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Monday, May 25, 2020

PAST POST: Artists' Amusement Park

QUESTION: I am starting an amusement park for artists. What would you want to see? What do you think would draw folk in?

Person 1: Break down the concept for me. How do you mean, an amusement park for artists?

Friend 1: Giant building blocks! Foam ball pit; giant easel, brushes and paint guns
Me: I'm thinking a place that could be a haven and enjoyable place for artists of all types to come and perform/practice/experience their art to entertain/instruct/inspire others.

Person 1: Hm. Well a place for spoken word would be my immediate thought.

Me: Definitely! In my head we have taken over this old school near my house. In the school we could have independent restaurants and classes and rooms for graphic arts. Then outside have a street like atmosphere and musicians and poets could stand on "corners" and spread their words to get tips. Dancers and sculptors creating. Maybe the occasional renfaire stopping in... :)

Friend 2: Definitely a comfy space w/beverages for listening to the park's complete collection of Caedmon and other readings by old dead poets and writers.
W.B. Yeats reads The Lake Isle of Innisfree

Friend 3: the Salvador Dali egg hunt would be cool inside of a huge ass egg!

Friend 4: Lots of large sculptures
Friend 5: Dismaland
          Me: Except not as depressing :)

Friend 6: Giant canvases for tagging... and finger painting!

Friend 7: Like Banksy but more fun!

Me: Now I just have to come up with a couple million dollars for destruction (cuz the school I was looking at should probably just be torn down and stuff around it build to reflect the park). I need a name for the park though.
          Person 1: New Bohemia.
          Friend 1: Count me in on the Kickstarter! Can you get the whale the cheese, the shoe and the crooked house from Mother Gooseland? :)
          Me: I think only the whale is still there.
          Friend 1: "Save the Whale!"
          Friend 8: Artopia

Friend 9: I would love a tour through Dali's "Persistence of Memory" it could maybe start with generic old pics, and end in a mirror, or trick mirror of yourself.the clock would be ever-changing, of course!
          Me: or something that looked different from every angle

Friend 10: poetic zip line
          Me: Intrigued. Go on.
          Friend 10: sort of a tag team writing effort but up in the air.
          Me: I... am not sure how that would go.
          Friend 10: me neither lol

Friend 11: See Banky's amusement park
          Me: *Banksy?
          Friend 11: Yep, sorry, typo
          Me: it's cool. just wanted to make sure there wasn't another mysterious artist running around graffiti-ing things

Friend 11: Destructicon room
          Friend 11: And a room just covered in paper for paint splattering

Friend 12: It's gotta have no crowds. Only one person allowed in at a time.
          Me: that would be antithetical of an amusement park... but I suppose a small group could pay to have run of the park for an hour to give them a version of solitude if they paid enough.
          Me: Mind you, this isn't intended as a capitalist project so much as I would probably incur a lot of debt that I would want to be rid of as soon as I could, so charging would be the way to go.
Friend 8: DTM sessions with painting essentials ready
          Me: Isnt DTM illegal?
          Friend 11: DTM?
          DMT (my mistake I forgot the order of the letters):,N-Dimethyltryptamine
N,N-Dimethyltryptamine - Wikipedia

Friend 11: definitely street tattoo artists.

Friend 13: A trampolines park where you put a canvas on the trampoline, strip naked and cover yourself with paint, and bounce on the trampoline to create an artwork!

Friend 14: What about improv stations that determine where you go/what attraction or area of the park you discover next, as a larger plot unfolds in a story or compilation of stories that every guest helps create? :)

Friend 15: A library of poetry, fiction, & art books. And the room is filled with beanbag chairs & kitties.

Friend 16: Music and dancing.

Friend 11: Roaming Improv comics and musicians. And Mimes. MAYBE clowns

Friend 11: Ask Portland. See Burning Man

Sunday, May 24, 2020

PAST POST: Evolution and Respect 18/05/21

POST: I don't care what religion you follow, if you can't concede evolution is a possibility, I lose intellectual respect for you.

Friend 1: I had to

Friend 2: I talk about it all the time

Friend 3: Do you return the favor to theists? Darwin said that the theory of evolution cannot be proven credible until science proves it is possible to create life from nonliving matter. Not advocating for Creationism, just saying, those are his words.
          Me: Sure. When you discount a possibility that has not been disproven you stop thinking.
          Friend 3: Only if you choose to...
          Me: what i am saying is, if you cement an absolute belief that can never be changed, then you close yourself off from thinking about that belief again.
          Friend 3: Of course. I dont think anyone suggested otherwise.
          Me: Your comment: "only if they choose to" suggests that someone could still be open to new thoughts if they were committed to a belief. I just wanted to clarify
          Friend 3: Someone can still be open to new thoughts even if they are committed to a belief. People choose whether or not to close their mind to something. Thats a choice. People can also believe something very strongly but also be open to new ideas if new information was presented.

Friend 4: If you accept evolution, as currently presented, do you also accept that the octopodes are aliens, as the recent article suggests? Ackhams razor lets us choose between transgalacticpanspermia, hyper-rapid evolution of only one species, or creationism. The logical mind can eliminate the first two as less likely than the last.
          Me: I feel like the evidence is compelling about octopi. I don't know enough or have done enough research to know for sure.
          Friend 4: Can you clarify? You believe the evidence about octopodes is compelling in what way? You accept they must be aliens?
          Me: I am open to the idea that they could be
          Friend 4: So you find it more likely that octopus eggs were somehow launched into space from a distant planet, survived the rigors of space for thousands of years, then survived entry through our atmosphere and grew up to be octopodes. How is that easier to believe than creationism?
          Me: Because it is statistically more likely for extraterrestrial life to exist than an omnipotent single creator.
          Me: I am not even saying that a single creator is impossible, because i dont have proof it doesnt. I am just saying, with all of the galaxies around us there is more likely to be extraterrestrial life.
          Friend 5: We're all aliens. If there's some alien animals, I'd 100% buy it. Now... An invisible man in the sky watching my masturbation total rise daily?! Bwahahahahaaaaa I'm not THAT crazy.

Friend 6: Me too.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

PAST POST: What are you Passionate about? 19/05/21

Question: What are you passionate about? What emotions does that make you feel? Be specific.

Friend 1: I am passionate about cooking! I feel liberated and free when I cook because I cook for those I love!

Friend 2: I am passionate about photography. I feel relaxed and grounded when I’m looking through the lens of my camera.

Person: I haven't found one yet
          Me: sorry for your husband.
          Person: Well he does make me happy but i mean lie doing something that makes me happy i havent found one yet

Friend 3: I'm passionate about myth and lore. Looking into what makes a legend what it is, however commercial and fictional that lore may be.
          Me: If you think about it, the myths and lore that survive only survive because they have good marketing.

Friend 4: Writing - it makes me feel fulfilled, it feels like the culmination of my life's experience and effort. My personal relationships - they are literally the only thing that makes life worth living, that motivates me to continue not dying. Protecting the people I love - it's a raw, fierce instinct that just takes me over, and is probably the most stereotypically masculine thing about my personality.