November 1st, 2004

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Vile, yet satisfying

Just spent about 1 1/2 hours facing the office paperwork filing work I have apparently ignored since August (seeing as my notepacket for Dragon*Con was still out). Had to create half a dozen client folders, to hold all the stuff I'd just sort of put in my Metro Girl in box, and for cleaning out, I filled up my shredder as well as my rubbish bin. Threw out all Mat Tech's edits and samples, keeping only the CDs with the pictures, pricing, etc. The shelf in my barrister case where I keep "current client materials" was almost complete full (from me stuffing stuff in it just to "get it out of the way") and now it's only got my actual, well, current client materials in it! Also shuffled my income/expense folders for personal and business, which felt so good to do. The office still has issues, but at least THAT is done and I have a clean slate for any paperwork, receipts, client notes, etc., that come in.
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To quote Amadeus: Mediocrity is everywhere!

I was doing my daily Wikipedia surfing (which I enjoy as much as I enjoyed reading almanacs as a child) and stumbled across a tidbit that really hit me. It's one of those things I "knew" but until presented with the exact phrasing, wasn't "struck" by: Michelangelo carved the Pieta when he was 24. It's pretty easy to by stunned by anything related to Michelangelo, but still... WHOAH. Solid marble. One piece. I look at stuff like that and I can really understand why people say God must have had some influence.

He finished David when he was 28.
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Left-handed genius

OK, another factoid related to Italian Renaissance artists:

[Leonardo Da Vinci] was left-handed and used mirror writing throughout his life. Explainable by fact that it is easier to pull a quill pen than to push it; by using mirror-writing, the left-handed writer is able to pull the pen from right to left.

He left 13,000 pages of notes... backward.

Went to see if I could find more on this. I did...

From one source:
    People who were contemporaries of Leonardo left records that they saw him write and paint left handed. He also made sketches showing his own left hand at work. Being a lefty was highly unusual in Leonardo's internal time.

    No one knows the true reason Leonardo used mirror writing, though several possibilities have been suggested:

    - He was trying to make it harder for people to read his notes and steal his ideas.

    - He was hiding his scientific ideas from the powerful Roman Catholic Church, whose teachings sometimes disagreed with what Leonardo observed.

    - Writing left handed from left to right was messy because the ink just put down would smear as his hand moved across it. Leonardo chose to write in reverse because it prevented smudging.

The same source offers a quote from Da Vinci about being a vegetarian. Why do I think that would have made him a major eccentric of his time????

Then there's a long essay on the topic on the Met web site, Leonardo, Left-Handed Draftsman and Writer, which names Da Vinci the most famous left-handed artist of all time. It also says Michelangelo was left handed. Hmm!

Then I found this thing called How Not to Think Like Leonardo Da Vinci">, which is an amusing "self help" on how to succeed by avoiding his mistakes.
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