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I was having such a good time making land look like it was underwater last week that I did it again. Although this effect looks more like it’s on watercolor paper, which is partly true. I actually used Prismacolor markers and messed with Levels in Photoshop. The photo, of course, is from Tucson. The robots are from my brain.

Happy Friday everybody!friday-robots-1-29-10

 

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state of the blog 2010

40 years ago this month, President Nixon gave his first State of the Union address. The 1970’s were, while not exactly a fiasco, a decade remembered more for its failures than its positive accomplishments.

10 years ago this month, I stood in the Capitol building as President Clinton gave his final State of the Union address. It marked the end of a successful decade; the 1990’s saw prosperity and the end of a short war in the Middle East.
Today President Barack Obama gave his first State of the Union address. I’d mark my enthusiasm level somewhere between Joe Biden and a fan of the Boston Red Sox in September. President Obama spoke not only to the issues he campaigned for a year ago, but for a logical extension. He has a plan, and he’s taking steps to move to the next step. Like he stressed, these things cannot happen on their own. A health care bill needs to be passed. More help needs to be given to people without jobs, people with crappy jobs that do not pay the rent, and to people who want to go to college. As I typed the preceding sentences, it struck me how obvious that all sounds, but in Washington there needs to be someone to point these things out frequently and without obfuscation. I’m also happy he pointed his Presidential finger at the Supreme Court, 5 of whom decided corporations and special interests are more important than millions of working Americans. (Emphasis on “working.”)
I’ll end this highly biased, flag-waving post with my first State of the Blog. It is shorter than the President’s. Ladies and gentlemen:
Pirates.
Zombies.
Dinosaurs.
Thank you internet readers, and thank you fellow bloggers.
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a young man’s game

I was in college when I first realized it: I would never pitch in the World Series. Never, never ever. At 20, I was far too old to begin practicing and reach the level required for the Majors. If I began practicing at 20, you see, it would take decades to reach the 10,000 hours required to master the art of baseball. And at 40, I would be too old to be a rookie.

With each passing year, I became aware of more and more occupations forever lost to me. “It’s a young man’s game,” the saying goes, but has anyone sat down to make a list of all the careers that are the provenance of the young?

Now I have. Without further ado, here are the young man/young woman’s games.

baseball
football
American football
soccer
British Ultimate Frisbee
cartooning
syndicated humor columnist
Fox News correspondent
owner of a secondhand bookstore in Paris
fashion photographer
socialite
fussbudget
factory slave
orphan
McDonald’s store manager
Nihilist
math teacher
English teacher
history teacher
science teacher
PE teacher
accountant
actuary
gravedigger
obituary writer
CFO for KFC
sous chef
wine taster
King’s poison tester
Wal-Mart greeter
paperboy
trash collector
trash can designer
typographer
Rabbi
professional video game tester
dreamer
hustler
beggar
drifter
hacker
slacker
scoundrel
scalawag
boogeyman
blogger

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snoopy writes bukowski

snoopy-bukowskiYou said it, Snoopy.

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friday robots

More underwater robots this week. I originally wanted to see if I could take a picture, then make it look like it was underwater. The way the black outlines on the robots are separated from the colors was an accident at first. Turns out I like the effect, so I exaggerated it. Oh robots, you continue to teach me.

I couldn’t decide which version of the second image I liked better, so I include both.

Bonus points if you can guess the city in each image. (Hint: they aren’t really underwater. Answers below!)friday-robots-1-22-10 friday-robots-1-22-10-2 friday-robots-1-22-10-2a