Saturday, June 19, 2021

Seeing things differently

 


On the front page of Rachael Hulme's website she calls herself  "an artist, art educator, and learning experience designer." Despite the welcome presence of the Oxford comma, this may come off as wordy obfuscation and have you expecting something drab and awful.

Pleasant surprise, then, that her work actually turns out to be a lot of fun, especially in her Constructivism project. I don't know the exact age of the pupils she's taught art to, but she's able to bring a childlike perspective to her work. And perhaps hand-in-hand with that is a recognition of untapped possibilities within familiar objects. The potential of a beginner's mind.

Thursday, June 17, 2021

The obsolete man

In the process of writing a story and it's occurring to me that to a lot of people it's not going to seem like it's happening in the present day. Basically just because it's me writing it.

For one thing the main character comes home and calls his semi-estranged girlfriend. Could have done that from anywhere, right? And everyone says now that you don't call someone out of the blue, text them first. But from a drama and scene-setting vantage point, texting lacks something for me.

For the same reason I'm more likely to write someone channel surfing than just selecting what they want on Netflix or what have you. The latter seems to me to close off more storytelling possibilities than it opens.

In part I guess this is a function of age, but not just that. Kit Reed, who wrote in science fiction and a number of related areas, was born in 1932. She passed on in 2017, but up until that time she was very savvy about young people and their relationship to technology. Different people have different gifts.

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

...to know which way the wind blows

 Windows downloaded another update a couple of days ago. Now the taskbar permanently displays weather and temperature. 

I'm of two minds. Could be handy, but if you're online this is information it's easy to look up anyway. And if you hover the cursor over this icon a selection of the latest headlines will pop up. I really don't need this, and don't trust anyone's news priorities except my own.

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Harbor town

A short film, animated, from and about Rotterdam in the Netherlands. There is some additional explanatory text at the Vimeo link, but it's really not necessary. The easy motion and the little splashes of color speak loudly enough. There's also a cat and a bird, both of whom are lovely.

Friday, June 11, 2021

Faintly

 Bear with me, I seem to have reset the password on this blog. Complications from having multiple Google accounts.

Anyway, just a little bit ago I put on a record. Jazz instrumentals, Gerry Mulligan was involved. It was a bit late and I didn't want to disturb the neighbors, so I set the volume low. It turned out to be even lower than I expected. Audible, but very faint.

An interesting effect actually. While I was hearing the music, it felt more like I was remembering it. Although this would have been an eerily detailed and accurate memory.

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Kudzu

 


Go walking for long enough in any place that has yards and you'll see these yard signs. At least where I live. 

You have to parse them carefully. Take the tautology that "Love is love," It doesn't say that love is particularly important, does it? Surely not, which is why you're free to undermine every form of familial love and agape ever known. Linguists are still trying to determine the definition of this word "kindness" but the word self-evidently isn't being used in the previously accepted manner.

Really, though, you can ignore everything after "house." The underlying message is, "We belong to the property-owning class." You don't see them in apartment windows.



Monday, June 7, 2021

The big heat

That time of year is upon us. High heat and high humidity. Dogs will be hanging their tongues out and looking for shady places to nap, if they aren't already. 

Speaking of napping, it helps to have some efficient cooling at least in your bedroom. Some people think you need air conditioning, but I don't really feel this is necessary, and certainly not for the home. I have a fairly powerful fan about the size of a toddler, so I should be all right. Anything that keeps you mostly dry overnight is fine.