Saturday, May 11, 2013
Thank you for sharing this video. Sometimes, I think the things we enjoy the most are those that resonate, that reflect back the truth we believe, the ideals we hold up, admire. I want to say, in a modest, unassuming way... I see the water. I feel it all around me. But I do sometimes forget, or maybe it's that it overwhelms me, and I feel it like a weight, a too expansive realm. I woke up feeling a bit of that heaviness.
The commencement speech, by David Foster Wallace pulled me out of a bit of a spiral. I needed this, Jennifer. Thank you.
And hey, however any of you are feeling today, I hope you will listen to this speech. It's up lifting... not a grand remedy, not a superficial trifle, but the kind of truth that simply resonates and raises your thoughts, and spirit.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Do you know about our other blog, Love & Rockets? Thats's where we wave our Geek Flag, where we share all that we imagine, invent, create, tinker, play, and make. It's where we hope to reach out to family and friends and inspire STEAM learning and teaching, between all the curious minds! Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math = STEAM, and those subjects are what we have a passion for. We express that passion through our involvement in the Maker Faire, with FIRST 2102 Team Paradox, with FIRST Robotics, and really, just our daily lives and interests. So, when a rising star needs a shout out, we answer the call. When a high school robotics team wants to build a giant robot, we open our garage. If an inspiring young man needs big room, and some paint, for a big idea, we like to lend a hand.
It means a great deal to us to be welcomed into the Maker community, because one of the nicest things about life is sharing, and Maker Faire, and the Maker Family, share with a generous and inspiring passion.
A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.
:: Inspired by Soule Mama ::
If you're inspired to do the same, leave a link to your 'moment' in the comments, for all to find and see.
Thursday, May 09, 2013
I have been so preoccupied with the chicken run, and Maker Faire, with laundry, and flossing, and Boggle (Heaven, help me!) that I'd sort of forgotten that we have this meandering path, and lovely plants, until some of you made your kind remarks! Oh, yes, I reflected. Our garden is lovely, the flowers are in full bloom. Thank you. It's so nice to see our garden with this renewed appreciation.
Now, having read The Sunset Western Garden Book, like a romance novel on a tropical beach vacation, voraciously, I can identify some of our plants. Happily, for me, there are a few mysteries. I actually enjoy being stumped. Wondering is a pleasure.
Come into the garden?
Wednesday, May 08, 2013
This man was not just a great stop-motion pioneer. Harryhausen was an animation auteur, someone who helped to prove that special effects and animation are an art form through which the craftsman's unique vision can easily match the technical aptitude utilized therein. His fantastic and beautiful monsters could be as appropriately horrible and grotesque as a story demanded, and yet, when they are slain, they so often have the sympathy of the audience. THAT is Ray Harryhausen. He literally LOVED his creations.
It is a fact that, with all due respect to the undoubtably talented directors/writers who officially headed the films that he worked on, Harryhausen was, deservedly, the de-facto embodiment of high-adventure-fantasy cinema; "Argonauts" and "Sinbad" were and always will be Harryhausen films. And all of this gorgeous movie artistry was more or less something that he did all on his own. It would be like if the late great Stan Winston personally modeled, animated and/or physically crafted every dinosaur in Jurassic Park! Of course, he wasn't trying to prove anything. That was just the way he liked to work.
So, (I have to reiterate) when you see the giant statue of Talos clutching his throat and writhing slowly to the ground in "Argonauts", or when the vicious dragon guardian is killed by the sailors in "7th Voyage" and you actually feel sad for these monsters, you know that that is Ray Harryhausen's personal touch--his stroke of true love and sympathy for the things that he made--that is shining through. I hope, beyond words, that this person is remembered. Even if it's only by the animators, prop fabricators, and SFX artists of today who love what they do and who knowingly preserve Ray's legacy and the fantastic things that he created for us, then I know that Harryhausen will live forever.
William, on the legacy of Ray Harryhausen
Tuesday, May 07, 2013
Jennifer, in Calfornia, sent me a pep-email, it was like a nice, bright beacon at the end of this tunnel! Thank you, Jennifer!
Before I jump into the next urgent item on the long list, I'll just spend a moment or two revisiting awesome Maker Faire memories, and I hope you enjoy highlights, too! Recalling the inspiration and creativity that awaits us refuels my determination to get everything moving forward!