Seder-Masochism Progress Report

My two goals for 2017 were to bicycle 5,000 miles, and to finish Seder-Masochism. I have 30 miles to go on the first goal, slowed down by mysterious health problems (for which I’m about to undergo a series of invasive tests). But the second goal keeps getting farther away.

I have all the pieces made, and they’re pretty good. The musical numbers are entertaining, and the “Our Father” scenes, based on recordings of my own father shortly before his death in 2012, worked remarkably well.

Our Father

But the overall story isn’t holding together. In fact, it’s hard to tell what the overall story is. I set out to retell

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Goat Cherubs

Our Father’s Kids.

Our Father’s

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Heavenly Father work-in-progress…

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Jewish Cherub

Arms by Raphael. Wings by Dürer. Head by Isidor Kaufmann.

Arms by Raphael. Wings by Dürer. Head by Isidor

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Raphaelite Cherub

Child by Raphael. Wings by Dürer.

Child by Raphael. Wings by

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Whole lotta layer shading

Whole lotta layer shading in Moho Pro. Takes a long time to render but looks cool.

Whole lotta layer shading in Moho Pro. Takes a long time to render but looks

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Clouds

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God-The-Father second draft

 

Still not finished, but progress happening.

  Still not finished, but progress

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God-the-Father in progress

The final design will surely stray from this, but it’s a start.

The final design will surely stray from this, but it’s a

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Crown O’ God

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Philadelphia Bike-a-Log: Brompton on the Schuylkill River Trail

I brought my Brompton to Philadelphia so I wouldn’t need to get in a car between the station and my hotel (in fact I made it all the way to Philly without getting in a car at all, by riding the Brompton 80 miles to the train station). But I also wanted to ride the Schuylkill River Trail, and Friday that’s what I did. It did not disappoint! I would have taken more photos, but I was enjoying myself too much to dismount every time I saw another scenic opportunity. I recommend riding it yourself if you can; it is very pretty.

My route, according to Strava. The only badpart was getting to and from the train through congested downtown Philadelphia.

My route, according to Strava. The only bad part was getting to and from the train through congested downtown Philadelphia.

I entered the trail here, where it's a concrete "boardwalk."

I entered the trail downtown, where it’s a concrete “boardwalk.”

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Urbana IL to Crawfordsville IN on a Folding Bike

Last week I took a break from pushing pixels to have a life, and that life included a trip to Philadelphia. My departure station was Crawfordsville, IN. Since it was a nice day and winds were favorable, I rode the whole 80 miles on my Brompton folding bike, which I’d planned to take to Philly with me anyway. I’d really been neglecting the Brompton this Summer, as my back prefers recumbents. But it’s still a sweet bike, and with frequent breaks for back stretches, I made it without damaging myself.

My route, according to Strava (which used up all my high speed bandwidth for this billing cycle).

My route, according to Strava (which used up all my high speed bandwidth for this billing cycle).

First back-stretch stop, just north-east of Urbana IL.

First back-stretch stop, just north-east of Urbana IL.

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Goddess Dance

Fun with negative spaces in Moho.

On the subject of “the Goddess”: some people seem to think I’m asserting a “single female creator goddess.” I’m not. I am an atheist. “The Goddess” refers not to any personal religious belief, but rather the fact that all early peoples conceived the divine as female. It doesn’t matter what region, what number of names, what language – the earliest religions were goddess-based. “The Goddess” doesn’t refer to any particular religion, but a principle of all of them.

Fun with negative spaces in Moho. On the subject of “the Goddess”: some people seem to think I’m asserting a “single female creator goddess.” I’m not. I am an

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Goddess vs. Patriarchy

The goddess swallows all.

The goddess swallows

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The Terrible Goddess

Still working on this one.

Still working on this

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