I keep finding insects flying around my house.  I don’t recognize some of them.  I have someone spraying for bugs, but these insist on living.  I know insects perform necessary functions, but why do they have to invade my home? :’-(  I planted marigolds in pots near my door, but the bugs still come to my house.


Seeing life from a different view

I realized the concept of working from the figure itself in illustration, as opposed to another artist’s rendition or a photograph, is also applicable to music.  You can attempt your own variations on a folk or traditional music style; however, if you begin from the original tunes instead of someone else’s rendition, your version can improve upon the original design in a different way.  Approaching the music–or any art form–from a different angle can generate something entertaining and welcoming.  For example, I heard my university’s bluegrass ensemble arrange and perform the Miley Cyrus song “Wrecking Ball,” and it sounded like a brand new song.  The addition of traditional bluegrass vocal harmonies and instrumentation breathed new life into the tune.  Other professors in the area have used other non-pop styles to rework pop songs with great success.  (One clarinet professor regularly arranges rap and hip-hop for his Dixie-land jazz trio.)  Roots can show yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

The Ratatouille Realization

In the movie “Ratatouille,” the food critic Ego realizes the truth behind Chef Gusteau’s saying “Anyone can cook.”  It doesn’t mean any person can be a master chef but that a master chef can come from anywhere.  I think people need to keep this idea in mind when considering various career choices. Not everyone is going to understand biology at the same level as a doctor. Everyone won’t do well in college. Some people won’t understand the best way to weld a pipe or clean a chemical spill.  However, a person who can do these things can come from anywhere. Just because someone grew up in an affluent family doesn’t automatically mean he or she is meant for college–or graduating high school. While a person’s background may help him or her develop specific qualities, it does not guarantee anything.  Motivation, however, can. If someone works hard and makes their own luck–in addition to having a little of the old-fashioned kind of serendipity–he or she can do it. Also, realizing your strengths and working with them helps, too.
Just a thought.


I enjoy having a certain amount of anonymity on the Internet.  It’s nice being able to share views and things with other people without them being people you see every day.  While it is possible to identify people based on their social media or IP address, most people you meet online first will never meet you in real life.  I like keeping the real life me and online me as slightly separate yet overlapping entities.  I tend to forget some people who know me in real life also read my blogs.  In fact, if I think about it too much, I might not post some ideas here because of it.  Instead, I’ll just try to forget people I know might see this.  I try to be kind to people, even when I have the basic removal from real life via the computer screen and written page.  Therefore, hopefully, anyone who reads these posts won’t be too offended by what I have to say.

Anonymity is a scary thing.  When you remove your face, you can become anyone.  In Hollywood and sci-fi, this generally leads to people either accomplishing extraordinary things or becoming monsters.  Despite regulations and aforementioned data available about each person, everyone is anonymous on the Internet.  Everyone can be a version of themselves.  What will you be?

On Wonder Woman

She is one of the first independent women to appear in comics and soar above the rest.  She holds a prestigious position as one of DC’s Big Three.  She has appeared in many forms and stands beside Batman and Superman on lunch pails, bed sheets, and even gummy snacks.  Wonder Woman stands as a symbol of women’s strength and power.  She also displays the best traits of humanity through her compassion and wisdom.  Her position as a great hero is rarely disputed.  (I refer to her as a hero because I feel her character–and others–should transcend the male/female hero/heroine categories.  If you compare her to men or women in her genre–the epic hero(ine)–she stands among the best.)

However, her position on the big screen has yet to be cemented.  While mega entertainment companies focus most of their attention on rewriting and remaking old movies or gobbling up the next teen fad book series, she politely stands in the corner and waits.  And waits.  And Waits.  Now, it seems her first turn on the big screen will be as a backup character.  She isn’t Hawkeye or Nick Fury or some evil villain who needs the extra setup provided by a slow introduction in order to be understood by the general audience.  If you say “Wonder Woman” to anyone with any knowledge of comics–and many who don’t even know what a “comic” is–they at least have a vague understanding of the character.  Thus, the question remains:  why are we putting Wonder Woman in the corner?  She can and has been an extremely lucrative asset for DC.  Telling her story wouldn’t require licensing of other expensive properties; she can tell it by herself.  There are hundreds and hundreds of stories about her, and any one of them would work in conjunction with an origin story.  Even some of the newer costumes would work in the more urban environments of Gotham/Metropolis portrayed in the current Batman/Superman story lines.  (Personally, I think the “Odyssey” story arc’s costume would fit the city-style Wonder Woman of a Gotham/Metropolis, but the costume reveal happened already.)  Many parts of the “Odyssey” story and the current New 52 arc could mesh to form an excellent beginning for Wonder Woman.

So, what’s the problem?  Why the hold-up?  Various members of DC are concerned about “getting it right” the first time.  While their devotion is admirable, I think the focus on perfection detracts from the inevitability of mistakes.  No matter what, not everyone will like the movie.  Period.  Some people loved the new Batman and Superman movies; other people hate them.  Some only like parts of the movies and think others could benefit from rewrites or reshoots.  Even the Avengers movie was criticized by some people.  Movies and other art forms are developed from a finite number of viewpoints.  They can’t please everyone, and when a movie tries to please everyone, it tends to please no one.

I do think DC needs to try their best.  They have source material.  What they need is the right cast and crew combination to bring Wonder Woman to life on the big screen.  She needs a place outside the shadows of her brethren.  If her movie fails the first time, so what?  Other movies and TV shows have failed before with major characters and still managed to pull themselves up and try again.  Even some of Wonder Woman’s story concepts in comic books have failed, yet she continues to thrive.  Give her a chance.  If she tries to fly and fails, she will get up and try again.  Stop holding her back, DC.  She can take punches with the best of them.

Again, we have to ask:

Where's My Movie