This true story is about you.
You were the young man with the death metal t-shirt and the warm heart who wanted his name to be "Carnage." Some were worried about what kind of a role model you would be to younger children, but Roots saw past the shirt, reached out her hand and re-named you "Venom." Over the next three years you had a reason to stay in school, a reason to pass your classes. Each season you had a new group of boys to connect with, dote on, and be a role model for. They needed you, maybe as much as you needed them.
Above text from introduction by Dan Prince
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So there I was, minding my own business (as usual) when I came across an eHow instructional article. The article itself was rather strange and specific: How to Draw Zodiac Constellations.
_This writer passed somebody's screening process. Demand Studios (content distributor for eHow and other channels) also hires copy editors, who presumably passed somebody's screening process and then checked the work of the writer. And yet...
The instructions were a bit odd. Basically: look at someone else's representation of the constellation. Draw the big stars first, then the smaller stars. Connect the dots. I have a hard time reconciling how these instructions are useful, or how they are appreciably different than instructions for drawing any constellation.
_The drill-down for this article is Home >> Toys & Games >> Magic, Mystery & Fortune Telling >> Aries >> How to Draw Zodiac Constellations. There has to be a better classification for this! If I were starting from the Home location, there's no way I would follow this path to figure out how to draw Zodiac Constellations. Here are a few that I would try first:
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Drawing
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Pencil Drawing
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Step by Step Drawing
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Draw to Scale
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Draw Anything
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Draw Illustrations
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Art Drawing >> Drawing Directions
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Draw Shapes & Objects >> Draw Stars
Home >> Arts & Entertainment >> Draw Shapes & Objects >> Draw Stuff
Home >> Hobbies & Science >> Earth & Space Science >> Constellations
Home >> Hobbies & Science >> Earth & Space Science >> Find Stars
Home >> Hobbies & Science >> Earth & Space Science >> Night Sky
Home >> Hobbies & Science >> Earth & Space Science >> About Astronomy
That means the Toys & Games route would be at minimum my 14th try, but I'm guessing I'd never actually get there. I hope they have a better search function than categorization function. While looking through those categories, I found all manner of mis-categorized articles. All of those drawing subcategories should probably have been in "Arts & Crafts" rather than in "Arts & Entertainment," but that aside, when you finally get down to the articles in that first listing, >> Art Drawing >> Drawing, you'll find (almost at the top of the page):
Identify Income Sources You Can Draw From in Retirement
Can I Draw Both SSD & SSI?
What Is a Sales Draw?
How to Increase Your Band's Draw
How to Fix the Draw in a Fireplace
None of which are even obliquely related to Art Drawing. So, I'm thinking I might apply to work for Demand Studios, since I'm already cited as an expert, and clearly I have some skills they need.
The Portland Aerial Tram recently celebrated its 5th year, just in time for a couple of tram shots in my 36 Views of South Waterfront series. This one, #30, is from the waiting area, and #28 was taken from inside the tram itself (as was #27 from the last post).
This series was also featured on the:
How 'bout that? Also, I just learned, the two tram cars are named Walt and Jean. How 'bout that?
Only six more photographs until the series is complete. Click on any photo above for a slide show.
Sunshyne Silverwear's blog features a quote of the day along with an image. Today's quotation was by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the image was my MLK scribblegraph postcard! All of my scribblegraphs are shown below, and are available in my Etsy shop or on DaogreerEarthWorks.com.
I entered a photo challenge with the theme "serene"... totally forgot I had done it, until I was perusing the Captivus Living blog again and discovered I was in the top 5! Woohoo! Please take a moment to Vote for my photo, the one with the purple trees on the coast (shown below).
Well, I did it! My serene photo won the Captivus Living photo challenge. Thanks for voting for me!
A friend was looking at the newspaper today, and he noticed an interesting headline on the front page. "Hey, check this out! Pretty cool, huh?"
I looked at the picture where he was pointing. "Yeah! I made that!"
"I made that. The vest, the shirt, the pants..."
Turns out, he was pointing to the article next to the picture, which made my comments not make any sense at all. The article he was referring to was also incredibly cool, and you should read that one, too.
But what I saw was this:
My dear friend Loren Hoskins has gone and followed his dreams. He has been a professional pirate for quite some time now as "Captain Bogg" in the Portland-based (of course) pirate rock band, Captain Bogg and Salty. Every once in a while, he calls upon my garment-copying and modification skills to enhance his piratical wardrobe.
Recently, (OK, a while ago, but we're all just now finding out about it...) he and band-mate Kevin Hendrickson began writing music for the new Disney Channel series, Jake and the Never Land Pirates. The two fellas have such charisma and stage presence, that they became animated and live action characters in the series. How many people do you know who are Disney cartoons?
Anyway, Loren's live-action wardrobe matched his cartoon persona, but didn't look like it was going to withstand too many live performances. Loren commissioned me to craft some replacements out of sturdier materials, with lots of double stitching, and based on past costume pieces I already knew would fit Loren pretty well (like this vest, of which I have made several copies. Oh, and you can't see the vest or pants that well, but this is my all-time favorite Pirate Rock Star photo of Loren).
Also: pockets. I mean, this is Peter Pan after all; I can be Wendy and sew pockets for my Lost Boy. A live-action cartoon Disney pirate rock star's gotta have a place to put his keys, you know?
If you have the Disney Channel and a young toddler at home, watch Jake and the Never Land Pirates for the everything. If you have just the Disney Channel, watch it for the music, music videos, and endlessly entertaining performances of Loren and Kevin.
Next weekend, I'll be in an art / craft show. Stop by if you're local. Click on the picture for a clickable list of the vendors involved.
Diane of The Shutterbug Eye shares her handmade artisan finds on this blog. In this post, she highlights members of the Camera Angles Market on 1000 Markets, including, of course, yours truly.
Visit Diane's shop, website, blog, etc.
Bliss and Folly's photo challenge this week is "Home." I spend so much of my time in the temperate rain forests of the Pacific Northwest, and sitting on the ground to boot, that a close-up shot of a Douglas-Fir cone is home to me.
Looking at it reminds me of what a fir cone smells like, and what it feels like in my hands (very different when it's wet than when it's dry), and precisely how far I can chuck one at an unsuspecting friend.