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Get off my lawn…

November 12, 2012 Leave a comment

I think I am having an old man moment…

I have had this card tucked away for years but decided to bring it out and scan it to share with the masses; well not that the masses follow this blog but here it is anyway…

I can’t remember who gave it to me originally but I was in high school at the time. I don’t believe that I was doing anything that would warrant the card being a direct comment to me, more they were just passing the joke along (I hope). I thought it was perfect being in standard business card format so you could pull them out of your wallet and pass them out when the moment struck.

Print off a few and have fun!

Okay, I had written a big long rant here about spoiled, self-entitled kids now-a-days and all that, but I deleted it…

I know my category is Incoherent Text, but I will not subject everyone to it anymore than I do already, also I was getting incoherent even to my own re-reading.

Suffice-it to say: Dang whipper-snappers today…elementary kids with iPhone 5’s out past 11pm, what’s the world coming too?

I guess if I’m going to shake my cane at the kids on my lawn I better see about getting a lawn soon.

Or maybe I will take over a bench at the park and be the crazy old guy who thinks it’s his lawn…Ya, that might work, less yard maintenance involved…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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Some Pictures…

November 11, 2012 Leave a comment

Well I have not posted much as of late so I thought I would just post some photos that I have been able to take over the last few days.

Being that today is November 11th I will start with a photo I took this morning of my local cenotaph; Lest We Forget.

My family got looked at a little funny as we stopped what we were doing to observe the minute of silence at 11am. Rather sad how many people around us could not even show that level of respect for all those who served their country throughout history and those fighting currently. The kids didn’t fully understand it but they did very well for their age to keep still and quiet.

Now onto some general photos:

 

Enjoy the pics…

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Bouncing around like a caffeinated 3 year old…

December 10, 2011 Leave a comment

So I have been doing some drawing on the side again.  Really been enjoying it too. It is taking a bit to get back into the full swing of drawing again but its getting there slowly. I’m sure my DW is wondering about the subject matter, but since people have always been an issue for me I thought it might work as a good way to get better. Basically working on the theme of Pin-Ups and Famous Planes from WWII. So far have two somewhat completed (see images below), but I have to wait till after Christmas to colour them as my new art supplies are a gift under the tree. I have been bending the virtual ears of a few online artists who’s talents I admire and whom I follow on twitter; and they have been kind enough to give me feedback on the current images and some preliminary drawings. Will see if I destroy the drawings when I attempt to colour them later.

But here is where the caffeinated 3 year old hits the stage; I now have the means to start a larger picture that has been on hold for a while. Add in the fact that I now have multiple drawing boards, I will have two different projects on the go here soon and no real place to store them. Soon the question will not be to draw, but which project to draw. I don’t know if working on both at the same time will affect my drawings as the style & subject matter will greatly vary between the two projects. Debating to hold off and finish the one larger project and come back to the pin-ups or do both at the same time. Ah well guess we will just have to wait and see what happens from here…let me know what you think of the current drawings.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

Nostalgia I guess…

I don’t know why as of late I am having such an interest in NASA projects. It might be the fact that STS-135 was the final mission of the Space Shuttle after 30 years in operation. Maybe it is the fact that the shuttle missions began (first launch April 12, 1981) & ended within the span of my life so far on this earth. But it all seems rather poignant and inspiring at the same time. It is sad in the sense that we have stopped an amazing feat in human engineering and adaptability. One also needs to remember the loss of life during STS-51-L (Challenger) on January 28, 1986, and STS-107 (Columbia) on February 1, 2003. No matter what era of history one looks to, one finds that with all great advancements in science and technology there is usually a human cost associated.

I watched the final launch live online; I even dragged the kids over and kept them interested for the final seconds till liftoff. I must say that I was happy to see the excitement in their eyes as they watched in rapt attention as the Shuttle cleared the tower and powered into the ether. After the launch my one daughter pointed to the screen and said “I want to see that again!” And I can say that we have watched it over again online.

The ISS (International Space Station) orbiting over our heads remains focused on a number of scientific research programs. For the duration of its time in space NASA has turned toRussia’s Soyuz spacecraft and the private sector for support. In some ways this is a deferral of costs as the Shuttle was not the cheap mode of transport as originally hoped ($450 Million per mission on average). Nor did the shuttle reach its expected target of 500 launches.

NASA now intends to focus its efforts and knowledge to reaching farther into space; designing the next generation of engines and spacecraft that will take humankind to Mars and beyond. I still think they should be testing a little closer to home, before sending people off to Mars and I know we have been to the moon already; but the kid in me still thinks a moon base would be cool. NASA also has a number of on earth projects on the go, one of which is taking place a mere 126kms from where I live; once again…cool.

In my small sense of trying to be part of the bigger picture I have gone so far as to buy some NASA patches marking the 30 years of the shuttle program and final launch. What I will do with these is still up in the air (no pun intended…lol). I have thoughts of a framed set-up of patches and photos but for now they sit tucked away with my Apollo patch. I know these items have not traveled to space to return to Earth so their value will not really grow over time but it allows me a chance to own a small piece of history.

Who knows, maybe I can instill the interest of the world & space around us into my kids that they might look to the stars and strive to reach them as well.

So enough for now…as some other sparkly has my attention…till next time…OH SO SHINY…
D.

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