Archive for September, 2011

“The best of us must sometimes eat our words.”

Image found on StumbleUpon“Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” – Albus Dumbledore

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.” – Albus Dumbledore

“It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.” – Albus Dumbledore

“The best of us must sometimes eat our words.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.” -Albus Dumbledore

“If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black

“Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.” – Albus Dumbledore

“You sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.” – Ginny Weasley

“Indifference and neglect often do much more damage than outright dislike.” – Albus Dumbledore

“I enjoyed the meetings, too. It was like having friends.” – Luna Lovegood

“We teachers are rather good at magic, you know.” – Minerva McGonagall

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I needed a little break from studying, so I looked up Harry Potter quotes. They are rather profound, I think.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 28, 2011 at 8:34 PM 6 comments

So much talent.

There is so much talent packed into this minute. It is mind-blowing to think about all of the practice, effort, imagination, and assistance from other people that all came together for this single minute of my own entertainment. I think that this is true for a lot of art. There is so much talent in the world, but most of it– most of the really important stuff — is hidden from everyone else, or no one is interested in seeing it or learning about it.

There is no such thing as an “overnight guitar master” or an “overnight dance star”. Overnight sensations, maybe. Suddenly someone takes the world by storm and Oprah Winfrey has them on her show. Even with that though there is usually effort, planning, practice, exposure, commercials, etc.

Don’t give your talent away to a wasted world just because millions of people don’t know your name. You have SO. MUCH. TALENT.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM Leave a comment

Banned Books Week 2011

September 24−October 1, 2011

“…the freedom to read is essential to our democracy, and reading is among our greatest freedoms…”

“…some individuals, groups, and public authorities work to remove or limit access to reading materials, to censor content in schools, to label “controversial” views, to distribute lists of “objectionable” books or authors, and to purge libraries of materials reflecting the diversity of society…”

“…intellectual freedom is essential to the preservation of a free society and a creative culture…”

“…conformity limits the range and variety of inquiry and expression on which our democracy and our culture depend…”

“…Banned Books Week celebrates the freedom to choose or the freedom to express one’s opinion even if that opinion might be considered unorthodox or unpopular and stresses the importance of ensuring the availability of those unorthodox or unpopular viewpoints to all who wish to read them; now, therefore, be it…”

Quotes taken from ALA.org’s Banned Books Week Proclamation.

In all honesty, Banned Books Week is probably one of my favorite holidays because it is all about my freedom to read whatever I want to read. It is about freedom of speech. Freedom from conformity. Freedom. Banned Books Week is like my Independence Day.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 24, 2011 at 5:58 PM 4 comments

From a whirlwind of dust and clutter, a girl emerges.

Sunlight was dancing like a strobe while objects large and small flew through the air, occasionally blocking her light. Air was crisp, firm, ever-so-slightly daunting. He was accompanied by his little sister, Wind, who whispered mockeries and challenges in the ears of all she encountered. Moisture clung to everything, using his overbearing weight to hold back whoever he could. A storm was brewing, but it was a storm that no one ever worried about or prepared for. It was a storm that could sneak in on you and leave without you realizing it was there. Storm affects anyone and everyone, on every mountain and in every valley. Storm loses and gains power based on mindsets, goals, accidents, hardships– invisible forces of emotional nature, and physical events.

I acknowledge Storm and his cohorts. I appreciate them, but I try to keep my distance. Sometimes Storm and his pals will have a change of heart and help you out of their messes by using their very same effects to caress you and remind you that you are here. You are here, and you are enough. I walk through the storm. I do not pretend it isn’t there, like so many people do. Storm sometimes wraps his arms around me, trying to keep me with him but I keep my determination and he always lets me go eventually.

I will keep moving. I will emerge from any storms life brings my way. I will become stronger for it.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 22, 2011 at 10:42 AM Leave a comment

You Can Touch The Sky (Art)

I have been very busy lately.

For this extreme lack of blogging I apologize!

I hope, that instead of some insightful post or blabbering rant, you will accept this quick digital cartoon image that is nostalgic of a former style of mine. You could say it is a self-portrait.

Sort of.

Note to self = use thinner lines. Use thinner lines. Maybe a reference picture or two. ;P

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 21, 2011 at 11:12 PM 4 comments

You’re Scanner Just Turned Into an Ink Pen

Don’t Be Alarmed.

Okay, maybe you can be a little bit alarmed.

I have been a fan of Wacom technology for at least 6 years now. I’ve owned my very own Intuos3 4×6 tablet for roughly 5 years and I absolutely love it. On my dreamiest days I tell myself that one day I will have enough extra cash to justify purchasing the Cintiq 12wx.

I visited their website tonight, to watch the video for the Cintiq 12wx again and I happened upon one of the most mind-bending, earth-shattering, horrifically wonderful discoveries. Too bad Wacom did it first!

As a kid I had dreamed that whatever I drew with my pencil could magically show up on the computer. Some people said, “Duh, a scanner,” but I never really liked that answer. It was just too much of a hassle scanning in loads of sketches that really might not even be worth it. Sometimes the paper didn’t fit in the scanner. Sometimes the scanner missed a few lines or colors or shadows.

Then I got my first Wacom tablet and I thought all of my dreams had come true. I was partially right– I didn’t have to scan my digital art anymore. But it would always be just that… DIGITAL art. Yeah, it was way better than drawing with a mouse and I still liked it. Yes, my art sky-rocketed to drastic improvements. It’s true that even my photograph editing has improved since I got my trusty Intuos3.

The problem faced was that I decidedly began to miss the soothing nature of holding pen to paper. I did not create a serious traditional piece of art for nearly the entire first 4 years I owned my Wacom tablet. Then I finally got back into traditional media and fell in love all over again. I remember why I loved art in the first place. How I could just get lost in it!

But again, I hate scanning things.

Wacom may have just come a step closer to my childhood dream. They’ve created a ball point pen, called Inkling that is pressure sensitive and saves a digital likeness of your work (LAYERS INCLUDED!!!!) and allows you to sketch on any paper, anywhere. I don’t know if I want to dish out $199 for one of these pens just yet, or ever, but the video sure is enticing. Especially to the little girl in my head.

Check out the video:

Wacom, you just created the possibility of carrying a scanner around in my pocket. I kind of love that.

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 9, 2011 at 1:12 AM Leave a comment

Mild Scoliosis

Well, it seems that my occasional back pain has been explained– I guess. According to an x-ray the doctor says that I have mild scoliosis, which is something that I know very little about. I am pretty sure that at least one of my Grandma’s has it.

I don’t really know what to do from here, except hope that it doesn’t get worse. I also hope that I don’t have to have surgery for it, or wear a brace, or go to therapy.

At any rate, I am so thankful that it is only mild! I suppose I should work on my posture… 😉

Happy Adventures,
Burkie

September 6, 2011 at 8:48 PM Leave a comment

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