2 May


innuendo   1 : veiled, oblique, or covert allusion to something not directly named : HINT, INSINUATION esp : veiled or equivocal allusion reflecting upon the character, ability or other trait of the person referred to

...the solid/void issue, which leads directly to the intercourse building and its acute reenactment of outside/inside, figure/ground, penis/vagina, male/female, Mars/Rhea Silvia.


...the tiny intercourse building opens up a huge potential source regarding the planimetric symbolism of the multitudinous [other] building plans.

Is this where the divine rape of a Vestal Virgin occurred?

the long axis


The plan of the [Martian] temple self-evidently represents a penis and two testicles -- a fitting evocation of the male god of war.

...back to Daddy's balls, architecture halls.



Which has a better memory, the mind or the body?

"The spin-doctor I most believe in is the Earth itself, mainly because of the calendar of seasonal reenactment it engenders." he said jokingly.

"Are you paraphrasing from Hemingway's A Moveable Feast again?" the other quickly queried.

enter Eutropia
"Hey! Guess what! Frank Lloyd Wright, the Guggenheims and Sigmund Freud were all at the Vatican Museum doing a double-helix love/hate thing circa 20 January 2004. They were obviously avoiding us at Mediolandum. And that reminds me how 1699 years ago at Mediolandum yesterday my husband officially became a quondam Emperor."

Where does one stop being in Mediolandum and start being in Milan?




Hiked one of the trails that I know the least, hence currently my favorite trail. It's the horse trail between Verree Road and the run that comes down from Tabor Avenue. Part of the trail is actually part of the oldest section of Susquehanna Road, but I doubt anyone knows that except me anymore. It may well be the last stretch of road before the very young John James Audobon arrived at his first American homestead, Ury Farm.

Along the trail I spotted my first deer path. I didn't know there even were such things until two days ago when a man I met along my walk around Fox Chase Farm told me about a deer path going through the patch of woods we were standing next to. I told him about my various deer sightings right around there and he looked kind of jealous. Then I asked him if he knew anything about birds because I'd like to know what the birds are that I often see flitting and darting and diving over the pasture. He said he didn't know, so I told him I'm calling them meadow larks because of the shape of their wings (and that Fleet Foxes song).

Just as I was done the trail, a Chelsea Handler look-a-like on a 'blonde' horse came slow trotting down the paved path. She said "Hi" first so I asked her, "What color do you call her horse?" "It's palomino." "Do they ever call it blonde?" "No, just palomino. It gets browner in summer, and the mane and tail, when washed, are white." "How old is he?" "Nine." "Is that old? young?" "It's fairly young. Like a teenager." "Ah, then 'Palomino' kinda fits."  "Actually, he's a bit of a brat, so 'Brat' would fit better."

Coincidentally, started reading Jonathan Franzen's Farther Away last night--bird watching on a very remote South Pacific Island, Robinson Crusoe, and David Foster Wallace's suicide. Thinking about Franzen's writing style while I was walking back along the creek made me wish I could somehow have a written transcript of all the thoughts that go through my mind while I go on my walks.

May 2, 13 5:58 pm

Later, fell off my bike just as I noticed the front tire was going flat. Kinda bounced back up. Kinda.

May 2, 15 10:31 pm

hi fineprint!

is this what you're doing today?  sucks about falling off a bike, if that just happened. 

so, it sort of looks like your experimentation is photoshop and line drawings in autocad.  i don't think the line drawings is the right way to approach what  you're doing in this day and age.

this is what i did today.  like a boss.

May 2, 15 11:29 pm

curtkram, I've never used Photoshop and I've never used AutoCAD. I do you other 'brands' of software, however, and only one software was used in generating the above images.

As to your thinking that line drawing is not "the right way to approach what  you're doing in this day and age," I have no idea what it is that you think I am doing. I, on the other hand, have a very clear idea as to what it is that I am doing, which is taking randomly chosen digital images and manipulating them via randomly chosen parametric effects (options provided by the graphic software). It is a learning process, an experimentation process, a note-taking (of technique) process, and ultimately a collection process (of what I call virtual paintings). Beyond that, some of the 'painting' may become the inspiration for something entirely else.

For me personally, it's all become recreational-creativity-exercise that I engage in for an hour or two every other week or so.

Can you explain, at least, what it is that you think I am doing?

May 3, 15 9:49 am

in the case of your 2009 drawing, it appears to be a bent surface of some sort.  there is a mesh or a grid and the shape and depth of the surface are conveyed as a 3d object on a 2d surface (the monitor) by the way the size and shape of the grid elements change.

it seems to me with the color images from yesterday you took the mesh you had and added distortions.  i think 'distortions' is a reasonable word for that. 

in terms of software, it used to be that computers would show that sort of grid as a way of defining depth and 3d shapes.  sort of like tron in the old days.  ultimately that was a limit in processing power, which is no longer a limit.  the form of a 3d object went from line art to images pasted on a cube (lines to surfaces), then the rendering engines got a lot smarter and started to show depth through changes in shading and sometimes even focal depth.  the grid is still there, but instead of seeing the grid lines you see pixels which are colored in a way to convey more or less the same information that was previously conveyed by the grid spacing.  i was thinking it might be interesting to see how you would manipulate that sort of surface, if it was represented more as a surface instead of a grid

it wasn't right to say 'the right approach.'  i'm sure there are a multitude of approaches, with no criteria to set one as more or less 'right' than the other.  or, since it's your process, i suppose you could set criteria to define what makes one direction more 'right' than another however you want.

May 3, 15 10:28 pm

Your little 'lesson' on the history of surface rendering and CAD is cute. I've been working with fully integrated 2D/3D CAD with shaded surface rendering since 1983. I bought Lightscape software in 1996, but never used it. I've never been interested in photorealistic renditions of CAD data, so I've never invested in any other 'add-on' rendering software since. In any case, all that has nothing to do with the manipulation of a 2009 screen clip gif file that I started two days ago.

Yes, the 2009 gif image file is a plan/top view of a rotated/extruded surface of a 3D spline line. The 'grid' is the default 'rendition' of all the opaque triangles that make up the 3D extruded surface within the working environment of the CAD software. The parameters of the surface rendition are changeable, for example, the surface can be viewed as a series of 'parallel' lines, or, of course, as color shaded.

What I think you, curtkram, don't fully realize is that CAD data, and all digital graphic data for that matter, is open a plethora of renditions dependent on how the parameters are set. Metaphorically, it's like your imagination only registers a 'default'.

Sunday's exercise explored changing parameters of a pixel image within a fairly basic graphic software (that is not CAD).

May 4, 15 8:00 am

A little bit north of the Bryn Athyn Post Office (/ quondam train station), I found myself behind a lightly trotting horse with a helmeted rider. Was the horse going faster, or was I going faster? The thought of peddling behind a horse for a few miles was appealing, you know, matching horse power and all that, but, alas, I was quickly gaining distance. The rider heard my approach and cocked his head slightly toward my direction, so I yelled, "Is it ok to pass on a bike?" He said, "something something go ahead." When I was a full length in front of the horse I yelled over, "I never did that before." I'm pretty sure the rider responded with a laugh.

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