Glitch Happens Illustrations

Many blessings upon the editors who sometimes let you fly with an idea! Tim Clancy was just that Editor-in-Chief, and he really let me run with this one.

The Glitch Happens article that appeared in the October 2007 Graduating Engineer & Computer Careers magazine was written by Dee Giffin Flaherty and Philip D. Flaherty, and they told some wonderfully descriptive stories that screamed out to me for very specific artwork.

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Only Three Photos

While in Conover, WI last week, I took only three photos, and they were all of this eagle. And they were all the same poor quality…sigh.

We were driving down the road when we saw him/her, and I had a bit of a jog back to take the pictures. He/she had found the perfect spot by a lake.

About two miles down the road we saw the other contender for our national bird. The turkey hopped out of the way of the car in the nick of time. I really think the founding fathers made the right choice because there really isn’t a lot of meat on a Bald Eagle. Of course, I suppose they might have been farm raised if they’d become our traditional Thanksgiving dinner.

However, I think it would have been a tough sell to make the turkey seem noble and aloof.

Thanks for Your Patience

It’s been a while, eh?


The quote: “Enjoy when you can, endure when you must.” —Wolfgang von Goethe (1749-1832)


The quote: “Men have become the tools of their tools.” —H.D. Thoreau

The pencil sketches were actually done on the 18th on the train in the morning.

There’s been so much going on lately that I did not make it to the Chicago Bike Show. It used to run Friday through Sunday, and it was great to pop over there Friday after work. Now I’d have to make a special trip into the city—far less tempting. Sounds like that is one vote for adding Friday back on. Who’s with me?


The quote on the 11th (added on the 12th): “Like so many Americans, she was trying to construct a life that made sense from the things she found in gift shops.” —Kurt Vonnegut (1922-2007)

The quote on the 12th: “One should, as a rule, respect public opinion in so far as is necessary to avoid starvation and to keep out of prison, but anything that goes beyond this is voluntary submission to an unnecessary tyrany, and is likely to interfere with happiness in all kinds of ways.” —Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)


The quote: “There’s a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like and idiot.” —Steven Wright

The website: http://www.findsolar.com. As you might have noticed from all the little notes about meeting realtors, I’m in the process of selling my house and buying a new one. After 11 years in my little townhome, I’m ready to find a lawn to mow all by myself. In the way of pipedreams, I was doing a little research into installing solar panels on my imaginary new home. I don’t want to say it’s impossible, but it’s pretty far out there. If you have copious quantities of loose cash around, and want to help the environment, check it out for your home.


No quotes here. Sorry. There is, however, a giant colored dinosaur egg for Easter. Wasn’t that a tradition in everyone’s home, you know: The giant colored dinosaur egg in the driveway with a big bow on it, and men in lederhosen blowing long horns attempting to get the dinosaur to hatch? Well, wasn’t it…?


The quote: “Organized crime in America takes in over forty billion dollars a year and spends very little on office supplies.” —Woody Allen. Just had to laugh when I read this one. In my opinion, Woody Allen is better on paper. I get too distracted by all his fidgeting when I see him to pay attention to what he is saying. This is a problem, of course, because he says some very funny things.

The hands were doodled while riding the train on the 18th. The vase was drawn Saturday morning (the 14th) in a fit of self-recrimination for not doing enough drawing.

By the by, the Easter bunny made an early appearance on this spread. Can you see him?


The quote: “The most erroneous stories are those we think we know best—and therefore never scrutinize or question.” —Stephen Jay Gould (1941-2002)

How’s this for a hideous background? Sometimes the muses are napping. I think mine had had a fifth of vodka and passed out cold. Mid-week too…naughty muse.

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Datebook 3-26 Thru 4-2


The quotes: “A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer.” —Bruce Lee (1940-73)

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.”
—Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

“I wasn’t born a fool. It took work to get this way.” —Danny Kay (1913-87)

I’m afraid to admit the three mile mountain bike train commute on the 2nd was the first of the year. That is a rather late start on fuel conservation for the year—my apologies to the environment (and to my waistline).


The quote: “Peace is not an abscence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.” —Baruch Spinoza (1632-1677)

The sentiment above is an important one. If it were more widely embraced—if it became the core of man’s (mankind’s) motivation to act—it would certainly dampen the rage that leads to war in the first place. As a comfort in a time of war, however, it fails as any piece of rhetoric is doomed to withstand that level of violence. I’d simply rather have my peace without war. Still, I’ll tuck the idea away and try to protect it from encroaching cynicism, and I’ll hope to see it blossom some day.


The quote: “Cheese—milk’s leap toward immortality.” —Clifton Fadiman (1904-1999)

The news (which I acquired on the elevator at work during lunch via the Captivate [or captive] network): Lloyd Brown, the last U.S. Navy veteran of WWI passed away today (the 29th). He was 105.

Thank you, Mr. Brown, for your years of service to the United States. Thank you, also, to all the veterans and active service men and women.


The quote: “We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.” —Bertha Calloway

This quote would have worked a bit better on the next day’s spread. Oh well, you never know how these things are going to work out.

Datebook 3-18 thru 25


Sorry, no quote for the 24th and 25th. I simply had other things to ponder. The weather was so beautiful that there were bike rides to complete. I also spent some time sitting in my garden having an “Artist’s Date”. The artist’s date is a concept from the Walking in This World book, and I haven’t held true to it every week.

The doorway is a sketch from memory. I was watching the movie Holiday, with Katherine Hepburn and Cary Grant—great movie and the third or fourth time I’ve seen it. Anyway, I caught a brief glimpse of the doorway of the house. I’m sure the details above the large globe are wrong, but I was having fun by the time I got to those details and just didn’t want to stop.


The quote: “Eat a live toad the first thing in the morning and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day.” —Author unknown

Gee, as much as I’d like to get the worst stuff out of the way first thing in the morning, I’m going to have to take a pass on this.

The background on this spread is the worst one in the book so far. The doodles helped a little since they cover some of it.


In the way of “less is more”, I really like this spread. The sunset was one I saw from the train on the way home weeks ago, and I did it via reflection since I was sitting with my back to the west. The quote is the end of the one from the previous spread—it was rather long.


H.D. Thoreau’s journal entry 17-Mar-1852:
“I catch myself philosophizing most abstractedly when first returning to consciousness in the night or in the morning. I make the truest observations and distinctions then, when the will is yet wholly asleep and the mind works like a machine without friction. I am conscious of having, in my sleep, transcended the limits of the individual and made observations and carried on conversations which in my waking hours I can neither recall nor appreciate. As if in sleep our individual fell into the infinite mind, and at that moment of awakening we found ourselves on the confines of the latter. On awakening we resume our enterprise, take up our bodies and become limited mind again. We meet and converse with those bodies which we have previously animated. There is a moment in the dawn, when the darkness of the night is dissipated and before the exhalations of the day commence to rise, when we see things more truly than at any other time. The light is more trustworthy, since our senses are purer and the atmosphere is less gross. By afternoon all objects are seen in mirage.”