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I am not going to say anything about the politics inherent in the whole Iraqi torture photo scandal. It's too stupid and ugly for that. Other people have spoken way more eloquently about the inhumanity of it all, so I'm not going to add to that. However, there's one point I gotta make.

I am not the kind of person who commits war crimes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that most war crimes are, in fact, committed by the sort of person who doesn't commit war crimes, life being the way it is and combat zones having notoriously debilitating effects on the human psyche.

However, if I am ever in a situation where I AM committing war crimes, I am sure as hell not going to take photos.

Bad enough that we have people doing this monstrous thing, but god, do they have to be so STUPID? Jesus, did they think there was a "Geneva's Funniest Human Rights Violations" show that they could submit them to? Who the hell videotapes themselves doin' that kind of crap? What the hell, man?

breeden
ursulav

(no subject)

I am not going to say anything about the politics inherent in the whole Iraqi torture photo scandal. It’s too stupid and ugly for that. Other people have spoken way more eloquently about the inhumanity of it all, so I’m not going to add to that. However, there’s one point I gotta make.

I am not the kind of person who commits war crimes, but I have a sneaking suspicion that most war crimes are, in fact, committed by the sort of person who doesn’t commit war crimes, life being the way it is and combat zones having notoriously debilitating effects on the human psyche.

However, if I am ever in a situation where I AM committing war crimes, I am sure as hell not going to take photos.

Bad enough that we have people doing this monstrous thing, but god, do they have to be so STUPID? Jesus, did they think there was a “Geneva’s Funniest Human Rights Violations” show that they could submit them to? Who the hell videotapes themselves doin’ that kind of crap? What the hell, man?

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.


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ursulav

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http://yerf.com/vernursu/lizardlove.jpg

I can't get over this color scheme. It's so pink! It's mostly quinacridone magenta. My tube was an ancient, crustified mass inherited from my mother, which I eventually had to cut open, scrape with a palette knife, and soak. Then I read the warning about something called formaldehyde phenol. Hmm. Well, it's wedged nicely under my fingernails now, so if I start to froth and twitch and develop mutant superpowers (presumably the ability to turn things magenta, although I could hope to be the Magenta Lantern) you'll know why.

Anyway, the neat thing is that these are fairly quick--I slop down a lot of paint on the background a coupla times, and then define the rocks. The only part that needs to be left blank is the lizards. This appeals to my inner slacker. They look rather better in the flesh, I think--being digital eats some of the subtlety, since the light goes through the watercolor in layers when you see it, but not when it's scanned, so what's a nice complex pink-over-blue-over red turns into "vague purple" on the screen. But that's the sort of thing you can't really fix with 72 dpi, so I'm not all that worried about it, and this is pretty close.

Yes, the rocks are phallic. But they're not THAT phallic. I think we all know by now just how phallic they could get...

breeden
ursulav

(no subject)

http://yerf.com/vernursu/lizardlove.jpg

I can’t get over this color scheme. It’s so pink! It’s mostly quinacridone magenta. My tube was an ancient, crustified mass inherited from my mother, which I eventually had to cut open, scrape with a palette knife, and soak. Then I read the warning about something called formaldehyde phenol. Hmm. Well, it’s wedged nicely under my fingernails now, so if I start to froth and twitch and develop mutant superpowers (presumably the ability to turn things magenta, although I could hope to be the Magenta Lantern) you’ll know why.

Anyway, the neat thing is that these are fairly quick–I slop down a lot of paint on the background a coupla times, and then define the rocks. The only part that needs to be left blank is the lizards. This appeals to my inner slacker. They look rather better in the flesh, I think–being digital eats some of the subtlety, since the light goes through the watercolor in layers when you see it, but not when it’s scanned, so what’s a nice complex pink-over-blue-over red turns into “vague purple” on the screen. But that’s the sort of thing you can’t really fix with 72 dpi, so I’m not all that worried about it, and this is pretty close.

Yes, the rocks are phallic. But they’re not THAT phallic. I think we all know by now just how phallic they could get…

Originally published at Tea with the Squash God. You can comment here or there.