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Month: August 2009

to paint

to paint

I’m going to unleash my work upon the internets for fun making (of) over the next week.  I’m going to stagger these, so there will be one posting per day.  So, when school starts on Tuesday my real production will slow way down, but you all will be entertained. We’ll start off with this piece, which I don’t think I’m finished with… but I may never return to.  I started on this earlier this year before I started devoting serious…

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The difficulty in painting poorly – an illustrated process

The difficulty in painting poorly – an illustrated process

I’ve been trying my luck at painting over the past few months.  Although I’ve been very reluctant to publish any of those attempts online I’ll share what I’ve completed today.  I’m going to show step by step the struggles I had with this painting.  As I so often do with creative endeavors I’ve “bitten off more than I can chew” and tried to paint something that would give a seasoned veteran of the brush fits. The scene I chose to…

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chatsworth North park

chatsworth North park

Over the past three weeks I’ve been trying to organize a trip to Chatwworth South Park for myself and two coworkers.  Both expressed earlier interest in going there to hike.  Both had been there previously but their interest was bolstered by my “getting lost” story. Every time we set a time to go it falls through (I think we’ve set up at least 5 n ow that haven’t happened).  So on Saturday I became frustrated and decided to go by…

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the lloyd works in mysterious ways

the lloyd works in mysterious ways

Remember how I lost part of my gorillapod in Seattle?  Well, back in March when we returned from our Vegas show when our equipment was stolen, along with our camera was the corresponding piece from our own company tripod.  So, one of my coworkers went to the camera store to see if we could get a replacement “chip” for our tripod, and he offered to ask them about my missing “chip” from the gorillapod too.  Turns out they had both,…

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full disclaimer

full disclaimer

I’ve written a lot lately about politics and religion.  I should state my actual position on both, lest anyone jump to conclusions. In politics I think we need tempered social support infrastructure, but maximum personal freedom.  i.e. government programs that tax to provide services that we all need and can’t provide for ourselves (like defense, healthcare, etc.) are okay, but leave all the other stuff to the people.  That means I’m for a way to provide healthcare to everyone (although…

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ignorance is bliss

ignorance is bliss

One might think I spend my time listening to Air America and watching MSNBC.  However, I think it is much more constructive to listen to those you disagree with.  As such I watch (although I don’t watch a lot of television at all) Fox News and when in the car I listen to KKLA, the christian radio station in Los Angeles. Lately the hosts on KKLA’s talk shows (except for the mortgage and vitamin pill infomercials on the weekends) have…

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health care

health care

Although I don’t always agree with him (four stars for The Terminal?? that movie was terrible!), Roger Ebert has written two well articulated arguments for the public option, virtually mirroring my own opinion – although in a much more cogent way; which is to be expected, after all he has been a writer/critic for many decades. Read the first here. and the second here.

art experiments

art experiments

Amidst all my art critiquing I’ve also been trying to make some of my own the past five or six months.   I’ve painted fifteen paintings since April, but I’m not really ready to put anything up on the web yet.  About a month ago I bought a moleskin to start getting down to more serious sketching.  I’m a little more than halfway through – and some …interesting… stuff has been coming out.  Here are a few sketches: So I…

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District 9

District 9

On Saturday morning I saw District 9.  The trailers for other movies (all “scary” movies for some reason) were way way way too loud.  Unfortunately this noise pollution continued for the next two hours.  I can’t hold it against the director, he has no control over the volume knob at the local cineplex.  I keep thinking that the movie had too many gunshots/battles, but perhaps I wouldn’t mind them so much if they hadn’t been deafening. I have few criticisms…

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animals and children don’t mix

animals and children don’t mix

I ranted a while ago when I saw a “funny photo” online of a dog that had been drawn all over by a child with markers.  Basically I don’t think it is a brilliant idea to keep any animals in the house when you have a small child.  Of course, I don’t understand people that kiss animals that eat their own vomit on the lips either, but that is a blog for another day. So, I was cruisin’ through facebook…

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