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  1. What Jason said. I don't visit very often any more but still subscribe to certain threads, and thus pop in occasionally. I might add two things: First, I second the sentiment that "Continuing A&F is a better option than starting over, if for no other reason than A&F has a fantastic six-year archive of posts and discussions." Second, which is likely in contrast to my first affirmation, does anyone else feel like the era of discussion boards on the internet is over?
  2. I think my flight home leaves around noon Sunday, maybe earlier. When will you get to the city?
  3. Anyone else going to be there end of this month? (http://IAMEncounter.com)
  4. John Ruskin on the sublime: http://www.victorianweb.org/authors/ruskin...eories/3.1.html My response to a Rev. Peter Mullen on the sublime: http://theaestheticelevator.com/2007/10/12...idea-of-beauty/ And our old A&F thread on the sublime: http://artsandfaith.com/index.php?showtopi...&hl=sublime
  5. The Brooklyn museum is asking for internet users to curate its next photography show. Join in via this link: http://www.brooklynmuseum.org/exhibitions/click/
  6. Cezanne's father was a lawyer and left him a trust which his sister managed for him so he never had to worry about anything but painting. His painting, trying to realize his vision, was his burden of life. And his work didn't turn out too bad. Why would anyone want to paint without the "burdens" of life? I'd be willing to give it a try :>) My point was more that you can't approach anything without bias. I was trying to respond to what I thought was Joe's broader proposition more than just the idea of not having to worry about paying the bills. I'd be fine with such a grant as well
  7. Why would anyone want to paint without the "burdens" of life? What would you paint? You'd have no reference to anything. Of course, this isn't really possible unless you've lived your life in a white box eating flavorless mashed potatoes handed to you by a robot . . . wait, even that is a point of reference from which to draw. Just not a very humane one. I'm OK with the grant, just not their title ("Genius"), which I've stated in the forums before.
  8. Got three games for Christmas: Puerto Rico (the rules are TERRIBLY written, but the game is great) Imaginiff (haven't played this yet) China Rails
  9. Chashab

    Nintendo wii

    Link please. I've been waiting for one of these . . . always thought it was the best kind of game for the Wii!
  10. I can absolutely affirm the need for order in the life of an artist who is working on his own time in the studio. It's much too easy to get sidetracked. Email, TV, video games (are all of the worst distractions electronic???). The exception is my bipolar friend who tends toward manic and works ALL THE TIME. He cranks out so much work it puts me to shame. Then again, he doesn't sleep much either! I read a book last year called The Creative Call that, IIRC, intended to help artists establish such a rhythm. The book wasn't very well written, but it is practical for people getting started. My brief synopsis of the book here. I don't really agree with the phrase "You need to be organized in order to be creative," however. Maybe I'm mincing words, but "creative" comes in a lot of different forms.
  11. Cool. Don't know of this publication but the title alone is unusual enough it's worth checking out.
  12. I like the style you've developed over the years. Some of it reminds me of another artist (west coast, IIRC), esp with respect to how you render your figures. I can't think of the other guy's name though (which is frustrating because I've been trying to remember his name for months now!!!).
  13. I knew someone would bring that up. I was speaking connotatively: Insects are creepy crawly icky things.
  14. I saw numerous paranoid reports of the hobo moving into the U.S. in recent years, where it was previously not habitating, before seeing one or two sources debunk the frenzy. I don't know what to believe — just like I don't know if eggs are good or bad for me (I suppose I can just wait another year or two before the FDA changes there mind again) — which is why I ask the question. According to Wikipedia, it's widely assumed the hobo bites have similar, although less severe, syptoms to a recluse bite. This was based on a study done on rabbits (see the article for more on this). However, "There have been numerous documented cases where suspected [emphasis mine] hobo spider bites produced such symptoms in humans, but in virtually none of these cases was the spider positively identified by an expert and directly observed by the victim in the act of biting. There is in fact only one documented case of a verified bite by a hobo spider that resulted in a necrotic skin lesion, and this was in a person who had a pre-existing medical condition that also leads to necrotic skin lesions [4]." I don't know how much stock other people put in Wikipedia, but this article cites its sources and seems to present a balanced assessment of the insect.
  15. So I've heard that all the hype about these apparently poisonous hobo spiders is a myth . . . and then I've obviously heard that they're nasty and aggressive. Did you get bit? Any evidence one way or the other?
  16. From CrunchGear: Rumor: AT&T Crippling BlackBerry To Sell More iPhones:
  17. Had lunch in Lincoln, Nebraska last week at a little place called The Cup ("The" actually spelled with an accent, meaning "tea" in French). The best sandwich I've had eating out in a long time and fabulous baked goods! Actually a friend of mine who started it, and didn't know until the day before I was able to eat there. Uses local and organic coffee, tea, etc yet prices are comparable to similar dives. I had the tuna melt and loved it, even though it was with a tuna salad and I HATE mayo. There was lemon in the tuna. It was gooooooood! Also had a wonderful cream cake of some kind with huge blackberries on top. 25th and Randolph if you're ever in Lincoln. Adding: Wife had a roast beef and blue cheese panini. All sandwiches are panini IIRC and served with a nice little salad of field greens with balsamic vinagrette.
  18. Holy cow. No such plans where I live, at least not ones where the phone actually works!
  19. --content deleted-- Yeah, certainly out of my budget! But as 700,000 consumers stated on the phone's "opening weekend," what constitues a rip-off is subjective. If I regularly made use of a Blackberry, I would probably give the iPhone a very serious look
  20. Went regularly to the one in Lincoln, NE when we lived there. Great variety of produce and meats, and farm eggs if you were early enough. We really miss it. Our little town tries to get vendors out, but there are usually not more than five tables. Went over to the Fayetteville, AR market once which was a lot better, but still didn't really compare to the variety offered at the one we were used to. It can be more expensive, but my wife and I have relegated ourselves to the fact that we spend more on groceries anyway than a number of our peers. Not an incredible amount more, but enough so that trying to buy organic and locally from time to time is something we attempt to do. And it really is worth the extra money if you have it. The produce and pasture-raised meats really are far superior.
  21. --content deleted-- Where's this $3400 number coming from? Is it the cost of the plan per month times two years? I haven't heard any such number mentioned anywhere else . . .
  22. --content deleted-- Not sure.
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