jumpingrock.net

Origin of the ‘Jumping Rock’ domain name

In 2005 I got some animation software. A standard exercise for beginning animators, people said, is to create a looping sequence of a ball bouncing in place. An alternative image came to me:

A rock is purposeful; it exerts itself for a reason. This movie might be an answer to the question, “If a rock wants to get from A to B, what will it do?”

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Blorple

Blorple
2005

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As soon as I try to be a particular thing, I’m not that thing.

“What do you do?” Just as with some questions the answer isn’t “no” unless you ask, to this question the answer isn’t unknown unless I speak it.

It’s Sun-square-Neptune all over again, perfectly expressed.

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The English language is made of knives.

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drawing of daisy-like flower on pink background

Travel photos

A few of my favorite place pics from the last several years.

dark, straight tree trunks against snowy backdrop
Al Sabo Land Preserve southwest of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Birdbath and Beyond sign outside of yard decoration shop
Outside a shop on U.S. Highway 2 near the southern shore of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
In a large sunlit hall with curving white walls, a silhouetted figure faces away toward blue sea and sky
The view eastward from Milwaukee Art Museum’s lobby. Tricky lighting conditions like these surely are why Apple put a “Reduce shadows” slider in the Preview app.
An old grain elevator, golden fields, and distant mountain
A view toward Canada from Amtrak’s Empire Builder, somewhere on the northern U.S. plains.
cottage and tall evergreens silhouetted against colorful sunset
Tamaracks Resort at Seeley Lake, Montana.

On a Winter’s Day

small frozen fish on pavement
A little frozen mystery, twilit and lamplit, outside our local Asian grocery store. I plant it here for luck.