Apr. 7th, 2015 10:40 pm
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
It's just a little one. I'm not keeping up with a drawing every day, but it's still more art than I was doing before. I think I'm going to be reclaiming life slowly, in and around all the remaining paperwork, and even the fun chores like installing shelves and organizing storage.

We're still unpacking boxes. I've built myself a desk now, of two masonite boards which I'd once meant to cut up and prime for paintings. They're braced across stacks of boxes. I could still use them for paintings in the distant future when I get a proper desk. There are a lot of things on the agenda first, like a mattress, and maybe a washer and dryer, because the laundromat is a pretty long walk away.

Meanwhile, have a few sketches.

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(from [personal profile] acelightning via [personal profile] browngirl)

Government-funded transgender ad campaign that's going to be coming out in DC, USA, in fall and winter 2012.

Image under cut )

More variations on the ad here.


Jul. 15th, 2012 11:27 pm
pyraxis: Daria-toren (Daria)
A pen-and-ink drawing of weathered rocks by the seashore. The surfaces of the rocks are encrusted with weathered clamshells and the sand is speckled with tiny black shells.

Yeh but what is it? )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
(Never thought I'd like Neil Young....)

This world is full of so many strange and wonderful things.

I stumbled on this article this morning. (source)

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pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
This is what I do to relax sometimes when I get home from work.

Celtic knotwork poster coloured with markers
Design © Rose Art

Design key and another photo )
pyraxis: Pyraxis (Pyraxis)
Today's hilarity, discovered thanks to the guys at work!

pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
photo of our Christmas tree with snowflake, fish and kodama decorations, gold beads and ribbon garland, and light-up snowflake for a star

And Happy Hanukkah and Happy Solstice and Kwanzaa and Festivus and New Year and Wintereenmas and Ice Night and Sol Invictus!
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
Not for me, but for [personal profile] shashigai.

He's given them all nicknames now. This is Lionheart and Buster drinking out of the flowerpot. For some reason they like that water better than the tap water or the filtered water.
An orange tabby kitten and a black one with their paws and noses in a flowerpot

Do you have any chicken? Do you? Do you? )
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
Now that I'm back in town, there's no sign of the teenage stray kittens who were hanging around our porch before we left. It's been a few days now, so I guess they must have moved on.

However, someone else showed up when I started putting kitten chow out again: their mother.

She's a skinny, gorgeous tortoiseshell who never did get comfortable with humans. I call her the queen because she sits right outside the back door on her hindquarters, all thin and regal, staring directly at you through the glass. Doesn't ask, doesn't move, just sits and stares as if by force of will she can compel you to walk out the door. When the handle clicks, she's gone in a flash back to her spot under the porch, but as soon as you set out the food and disappear, she'll creep back out, startling at every person-noise, and grab what she needs.

More, with pictures )
pyraxis: Lin (Lin)
The Commandments of Coyote, as scribed by Seanan McGuire ([ profile] cadhla)

I. Thou Shalt Have As Many Gods and Spirits and Personal Trainers and Gurus As You Like Before Me, But You Shalt Not Let Them Block the Exits, and More, You Shall Not Permit Them To Take the Last Beer, For That Beer Is Mine. Seriously. Don't.

II. Thou Shalt Not Covet Thy Neighbor's Wife, But Thou Art Totally Welcome To Admire Her Ass When She Walks By, and If It Happens To Come Out That They Are In An Open Relationship, Dude, Tap That Ass As Much As They Are Willing To Allow. Same Goes For the Ladies. Coveting Is Sort Of Stupid, But Sex Is Just Plain Fun, Unless Thou Art Doing It Entirely Wrong.

III. If Thy Neighbor Says 'Hands Off My Wife, Dude', Thou Shalt Listen and Back Off, Because Otherwise, Thy Neighbor Will Be Totally Justified In Hitting You About the Head and Shoulders With Gardening Tools, and Don't Think That I'm Going To Step In There and Stop Him.

IV. Adultery Is Actually Pretty Fun. Commit It All You Like. Just Make Sure Everyone Is Cool With It, Or I Will Not Help You Out Once the Hitting Gets Started.

V. Thou Shalt Not Eat Poisoned Bait. If You Do, Don't Come Whining To Me About It, Because I Am Very Unlikely To Care. Once It Is In Your Mouth, It Is Your Problem, Not Mine.

VI. Of Course Thou Shalt Kill. Carnivores Do That. Also, Swatting Mosquitoes, Sort Of Instinctive. But All Creatures Are Alive Before You Kill Them, and So Thou Shalt Respect Them In Their Lives and In Their Deaths. Thou Shalt Not Kill Without Reason. Thy Neighbor Tapping Thy Wife's Ass? Is Not A Reason. Don't Make Me Set A Plague Upon Thy Ass. Thou Wouldst Not Enjoy It, I Promise.

VII. Thou Shalt Not Hoard. Seriously, Here. If You Have Enough, Share. Only Asshats Bogart Life.

VIII. Thou Shalt Not Be A Martyr. If You Have One Beer, Drink It. Do Not Give It To Me and Then Expect Adoration. Dude, That Was Your Beer, I Did Not Break Your Arm To Get It. Give What You Can Give, and Expect Neither Praise Nor Worship. You Are Not Being Morally Superior, You Are Being A Decent Human Being. There Is A Difference.

IX. Assume This Is It. Maybe There Is Reincarnation; Maybe Not. Not Only Am I Not Saying, Please Consider the Fact That I Probably Get A Say In Whether You Come Back, and If You Are the Sort Of Person Who Doesn't Do Anything With One Life, Why Should I Waste My Time Giving You Another One? Live Like You Get No Second Chances. You Will Have More Fun.

X. Are You Going To Eat That?
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My parents' cat got traumatized. The vet told them. My mother doesn't even know how to pronounce "traumatized". She tries to make the first syllable rhyme with "cow". The cat, Hiko, likes my dad but he's terrified of me and hisses at me and runs whenever I come close. He wasn't like this last year when I was here. He doesn't even look like the same cat.

They said they didn't know what caused it. I asked if he'd gotten lost or locked outside overnight and they said no. Then when I pointed out that my brother used to come stomping towards him to make him run and then chase him, they acknowledged that my brother wasn't always a very nice person. Essentially they admitted that my brother did it.

I took a little bit of cream that I was going to use to make candy and put it in a bowl and got the cat to approach me long enough to take a few licks. But then the other cat, Rutu, the curious and healthy one who's just growing out of kittenhood, tried to push her way past. Even when my mother distracted her in the other room, Hiko wouldn't come near the cream anymore.

I couldn't figure out whether to take the cream away and try again later, or whether to leave it for him. Hiko didn't want to approach it while I was sitting nearby, even though I wasn't making eye contact. But if I left it, Rutu might just push past and get it. I put the bowl in the fridge. Anyone have suggestions for how to approach it?
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
/Happy Holidays because I don't know how many people there are here who celebrate holidays other than Christmas.

Our theme this year is cats... and fish and kodama and bears and any other animal we could find. :D I think there's even a reindeer on there somewhere.

More under the cut! )
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... and the reason [ profile] shashigai and I always sign off or say goodbye with a traditional Ua or Karnese farewell.

Courtesy of xkcd
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He's taken the things I've been theorizing but thought I was alone and haven't been able to talk about, and he's put brilliant words to them. This is it!

Marc MacYoung, "Conflict: the 21st Century Taboo":
Current dogma is that conflict is bad. Physical violence is viewed as evil, abhorrent, traumatic, out of control and something that must socially engineered out of existence by policies, laws and legal retribution.

And yes we intentionally used the word 'dogma.' Much of what are being promoted as unquestionable 'truths' on these subjects are not only unproven, but in many instances demonstrably false (e.g. "Violence never solved anything"). Offering a different point of view is risky. Daring to question the veracity of popular 'truths' about violence is often an invitation to a tirade worthy of a religious fanatic.

At Conflict Communications we contend popular denial, condemnation and ignorance don't protect people from the trauma of conflict and violence. They instead leave people vulnerable and more traumatized. Simply stated, teaching abstinence does not instill coping skills regarding a normal human behavior.

(the rest of the article)

Just had to share that with somebody, while I'm sitting here all elated that anti-violence neurosis really, truly, is wrong. And there's a logical case for it.


Aug. 27th, 2010 11:48 pm
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
Today at work I got to see part of the SIGGRAPH 2010 Electronic Theater. It's a collection of the best CG short films of the year.

This one by Daihei Shibata was my favorite. Watch it full screen if you can.

Click here if you can't see it
Other download options including HD
pyraxis: j-t as Sen from Spirited Away (j-t)
or, Why BoA is Brilliant.

BoA (Beat of Angel) is a Korean pop artist who made her debut last year to the North American audience with the album BoA. Before that, she produced a lot of albums in Japan and Korea.

Every review I've seen calls it cheap manufactured crap, mall music. Shallow lyrics. Overproduced mainstream pop with her voice turned robotic by digital effects. At best, cheerful and generic. Her music is getting air time on the kind of radio stations that play Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.

Now look at what the lyrics on her English album are actually saying.
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