Sometimes the best way to punch kids in their brains is by making them think they’re breaking the rules.
Let me ‘splain.
My daughter Alysia teaches language arts at a high school in New Mexico. Not the old one – the new one. So to say being an English teacher only a few miles from the border adds an extra dimension to her job is an understatement.
Some kids have parents who live in Mexico, but are US citizens by birth, so they are actually bused across the border every school day. Regardless of the situation, they come to class with the same blasé attitudes and teenage malcontent as any other American kid.
So, Alysia wanted to engage them with a very current and edgy book titled Feed, by M.T. Anderson. Which is set in the near future and is told by a blasé kid who’s smart phone is embedded within his brain and all the social media and advertising is fed directly into his consciousness, 24-7.
Cool plot. But it needed parental approval since it got dicey with the language throughout… Due to the fact it was from a kid’s point of view.
This all came up because I had mentioned The Catcher in the Rye to her as being great introductory reading book for its generation. It spoke in their language and pulled no punches. But back to the parents.
Nope. Not enough sigs from the parents, so no cool book for the students. Bummer.
This didn’t slow them down much, as no sooner did those books become contraband, the majority were stolen from Alysia’s small repository. Sooner than later, kids were heard dropping lingo here and there and generally trying not to be null.
A fresh coat of paint for your brain.
You know that feeling. An old dingy room with poor lighting and a wall color two decades out of style. Age-baked two shades darker than its original color. Making you feel sleepy and uninspired the second you walk into it. That’s what my desktop background felt like after staring at it for half of my waking hours.
It’s funny how you let that go when you’re busy, but I was well overdue for a fresh image to please my peepers. So, I whipped this up and I thought I’d go ahead and share it with y’unz too! A spiffy free custom background image download with a custom massive planetary injection plus a bonus Jovian moon at no extra charge! *not available in all states.
This is a readily available free desktop image I found on the Interwebz and Photoshopped a lil’ bit as you may have guessed.
Want this image as your desktop with Windows 7 or 8?
When the full size version appears:
- Right-click the image
- Choose Set as Desktop Background…
We’re all a bit alike.
We’re intrigued by organic patterns that are evident in nature and often pleasing to us on a sublime level. The golden ration didn’t just fascinate Dan Brown. A whole slew of artists, philosophers, theologians, mathematicians, scientists are intrigued by it. and that’s just one of many cool numbers!
Patterns are evidence of a higher order.
We feel compelled to understand these patterns. To be able to fold it and unfold it. To rearrange it. To disassemble and reassemble it. Never upset when it isn’t the same as before, but happy or intrigued by the new variation.
We’ve made it our own.
It’s no accident that these clues are given to us. Evidence hidden in the stars. In our very essence. As above, so below.
I know you are, but what am I?
The creative among us struggle to express this. The patterns speak to us. And we want to shout it out to the world! Through artwork, music, literature. We unravel the music into chords, notes, harmonics. We filter the white light and take only the specific spectrum we need to create a unique palette. These methods are the key and legend to those who follow.
Our very core is a generator, and we’re fueled by this natural resource. A free renewable resource that anyone can use endlessly! But not everyone is programmed to access it. Wiring can be funny like that. In know mine’s intermittent at best. Just like I’m not programmed to enjoy taxes or reality TV 100% of the time.
The lineage of geeky artisans is great
Although I don’t yet have a history-book-worthy creation to my credit (yet), I’m still happy to share space with them right here on this web page! It’s mine, and I can do what I want.
Here are a few noteables that come to mind.
Have some of your own? Feel free to share in the comments!
- Leonardo da Vinci
- Danny Elfman
- Thomas Dolby
- Brian May
- Will I Am
- Elon Musk
- Nicola Tesla
- David Lynch
- Andy Warhol
- M.C. Escher
- Skunk Baxter