Altadena Community Arts Center Women’s History Month Art Exhibition

Altadena Community Arts Center Women's History Month Art Exhibition

“Growing out of a small-town school event in California, Women’s History Month is a celebration of women’s contributions to history, culture and society and has been observed annually in the United States throughout the month of March since 1987( In observance of the month, the Community Arts Center will highlight this important, national observance with an exhibition of outstanding artists from diverse, artistic perspectives, including Linda Arreola, Mika Cho, June Edmonds, Cecilia Miguez, Artis Lane and Janice Willis. An Artists’ Reception on Saturday, March 9th, 6:00pm – 8:00pm opens the event, which continues through March 29th. The event is open to the public.”

You like the new look of

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Apart from yours truly, there are three sources to credit for anything you may like about the new look of

  • The Grid System
  • Tomoko Matsushita for suggesting that I use photographic backgrounds (actually I already had this idea but she helped to remind me). The background used, as of this writing, for the home page is from Japan, by the way, not Africa…
  • June Edmonds for finally having the time to lecture me at length about color (the last time we tried to get into something technical was in 2008!). This 2011 talk led directly to me using Adobe’s with some semblance of technique.

My interpretations of June’s color talk…

June teaches me to look for these high-level concepts when approaching color:

  • Start with one ‘base’ color and then look for its compliment (using a tool like Adobe’s
  • Tint variations of the ‘base’ color means white has been added to the “pure” color.
  • Tone variations of the ‘base’ color means black has been added to the “pure” color.
  • Neutrals (grays) are not colors.

Back when I wrote “CSS Biggest-Box, Five-Color Strategy,” I was completely ignorant of this approach—so that stuff has to be abandoned for my ignorance.

My ‘sole’ contribution to the new design…

I don’t want to misrepresent others in case what follows sucks among the accepted pundits. I consciously used transparency effects to ‘replace’ the “need” rounded corners. My assertion is that right-angle corners in Web design are so “boring” and “old-fashioned” is because these hokey corners define solid fills—and it is actually the solid fills that are “boring” and “old-fashioned.” The cure for boring solid fills is transparency effects.

Here are some flippant statements about rounded corners:

My preference for transparency effects does not free me from the problems Web designers have with Microsoft Internet Explorer. I’m using the jQuery Color Plugin to get transparency effects—which is still in beta—and my guess is that this beta status is in part because of Internet Explorer. The relatively timid reaction my question, “IE9 ‘tearing’ background images behind scrolling blocks with background transparency,” suggests this to me.

Winter, intrinsic motivation and the next season…

To me, intrinsic motivation has a near monopoly on my behavior. I can be proud of this because this makes me appear to be the star child of the p-funk thang, “Funk is its own reward.” This can also be tragic because tragedy easily correlates with monopolies. For people who know the funk, we know the next line is, “May I frighten you?”

Embracing this pride of self-starting is frightening as it can be mistaken for selfishness—especially when the one making this mistake is not satisfied with one’s accomplishments. What’s frightening to me is the realization that these people outnumber me and as I get older they threaten to overwhelm me with their non-conscious influence. I can hear them now—and they are saying, “Get to the point!”

“I am you and what I see is me…” not p-funk but Pink Floyd… but I digress…

In the Gregorian 2008, Fawn Chang helps me make my point in “The Power—and Purpose—of Winter”:

There is treasure buried deeply in winter. For thousands of years, humans have used winter to go inside, repair, rest and mend and return to stillness, entering what Feng Shui calls a yin state of rest, reflection and spiritual connection.

But wait: our modern digital world doesn’t stop (unless nature’s efforts shut down the power grid). Everything in our world seems to be on high volume 24/7/365; non-stop activity is pace of life today and it is toxic to career and life fulfillment.


This may be my first clear statement in this Blog post: the power fueling my intrinsic motivation depends on the winter season’s “yin state of rest, reflection and spiritual connection”—the last two or three winters, however, have not been available to me for such retiring/recharging.

Besides apparently blaming other people, what’s my problem? The leading answer is physical and metaphysical debt. Everyone on earth who can spell the word economy knows about our economic-deficit lifestyle—but this debt can be metaphysical as well. This informs the list debt sources that have been chasing me lately:

  • The oppressive feeling of stagnation due to servicing vulgar debt (credit card debt)
  • Not-so-subtle sleep deprivation from noisy neighbors
  • Taxing stress from parking extremely close to neighbors with oversized vehicles on a daily basis
  • The lack of personal quality time owing to excessive commuting (and incredibly high fuel costs)
  • The lack of healthy social recreation owing to family, friends and associates suffering and isolating

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Rasheed Ali: “I met this talented artist when I first moved to Los Angeles in 1982 at a street faire. I bought some of her work because I thought it was so sweetly unique. Her work was unassuming and straight forward. Her use of color was so very African. She will be missed but like all great artist, her work will live forever and a day.”

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