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Magician, Clown, Assistant, and Mime

Magician vs Clown Website

Magician, Clown, Assistant, and Mime

The cast of the most recent Feb 9th show: Magician, Clown, Assistant, and Mime

It’s the new year and we’ve already been having a handful of awesome Magician vs Clown shows and we have new brand new two longer shows already mapped out. One thing we have lacked, however, is a nice website that someone could visit and get a sense of what the act is about. To remedy this I finally got around to throwing up a simple WordPress site at magicianvsclown.com.

Magician vs Clown Website

Magician vs Clown Website

WordPress is simply ridiculously easy and it took just a couple of hours to get it just the site looking just the way I wanted with just a little extra to work through a tutorial on using Illustrator’s mesh tool. The site’s header also features the new, entirely vectorized MVC logo, another Illustrator victory (I’m no longer scared of the pen tool). Photoshop was always my go-to but I’m reaching for Illustrator a lot more these days.

Cartoon Nathan Livni

Cartoon Me

Cartoon Nathan Livni

CARTOON ME

Part of coming up with an autobiographical comic is that you have to draw yourself. A lot.

Hipster

Stop Being Ironic, Austin

Hipster

MUSTACHE TATTOO


Tracy Chan’s Austinist article, Stop Being Ironic, Austin (summarizing a NY Times Article articulates what irritates me about a lot of hipster culture. While there’s nothing wrong with silly for silliness’s sake, I think the irony is an attempt to deal with the self aware shallowness.

Christmas Lights

The Day After Thanksgiving

Christmas Lights

What we do after thanksgiving…

I never thought this would be me but here I am on November 23rd, listening to Christmas music while Annette decorates the house with lights. I’ve never liked Christmas much, except for advent calendars, which catered to both my obsessive-compulsive and chocolate-loving nature.

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Self Portrait

Hanging out and drawing for my comic about substituting.

GoldieBlox: Engineering toys for girls

While I really dislike how many childhood activities are gendercoded a single way, it’s probably a good idea to get balance and at least code it male and female both. Go future female engineers!

"As with most friendships it was never a matter of growth or doubt. Friends are born in archaic horizons; they were shaped with the Pteraspis in Siluria; they have nothing to do with the accident of space." Henry Adams in The Education of Henry Adams

What are the characteristics of a good friend?

"As with most friendships it was never a matter of growth or doubt. Friends are born in archaic horizons; they were shaped with the Pteraspis in Siluria; they have nothing to do with the accident of space." Henry Adams in The Education of Henry Adams

“As with most friendships it was never a matter of growth or doubt. Friends are born in archaic horizons; they were shaped with the Pteraspis in Siluria; they have nothing to do with the accident of space.” Henry Adams in The Education of Henry Adams

As a GED Instructor I would teach essay writing. We’re talking straightforward, vanilla 5-paragraph essays. Now the thing about these hyper standardized essays is that they must ask something that anyone at all could answer without having to read anything (it’s seperate from the reading test). The unintended result is that the questions can often be very personal, ranging from “Who was someone who changed affected your life and how did they affect it?” to “What’s your favorite _____ and why?”

The prompt “What are the characteristics of a good friend?”, led to an interesting class discussion.”You can always depend on a friend, no matter what.” said one student. “You can always call them, even at 2am and they’ll listen to you.” said another. “They will always lend you money.” said a third. The class got a little quiet and stopped calling out characteristics. “Who here has a friend?” I asked. Silence. “No one here has any friends?” I asked again. “Fuck friends. They stab you in the back!” said a girl and the class rumbled in agreement. “Yeah, I’m better off without friends. They’re liars.” said another girl.

What followed was a long discussion about realistic expectations. The students had an unrealistic expectation of good friends (they, of course, didn’t want to receive 2am emergency calls any more than their “friends” did). Instead of seeing friendship as a negotiated understanding between two people it was a monolithic junior high school ideal that they could never have. We will never have the same type of BFF friendship that we had as teenagers because situations and resources change.

Honestly, I was in the same boat as my students, not seeing myself as having more than a friend or two at any given time. My experience left me wondering, are we all unrealistic or simply lower expectations and retitle aquaintances into friends? Are they people one facebook who like our updates, essentially a mix between passing notes in class and cooing over a baby?

As an adult, what are the characteristics of a good friend? I’d like to know.