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legos, writing, and a lego selfie

Right before bed last night I started thinking about Lego.

Thinking about how following the instructions and building the sets with my littel guy is a lot of fun, and an exercise in patience, for both him and me.

Of course, freebuilding out of the big box of random legos (that all of the sets eventually disentegrate into) is a lot of fun, too. (For some reason I find myself building a lot of vehicles when we are in free building mode.)

Then I started to think about how building from the sets with the instructions can inform the freebuilding. Not only do you get a lot of great pieces from the sets, but you get to see interesting ways those pieces are used. You get new techniques.

Building from the sets nourishes the freebuilding.

This year I’ve vowed to write 500 words a day. (More accurately, 540 a day, since I didn’t start right on January 1.)

I hope some of that writing will make it’s way to screentone, but a lot of it is really awful, right now.

Not only that, but those 540 words are a lot more difficult to write, it takes a lot longer to hit that word count if I don’t get in any reading that day, or if I don’t manage to do anything but go to work and take care of little guy.

Just as building the lego sets provides nourishment for the freebuilding of Legos, reading, and doing these provide the nourishment for writing.

And on some days I really have to closely examine my day to find something to write about. I really have to notice things to find that nourishment.

First Post and an Indy Fan Shirt!

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to a website. There’s a lot of interesting stuff out there, and I’d like to share it, but doing so by email is tedious. Screentone allows me to pluck my notebook from my pocket and share it with the world. Or, at least, the select few who are in the know.

The other thought behind having a website is to show what I make, and websites like myspace and facebook, which seem to do that sort of thing very well, don’t seem to be my sort of thing.

So, here I am. I picked up a copy of WordPress for Dummies, and have been reading it, and it’s been great, but before I dive in; try to design a website proper, select a web hosting service and attempt to do a bunch of other stuff that I have no idea how to do, I thought that this; quickly tossing together a blog on the cheap, might be the way to go, while I continue to learn about everything else.

This first post will also give me the opportunity to unveil my Indiana Jones fan shirt, in honor of the new movie (which I’m afraid is going to suck, but which I’m going to see on opening day, nonetheless) and in anticipation of Lego Indy for Playstation! I think the design for the T may go through a couple of minor changes before it sees print, but you get the idea…

Also, the header image is a photo of a stack of my clean dishes. I’ve also got to try and figure out how to move my blog title from the middle of the header.

I hope this works, and be sure to check back tomorrow…

oooh….the white may be even better…