Farewell 2017, Welcome 2018

I’m willing to bet I’m not the only one who’s head is spinning at the end of this year.  At the national level, it’s been a bit of an insane year.  As for me, 2017 seems in many ways like the year that didn’t happen.  Honestly, I have no idea where it went.  I’ve developed the habit of establishing a theme or two for the new year when it comes around, and this past year was the year of sustainability and purpose.  Now it’s the end of the year, and it seems like those efforts still need some work.

There were some specific goals I accomplished, though, namely finishing at least one painting, reading more, journaling more, and finally going to a dentist after having avoided doing so since moving to California.  So, I still got to check some new years goals off the list.  I’m going to give sustainability and purpose another shot for 2018, though, and as for specific goals, 2018 is going to be the year I take up sailing.

Happy New Year!

Stranger than Fiction: “Big Baby” Rises to Power

Speaking of reality being stranger than fiction, Silicon Valley is not the only place where ridiculous, made-up stories get one-upped by the real world.  So, if there ever was a comic book that included a Silicon Valley billionaire who succeeded in his quest for immortality, it would also include a childish, narcissistic sociopath, nicknamed “Big Baby”, who made deals with shady organizations to rise to power.

Admittedly, I’ve been reading too much news, (real news,) which has a tendency to dampen one’s spirits and make a person too serious.  Hopefully I’ll have this all out of my system soon.  I need to peel myself away from the news and just hope there are people keeping him honest.  Because he’s demonstrated that he won’t do it by himself.

The Apotheosis of Thiel

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I was pondering Peter Thiel’s quest for immortality around the same time I was itching to do a little more doodling.

Some say it’s hard to parody Silicon Valley because Silicon Valley is a parody in itself.  The TV show based on Silicon Valley is so powerfully funny because of how closely it parallels reality.  (For example: This fictional TV ad, which was made to parody Facebook’s TV ad comparing itself to chairs, only to be one-upped in its abuse of naming random things that evoke an emotional response by Uber’s ad about bits and atoms.)

Although Silicon Valley has already become its own parody, one thing that it is not yet is its own comic book.  The people to base characters on are all there, though, and they are amazing.  Please, someone make this happen.

The Sun and the Ocean

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It’s good to pause once in a while and think about the things that make us more than creatures:  For one, the appreciation of beauty, like that of the sun hovering over the ocean.

Update Oct. 20, 2019: I should note that his was my attempt at HDR photograpy before HDR mode became ubiquitous on phone cameras.  I took the same photo at different exposure levels, and combined them in a photo editor.  (At this point I can’t remember if it was Photoshop or GIMP.)