I’ve been designing this tabletop roleplaying game based on my comic Pang, The Wandering Shaolin Monk for a while now. It was something that I added as sort of an afterthought to my Kickstarter just because I thought it would be fun to do. But it turned into something that I really enjoyed…
I hope I get a chance to take this out for a spin soon!
Vincent Van Gogh - ‘In spite of everything’
this is beautiful
I have a lot of deep and personal feelings about this. It is going to take me a minute, the wind has been knocked form me.
This is great on so many levels.
Vincent wrote hundreds of pages of letters to his brother Theo, and they are full of this quiet consistency — but only about art.
He faced doubt and tumult in his personal relationships, and his mood and health suffered constantly. When he talks about “his discouragement” here, he’s talking about his cousin and (at the time) mentor in painting abandoning him, and his father pressuring him, because he was living with a pregnant alcoholic prostitute (his letters about her are sweet).
But there’s always an unsettling (to me, at least) sense of certainty in his letters: he has it in him to be a painter. He isn’t ready yet, he needs to draw more, to learn more — but there’s never a doubt of where he’s headed. His discouragement is all about people — never about paint. Paint, he feels, just requires more practice. More drawing, more watercolor, more looking, more reading.
"I haven’t got it yet, but I’m hunting it and fighting for it."
His letters are very readable, and available both online for free, and in dead-tree form. An amazing record of a vocation in the purest form. Highly recommended.
What we see through social media is a generation of ignorant social activists. Young men and women all too willing to care about and defend something they don’t truly understand and refuse to educate themselves further on because they assume the limited information they receive has been vetted by someone more knowledgeable than themselves. This happens on both sides of the fence, with both conservatives and liberals.
I’ve seen arguably intelligent young men and women stand up at banquets and rallies, demanding answers about things like healthcare, DOMA, federal military actions. Asking questions about things they’ve seen on Facebook, on twitter, things that they’ve taken little to no time to research for themselves, and they look like fools. No matter their age, they paint themselves with a red mark that announces ‘I’m not mature enough to be here, to discuss these issues’.
But even so, it isn’t truly about age. It’s about social awareness. You are not discounted until you make a mistake. Say the wrong thing or quote the wrong statistic. Until then, your legitimacy remains intact.
Tumblr is like this.
I’ve seen people furious over gay rights legislation that doesn’t actually exist. Wars that haven’t happened. Most recently text posts with tens of thousands of notes alleging that China and Russia are going to go to war with the US over Syria.
Blogs relaying damaging misinformation written by individuals who can’t seem to be bothered to read a newspaper or use google properly. This is a crippling trend, and no one sees it.
These people get untold attention and affirmation until one person with a large enough follower count points out the flaw in their argument. Corrects the mistake, and shifts the tide. But this doesn’t fix the thousands of people who liked and reblogged the original post. The damage is done.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from working on political campaigns, very little is more damaging than an activist who argues only one side of the story without recognizing the existence of the other; because your opinion, no matter how solid and seemingly factually based, is invalid the second your audience realizes they know more than you.
And the result of all of this is a generation of young activists who don’t understand why they aren’t being taken seriously.
A note about the nature of sweat, “toxins”, and nicotine addiction:
You cannot “sweat out” toxins. Sweat regulates body temperature; it doesn’t serve perform any purification. Excessive sweating can cause your kidneys — which do perform blood purification — to retain water, and become less effective at removing toxins from your body.
Even if you could sweat it out, it would only make your withdrawal worse. Mostly, withdrawal symptoms are what happens to a body that’s gotten used to nicotine once it no longer has any. The body is suffering from a lack. Any ‘residual’ nicotine (most of which is gone in a few hours) is softening the blow. This is why nicotine patches work — they decrease the amount of nicotine in the body slowly, giving it time to acclimate to lower and lower levels.
Misguided medical advice given to people suffering from addiction is evil. Don’t spread it.
Good story-driven webcomics?
Does anyone know any?
I used to read a gazillion webcomics but now it’s mostly gag-driven (I mean, arguably, comics like questionablecontent are story-driven, but I mean comics that have the adventure and action part as well. Interesting characters. Plot twists! People in mortal peril! Eh… yeah… Think Girl Genius but not that one because I’ve read that one)
Gunnerkrigg Court, Paranatural, Lackadaisy, Dead Winter, Digger,& Dovecote Crest are all good ones. I like to review webcomics on my blog, so you can check there when you’re done with all that. And the Webcomic Overlook is like the king of webcomics reviews, so you should check that out for EVEN MORE suggestions.
I just watched Shaolin Soccer,
and oh my goodness this is a movie you should see(in Chinese if possible - fortunately that is how Netflix is streaming it!)
Unless you are a White Supremacist. White Supremacists don’t deserve nice things.
Absurd characters in absurd situations, illustrating the idea that the world is indifferent as it hurtles through the vacuum of space. All that matters are the few sparks of joy we animals, with and without pants, share in this otherwise meaningless void.
Camden Bottoms by Scott Quick
(Camden Bottoms contains melancholy, irresponsible behavior, occasional intimations of foul deeds, and words like gunsel)