Monthly Archives: November 2007

Thirty Ninth Question of the Day.


(Zodiak, telling himself he can get it done tommorrow, by Doug Alexander, from Upper Deck’s Vs. System)

I am actually writing an article on Friday that is not due until Monday!

How much of a hold does procrastination have on you?

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Thursday Thirteen: First Edition.


(That is the first photo of my cardflipping career, by Craig Gibson, featuring a swarm of Wild Sentinels, of course.)

I like to click on random WordPress postings, and I stumbled upon a fabulous meme this morning.  Thursday Thirteens are weekly lists on blogs that help us all connect and I want to play, especially since this is the one I found first:

Now my turn.

Thirteen Things I Love About My Life.

1. Nina’s sense of humor.  The girl taught me how to laugh, and saved my soul in the process.  We practice every single day.

2. The lack of fear I have toward death.  I honestly have never worried about it.  I don’t know how or why, but I am perfectly confident and content concerning the afterlife.

3. I was born into a very cool family.  And my babies turned out cool too!  Teaching in the big city has taught me how truly awful people can be, especially to the ones they are related to.  I am very fortunate and I count my blessings every day.

4. I get to write for Upper Deck every Monday.  This one makes me pinch myself.  Whether it was luck or hard work or the perfect combination of both, I pulled it off and it really makes me happy.

5. Superheroes are getting more popular with every movie.  We have been grooving on colorful spandex-clad mutants for years, now everyone is digging the myths with us.

6. I still cry for love and beauty.  Life touches me, and I am alive.  Granted, I am much more numb than usual… but the light is still on.

7. Dade Public Schools has amazing retirement benefits.  And I am only six years away from 30 years of service.  And the years are flying by like clouds.

8. The NHL Network broadcasts hockey 24 hours a day.  Last night our Panthers won a thriller in their second consecutive shootout, and it was replayed three minutes later on the national feed.  Life has never been this good.

9. Everything I experience is symbolic when I need it to be.  Somehow I have learned to self-maintain the balance of my soul by turning one thing into another.  It is a very enriching way to be.

10. My relationship with Nina is the best example of perfect human partnership that we have ever heard of.  We have the same tastes in nearly everything.  We can talk about anything.  We still discover new states of being when we get naked.  We got lucky, and we work hard to keep it going this well, but damn we are good.

11. I get to drive a brand new Mini Cooper.  It took a long time, but I finally got my money in order to the point that I will never have to worry about car problems again.  Her name is Betty, and she is the best vehicle in the world.

12. I can let go of the things that threaten to make me worry and feel guilty.  That, my friends, is the most important mental skill there is.  Figure out how it works and do it all the time.

13. I have enough free time to write this blog.  William Gibson said something about individual immortality through a display of personality in cyberspace or something.  I don’t want to live forever, but I sure enjoy documenting my Self here on the interwebs. 

Thanks for listening, now do your own Thursday Thirteen and link it here:


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Thirty Eighth Question of the Day.


(the two creatures that the gods gave me to work with, from

What is the meaning of a rat and a turtle found together as an omen?


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No Wonder I Build My Life Around Laughter.


(reversal rat from

This morning during my meditation by the lake, the spiral canal that faces our parking lot was full of floating detritus.  Coconuts, bottles, seaweed… and two dead animals.  There was a huge rat floating right next to a small box turtle.

Of course I took it as a sign.  The first thing I learned upon googling the oracle?  Rats laugh.  No wonder I love them so much.  Check this out:

It was discovered that rats emit short, high frequency, ultrasonic, socially induced vocalization during rough and tumble play, and when tickled. The vocalization is described as a distinct “chirping.” Humans cannot hear the “chirping” without special equipment. It was also discovered that, like humans, rats have “tickle skin”: certain areas of the body that generate more laughter response than other areas. The laughter is associated with positive emotional feelings, and social bonding occurs with the human tickler, resulting in the rats becoming conditioned to seek the tickling. Additional responses to the tickling included: those that laughed the most also played the most, and those that laughed the most preferred to spend more time with other laughing rats. This suggests a social preference to other rats exhibiting similar responses. The initial goal of Jaak Panksepp & Jeff Burgdorf’s research was to track the biological origins of joyful and social processes of the brain by comparing rats and their relationship to the joy and laughter commonly experienced by children in social play. Although the research was unable to prove rats have a sense of humor, it did indicate rats can laugh and express joy. Chirping by rats is also reported in additional studies by Brian Knutson of the National Institute of Health. Rats chirp when wrestling one another, and before receiving morphine or having sex. The sound has been interpreted as an expectation of something rewarding.”


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Thirty Seventh Question of the Day.

raven  ivy  2face  fatefull 

fatecut  fatefemale  fatetight  fateloud 

fateloud  hawk  arrow  fishy   

The new DC Legacy set from Rittenhouse contains one original sketch per box.  The twelve you see are by various artists, chosen because they give massive visual pleasure to my eyes, just from the first wave of sales on ebay.  You can click on them for more detail.  It is a great time to be a superhero card collector, but a terrible time to be broke.

Which of those twelve is your favorite?


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Hobby League Paradise.


(Sentinel auditioning for X-Babies from

Last night’s Hobby League scored me a handful of Apocalypse’s Reign, but I missed the Jean Grey shirt by one win… at the hands of Jean Grey herself!

I broke the X-Babies out of the playpen and they were humming.  The metagame was spectacular. 198 Weenies, Pure Kree, 2 Jean Grey decks (one recovery, one Wolvie), Outsiders, Legionnares featuring Triad (!!!), and the eventual winner: Heralds stall to 9-drop Galactus with Omnipotence, Obliterate, and Gamma Bomb.

A good time was had by all.


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Thirty Sixth Question of the Day.


(Rogue, totally transforming, by Ryan Kinnaird, from Upper Deck’s Vs. System)

What parts of your self change most often, and what things stay the most constant?


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The Constant Flux.


(the monkey on the back from

Life flows.  In other words, nothing is really constant.  We cling to things that give us certain sense of stability and security, but they too shall pass.  This morning I am in a mood to just float downstream.

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Thirty Fifth Question of the Day.


(Destroyer by Bowen)

What are your impressions of the Giant Size set so far?


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The Fattest Turkey I Ever Saw.


(scruffy getting pwnd from

Giant Size Thanksgiving Party?  Yes please.  You are going to have to wait for the article on but I can tell you it was amazing.  What a fun way to play our beloved game.   Yum.


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Thirty Fourth Question of the Day.


(tough turkey from

Today is a good day.  The day before a holiday, the whole school smiling with growling stomachs for the feast.  What a relief, to make it this far into the year so quickly.

What is your take on Thanksgiving?


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Attention Excess Disorder.


That was my one-man show at the New Gallery of the University of Miami, in 2001, when I was 40.  It was the only time I really focused on a body of work and refined my wobble up to that level.  The internet attention performance art that I have been doing in the meantime is much more immediate.  Paintings take time and a seriously concerted effort, while blogging and message boards are much more click-and-get.

Either way, there is now a certain amount of human awareness energy connected to my stuff.  When I was fooling around with quantum mechanics with my buddy Nick Herbert, we talked about a fascinating idea for an experiment: Take two identical artworks.  Infuse one of them with an excess of attention; get a lot of people to look at it a long time.  Then display both the “pre-seen” piece and the “unseen” piece, while measuring the “popularity” of the two by recording the amount of time the visitors spend looking at each one.  The hypothesis predicts a longer attention total for the piece that was “pre-seen”.

We never devised the specifics thoroughly enough to test it.  Any suggestions?


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