Tuesday, November 08, 2016

At Eleven

Year 1970, living in Walled Lake, Michigan, at the age of nine, I started playing tackle football. At ten I played on a team my father coached, and we went undefeated. Our team received trophies at a banquet, which all teams came together and watched then old film clips of the Detroit Lions destroying their opponents.

When I was eleven, we as a team didn’t win much, but my experience was memberable. Attending that year’s banquet, I was shocked learning that all teams that year, regardless win loss record, that every player would receive a trophy. The top winning team did have their record showing they were the best, but...

I’m not trying to create a debate, but stating that at the age of eleven and receiving a trophy it first surprised me and then it had bothered me. At the banquet, I questioned my father why would I get a trophy?

When I was eleven, the definition of someone earning something had changed, and my father’s response didn’t really answer my questioning why I deserve something that I didn’t earn. A trophy isn’t what I was playing for. At the age of eleven, I enjoyed its competition and winning, and contributing to a team. We didn't have a winning season, but I learned and contributed toward steps improving myself. That year, for me, receiving a trophy reflected nothing and stood for nothing.  

Needing clarification: I treat winning as a measure. A measure on what needs to be worked on and improved, so winning is everything.     

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Cultural Integrity - Ramble

After twenty years, I have returned back to OSU. My hopes are to allow time striking out on new ideas; seeking a simple, not complex, way of life. I have tried escaping culture’s grips; eliminating all culture’s expectations; in quest of a social non-participating ideology. I don't participate in culture's rhetorical expectation and regulation. I watch, with popcorn in hand, observing as the film roll manifests cultural amusement at 24 fps. Drama and tragedy are at work.

The culture, in regards to its description, is described through its habits. The habits are limited to the edges of its stage or cultural boundary. Each stage is an element of a cultural set, and the cultural set of stages are within a wooden framed sandbox. The sandbox’s borders are regulated, and regulation offers each stage its prompts, and inspires the entities within the sandbox to put-on their performances -- describing their culture. Regulation grants each stage with the prompts and toys for them to select. By granting this selection narrows cultural integrity. Culture can be arisen from within a prison, but cultural integrity will be misplaced. Cultural integrity can only exist when human dominance and regulation isn’t introduced. It is when the sway of air, rivers, and vitality do regulate that Cultural integrity exist. Cultural integrity is misplaced when I empower myself over another or when I form a culture to regulate over another.

Simply put, cultural integrity would be a good idea. It would eliminate all dominance and spur a shift toward culture based off a personal awareness. Allows the land base to be the stage and offers culture it pure existence. Pure existence by offering the prompts and toys, which each culture must notice and know of its existence. Shelters will be made of sod, wood, rocks, leaves, underground, above-ground, etc. Regulation wouldn’t exist enforcing every house must contain a garbage disposal or if children are present, then every house must have running water (not walking water). Dog may be off leash. Cars may or may not be existent. It will be the decision of the single entity and their interaction with the culture. A culture is a tolerable awareness played out by all its entities through their interactions.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Photoshop CC Removing Chromatic Aberration

Photoshop CC Removing Chromatic Aberration

Notice undesired cyan color outlining the face and bench's arm.

Create Hue/Saturation abstraction layer.

Select Cyan present.

Adjusting the Lightness sliders some of the cyan color is desaturated.

Narrowing the Hue eliminates more cyan color.

Change adjustment layer's mask to black.

Changing the adjustment's layer to black, hides changes made on the adjustment, which reveals the cyan color.

Select adjustment layer and brush tool - paint areas you want to desaturate.

A - Before
B - After

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Speaking in a General Sense

What about the children?
What about the parents?
What about the grandparents?

Avery Park Corvallis, Oregon -- Corvallis Environmental Center

Avery Park Community Gardens - Corvallis Environmental Center, Corvallis, Oregon

I have gardened at Avery Park Community Gardens many years. Only for the last two years 2013-2015, I had lived in Portland, Oregon. Now returning to Corvallis I had the excited expectation in making my hands mix with the soil.

I hate to be the reaper of bad changes. Talked with the Corvallis Environmental Center, which manages Avery Community Gardens.

Had a brutal discussion with the director, as she tried to be convincing why they are moving the Community Garden location. The Community Gardens will be located in Avery Park, but will be moved up along the roadway next to the recycle area and next to a covered cooking area, where, at times, I have noticed thousands (exaggerated) of picnickers come and celebrate.  

No more peace and quite. Their reason is because the current garden location is located in a Riparian zone. Ah, how can someone argue. Argue against caring for indigenous precious plants and animals. Argue against planting Organic beets will be invasive interrupting the precious ecosystem. Ok, I got it -- I'm beginning to cry.

The gardens will be moved to a more controlled area, where space will be limited, enforcing tight regulation, and probably be in raised beds. I will leave it up to them.

Maybe, because the sweatshirts are printed with recycled ink and stitched with recycled bottles, we will get an Environmental Center "Getting My Hands Dirty" sweatshirts.

If you think I'm unsympathetic, then you don't understanding what I wrote. Humans and its environment can coexist naturally, and it isn't by removing it. It is by understanding what it is that isn't coexisting, and, I think, sweatshirts do not coexist with the message..


Sunday, February 15, 2015

To Sleep Yet Again

I’m here only when I sleep
Dozing waking only to scurry
Off to school for the daylight hours
Returning only at darkness
I sleep yet again.

Its walls painted
Colors intense as black
Erect, starring, looking for some end
Its boundless borders 
Descending down softly curling
Coming to sleep yet again
Sleeping yet again

I’m here only when I sleep
For me it isn’t a way to sleep
An alternative way will be
Unorthodox it may be

So I must be careful where I sleep
What type of question I answer
Criminal it may be
To sleep yet again.