So here I am having finished my trip, my traveling man project or at least this phase of it and back to school. I am rather tired mostly due to feeling lost at school though I only missed a couple of days. But this is decompression and it isn't a bad feeling just one to get through. Getting back to life is always a funny thing. I am one of those people who work on a rhythm to my life, I am a person of habitual behaviors. I get up at the same time five days a week like most people who work, I now have my school routine and kinda of a routine on making my postcards. I feel good with this pattern, and I am not sure if that is a good thing or not. I suspect I am one of millions in this boat, and I suspect that working to patterns is an evolutionary thing just as vision is based a lot on pattern recognition. In fact synchronicity and pattern recognition to me is probably the motor force to much of what we call religious feelings. The existential need to be part of some greater pattern, to see patterns in the events around us whether they really are part of some larger scheme or not. Hasn't it struck anyone else odd that the face of the "son of god" or other iconic personages from the Christian belief system keeps popping up in the strangest of places, on screen doors, on burnt toast or a overdone pancake. Or why do ministers of mega churches all have to look like third rate Nashville musical agents. Not laughing at anyone's belief systems but it is rather odd to me. I am not making this up, I read about these events, or see these guys on TV. Belief is a powerful mechanism much like pattern recognition. Computers can't quite do it that well yet, this is one of the big holy grails, face recognition is a work in progress, and some machine vision applications are getting better, but it has been a tough road for those involved. We are very good at it with our wetware brains, much better than machines. We also add the quality of valence or value to the things we see and bits of the things we see, just as we add value to a variety of properties of those things we see. If you want to see an example of a great exploitation of our vision just go to a medieval church with the sweeping vaults and lines and overwhelming sense of holiness and gravity to your surroundings. That is what makes these places such works of art.

Anyway I will go through this and come out OK on the other side.

ta ta for now

ps. Congrats to Haint for being one of the two luckiest art collectors on the whole face of the earth. Just check out the previous post to understand.