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Portrait of a Young Man as The Artist

Illuminated kitty
Originally uploaded by ABMann.
I was "lazy" yesterday.
  • Reorganized bedroom.
  • Tossed more unnecessary life clutter.
  • Cleaned cat boxes.
  • Scrubbed one down with Lysol and +NH4.
  • Vacuumed.
  • Got cat food and liter.
  • refilled 'scripts.
  • Finished reading iCon.
  • Started listening to Bushwacked audio book.
  • Printed my portfolio.
    There was lunch, Barriques and chatting with slavetopurple in there somewhere before noon. I think I relaxed some too.
Life clutter. That sounds like some cultist buzz word that doesn't apply to anything real but gives people a power phrase to convince themselves they're doing real good for themselves. I mean it, though, as stupid things I own and don't need. I continue to shamble towards owning only my computer, camera and clothes. I figure I'll never get rid of everything - I enjoy cooking with non-stick cookware, for example - but having fewer core objects into which I actually invest myself is freeing.

one thing I'll never understand is people who value freedom, the ability to pick up and go, and how many books they own. Books are heavy, man.

Oh, I suppose I can make room for art too. I bought the blue ones (see comments for an image, this entry is locked). You all should strongly consider buying seventyeleventy's art. He's going places and his stuff is unconscionably inexpensive now. ;)

Photo: One of the best (technically) I've taken so far. I'm starting to understand light. Still can't translate what the camera will see quite yet but that will come just like all the rest.
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coeur_de_lion From: coeur_de_lion Date: December 11th, 2006 03:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
that is a lovely lovely photo. even if my dog would eat your cat. >:)

just kidding . . your cat would probably just scare the bejeezus out of my dog.

and on another note, it's true what they say . . the things you own end up owning you.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 11th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think this photo pretty much proves Electra will win any battle.

I never understood that phrase, your stuff owns you. I've never felt beholden to my things, I suppose if that's possible; that's how I've interpreted that phrase. I like things but I could leave pretty much all of it behind without much care. The only "necessities" are my computer and camera.

My cats fall into a different category, of course. :)
nidea From: nidea Date: December 11th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't see what the art is you got. :(
abmann From: abmann Date: December 11th, 2006 04:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Darn, he had that locked? That's silly. I'll complain at him next I see him active. :) (I'm such a demanding jerk to him) For now, I've stolen the images to my scrapbook. There's quite a story behind it.

nidea From: nidea Date: December 11th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

I lock most of my posts too. No problem.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 11th, 2006 04:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah. His stuff is great. I'm not sure where we're going to put these. Need to keep them away from direct light but in a sunny room. Maybe over the bookshelves in our front room....
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: December 11th, 2006 06:16 pm (UTC) (Link)

"Electra and the Electric Light"

I love the way her black fur disappears into the background.

I've been trying to get rid of a few things, lately, too, but I keep running into the same problem: what if I need it someday? Seem I'm a packrat, and my physical space accurately reflects my mental space in that it's cluttered with vaguely organized useful amusing, and/or interesting stuff. But in helping my parent's care for my grandmother I am coming to understand just what a pain in the ass excess stuff is, so the knickknacks are going, the extra vaccum is going, the biker jacket and any clothes I haven't worn in a year are going...
...but the art supplies? Craft supplies? Random serving bowls and tea cups? My old choir music?! That might come in useful someday!!!
abmann From: abmann Date: December 11th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Electra and the Electric Light"

Things that give you happiness should be kept.

I'm ditching the stuff I don't care about or don't use. Like that stuff in the garage that we moved from the balcony? Lots of that could probably go, barring kitchen utensils we currently use that belong to aetrix9 or miagisbambubike. Books too. Most I have read or won't read so they can go. A few I keep for sentimental value but those number in the teens, not the dozens that I do have.
annan_dum From: annan_dum Date: December 11th, 2006 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Electra and the Electric Light"

*sheepish* See, I'm bad. I own like, what? A hundred books, easy? And even the ones I don't like I won't get rid off...because they're my books.
I used to own a copy of "Wind In The Willows," which I got because it's a classic, even though I've never read it. And after a few years of still not reading it, I gave it to charity. And then guess what? Yesterday I was reading a research article on car kleptomania that kept making references to "Wind In The Willows," and I thought, "Holy cow, I need to read that book!" And I reached for it...and it wasn't there.
And this only strengthens my resolve to never get rid of a book again.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 11th, 2006 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: "Electra and the Electric Light"

huxleyann From: huxleyann Date: December 12th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC) (Link)
Amazing Shot! I love the detail in kitties face.
abmann From: abmann Date: December 12th, 2006 03:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'm trying to shift my attention when taking pictures. I've been working on in-camera composition mostly the last few months, and I believe I've got that pretty well (my arbitrary metric being amount of cropping done lately). Now I want to see the world in degrees of shadow and light. oooh... mysterious...
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