serviceability

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Kiki’s Delivery Service is one of those movies that I feel any aspiring artist should see. The struggle of Kiki in this movie is one that ANYONE who wants to further themselves goes through, that transition from taking what you love to do to something that you make a living off of.

As artists we have all been in the place where Kiki is. That place where we can’t draw anything right, can’t paint anything right, can’t sculpt anything right, that place where everything comes out wrong over and over and we begin to question if we’re actually good enough for the talents and skills that used to come to us like second nature when we were just using them for fun. That place where we want to give up because we suddenly can’t ‘fly’ like we want to, because everything seems too difficult to do that. 

But that doesn’t mean it isn’t there, just because it isn’t working right then and there when you want it to be. If you can always fly, then it wouldn’t make those times when you did as special. It isn’t necessarily easy to grow up, nor is it necessarily easy to live with the artistic struggle of losing inspiration. But you can’t just throw up your hands and say ‘No, I can’t do it anymore’ because you’ll NEVER fly if you do that. 

You gotta wobble before you stand. 

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Trump told National Park Service director to find photos proving inaugural crowd size

  • The day after being sworn in, Trump contacted National Park Service director Michael Reynolds and demanded he find proof that his own inaugural crowd was the largest in history, the Washington Post reported.
  • According to sources who spoke with the Post on the condition of anonymity, Trump “personally ordered Reynolds” to provide photos that would prove his belief that the media lied about reporting the fact that his inaugural crowd was about average. 
  • The Post noted that word of the phone call “rapidly spread” throughout the National Park Service agency — and Washington — due to its unprecedented nature.
  • Reynolds reportedly sent Trump aerial photos of the inauguration which did nothing to prove Trump’s claim that there were “a million, a million and a half” attendees, or that the side-by-side comparison with Obama’s 2009 inauguration was taken before the full audience showed up. 
  • Instead, the Post reported, experts estimate Trump’s inaugural crowd was, at best, a third the size of Obama’s in 2009, whose inaugural crowd was a record-breaking 1.8 million. Read more

Here’s a list of books and movies that have been alluded to in WINGS and You Never Walk Alone so far.

BOOKS

  • Demian: The Story of Emil Sinclair’s Youth (1919, Herman Hesse)
    Inspiration for the short films, MV and concept during WINGS era.
  • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas (1973, Ursula Le Guin)
    Inspiration for Spring Day.
  • The Owl Service (1967, Alan Garner)
    Subtle references for the concept photos for You Never Walk Alone and Short Film #2 LIE

MOVIES

  • The Chatroom (2010)
    Alluded to in Blood Sweat & Tears and the WINGS Tour Trailer
  • No Vacancy (2012)
    Alluded to in Spring Day

You can never see too many sunsets on the Blue Ridge Parkway. After the first snow in Virginia this winter, photographer Brandon Dewey drove out to capture the sights. “The sky normally lights up once the sun dips behind the mountain ridges, but this night, there wasn’t that much color. About 20 minutes after sunset, I was just about to pack up my gear when the sky finally caught on fire for less than two minutes.” Photo courtesy of Brandon Dewey.

[3 Panel Illustrated Comic Titled “Service Dog” with Service being underlined.

Panel 1 Description: A woman is overhearing a conversation behind her between a family, while shopping for clothes with her service dog. The dog has a harness on it that reads “Do not touch”. Behind her a mother, father, and daughter are having a discussion. The father says “Aw look sweetie, a puppy!” The daughter responds “AWWWWWW”, as she looks at the dog with large excited eyes.

Panel 2 Description: The scene cuts to an areal view behind the parents, while their daughter is looking up at them in excitement. The father looks down at the child and says “I think it’s one of those blind dogs!” The daughter looks up at the mom with big eyes and asks “Can I pet it? PLEASE!!” The mother smiles and says “Yes! I’m sure the lady won’t notice if you pet it.”

Panel 3 Description: The woman with the service dog turns to the family and says “Yes I will, and F.Y.I., I can see and hear you.” The mother quickly ducks down behind a rack of clothes in embarrassment. The father turns his head to look away while muttering to himself “Uh, uh - What’s over here…”. The daughter shrugs in disappointment, with a frown she says “Dang it.”]

Never ever touch a service dog, especially without asking it’s owner for permission first!

Idea submitted by @etahreybased off their story about people invasively wanting to pet their service dog.