Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

I started playing around in GIMP a couple of days ago for this picture. It took a while for anything to really click for me, but eventually this did. Then I sat staring at it for another two days knowing that it needed some little tweaks and improvements, but I never could figure out exactly what those should be. The title is basically a reference, along with the obvious song reference, to the diamonds and the rain and the color. It’s not the best title, but it sort of works for me and I’m honestly kind of tired of thinking about this picture. It is big enough to use as a wallpaper, but I don’t really think it works as one, so, you know, do whatever the fuck you like.

Stargazing

Stargazing, a picture I put together with GIMP. I basically took a picture, the bottom half, and added a much cooler sky. I think it looks good, but who knows.

I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night

I liked how this piece of the poem fit the picture I had put together.

I found this poem recently,┬áThe Old Astronomer to His Pupil by Sarah Williams. I really liked the last two lines and they fit so perfectly, I felt, with the picture I had just finished working on that I combined them into something that I hope looks nice. Just a note, I know the text is a bit hard to read on a browser, but if you actually look at the image at something close to full size it’s perfectly readable. I’m putting the quote at the bottom for those of you who are too lazy. I put this picture together with GIMP it started off in a whole different direction, but eventually came to this.

 

“Though my soul may set in darkness, it will rise in perfect light;
I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night.”
– Sarah Williams

 

The only working alternative is wild bursts of madness

Just a Hunter Thompson quote that I liked, so I put this thing together.d

Income Inequality and Climate Change

Income inequality and economic injustice effects every issue this country faces, let’s just consider climate change. I’m sure you’ve noticed that there isn’t a lot of actual movement on the issue. Why? To my mind there are two big reasons for this and they both tie into income inequality. The most obvious is the fact that oil and gas tycoons have enough income to buy politicians and block real reform. If they had less money to spend they wouldn’t be able to block reform so easily. The second is less obvious, but nearly as important. There isn’t enough populist support for climate change legislation to overcome the money. Why not? I think there’s two reasons for this. First, there’s a media machine dedicated to denying climate change; again all the money showing its influence. Second, poor people have limited, but legitimate reasons to worry about how effective legislation will affect their lives. There’s a lot of people in this country balancing the cost of heat, gas for their cars, and food. A slight increase in energy costs could lead to more days going hungry every month. If these people had more money they wouldn’t have to worry and could be more supportive of climate change legislation.