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Monday, Dec. 15, 2003 - 10:36 p.m.

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Big Snow and Yann in Saskatchewan

OOOH Here is happy doggies outside yesterday when it was actually snowing real snow (vs that skinny stickyon sifted through the wind snow). For some reason my polaroid is just the shits. Maybe the some reason is that it is both cheap and old. Mostly cheap. It looks like it is dusk, whereas it was quite bright and 2pm. funny that.

And of course everyone has either heard or experienced this incredible snowfall which has been about 19 inches in NYC and here 12 inches. Apparently the most snow we have had at once for 10 years. hehe. Of course it happened immediately after I drew the Christmas card of me and doggies with our shovel and snowshoes with no snow. Yes, it was all determined by my choice of artwork. So to honor that, we got some poor soul with wet mittens to take a couple shots of us tonight in the park, with said props. Again, the cheap polaroid seems to have an even cheaper flash. Glll. This is the best I could do after diddling around with them in photoshop.

Big snow in doggy park, Dec 15, copyright 2003 Wench77

Yann Martel who wrote "Life of Pi" (and he gave the reasons why there is no article "the" or "a") was just speaking on the radio at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. It is a pleasure to hear someone talk about my home province. He said they got out of the car, where it was so so so flat, so they could on foot experience the flatness. And there was no sound in the snow. But then within moments, two snowmobiles came roaring towards them. They thought "oh no, we are trespassing!!, it is the farmer and his son come to chase us off!!". But they were wrong... it was the farmer and his son, come to check, since they figured they mustve had a car breakdown and needed assistance. Within moments he and his wife were getting taken on a recreational snowmobile tour. It was a fun little story.

He didnt answer the question about if his hair was real, and who was his hairdresser (now I must find an image of him, as I am curious as to his hair....)... he said he "didnt understand the question"... but he did answer about the island in the book. He says there are two possible competing stories in Life of Pi, and he didnt want them to be both equally believable. He says we are not totally logical beings and he wanted to keep the suspension of disbelief we had in being engaged in his story of a castaway with a tiger, and wanted then to take a leap with the disbelief, a leap of faith and fantasy if you will. If I understood him correctly. It was an interesting answer about the island.

Also he spoke of animals. That we see animals as objects related to us, as food, as companions etc. Anthropomorphised. And he says when you remove all that you get another being from us. One that is foreign and mystery and different from us. He says that it is still how we relate to animals, how we treat animals when we don't see them as extensions of ourselves which is important. He says it diminishes us when we treat animals badly.

I liked that. I would agree. And I was called self-righteous today, well not directly... I was speaking once again of copyright and was told that letter of the law perspectives obscure and self-righteous political correctness and judgment is not pleasant blah blah blah. And you know, I don't mistreat animals or not litter or all that shit cuz of political correctness or letter of the law perspective, far from it. I can be darn disdainful of the law when it is serving someone at the expense of something else. But rather I don't do these things because I try, and it is often a haphazard feeble attempt, not to go against things i believe in. I think it diminishes us when we steal art, when we litter the parks we want to enjoy, and poison the water we hope to drink, and treat other humans with racial disdain etc.

I think maybe it is time I make another quiz. As to what people think and do about "live and let live",,, do you let other people, and yourself, do things that you disagree with or think that are wrong?? Most people would step in, we like to believe, if we see someone beating a dog. But how about hitting their wife, stealing in a store, being verbally abusive to their child, selling drugs to kids, how about giving beer to 13 year olds or 15 yr olds or 18 yr olds? (here in Quebec 18 is legal drinking age, so we find it a bit funny to see whole newspaper page fronts about Bush's daughters being caught drinking at 18 or 19 or whatever was not 21)...

What is meddling? What is letting abuses go, and thus condoning them? What if the child who you see getting hit by his father, and you said "oh that is not my business" turns up beaten to death tomorrow?

What if the business down the street that pours garbage into the stream is ignored cuz they give jobs to the community, and then many people get sick from drinking the water in the community? Who is guilty? Only the business? The people who didnt say anything? I don't know.

Hmm. self-righteous. How about if you get angry about a drunk driver who killed a couple kids you knew (or didnt know)... and then you realize that you allow yourself to drive even if you're swerving "just a little". Well, how about if you clean up your act, cuz you realize that you could be the next kid-killer? Well, then, should you say nothing if your best friend drinks and drives?? Are you a self-righteous politically correct asshole if you say "please don't do that", or if you say "I try not to do that because..."... if you try to share your point of view... hmmm.

It is not easy. Damned if you do, damned if you don't. I'm sure I can find a quote or two...

The true secret of giving advice is,
after you have honestly given it,
to be perfectly indifferent whether it is taken or not and never persist in trying to set people right."
__Hannah Whitall Smith

"He does not believe that does not live according to his belief."
__Thomas Fuller

"Good judgment comes from experience, and experience ...
well, that comes from poor judgment."
__Cousin Woodman

"Never do a wrong thing to make a friend or to keep one."
__General Robert E. Lee

Ideas do have consequences and all argument is philosophical. You may try to avoid or hide it, but your line of thinking on any issue is a result of the basic philosophy which you hold."
__John G. Otto

"The World is not dangerous because of those who do harm,
but because of those who look at it without doing anything."
__Albert Einstein

OK, something was wrong with the html of the first photo... fixed now.

Well, I cleaned out my bookshelves and found a bunch of kids' books, some copies of books that I drew and have extra, some that were given to me as samples from publishers, and some that I bought and read once and thought, "not a keeper", which I will give for Christmas baskets this year. Cleaned out enough bookshelf space that I can actually fit most books in with out them laying horizontally on top. Oh, that is an exaggeration. No, there are still dozens of books lying horizontally on top of the shelved ones, but it is a wee bit better. there.

I am realizing, reading other people's entries that I am like to behind on making Christmas cookies. Damn. I bought some stuff today for stocking stuffers for my mom, then realized I have nothing for my Dad and my stepmom. Last year I gave them a framed drawing, cuz they always wanted one. Hmm. I guess it will be books on tape again... my dad likes to listen to them while he paints, fixes etc in the building where he is caretaker. And then there is my brother. Shit. I believe I gave him nothing last year... but I don't remember. It has been about 6 years since he has given me a birthday or christmas present. And that one was a tshirt that he had in his suitcase... he gave it to me about three days after Christmas that year, unwrapped. Mom suspects that he bought it for himself. I don't know. Actually I am wearing it right now...a burgandy cotton tshirt. Big enough to fit him, true. What the fuck does one do about family like that?? hmmm.

Damn, Christmas is like 9 days away. Life is getting out of hand yet again.

I DID take my drawing to the copy center to get cards made, but the guy is having difficulty with his computer settings, and so they were too dark. Maybe tomorrow. And I am getting my ass in gear for the comic con in SF in Feb. And I DID treat the already washed plants with soap spray before I went to bed lastnight (this is where I failed LAST time I washed them down... little baby buggers came back! grrr)... sigh!

AND the client did very much like the doggies from last night... to answer Sleepyzoe's question... I draw after looking at lots of photos. I sometimes look at real dogs etc, but it is simpler to take photos. Or look in books or research photos on the internet. I draw a couple times looking closely at the photo to assimilate the info, then try to draw again looking less, so it becomes less copied and realistic, and more my style and "felt" from the inside... the emotions and body movement and all. So that's how I use references. Besides (hehehe) it's copyright infringement I believe to draw directly (as in copied) from someone else's photo. You can be sued if you are caught, and publishers hate that sort of thing. So my reference might have a German Shepherd standing in a show pose, and another where he is jumping a fence. But I will draw him trotting down the street. You see?? yeah. Well, I am blathering. byebye!

ps, does anyone know what LMFAO means? oh dear. Lick My Face All Over??? Loving My Friend After Orgy?? hmm. Maybe a combo of the two... Laughing Maniacally Frenzied As Ogden or I Lick My Fingers After Orgy...

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