Tuesday, June 21, 2022

more progress, computer shit, J6 deflections


I had an epiphany while I was cleaning up after our late morning Father's Day breakfast of pancakes with fresh sliced hill country peaches and bacon. Instead of attaching the individual corals to each other and to a base and filling in all those spaces, hours of tedious work, I could just cast each coral and the crab separately and glue the six pieces down on the top as I had planned to glue the one big cast 'reef'. After all, the compositions I did Saturday, the waxes were just nestled together so the glass pieces should just nestle together too. Wow! I just saved myself a shit load of work. And it will be easier to fill six little individual molds than one big one and having to worry about colors migrating where I don't want them or that I have enough color piled up in the right places.

So when I went over to the studio Sunday I adjusted the rocks the corals were on to start setting them up for mold making and then I worked on the feet. I have two done now. I'd like to think I can get the last two done on Monday but in all probability it will take me two days. Then all I have left to do is finalize the size of the top and texture it so that the corals will blend in and I'll be done with the model making and ready to start setting them up for mold making.

I did actually get the last two feet done today. These pictures aren't very good but I think it will give you the idea, back and front. 


I'm pretty happy with it. Now I need to trim down and texture the top, put some sort of subtle 'water' texture on all four faces of the box, attach all the individual pieces on wax or styrofoam for the reservoir to hold all the frit, glue it all down to a substrate and everything will be ready for mold making.

I've been getting update notices on my computer and finally decided to do it, told it to do so during the night but I turned it off when I went to bed, thinking that would prevent it and I would deal with it the next day. Well, when I turned it on this morning, it made a weird horn like blast, then a few minutes later the startup chime, the a screen with an apple and a loading bar, then a black screen with a white movable cursor, and then finally it started loading. It was like it had to reboot or something. So obviously, it did the update(s) during the night, my Chrome new tab screen gives me 10 options instead of the previous six. Everything seems to be fine except it wants me to re-enter my password for my two Earthlink mail accounts (Google mail account is fine). Except I don't remember exactly what the password is since it was set up so long and many passwords ago. I'm hoping if I just ignore it it will self correct before I do something that totally screws it up. In the meantime I can access my mail via those accounts on my phone.

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A few Republican reactions to the J6 Committee revelations...

Loudermilk: That's a vicious lie! I did not give a tour of the Capitol building on Jan 5. I'm innocent I tells ya! (He thinks he's being clever by separating the Capitol building from the Capitol complex of buildings so that he can say he isn't lying about the tour he gave.)


Committee: Here's date stamped video showing the people in your tour of the House Office Buildings (part of the Capitol complex) photographing entrances, checkpoints, stairways, tunnel entrances to the Capitol building, when these buildings were closed for tours. Here's a picture of the guy on the tour in a MAGA cap participating in the failed coup. Here's a picture of a map the insurrectionists had circling the buildings in the Capitol complex that you gave a tour of that they planned to occupy.

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Witness: Eastman admitted to me his plan was unconstitutional and illegal more than once but he presented it to Trump anyway.

Eastman after the coup failed: Put me on the pardon list.

Trump: Let's throw Eastman under the bus.

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Trump: Lies! Witch hunt! The hack job committee has no interest in hearing or seeing my evidence. I DEMAND EQUAL TIME!

Committee: Hey, no problem, we'd love to have you come testify under oath.

Trump: *crickets*

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Various Republicans in Congress who aided and abetted the failed coup attempt: Biden fell off his bike!

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The next J6 hearing is this afternoon when we will learn about Trump's efforts to bully republican state election officials into changing the vote tally and/or electors to give Trump the majority.



11 comments:

  1. From a distance, these hearings have all the stuff for a comedy drama series. But only just.
    I like the feet and I am probably not alone waiting for your colour schemes to reveal great stuff.

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  2. I am really looking forward to seeing the completed product. After Texas secedes, will you have to have two sets of passports?

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  3. I love watching your art unfold. This is such a wonderful project.
    We are living in interesting times.

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  4. Yep. I already know I'm going to love that box with all my heart.
    As to the hearings- it is a horrifying train wreck that I cannot look away from. I think the committee is doing an excellent job.

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  5. I can't watch the hearings, just catch up later, too intense for me in my current fragile state! What a treat to realize a much easier way to do the glass project, and better anyway than the previous plan. Whoa!

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  6. Love the status of the box. Applying the coral elements one at a time is pretty smart. I'm beginning to have flashbacks to January 6th; the first time I turned on my TV in six months, and tuned straight into the orange giving his speech.

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  7. I look with dread at what Putin is doing in Ukraine, and shudder at the memory of how Trump cozied up to him. Surely in light of the revelations being aired by the January 6 committee, there are numerous charges that can be levelled at Trump, but that never seems to happen. He really is the teflon man, and one of the most truly despicable human beings ever - and seventy-four million people voted for him and may do so again.

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  8. That box is going to be AMAZING! And hey, I have something in common with the President - I, too, fell off my bike!

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  9. I like the feet you designed for that box. It is going to look great and I can't wait to see how it turns out.
    I watched the hearings and I wonder what those men testifying think about the former president NOW. Are they glad they voted for him?

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  10. Don't you love how creative solutions present themselves when you're doing something else, and all the connections can just happen in the background? What a great idea to cast the pieces separately and them assemble them. The box is looking great so far.

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  11. I'm glued to the TV during the hearings. And I am appalled at what I am hearing.

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I opened my big mouth, now it's your turn.