something I am grateful for today

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:49 pm
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the fact that, thanks to my dumfoan, I always have a camera on me so I can take and share frivolous pics and try to fit in



old car on campus

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 20th, 2017 12:56 pm
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 the office water cooler - I have been making a point of availing myself of it more often in the interests of superior hydration and nutrition

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 19th, 2017 07:39 pm
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the feeling, while pulling together various sparks from various old sources of inspiration newly revisited, that I am on the verge of a fresh new creative breakthrough

(there might not actually be any such breakthrough, but I still enjoy this feeling of being on the verge!)

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 18th, 2017 11:48 am
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 the tender care of my physiotherapists

I especially noted it this morning when I developed a cough during treatment and they went to get me some water... there is something spiritually serene about the ways in which they minister to my needs that is actually beautiful. Strange how they can treat me like a Ming vase while also trying to force my body to do things that bodies can't do -- sometimes in the same instant!

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:30 pm
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the classic sound of 50s and early 60s Blue Note

every so often I come back to these recordings as I am doing now... archetypal and definitive, comforting yet still revealing new depths years later

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:05 pm
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being able to listen to The Charlatans while driving

the comic book as mechanical device

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:42 pm
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I've seen this idea bandied about in a few places over the years, but one of the clearest quotes I am able to find as an example is in this book:

"The creators of a comic can control [the reader's] reading speed by altering the levels of information in each panel --- the more detailed the art or the more dialogue it contains, generally, the longer it takes to read. Many comic creators fail to recognise, for example, that a fast-moving fight scene will be slowed down if the antagonists are making lengthy speeches to each other."

I couldn't help thinking of this recently when I saw someone post this page fragment from a 1968 issue of Avengers:



I can easily recognize that this is a good example of action art -- penciller John Buscema is an acknowledged giant of the field. But I also couldn't help noticing that, not only is everyone saying more than they could possibly have time to say in these circumstances, but they are also saying things that no one would say. Think them, maybe -- say them out loud, no. This dialogue not only slows the rendered action to a crawl by its sheer volume, it strains the reader's credulity as well. Yet the comic books from this era are routinely lauded as classics by old-timer fans such as myself.

All I can say is, times, tastes, and techniques have certainly changed.

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:10 pm
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 a boss who will go on a coffee run and bring you back a freebie

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:33 am
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 learning deeper self-acceptance

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 13th, 2017 11:57 am
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 a reasonably good dental check-up

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 11th, 2017 03:01 pm
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 physiotherapy: this morning I could really feel my tight bits and I knew they needed a good stretch, and they got one

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 10th, 2017 07:35 pm
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learning about The 2 Minute Rule

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 9th, 2017 05:59 pm
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some alone time in the car with beautiful music on a beautiful day

something I am grateful for today

Sep. 8th, 2017 07:31 am
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my glasses -- I have several different pairs for different jobs, all of which are very important to me
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