mad in pursuit journal

DISPATCHED FROM THE CROSSROADS, AT THE intersection OF fear & fearlessness

Changing Expressions

1.

I'm doing the animated movie thing by the book. So yesterday I worked on my character study of "Maddie" — that is, more mouths and eyes to vary her facial expression.

The result is to the right — press PLAY for the 10-second animation "Mood Change." (No sound — yet.)

Tech note: Sketch > Photoshop > Illustrator (trace, refine) > After Effects (animate, export as Quicktime movie) > Flash (import QT movie to a player, export as SWF movie) > Dreamweaver (show & tell).

2.

The week of 9/11 is finally done with. A consolation: a lot of commentators and analysts are finally pulling off their kid gloves. Five years later, the national nightmare has resulted in ... the international nightmare.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann (my new hero) threw the classiest punch at the administration in his commentary here. He quotes from one of my favorite Twilight Zone stories "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street." It isn't the aliens who destroy Maple Street — it's the fear-crazed neighbors turning against one another that destroys it.

To say that we are safer because we haven't been attacked on American soil in 5 years is an odd piece of logic. Neither were we attacked for the 5 years before 9/11/2001. It's like a chain smoker saying "I haven't been diagnosed with lung cancer in the past 5 years, so my decision to go from one pack a day to two packs a day must have been the right one."

9.17.06

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