4 thoughts on “Note from Sunday, March 3rd”

  1. Here are my 2 cents from the peanut gallery:

    When I read your handwritten electronic messages, complete with visual content such as drawings that are obviously from the same hand… I find that my brain settles into more of a paper (as opposed to screen) cognitive processing mode. It startles me out of the overwhelming type-written, garden-variety, Times New Roman font blast that is an affront to my eyes every time I go online.

    I have an almost unlimited attention span for type written material on paper, such as actual books, and yet I tend to scan and summarize or “information process” when confronted with even a two page article or blog post online. I believe this is not uncommon and reflects the ways in which our brains respond to the screen as opposed to paper respectively. However, when I read your handwritten electronic messages, along with spelling errors, drawings, cross outs, uses of color for emphasis or meaning, etc., I relax more. I experience reading those handwritten on-screen messages much more like reading on paper. So this handwritten format expands the range of your ability to express that which you wish to convey.

    The electronic handwritten message seems no different than an oil painter having another basic color to mix on his pallete. As you’ve shown in this post, you can even mix in type-written content if you wish.

    I view the use of the handwritten electronic message much like adding a gob of ultramarine blue along with the burnt umber and red that are already on your pallete of oil paints. It’s utility and presence can only expand your creative range and, as we both know in various creative contexts, having those disparate media on one’s “pallete” can lead to a sum greater than its parts since you can experiment with mixing the media to convey your perspective in novel ways that are in themselves empowering to both the writer/drawer/composer and the reader/experiencer.

    This is no knock on type-written online messages, which are the de facto currency of our cultural communication. Yet, if you have the talent and skills to incorporate handwritten messages and visual effects through your advanced drawing skills, it wouldn’t make sense not to use these media when you’re inclined to do so.

    Very few people can even consider this issue since, of the hundreds of thousands of folks I’ve encountered through internet articles and life, you’re one of the few people who actually can use the drawing pen and the keyboard masterfully and simultaneously if you wish.

    It also converges with the touchstone precepts of Undergrids as it is authentic and cleansed of the culturally conditioned (and often unconscious) pressures to conform to a constricted format that serves to propagate the energy of collective consumer-driven forces of lack and the chase of satisfaction.

    OK. So that last sentence makes me sounds a little nuts.

    1. Actually, the last sentence is perfectly in line with my experience of the paintings and sculpture of Takashi Murakami – more on this later.

    1. I love using cartoons and drawings in my lectures. My slides are always hand-drawn.


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