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22oct2020

cropYesterday was Wonder Woman day! —I didn't know she had a day. She's really part of the holy trinity, so to speak, of superheroes: the other two, of course, being Superman and Batman—the ones everyone knows, or did when I was a child. (Spiderman comes up gamely as a next-gen 4th.) Like a lot of people my age, I imprinted on the Lynda Carter version.

That, and the Ramona Fradon cartoon I referenced ealier, was the inspo for today's doodle.

21oct2020

cropToday's sketches, though rough, were the beginning of what I consider—finally—to be a coherent series for inktober, as well the one where the idea really coalesced: clearly, I've been thinking about this for awhile, but it was today that I decided every drawing from now till the election could feature variations in lettering on the word ‘Vote’. Or, at least, on the theme.

I'm hardly the only one—Contrapoints has a new video out explaining why Bernie supporters and other leftists should vote for Biden ; AOC played livestreamed a game (Among Us) on twitch for GOTV. I haven't anything that exciting, but it's my little contribution.

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20oct2020

cropWhile I have been making these useless doodles, the wizard has been watching a lot of physics lectures on youtube, and was trying to explain some of this stuff to me. I had a really good chemistry textbook in college, and it had these topographic-map style line depictions of orbitals that for whatever reason really drove home the shapes of these things. Well, more properly, I guess subatomic particles are really more properly artifacts of wave fields...?

Also, since electrons are technically points in the mathematical sense, it's more properly the fields in which they are located/are/what ever that spin, but I did recall the Pauli exclusion principle, because whatever his weaknesses as a HS chemistry teacher were in other ways,(1) Mr Tiefke did have a vivid metaphor to explain that:

Supposing all these kids (who don't know each other) are getting on the school bus—well, you know each will take an empty seat, and only once those all are filled, will they sit two by two.)

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19oct2020

cropSince today's portrait is Asian (and was probably inspired by some article about Japanese culture) it seems only appropriate to mention this wonderful NYT article about the 10th print in Katsushika Hokusai's magnificent ukiyo-e series ‘36 Views of Mt Fuji’. The Times notes:

Woodblock prints like his — called Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” and turned out by the thousands in private printing houses — were considered vulgar, commercial images.

Ho, ho, ho. Anyway, the article uses some cute web-based tricks to direct your attention to differing parts of the image that are, as Amp said, really clever. Well worth checking out.

And here's my offering, the latest in a long-running series of flower people...

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16oct2020

cropO hai, didn't get that one project done I was hoping to show yesterday. On the other hand, I managed to figure out all the niggling local candidates for stuff like the various school boards, which meant I finished up voting so's f2tE could personally turn in our household's ballots to the City Clerk.

If I had known what a sense of relief that would bring, I would researched all those end-of-the-ballot issues a lot sooner: it really didn't take all that long (though I admit I was afraid I was gonna have to watch 90 minutes of what looked to be an excruciatingly dull board meeting to get a sense of the candidates. And honestly, I'm grateful to be able to do so—this was not an option, say, back in the early 80s when I started voting, where if there wasn't something about the candidates in the local newspaper, you were out of luck.)

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14oct2020

cropFor reasons I hope will be come clear later this week, today's links feature a couple of comics—one is boingboing's nod to a short video history of Steve Ditko's Mr A his Objectivist hero protag. —I had no idea that the guy who co-created the superhero whose uncle admonishes him that, ‘ “Remember, with great power comes great responsibility” fell into Randian Objectivism, that black hole of selfishness—fortunately, it's even duller in comics than it is in novels; Rorshach Ditko's watered-down-for-mainstream-comics version is made illuminating and empathetic in Alan Moore's brilliant deconstruction, Watchmen. Yeesh!

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