Words are simply inadequate to explain a visual language. However, I feel I need to set this up. The Beat is about a lot of things. Life. Our world. Missed opportunities. Mistakes. Successes. Emotion. It isn’t about polish. The Beat is a celebration of the “messiness” of life. The banal. Humor. Love. Sadness. Like the beat of our hearts. It never stops. Some times we are fascinated by it. Often we ignore it. It is important to just let it exist. To keep beating. You look until you can’t. Then you go on. But I hope, sincerely, that something in here gives you a little pause. An excuse to stop and think “Humm. How about that. What does it mean?”
My desire is to create a YAB (Yet Another Blog) that others might find interesting. That said, I am not so egotistical as to be unaware that the vast majority of visitors won’t care. Thus, by reality, this blog will mostly reflect what I am interested in. As any blog should.
Photography. If you are like me, you see emotions. Color, form, composition. All create an emotional reaction. Personally, I rather think I’m mediocre in my ability speak visually. Think about how well you speak English. Each person is variable in their skill. Yet, just because you are not the best orator on the planet you still speak. The challenge, you may find, isn’t really the speaking. It is listening. Listening is a skill that requires attention and practice. It is easy to hear, but to listen takes skill. Many people don’t see, either. They only look. As with any language, seeing takes training and practice. It also requires your attention and skill.
Politics. Discussing it isn’t polite. Not discussing it is dangerous. Politics is usually a topic to be avoided in mixed company. Our government of the people necessarily requires its people to form political opinions, question leaders, and threaten to overturn real tyranny when it appears. History is a harsh teacher. There is a good chance that some day our society will fail. Until then, all we can do is try to repair the sins of our fathers.
Geek. What can I say? Linux. Physics. Electronics. Not so much in to sports. I’d rather discuss the Large Hadron Collider or the iPad. I ask my children about the Arabic Number System or the Periodic Table of Elements more than I ask them about their favorite super hero.
I hope you react. Comment. Tell me I am wrong in the head. Explain your point of view. Get mad. Laugh. Rant. Rave. Voice your opinion. Turn that “vibration” switch on.