Location: Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada
Occupation: Data Monkey
Interests: Art, Science Fiction & Fact, The Strange & Unusual, Myth & Mysteries, Calligraphy, Juggling, Politics.
This is all very general of course, but what makes an Enas Yorl tick? Here at the Center of the Anomaly I have lots of things to keep me amused. Let’s delve deeper shall we? The Basics
- Art – This is a very important part of my life. I always have been, and always will be an artist, even though I make my living as a data monkey. Art is the closest thing we have to magic, and those who have the talent and drive to do it well deserve great respect. Unfortunately, Art has become greatly debased and depraved in recent times. I’ll expound & expand on this later. Here’s a quick run-down of my favorites to give you a sense of my preferences: Michelangelo, Dali, Da Vinci, Giger, Escher, Rembrandt, Durer, Vallejo, Royo, Mucha, Tim Cotterill, and many others. I’ll add to the list as I think of them. The Tim Cotterill link goes to his website – he does wonderful solid bronze sculptures of frogs, and I have several of them myself. Update! Gerard Di-Maccio was an early influence on me by way of a spread in Omni magazine of his art in the early ’80’s. The work he does now is very similar, but considerably toned down from the stuff I remember.
- Science & Fantasy Fiction – Yes, I know I didn’t add “fantasy” to the list up top, here at the Anomaly things don’t always conform to normal rules. Favorite authors are many of the usual suspects old & new: Asimov, Niven, Zelazny, Brust, Donaldson, Tolkein, Herbert, Foster, Simmons, Pratchet, Adams, & many, many more, but those are the ones off the top of my head, and at the front of my bookcase at the moment. I would highlight Zelazny as perhaps my most favorite. Sadly, he left us far too young.
- Science Fact – I love all things scientific, mathematical, and technological. It’s hard to get more specific here, other than “Yay, more knowledge!”. It’s a good thing. The more we learn about our world and the universe we find ourselves in the more come to realize we live in a really, really strange place. Which of course leads us to…
- The Strange & Unusual – When I was a kid, one of my most favoritest of shows was Ripley’s Believe It or Not hosted by Jack Palance & his daughter. My parents loved it too – we never missed an episode. Ghosts, Bigfoots, Aliens, & Other Paranormal stuff fall into this category. Is this stuff real??? Eh, mostly not – but I always remind myself that it’s a funny old world, and humanity’s only been scratching at the surface for a short time (see above item). I’m confident that there’s deep weirdness out there that we haven’t even come close discovering yet.
- Myth & Mysteries – Seemingly, a lot of this would qualify under the Strange & Unusual category. Upon further reflection, actually they do. In fact there’s really no reason to match “Myth” and “Mysteries” together at all, except to pair two words that start with the letters “My”. Ok, so file “Mysteries” under Strange and Unusual and “Myth” under religeon (not a category here yet, but soon).
- Calligraphy – Actually this belongs in Art but I pulled it out because this is what actually led me to Art in the first place. Calligraphy is artistic writing in the graphic sense, rather than the “content” sense. I like to draw letters, create new fonts, practice my handwriting, & whatnot during meetings at work. It looks like I’m taking good notes.
- Juggling – I’ve always enjoyed juggling performers – it’s a visually interesting skill that looks really hard to do. Advanced juggling is hard to do, but the basic three ball pattern is acutally fairly easy to learn. In fact, I taught myself how do it in the span of a couple hours one afternoon when I was watching Airplane! on TV. There’s a Saturday Night Fever spoof scene where one of the characters starts juggling, and I watched it very intently for the brief time it was on, and then grabbed three tennis balls. I started with just one ball, and practiced the gentle underhand pass, then two balls – same thing. Getting the third one in was the real trick of course, and I chased plenty o’ balls around the room, but by the end of the movie, I could do it! Now I carry a set of juggling balls with me most of the time.
- Politics – If you looked at my blogroll then you probably came to the conclusion that I favor the dexter side of the political spectrum. That conclusion would be correct. I’m a conservative with some libertarian streaks, but I was not always so. In my younger days I was one of the hippy, dippy, trippy, artsy, fartsy, left-bots. I was a Fine Arts major in college, so how could I not be? It’s funny how conformist and faddish that mentality actually is, while pretending to be “individualistic”. At any rate, I came to realize the shallowness of liberalism, while recognizing that it embodies a smug, sneering, conceited, elitist political philosophy where the vast majority of human beings are regarded with abject contempt, if not outright hatred. That wasn’t me, so I left my own stereotype behind and never looked back. I don’t intend for this blog to become primarily a political one, however. There are others that cover this topic far better and more completely than I can. Indeed, I can just direct you to a certain Mr. Of Spades and write “Yeah, what he wrote.” for the most part. I’ll write up my own political thoughts from time to time of course, but I don’t expect to comment often on this subject.