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:

That is, what if the thing went up and came down, and then — thunk! — just sat there until it hurled itself upward again? And anyway what sort of thing would do that?

A rock. A jumping rock.

But a rock is purposeful; it exerts itself for a reason. So I added horizontal motion. This movie is 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 in a snowy forest
Al Sabo Land Preserve southwest of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Birdbath and Beyond sign outside of yard decoration shop in rural area
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 water 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, fields of golden dry grass or grain, and a distant mountain
A view toward Canada from Amtrak’s Empire Builder, somewhere on the northern U.S. plains.
Tall evergreens and a cabin with lighted window silhouetted against a colorful sunset beyond a lake
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.