Tuesday, December 28, 2010


The gorgoneion is a decorative gorgon's head, face-on, which was quite common in Ancient Greek art for a few centuries. The gorgon features prominently in myth, and changed in form over time. Medusa was one of the three gorgons.

In its earliest depictions, the gorgon was a distorted, leering face, with serpents encircling but unattached. Over time, the face became more beautiful, and the serpents became the hair.

I based this small drawing off several coins (not mine, I don't have any, but I'd like one). It's a composite.

Friday, December 24, 2010


I don't know if it shows in this photo, Brian, but at Meijer, two sides of the sign say "Coke" but the third says Pepsi. It's the same ratio at both ends of the aisle.
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Thursday, December 09, 2010

One thing that has occupied a (very small) amount of my time over the past few days is a little mental game: attempting to sing the words of one Christmas carol to the tune of another Christmas carol. To make the game more challenging and amusing (and I do find it to be both), I substitute lyrics syllable for syllable, instead of trying to force words or stretch them out to fit.

So, the first two lines of "Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer" sung to "Jingle Bells" would be:

"Rudolph the, red nose rein, deer had a ver-eeee

Shiny nose, and if you ev, -er saw it you would even, SAY!" ..or something like that.

Anyway, since I have a hard time remembering song lyrics as it is, this is challenging. I think it would be tons easier if I had the words written in front of me, but that's just TOO easy.

Kim seems to find my attempts to sing this out loud to be equal measures of annoying and impressive. It has been demonstrated that there are other people who take to it much more naturally than I do, but I don't think they like the concept as much.

Another idea that hit me yesterday, and which keeps popping into my head, is how cool it would be if someone made a political thriller in which one or more vampires attempt to take control of one of the Houses of Congress (or a state legislature would work, too.) Werewolves might work better. I haven't worked out their reasons for doing this yet.

It's a great idea, and would work equally well either as a tight dramatic thriller with a few great action scenes, or as a goofy political-horror spoof with shades of "From Dusk Till Dawn" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer." I envision it involving a young idealistic senator going to the Capital to clean up the corruption, then realizing dark forces are at work, and teaming up with a vampire/werewolf hunter (probably a sexy blonde).

Of course, there would be a scene near the end involving massive gory combat inside the legislative chambers.

So many ideas, so little time.