Monday, March 1, 2004
Can't sleep. Coffee seems redundant. I start art works only to stall after the intial impetus. Feel lousy. Waiting for the axe to fall about the house, reading a book about a prisoner waiting to go to the Mississippi gas chamber. Sense of impending doom. My ankle hurts like hell. Pain pills make me itch, keep me awake, but I gotta take 'em. Lawyer hasn't called me back about lawsuit over breaking my leg and poor care of it. Guess I'll have to call someone else.
Quote of the Day: "Imagination is more important than knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
In like a lizard, out like. . . ?
Tuesday, March 2, 2004
Yes, my mind is going. And so is yours. No one seemed to notice that my January page this year went all the way through February 29. . . Well, I guess that's understandable since I imagine most people enter through my front page, and clicking on "Journal Pages" there nets you the current entry. I mean who pays attention to the URL or page title, eh? Well, anyway, things are straightened out now. When you go to the Archives menu page, you'll find January and February 2004 right where they're supposed to be.
Quote of the Day: ". . . one of the strongest motives that lead men to art and science is escape from everyday life with its painful crudity and hopeless dreariness, from the fetters of one's own ever-shifting desires. A finely tempered nature longs to escape from the personal life into the world of objective perception and thought." -- Albert Einstein
My "art" has been neglegible the past few days. I did a sketch on an "Add to and pass on" mail art collaboration (which I'll never see the finished product of), a creative envelope to a long-time mail art correspondent, and a sketch based on an ink stain. . .
The mail carriers here keep delivering mail for the previous tennants, who moved over two years ago. They also deliver my mail to some other address, and at least sometimes some of the mail for the ant hill next door here. I've filed complaints and called multiple times, but it seems to do no good. I just hope and pray I never lose something valuable or something time-critical. No one takes pains with their work anymore. It's all done according to the ancient Chinese axiom: "Close enough is good enough." I suppose after a time on the job people get bored or lapse into "Autopilot" mode and let the details slide. I can't do that. Usually the longer I'm at a specific job, the more attention I pay to the dynamics of it, the details, so I can figure ways to do a better and more efficient job of it. There's no pride in work anymore. I think it's because of the culture of fear that has been cultivated in this society. Fear of losing your job, fear of having no money, fear of being looked down on, fear of being hurt, fear of being alone, fear of death, fear of damn near everything. I read in the paper where West Virginia University is going to enforce the locking of dormatory room doors. Now we're enforcing fear!
Wednesday, March 3, 2004
This morning I removed six poems from my Poetry page and replaced them with different poems. [** may not be suitable for children or prudish individuals or John Ashcroft or Michael Powell **] I know most of you have not seen these, so I thought I'd give fair warning if you want to go look. The ones that have changed are marked with an asterisk*. I plan on replacing the remaining poems, too, and once I do, I'll make the old ones available on a separate archive page. I don't claim to be much of a poet, but sometimes the pleasure of words overtakes me and I scrawl something on paper. I think most of these new poems were included in my recent chapbook, so if you have one of those, you may refer to it instead of the Poetry page.
Quote of the Day: "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead: his eyes are closed." -- Albert Einstein
Last month this site got over 13,000 hits. That's pretty good for the shortest month of the year. That's the most of any month in the past 12. Maybe things are picking up. Of those only 74 were me, mostly because I have my site as my home page on my browser and because I FTP new material almost daily. Not bad. Now if it only returned something for each hit, I'd be in high clover.
Thursday, March 4, 2004
Quote of the Day: "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest. . . a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." -- Albert Einstein
Yes, the grain in the artwork is wild oats. . . Yes, they were sewn (as well as glued) to the paper. . .
A friend and fellow artist, Robin Hammer, went through his second heart catheterization today. I wish him well and good health and good luck.
Friday, March 5, 2004
Quote of the Day: "The only real valuable thing is intuition." -- Albert Einstein
Saturday, March 6, 2004
Quote of the Day: "A person starts to live when he can live outside himself." -- Albert Einstein
Sunday, March 7, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler." -- Albert Einstein
Monday, March 8, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Heroism on command, senseless violence, and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism -- how passionately I hate them!" -- Albert Einstein
Tuesday, March 9, 2004
It is incomprehensible to me, with half of the states in the United States yet to hold their primary elections, that the candidate for President has already been annointed. Why do we bother to have a presidential primary in this state (or any of the others that have yet to vote) at all? I think we need to change the constitution so that all the states hold primaries or caucuses on the same day. It seems somewhat unfair that our voices are not heard.
Having said that, we need to put our support behind John Kerry. Remember my motto, "Anybody but Bush."
Quote of the Day: "A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." -- Albert Einstein
Spaulding Gray's body was found in the East River. He was such a tortured soul. I first heard of him on reading his Impossible Vacation. I could see, even then, that he might end as a suicide. Surely the rest of the world, and his close circle of family and friends could have seen it as well and done something to prevent it. He was 62. I hope I last that long.
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Technological progress is like an axe in the hands of a pathological criminal." -- Albert Einstein
And his name is Bill Gates. . .
Oh, Gawd! Can I stand 8 months of a nasty presidential campaign? The shit is already starting to fly. Turns out both candidates (Bush & Kerry) are Skull and Bones. Sweet. . .
I want to start my own planet. . .
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Quote of the Day: "The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education." -- Albert Einstein
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Quote of the Day: "The further the spiritual evolution of mankind advances, the more certain it seems to me that the path to genuine religiosity does not lie through the fear of life, and the fear of death, and blind faith, but through striving after rational knowledge." -- Albert Einstein
Monday, March 15, 2004
Quote of the Day: "Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character." -- Albert Einstein
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
I made another postcard today. I may scan it in before I send it. I rather wish I'd scanned the other side before I wrote the address and message. Oh well. . .
Quote of the Day: "Whoever undertakes to set himself up as a judge of Truth and Knowledge is shipwrecked by the laughter of the gods." -- Albert Einstein
John Kerry was in town tonight for a rally at the civic center. I missed it. We went to my daughter's house for her 25th birthday party. It was nice. The grandbabies are growing like little weeds.
Tuesday, March 23, 2004
Sorry about the long absence, but I was abducted by aliens. No? How about I was in the hospital? Okay, I just didn't feel like writing. I still don't, but I thought I'd better get something up here while I still remember how.
More things keep coming out about the sleaziness of the Bush administration and all its component liars and theives. The sad part of it is that very little attention is given to it, not nearly a tenth of the ire and outrage that was heaped on President Clinton for getting 2/3 of a blow job. This stuff is monumentally more important to us than Clinton's sex life or the fact he lied about it. Bush and his gang of thugs have lied about a veritable plethora of things, serious things, things that get people killed, things that ruin people's lives. Bush has to go. Nader pisses me off. Kerry isn't my first choice, but anyone's better than Bush. Let me rephrase that. . Any non-neocon is better than Bush.
Quote of the Day: "Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever." -- Albert Einstein
I have to wonder how he can express such an attitude, especially after having had to flee Germany to escape the Nazis. Politics may be only a present concern, but as the Bush administration has shown, ideology trumps science every time. Global warming? Nah! We don't believe in it so it isn't so. The list goes on. No doubt you're grateful that I don't. . .
I've been doing collages for the past week. I totally forgot to scan the postcard I mentioned last Tuesday before I mailed it. It got there for the standard 23-cents, by the way. The finished collages I've done are mostly bigger than the bed of my scanner, but two aren't, so I'll share them with you.
"The Magic of Oriental Women"
Thursday, March 25, 2004
You thought I was going to be absent for another week, didn't you? Fooled ya! Okay, so I'm in a light, playful mood of late. What can I say? It's spring! The temperature is supposed to be in the seventies for as far as the eye can see, albeit with rain starting Saturday and stretching for the most of next week. I sure hope the flooding is to a minimum. It seems like every time we get a decent downpour anymore the streets flood, the hollows flood, and the rivers rise. I'd like to venture a guess -- I think we're doing something wrong here. . .
Quote of the Day: "The release of atom power has changed everything except our way of thinking...the solution to this problem lies in the heart of mankind. If only I had known, I should have become a watchmaker." -- Albert Einstein
Speaking of quotes. . . I've been doing Einstein from a file of quotes of his that still has some mileage on it, so it will be a while longer before you see anyone else's words here other than his and mine (of course). But I get a mailing every day called "QAD - Quote A Day."
Okay, all goofiness and playing aside. The QAD mailing is one out of several hundred a day that I actually read from beginning to end. It is sometimes controversial, sometimes provocative, but always interesting. They have a web site with lots of quotes and a place to sign up if you'd like to get a quote every day in your e-mail. Something to counter-balance the SPAM, ya know. Anyway The site is called Quotes2U. Check it out! I'll put this link on my "Information" page too.
I should be totally honest. Part of the reason I put the previous link on my pages is to get a reciprocal link on their site. After having looked at it, I doubt very seriously that doing so will get me many hits. Like my links page, they have too many links for someone to peruse on a casual basis, moreso than mine, in fact. Not a problem. I'll take whatever I get.
Speaking of links, should any of you wish to put a link to my page on your page, please feel free to do so. I'm assuming you know how to do that. Maybe I shouldn't. Here's the code to link to my page:
<DIV align="center"><A href="http://www.ide-a.net
Just copy that text and put it wherever you need to get it to appear on your web site. You can right click and save one of the following "buttons" to use with that code. I would prefer that you use a button, but you can cut out the IMG SRC tag and the break tag in the previous and use just the text, if you must.
I might mention, if you do use the above information to put a link on your page, please let me know and if I can reciprocate, I will.
Saturday, March 27, 2004
Yep, it's almost Sunday. Went flea marketing today. Got a new optical mouse for five bucks, some olives for a dollar, razor blades, a compact fluourescent bulb, a Groo comic, and some other useful and interesting things. I didn't look at books, other than a copy of Heidi in the original High German. I'd liked to have had that but it was ten dollars and I didn't think it was worth that.
Quote of the Day: "One had to cram all this stuff into one's mind for the examinations, whether one liked it or not. This coercion had such a deterring effect on me that, after I had passed the final examination, I found the consideration of any scientific problems distasteful to me for an entire year." -- Albert Einstein
I'm on my second large glass of chianti. I think I'll call it a day.
Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Today's trash/recycle day. Have you ever tried to throw away an old trash can? I've tried painting "trash" on them. Nope. They leave then sitting. Likewise with "please take this." Nothing works except being there when they come and handing it to them along with explicit verbal instructions. I even tried typing my intent and taping it to the can. They took the typed note, left the can.
Quote of the Day: "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat." -- Albert Einstein
Can you tell I'm getting near the bottom of the barrel with my Einstein quotes? Yep, pretty soon I'll be sharing wonderful bits of wit and wisdom from Dean Koontz, Kurt Vonnegut, Bertrand Russell, and George W. Bush. Well, maybe not Bush. . . I could do a Bush & Quayle gallery of gaffs. Hmmmm.....
I've not been doing much in the way of art lately. I can't seem to get myself to do it. I've even tried mail art and mostly I stuff envelopes with old pieces and long letters to people I've never met. Something wrong with me, I imagine. Here's an older piece, one of the 3 X 5 card series I started in 1999.
"Springtime Crescent Moon"
Actually the above piece has another name but I'm too lazy to go downstairs and look it up. So what will happen is later when I'm downstairs and back, I'll look on the back of the piece and get the name, come back up, edit the caption of the above piece and delete this paragraph. Sneaky, huh?
Wednesday, March 31, 2004
Our language (assuming American English here) is being corrupted by the media and advertising. What started out as "Biscuits made from scratch" was shortened, not unexpectedly, to "Made-from-scratch biscuits." Now, probably because advertising spots on television have gone from 30 seconds to 10, McDonald's has shortened it to "Scratch-made biscuits." What the hell is that? I also noticed on my multi-pack of Scott bathroom tissue (wasn't that toilet tissue once?) that they say it's "soft, strong, lasts long." Do what? Lasts long? Exactly what does that mean? In Spanish, it's "duradero." Lasts long?" Me so horney. . .
Quote of the Day: "Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion." -- Albert Einstein
Rain, rain, rain. I ache all over. When it's not raining I'm sneezing. The reason spring is so pretty is so we don't find a way to avert it altogether.