Sunday, July 31, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Some recent pieces of random assortment.
1. a puzzle heart for Autism on the wrist
2. Hibiscus on a foot
3. Brazilian/Canadian flag on shoulder
4. Archangel playing poker on the back. WIP
5. Scroll and coin on head. Piercer B-Birds head, other side matches, WIP (more on this piece when it's finished)
Thursday, July 28, 2011
First. I do not believe that the world will end on 12.21.2012, but I do believe the date holds signifigance; as it is after the "galactic year" of our solar systems revolution through the galaxy ( , it marks the most significant astrological and astronomical event in our lifetimes. What I find most interesting though is not the end date of the Long Count, but the the start of this current cycle that ends with 12.21.2012, 3114 BCE.
3100 BCE was a very interesting time periods in human history, perhaps one of the most important: The majority of our knowledge of our own past fits into this 5126 year period. This was the time humans first developed cuniform writing, Egyptian hieroglyphs and early chinese writing. The First Egyptian Dynasties started (unification of upper and lower Egypt). This was also the time period in which early pyramids were built, Copper came into use for tools, more advanced systems of irrigation, canals building and megalithic structures such as Stonehenge were being built around the world by, what we would consider, primitive societies. Not to mention developments in agriculture. Also the first concepts of Biblical monotheism were developed in Ancient Egypt. Clearly, a very dramatic change happened to human development and civilization at this time, a paradigm shift that changed the way humans lived and related to the world around them, leading directly to the world we live in today. These changes didn't happen all at once or in a flash, as historical record shows these things were happening over a 200-500 year period throughout regions of the world, independantly (or so it would seem).
So what do I think this all means? well, Take a look at what is going on now: Incredible advances in digital and biological technology, changes in global power structures (the reorganization of wealth from USA to China). Dramatic changes in religion (new, and sometimes extreme interpretations of the monotheistic faiths - Christian, Muslim and Jewish). Dynamic changes are happening all around us, and for the first time, we all can watch the global shifts from TV and the internet. The information is so available, it's difficult to sift through it all to see what is meaningful. And also, it seems that all of the worlds worst case scenarios. the obvious factors that would lead us to certain doom (War, Famine, Disease and Death) are all weekly realities in our time. The Internet is like a modern Tower of Babel, reaching for God as we understand him, all knowing, all present. With this power and access in the hands of common people, even more knowledge is brought to light. allowing us to put pieces of the "puzzle" together, revealing a pattern of entropy and change that is just as unavoidable now, as it was in the days of Rome.
We are just starting to find other planets in other solar systems, further increasing the likelihood that we are not alone, and still showing how rare the miracle of our own world is. We are learning that structures built 5000 years ago are so complex and made with such precision, we couldn't reproduce the work today. More and more evidence is coming to light of capabilites held by our ancestors that we have lost. The ancient stories of these ancestors are starting to become more recognizable to us, as we have entered a new age of technology and discovery, as stories of visitors from the heavens, often described as gods, entering and exiting the atmosphere, described as what we now recognize as jet propultion technology, as well as flying machines, communications abilites, advanced weaponry... all recognizable now, to the view of a post industrial human. Odd then, we find all of this evidence, revealing so much mystery in our past that couldn't even be noticed before the industrial revolution. There is still so much to learn about who and what "we" are.
No the world is not ending. Though it is changing so dramatically that the world will "end as we know it" very soon I believe. considering technology and cosmological understanding, we will not be able to see the world as we have, either a divine creation or a random evolution. The veil is being lifted, science and technology are revealing that some ancient stories were very close to the truth, but that somewhere we forgot something very important about our own origins, the key to the questions we spend our time asking, seems to be intentionally lost, or specifically hidden (the tools found and thought to be used to build the pyramids, are now being questioned; "could ancient Egyptians really have carved granite stones weighing tons with copper chisels? and dragged them 100's of miles on wooden logs? Not very realistic when you think about it.)
The Singularity is an event described by Ray Kurzweil as a point of no return triggered by an incredible development in technological innovation; machines that are smarter than humans (A.I.). terrifying movie examples of this are Terminator and the Matrix, more exciting possibilities are shown in movies like Bicentennial Man and A.I. where the time before the singularity becomes irrelevant to the experience afterward. Imagine when everyone on the planet has total access to all the worlds knowledge at any given moment, anywhere in the world. We are so close to that right now, that we are already using the superstructure, reaching everyday toward this goal of omipresence and omniscience for everyone. New research is also leading to forms of potential immortality and powers over matter. like magic, or the powers of gods.
You dont need me to point out that the world is changing pretty fast right now, we can all feel it, changing under our feet, everyday in flux, ideas and fears spread faster than ever, consumption is increasing and resources are delpeteing while record setting weather happens on a regular basis. Social and political divisions threaten to collapse or render governments useless. Corporate interests that threaten freedom and even the soverienty of nations. Conspiracies and theories of conspiracies to control the directions that human civilization moves in, or doesnt. in our "greatness" we have forgot that we are not in control, and that the forces of this earth, solar system, and galaxy are still at work, as they have always been, too powerful for humanity to comprehend. The forge of worlds, the power of gravity, entropy and angular momentum, create a process we can only understand long after it's happened.
2012 isnt a switch point. not in the sense that "everything changes" at the stroke of a clock at midnight, 12.21.2012. but I think something will be revealed to us that causes us to realize the next steps we must take, for our progress as civilization as well as for our own survival as a species. we will finally see the doors, and we will have to choose which one we go through.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
This piece was done a while ago, and though I dont have progress pictures (not sure if I took them or not) it's still a great piece, and this one in particular, shows off a lot of line detail.
Saturday, July 23, 2011
I did this tribute poster years ago in honor of Tesla. I always wanted to more of these about preferred historical figures, but just never got to it. maybe someday...
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even to the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons;
they are vexatious to the spirit.
you may become vain or bitter,
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals,
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love,
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment,
it is as perennial as the grass.
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
whatever you conceive Him to be.
And whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life,
keep peace in your soul.
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
Monday, July 18, 2011
But I dont know...
If G+ can actually combine a lot of stuff, that would be so awesome!
Enough! I have too much to do, to be dorking around here, wondering how many damn blogs I'm not going to update regularly. Ha!
Thursday, July 14, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
When we got into Livingston, my home town, it was the night of July 4th. Even though we got to see some fireworks from the plane and on the way into town, we arrived at my Uncle George's place just in time to catch the local fireworks finale. One of the best fireworks shows I've ever seen (it probably helped we were 500 yards from where they were launching them). Sorry there are no pics of the fireworks awesomeness, I think we were just glad to be done with our travel.
But we had lots more adventuring to do, and only a short time to do it!
And a couple of vids to prove it:
Liberty playing peek-a-boo on the plane.
And Liberty Laughing at Mommy Making piggy sounds.
We had a great time on this trip. Even though we didn't get to see everyone (sorry), and the flights to and from weren't very enjoyable (tho Liberty didn't mind) It was the best trip we have made to Livingston, and I'm sure we'll be making that trip a lot more often.
Sunday, July 10, 2011
but here is something to get you by...