Sailing: Eight Weeks to Go, or Maybe Two

Cherry blossom season: this post is largely written on the 1PM ferry from Tsawassen below Vancouver to Swartz Bay above Victoria.

This is the week I’m away from my usual computers, studio, and so forth. The previous week, therefore, was a rush of activity, much of it expended on finalizing (some) book designs for Art at the Source 2024.

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Sprung Backwards: Ten Weeks to Go

Already Spring?

Ten weeks now remain until the Sebastopol Center for the Arts-organized Art at the Source 2024. In the days since the last post, a number of tools have been added, books reviewed and designs thrown out, rooms and doors have been measured, gallery ID numbers distributed (16B!), data storage and analytics have been changed, ads were designed, print budgets budgeted, and a picture I’d loved but nearly forgotten has been recovered and is sure to make an appearance.

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Unsocializing

Five or six years ago, I found a simple way to squash social-media addiction, one that I haven’t seen in any of the many 240+ page self-help books offering a path to escape from the modern internet Attention Machine.

My method didn’t require erasing, cancelling, or closing my various accounts on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or the rest. The de-FOMO method is quite simple:

Make it a chore, and schedule it.

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Circular Reasons

It’s Pi Day. Or: π day. Or in cursive, ϖ day, but that’s also the lemniscate constant which is squircular (no, really), so we don’t want that. Not today.

First, the biggest thing that bothers me about Pi Day is that it’s annual, meaning: the earth has to travel (2π) ‘round to get to the next π day, and that is just twice too much wrong.

Like the word inflammable, the public demands that things be this way.

You might find it irrational, but there are similar possible holidays:

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Sonoma Sources

It’s winter: time to work on the summer crops. I’m participating in this June’s Sonoma-wide Art at the Source 2024, and will be documenting the many changes required to my projects, printing process, book-making, billing, website, advertising, etc. that are needed for that event.

Depending on the results, consider it either a how-to or how-not-to series.

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Re-Dubya

A repost: the 2003 photo above, "Explaining US Foreign Policy, London," is currently part of the 15th-Anniversary Members' Show show at the Petaluma Arts Center. It was used here on Botzilla previously, in the post reprinted below.

I'll be giving a brief talk about it and some related photos at the Arts Center on December 16th, 1PM.

From November, 2003

The very day I left London last week for parts more Nordic, George W. Bush was arriving. A good or bad thing, depending on your perspective. Personally, I’d have liked to witness the public fracas, but was glad to be away from it as well. The paranoia was evident everywhere — just taking a quick snapshot of the American flag decorations along the Mall a few blocks away from Buckingham Palace was enough to attract a pair of quick-stepping constables (who had been sitting in a nearby parked van, watching the street), wanting to know what I was up to.

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Lesson

Santa Clara, CA

Print Run

Above: Third Near Bryant

(2024 update: no longer available)

These three aluminum prints are currently were available on-site from Oli Gallery in Guernville, along the Russian River in Sonoma County.

These are made as single editions – other images from the LiquiditySF project will be available later in 2024.

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