Monday, February 22, 2010

Figure 1.

I don't mean to imply that we create our own realities, but we do edit things a bit. Somehow we do it. We create the context, and we interpret the "Outside World" using distorted perceptual filters. Who knows how many selves we are, and to what extent each of these members of the Mob-Self force their agendas onto the poor Ego who has to interpret this stuff? What am I talking about?

And, in regard to my last post, to what extent does our projection actually affect "Reality?" There is an interplay-- the act of observing something physically changes it--read about the Observer Effect why don't you! Do the changes that each of us bring about individually also impact other observer/projectors? What if I interpret a situation to be tragic, while someone else sees it as simply benign? Does my interpretation somehow alter the situation for the other observer? Tell me!!!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Magick Lens

Sometimes I think about pitching my own show. I even have a decent idea rolling around in my head. I just have so many other things that take up my time. Also, I'm lazy.

Anyway, what I drew here is a result of my thinking about how to get a project past the idea-stage and out into the world as a real damn thing. Maybe it doesn't illustrate my thinking exactly, but that's OK. I was thinking that one way to approach the process would be to take some time to visualize the show (or whatever it is) as an already-finished type of thing. Make it a mental reality. See it as complete and successful and all I ever wanted it to be. See it impacting the world; see it being seen and appreciated by others; maybe even see it making some kind of positive change.

Then, somehow, the image must be made manifest-- it must be projected onto the world until it takes physical form. It's like a Tulpa--a thought-form that becomes an actual entity in the physical realm.

Of course, it's not good enough to sit back and imagine things all day. That's mental masturbation. One must act! One must direct one's energy toward the goal. It's not enough to simply build the form, one must fill the form with concrete and allow it to harden.

Looking at the drawing, I wonder whether the finished form should somehow be visualized as inverted. How would that work? Maybe I should stand on my head during the visualization process. Ha ha!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Chess Solution

Hey, remember the post from December 23rd of last year? No? Just scroll down then...I'll wait....
OK. I have the solution. I didn't figure it out, though. T'was Rybka what figured it out! So, here is the solution:

1. Qxh7, Kxh7
2. Bf8+, Qh6
3. Rxh6#

Aren't you relieved? I know I am. Why didn't I see it???

Go Here.

This is a great site. I arrived at it by way of a link to its Documentaries Page (you can click on that to go there). It has TONS of stuff to watch. TONS!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

You Must Look!!!

It appears that we are going to have to see Sarah Palin in the news every few days for one manufactured reason or another until she is forever vanquished in 2012 after losing the presidential election by a landslide. At least we'll have a month's peace before the world ends on December 21st.

If you're lucky enough to have missed this story, then I apologize for bringing it up. But, it's just so infuriatingly entertaining that I have to mention it.

So, Rahm Emanuel used the word "retarded" in some closed-door meeting at the White House and months later, when the "story" came out, Sarah Palin acted as though she were deeply offended by his use of the word. When Rush Limbaugh used it, however, she wasn't bothered in the least. I'm not sure why I need to care about any of this, but OK, you've got my attention (and, that's what it's all about, isn't it? Getting us to pay attention to you? Any publicity is good publicity, right?) So, it got me thinking about how often "staunch conservatives" decry "political correctness." And, sure enough, when I googled "Palin, political correctness" I found all kinds of stuff about how against "political correctness" she is was. Does her sudden reversal make her a "Flip-Flopper?" Oh, wait, that title only applies to John Kerry. My mistake...How 2004 of me!

So predictable. So hypocritical. So cynical.

It's no wonder that so many of us try to tune the political circus out completely. All this posturing and play-acting is just too painful to endure. I suppose that's why the Supreme Court's ruling on campaign finance of a couple weeks ago, that in effect installs corporate rule and does away with democracy and representative government, caused barely a ripple. Maybe if the Supreme Court had explained that limiting corporate campaign financing retards the efficacy of the political process we would have heard more about it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Headlight Design

It seems to me that car designers have lost their minds. The shape of headlight housings are getting so ugly and baroque. Whatever happened to "the circle" or even "the ellipse?" Those are viable shapes-- harmonious and balanced when integrated into the overall design of the car. But, nowadays it seems like headlights are supposed to evoke "fierce eyes," or maybe "pizza slices." I think it looks terrible. Oh well.

Monday, February 01, 2010

Time Fungus

One of the most important things about doing a drawing is knowing when to stop.

Anyway, last night, I was thinking about the way age creeps up on us, and first I thought it was like a shadow, like advancing night, but that struck me as totally unoriginal. Then it occurred to me that it was more like a fungus-- creeping up, devouring knees, denuding the scalp...

So, this began as a drawing about that, but, when I got to the point you see it here, I stopped because it's such an ambiguous image. It could be about anything. If I had "finished" it, I would have killed it. I would have narrowed its range of possibilities to one degree.