the human touch

Posted on Friday 11 September 2009

sense :: smell // burning incense
swallow phoenix and a beauty

This is one of the most beautiful images I’ve come across in a long time. I’m a huge fan of representations of the phoenix that doesn’t necessarily portray the phoenix as a peacock or pheasant, as it often is. That’s not to say I don’t like those representations, but I like the others as well. Usually the alternatives I see portray the phoenix as a bird of prey, which I also really like, but this is probably the first time I’ve seen the phoenix displayed as a swallow or a sparrow or similar small, beautiful songbird. It also doesn’t help that there’s a very pretty lady braving the phoenix’s heat and light to reach out and touch him – and it seems he’s more than willing to land on her finger. That’s a very special bird, and a very special woman.

So I posted it at my moblog, but I totally did the chicken and waffles thing last night – there’s a little walk-in place that’s in the community center that I essentially used to walk to when I lived in town so many years ago, and some of my coworkers found it and told the rest of us about it. It’s entertaining partially because when I lived in walking distance from the place the community center was completely different: none of the places that were there before are still there, and most of the places there now weren’t there before. The Taco Bell I used to hit in the middle of the night is now a deli, for example. It’s remarkable how things change.

But in any event, those chicken and waffles were fabulous, and I will absolutely be back for more. They also do their own fried fish, and I’ve heard from coworkers who have had it that it’s amazing as well. Looking forward to trying their whole menu….if I don’t go broke or the food doesn’t kill me first.

This weekend I’ll try to spend some time writing. I owe my friends a PopSci some more pitches, and I need to work on my long-form piece for Tom’s Hardware. Really want to put that Tom’s piece to bed so I can get working on something else – I’ve been slaving away (although I’d hardly call it work, it’s been way too much fun) at it for months – it’ll be good to have it finished and turned in for editing.

In other news, I’m trying to catch up on podcasts. I missed last week what with being out of town, and the rest of this month will be pretty busy too – errands this weekend, datacenter move next weekend, comapny picnic/out of town the following weekend. Sleep would be nice at some point. I haven’t even had time for video games, but keeping busy isn’t necessarily a bad thing when you love what you’re doing. I just have to separate out the things I love from the things I don’t…but that’s a discussion I’ve had already, eh? No sense in rehashing it.

If I have some time after these articles and things are written, I’d like to record a mix. Any ideas on a name? I’m thinking “Synchronicity,” but I’m open to ideas.

2 Comments for 'the human touch'

    September 30, 2009 | 5:40 am

    Please could you let me know the name of the artist so that I can look up more of his or her work. The Phoenix and Lady are the best I’ve seen!!

    Many thanks

    October 1, 2009 | 2:43 pm

    Hi meerfisch:

    I decided to do some research to find the artist’s name: I just discovered the image on a random wallpaper site and fell in love with it since I identify so closely with the Phoenix. Turns out, I learned a lot about the artist and the image!

    So the image above appeared in Ballistic’s “Exotique 2,” the 2nd volume in a long-running series of artbooks dedicated to beautiful CG imagery, and is apparently called “Newborn.” The artist’s name is Linda Bergkvist – and a full size version of the image above can be downloaded by clicking on it.

    Linda is apparently very well known:
    She was the conceptual artist on the recent Golden Compass movie! Her website is:

    Good luck! I didn’t know this much about her until you brought it up, so now she has at least 2 new fans!

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