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This scene is esthetically pleasing. I'm guessing it was generated by Mandelbulb or similar software, as it appears to be a fractal. So...

HT - LTCV 38 Backstop by Headdie
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Very nicely done. At first blush, though, I question the basic assumption behind this work. Large, heavy machines are very vulnerable, ...

Chill mother by iorguDesign

For such a simple piece, this drawing demonstrates an astonishing degree of mastery. Every stroke tells a tale. Nothing could be added ...


For a short while, the link to my dA account disappeared from the nameserver, so attempts to open my account here failed.   I wouldn't say I panicked, exactly, but I suspected I had been "hacked" (as some people call it), so I reset and re-initialized my wifi router.  (Probably ought to change the important passwords, pain in the wazoo...)  By then my account here had re-appeared.   Probably ought to write a script to update all passwords...
Sad to report, I now have two fewer cats than only a few weeks ago.

Friday didn't quite make it to winter.   At 17 years of age, he was not ancient for a cat, but had lived an ample life.   He had survived being run over by his previous owner's car,  with only a slight impairment in his ability to jump.    I'll miss his company on cold winter nights...

Spot simply didn't show up one morning to claim his breakfast on the front porch.  No sign of foul play.   I hope some kind neighbor has taken him in.   Perhaps one day he will escape and return.   Many's the times he warmed my lap on the front porch rocker.     On the dark side, there is the off possibility he was taken by one of the local coyotes.   Yup, coyotes.   But as I said, there is no evidence of that, as there was in the case of a neighbor's cat.

There is still the third cat, whom I had never named, he has been so stand-offish.  He used to snarl at me whenever I came near.   He has survived a severe mauling, probably in a fight with Spot last spring, and demonstrated cats' near-miraculous powers of self-healing.   I have long suspected he fathered a litter of kittens born in my garage, when I had a garage, so I called him just "papa cat".

Maybe now I'll shorten that to Papa, or perhaps Papacito, "little father". Oddly, now that Spot is not around, he seems much friendlier.   He now acts like he wants to be petted,  though by now I know better than to make the first friendly gesture;  the way to earn a cat's trust is to ignore him.   Perhaps earlier he acted out of fear of Spot, not fear of me.   Spot was much to be feared;  even my pit bull Kiya feared him.   


UPDATE:   Yesterday Papacito went so far as to rub himself against the cuff of my jeans.   That's amazing progress.    Maybe I'll call him Frito instead.
I suppose anyone as well off as Mr. Bennett undoubtedly is can indulge any pastime he wants. He must be one of the most famous singers out there, and at age 88 he can afford a hobby.   But I can't in good conscience agree with the claim that he is "an accomplished artist".   Some of his works do show promise, however.…

Recently I watched a broadcast on PBS of ceremonies at which Billy Joel was presented the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

I was reminded of a personal conversation in which someone I used to know asked whether I didn't think Billy Joel's music sounded sorta old-fashioned.   I replied that, unlike the work of  many other contemporary performers, Billy Joel's music sounds musical.   I still stand by that judgment.

Toward the end of the above video, we hear Joel himself singing a number of his own songs, accompanying himself very competently on the piano.   One distinctive quality of his singing is that nearly every word is intelligible; that's one quality a competent singer has, though some of the singers who precede him in this video lack it.  Note how many members of the audience are singing right along right along with him -- they know the words.
A documentary recently aired on PBS (with a title something like "Tales from the Royal Bedchamber") brought to light something of personal interest to me.  No, it's not the fact that in centuries past there was far more and livelier interest in conjugal goings-on in the royal bedchamber than today we would consider seemly.   Rather, it has to do with the mechanical construction of the bed itself.

In at least one and probably many instances, the fundamental support of the mattress or other padding was not, as in many modern beds, a structure of slats and springs, but rather a webbing made of rope.   In other words, the bed was in effect a hammock.   One consequence was that the royal occupant did not lie flat in the bed, but had his or her head somewhat raised, which may account for the way kings were often depicted in bed, more or less in a sitting posture.

That matters to me personally because for the past decade or so I've slept at home in a hammock, by strong preference.  It's far more comfortable and convenient than the customary box spring and mattress.  It occupies less floor space,  and the space it occupies can be reduced to to zero, if you temporarily the need the space for some other purpose.    Oh, and by the way, it costs less.  

If you are so inclined, the hammock can be made to rock you to sleep, by installing an appropriate mechanical contrivance.   I've never needed that, but I've found that I can rock myself by a rhythmic side-to-side motion of one raised knee.  If you can't quite get the knack of that, it might help to know that the motion of the knee will optimally lead the rocking of the hammock by one quarter of the period of the natural oscillation of the hammock, considered as a pendulum.*   That's not a new discovery;  as a child, I discovered that I could get a swing, hung from a high tree branch, to swing back and forth with very large amplitude, without having to have anyone push me, and without having to touch the ground myself.   All I had to do was pull rhythmically on the ropes supporting the swing.  I have no idea whether that is common knowledge;  from earliest childhood, I was in the habit of finding ways to accomplish things without needing anyone's help.


*There is theoretical confirmation of that.  This won't help most people, but electrical engineers are quite familiar with the fact that reactances -- inductors and capacitors -- introduce phase shifts between sinusoidal voltages and currents, by just 90 degrees.  That has to do with the fact that the cosine function is the first derivative of the sine function, and the cosine waveform is the same as that of the sine, shifted by 90 degrees. 


Lorem Ipsum
Artist | Professional | Digital Art
I claim to be a professional artist, because I have actually sold a few paintings, though none recently.

Favourite genre of music: anything but rock or grand opera. By "rock" I mean any of various contemporary genres, including rap, heavy metal, techno etc, characterized by raucous monotony. I don't include jazz.
Favourite photographer: Ansel Adams
Favourite style of art: abstract (algorithmic or mathematical), not "abstract"
Operating System: Linux, Ubuntu distribution
MP3 player of choice: vlc
Shell of choice: bash (Bourne Again Shell), Python
Wallpaper of choice: Supernova 1994D in Galaxy NGC 4526 (see webcam)
Favourite cartoon character: Calvin (& Hobbes)

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For a short while, the link to my dA account disappeared from the nameserver, so attempts to open my account here failed.   I wouldn't say I panicked, exactly, but I suspected I had been "hacked" (as some people call it), so I reset and re-initialized my wifi router.  (Probably ought to change the important passwords, pain in the wazoo...)  By then my account here had re-appeared.   Probably ought to write a script to update all passwords...

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