Showing posts from June, 2014


[Mrs. Brisby reads the inscription on the amulet] Brisby: “You can unlock any door, if you only have the key.”
Nicodemus: "Courage of the heart is very rare. The stone has a power when it's there."

Feather Duster Budgies

"Feather Duster Budgies" are caused by a recessive genetic disorder that causes their feathers to never stop growing. They have trouble moving and cant fly and rarely live longer than a year because their nutrition is used up for feather production. They also have a deeper voice. This is a side effect from too much inbreeding to increase their size and make them fluffier. Most of them are culled and are considered a taboo among budgie breeders. Others are purposely bred and sold but they are difficult to care for and most live only a couple months. 

This one reminds me of the Secret of Nimh Owl:

This shows the difference between normal budgies and ‘English Budgies.’ English doesn't mean they are from England (They are native to Australia)  but rather they are specifically bred for a certain appearance similar to the different breeds of dogs. English budgies are larger (by almost a head) have thicker feathering, a different shaped head and body. They are thought to be more…

3D Stop Motion Animations

A 3D stop motion animation gif I made of two stick figures getting their picture taken together and one of them pushes the other over.  Cross your eyes to view in 3D.

This one switches between stereoscopic views and then goes to the next movement.

Baby Budgie Update

Yesterday Danny went on her first walk around the neighborhood. She has never flown/ jumped more than one foot and is really good about not jumping off of my shoulder. I wasn't sure how she would like a "Walk" or if she would get afraid or like it too much and try to jump away. She seemed to enjoy it and I think in a new environment she associated me with a safe place similar to how she does her perches/ cage in my room.   Speaking of cages she doesn't really even have one anymore. I took it away and replaced it with a ever changing setup on my desk. There is another one similar to it on my bed stand so she stays on my desk during the day and next to my bed when i'm going to sleep. One thing she does that's interesting is that she waits for me to wake up before she does. She wont move the entire night until I do - then she gets up and eats and moves around. I appreciate that she has adapted to my sleep schedule and not the other way around. Birds rise and se…

Hiroshi Sugimoto - Acts of God (Last Supper)



"Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in Japan in 1948. A photographer since the 1970s, his work deals with history and temporal existence by investigating themes of time, empiricism, and metaphysics. Seascapes, Theaters, Dioramas, Portraits (of Madame Tussaud’s wax figures), Architecture, Colors of Shadow, Conceptual Forms and Lightning Fields are among his many subjects. Sugimoto has received a number of grants and fellowships, and his work is held in the collections of the Tate Gallery, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of New York, among many others. Portraits, initially created for the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, traveled to the Guggenheim New York in March 2001. Sugimoto received the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001. In 2006, a mid career retrospective was organized by the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C. and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo. A monograph entitled Hiroshi Sugimoto was …

Wild Fox Experiments

Wild fox experiments. They wanted to see if domestication was a breed-able trait and how long it would take. So they took wild foxes and bred them and then only re-bred the most friendly pups - and so on until they actually started to act like little puppies. It wasn't how they were raised but they were born that way. Unlike a wolf that requires to be 'tamed' by being handled before a certain age - they were like dogs - which are born friendly or "Domesticated." What they didn't expect was that this also led to physical 'deformities' such as spots, different types of coats, markings, curly tails, flippy ears - and other traits that we find in Domesticated dog breeds. This means that "Domestication" is potentially inheritable and not with only canines...It also means that domestication could be regressive meaning that some of them could be born without the 'domestication' and they would act much different than their siblings and the r…


There is a good conversation starter that also gives you an incite into someone and it's who would they have at a dinner party - and they could only choose x # of people. Ironically all of my favorite people are dead.

My list is, in a some-what particular order.

Leonardo da VinciNikola TeslaStanley KubrickSocrates Howard HughesJulius Caesar I don't know much about Julius Caesar but I bet he would be fascinating since he would be arguably one of the most powerful people ever. I would also definitely like someone that knew a lot about Ancient Egypt and the times in history that are fuzzy.

 I was watching someone about Egypt the other day and I realized that when we refer to it it's almost as if it all happened at once. It would have been vastly different from decade to decade let alone in its early history to it's later history. Think how different the world is now compared to even 50 years ago let alone 100, or 1000. So when we refer to the Ancient world especially Egy…

Blacked out Backgrounds?

The first painting is a version of the Mona Lisa that was painted along the Louvre version, probably by Salai. They thought it was just a copy until they cleaned it and realized there was a entire painted background under the black varnish. After they studied the newly revealed background they figured out that it would have had to been painted at the same time as the real Mona Lisa and not just a copy because it had the same corrections found in the Louvre Version. They couldn't have the same undercoats unless they were painted at the same time. It's called the Prado Mona Lisa - you can read more about it -> Prado Mona Who You Be? It's strange but in the lower left hand corner there is the # 666 in red? It is evident on the pre-cleaned version and after the cleaning. 

The next painting is "Lady with an Ermine" by Leonardo. I was working on digitally restoring it when I noticed a pattern to the black background that reminded me of the other black backgrounds Le…

Second a day Video

I thought this was a preview for a zombie movie, but it was just real life. -Sigh-

Hot air balloons -> Pyramids

Imagining that they used Hot air balloons to assist in building the pyramids. 

I agree with those that think that some of the Ancient world had contact with each other before Columbus. I think it's just as interesting that they would build such similar structures and develop such similar cultures without contact. That would imply an almost instinctual desire to build large stone structures almost like how bee's or termites build things. Pyramids that don't seem to serve any kind of practical purpose aren't a likely candidate for something all cultures would eventually develop - like say the wheel or a knife or a sword or house. 
It would really only take one person to inspire these types of monoliths. It doesn't mean that either culture had trans-oceanic boats or air-ships - but that a single person or a different group did and shared the information. The south american societies said that a white man with a beard came on a medal serpent and taught them about thes…