really? of all the episodes in season 2 and 3, "the girl in the fireplace" and "blink" are your recommendations? even though both of them are actually irrelevant to the character developments and plots of those seasons overall? ...okay then.
Absolutely. Because if you want to show people a handful of episodes out of sequence, to give them the flavour of the thing and get them hooked, the character development and plots of those seasons are entirely irrelevant. Blink may be the least Doctory episode of Doctor Who ever. But it’s a fabulous episode to get people who know nothing about the series hooked.
Not sure how appropriate it is, but I spent my birthday (which I happened to have off of work) mostly spending long stretches of time in bed trying I overcome the melancholy for long enough to tackle harrowing tasks like ‘the dishes’ and ‘start a load of laundry’ … Caught up on Walking Dead isn’t much of an accomplishment for the day, but it’s all I’ve got.
Let me take a brief break from the art and commissions for a public announcement.
As of Oct 1, my work situation will be changing. I will be 100% commissioned based. Some of you may say, "Wait, Len. I thought you were 100% commission based.” For the past 10 years, I had a retainer client that…
Len is superfantasticamazingwonderfulness. I’ve swapped art with Len, bought art from Len, and we hired him to design our Death By Puppets logo. He was and is fantastic to work with and so uber talented it might just make you sick. Click through and read all that he does and then: Go hire Len!
Earlier generations have weathered recessions, of course; this stall we’re in has the look of something nastier. Social Security and Medicare are going to be diminished, at best. Hours worked are up even as hiring staggers along: Blood from a stone looks to be the normal order of things “going…
Death by Puppets is going to be at Dragon Con! Come see us! Here’s our schedule:
Thursday, August 29, 7:00 p.m.Atlanta Star Party - we’ll be attending, plus auctioning off some fantastic pieces in the silent auction, including the Carl Sagan puppet! You may also get a quick peek of our…
When I’m busy, or just being productive, I realize I don’t use tumblr in any way that resembles a social network. I pop in, scroll through a few pages of my dash, read a post or two, and reblog some gifs. I don’t make sure I’m fully up on the posts of people who are friends because they get lost in the noise of gifs and cat pictures. I’m not sure what to do about it because I really don’t think that in the end I’m going to regret letting tumblr reading slide in favor of making or doing things.
“Because that’s the thing about Scooby-Doo: The bad guys in every episode aren’t monsters, they’re liars.
I can’t imagine how scandalized those critics who were relieved to have something that was mild enough to not excite their kids would’ve been if they’d stopped for a second and realized what was actually going on. The very first rule of Scooby-Doo, the single premise that sits at the heart of their adventures, is that the world is full of grown-ups who lie to kids, and that it’s up to those kids to figure out what those lies are and call them on it, even if there are other adults who believe those lies with every fiber of their being. And the way that you win isn’t through supernatural powers, or even through fighting. The way that you win is by doing the most dangerous thing that any person being lied to by someone in power can do: You think.”—
-Ask Chris #81: Scooby-Doo and Secular Humanism (via missshirley)
Two of my favorite shows when I was a kid were Scooby-Doo and Ellery Queen. I think it was because Scooby was just as noted above, and Ellery Queen always gave you enough of the clues to figure it out on your own.
This is a cross post from FB, though I don’t have enough followers to really warrant doing that. I’m not sure what the cut and paste is going to do with FB formatting… probably don’t care that much.
I must admit that, as reluctant as I was to use facebook for anything aside from keeping up with the puppetry (and to a lesser extent the skeptic) community, I’ve found it fascinating to see how the worldviews of friends from high-school have changed (or not). We all went to a very conservative christian (SDA) boarding academy for those years and some have grown into something resembling our the same, some have adopted various other variations on the x-tian theme, some have gone to whole other religions and spirituality, and some seem to have gone a route at least somewhat similar to my own away from religion altogether.
As I was past 30 when I finally made a break from a religious worldview it’s tough for me to be as critical of those who still believe. I still consider those things nonsense (and “those things” range from God to ghosts to bigfoot), but as tough as the journey is from young earth creationism to a metaphysical (or perhaps simply methodological) naturalism was for me I recognize I probably shouldn’t presume my time frame to be the “correct” or even obvious one from where we all started in SDA-land.
Prefacing all of it (well I guess it’s a little late to preface now that I’m three paragraphs into this) a recognition that it is, if not a universal truth, at least a broad truth that humans like to think of themselves as part of a group that has the corner on truth and being right. I also recognize that there are inherent difficulties in my own worldview. That worldview entails that while some things are subjective, most claims can be put to a form of scientific inquiry with an intent toward removing bias and false results. What it doesn’t entail is a set of parameters that lets one refer to a list of rules/regulations/edicts and know that X or Y is the right thing to do, or the thing that will give meaning to your day/life.
I think it is reasonably easy for Christians to have a set of precepts set forth, and as long as you’re generally on the right path with those feel reasonably OK with how your life is going and going to turn out. This doesn’t make those precepts right in anyway, but (and it doesn’t always feel this way while living it as I recall) it does make it easier to say to yourself “I’m going to church and learning and sharing about God and that’s going to make my life, and the lives of those around me, better. I’m giving money and time to the church and as part of that I’m helping the world be a better place.”
I know people who consider themselves atheists who don’t, apparently, struggle with this. Life is life, you have fun, you do your job, and all is well. But for me, and I know many others there are two urges that require thoughtful addressing: 1) Primary is one that can be summed up with a Jim Henson quote: “When I was young, my ambition was to be one of the people who made a difference in this world. My hope is to leave the world a little better for having been there. ”
2) Secondary is highly related and boils down to some mixture between “enjoying my life in a meaningful way” and “making a mark”.
These are things I recall struggling with while I was still a believer (not a belieber, let’s not start THAT rumor), but seem much more pointed and pertinent now that I don’t have the fall back of “help move somebody towards christ” to make me feel like I’m not wasting away my life when I’ve churned out 50 hours of work at the day job and haven’t done anything else of note.
The easy answers (to #1 especially), the true false part of the test, involve giving money to things like FAME Africa and Foundation Beyond Belief, but I don’t think that fully answers either question/urge for me. Family is only one part of the answer too. Part of the answer has lately been puppetry related and working with Death By Puppets on things that hopefully promote critical and scientific thinking.
Question #2 has been largely tied to the arts for me. For most of my adult life I’ve had some pretext of attempting to be an author because books have had some of the biggest impacts on my life and I think that’s at least partially true for most people. I think there’s something to be said for Theatre in that realm as well which also goes back to the stories we tell each other as a means of knowing “the other”. In the last 4-5 years that has morphed into puppetry as a thing I do. There is an interesting, to me at least, difference in the modes in which live theatre (and puppetry) can affect you as compared to how books do (and I appreciate them both).
I think the crux is that I don’t want to just go to work and pay the bills, and come home and mindlessly consume entertainment (be that video games or movies or whatever) as much as I want to create (and something less ‘basic animal function’ than just creating kids, as much as I love my kids).
I’m not sure if I’ve wrapped up any thoughts here or just rambled… but there are puppets to build (and laundry to do as well) so I guess I should stop typing.