Imagination decks

Collections of small pictures that can be used for new purposes.

Let a picture suggest something you have been trying to say.

Strange tiny theater

Something new.

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Wonderful wandering weather

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To face the fear

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In 2008 I lived in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, where I found an unusual enthusiasm for All Saint’s Eve . I love American folk arts.

A picture that tells a story.

Almost home

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Imagination Decks is an idea that uses little pictures. Each picture is a world unto itself. What happens when you have more than one picture?

Picture cards are nothing new, playing cards can be used in many ways. Greeting cards, and identification cards are familiar traditional forms. Playing with ideas is something that comes naturally, and there are lots of benefits. This particular adventure is a new idea I had in 1980.

I think my new thing is all about simple collections of pictures. A set of images which represent one or more ideas.  Ideas are a form of art and a topic for discussion.

The name Imagination Decks is probably outmoded. I want to introduce new people to the idea I have for exploring the possibilities for small pictures, using symbols and codes and units of meaning in new ways and old ways. Maybe its an art project, everybody make picture cards and we can figure out a way to share them appropriately.

Everybody does things with pictures, its not a new idea. I am looking for new and old ideas for using picture cards. I want to see what other people make of this notion. I want to see new pictures!

Is it like selling a painting? It works nicely for free on the computer, so that could be a huge part of the deal. Selling pictures, cards, printed cards, a set of them, colorful cards on stiff paper and with a box and an invitation for taking this idea forward and getting your own recognition for it seems like a simple business model.

What if this could mean new opportunities for income for contributing artists? Can this kind of loose sharing experience become something that might mean contributors getting paid for making picture cards?

 

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Here we come

Here we come!

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I will be traveling at the end of the month of August.  There is much to do.

My purpose for this website is to provide some kind of perspective on what I do, what I have done, and whatever comes next. I am telling this story over and over again, here are the highlights:

Imagination Decks is my great hope, I started it in 1980 with my friend LMT, she created the Story Deck and the Poetry Deck,  I was inspired by a book called Be Here Now by Ram Dass, it came with some picture cards. They gave me ideas.

Artism is never going to be finished.

Cassette Mythos is all about audio cassette art made in the 1980s.

Indices Unlimited is my indexing business that has not created any income since 1995, but I know it could with a client who needs indexing services.

Albion, Michigan is my home town, my place of birth.

Its a long road a-winding to the land of my dreams.

Today is Nagasaki day, 71 years now.

Today is all right

Behind every obstacle, there’s a free negi-toro roll waiting for you.  This is from the wisdom of Neil Strauss. Plans take place in our heads, but nature is the law of the world outside our thinking.

Plans are very orderly. They are logical and perfect. Straight as an arrow. Flawless. As human beings, we like to make plans, and then follow them to reach a goal or a destination.

Nature, however, is not so orderly. It is chaotic and unpredictable. Sometimes it is calm; other times it is wild. Sometimes it’s safe; other times it’s dangerous.

I wont say where I got this but it is new. Its new to me.

Today is going to be hot again. In the winter we crave this heat, and in the grip of the heat the winter cold seems like a nice place to be. The secret is to love the now and make it work out.

I keep building this website and tearing it down, I am not sure what I am doing with it besides exploring WordPress. It just comes naturally to me. Perhaps my nature is to love doubt. My design could be getting better, or it might not be. How would I know? I liked it when I last stopped working on it, but that was a long time ago now. That was then.

Imagination Decks is a project I started in 1980 and I feel further from figuring out how it works that I ever have. When I started I had confidence. I like looking at collections of little pictures. There are lots of reasons for collecting images.

Artism is an artificial word.

Cassette Mythos is my biggest “success” depending on how you define success. I love listening to strange sounds. That is all it needs to be.

Indices Unlimited is my almost plausible “business” but my eyes are getting worse, so detailed reading is not so pleasant any more. More importantly, most authors cannot afford to pay for this service. Either way, I identify with being an indexer, creating content navigation tools and inventing new forms of information architecture.

Albion, Michigan is my home town. Things have changed there, and the past remains.

Librarian of Alternative Medicine was my last job. It was the best gig yet! I was at a small medical school, and I developed this list of interesting links for students of alternative medicine. It has changed to fit the situation.

This new time

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Its dawn inside my head these days. The purpose of my little website here is to allow me (I am glad to imagine that you are here now too) to gather the elements of my life that are important to me, and figure out what I can. I keep tearing this website down and making it simpler. The odd thing about this very personal project is that it is yet another HTML bubble floating randomly in the mysterious ocean or whatever it is, and anybody can see deeply into it. I confess my dark crimes and nobody notices. Same as when I sing about the rainbow. She is so fine! She’s in my mind.

Imagination Decks (1980) is my first attempt at a new art form, maybe I am not done yet. Its not going so well and it does not seem to be anything like a “business” with units for sale and profit and all that, so it must be something different. Talk about the cards, look at these cards, see if you like the cards. What would it take to get you to make your own cards? The cards are gathered in decks, my new artform (I insist) is creating little collections of images (or other things) and seeing if anyone else has any similar ideasparks.

Artism is not a real word, right? You already knew that, of course. Yeah.

Cassette Mythos started in 1985 when I was trying to figure out what to do with all the cassettes and cassette reviews and ideas about cassettes that I had somehow accumulated. Trades and big deals. There are other people who like such strange music; you can make anything using Phillips cassettes, you know the kind, with the brown tape inside that sometimes gets all jammed up around the capstan and pinch roller.

Indices Unlimited was a solution to the problem of how to manage my employment at Aldus and Microsoft. Aldus went away and Microsoft has done a lot of new things since I was there in the user education department working on training manuals and early versions of online help systems. I make indexes of books. You know, those back of the book indexes? I also was there when keywords were invented and used for accessing large collections of pictures or whatever.

Albion, Michigan is my hometown, the place I often find myself when I am dreaming at night. Albion is my first frame of reference, the place where I learned to ride a bike and to figure out what to do when you see black people.

What is the big deal? Just say “hi” and see what happens.