Thursday, September 11, 2014

Artsy Reflections

This is a photo by Sam Jones, scanned from an article in People Magazine (September 30, 2011).

It has been in my office with a note saying "scan this."

Nice reflection of the Hollywood sign. The whole article had photos taken of Neil Patrick Harris and that sign and that car.

I wanted it to go with my collection here: Reflections on Mirrors:

That has lots of notes and images, some of my relatives, some of strangers.

Holly did this all herself:

Here's the future Baron of al-Barran:

And the rest of my family, though none of that is in chronological order:

Friday, May 9, 2014

Connections at 20,000 feet

I've brought something written when Holly was 12 years old

April 17, 2003

Holly has asked this week about "worthwhile" and "ruthlessness." She wanted to know what they meant and why they meant that.

Then yesterday we were watching an old Twilight Zone episode, Nightmare at 20,000 Feet (with William Shatner) and at the end Rod Serling intones a long speech Holly understood none of. We wound it back a couple of times for me to try to write it down for her. I missed a phrase, but we quit trying. In 1963 nobody could have wound it back or looked it up on google. One pass and probably most of the viewers said "what?"

But after I had it scribbled as well as I could in two passes, we were discussing these terms:
"The flight of Mr. Robert Wilson has ended now, a flight not only from point A to point B, but also from the fear of recurring mental breakdown. Mr. Wilson has that fear no longer, though, for the moment, he is, as he has said, alone in this assurance. Happily, his conviction will not remain isolated too much longer, for happily, tangible manifestation is very often left as evidence of trespass, even from so intangible a quarter as the Twilight Zone." **

tangible manifestation (and then discussed "redundant")
"evidence of trespass"
and "so intangible a quarter as The Twilight Zone."

"Quarter" has a LOT of meanings, and a couple of them very intangible kinds of things!

When we were sitting down to watch Twilight Zone, Holly had to move the Tank Girl comic books she had been reading. One was called "The Odyssey." Then the DVD menu came up, and one of the episodes is called "The Odyssey of Flight 33." I was in the next room and she yelled to tell me about that, and I said "You saw the word 'odyssey' twice in an hour? Cool!"

"I saw the word 'odyssey' twice in one MINUTE!
What IS an odyssey?"

I told her it was a long adventurous trip, often unplanned. Reminded her of Jason, fleece/argonauts, and she said "and next comes the saga?"

She's right. Mixing languages and cultures, except where they meet in English.

That's a lot of vocabulary and history tie-in to come in the small space between the 1990s' Tank Girl comics and some late 50's/early 60's Twilight Zone on a Wednesday night, and it wasn't anything I could have planned, but I was happy to go with it when Holly brought it up.


Now, years later, technology makes explorations and connections even easier.
Some people might be able to see the episode here:

But it's not any one TV program or book or film that helps. It's a quantity of various things, and having a mind that is not closed down with fear, shame, self-conscious, so that connections will come easily and joyously.

If one wanted to continue down this 20,000 foot path, though, here is something on NIGHTMARE AT 20,000 FEET & EPISTEMOLOGY — a transcript of a podcast called The Sci Phi show. "Epistemology" is a pilosophical term referring to how and why we believe and know what we think we know. That episode is thick with material for those thoughts. Seeing, thinking, expression, reflection.

Don't disparage the sources. Let thoughts flow.

Friday, May 2, 2014

…and a burrito

Once when playing Writey Drawey, a lake and a wombat turned into a gerbil and a burrito, and then a guinea pig and a burrito. Nice!

Today someone posted this on Hallie Kasiri's facebook page:

I used to make one-drop pancakes for Holly's pet rats.
We have given tiny watermelon slices to prairie dogs.
Same effect—they hold them and look SO CUTE!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Reflections, Projections and Shadows

Sometimes light makes a picture on a wall, or table, or ceiling, because it passed through, or didn't pass through, some object or substance. Sometimes it's water, or a treebranch in the wind, and the image has motion. Sometimes it's through a tinted window or a prism, and the image has colors.

Some things are shadows, and some are projections, and some are combinations.

This first one is my shadow, and the frames of the windowpanes in the front door, falling on a map of the U.S., at Emily Schnarr's house in Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.

(metal colander inside a plastic one, winter sun coming in low through a second-floor window)

"Objects in mirror…" message reflected or projected? Some and some?

This one is a blue plastic pitcher sitting behind a cloth screen, with low winter sunlight coming through both.

Sunset in a laundry basket:

Holly at the bean in Chicago:

Holly at the zoo one day:

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