happy

Black eye Friday

Full-contact sport.

How the sausage is made

Everything I create now is on the Sketches Pro app on my iPad. Here’s how it shakes out, if you’re interested:

Happy

8-12-16 being happy

Fun to draw/paint a larger face and pair it with this quote from one of Mr. Wendell Berry’s poems.

Algorithms

6-3-16 algorithms

I use the apple news app on my iPhone and iPad. When setting it up I just picked a few sources that were fairly closely related. After a few weeks I realized that I was only reading one side of the story(ies) and how limiting that was. I added in more diverse voices and eliminated a few of the original ones. Much better, though sometimes off-putting to my sensibilities.

The Interwebs are smart. They quickly learn what (and who) we like and dislike, what pages we visit, what ads we click so that the algorithms can keep a steady diet of pleasing-to-us content coming our way. That way, we’ll keep consuming their sites and adding to the visits that enable them to charge advertisers more money. There is no incentive for them to challenge our patterns with content that might drive us away. They want to make us “happy.”

It’s a subtle form of mind control. It keeps us grinning stupidly at our screens and hardens our hearts to perspectives that are outside the ruts we’ve become so used to traveling.

And it contributes to the polarized, Us vs. Them world in which we live. No news flash there.

So try reading or watching something different. You don’t have to start with Rachel Maddow or Rush Limbaugh…just try to get into the center a little bit more. It will ultimately help us all.

 

 

 

January 28, 2015

1-28-15 commercial - color

I predict we will see some semblance of this commercial on Sunday.

January 24, 2015

1-23-15 sunrise - color

I think there are about 17 Americans left who still exhibit any surprise at our polarized political landscape. Sadly, we’re much more in tune with the cynicism of this little girl.

January 19, 2015

1-19-15 marvin - color

Having Water Works next door helps Marvin to keep his Garden lush.

January 14, 2015

1-14-15 small world - color

My apologies if that song is now stuck in your head for the rest of the day…

January 12, 2015

1-12-15 potato days - color

I like the Hansens and I don’t even know them. You can read about salad days here.

September 25, 2014

9-25-14 misguided-1

In her defense, that’s a very tough job.