2011.06.23 01:00 - Painting and Programming

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    The Guardian for this meeting was Zen Arado. The comments are by Zen Arado. Present were eggsalad Ormstein, Milakel Resident, Rhiannon Dragoone, Zaaldan Sirnah and myself

    My start to the day :)

    Zen Arado: Hi Rhia :)
    Rhiannon Dragoone: hi Zen
    eggsalad Ormstein: hi zen & rhia
    Zen Arado: Hi Eggsalad
    Zen Arado: what's new?
    eggsalad Ormstein: not much. you?
    Zen Arado: I thought I overslept and that it was 9.05 amand rushed to get up..then found it was only 5 am
    Rhiannon Dragoone: hi egg
    Zen Arado: and somebody sent me a nasty message from SL
    Rhiannon Dragoone: Zen, really?
    Rhiannon Dragoone: What did it say?
    Zen Arado: so the rest of the day can only get better
    Zen Arado: 'My favorite part about you fucking in my skybox is the ridiculous amount of prims you left. You stain my sheets and dont even clean up after yourself, tsk tsk.'
    Zen Arado: don't know what that is about
    Zen Arado: I haven't been near any skyboxes
    Zen Arado: I have one of my own
    Rhiannon Dragoone: that's strange; may have opened the wrong window; the guy who wrote that, I mean
    Zen Arado: yeh maybe
    Zen Arado: I also had a cat returned
    Zen Arado: but didn't know I lost it
    Zen Arado: maybe it wandered onto the person's property
    Zen Arado: you get up early Rhia?
    Zen Arado: or haven't been to bed yet?
    Rhiannon Dragoone: Not in bed yet, Zen
    Rhiannon Dragoone: But am thinking about it. ::yawn::
    Rhiannon Dragoone: Saw two people here on the map, thought I'd stop by an say hi before retiring.
    Rhiannon Dragoone: so "hi!"
    Zen Arado: nice of you Rhi
    eggsalad Ormstein: you're swell. I think I'll go to bed also. bye
    Rhiannon Dragoone: But I think I will get ready for bed. I'm sleepy
    Rhiannon Dragoone: thank you egg
    Rhiannon Dragoone: Well, sorry to start a stampede, Zen
    Zen Arado: nite to each
    Zen Arado: glad you could drop in
    Zen Arado: :)
    Rhiannon Dragoone waves and poofs. ::me too::

    I got lots of people dropping in today - Zaldaan arrives:

    Zen Arado: Hello Zaldaan :)
    Zaldaan Sirnah: hi. I can't sit in this client.
    Zen Arado: oh?
    Zen Arado: what viewer is it?
    Zaldaan Sirnah: when you learn something subtle, how do you retain it as a part of you, instead of forgetting it for instance... write it? meditate on it?
    Zaldaan Sirnah: mobile grid client. I'm on my cellphone.
    Zen Arado: oh I see ok
    Zen Arado: I think we retain everything
    Zen Arado: it's getting it back into conscious memory that is hard
    Zen Arado: there is a kind of store consciousness they talk about in Buddhism
    Zaldaan Sirnah: I want it to be a part of my being. it feels like a wiser way
    Zen Arado: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eighth_consciousness
    Zen Arado: well I don't think it can be forced
    Zen Arado: but meditating and reading wisdom literature helps I guess
    Zaldaan Sirnah: I think so too. I have to rest now though.
    Zaldaan Sirnah: thank you.
    Zen Arado: ok
    Zen Arado: you stayed up late?
    Zen Arado: my favourite reading atm
    Zen Arado: http://www.maharajnisargadatta.com/I_Am_That.pdf
    Zaldaan Sirnah: sort of.. need to be up when it willl be late. so need nap now
    milakel Resident: hi :)
    Zen Arado: Hi Mila
    Zen Arado: :)
    milakel Resident: two lonely souls :)
    milakel Resident: one is asleep
    Zen Arado: yeh everyone drops in and goes to sleep :)
    milakel Resident: yea... i'm rather late
    Zen Arado: I seem to get Americans on their last legs

    Mila and I chat about painting and programming:

    milakel Resident: any new paintings you've done recently?
    Zen Arado: I did one of elephants
    milakel Resident: oh! wonderful :)
    milakel Resident: is it in sl?
    Zen Arado: I have an exhibition at perfect paradise
    milakel Resident: aha, nice :)
    milakel Resident: sun's place
    milakel Resident: or so it feels like :)
    Zen Arado: my place too :)
    Zen Arado: it's behind you
    milakel Resident: how long does it take to paint one painting?
    milakel Resident: huh? *looks around*
    Zen Arado: depends
    milakel Resident: oh!
    milakel Resident: i can sense the african heat :)
    milakel Resident: there's riddle somewhere :)
    Zen Arado: pastel paintings are done more quickly
    Zen Arado: maybe 6 hours on that one
    milakel Resident: why elephants? what was the motivation?
    Zen Arado: don't know
    milakel Resident: :)
    Zen Arado: I don't understand why or what I paint
    Zen Arado: I paint pastels for a while and then juts have to change to oil
    Zen Arado: and vice versa
    milakel Resident: paitning in the moment :)
    Zen Arado: Picasso said something about that
    Zen Arado: about your art tells you what to paint
    milakel Resident: ah
    Zen Arado: so you just go with it
    Zen Arado: maybe we should be more spontaneous like that in the rest of our lives
    milakel Resident: is there time when you struggle what to paint? or it's always coming naturally?
    Zen Arado: it's a struggle
    Zen Arado: and I am never completely happy with my paintings
    Zen Arado: I see faults
    Zen Arado: never quite what I want
    milakel Resident: hmm, interesting
    Zen Arado: I like one's I did years ago better
    milakel Resident: oh :)
    Zen Arado: it's like I can distance myself from them better
    milakel Resident: it's the other way around when you code :)
    Zen Arado: like they were done by a different person
    milakel Resident: well, they were :)
    Zen Arado: the other way around?
    milakel Resident: yes, as you gain experience, you see flaws in your earlier work
    Zen Arado: I see
    milakel Resident: not always though
    Zen Arado: I never took to computer programming
    Zen Arado: so tedious
    Zen Arado: (to me)
    milakel Resident: i think it's different for an artist where no exact science is involved
    Zen Arado: yeh maybe a left brain/right brain thing
    Zen Arado: but I did web design
    Zen Arado: I liked doing xhtml and CSS
    milakel Resident: it's more about you in the moment, i guess, for an artist. so experience not always converts to "better work".
    milakel Resident: ah, that's nice, zen :)
    Zen Arado: yeh painting is funny that way
    Zen Arado: Picasso also said something about having spent his life trying to paint like a child
    milakel Resident: :)
    milakel Resident: i like this one
    milakel Resident: we lose it too early in life
    Zen Arado: you think of me as artistic and creative?
    milakel Resident: our "childness"
    milakel Resident: i sure do
    Zen Arado: yet I spent my working life as an engineer
    milakel Resident: heh
    Zen Arado: and I did an engineering degree
    milakel Resident: a creative one :)
    milakel Resident: maybe i'll paint one day too :)
    Zen Arado: yeh
    Zen Arado: maybe we define ourselves too much
    Zen Arado: we kind of close ourselves off..narrow ourselves
    milakel Resident: society does that to us
    milakel Resident: that's when "childness" is gone
    Zen Arado: yes...or the education system
    Zen Arado: the pressures of making a living
    Zen Arado: I only started to paint cos I had to retire early
    Zen Arado: so my disability helped in a way
    Zen Arado: so I had time to find new outlets
    Zen Arado: maybe I would have gotten into web design if I had been younger
    milakel Resident: i think i'll be a photographer when i retire :)
    Zen Arado: yeh why not?
    milakel Resident: web or not, it's still design, you can start today :)
    Zen Arado: yeh but I am too old and disabled
    Zen Arado: and I wouldn't be fast enough
    milakel Resident: travelling photographer - isn't it a dream occupation? :)
    milakel Resident: fast for what? picking the right colors? :)
    Zen Arado: you need a lot of coding expertise
    Zen Arado: I didn't get very far with that
    Zen Arado: java scripting Sql and all that stuff
    milakel Resident: you can leave it up for a programmer and deal with design exclusively
    Zen Arado: hmmm... didn't know that
    Zen Arado: I only did a couple of OU short courses
    Zen Arado: anyway I don't need the money and I prefer to paint
    Zen Arado: I have an electric guitar and I want to try to play stuff on that
    Zen Arado: I am finding some great backing tracks etc on the web lately
    milakel Resident: sorry, had a phone call
    Zen Arado: np
    milakel Resident: ah, true. you also play a guitar :)
    milakel Resident: i forgot :)
    Zen Arado: I only took that up lately
    Zen Arado: a RL friend got me interested again
    milakel Resident: that's nice
    Zen Arado: and the music sessions here in SL
    Zen Arado: :)
    Zen Arado: it's like painting though
    Zen Arado: just do it for the enoyment
    Zen Arado: Hi Observerm :)
    milakel Resident: he's been here for a while :)
    Zen Arado: I didn'tr notice
    Zen Arado: did you try any backing tracks Mila?
    Zen Arado: L like this one
    Zen Arado: http://www.songsterr.com/a/wsa/neil-...r-tab-s23886t0
    milakel Resident: ah, no. i'm just reading the cords :)
    milakel Resident: *chords

    My worries about internet privacy:

    Zen Arado: you know something worries me about that site
    Zen Arado: it has my Facebook photo and a comment box
    Zen Arado: how did it get that?
    Zen Arado: I didn't join or anything
    milakel Resident: it's caused you're logged in to facebook currently
    milakel Resident: it's just a widget
    Zen Arado: but it shows how much FB is sharing about me on the web
    milakel Resident: that's the "social web" for you :)
    Zen Arado: yeh I'm a bit uneasy about that
    milakel Resident: i'm not on facebook :)
    Zen Arado: I'm not using it much lately
    Zen Arado: find it a great time waster
    Zen Arado: prefer to waste time in SL :)
    milakel Resident: agreed :)
    Zen Arado: but even if I left it they still have so much info about me
    Zen Arado: and can still pass that on?
    milakel Resident: i think officially they keep your data for 3 months after account cancellation
    milakel Resident: but unofficially... it's mostly likely there indefinitely :)
    Zen Arado: yeh
    Zen Arado: I get embarassed at some of the things pplreveal
    milakel Resident: i closed a flickr account a few years ago and it still shows my pics :)
    Zen Arado: hmmm
    Zen Arado: anyway I have to go
    Zen Arado: nice talking to you Mila:)
    milakel Resident: yea, me too
    milakel Resident: thank you, zen
    Zen Arado: nice of yiu to drop by
    milakel Resident: glad i did :)
    Zen Arado: byee

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