About 20 or so years ago I spent 2 years learning to read the hieroglyphs of the Maya. I had already spent countless years becoming illiterate in Egyptian hieroglyphs so it made since to look into this other great dyslexic friendly writing system. I put in the time and the brain sweat only to find that when I got to the point where I could just start to read the literature that I was totally turned off by all the religious bloodshed, horror and flaying of living humans. I had the key to open the door but did not like what was on the other side. So I quit my studies and almost all of it drained out of my head. One of the few things I got from that time is a lasting love of the Popol Vuh. My next project is the brothers One and Seven Blowgunner and their ball court on the top of death's domain. Outline of Popol Vuh Action
Been doing research on Xmucane, the grandmother of the Hero Twins and creator of the world. More new age idiot pages with sexy girly images that have nothing to do with anything from the Popol Vuh telling me to say a prayer to Xmucane for my schedule book because she was the goddess of calendars and time. Why are the Maya such New Age loony magnets. Got the power plugs working on the front of the Ball Court Ring unit.
Went out to see Moana at the cheep theater but it was sold out. Picked up a good book on art of the Maya. Went out for sushi. That wasn't sold out. Very nice. Little more work on the ball court ring.
The "Ring" in the ball court is pie in the sky. Everybody shoots at it but is is not like Basketball. Whole games go by without anybody getting the ball in the ring. From what I can find in my research the main points are from keeping the ball in the air kind of like tennis only played with only the hips. So, Soccor, Tennis, extreme Basketball with the loser getting his heart cut out. What is not to love.
I have attached contacts for power to lights in the eyes of the Owl messengers. The center of the rings is packed with a air dry silicone foam for tie downs.
My WonderCon Panel
Building Stop Motion Puppets, Saturday, 4/1/17, 10:00a.m. - 11:00a.m., Room: 211
A low cost, low teach approach to the creation of Stop Motion Animation Puppets with long time animation educator and Stop Motion Animator Larry Loc. Learn how to make sophisticated wire armatures with the tools as hand and supplies readily available at your local hardware store. Learn how to turn armatures into effective Stop Motion Puppets.
Some thoughts on how history is made up by jerks without research
Or "The Road to El Dorado" was not set in the real world either.
There are a lot of wrong headed ideas about the Maya. Most often among the New Age crowd with their Harmonic Conversation foolishness and end of calendar end of time nonsense. I am really tired of lack wits without a single second of research projecting their fantasies. These are not great and higher consciousness mystic all knowing guides to some made up fairyland of childish dream fulfillment.
I dare say that all the blood and drugs and human sacrifice and flaying alive and frenzied blood maddened crowds generated a hell of a lot of energy but it was not the wheat germ Patchouli kind of new age energy that so many try to graft on to this culture.
The Maya burned down all their forests to make ash to mix with plaster to create that brilliant white facade that goes so well with spilled human blood. They built all their temples on their very best farm land so that the farmers were forced to plant crops on steep hill sides that they could only work by tying a rope around their waste and anchoring it to a tree so that they wouldn't fall off their field. In short they created an ecological disaster that contributed to the fall of their empire way before the Spanish showed up to kick the butts of the last Maya empire made up from the sea fairing clan.
Research, don't just make stuff up. If you are going to create stuff from whole clothe then do so. Don't try to attach your fantasy to a people which where very bloody real. Anybody with a brain and some time can look up the facts and easily find out that you are all full of crap.
Simple puppetoon blood drip test with colored hot glue replacements. Bit of shake because nothing is locked down.
Finished 1 Legged Owl and did a flight test. Off to see Doctor Strange for the 3rd time, this time in 3D. I'm not a big fan of 3D but a giant Ditko fan.
Afternoon of Remembrance was cool event. Great Stories as always. Working on the inside of the wings and breast on the 1 legged Owl puppet.
Running out of feathers, have to made a craft run later today.
Tomorrow is the Afternoon of Remembrance. (see details below) As a member of the committee it is my job and often pleasure to round up speakers and photos of the animators being honored. My friend and partner in Animation Festival crime, Tee Bosustow, just sent me a batch of photos of Willis Pyle. I met Willis only once but he had a profound effect on my stop motion animation with his walk cycle of Gerald McBoing Boing going to and from school in the 1951 Oscar winning short animation of the same name.