Artemis Sere’s Daily Thirteen (20130109)

1.  (source unknown, captured from a Facebook share) “Bruce [Lee] had me up to three miles a day, really at a good pace. We’d run the three miles in twenty-one or twenty-two minutes. Just under eight minutes a mile [Note: when running on his own in 1968, Lee would get his time down to six-and-a half minutes per mile]. So this morning he said to me “We’re going to go five.” I said, “Bruce, I can’t go five. I’m a helluva lot older than you are, and I can’t do five.” He said, “When we get to three, we’ll shift gears and it’s only two more and you’ll do it.” I said “Okay, hell, I’ll go for it.” So we get to three, we go into the fourth mile and I’m okay for three or four minutes, and then I really begin to give out. I’m tired, my heart’s pounding, I can’t go any more and so I say to him, “Bruce if I run any more,” –and we’re still running-”if I run any more I’m liable to have a heart attack and die.” He said, “Then die.” It made me so mad that I went the full five miles. Afterward I went to the shower and then I wanted to talk to him about it. I said, you know, “Why did you say that?” He said, “Because you might as well be dead. Seriously, if you always put limits on what you can do, physical or anything else, it’ll spread over into the rest of your life. It’ll spread into your work, into your morality, into your entire being. There are no limits. There are plateaus, but you must not stay there, you must go beyond them. If it kills you, it kills you. A man must constantly exceed his level.

2.  I received an iPad for use at work. Very interesting to experience the net and social media via different tablets and experiences. I’m still very partial to my Google Nexus tablet, and love how it works and feels. The iPad is heavy and operates a bit clunkier than I expected. Even the Targus Pad Case it came with has oddly-angled ridges. Also, I’m a big fan of Nexus & Galaxy’s Mini-USB, both from a Universal Adapter and root powering perspective. It took me a few minutes to realize that the iPad wasn’t charging when plugged into another laptop via USB.  Maybe I’m doing something wrong. I’m not an Apple Cultist, though, so you won’t hear me singing praises of the tech. I grew up with Apple, back in the 80s & 90s and AppleMac days. More to come on my iPad UX.
3.  A good scout always has a backup plan stashed where no one expects to look.
4.  Life is a lot like field management in soccer. Run to the open space, create separation from those racing after you.
5.  Don’t get full of yourself, or ahead of yourself. Stay hungry. Stay here.
6.  We so underestimate the power of the bug. Viruses are far more adaptive and predatory than we are, yet we spend very little real human resources figuring out how to track and beat them. It’s virtually impossible for immunization sources to keep up with the rate of mutation, at least with the amount of serious resources put towards it right now. I may seem like I am against synthetic medicine, but that’s only because I don’t trust it’s current state. Medicine is not presently in the business of curing people. By current economy and standards, it can’t. More healing can only lead to fewer customers, and fewer customers is bad for bottom lines and bonus checks.
7.  “A great mind must be androgynous.” (Coleridge)
8.  Klout Score 62. Proof that this stuff works. I watch my Engagement stats on Buffer.com, and am watching patterns. Fascinating what takes off and what doesn’t, when it takes off and when it doesn’t. Have to increase audience to expand test case.
9.  Must pick up Modestep’s “Evolution Theory” in a couple of weeks. So pumped for that album. Gotta thank my pal from Sweden, Ola Damberg, for turning me onto them.
10. I don’t let scenes define me. I don’t worry about fitting anywhere. I am not so square.
11. The key to being a productive artist is accepting that your next work will be better than your last, and not dwelling on the imperfections of the product of the present. Do your best, and know your best will get better if you keep trying, practicing and working.
12. Burning bed, 1977. Hartford tornado, 1978. Pestalozziweg Apartment fire, 1985. Bavarian Boy Scout Camp Tornado, 1986. Car Accident on 36, 2005. Bridge Collapse of 35W, 2007. Coon Rapids Tornado, 2008.
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Artemis Sere’s Daily Thirteen (20130108)

1. “Xenomorphine (The Bonesetter’s Revenge, Book 2) releases a week from today. I am excited by that, and really should be more. Unfortunately, I’m in way too many music orbits that don’t flock to written and visual art as they do bands or musicians. I lack too few passionate fans of my work. And, sadly, that number vacillates too much. I just don’t know how to maintain an artistic brand without trying to connect with people at the same time; I think the process is pretty balanced these days. People want to have “conversations” with their brands, make them heroes, wear them, like them, promote them, show them in most ways they can, everything from their water bottles to their type of shoe. Yet, people can’t seem to have an equal passion when it comes to art. The mainstream medias capture millions of eyes of this country; it’s hard to steer interest elsewhere when you’re an insignificant brand trying to stabilize yourself in a world that could care less unless you bleed.

2.  Corporations won’t let America crash, but it will let it slide out of it’s spot at the top of the power chain. To many in the USA, that is equal to a crash. There’s nothing wrong with being #2. Perhaps America needs to consider such a placement as a positive step backwards, while the country convulses with the breadth of change it will deliver. Sometimes, you need to allow yourself to take two steps backwards in order to step strongly forward again. America’s smart enough to strategize how to reclaim the helm, but it would require a level of change unfamiliar here.
3.  Sludge sinks, scum floats

4.  “Art is never finished, only abandoned.” (da Vinci)
5.  I was emailed the lineup for Ultra 2013 today. It gave me pause for a second. Last year’s trip to Miami was awesome, and one of my greatest and most life-defining experiences. But I don’t want to do the show alone again, and there’s no one in my orbit to coordinate a trip with. I feel like I should be bummed by that, but I’m not. I’m thinking of it as my internal map echoing “Redirecting Route” as a new course is plotted. That’s the life I should strive to live, I suppose, as a single person with no family of my own. I should take it as a call to build new experiences. And, global ones. I’m thinking Colorodo later this year, and hopefully a cruise at the end of this year. But 2014…  we go global.  Hopefully, successful artistic projects will give me extra rocket boost towards that goal.
6.  We need to turn “hope” into “certainty”.
7.  This piece is called “Razorjaw”. It is a piece of graphic art I designed off of the inside of a tanning booth. I spend a great deal of time tanning (save your sermon), and love the look and feel of the inside of a tanning booth. The ultraviolet colors. The metals. The pure light. This piece, however, is pretty damn violent.
8.  Not a fan of Alex Jones or Infowars.com anymore. I don’t think Piers Morgan is advocating that we have American guns taken away completely, and I think he’s performing a valuable service in showing a mirror to the current American culture, leading the other side of the discussion. Unfortunately, fear rules.
9.  I think tundra hats are ugly. I suppose they’re functional, but why someone would choose to wear one in less than tundra temperatures is beyond me.
10. ‘Sere’ is an acronym.
11. Some people wonder if Biotin really works as a hair and nail growth influencer, and I would say confidently yes, so long as you have the ability to grow those things  It won’t help regrow hair or nails, but it will help it grow faster or give it strength. I’ve used it for extended periods of time over the last couple years and saw benefits from its use.
12. Life as an artist is endless and tiring work. Too bad I’m stuck with black coffee. Gotta remember that I need these skills for the long-term, not short. Overweight and diabetic will limit my window of production. I don’t want to get there.
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Artemis Sere’s Daily Thirteen (20130107)

1. Definitely disappointed that Viking’s QB Christian Ponder had a bum elbow (seriously?! a bum elbow?), but happy that the Green Bay Packers finally look like a team to contend with. It took them all year for their team to heal up (minus the massive amount of players on IR), and for them to play a relatively complete game, but at least they’re finding form in the playoffs. Some players just rise when it’s needed most. I suppose I can relate to that.

2.  I going to miss the show “Fringe”. I’m impressed with the range of scientific topics it covered over its five seasons. Most of all, I’m going to miss Anna Torv, who I really grew to appreciate with the show. I do have to admit that I hate the show tactic that has become common among Sci-Fi shows these days, where the transition between seasons sometimes jumps 6 months to multiple years into a future state of the character and plot. This tactic was used mostly terribly in the show “Heroes”, but recently encountered it in both “Supernatural” and “Fringe”. The end of the fourth season of “Fringe” was exciting and interesting, but the fifth season branched off of episode 19, not the final episode of the 4th Season. “Fringe” is done in the next few weeks, and I must say that I’ve enjoyed the ride. 
3.  “Art is the queen of all sciences communicating knowledge to all the generations of the world.” (da Vinci)
4.  This is a picture of me last year on Miami Beach. I was down there for a show called “Ultra Festival”. It was my full-on immersion with Dubstep and Electronic music, and it was awesome. I’ll call it life-changing; I’m sure I’ll reference it often. It was an amazing trip; a very lonely trip, but amazing. I got a shitload of great photography, but focused much of my time on the beach and enjoying the sun, surf and beautiful solitude. 
5.  One Direction? Seriously?
6.  I do not watch mainstream TV. Ironically, I don’t like the programming of everything in between what you’re there to see. So much good air wasted on convincing you that you need something that you really don’t. Most of the time. Or, it’s an ad for another TV show, which you probably shouldn’t watch anyway. You should be up, doing something. Pushing away atrophy more than checking into the shutdown ward. But it hurts. I know. I know the pain. I feel it, and know it well. As someone that has suffered with two chronic health conditions for the last eleven years, I’ve had far more bad days than good ones. But I’ve learned that if you don’t fight, if you let the programming tell you what you want, instead of defining your boundaries and learning how to evolve, you will be lost to their stream, not your own.
7.  I know I’m strange. I suppose my way of thinking is based on my past-life experiences. Spent most of my childhood living in Germany and Belgium, away from the grand ol’ USA. I don’t fit or fit in well. I smile well, I suppose, but there’s much about the society that I returned to that I never fully understood. Honestly, I still don’t. And, I suppose it is because I am honest. I think evolution will comes from tracking our patterns, living outside of the normal, understanding and redefining what it means to be human, without the straps of myth. 
8.  But I appreciate myth, and religion. While I equate all religion as formalized, centralized myth, I appreciate the power both hold on the human race. As an evolving creature, it was necessary for us to develop genesis stories, endtime stories, heroes, legends, gods, goddesses, we have recycled them all throughout time. Plotlines rewritten with each rewriting of human. Themes remain the same over a long timeline. Lessons unlearned as a species will someday be our reckoning. I’m not going to subscribe myth to that prediction; I’m not going to suggest a timetable to that statement. We’re fundamentally unable as a species to find an equilibrium outside of the orbit of greed. Myth and religion keep greed spinning through our creature, necessary and dangerous at the same time.

9.  People need myth and religion to calm their fears, when passionate belief ultimately replaces one set of fears with another. Faith itself doesn’t require myth or religion to survive; it need only the absence of fear. We may never have answers about the reality of what happens after a human dies. Many will say that they know, but there is no replicable proof. That’s why I’m a Secular Humanist.

“I’ve looked at life from both sides now,
From win and lose, and still somehow
It’s life’s illusions i recall.
I really don’t know life at all.”

(Mitchell)

10. For some reason, spent today thinking a lot about my “Blackhawk Rising” project that I started with Dwight Brakel five or six years ago. The goal was to write a “Apocalypse Book” involving 2012. To be honest, I think he just wanted to write a book, and I was too all-over-the-place in my life and on that concept that I eventually got lost in where I thought it should go, and the book project never went anywhere. At the other side of the dreaded 2012 date now, I look at the concept differently and have found some very enticing pieces of the story concept that I may be able to reversion into something that works. Long-term goal, but something I want to consider.
11. Blackhawk Rising general concept: Fifty years into the future, mankind is struck by a debilitating avian influenza virus that destroys most human life on the planet, and sends the survivors into hiding. Over time, the carrion creatures on the surface of Earth that feed off the bodies of diseased humans evolve at a mutated rate, a side effect of a virus gone wrong. Eventually termed the “Blackhawk” virus for the creatures that became the next dominant species chain, mankind fights survival against an avian world that has turned against them. And hunts them. But Edwin Lazarus just can’t seem to die, no matter how hard he tries, no matter how many nests he has to clear from skyscapers, and no matter how many antidotes he finds. He knows he is more like them than his own race.And that doesn’t scare him. More often than not, it’s the humans that scare him. Hunter and anti-hero, he takes on Blackhawk while trying to find the cure in a world that has shut down and hid itself underground, as a dark-winged future unfolds and takes hold.
12. Headaches today.
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