“The Lies of Your Mind’s Eye”

The mind’s eye absorbs all that it sees
And most of what it sees happens on TVs.
Co-opting your memory, replacing it with tales
Structured carefully around advertiser’s sales.

So much of the nostalgia that you hold most dear
Didn’t occur at all, yet it’s recalled crystal clear
Replacing the actual events in your mind’s eye
Making the fake feel so real, and the real like a lie.

Maybe it’s okay, and “what’s real” is simply a choice
Because reality sounds better in your television’s voice.

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I usually try to post something around 10:00pm. Then around 9:55pm I suffer a crisis of confidence and try one epigram/collage after another on tumblr preview and they all look like crap. Either the thought is stupid, or the lettering is sloppy or there is a lot of gunk on the scan I didn’t see to retouch before. Or the epigram is offensive in one of the infinite number of ways it is possible to offend nowadays. tumblr is sort of an instant medium, but the large majority of notes on my daily posts, which could be as few as 500 or over 5,000, are of pieces I’ve posted anywhere from a year to three years ago. So I’ve become inclined to leave them up for a while, even if they don’t get much love, just in case. There are almost 2,000 posts in the archive now, counting occasional reposts. It’s surprising how often I’ll see a single note on something from the wayback — no way to know if someone went all the way back or just happened to see it somehow. I’ve rarely commented on other tumblrs, but there are a few others with original content I totally worship. Just to name a couple, David Michael Chandler’s tumblr and the incredible, both utterly original and enviably productive. Okay, I’m procrastinating, here goes something from me… — Michael Lipsey

Breaking the TWC wall with a (not so) quiet Joy

jack:  Ladies and Gentlemen, the always present, Joy.  Thank you for helping to break this wall.

Joy, in my opinion, I think you are one of the most selfless persons on tumblr.  You seem to see through the bull that people put up and you find true talent.  You are truly the queen of reblog… How do you find the time to really seek out the good stuff and showcase it?

Joy:  Hi Jack, thanks for saying this but really, I don’t see myself in that way, at all. Tumblr is a true format for self indulgence, and I enjoy being self indulgent. I don’t really see through the bull, I ignore it. I’ve seen enough negative crap in my life, I’ve had my fill. 

 How do I find time? Currently, I’m unemployed, so that helps. But seriously, I love reading, and therefore I love to reblog what I like. It really is that simple.  As for finding good writers, I used to search for them, but these days they find me. I really do check out every single blog who follows me to see if they are writing. I tend to skip over the ones who have mixed blogs unless I find something which really catches my eye.  Also, I look on my dash for those which have appeal to other readers, pieces which have been reblogged by other rebloggers. It’s a team effort these days. Here I am going to shout out to all the other people who are now using their blogs as reblogging platforms. You know who you are, and I am forever grateful to you!

jack:  You have had some medical issues in the recent past.  Without going into detail, how are you holding up?

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working on my little big town, Puff Ville

Puff Ville is a natural dough habitat where good hearted and 
friendly Puffies roam wild and free. Puffies are carbohydrate
specialists by nature - eating and making all sorts of 
dough-forms is their special sauce.

… WIP, with much more to come


Joy the Unicorn

Mikey the little demon was very sad
he felt terribly alone this lovely morn
after searching hi and low it seemed
he had lost his friend Joy the Unicorn

His horn wailed out a mournful tune
a little bee came buzzing by to play
as the Doodle Devil gave him a hug 
Contrary Cate wiped his tears away

Kevin the Ogre King asked him why
my forlorn friend where is your smile
Edward the surf demon inquired too
my joy has been missing for a while 

A Profound Darkness came over all
and rock blared out so hot it burned
the band kicked it up another notch
smiling as Joy the Unicorn returned

“Stranded on the Moon, High on Blur, and Watching World War 3 Destroy the Earth”

Funding for the International Moon Base had hit an all-time low. 

Though it was long his childhood dream to live upon the moon, the missions have become longer, rations and supplies scarcer, and a quirk in the rotations schedule has left him alone upon the moon for the last 8 months.  

He’s now nothing more than a glorified caretaker of an expensive relic that no one wants to pay for.

To pass the time, he has developed a strong addiction to “Blur”– an opiate-like hallucinogen administered through an eye dropper that creates warm soothing visions for hours a dose. 

He rationalizes his addiction by telling himself that the drug causes him to breathe less of the air supply, and eat less food… which are both true, but only helps obscure the lie. 

Month after month, the scheduled date to bring him back to Earth is pushed out further into the future as a tense political climate back home has made him a low priority.  8 months in solitude on the moon become 12, and then 16.  In month 18, World War 3 erupts across the globe.

He watches the bombs destroy everything he once loved all through the blissful haze of Blur induced visions.  The indescribable mix of sheer horror and pleasure will haunt him for the rest of his days. 

By month 34, he is the last human in the galaxy.

(Starring the Timetraveler Ki! Click here to download his new song “Nebula” on iTunes)

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A Decidedly (Share The Love) List

I wanted to write a poem for every friend
but alas I’m impatient and couldn’t wait
so we’ll start with Joy, Bettie and Janie Bee
and we mustn’t forget dear Cousin Cate
Kevin the rock is taking stock
there’s Edward the sea and talented LZ
Chris the gracious and Mike the profound
Mercy, Philine, Carla, Amy and Sunny
gee I wonder who else is around
there’s David the delightful doodle man
this is quickly getting out of hand
Rebacca, Shim, Huong, Celine,
Greg, Nicole, Emmie, and Alison
dear me that simply won’t rhyme
so here’s some love for all the rebloggers
and my personal fave, is that a crime
I send this with love to all of you
forgive me I know there’s so many more
but the future may hold a list or two
and who can say what lies in store

Splork isn’t quite sure what just happened.  A moment ago he and his master were playing (and it was ever so much fun) and then it suddenly… stopped.

And now master is being very quiet, and something is leaking from his head.

Splork doesn’t know what he did wrong :-(

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Originally Posted 4/25/2011 by TheDailyDoodles. 

My thanks to David for allowing me the great honor of illustrating Splork. 

thedailydoodles replied to your post: if you reblog stuff saying anything along the…

And when did hipster mean THAT? It’s so odd.

dude I know I’ve been watching the word hipster change over the past year and the state of the word right now is really weird.

in the real world I think hipster means what it has meant- that whole aesthetic and attitude or whatever. but on tumblr hipster somehow equates to girls with long hair wearing vintage type floral prints and high waisted shorts? 

but either way I think hipster, the word and the trend, is dying. and in it’s place is this SUPER cool (annoying) grunge trend, which for the record is not actually grunge like at all, but the same recycled hipster fashion from like two years ago but now with more bright colored hair and pastels and upsidedown crosses and nirvana tee shirts. 

A Decidedly Incomplete List (Friends Old and New)

Sand Dollar Ann and Lily the Dragon
a lovely sister act most sublime
Mike, David, Chris and Kevin
friends I’ve known for quite some time
Joy, Jen, Philine, and Sunny
have brightened my dash now for a while
Cate, Maike, Olivia and Krystal
they never fail to make me smile
Edward, Hanlon, Roggy and Greg
a few more talented long time friends
LM, Theresa, Celine, Carla, and Huong
dear me, the list is growing it never ends
Of course there’s Emmy, Alison and Justin
yes my friends you made my list
and sadly
moonlight jazz, Michelle, CJ and *Kayla
a few special souls who are dearly missed

*Unbelievable, rest lightly little girl

Goodnight everyone, and I believe I’m accurately quoting Joy on this, “It’s all about the hearts people."  Of course you’re free to heart or not as you wish, it’s your blog, but as I heard from David in our early Tumblr days, "I enjoy supporting my friends."  I totally agree!  Truth is, if you’re a friend and I actually see your post, there’s a very good chance that you’ll get a heart.  Sorry, you’ll just have to deal with it.  Someone’s probably thinking, well that cheapens the value of your hearts.  Last I checked they were free.  As the Tumblr concept is only a friendly numbers game anyway, I’ll take 100 cheap ones thank you.  In case that sounds like I’m casting disparaging comments in Tumblr’s direction, not at all.   While it may be only a series of computer programs, within it resides a living beating heart, and that’s each and every one of you.  Hearts are magic and hearts are love.  Remember, "it’s all about the hearts people.”   ‘Joy, can you beat that number yet?“, he inquires nervously.

Goodnight and much love to all,
Mike <3

“The Girl Who Lived on the Bottom of the Sea”

There once was a girl who lived on the bottom of the sea
Born with gills in her neck, it’s the only place she felt free
Swimming and floating, to be left alone was her wish
Living a peaceful life amidst the coral and fish.

But growing up on dry land, they called her “The Wretched Gill Girl”
Cruel people kept her in a cage, and sneers and jeers they would hurl
She endured their mockery and laughter, so jealous and petty
Until she escaped from her prison, and dove off the jetty.

Bidding the surface world “adieu”, she made a new life for herself
Formed a country of her own, deep between the continental shelf
Leaving those awful folks behind, she has no more reason to frown
And when the ice caps finally melt, she can watch them all drown. :-)

(Starring the lovely poetess Tam from!)

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