Sunday, December 27, 2009

Move on up!

Move on up (as in the Curtis Mayfield song). Sporadic creative outbursts had temporarily moved over Scenawry and, eventually, Frogtal.

If you wanna see some movement here, must wait, or hit the links for now and see something different. Excuse that, if needed.

My abilities on digital art are limited (plus enclosed into math and heroically rejecting hand-made art), so regularly they need a refreshment of the code (if possible), of the concept (if any), or the vision. I'm on it, but also on enjoying the extreme heat and the summer, my favorite season. I can't hide the obvious: I'm putting less effort everyday, and everyday feeling more mediocre; but it's all my fault, because I dedicate less and less time to the part that gives name to this blog. I expect a slight change on February, or luck, or providence to throw a bone --the latter sounds realistic. However: plans are weak for this frog, so February is foggy too, as I'm froggy. If you were truly intelligent wouldn't trust my promises… that's something that I always frogget to mention to my girlfriends too. Sad.


P.S.: Have this one for now, 3D abstract #113. And may your start of the year be grand, while I look for any possible direction.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Punch bowl

Automated Post:

Merry Christmas!!!
Fill up the punch bowl, drink up and celebrate. And if you have no punch bowl, fill up your heart, drink up from it, and celebrate with it!
That's the wish from your closest frog.


This ancient silver bowl of mine, it tells of good old times,
Of joyous days and jolly nights, and merry Christmas times;
They were a free and jovial race, but honest, brave, and true,
Who dipped their ladle in the punch when this old bowl was new.


Oliver Wendell Holmes, "On lending a punch-bowl".

Friday, December 18, 2009

2D Abstract #118

There was a man who lived a life of fire.
Even upon the fabric of time,
Where purple becomes orange
And orange purple,
This life glowed,
A dire red stain, indelible;
Yet when he was dead,
He saw that he had not lived.

Stephen Maria Crane, "There was a man who lived a life of fire".

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Genetic Algorithms - 3D Abstract #112

A caterpillar,
this deep in fall—
still not a butterfly.

Matsuo Bashō.

Friday, December 11, 2009

Genetic Algorithms - 3D Abstract #111

You came from the Aztecs
With a copper on your fore-arms
Tawnier than a sunset
Saying good-by to an even river.

And I said, you remember,
Those fore-arms of yours
Were finer than bronzes
And you were glad.

It was tears
And a path west
and a home-going
when I asked
Why there were scars of worn gold
Where a man's ring was fixed once
On your third finger.
And I call you
To come back
before the days are longer.

Carl Sandburg, "Aztec".

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Human Rights Day

Waves of rippling colours for this Human Rights Day 2009.

I have been thinking of the difference between water
and the waves on it. Rising,
water's still water, falling back,
it is water, will you give me a hint
how to tell them apart?

Because someone has made up the word
"wave," do I have to distinguish it
from water?

There is a Secret One inside us;
the planets in all the galaxies
pass through his hands like beads.

That is a string of beads one should look at with luminous eyes.

Kabir (written in 1440).

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Genetic Algorithms - 3D Abstract #110

To the despisers of the body will I speak my word. I wish them neither to learn afresh, nor teach anew, but only to bid farewell to their own bodies,- and thus be dumb.
"Body am I, and soul"- so saith the child. And why should one not speak like children?
But the awakened one, the knowing one, saith: "Body am I entirely, and nothing more; and soul is only the name of something in the body."
The body is a big sagacity, a plurality with one sense, a war and a peace, a flock and a shepherd.

Friedrich Nietzsche, "Thus spake Zarathustra".

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Mandala #21 and #22

Katie was the only admirer of this series of very simplified mandalas, which ends with this two lotus-shaped figures.

I found this poem whole, perfect for this moment. I've told several times to the author, Russ Loar, that he's the only alive poet that I've found worth reading. Won't keep to myself something that I think is miraculous.

There is a home in my heart
For each person I love,
Whether they love me,
Or not.

They’re all I’ve got.

Russ Loar, "A home in my heart".

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Manifesto in Defense of Fundamental Rights on the Internet

This comes from Spain, a country appalled in its internet rights, and I think it has extension and value worldwide:

A group of journalists, bloggers, professionals and creators want to express their firm opposition to the inclusion in a Draft Law of some changes to Spanish laws restricting the freedoms of expression, information and access to culture on the Internet. They also declare that:

1 .- Copyright should not be placed above citizens’ fundamental rights to privacy, security, presumption of innocence, effective judicial protection and freedom of expression.

2 .- Suspension of fundamental rights is and must remain an exclusive competence of judges. This blueprint, contrary to the provisions of Article 20.5 of the Spanish Constitution, places in the hands of the executive the power to keep Spanish citizens from accessing certain websites.

3 .- The proposed laws would create legal uncertainty across Spanish IT companies, damaging one of the few areas of development and future of our economy, hindering the creation of startups, introducing barriers to competition and slowing down its international projection.

4 .- The proposed laws threaten creativity and hinder cultural development. The Internet and new technologies have democratized the creation and publication of all types of content, which no longer depends on an old small industry but on multiple and different sources.

5 .- Authors, like all workers, are entitled to live out of their creative ideas, business models and activities linked to their creations. Trying to hold an obsolete industry with legislative changes is neither fair nor realistic. If their business model was based on controlling copies of any creation and this is not possible any more on the Internet, they should look for a new business model.

6 .- We believe that cultural industries need modern, effective, credible and affordable alternatives to survive. They also need to adapt to new social practices.

7 .- The Internet should be free and not have any interference from groups that seek to perpetuate obsolete business models and stop the free flow of human knowledge.

8 .- We ask the Government to guarantee net neutrality in Spain, as it will act as a framework in which a sustainable economy may develop.

9 .- We propose a real reform of intellectual property rights in order to ensure a society of knowledge, promote the public domain and limit abuses from copyright organizations.

10 .- In a democracy, laws and their amendments should only be adopted after a timely public debate and consultation with all involved parties. Legislative changes affecting fundamental rights can only be made in a Constitutional law.

Note: This manifesto is the work of several authors, and the property of everyone. Copy it, publish it, pass it on as you will.