25 March 2020: Isolation is Good!


Since we’ve been asked to stay home I’ve had more time to work on automata…which has been wonderful.

I am fascinated as I watch the world cope with this pandemic.  It seems to me that there are two options:

  1. We could all simply ignore the virus and go about our lives.  Some of us (probably many of us) would get sick.  Some of us would die.  We would overload our medical establishment.  There would be pandemonium and chaos.
  2. We could attempt to minimize illness and death while vaccinations are being developed.  

As a society, we seem to have chosen #2.  In my mind, this is a wise thing.  While there will be damage to the economy worldwide it seems to be the preferable method.

In my case, I’m in my studio many more hours per week and I like this.

At this time I’m working on Surfer #1.  This is a “Two Week Challenge” project.  I challenged myself.  Bottom line…I’m appreciating this ‘quick’ automata build and hope to do more quick builds in the future.  You’ve got to stay on your toes.  You’ve got to think ahead.  There is not a lot of time to redo things.  

Anyway…try to stay healthy…as the world turns.

 

The Red Telephone, a part of Electric Chair #1

 

15 March 2020, Resetting to a “New Normal”


I’ve completed the ‘mechanical’ part of the Electric Chair #1 build and am now adding details to the ‘story’.  This clock is to the left of the executioner.  I envision the shelf holding a coffee cup, a black rose, and perhaps a clipboard.

I just read that the California Governor has placed everyone 65 years and older into ‘home isolation’.  Wow.  That means me (74).  Fortunately, it’s OK.  Nowhere that I really need to be.  Lots of chaos out there.  I’m fine staying at home.  I spend most of my time working in the studio, which is great.

I’m finding this whole situation interesting.  We have the benefit of speed of light International communication, and a lack of ‘practice’ with pandemics.  And of course, everyone is a back seat quarterback, knowing way more about things than they really do.  This will all end one day.  We’ll be smarter.  The next pandemic will be easier to manage.  Mother Nature will be smarter too.

I listened to a radio show this morning that talked about the 2008-2009 recession causing there to be a ‘New Normal’.  Things would not go back to the way that they had been.  And that this pandemic will cause another new normal.  Things will not be the way they have been

I’m thinking that what I will miss the most while all of this is happening are my street organ performances.  Apparently I’ll not be able to perform for at least a few weeks.  Too bad…my street organ music makes people happy.

Stay healthy everyone.

 

A shelf is being added to Electric Chair #1. I anticipate there being a coffee cup and a black rose.