Monday, December 12, 2005


Your Monday Photo Shoot: Show us a series of pictures with a theme. "A series" in this case can mean "two" but three or four would be good. The theme could be anything you want, although it being the holidays, something holiday-oriented would be a good and easy thing to do.

King Hubert* by Marc Davis

Pink Doctors by Xavier Cugat

Cityscape, artist unknown

The Eighth Doctor by Reuben Calvillo

Abstract by Sanders

I'm going to make you guess what the theme is. The first person to get it exactly right wins...I don't know what, but somethin'!

Brain Teaser

I had a great idea earlier today for another entry, possibly a series of entries. I don't feel up to writing much of it tonight, but here's a teaser:

"I love humans. Always seeing patterns in things that aren't there."
- The Eighth Doctor, Doctor Who tv movie.

I have a theory about brains.

They're weird.

Brains are erratic and complex. They carry out a bewildering array of biochemical and bioelectric functions, ranging from autonomic regulation (keeping you breathing, for example) to interpreting sensory data, learning and thinking and feeling and doing. A lot of it involves making or rehearsing connections between things. If it barks, it's a dog. If it's Monday, I should be prepared to take photos for Scalzi's meme. If I want to eat this ice cream, I probably need a spoon. Snow=Winter. Red + Green = Christmas colors, or maybe a traffic light.

Making connections is an absolutely crucial part of thinking. If you didn't make a connection between the word "dog" and the concept of dogs and the traits that identify Tuffy Toro (or any other dog) as belonging to the category "dogs," then you could not really think about dogs.

Okay, fine so far. But what happens when the brain tries to make connections between unrelated phenomena? Do we all see "patterns...that aren't there"? What do you think?


*For some reason, I keep calling him King Humphrey. That's wrong. It's Hubert.


Carly said...

I LOVE this series of pics. Great!!

Always, Carly :)

Becky said...

Ooo Ooo Ooo! I know! The series is "Art work I have hanging on my walls in my house." As in...YOUR walls, of course. LMAO

Paul said...

But what happens when the brain tries to make connections between unrelated phenomena? Do we all see "patterns...that aren't there"?

Of course we do. Where do you think things like religion come from?

DesLily said...

a series of "unknown artists" right? ok what do i get? lol lol

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Yes, these are all in my house, but that's kind of irrelevant. Technically, King Humphrey isn't on my walls. Keep trying! - K.

Becky said...

LMAO at the "unknown artists" comment! HA! about...original pieces of artwork that Karen owns?

Karen Funk Blocher said...

Getting warmer, Becky. What's the title of this entry?

And by the way, Marc Davis and Xavier Cugat were both famous. Davis was one of Disney's Nine Old Men, and worked on both classic Disney films and Disneyland (he did most of the Imagineering on Pirates of the Caribbean). Cugat was a bandleader, a painter, and Charo's husband!


Globetrotter said...

Oh dear...

The only thing that I can determine that each picture has in common is that not one of these pictures was taken en face or straight on. They were all photographed croise or at a strange angle.

Now I'm gonna go peek and see what everyone else said!

I hope I won! I hope I won!

Globetrotter said...

Finding Original Art Posted At Aggravating Angles!

I give up!

My feelings are real

Inside the Gilded Cage

Globetrotter said...

Well I know that answer wasn't right, because if two of those artists are famous then you must be exorbitently wealthy to own an original!

And if you were that wealthy than you would not have cared how much the plumbing job back in October would cost.

Back to the drawing board...

Globetrotter said...

Finding original art particularly at art auctions!

yeah! Looked at them a little more closely and they could be originals!

Globetrotter said...

Okay Karen.

I'm sorry to spam you like this and I promise this is my last guess.

Finding Original Art Placed At Awkward Angles.

I'm done.

And off to beddy byes. Night-night!

Globetrotter said...

PHOTOGRAPHED at awkward angles!

I got it, didn't I?

HEEHEE! I'm so happy I'm smarter than I thought!


Now, I'm really off to sleep!

Sarah said...

Well, it seems like the theme is art, you know, but I guess you're looking for something a bit more perceptive than that.