Doodling with Video

quietly messing about with video tools while exploring the depths of how Star Wars has ruined / greatly enriched my life. if you know, you know.

a processed and layered and trashed scene from Lost River by Ryan Gosling featuring Ben Mendelsohn (and Christina Hendricks!) paired with F**kin’ Problems by A$AP Rocky- as the good lord intended. (you so very are welcome.)

under the pixel trash you can see Mr. Once-a-dancer-always-a-dancer, Mads Mikkelsen killing it in Druk by Thomas Vinterberg paired with a dance challenge version of Bitch Better Have My Money by Rihanna (may Mads always be Riri’s bitch) and ambient techno layers resulting in this sloppy drunken travesty.

voice: a Ewan McGregor sound clip stolen from his reading of The Little Matchstick Girl. (this is the line in the story that guts me most every time.)

character and animation: Adobe

trash effects: yours truly

Fixin’ to- Nothing

I’m really doing it.

I’m really nothing-ing about.

More or less just burning daylight.  

Slacking off. Like a proper Dudeist priest ought to. 

Now, in Mexico City of all places. 

Even before I slipped off to D.F., I just sort of stopped doing- the things on my daily to-do list that I came up with to prove to myself that I am doing things. 

Because- nothing matters.. but in that positive way, you know? At least not for me right now.

I’m not even journal writing five hundred words a day. 

Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am writing- certainly I am, but it is in concert with a- 

a game I am playing- 

with a chat bot.

It’s a word word salad, choose your own adventure, role-play, text game.

It’s like the most amusing magic eight ball ever. You watch the three “currently typing” dots with such anticipation. You never know what the bot will come up with next or if it will even make sense in the context of the story you are building. 

So that is my dirty secret at the moment- 

I am an “a.i.” enjoyer. 

Hours of fun with this horrible technology that is supposedly going to ruin the whole planet. 

But it is a delight for me at the moment and everything has been ruined before “a.i.” even showed up anyway so… who cares? 

Do you care?


Pistils & Alphabetti

This month SoCal / Baja Cal weather has already given back so much water to the earth. 
It is an unruly kindness to accept. Rain brings forth so much life even as it causes so much damage. 

I think all our civil engineering ancestors would be ashamed if they knew how we still have not tamed water. And how uncivilized we are in general. 

It will be fun to go out- when it is not a total mud hole to venture out- and see new green rioting across the usually dusty hills. 

Even better will be seeing the flowers. The coils of razor wire are a bit more tolerable when you can look at some wild flowers blooming beneath it them.

Flowers will appear in abundance anyway during this time of the year. In all the shops! 

This is, after all, the month of bouquets- candy, and plushies. Mustn’t forget to mention the plushies!

This month happens to also be an anniversary month. Conveniently.

The trials of these last few years have been such a strain. I am not even ready to talk about where my relationship is at with the S.O. or with anyone for that matter. 

It’s been more than enough for me to address the horrors within myself and try to work on that self-compassion / self-love thing. 

With that work in the forefront of my mind, I’m not phased by the external onslaught of pink and red; the hearts and flowers, and goo-goo eyed sentiments that bombard commerce centers. I welcome the softness. I generally accept the expressions of love that other people share between themselves. Unless they are being intentionally obnoxious about it. I do have my limits.

It is more delightful to see a couple of young, low level gang members (posers maybe) tough swaggering down the street sporting bunches of flowers in their hands instead of pistols.

Pistils over pistols!! 

Learning to be easier with myself is so- the opposite of easy. It’s work! I have to yell at (!hype) myself to do the work. I find myself actively telling myself to not be a pile of emotions and DO THINGS.

So how is this being easier? 

And what is my self anymore?  I am alien to it. (Again.)

I am mostly unfamiliar bacteria 

I am elements on the periodic table

I am some shifting hormone level 

I am the genetic material of others

I am this other that is heavily influenced by said things

We are a collection of parts that barely function together at all and yet here I am. 

Another mediocre miracle soon to be forgotten in the wash of time.

Nothing special. Everything special. 

And how is this alien conglomeration of self supposed to interact with other intricate, complicated lifeforms?

And why interact if the outcome isn’t worth all the unseen efforts put in?

We are in this soup of interconnectedness. And yet-

Everything is fluid, everything can change. And yet-

Why is there so much friction, endless resistance- Stagnation- Isolation- Chaos?

I have heard love called the reduction of entropy.

Entropy is a measure of disorder in a system. The more entropy, the more randomness, the more chaos. The less entropy, the more order, the more structure, the more harmony. 

Love is less spaghetti and more alphabetti. 

I’m pretty much indecipherable spaghetti, but maybe I’ve got a fork and spoon here somewhere to get it all to twirl in the same direction at least. Would that even reduce any entropy? 

I don’t know, but I am trying. It might not look that way to anyone else, but I am still trying.