WEEKEND THEME - March 18, 1999
What this Newsgroup Means To Me <bayonic>
First things first. I would like to apologize for the size of this WET. I thought I had to sacrifice file size for image quality so the images below are exactly as they appear on the CD-ROMs I took them from. I did not want to resize them or compress them so whoever uses them can have more freedom. I might have written a long post here but I honestly believe that music is a far better language so I just had to include a midi.
Harmony .... a High-Tech Harmony to be precise. Not only in the sense that a good number of people from different backgrounds, different places , different age-brackets and different persuasions have gathered electronically together to unite in the common goal of making ' stationeries '... good, cutting-edge, brilliant and free stationeries. ..... . but HARMONY in the created stationeries as well... The harmony of placing a graphic , a tiled background , a midi or a music file , scripts , text , fonts , lyrics , anything and everything that is technically possible into a preview pane or on the whole screen and using elements from both ART and SCIENCE to display a work of beauty. The image below speaks of this harmony and further extends it to the HARMONY of the universe. I chose this image primarily because there is " something here for everyone " and it because it reminds me of an old Crosby , Stills , Nash & Young tune that goes ....
" from the bottom of the ocean to the mountains on the moon .... .... .... we can change the world .... re-arrange the world ...... "
I took this from a Japan-issued CD-ROM but unfortunately I cannot read Japanese.
The artist name though is Christian Riese Lassen . He's from Hawaii but his paintings are very BIG IN JAPAN.
I am pretty sure many in this NG is familiar with this man's talent but for those who are not , here are two sites which you can visit for an introduction and more information.
Help ... a Helping Hand to be exact. I found this NG when I was searching for OE stationeries to download and use. I found out right away that I could just forward a post ; change the contents and voila . . . . . a message with a cool stationery that the recipient would THINK I MADE MYSELF ... But of course, it's not as simple as that. . . the midi got lost , the scrolling didn't work , etc. etc. So I hang around but didn't have the guts to ask questions. I didn't have to... other more courageous souls asked them and kind souls responded as meticulously , as patiently and as gently as they can.
I've been here for eight months now........ a certifiable stationery addict.
I decided to include the image below because now .... I think I have the guts to ask the question that has bothered not only myself but historians, art critics, scientific experts, students and the international general public for centuries now.
WHY IS THIS LADY SMILING HER ENIGMATIC SMILE ?
I hope the geniuses and artists in this group can do the world a favor and answer this question once and for all.
This image needs no introduction . ' Mona Lisa ' painted in 1503 by Leonardo da Vinci on a piece of pine wood. It now hangs at the Louvre Museum near Paris , France. The graphic file was taken from the CD-ROM ' Great Italian Paintings ' from DeAgostini Multimedia http://www.lifeware.com
Humor......Healthy Humor if I might add. To balance the seriousness of ART and the rigidity of SCIENCE we need HUMOR. My day always starts < or ends > bright and complete after I open a post of beauty and move on to the witty and wise-cracking replies. Or if I open a post with an innocent and misleading title and get blown away by the HUMOR in it ...
Unless it gets the X
X marks the spot. Trying to find out why a post gets the red X is like trying to search for hidden treasure.
X is also the unknown variable , the X factor. It is for those posts that may shock and surprise us but X is also a crossroad ; we have a choice on where to proceed.
I've been victimized by the red X before as I'm sure a lot of you so I thought I'd include the red X as a theme. There is no image above but you can use the red X for whatever purpose it may suit you ... Speaking for myself, if I find enough time to do a WET , the purpose would be REVENGE ....
H is also for Home. A Home in cyberspace. But I couldn't get a good-quality graphic of my postage stamp -sized flat here so I guess I'll have to pass on that one ..... <grin>
Well that's it.... This weekend theme... I apologize if I rambled on for far too long here. I also apologize if my selection do not please some of you. I will also like to apologize if I'm unable to do a WET post this weekend. The pressure from the WET has gone but more pressure is expected to pile up from my job. Until I can find a way to make a living out of making stationeries , my job beckons....:-(
With that ... my hopes, wishes, prayers, visualizations, chants and meditations for the NG would be to let the HEALTHY HUMOR remain , let the HELPING HANDS multiply and let HARMONY prevail.
all the best,