"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Isaiah 9:6 NIV

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Prologue:

Ed's Art Net is a free public web exhibition focused towards ages 12 and up. I make every effort to relay a positive attitude in sharing my mind, work and hope. I design these five webpages to enlighten, entertain & encourage. I want them to help everyone that visits in some good way.

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September 28, 2007

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Thoughts on the Heavier Side of Reality...

"[God] makes nations great, and destroys them; he enlarges nations, and disperses them." Job 12:23 NIV

If we love others, we respect their beliefs. God is reflected in everything and we all benefit from His love. If we obey His commands, we thrive.

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love." Galatians 5:13 NIV

Where Do We Go from Here

What would any of us do differently if we found out that Christ is returning to Earth tomorrow morning? Of course we're not going to know ahead of time, but His return is the death of evil and the end of this fallen world. Would you be grateful or worried?
"Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law." Romans 13:10 NIV

Conjecture

Satan’s Fate

"You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons too; you cannot have a part in both the Lord’s table and the table of demons." 1 Corinthians 10:21 NIV

Scripture doesn't go beyond Satan's end of time demise in explaining the Devil's fate. But I can't help but wonder if there isn’t more to Satan's story than is stated in the Bible. He was created to do evil by leading us toward evil. Satan is a test for each one of us. Do we follow him into evil or will we seek God's help to overcome the Devil's influence? 

 
Seems to me that Satan is on God’s team as the bad cop in the good cop/bad cop interrogation scenario commonly used by our police force to seek truth from a suspected criminal. Maybe you will admit that once we reach puberty, we all become suspect criminals! God designed Satan and his cohorts to tempt us into evil activities that eventually help us either spiritually grow when we follow God's will or else die twice if we follow Satan's influence. We all need to know evil in order to know good!
 
Seems to me that in light of Satan’s critical role for our mortal life, he deserves credit for helping us develop our unique spiritual path. God designed everything and everyone with a purpose. Our purpose develops with our free-willed, free-spirited life experience. God wants us to grow into Christ’s likeness so the Devil is needed to help steer our free spirit in the direction our individual free will takes us.
 
Seems to me that Satan deserves reward for being the bad cop that challenges us. We get rewarded just for LOVING Christ so why shouldn’t Satan get a reward for doing his designed job. Remember, ALL things in Heaven become new, so why not Satan? If we can change, why not God’s most beautiful angel?
 
God teaches us that we should love our enemies because they can help us spiritually grow. Maybe you’ve experienced turning an enemy into a friend... there’s no better mortal personal reward than that! 

Why on Earth

"Do not call conspiracy everything this people calls a conspiracy; do not fear what they fear, and do not dread it." Isaiah 8:12 NIV

if the moon were to speak

would it not be humbling

all our howlings rebounding

Image credit: NASA

Evidently we are being observed by technically advanced intelligence and have been for a number of years. Why aren’t we communicating with them? Since our extraterrestrial visitors are technically advanced, they hold the communication key.
 

Maybe they are struggling with the instability of our culture. Humans are not all trustworthy. How would WE approach a being from another world if given the chance? Would we be calm and polite? Or would we fear and corrupt the outcome?

 

Many of us humans constantly look to take advantage of others. It seems a number of us believe that our own gratification is more important than anyone else's well-being. I expect an advanced intelligence would realize that and possibly see us collectively as a danger to their OWN culture. So perhaps that's why they are keeping their distance.


Also, we humans are tremendously diverse with our individual and independent brain function physiology. I wonder if their “brain” function physiology is drastically different from ours. We are individually unique. Maybe they are not. Maybe they are acutely and uniformly telepathic. We certainly are not outside of divine intervention.
 
With a great enough difference, there could be an insurmountable challenge in how to communicate with each other. We for the most part have shown ourselves to react with irrational and erratic behavioral tendencies regarding outer space aliens.
 
Our instability and self centered behavior could be a communication roadblock to them. Perhaps they fear us greatly and are merely interested in observing our culture. It could be that for them Earth is a place not to be intimately interacted with but merely studied. Perhaps we are simply not civilized enough for safe contact with advanced extraterrestrial beings.

I know many of us would love more direct contact with advanced intelligence but many of us would be dreadfully fearful.
 

If the extraterrestrials observe Earth from their vantage point as one human culture, they will see a neurotic collective to be feared, healed or else avoided.

Perhaps they realize our plight and that Satan wanders to and fro over the earth devouring spirits because we let him. If enough of us work towards defeating Satan by following God's inspiring Word and obeying His commands, maybe they will start communicating with planet Earth.

Twisted Cosmics

Thoughts on the Lighter Side of Reality...

Life Support

The old ball and chain!

Earth image credit:  NASA

COMPOSITE BITMAP – Intrinsically tethered Space Traveler

Rotate Rationally

The End is just as real as the Beginning.

Jesus tells us to fear not, but He isn't speaking to everyone... only His following.

SUNDAY AM – It's a good thing we can't feel the Earth move... if the Earth's rotation were to abruptly stop tomorrow morning we would all go flying into outer space at an approximate 1,000 MPH (if we were to be standing near the equator)... It would be a kind of unique way to start the day... or END the day I should say!

 

MONDAY AM – And so another work week day begins... in darkness... until the eyelids raise as the sun rises and we are risen to demon’s dark demise

 

TUESDAY AM – Night has lowered its shadowy veil allowing the un-beckoned light to permeate the pores of the sleeping soul

 

WEDNESDAY AM – Once again morning's light wins out over night time's notorious battle with the surreal subconscious

 

THURSDAY AM – Night loosens its ghostly grip as the day begins to engage our endeavor toward existentially enlightened senses

 

FRIDAY AM – At last, darkness is absorbed by light's gradual and persistent advance until sleep is conquered by ephemeral reality

 

SATURDAY AM – Blissful sleep inevitably escapes our stubborn grasp and we join the procession in which all enlightened living souls participate... 

Image credit:  NASA

COSMIC APEX – In reference to the Reasons to Believe book Improbable Planet by Hugh Ross, our current 24 hour rotational period is a slowed down rate from Earth's earlier history... Turns out (Ha! A pun!) this 24 hours is an optimal rate for advanced life's functional activities... So we are in a kind of wonderful solar and earthly life supportive time domain apex!

Abridged Cosmics

SPACESHIP I – We sail on a ship without sails courtesy of the Big Bang and are collectively perpetuated through space by cosmic forces beyond our control... Thank God!... I can't even control my cat... Can you imagine if Earth had a "steering wheel" where we would wind up!

Image credit:  NASA Apollo 17

VANTAGE POINT I – If civilization had first developed in the southern hemisphere our maps would be upside down.

 

TIME I – Somewhere between time Zones, Daylight savings time, Greenwich Mean time, Military time, Astronomical time, Atomic time, Earth rotation time, Ephemeris time, Sidereal time, Solar time, Julian time, Father time, and the meantime is an illustration of the fact that no time is like any other time except that it is now everywhere at the same time.

 

PHYSICS I – Infinity is way beyond human comprehension... (i.e.) How high is up? I've heard it is twice as far as halfway up. I also believe that if you're traveling faster than the speed of light... well... uh... never mind... I expect you'd better concentrate on what's UP in front of you!  

 

PHYSICS II –  I had an MRI scan... my protons must all be pointing north... Say! Maybe now it will be more difficult for me to get lost!

PHYSICS III – Question: What do you get when you cross a physicist with a cat? Answer: A furry scientist that gets a big bang out of string theory and is either dead, alive or both simultaneously. 

 

PHYSICS IV – Wi-Fi Antenna Abridgment... Intelligent communication and performance is relative to proximity from the receiving/transmitting device plus a reliance on the ability to articulately capture and release fleetingly fast airborne electrons in a manner that entices energy to constructively focus its reciprocating peripatetic activity within the confines of protruding peculiarly sculpted electrically conductive material that is formed into strange multidimensional geometry.

 

PHYSICS V – There’s only one planet we live on and it just keeps going around in circles.

CHERRIES I – On many cosmic subjects we don't always understand what we think we know. Take cherries for example... how can life be like a bowl of cherries if the cherries are dying in a restricting bowl. Doesn't this justly illustrate how self-centered, unhinged and twisted our thinking usually is? People see what they want to see and do not hear silence screaming... those poor pitiful cherries... plucked in their prime from their life support only to be humiliated and gawked at... trapped with no way out short of divine intervention... poor pitiful cherries... how can people be so cruel to place you in that predicament and humiliate you with their furtive gazing... insane with misplaced metaphor... poor poor pitiful cherries.

CHERRIES II – Some food for thought... Our life support is restricted to our home planet. We must take a little of Earth with us into space in order to survive. So when we adventure out beyond our home planet in a spaceship... (or a spacesuit), then perhaps we ARE kinda like cherries in a bowl.

SPACE EXPLORATION I – According to current extraterrestrial evidence... resisting intrinsic union with Earth is futile.

Image credit:  NASA

SPACE EXPLORATION II – From what I gather about traveling thru outer space at unimaginable speed... if the rate of travel is great enough, you can traverse time in a controlled manner such that the universe unfolds before you do.

 

SPACE OBJECTS I – Astronomy is over my head.

 

SPACE OBJECTS II – It seems to me that meteor "showers" is a pale descriptor for burning rocks hurtling toward us at great speed.

 

SPACE INVASION I – Our only hope from galaxy conquering hostile aliens would be that they're lactose intolerant.

 

SPACE INVASION II – I think we should rename our galaxy because "Milky Way" sounds way too wimpy. Hostile space alien invaders are probably always making jokes about it. We need a name that strikes fear into what is likely technically superior space invaders... something like "Dragon's Lair" or "Death Disc"... or "This is Not the Galaxy You Were Looking for... Move Along".

 

SPACE INVASION III – If you ever meet a space alien... do not show fear, instead be very very friendly and invite them over for dinner. If they don’t eat you... there may be hope for the rest of us.

BLACK HOLES I – If you ever want to get rid of something... throw it in a black hole... and if you get close enough... no one will see you do it.

 

BLACK HOLES II – In spite of popular scientific belief, black holes are void of problems. In a black hole, there is no difference between an issue and a non-issue. If I have an issue and you do not... and we hold hands and jump onto a black hole... when we pass the event horizon into the singularity our issue and non-issue are indistinguishable.

Image credit:  NASA

BLACK HOLES III – I believe there’s an irrational fear regarding what “they” say about the physics experiments that are creating tiny temporary black holes at leading edge particle accelerators (...not to be confused with participle accelerators)... if physicists ever actually make the tiny black holes larger and stable, it would solve the problem of waste disposal and resolve all humanity’s differences.

 

SPACE ALIENS I – Two hostile space aliens were eating a clown... one looked at the other and asked, “This taste funny to you?” (...unhinged from ancient human archives)

 

SPACE ALIENS II – Best Earthbound Friend... My wife does not believe I am human. She said most people would be frightened to see space alien invaders but I would have a family reunion.

SPACE ALIENS III – We all have stress in our lives. If you imagine stress as having a tangible shape which is constantly changing like a surreal dream about hostile invading space aliens... then you realize that the most important things in life are aluminum foil and a front porch.

 

OUTER SPACE I – I just hope the nuclear powered Voyagers aren’t going to be violating any intragalactic federation territorial treaties... at this lowly stage in our development, I don’t expect we would be able to appease any civilization that would generate such a treaty... of course we should have an out since no one informed us of a treaty, but then again, there’s no telling what to expect when it comes to space aliens... 

 

OUTER SPACE II  Many of us have a tendency to run out of space. For example, cosmologists and sometimes commonologists like myself, speculate as to what might be outside our visible universe. It is of course, no use to us humans... it could be anything like... say... a storage space that we humans could only complain about since we have no control over the order of things in the universe. What good is a storage facility if we can't reach it to store things! But it's likely a very good thing that humans have no control over order in the universe. Can you imagine lowly humans with that kind of power!? We would probably end up with NOTHING in the visible universe but cowbells.

Father's Day 2016

ORIENTATION I – Some tell me that I'm "space oriented". I tell them that's an oxymoron... especially regarding my personal attributes. "Space" describes the distance between objects occupying what would otherwise be more space. "Oriented" indicates cognizance of one's place at or within any structure or situation. I hold no claim to not occupying a portion of space nor do I hold claim to cognizance of any sort.

ORIENTATION II – What's up?... Is this a mental or directional question? And why do we throw this question out so casually to people we see? Perhaps it is because we want to make certain that, like ourselves, no one else knows the answer either. This is possibly the most complicated question perplexing mankind ("womankind" is far more likely to know).

 

THE MENTAL 'UP' is a constant variable and can easily be any thought available to the human mind at any instant and regarding any circumstance. The 'up' you may be currently processing in your mind would be relative to your life experience and resulting notion regarding the meaning and existence of 'up'. Were it not for your reading this meandering message, your 'up' could be any thought or combination of thoughts within the capacity of your uniquely developed brain. You could be relating to anything from your past, present or future, depending on your state of mind at the moment you realize you are thinking about something.

 

THE DIRECTIONAL 'UP' can be anything in any direction from any given point in the universe. Were it not for your pre-existing notion of where 'up' is, relative to where YOU are, 'up' could very well be in any direction at the initial instant you realize you are conscious... i.e., Imagine your self, in a familiar surrounding, leisurely free-floating and slowly spinning and tumbling in a weightless condition, like a spaceman or spacewoman. You will probably have selected the familiar surrounding you are in right now as your reference for 'up'. Now change the reference for 'up' from the surroundings to your relaxed and weightless body... Now your familiar surrounding is spinning and tumbling! Kind of like the planet you live on and this meandering thought.

SPACESHIP II – July 21, 1969 - Apollo 11, Lunar Module returning from the Moon's surface to the Command Module then bound for home which is visible in the distance. Astronaut Michael Collins took the photo from the Command Module. It's been noted that at the time, he was the only human not in front of the camera.

Image credit: APOD NASA Apollo 11 Restoration Toby Ord

Abridged Thinkings

VANTAGE POINT II – Perspective is a unique perception and perception is a unique perspective. Everybody has at least one.

 

TIME II – Have you ever really thought about TIME... and how it waits for no one... not even you? Have you thought about it for a long time... a very long time? Did you wonder how long you were thinking about it and couldn’t come up with an answer? Did you realize at that point you were wasting TIME? Time is funny that way... it’s obvious that TIME likes to play jokes on us.

 

BEHAVIOR I – I'm not always "here" in the true sense of the word "here", but I'm always some "where" due to the restrictive nature of physical laws. However, at some point, I may be forever anywhere at anytime due to the nonrestrictive nature of spiritual laws. (Learned the spiritual part from my religion studies and the physical part from my wife's periodic calling "Ed... Ed!... Ed!!... Stop thinking, you're scaring the children!")

 

BEHAVIOR II – Normal CAD behavior is personified by navigation in and out of black holes... violating many scientific principles. It is a mysterious skill and not without certain negative repercussions... I being an adequate example.

 

BEHAVIOR III – There are moments in CAD that cause instant palpitations. These are CPU terminal BLACK HOLE anomalies that instill momentary panic during critical but errant command entries. These junctures initiate at best an undo keystroke or at worst a computer system unrecoverable crash. They are typical lessons learned in CAD tool interaction regarding “what not to do”. There is no finite number of anomalies but if you learn enough of these you are considered a CAD expert.

BEHAVIOR IV – Intellectual Paradoxical Interpretational Anomaly... thinking outside the box will either initiate Admiration and Accolades or Restriction and Restoration.

 

BEHAVIOR V – Did your parents ever tell you to “behave yourself” and did you ever respond? “Mom, [it's usually the mom] that is so undescriptive and non-committal on your part... you know, as two meager examples, there is GOOD and BAD behavior. So telling me to ‘behave myself’ is open to my personal interpretation.” ...And if you did reply in such a manner to your parent... are you still alive today?


SHAKE SPEARED I – Due to our finite human culture, words and phrases are bound to repeat and be repeated repeatedly... Letters are a much worse problem.

 

SHAKE SPEARED II – Dedicated to my friend Neufer...
What fright doth yon Winslow bake?
Tis the yeast and briquette is the bun. 
Arise fired bun and thrill the ravenous coon, 
who is ready to lick and smell as thief... 
that thou, err made, art far more fire than eats.

 

SHAKE SPEARED III – Coffee helps us write faster making caffeine a “participle accelerator”.

 

SICK HUMOR I – Humor is good medicine no matter how sick we become... which is funny is a sick way.

 

SICK HUMOR II Dedicated to my friend Billy Bracket...

Speaking of Will... I sure feel sorry for anyone named "Will"... poor guy! If he were to join the military, he would always be having to duck when they say "Fire at Will"... And what about, "Where there's a Will there's a way"... What pressure that must be! Fortunately, there's nothing stronger than Will power and a Will of iron... Don't mess with Iron Will... But then, everyone expects something from a Will... And unfortunately, everyone is better off if you dispose a Will before you die.

NAVEL GAZING I – Funny how everyone I grew up with looks old now... My mind's eye does not see the same person that I look at in the mirror.

 

NAVEL GAZING II If you’ve frequently visited my webpages you will have noticed that although I obviously enjoy writing, initially my thoughts are typically somewhat disordered. Endings might be in the middle or beginnings might be at the end. Good grammar doesn't happen easily. To correct, I proofread (a lot) and reorganize my writings until they seem to straighten out and become mostly readable without needless human pain and suffering. So that my writings are left with only needed pain and suffering. My daughter suggested that I do my writing corrections before I publish them. I’m trying to follow her advice as best I can but old habits and all... all being my poor initial grasp of proper grammar in conjunction with my contrasting strikingly keen publishing skills! I'm a virtuoso when it comes to editing! Making corrections is compulsory due to my unique brain functional disorder.

NAVEL GAZING III – Writing is a lot like painting. Both are an additive process beginning with a subject or an idea and a blank surface that is eventually filled with structure and color.

VANTAGE POINT III – By my WOKE reckoning, if I identify as an outer space alien... I shouldn't have to pay taxes.

BRAIN I – One thing I’ve noticed is that as we age we appear to become smarter... which explains why the hair on our head begins to gray. This graying-out is a direct result of brain overflow. As we acquire more smarts, we begin to gain excess “gray matter” which turns into a sort of human “flowering” of the head... similar to plant life when it reaches its cyclic and beautiful apex.

 

BRAIN II – Sometimes I wish I had a brain two. But that would likely just lead to more navel gazing!.

BRAIN III – You're not old until you find out the next day that you put the milk in the cabinet and the Froot Loops in the refrigerator.

BRAIN IV – I have been accused of being a little corny... Seems I have this cranial limp that surfaces frequently like bubbles in a turtle filled pond.

BRAIN V – Some EDucatED people have noticED that ED is usED in many words. But mostly at the END... What's up with that?

ROCK 'N OLD  Now that I'm retired I'm thinking of starting a band again (I was a teenager last time that happened)... We'll play Geriatric Rock and call ourselves "Freedom's Elation" after my favorite retirement emotion...
It'll be rock and rollover but I can't get up!

Ed (Bear)
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