The Benefits of Radiation

I am happy to present my latest animation, The Benefits of Radiation. It’s the backstory for some of my action figures.

The story takes place in a Baltimore bar called Roshambos. You’ll figure the rest out if you watch the video above.

I’m happy with how this turned out. I’ve spent more time on this than anything I’ve completed to date. Time, both in terms of the hours it took to make, and also from the time I that had the idea for the story, up to this evening.

A ream of drawings...

I drew each frame on a light box and used about a ream of paper.

Drawing of a hand holding a can of space dust.

I finally found a use for Space Dust, too.

I enjoyed doing the foley for this. I enjoyed getting to know some of the characters. Perhaps you will enjoy this.

In any event, please please please… Enjoy Radiation Responsibly!


It was so obvious, once you think about it….

Army man with bread tie for head

oh hey what’s up

pterodactyl birb and a cowpoke

WIP for the Benefits of Radiation animation. A pterodactyl birb and a cowpoke at the radiation bar.

I probably need a nap.

joie de vivre

I was going to start this by writing “These are strange times.”

There are batshit crazy times. I can literally point at current events and match them with the Book of Revelation. I mention this as a simple point of interest. I’m no biblical scholar, nor do I put any fundamental stock in the book.

I started this blog fourteen years ago, as of this writing. There’s a field in WordPress where you can give your site a title and add a tag line. Not knowing how else to describe it, I put joie de vivre as my tagline when I created this site.

General setting page in WordPress

Joie de vivre is a French phrase often used in English to express a cheerful enjoyment of life; an exultation of spirit. It “can be a joy of conversation, joy of eating, joy of anything one might do… And joie de vivre may be seen as a joy of everything, a comprehensive joy, a philosophy of life, a Weltanschauung.

Approximately 80% of the posts on this site are Art related. The rest are miscellaneous articles about web design, skating, tutorials, and joie de vivre.

I noticed that when I wrote about the good things in my life, more of those good things appeared in my life. I began to study the Law of Attraction as described in The Secret, the Abraham-Hicks books written by Esther and Jerry Hicks, Napoleon Hill’s works, and New Thought philosophy. I was convinced I was on to some great discovery. A big element of all these writings is gratitude. In a way, this site is a long thank you note. There are very few things I can control in my life, and gratitude is the skeleton key to the “engine room of my thoughts.”

The world, and the United States, is in turmoil. While plagued COVID-19, alongside shallow government officials that refuse to lead, during civil protests against police brutality and generations of racism, we head into economic peril not seen since the great depression – all while blatant income inequality is clearly evident and foreign governments interfere in our elections. Facebook continues to value profit over ethical practices, while the county wrestles with women’s rights, transgender rights, and human rights. Every day, I witness some new outrageous horror on Twitter.

I see these events, and others, as a chance for our world to heal, to grow, and for the human species to evolve and begin to properly care for our planet, the plants and animals we live among, and each other. There is a lot of real, hard work ahead that is going to have most of us feeling uncomfortable. Gratitude helps. Maintaining an “attitude of gratitude” allows me to see all the good things around me, while acknowledging, and doing, all the work I need to do.

For me, these joie de vivre posts are an opportunity to spend time focusing on things for which I am grateful. It is candle light for dark thoughts during dark times. I believe we all need this light – you have your own light in your own joie de vivre, and it’s worth celebrating. To not celebrate the good things in life, even the smallest things, even during the apocalypse, is to miss out on something important – a chance to be in the moment, to be mindful, and perhaps, happy.

Please make a note of your own joie de vivre, your own joys and triumphs, however small. May they grow and shine in your own life, amid the fear, grief and uncertainty we call face every day. I shall follow my own advice, and write more about my own joie de vivre.

Close the Language Door

A friend shared this poem with me, and I wanted to make something with it. It’s not quite an insomnia haiku, it’s just lovely. For me, it speaks to intuition and desire.

I’ve had this silver plated box for a while, and thought this was the perfect container. I wrote the poem on a sliver of black Tyvek, which lives in the room, while the moon look on…

Small silver plated box
Silver box half open, showing diorama inside

There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face against mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window

The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.