xibalbá as shibalba in the subtitles (I noticed). On the other hand, I was happily impressed to see the concept of Xibalbá in one of Aronofsky films. I am sure the tree was a Ceiba. Afterwards, I thought what if Aronofsky read Luis de Lión or Ronald Flores as background for his film, what if?

  • My first job as a teacher I was given an iBook and our school computer lab was full of iMacs. I fell in love. I should not type more though since I am a PC to send this comment. 😀

  • janna

    Excellent post!

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