Tuesday, November 28, 2017

First time, long time

Been a while, but I thought I'd post something new.  I've not done much posting because I didn't think I was getting much out of it personally, but more importantly I wanted to do some other things like exercise, make some art, and just some other stuff that matter a little more to me.  And since there's only so many hours in the day, somethings got to give, so I went on hiatus. 

Anyway, I just finished off the Netflix series of Stranger Things.   Back on Black Friday I got the word from a Youtuber that Target was putting the Blu-Ray version of it on sale for ten bucks.  It also includes the regular disc as well.  I thought that was a great price, so picked up a copy.  It's neat the way they produced the packaging too as it looks like an old VHS tape one might see on the racks of the VHS stores back in the 80s, which is the time frame of the series.

So how is the series?   I love it.  It takes you back in a time capsule of the 80s, not only is it set during that heyday, but the soundtrack includes hit songs from back then as well.  Sometimes things that concerned teens of that time frame creep into the show as well like making mixed tapes, talking about Star Wars movies, playing Dungeon and Dragons, and a lot of stuff like that.   I've heard that the Season Two picks right up after the events of Season One, and gets even more crazy, so I'm all ready to see that.  The soundtrack is a good one too.  It's mostly synthesizer music that reminds me of Tangerine Dream, John Carpenter, and things like that. 

Over Halloween I didn't do a lot.  I just wasn't much in the mood for that season.  Here in Texas it just didn't feel like it.  It's been a warm winter, and that was part of it, but also I just wasn't into revisiting any of the old horror movies that generally show up on cable over and over again.   I mean right as I type this, we are in the middle of winter supposedly and it's 76 degrees outside!  Not that I mind a warmer winter, I'm just saying it doesn't feel like winter.  But also our local cable provider, Suddenlink (who sucks) dropped TCM, and that was my go to channel for Halloween. 

I drew the above art for the show which called for art having the theme of Heavy Metal for the show. It's currently up a the Downtown Gallery, now showing in downtown Tyler.   To me the theme of Heavy Metal evokes both the music and reminded me of the old Heavy Metal magazines, which by the way are still being produced today.   I no long still buy the Heavy Metal magazine, but back then I'd buy some, and prefer the older magazine a lot more than the newer ones.  I didn't go to the opening night either as I just avoid crowds, plus hate small talk.  I've been to a few of the past openings and to tell you the truth, they depress me in some ways.  I still need to go by there though and just see what artwork others have entered as I do like doing that however.  There are some talented artist in Tyler I'll give the town that, although, it's a pretty lackluster town aside from that. 

I also entered some art that is currently on public view in Tyler.   It is decorating one of the traffic signal boxes, which is located down in south Tyler around the Target store.  I do like that it was accepted, it made me pretty happy, plus I was even paid for it.  I won't turn down the money, but I was really happy it was accepted and is now on public view. 

I've been watching these videos on Youtube by a Jerry Kroth, Phd.  He's an associate professor emeritus at Santa Clara University in California.  I like his videos because they make me think plus are very informative.  I watched one today called Is America on the Brink?  In it he states his case about how one gauges that, what criteria should be consider when gauging that, and so on.  I've posted a few of his videos on Facebook, which got no response.  Either people are too busy to care, or just don't give a shit.  But I'll post one below.   If you like it, you can subscribe to his channel.