Thursday, June 26, 2008

Random Exchange

This was the assignment on Wednesday, to illustrate two themes. This theme is "Random Exchange" I think, which made me think of passive transport across plasma membranes. Doubt that will be apparent to art students, but I tried to include the envelopes pinched off from the membrane etc. The other theme was "Coolness" but I have not finished it yet. Maybe tonight.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Jury is still Out

The art class I talked about taking has started now. The first day only three people showed up and it looked like we could get away with a two days per week independent study, but then on the second class more people came so now it will be a full 5 day/week, 6 week course after all. My feelings towards the course are not too warm right now. The teacher is remarkably old, and although he knows his way around Photoshop very well, he is not very good at explaining it, or perhaps I am too dense. Regardless, I find myself confused a lot and when I ask him questions, my confusion usually increases. So yesterday was just a doodle, play around, get yourself familiar with all the buttons kind of day, and here are the two pieces I managed to create. One is finished, the other not. I wish I had a tablet to draw with, and not just a mouse. One kid in the class has one and his drawings tend to be much cooler.



Can you find the girl in the one below? Maybe I'll get to finish it up later.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Door to Door Atheists

Now here is my kind of teachings!

To quote from the website: "Australian filmmaker John Safran is so fed up with mormons ringing his doorbell early in the morning that he flies to Salt Lake City Utah and tries to convert Mormons to atheism. Needless to say, the locals were not pleased."


video

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"Current Venus"

Today was the big festival here in town and I participated in the painting competition. The rules were to start with a blank canvas between 10 and 11am and submit a finished work at 2pm. At 5pm they gave out some prizes and in a few weeks all the pieces will be auctioned. It was definitely a challenge but I got it done. What with the driving and all I painted from start to finish in 2 hours and 15 minutes. Here are the images as the work progressed.




The thing I like the least is the head. It seems out of proportion after all. I tried to fix it but time was running out so that is that. I love her legs. And I love the water. I am also pretty happy about the bathing suit. I think overall I am very satisfied. Also I got an award - Best Acrylic.


Here is the link to the Best of Show winner, Jime Grabowski and her painting "Chaotic Freedom".

Thursday, June 19, 2008

A very artistic summer

All over sudden I am embarking on several artistic adventures. This Sunday, in addition to having my scarves for sale at the market, I will be participating in a 4 hour Paint Off, where local artists will paint at a downtown location while onlookers enjoy our work coming to life. Once finished, the works will be judged and awards given out, and then they will be auctioned off.
Then, starting Monday, I will embark on a six week electronic imaging art class, which will use photoshop, some kind of animation program and dreamweaver to teach us how to draw, animate and make websites. The class meets daily for two and half hours, so I am worried about how it will clash with my work schedule. I hope it will work out ok.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Way to go California!

Am so tired (more about that later) so I won't write much but I just want to give two thumbs up to California and congratulate all the gay and lesbian couples who will now be able to get married in at least one more state. Also, kudos to the Republican state supreme court and the Republican Governor for supporting the rights of ALL it's citizens, at least in this matter. I honestly don't see what all the fuss is about and why same sex marriage is not allowed in every one of our 50 states. Any ideas? Though I bet I won't agree with your opinions. Tee hee (giddy with tiredness)

Thursday, June 5, 2008

Change your DNA - recycled post

This is something I wrote several years ago and thought of this morning for some reason. I have copy-pasted my original writings below but this time in purple! Enjoy...


I cannot believe what I have stumbled upon! In a magazine I see this advertisement, that claims to offer you: "life without fear, improved nutritional awareness, detachment from your hot buttons, improvement of your relationships, empowerment of self-love and increase in your emotional stability", all by activating your DNA!

I am intrigued. A Dr Robert V Gerard is listed and it is mentioned that this fact (!) is scientifically and medically verified. There is also a website (http://dnaproject.oughtenhouse.com/dna.php). I go see for myself...

To summarize and quote, the basis of this DNA healing project is to activate your DNA ("a natural and most sacred process") by a succession of 5 activation steps as described in books and on CD. "Trillions of protein receptors within your cells ", they say, "actually serve as perception filters." "From the moment of conception, our internal DNA computer began to record every single event beyond its original structure. Every perceived emotion, whether generated by our senses or those from the external environment (observations, beliefs, traumas, events, conditioning, social scripts, etc.) are registered and collected into our cells and your DNA." Our DNA, therefore, according to Dr. Gerard, records what happens to us as a constantly updated database. Naturally then, there is apparently a way to consciously tell your DNA to record something different, or perhaps to delete something you don't want there. Hmmmm, intense. How is this done, you may ask?

Stage 1: "You set your intent to receive this special gift of life. Then you enter a theta brain wave state, connect with your Deity and affirm that the activation is being performed with the purest intent and love from your heart. The Universal Energies of Love and Life will then move down through the top of your head and into your body. The DNA Activation invocation is recited, commanding that the Archetypal Chromosomes be activated at the ethereal or consciousness level. Then ten new strands of DNA are called forth and stacked and integrated. This complements and accelerates the functioning of the existing DNA."

Stage 2: not really well described but I think it has something to do with the 5 new DNA pairs from stage 1.

Stage 3: " There are four major components to the 3rd DNA Activation, though, the inner two are most powerful. One helps identifying traumatic imprints upon your DNA, and the other, "The Healing Vision of Uniqueness" serves as your primary self-empowerment tool. Your "Healing Vision of Uniqueness" has been encoded on your DNA prior to conception, and will be revealed to you during the activation."

Stage 4: "This activation performs a high level integration of the MALE and FEMALE Energies. The purpose of this activation is to initiate the attainment of complete balance of human evolution with regards to gender consciousness. Once attained, the individual will realize a unified human consciousness that is equipped to handle the beginning elements of Divine Consciousness."

Stage 5: again, not well explained.

My favorite bit by far is this blurb about what DNA they are actually activating. "Dr. Collins of the Human Genome Project stated in 1998 that "...33% the entire DNA has now been studied." (As of 2005 this figure is now 98%). Scientists claim that "...a large portion of what remains in the DNA is insignificant or unusable." They have unwittingly termed this portion as "junk" DNA. I, as well as many of my colleagues, find this to be preposterous, knowing that GOD created the Divine Blueprint par excellence with Highest Intelligence, and for a yet undetermined reason, medical science refers it as "junk." Just because our scientists cannot figure out how and why the codons sequence into genes, should not limit the myriad potential and possibilities of the intelligence prescribed on that portion of the DNA."


I would need hours to properly vent my feeling about this last paragraph. As I do not wish to bore, let me just state a few obvious facts and leave the Creationism debate for another day.


Fact 1: Junk DNA is indeed fascinating, and full of riddles and discoveries yet to be made. Most of these vast expenses of DNA do not code for any proteins. Those few that used to, have mutated beyond repair and deactivated, and most likely no longer functioning (these are called pseudogenes). Most of this sea of 'debris' is simply left over from our evolutionary ancestry, (as well as formed through the action of Human Endogenous Retroviruses), and it services many useful roles, one of which might be the protection of the rest of our precious functioning DNA (that is quite active, thank you very much) from damage by mutation.

(DISCLAIMER: this paragraph is a summary of my understanding of junk DNA, which due to my lack of personal experience or any in depth study is an oversimplification and may contain the sort of mistakes that are common when speaking of a field of study that is changing every day. As a scientist, I cannot in good conscience state that anything that is currently postulated is a fact, which is in great contrast to those who are guided by faith and can state the facts with absolutely certainty. This is a dilemma I will let you ponder on your own time...)


Fact 2: The statement "how and why codons sequence into genes," is most bizarre. Codons do not sequence into genes. Genes are made up of codons (a codon is a unit of three consecutive nucleotides on the mRNA of a gene that is translated into an amino acid by a ribosome, a well understood process). Genes can be sequenced (tee hee - I do this all day long, I should know!). So can proteins that have been made from the information within a gene passed along as a sequence of codons. I am not sure what mystery they are talking about here.

Dr. Gerard I should say does have a PhD, which I don't. It is possible that his studies in Metaphysical Psychology at The College of Metaphysical Studies have awarded him a greater understanding of human genetics than my brief education and limited work experience. As a matter of personal interest, I should also mention that Dr.Gerard was "guided by a Higher Spirit" to meet his wife, Ms. Zeljka Roksandic, a Croatian clairvoyant. It seems they enjoy a great friendship with the Russian people. Ah, those Russians....