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What Your Taste in Art Says About You

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Simple, Progressive, and Sensual

13 Ukiyo-e, 5 Islamic, 1 Impressionist, -2 Cubist, -14 Abstract and -7 Renaissance!

Ukiyo-e (???, Ukiyo-e), “pictures of the floating world”, is a genre of Japaneseand paintings produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries. it mostly featured landscapes, historic tales, theatre, and pleasure. Ukiyo is a rather impetuous urban culture that has bloomed in popularity. Although the Japanese were more strict and had many prohibitions it did not affect the rising merchant class and therefore became a floating art form that did not bind itself to the normal ideals of society.

People that chose Ukiyo-e art tend to be more simplistic yet elegant. They don’t care much about new style but are comfortable in creating their own. They like the idea of living for the moment and enjoy giving and receiving pleasure. They may be more agreeable than other people and do not like to argue. They do not mind following traditions but are not afraid to move forward to experience other ideas in life. They tend to enjoy nature and the outdoors. They do not mind being more adventurous in their sexual experiences. They enjoy being popular and like being noticed. They have their own unique style of dress and of presenting themselves. They may also tend to be more business oriented or at the very least interested in money making adventures. They might make good entrepreneurs. They are progressive and adaptable.

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01. Do you have the guts to answer this and post it?
we’ll see
02. Would you do meth if it was legalized?
No. Seems like a stupid drug.
03. Abortion: for or against?
I’m neither for nor against abortion. I am however against the government telling women what they can and cannot do. I’m also opposed to the government forcing women to have c-sections when they don’t want them (or need them) Details
04. Would our country fall with a woman president?
Can our country fall any more? I don’t think the gender of the president would (or should) make any different. Other countries have had female heads of state, doesn’t seem to have destroyed them.
05. Do you support the death penalty?
06. Do you wish marijuana would be legalized already?
Honestly I don’t care. I do think we have wasted a lot of money and time trying to stop something that doesn’t seem to be all that much worse than alcohol. Plus, if it were legalized, we could tax it (make those stoners pay for something).
07. Are you for or against premarital sex?
To steal another person’s answer, why are they combined together. Sex and marriage aren’t inherently tied together.
08. Do you believe in God?
I think there is something, but I don’t know what. I don’t think a belief in g(G)od is a pre-requisite for being a good and kind person .
09. Do you think same sex marriage should be legalized?
10. Do you think it’s wrong that so many illegal Hispanics are moving to the USA?
No. But I don’t think laws and economics and morality can be grouped together. It’s illegal based on the laws we have, but wrong is a moral judgement.
11. A 12 year old girl has a baby… should she keep it?
If she is capable of caring for it with the support of her family, yes.
12. Should the alcohol age be lowered to 18?
I don’t know.
13. Should the war in Iraq be called off?
I don’t think we can walk away from what we have started. But I don’t think we can or should do it ourselves.
14. Assisted suicide is illegal… do you agree?
No. But I think that there need to be standards and practices in place make sure it is a last resort and is in the interest of the patient .
15. Do you believe in spanking your children?
I’m not sure. I know a lot of people who’s parents spanked them (including myself) and I don’t think it harmed them. We learn from pain and discomfort and it may have a place.
16. Would you burn an American flag for a million dollars?
I’d do a lot of things for a million dollars.
17. A mother is declared innocent after murdering her 5 children in a temporary insanity case… do you agree?
An alter mind can make you do a lot of things you wouldn’t normally do. Being declared innocent would still require being treated. Plus if it was temporary, she’d probably feel the guilt and remorse more than someone who was permanently mentally deranged (and probably wouldn’t realize what they had done).
18. Are you afraid others will judge you for reading some of your answers?
Probably. But do I care.

Cukes in the yard.

Well, it wasn’t the productive weekend we had planned on having. Instead of getting the backyard all prepped for landscaping, I spent most of the weekend feeling sick.
But while we were working outside, we noticed that our cucumbers are starting to come in.
It’s a lot of green to try and photograph and show any real depth, but I found a few decent angles that picked up some yellow from the buds. I only wish I had noticed the stray grass in the foreground. I might have moved it or tried to use a smaller aperture for a little more DoF.

Strange Technology

I found this old sliderule in a box of stuff and thought it deserved to be captured. This was something my father owned and used once upon a time.

I was hoping to capture the lines and reflections on it, but I need to spend some more time working on getting the right DOF for the photograph. I took several and this is the only one that turned out fairly well.

I also need to work on the light so that there is a nice reflection on the metal but the glass is transparent. Also would help to clean it up a little more so there isn’t gunk on the glass.


Well another rejection. I can’t believe it. How many times can you interview for a job and then get turned down. I wish they could tell you why they didn’t choose you!! Its so frustrating. I gotta find a job.

Just Waiting

Well, another day down, just sitting and waiting for the phone to ring. And its my official first day of unemployment. Damn I thought for sure I would have a job well before my severance ran out. I guess that’s what you get for pinning your hopes on a few hot leads and not keeping all your irons in the fire.

Getting better

No picture today ;)

Well, I just tried to push through the problems I was having yesterday and things went a little better than I expected. I think that while working on each string individually is good, that the more I work on all the string as a whole the better I got. I still have some problems with the d string, but I found that after I moved to the a string, the d string notes became easier.

Alternate picking the 8th notes also seems to help. Although I am having some problems when I run into 3 8th notes and an 8th rest and then getting the right right down stroke for the 3rd quarter note. But things are improving. Not saying I could sight read a new song at this point, but I am picking things up ok.

Gonnna bring a couple of songs along next time. I am thinking I will bring “And it stoned me” from Van Morrison. I have that song in a magazine with the solo tabed out and in a book. I’d also like to bring “How can one woman be so mean” from buddy guy but that might be a little advanced.

Also am very excited about going out dancing last night (kind of off the guitar topic but you’ll see). Went with Angela and friends Dale and Amanda to the Eagles in Minneapolis to hear their friends band play. Had a good time dancing and was excited to see that they have an open jam on Mondays. Might have to go and listen next week and then consider going some time.