I’ve had one of those weeks. Not really anything mega, nothing like a Whiskey week, but a load of minor annoyances and irritations. A touch of flu, bruised coccyx, burnt my tongue…just a series of crap. I have suddenly become very busy with the gardening and this is the major reason why my virtual absence has been noted and remarked on…. but this is very welcome as the 1st of April is a day when quarterly, six month and annual bills for house and car cascade though my letter box and drag $1500 out of my account before I blink. So, it’s all good.
I have been working towards a new canopy for my sculpture too as I was not very happy with the original. The beeswax former I used with the current offering seems to have tinted the clear resin, much to my surprise, and it has a sort of Old Nicotine hue which is not ideal. So I have finally finished rebuilding the mould after a few mistakes, oversights and general cock-ups …. and I’m now ready to pour a new experimental colour mix. ooooooo…slight trepidation. I actually think that if my heart is in my mouth as I do something then it must be good. If I have no idea how/if something is going to work then it must be ‘stretching’ the limits a bit.
Unsatisfied with the base of the sculpture, I have been redoing that too…so…anyway that’s probably why I’m a bit absent. My new deadline is May the 31st… plenty of time to get a good photo done.
It hasn’t escaped my notice that a bit of heated debate has been going on around Maria’s suggestions for improvements to InWorldz although there is no way I am going to read through the 100+ comments that ensued. Maria has a perfect right to her opinions even though apparently her facts were somewhat wrong (I don’t pride myself on my research, which is normally nearing zero, either) and there will always be advocates of different forms of grids and interaction.
[I don't actually want to get into the whole debate here as it's been more than thoroughly discussed. Personally I favour a slow, methodical, secure approach to new whistles and bells having experienced for years (in SL) the total chaos that comes from not building on solid foundations and just slapping a new feature on top of rotting code i.e. I like Iwz]
Apart from the obvious relevance of the blog title to the date, it has crossed my mind how much over the last X years I have developed a sort of Emotional Waterproofing. Crap hits the fans [ha!] and life is full of people and events that seem to be Out To Get You even when you know that compared to some people’s lives you are actually in clover. More and more, though, I seem to be able to shrug it all off and think… OK, people don’t like me/what I do/what I say …. so what? I know, when I look in the mirror how well or poorly I’ve done.
Opinions are opinions … and basically worth little. I once witnessed a person coming into the house saying “it’s raining outside” to which a person sitting by the fire said”I don’t agree”. That sort of sums up my feelings about other people’s opinions.
The death of the Old King is an ancient Alchemical archetype not unrelated to the Ego stepping aside so the self can take it’s place and the hero hanging from the tree is a very old myth [Sir James Frazer and The Golden Bough] but only Monty Python has managed to change Hero Myth to Life Style Advice…
Have a great week end.