Tag: digital art

New Year’s Eve Light Show

Sparkle Plenty

Another year comes to an end.  To tell the truth, I have trouble discerning what makes this New Year’s Eve any better than the last one.  Having seen 61 of them, I’ll estimate that I’ve been somewhat politically aware for about 50 of them…and very few have seemed to bring a better year.  And when there have been years that have been better, it has only been in some ways, not in all, and the improvement has been best measured by a micrometer.

So we start each year with glitz and glamor, hoping against hope that our dreams for a better world will bear some fruit.

Who am I to break such a tradition?

So herewith is my own attempt at a distracting you from any pains you may feel with shiny objects.


This “essay” has few words.  It was not meant to.  In order to keep my sanity during the move last month, I created a series of graphics, based on the Star Trek episode, Darmok, concerning the first encounter between the crew of the Enterprise and the Children of Tama.

The Tamarians, it turned out, spoke by citing metaphors, metaphors unknown to the Federation.  On this basis did the story hinge.

I took a shot at interpreting the metaphors graphically.  Of course, what I see in the graphics and what you see will no doubt vary.

Be forewarned:  there are 27 graphics.  

If you wish to see a larger version of any of the pieces, simply click on it.  They were created in 800 pixels by 800 pixels.

Temba, his arms wide.