Thursday, April 16, 2009

Let the Tea Parties Continue

Synchronized Tax Day Tea Parties were an excellent idea. While not always precisely in agreement around what they are protesting, the Tea Parties have a consistent central theme - Be afraid of BIG government - BE VERY AFRAID - and the corollary is be afraid of BIG BIG government spending (because it results in [what] BIG government).

Starting with President Bush's $168 billion economic stimulus, through the 2008 housing bailout, TARP I, TARP II, President Obama's trillion-dollar stimulus package, the auto bailout, etc. The Congressional Budget office estimates the president's budget (assuming he stays in power for 8 years) will add more than $10 trillion to the total federal debt by 2019 - approximately as much total debt as was outstanding at the beginning of 2007.

It feels like we need a revolution to unwind this mess. A total repudiation of the system, a truly blank piece of paper and a nod to Occam's Razor, would be helpful.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

New Painting Posted

Just published my new painting in the ReadySetBlink Gallery, under Digital Art - called Whimsy. This painting took about 4 hours to do using Photoshop and the Wacom (I love, love, love Photoshop). It was cool to create the dark blue sky starry background and to layer on the colors as the trees took to the sky.

It's effect (at least for me) is to be ethereal and (per the name) whimsical.

Let me know what you think!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Technology: Friend or Foe

So I've spent a fair amount of time trying to get a website up and running from scratch. This has been the total learning experience. I am an html beginner (actually less than a beginner) so every step has been profound. I've learned a lot about flash, photoshop, html, xml, and now blogger... in order to get to the point where I am even close to publishing the site.

I found myself sucked into the glamour parts of the website creation - specifically the things I like to do. Page design in Photoshop is great fun. I now have three different and fully functional sites as each time I finished I felt like there was something better... a repeating theme I suppose, the grass is always greener.

This post is actually more of a test to see how well the ftp publishing process works via Blogger...

Stay tuned...