Monday, December 14, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Saturday, July 4, 2009
in our heads. Creating art allows other people
to see the world we see, or how we see it.
It's a very exposing process.
Unfortunately, once the artwork is created
the interpretation is entirely up to the receiver.
My current thought is that the goal in making art is
to create "archetypal" images that register
as pure tones in the symbolic visual brain
and that deliver meaning more directly,
allowing the sender and the receiver
to resonate more strongly.
Need to find a message worth sending.
Friday, June 19, 2009
I cling to you for strength and self assurance
Tether myself around the waist, the other end around you
like some umbilicus
Gather confidence and leap off into the deep wet unknown
Struggling bravely through whatever learning experience I'm in
And pull myself back onto you to recharge.
Is it bravery, stupid stubbornness, or some innate desire driving me
to loosen my tether and drift away
through uncertain abyss--to strike out on my own--?
Beyond that which I knew are familiar seeming shadows
Recognizable but not actually comforting
Ghostly forms and reedy delights, but really I miss having
Stable earth and stone and grass under my feet.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
within YOUR body?
How do they know
(maintain a movement about)
Do they resonate?
If this is electromagnetic
(resonance) or some other
isn't it possible
(likely) that I
in the room with you
vibrate from THAT
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
(surrounded on sides by channels
of buttery good redness,
relaxes under its overburden
of saucy spiced pork meatballs)
Whispers your name
and gently massages your olfactory nerves.
Monday, May 11, 2009
Caught a ferret
to be my pet
and live in MY room
and I'll have to keep her
in a cage and keep my
door shut so she can't
escape and get out and
get back to the wild
to her home and family
and friends and maybe children
baby ferrets who need
her to take care of 'em
and...oh look. Sigh.
She got out.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Here are a few sites that I'm looking through.
Saturday, March 21, 2009
As a religion progresses through time, there is less direct connection with the 'written word'. Someone claims to 'have it' so people follow that person. This is where personal feelings are introduced, and rather than seeking the source, the 'second generation' incorporates the teachings of their [person in touch with God], making an internal 'copy' of the religion.
How many generations (copies of copies) can there be? The thought occurs that someone must have become aware of this degradation, and decided to seek the Source. Thus a revival.
Friday, March 6, 2009
(by Jack Mezirow, 1991)
1) a disorienting dilemma;
2) self examination;
3) a critical assessment of internalized role assumptions and a sense of alienation from traditional expectations;
4) relating one's own discontent to similar experiences of others;
5) exploring new ways of acting;
6) building competence and confidence in new roles;
7) planning a course of action;
8) acquiring knowledge and skills for implementing one's plan;
9) provisional efforts to try new roles; and
10) a reintegration into society on the basis of conditions dictated by the new perspective.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Purpose: To reduce the amount of space taken up by poetry.
The rolling poem is a new method of poem-writing. Simply take a word, connect it in a loop, and roll it along the floor.
The tracks left behind are often gibberish, but on very special occasions can become POETRY!
Here's an example of how it works:
When you connect the word EARTH in a loop and roll it you get:
However, with some creative spacing and Carriage Returns this sequence of letters becomes:
HEAR THE ART
Try it with other words, like STONE or ARE.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
(this is highly edited to take out repetitions and "y'knows")
JoCo: One of the strangest things that has taken a lot of adjusting for me is my increased access to famous people. And this is a weird ancillary benefit to becoming a semi-famous person, is that you, for whatever reason, are sort of in the club.
And it's much easier--I don't know if it's an internal thing--it's just easier for me to approach people, or if it's something in the way I carry myself--but I--*laughing* they recognize me as part of the tribe.
But I've had contact with a number of people that I have been a huge fan of and the contact is not like I get their autograph, it's like we hang out and talk. Y'know? It's really weird.
Q: Any names you want to drop?
JoCo: Yeah, well, I most, the most recent one was is Adam Savage from MythBusters.
Q: Even the Stuff with Neil Gaiman has got to be really strange.
JoCo: Yeah, that's another one. Like Neil Gaiman. Like I--I--*laughs*-- I had drink's with Neil Gaiman...that's crazy! Why do I get to have drinks with Neil Gaiman?
Q: It is kind of funny.
JoCo: Yeah. But it's great. I mean it's--it's fantastic. Because I am a fan of famous people I recognize what happens when people come up to me after a show or at PAX or on the street --wherever. You feel like you've come to know this person because you've consumed their work--you've listened to their music or you've seen them on television or you've read their books or whatever--and you kind of feel like it's kind of a one way relationship at that point, but you really have this desire to make it a two way relationship. I don't mean in a gross way but you want to connect with that person the same way they have maybe even unknowingly connected with you. And unfortunately in an autograph line it's not always possible to make that kind of connection, and so when I get to meet Neil Gaiman because Neil Gaiman happens to have come across some of my stuff and liked it--we have this dorky appreciation moment and then we just talk. And we do get to have the time and the comfort zones that let us just relate to each other as people, and that's totally thrilling.
Our society has tiers with commonfolk (the layer I like to lump everybody in) making up the bulk of it. But the human mind can't stand chaos. It likes to categorize, organize, and find patterns. Within the crowd certain people get named 'leader' or 'unique' in some way. If enough people recognize him/her then I imagine that person is elevated to a higher social status (based on notoriety). And this level is where Jonathan Coulton was when I (actually) got to talk with him in April.
However, there is another social structure at work in our culture, financial wealth. Financial wealth has all sorts of consequences, not the least of which is it's affect on a person's social network. Typically money is associated with things/stuff. The more expensive 'things' a person has, the more money that person has (qed). The highest ranking money level can also afford to have a social 'insulation' layer. Bodyguards, fancy airs, even the stuff: expensive fabrics kept clean saying 'keep your distance'.
People will mimic the wealthy to affect importance. Common people like me go out of their way to buy fancy clothes. "Bling" fashion is one example of this.
Business executives generally have receptionists, if not layers of very tall buildings to socially isolate (and thereby elevate) themselves. Even our country's president has an entourage of bodyguards at all times, both a safety issue and an obvious social pedestal. For the most part people are considerate enough: Fancy clothes, airs, bodyguards? Leave them alone.
And here's where my concern lies: JoCo's fame comes partly from his being approachable. You can drop him a line on the internet and chances are he will read it. However, what if JoCo's fame grows? He won't be able to interface on a direct level anymore. He might eventually have to hire someone to read the e-mails for him,, and choose which ones get through based on merit! This is the level of fame at which you have to know someone to get in. I'm a little worried that if Coulton reaches this level that I may never get to go see him again. His agent will raise ticket prices, and too many other people will want to go, and the fame will carry him away from the reality he knows with only money and his ever diminishing social circle to hang onto...GYAHHH!
Perhaps, however, I am underestimating Jonathan Coulton. Perhaps he got to this level of fame a long time ago, and instead of getting swept away in it, somehow deflected it and remained grounded, recognizing his constituents' need for the illusion of being connected, and using the principle of intermittent rewards so as not to burn himself out on too many commitments.