Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Five Things: Updates from Guapa Tech

1. I'm really, really proud to say that my work on "Bethany" this past May was nominated for a B. Iden Payne award. There have been times in the past where I have thought, why are they recognizing this show? or, Why are they NOT recognizing this show? I don't this time. I feel that between "Sila," "Bethany," the remount of "Orchid Flotilla," "Still Now," and the current "Guapa," I've grown a ton as a designer this year and figured some things out that have in the past eluded me. It's also great to see friends and collaborators also nominated, including Glass Half Full and Trouble Puppet.

2. I am once again sick during a tech. This is the third time this has happened this year and HOPEFULLY (gives self stern look) I'll actually change a few things about my lifestyle now. While on the cruise I tried acupuncture for the first time, in order to stave off a headache that I had on day 1 (my headaches can actually go on for days). It was a pretty awesome experience. And it came with a free lecture on how I need to sleep more often and take time for myself every day. It would be great if I could figure out these things before December, the next time I have a show. The acupuncture experience was so great that I'm actually going to try to go regularly (as regularly as I can afford).

3. Jeff Vandermeer's "Southern Reach Trilogy" - I don't really know how to talk about these books without giving away so much of their disturbing nature. I'm only 20 pages or so into the third book at the moment, but my gut reaction so far is that this is the way nature might react to the damage caused by humans, if nature developed sentience. LOST meets Lovecraft. I am loving them.

4. This morning felt like the first day that fall arrives in Texas - this doesn't always coincide with actual fall starting. It's that great moment when you step outside your house and think - wait, do I need a jacket? Where IS my jacket? I'm about to head outside and find a spot to read so we'll see if it stuck.

5. I recently discovered the blog We Hunted the Mammoth. It's great, but I do need to limit my exposure as most of the posts make me pretty angry. Like this one. I honestly have to repeat to myself over and over that the people making noise like this, threatening women, being hostile, being hateful, whether it's with celebrities and their privacy or with gaming or with general feelings of entitlement and rejection, are a "vocal minority." That the internet fuels their anger and makes their voices louder. And anger is so addictive - that rush that you feel when you're in a rage and you're certain that you are right, and you want MORE of the rush so you continue to confirm your anger by reading or watching more. The internet feeds that. I don't think that it does in a manufactured way, like Fox News, which I'm pretty sure purposefully makes its viewers angry to keep them coming back to buy into a specific narrative that they are creating. I think instead it's just that by its definition the internet provides places for like-minded people to meet, talk, and be angry together. Anger fuels anger, they fuel each other, no one takes a step back to actually analyze their own reactions (or maybe in some/most cases aren't mature enough to do so), and it escalates until there are actual real harmful consequences. How do we combat that? I try, purposefully, to avoid cable news that skews towards the left because it does the exact same thing to me; and I try to not click on every single link that's going to tell me the latest news from the completely awful MRA world. My anger isn't going to defeat their anger and it doesn't improve the quality of my life one bit. But I do worry about how far this anger is going to take its addicts.
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