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// Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Today's Tendril...

It's true that only a fool dismisses (out of hand) the advice of others.

It's also true that only an idiot relies on the advice of fools.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Saturday, August 28, 2010

Today's Tendril...

The business of doing business means dealing with a lot of P: Politics, paranoia, pomposity, process, pontification, plans, polling, peddling, prima donnas, patter, promises, and "power."
 
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Pondering "the price of doing business" in any industry, sector, or endeavor (personal and professional) produced this P.

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// Friday, August 27, 2010

Today's Tendril...

Don't assume that others will know or understand. Provide the contextual clarity.

Of course, lawyers and law makers seem predisposed to ambiguity and interpretation — and obsessed with contextual sensitivity.

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// Monday, August 23, 2010

Choices

The ever present now is all about choices.

       The ones you make,
           the ones you fake,
       the ones you regret,
           the ones you forget,
       the ones that fill your waking dreams,
           the ones that fill your inner screams.

The ever present now is about this or that,
       and a set of choices keep them apart.

To make a choice is not so bad.

It's their voices in your head that will drive you mad.

 
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This work is a branch from the sessions that produced the piece, The Golden Ratio (ASCII Face) (TGR (AF)).

This poem started as the following Today's Tendril… (unused):

Keeping it simple is easier said than done – especially when the tree of choice has many branches.

The poem could easily be a glimpse into the mind of an artist, engineer, addict, athlete; a problem solver, philosopher, saint, sinner, scientist, etc.

It could just as easily be the moments before a first kiss, last kiss, leap of faith, wish upon the brightest star, chance to love, rush to judgment, line is crossed, etc.

© Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved.

// Sunday, August 22, 2010

The Golden Ratio (ASCII Face)

The Golden Ratio (ASCII Face) (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 

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There are times when the path from idea to artwork takes you down rat holes, tumbling through rabbit holes, and into black holes.

 

The artist and the scientist know too well the meaning of begat.

 

Sure, an umbrella keeps the rain off of you, but what does it matter when you choose to play in the rain?

 

Simplicity is a tadpole that becomes a frog (or a toad).

 

Simplicity is a rat hole, if you let it.

 

For artists, engineers, and scientists alike, keeping it simple is easier said than done.

 

If balance and equilibrium were states of perfection, then we'd never know the wonders of frost or the jewels of dew.

 
Complexity is a Frankenstein stitched from the fabric of simplicity.

 

Chasing the possibilities can be a lot like chasing windmills.

 

At some point you have to accept that you're stuck in the quagmire of choice, especially when you're reaching for the clouds.

 

It's amazing how this, 8^), can cause so much consternation.


 

Soul Star (Surviving the Darkness)

Soul Star (Surviving the Darkness) (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
 
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What started out as a simple ASCII image (complete with tagline) turned into a tree with many branches.

So, I climbed, and leapt, and swung, and chased a few squirrels.

I fell a few times, but, luckily, I didn't break any bones, though my spirit did suffer a few hairline cracks.

Still, a good time was had by all (me, myself, and I). Equally important is that I learned a few things along the way about myself and the world around me.

Without further ado, I present additional branches from the TGR (AF) tree. (Squirrels not included.)

  • TGR (AF) started out as a simple experiment on my smartphone, using Word To Go (nice app). Here's the seed that became the tree:
    The Golden Ration (ASCII Face) - Original Version [OVO] (c) Copyright 2010 Christopher V. DeRobertis. All rights reserved. insilentpassage.com
  • TGR (AF) branched into three other very different images and at least two of them will be available at TaT in the future (God willing)
  • One TGR (AF) branch became the poem, "Choices," completed and published before TGR (AF)
  • The background started out as a mash-up of cloudscapes and contains remnants of that branch (buried in layers and visual stitches)
  • The Tendrils collection has a thematic emphasis on choice, process, and paths
  • "Soul Star (Surviving the Darkness)" is derived from TGR (AF)
  • TGR (AF) and Soul Star (StD) do not contain occult symbolism. Those are stars in the background and nothing more
  • If this piece had a soundtrack, it would be Hear 'n Aid's "Stars," which came into my head after I completed TGR (AF) (after-the-fact associations are branches, too)

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// Thursday, August 19, 2010

Today's Tendril...

Advantage: When you get your opponent to worry about the race, while you keep your eye on the prize.

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