Software and production solutions for digital publishing and automation.

An holistic approach to design, development, management and content delivery for Commercial Print and Web.

Mên-An-Tol, or the ‘holed stone’ in Cornish, is a neolithic monument in West Penwith, Cornwall, England. It is the only known upright circular standing stone with a hole in the middle ( but really a torus) that is big enough to crawl through, and which is straddled on either side of its faces by marker stones. Cornish legend says Mên-An-Tol is magical and has curative properties when you pass through its centre. To me Mên-An-Tol represents a ‘holistic’ view of the Universe that pre-dates science but which is even more relevant today in our (godless?) fragmented scientific-materialist world.

With the relatively recent publishing of David Bohm’s Wholeness and the Implicate Order in 1980, it is only possible to explain our observations of the fundamentals of the Universe, ie quantum physics, in a holistic way. ‘Mind’ and ‘matter’ are not separate, neither are ‘content’ and ‘process’, nor even are the observer and the observed. Speaking as a biologist and not a physicist like Bohm, Jean Piaget‘s fundamental biological terms of ‘assimilation’ and ‘accommodation’ that describe the ‘process’ of life, and its ‘equilibration’ , follow the same holistic pattern of flows and processes, not concrete states. Along with such integrated and reciprocating natural systems like respiration and photosynthesis, each being a reversal of the other and perfected as two parts completing a whole integrated movement, we can see the fundamental aspect of life is one of interdependent flow, a whole unbroken flowing movement in an holistic ‘unfolding’ Universe. Should we not then apply an holistic and integrated approach and world view to our work, our learning, our thoughts, speech and behaviour. True integration is what the mind seeks within itself where consciousness (as conscious awareness) brings the unconscious (archetypal) to life and in doing so promotes healing, wholeness and a deeper understanding of ourselves and our relation to each other and the planet as a whole.

David Bohm talks about the fragmentation of science as an expression of the fragmentation of knowlege which is itself an expression of the fragmentation of human thought, thought that is constrained and conditioned by language and (internal) ‘verbalisation’. Such is the problem with ‘language’, it is indirect description and interpretation. Mystics and gurus from the beginning of recorded time tell us that our creativity, spontaneity and connectedness comes from ‘the ground of being’, the fundamental space or potentiality out of which reality unfolds. This suggests that our thoughts are actually beyond words and often societally conditioned down to the lower order reality of language.

Consider the limitations of language, it describes but cannot experience. I can see and experience a painting but when I try to describe it in words, the result is a lower order experience ! If thought is solely bound to verbalised and (internalised) language it is not possible to enter a higher order state of consciousness and awareness and achieve integration of the lower order structures. Meister Eckhart repeatedy spoke of the unlimited potential of the “free mind”. Transcendence by stepping outside and beyond ourselves in the pursuit of the will of God sets us and sees us in our true perspective and relation, something that is not possible or recognisable from within the ‘frame of reference of a limited and separated ‘ego’. You cannot fix a problem from within its own order of reality, but only from a higher state of self awareness (or perspective). This is entirely why Albert Ellis’ Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy is so successful and relevent.

Science is a linguistic ‘description’ of the observation of phenomena (‘perception’), its results, limits, method and validity are constrained by the act and mechanisms of observing, (giving rise to no truths, just theories) just like in Quantum Physics and in our verbalised conscious thought! Art on the other hand, in its ‘creativity’ is an intuitive expression of being (an ‘experience’ comprising no theories, just truth). Art tends to reflect the inherent divinity in Man who is caught up in ‘spirit’ whereas Science reflects the inherent materialism in Man who is caught up in ‘matter’. By integrating these two aspects of our humanity ( emotion and logic) through the integration of our divided brains we can go beyond words and evolve an holistic higher consciousness combining the focus and reasoning of the conscious mind with the awareness and power of the unconscious mind. Removing faulty or irrelevent conditioning releases bound emotion an energy from trauma which otherwise stresses the organism and causes dis-ease and degeneration.

Best wishes

Paul Vallance

Software design & development for complete digital publishing workflows

Menantol designs, builds and customises utility apps, WordPress widgets, WordPress Themes, datafile and imagefile processors, analysis and web scraping tools. Our Applescripts and Python scripts are targeted at completely automating complex and time consuming manual production tasks as well as circuitous fiddly workflows that might go through a sequence of software Applications and manual processes to completion. Such workflow solutions can be easily be built into admin and management tasks and tools through integration with Excel, Word and email. All of this can be done rapidly, efficiently and VERY cost effectively. Workflows can be reduced at the top level into a few mouseclicks and an unattended process.

Website design and build, with customised coding, artwork and photography

Menantol doesn’t believe in reinventing the wheel and charging clients exorbitant design and production costs to do so. We build in WordPress, which is now the most common and popular web framework worldwide. 65% of all CMS websites are now created in WordPress for many good reasons: It is free and in the public domain, has SEO empowering ‘pretty permalinks’, has powerful blogging capability ‘out-of-the-box’ but most importantly it is equally adept as a complete CMS ( Content Management System) as it is a traditional blogging platform. WordPress is scripted in PHP and HTML which makes coding easier, and it runs on the most widely available hosting architectures ( Apache servers with PHP and MySQL databases).

Macintosh app automation for digital artwork production, software workflows and data

AppleScript and Python provide real world, low cost, low risk and low overhead ‘fire and forget’ production automation solutions. Any repetitive or complex set of computer based business or publishing tasks can be automated to save you no end of time, money, staffing costs and frustration.

Menantol supplies creative and production solutions from ‘studio support apps’ for Adobe PhotoShop, Illustrator, Acrobat, QuarkXpress, OSX Finder and a host of other professional Apps. All things are possible, from publishing and editing tools to fully blown commercial digital production workflow solutions, scientific data analysis scripts, datafile cleansing and data reconstruction routines.

Branding & identity, graphic design, artworking & photography

communication of a focused and memorable ‘brand’ is the current rage, where strong identity, visuals and recognisable USPs are ‘must’ messages required to promote a professional and aesthetic image that has recognisable value. Menantol handles all aspects of the branding and digital marcoms process in-house offering you a direct and single point of contact with whom you can communicate your ideas and input throughout the development process.