When I was a teenager I worked at a Burger King in Connecticut. There was an older man who’d come in, Tom Paris. He was a retiree from New York. He would come in and spend his playing scratch off. I thought he was worth listening to because he was from New York and knew a lot of stuff.
One day he said, “The worst thing that can happen to someone is to be forgotten.” He talked on about how everyone should strive to be something. It made an impact on how I judged myself.
After a few decades, I’ve decided he was wrong. The worst thing that can happen to someone is being unhappy and not at peace.
When I read articles like this, http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42920554, it reinforces my belief that the collective humanity should not be connected. It is like the tower of Babel. However, it is too late and even if humanity wanted to it cannot change our interconnectivity.
Sometimes it is difficult to know that not everyone strives to be the best person they can be. Sometimes some people only live to behave like animals.
My wife received an interesting response to a comment she made to Trump. The guy pointed out that my wife had only 63 followers in 7 years. Her retore was "Because all 10.3k of your followers are all personal friends who can attest to your worth. Got it."
This is not the first time I've seen people use Twitter stats to devalue someone's post. I don't get it. The number of followers, likes, friends, etc., doesn't make a point false. Truth is not subjective to popular opinion. I guess this is an example of "Truthiness?" The more followers you have on social networks, the more right you are...? I don't get it. It's a dumb logic fallacy employed by people of low intellect and lacking reason.
When the NRA and the Republican party uses the term “Gun Control,” they are using it as an attempt to belittle the issue. It’s a subversive method of changing the public’s perception. Of course, no one wants to be controlled. We’re controlled in every aspect of our lives. If the Republicans can claim our rights are being controlled, then people are going to rebel.
The issue is not gun control or gun rights. The issue is unstable people being given access to firearms.
At work, I have to take a yearly test to use a forklift. The state mandates that I have to tested and licensed to use an automobile. Why can’t we have a strict test for firearms? Firearms increase a person’s ability to kill someone else. I’ve never heard of someone taking out a movie theater with just a knife.
I want a gun test. I suspect most people who lobby for “gun rights” would be considered unstable to have a firearm.
For my marketing class, I’m watching an episode of Frontline called The Persuaders. It’s basically about how marketing advertisement is over saturated in our culture. The show had me think about my own “marketing” efforts for my comic, or lack thereof.
Sales and Marketing is a dirty concept to me. Selling my work feels cheap and dishonest. My work is there if someone likes it. If someone doesn’t I’m still going to make comics. I do value my work and I believe it is worth something but I don’t want to make a dirty buck by hustling someone.
I do have a “tip” link on my comics. I think that is as far as I’ll go to market myself. My stuff is available on common platforms like Comixology an Amazon. Posting a link to them when they are available is what I am comfortable with. I have no interest in selling myself or my work to gain someone’s attention. I hate salespeople and I hate being harassed to buy something. I don’t want to harass others by trying to sell my comics.
I just got done watching Ms. Oprah's speech on CNN.
There are times when it just seems like the world is dark. Like nothing good will happen. But then you're reminded that the human condition is about striving to be more than what we are.
One day we'll be all be better. It'll take a lot of work... a lot of shedding our egos... and removing what makes us comfortable but we'll be better.
Sometimes history is made by the winners. Other times, history is made by the best in humanity.
Ello.co, when it first came out, offered an alternative to Facebook. I signed up as soon as I heard about it then I forgot about it.
I've reinvested my time in the social network and Oh MY God! The ART! It's turned into a brilliant art network! It's inspiring to see so much artwork from around the world.
I'm there, on Ello, for the pictures. It's a welcome balance to the negative news I read.
This is one of my favorite arrangements of the Lion King's Circle of Life- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZI1cEWEtJw4
The Lion King is one of the few Disney movies I enjoy. It's just a beautiful movie. I hope one day that the play will come to Portland so I can watch it.
I'm giving The ComiX Scene one last shot. I've tried numerous attempts at creating an indie comic site and they've all failed. But I'm trying one more time.
I got my old Arts Instruction Schools books sitting in storage. The AIS is no longer open so I think I'll try to convert some of them to comic lessons. I'm not exactly sure how I am going to do that.
When I was a teenager, there was a kid in the neighborhood who still believed in Santa. I couldn't believe that someone over the age of 8 still believed. We had a debate on if Santa was real or not. My point was if Santa was real, why do poor kids not get presents. His response was "well, they must all be bad kids."
I feel like I'm having the same kind of debate with Trump supporters.
Steph and I saw an interesting comedy special by Jeff Ross called "Jeff Ross roasts the border wall." The comedian, Jeff Ross, interviews people from Brownsville, Texas, a city right on the border of the U.S. and Mexico. It provided some good insight about the immigration issue.
I think America is big enough to house immigrants. I don't believe in the argument that "we need to take care of our own." If America did take care of our own, why do we have a homeless problem? Why do children starve in America? Why do our vets not get the care they need? We don't care for our own. It's a dumb counter argument.