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Given two options, choose the third

August 2, 2011

Continuing rarity and reticence here at M/S; I almost neglected to promote my good friend Gabe Blackwell’s recently published story-site “Neverland”, which i did a few illustrations for. It’s a very interesting reading experience (designed to look like a web 1.0 corporate/reference website, with funny multi-media, as well my slightly incongruous illos) and a radically weird story. Anti-hero Pastor Daniel:

Pastor Daniel

Gabe’s a very unique, funny and smart writer; check out all of his projects via his website etc.


I can’t seem to fold this blog; though it sits dormant for months, and I haven’t been focused on any solo-projects to the point of sharing, I like having it here, just in case. I’m still working full-time-and-then-some at an alternative school/youth development org, and that consumes the lion’s share of my time and focus. Also still making music with Air War–we’ve written a batch of new tunes, and we are playing shows again after ‘shedding for the first half of 2011.

Another reason for my posting-decline was the crappiness of my old laptop. The Toshiba Satellite had served fairly well since my move to PDX in 2006, but had grown slow and ugly, battery long-dead, the half-broken-and-taped-up AC adaptor prone to slipping out and killing my work. I’ve finally upgraded… I have joined the ranks of the Mac-ists, and though the summer has offered plenty of non-productive temptations, I’m excited about the possibilities of this new rig, particularly in terms of music production. More projects on the horizon, maybe they’ll see the light of someday.


Life Drawing

February 18, 2011

Mindset is funny: approaching a task I’ve done a lot, and done well in the past–but haven’t done much at all recently–I assume I can just sit down and do it as well as ever, with as much ease and fluidity as if I were still regularly practicing. And of course this is not the case. Struggle ensues, results are poor.

And I’m really happy about this: to me it’s a pretty solid indication that innate ability isn’t quite as important as Practice. Skill isn’t pre-ordained, and either permanently available or forever out-of-reach. It can be earned, it can be lost, it can be regained.

Chops. Back to the woodshed…

Slow Flight

February 6, 2011

Sketches of corpulent and ornate Birds of the Street, sumi on vellum

Sketch for another Song about Waiting

October 25, 2010

This blog has slept all summer, and I kind of wish I had too. Unfortunately I allowed my soul to get consumed by my labors, but lately I’ve been reminded that we are all the designers of our own destinies. Despite my delays, detours, doubts and distractions, I’m still sketching things out.

This weekend I dusted off the old 414. This was my mic test.

Make a Brick

November 9, 2009

All new breathing: after a sludgy weekend, the head-cold breaks, just in time for a return to the workweek. Sniffled & cleaned much of the weekend, to less than hoped result.

At one point I consulted the Oblique Strategies, which stated: “Not building a wall, but making a brick”. I thought, ‘Yeah, exactly”, but now I’m not sure how small the brick is supposed to be. Maybe I need to go back further: “Not making a brick, but finding the mud.”

I Can’t Wait for This Spring

November 6, 2009

Katie Eary Spring Collection


Mark of the Least

October 8, 2009

Minor Seconds blog is at full ebb. Summer seems to be the slow season by far. But then last fall was when things really got cooking around here, following a similar silent phase, so–

I’d concede to feeling pretty uninspired and generally drained for a while – for reasons probably already sufficiently alluded to – but I hope to brighten the creeative corners, and fall is always a favored season for that. Whether or not this translates into swole blogging will remain to be seen…

Shortly, I creep in to 30[s]. Son of Sam Hain, get yourself back!


Where is my other?