Composite clouds

October 17, 2014

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Painted in Paper, assembled in Procreate.

The in-law chair #2

October 16, 2014

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Actually quite a stylish chair.

The old tuxedo

October 16, 2014

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Our 17 or 18 year old tuxedo sleeps a lot. It’s hard to get a pose where he doesn’t look dead.

The in-law chair #1

October 15, 2014

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Big blue balloon

October 14, 2014

Huge blue word balloon, tiny cat, tiny

Meow

Paper by 53 introduced a collaborative social network in it’s latest version. Someone posts an image, someone extends it. This word balloon was posted. I added the little cat, and the tiny word.

Here are some other images I’ve been busy posting at Mix, by 53.

This is the week that was.

October 10, 2014

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from Crucifixion by Bonaventurar Berlinghieri

I love the elegant and sophisticed stylization in this image by Berlinghieri, a relatively obscure artist of the Gothic. Pg 45 of the Uffizi Gallery by Guinti. There’s so much to see at the Uffizzi. I might like to concentrate more on these next time, if, again, I get a chance to go through. I certainly enjoyed a lot of the peripheral images, the demons, the boats, the beasts at the edges of the main work.

Long cat in three portions

October 4, 2014

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Giovanni da San Giovianni

September 30, 2014

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Black cat on green

September 29, 2014

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Francesco del Cairo

September 28, 2014

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Drawing of Botticeli

September 27, 2014

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Getting around to drawing from the catalog bought at The Uffizi last summer. Recalling that you need a fan and bottles of water to traverse the building. And lots of time, and some idea of what you want to see before you go in.

Seeing from a book is not the same thing as seeing while being there. Drawing is however much more pleasant.

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In My biggest disappointment is that I didn’t gain any superpowers I mentioned the surprise incident. All the puzzles bits aren’t yet in place, but it looks like a seizure caused by a warning stroke, or a TIA, or Transient Ischemic Attack. The bubble test, where they run some oxygenated fluid, like a carbonated software drink, through your heart shows an intra-atrial shunt, likely a PFO, or Patent Foramen Ovale, which is a small hole which allows stuff to pass through that shouldn’t.

About a quarter of the population has such a thing. And in a history of an otherwise healthy person a TIA or “out of the blue” event a PFO is the likely source. Even then, many PFO strokes are cryptogenic, or have no apparent cause.

Strokes are caused by blood clots making their way to the brain. The suspicion here is that a tiny blood clot made it through the PFO to my brain. So the question then is where did the blood clot come from? I have no history of trauma, or any extended non-mobile activity, in the past year.

Any other ‘anomalous’ findings in my battery of tests, all are typically age related and not unusual. Blood tests continue to look for the zebra in that large herd of horses.

At this point, there are simple drugs – a daily aspirin – which act as a blood thinner. This should keep the clots away. PFO’s can be managed otherwise with surgery. We’re not near that point yet.

I can continue with my otherwise uninteresting normal boring life. As I did have the seizure, though, it will require my being clear for a year before I can drive again.
http://www.livestrong.com/article/390835-exercising-with-patent-foramen-ovale/ is a light quick overview.

“Symptoms of PFO include fatigue, shortness of breath upon exertion, heart palpitations, swelling in the legs, feet and ankles, cyanosis, or possibly stroke.”.

Yup.

and

http://cardiaccenteroftexas.com/pfo is little more thorough and medical.

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