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Attention To Detail Is A Sword That Cuts Both Ways

I have had a paiting that should have taken no more than 20 hrs, end up being 64, because I have both, paid too much attention to detail, and too litte.

This painting is beginning to show the fruits of my long labor to reconcile my two urges into a seamless, natural whole

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5 Rules About Posting Learned After 35 Years Online

Below is a reply I posted on a social platform 5 minutes ago, after reading the very unfortunate reply of a police chief to a cute video of a girl selling a lot of lemonade to a biker club who was grateful for her assistance when one of their members was in an auto accident:

Some Social media rules I have learned since, well, when I 1st got on a computer back in ’84:

#1 remember anything put on the web might be, and expect it to, be there forever.

#2 avoid any and all political and/or religious discussions (trust me on this one),

#3 Sharing intimate things online is a bit like sharing private things in public

#4 never try to explain anything that requires subtlety or nuance in social media or forums, it’s like trying to explain Einstein’s Theory of Relativity to a class of 8th graders using nothing but Post-it notes and a red and blue pen

#5 when in doubt, don’t.  Go find some Cat or Baby pictures to post instead, and if you mess that up, you deserve whatever life lessons (not involving violence or doxing) that happens afterward.

That is all, carry on…

A. ‘Yobi’ B. 9/21/2019, reply to social media posting
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Ever Have A “Jerry McGuire” Moment?

Go ahead and listen, while you read. These guys, well, they feel it for sure.

I had a “Jerry McGuire” Moment.

If you haven’t seen the movie, Jerry McGuire, the painfully handsome, yet somehow relatable role played by Tom Cruise, was up late one night, when an epiphany, you know the kind, born from lack of sleep, and generally unhealthy habitual schtuffs, where one enters a realm where patterns of illogical groupings start asking you if they really are that “illogical” as they are herded together by the dive bombing of maniacal “thought kamakazi”. Thusly, the aforementioned shapes that, through pure happenstance, somewhat resemble the word, “AHA”, are suddenly of “like mind”, so to speak, and the whole insane, inane, or billiant process “narrows” it’s illumination upon a set of potential circumstances that could, if some cleanly-pressed, purely non-circumstantial dominoes could only fall at the right time, making life much, much easier,…but hey have to fall in just the right wa-

AHA!”,the solution path lines up…if only, someone, could just start,…. the 1st one falling….

…Clearly something is being set up here…

*I really enjoy throwing odd things into experiences that I think “tweek” it up to a level I can at least chuckle at when I am editing. “Oh SHEEEEOOOT! We Need Brains, Cause We Ain’ty Got None” on the left here is a prime example of things done to entertain myself, and if you know WHY I do it, it’s easier to enjoy, right? Be sure to leave feedback ,and I am happy to curate my weirdness to meet requests!~ Yobi

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So, what does he do about this epiphany?

Why, he writes up a motivational manifesto, like one does, naturally! He then runs enough copies to leave everyone, the best “number” in my book , in the company their own copy and momento of the moment. Finally, he generously placed each, in a mailbox, to await their imminent discovery, upon the arrival of the “soon-to-be-eager” reading of eyes.

Feeling good about himself, Jerry basks in the self-satisfied glow only a ‘true believer’ can feel after explaining to backsliding sinners how,

um, excuse me, but…salvation begins with NOT walking down the path that leads to the eternal fiery pits of hell, Yes? OK? Great! Thank you!”,

Only to reconsider the implications of his chosen method of intervention, upon glancing behind him to discover none have yet enjoined with his journey on the ‘righteous path’, where, by all rights, at least one, should already be,… everyone should be finding, …should be following,…right on his “holy heels”…

oh, damn

Paraphrased for brevity…
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Yep, the question is, do we know it’s a toilet before the jump, or after coming up for air”?toilet diving GIF


Fair enough. I bring this all up because it occured to me as I was plodding through old files on my laptop to make room on the hard drive for new files (same as the old files), exactly how much in my life I put so much value on things that don’t really affect anyone else, but me.

Yes, and I actually BELIEVE in what I have surmised throughout my studies and expierience. Yet, over and over again, I tread the self same “new, old ground” that I always have. Very much like Jerry’s “certainty” that all his co-workers would simply see themselves reflected in what he had written. Off course all would understand his intent because it would shine through, straight through the eyes, and onward into their acknowledging heads. Jerry remembered too late that most everybody is far too busy thinking about themselves to see the “unviversal him”, and connect with his heart!

In New Mexico, a “burner community kerfuffle” emerged, as they seem to, like re-occuring rashes, that was splitting the group up. I had loudly proclaimed my neutrality, and as it happened, the split was essentially between all of the friends I had!

A puppet and a kangaroo fighting by Frank Busch
A puppet and a kangaroo fighting by Frank Busch

I couldn’t just sit and watch and listen as everything we had worked towards melted into so much bacon grease. So I wrote an open letter. Below is that open letter from 2014. **YOU DO NOT HAVE READ IT TO GET THE THRUST OF THIS ARTICLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU ARE NOT INTO Operational dynamics. If you are a dork like Mio, then yeah, read ON, Raver**

What was the outcome? Good question! I moved before it resolved. I had a date with destiny in the Bay Area and had to get a move on! I shared this to say, if you have something to say, say it.

Decide what you want to be, and go be it!’

The Avett Brothers, “Head Full Of Doubt/Road Full of Promise
If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about? by Glenn Carstens-Peters
If you feel the desire to write a book, what would it be about? [or a manifesto, hmmm? by Glenn Carstens-Peters

What is important is that you, not me, not him or her, not them, YOU, are the only one who can be perfectly you.


NOBODY’s perfect, Yobi!”

“Really?”, lol, this pic cracks me up! HAhahaha…..ahem…yeah,anyhoo,

I respectfully disagree. If you are the only example of you that exists in the universe, then by DEFINITION, you are a perfect example of you. The inescapable truth of this is absolute, “you do you, yep you guessed it, PERFECTLY!

Let that sink into your brainpan today, and this weekend, as long, or short as ya want, of course, I’m only saying It certainly helps me, as I recriminate, discriminate, and punish myself in my own million perfect ways. Let it stew if you can. Just don’t forget to taste the concept again if you ddo recall and the flavoring has seemed into the idea. We can agree then, that your at least perfectly able!

“What does that mean, exactly?”

EXACTLY. Carry on!,

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diving kayak dive GIF
To release is to receive. Both pain and pleasure. by Ali Yahya
To release is to receive. Both pain and pleasure. by Ali Yahya

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Sometimes The First Method WAS the Best

Question of the MONTH “Ever analyze your analytics? I find that the metrics indicate that you have indeed gone the long way around a circle.”- A. Yobi B. *pic from

Alrighty folks! DIY Animation Notes to Self/You/Him/Her/Them/and US time! I have a new 31 seconds draft of The Cave 2.0 ~ Enter Red to drop in this here post, however, I believe I should outline just exactly why it took about 25 days, is missing the opening, and what any of you adventurous DIY Animators out there like myself can learn from my exercise in adding time to a project.

busy cat GIF
busy cat GIF

So I fell right into my favorite ‘mind trap’. I say favorite because I do it over and over and over again, for the love of Steve, I mean really! Sidebar, what are some of YOUR favorite ‘mind traps’? Don’t be shy now, saddle on up, and let’s commiserate a moment together:

Any of these Mind Traps Feel Familiar?

Leave yours below

As above, so below

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going in circles again, and again, and again, and again, and… learn more here.

What was that like for you? If you feel motivated, leave your thoughts below.

A camping trip isn’t just a camping trip. It’s an opportunity to get perspective on their work while looking at the stars. Art isn’t just art. It’s an opportunity to hone their visualization skills and therefore think better. Just as every moment, personal or professional, is potential material for a comedian, so too is every moment potential fodder for a Nobel laureate. Everything we learn or experience is fodder.

Michael Simmons, MEdium

The desire I had, and still have, when I am creating something: I want to put the best possible thing I can out. Presenting something is different in my mind. That is a chore, publically displayed, but a ‘creation’ is offering myself up from my ‘flow’ place. Sacred, if you will.

by Eric Stone
“Ah! Sacred! Wait, why are we on this cliff?” by Eric Stone

That word, ‘sacred’ isn’t there to intimidate, merely to demonstrate. It is how I think about creative endeavors. It’s how I ‘Yobi’. I have digressed enough.

After I completed 531 hand drawn panels using the andriod app, FlipAClip, I was getting into the next scene, introducing Prisoner #2, Astrothane, The Galatian. During the editing review, I realized I had absolutely no idea where the scene was actually going! Worse than that, the animation had gone off the rails into a weird “eyeball fixation” that was uncomfortable to watch, and lacked any character identity or consistency.

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“scary momo” WHAT am I looking at here Giffy? I don’t watch scary movies. What is a Momo? Well, I certainly felt like I was watching my animation with this face. Please, read on.

Immersed in an “eyeballed” uncanny valley, as a viewer, I was suddenly met by Astrothane, who appears without context, looking dark, intending ‘something’, by his looks. He has a slanted, “Lounge Lizard” smile on his face. Somebody Has to Say It

The “cute moustache blowout” I had intended at the beginning had morphed into a frightening tentacled thing, that seemed in “full on” attack mode, as the “lights” (or whatever I was thinking at the time) flicker, Astrothane jumps close to the viewer. As a New Year’s Eve All-Nighter at the Skating Rink type strobe light effect begins, my “leans in close to hear” action has devolved in replay into a sort of “orgy” of false intentions that could, if left unaltered, become “someone’s” unfortunate, and entirely unnecessary lawsuit. “They would never believe me in court, even with proof”, the thought came unbidden to my mind.

Oh my Dear Playa gods, what, in the hell, have I just created?!?

BLOWN out of my own self confident bubble of ‘creativity’~A. YOBI B.

Here, feel free to experience it yourself before continuing on (*no sound*):

See what I mean?! Thus began my near month long journey into the abyss of amazingly cool programs, equipment, and “things” this boy could not afford (yet)! First I dove into a free trial subscription of Toon Boom’s Harmony 17 Premium. Unfortunately, the functionality is so much less if you go to basic, as to be only good for personal animations and tinkering around with really well made GIFS.

Then I moved into freeware. One pragram I am working with to vett it’s useffulness as a tool is Pencil2D. I haven’t gotten to where any real animations have been produced, and I only got 4 frames complete with Harmony after 25+ days (mind you, I have been working on other things as well. I wish I could descend into an animation pit and come out as amazing as you like,

told you so love GIF by Abbey Luck
TA-DAAAAAA!! -told you so love GIF by Abbey Luck

Bushwacked and Done, I Needed A Boost

So, despite regulating FlipAClip to the status of my “storyboard app”, I found myself on it this morning, working the entire morning away for the 6 whole seconds of unfinished, RAW, DIY Animation, from the DIY Animator himself (which is a term I coined and plan to increasingly use going forward and according to a Google Search-I am getting the domain name for sure), ENJOY!

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Sunflower Hug | Sunny Morning | Field of Sunflowers

2 Sunflowers greet the morning sun -- together!

Grinter Farms. Kansas.  by Laura Gilchrist
Sunflower Hug | Sunny Morning | Field of Sunflowers 2 Sunflowers greet the morning sun — together! Grinter Farms. Kansas. by Laura Gilchrist
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“We Endorse Evil When We Allow It By Waiting for Others to Stand Up”

“We Endorse Evil When We Allow It By Waiting for Others to Stand Up” by A. ‘Yobi’ Blumberg, YobiWorks Read More Here When was the last time you were floored by four, “Norman Rockwell” old white guys? It never happens when you expect, I can assure you.