austin_dern (austin_dern) wrote,
austin_dern
austin_dern

Yes it's been quite a while, and it's so good to see you again

Not quite a day in, and I've had something to roll my eyes and leave the room from dad about. In this case, his great delight at putting my name up on Google and seeing how many sites come back. It's something like 1900 different pages, and he insists on me coming out and seeing and commenting on every one of them, including sites that reprint some Usenet witticism from 1995. I can't convince him that (a) I know I'm on a jillion pages, and (b) I don't much care, and (c) I don't have comment on most of them.

The only embarrassing thing is pretty near the first page is my Yerf archive. This set of my artworks, pretty much moribund, just goes to show how low the admission standards for Yerf -- back then called SCFA, I believe, if they weren't still rat.org -- were in 1996. My only good picture in it is Austin Dern looking off into a surreal sunset, and even that's not actually good, just evocative. I do draw a little bit better than I did back then, but not much, and I don't like staring at the sketches I once thought were finished drawings.

More, it's one of the few sites that makes an explicit connection between the real-life me and the furry me, and I've been trying to give them some greater spacing the past few years. I've never tried explaining furry to my parents, though I know they wouldn't mind. Really, they'd be interested in sharing this aspect of my life. I just don't want to explain it. I'm content sharing my real life with my parents, and don't want to go into greater detail. Is this some sort of madness? Yes, but I have an excuse to be mad; I'm in academia.

Trivia: Among the names critics gave The Monolith on seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey were: Artifact; metal prism; pentalogue; Miles van der Rohe version of one-half the Tables of the Law; black basalt column; black steel door; long cement board; pillar; the block; monolith; two-by-four; teaching machine; candy bar; calling card; transistor radio; handball court wall; Cracker Jacks box; vibrating metallic bar; God. Source: The Making of Kubrick's 2001, Edited by Jerome Agel.

Currently Reading: Keystone: The Life and Clowns of Mack Sennett, Simon Louvish.

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