December 30, 2009

Why is Our Top Categorical Distinction for Literature Between Fiction and Non-Fiction?

While the delineation between fiction and non-fiction exists, I don't think it's the most authoritative categorization of literature (or reality). I blame the Enlightenment.

The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet

I just finished reading the debut novel of Reif Larsen. It was pretty amazing and I highly recommend it. I couldn't resist producing an illustration (and I apologize in advance for those who are easily offended by strong language or insects). For an explanation you will just have to read the book.

December 24, 2009

Before and After

From work yesterday.

From work today (and getting worse).

December 23, 2009

Anaplastic oligodendroglioma

The lead pastor at our church recently had a brain tumor removed and will going through radiation and chemotherapy treatments beginning Dec 29th. He has asked for (and would greatly appreciate) prayer for the following:

-My doctors

-That God might glorify Himself in amazing ways through all of this

-The Village Church and our elders

-Complete healing

-Healthy appetite

-Protection from side effects of radiation

-Protection from side effects of chemotherapy

-Peace for my family...specifically my children and their salvation

Sister's Graduation

And Laura killing bottles with her 22.

December 21, 2009

Jacob Haynes Design dot com

My wife really outdid herself on my Christmas present this year, she made me a website. There are still some pages that will need be updated but as it stands it gives me a very nice online portfolio. Go have a look.

December 16, 2009

Christmas Card 09

This was the final card sent out. Marketing did the layout and added the text.

December 11, 2009

5 Favorite Books of 2009

I started keeping track of everything I have read in August or September and since my memory is horrible this list is really “5 favorite books of the latter half of 2009”.



A Place of My Own::Michael Pollan

Best architecture reading. Pollan, known more for his non-fiction on food, wrote this book describing the building of his writing retreat. He really delves into all that goes into making a building from architectural theories to sanding window sills.



American Gods::Neil Gaiman

Best Neil Gaiman. I read (or listen to) a lot of Gaiman this year so he gets his own category. Sandman was a close contender as was Stardust. The use of setting, finding all the unusual but forgotten places in America, was especially impressive for someone who was born across the pond.



Planetary::Warren Ellis

Best comic book series I read this year. About a group of “archeologists of the secret history of the twentieth century” whose job is to save the world by unearthing the weird stuff that normal people won’t acknowledge or comprehend. Great concept, great art, great characters. Runners up: Fables, Mouse Guard Winter , Persepolis, Maus, and Sandman.



Jungle Book::Rudyard Kipling

Best classic fiction. The story of Mowgli really shines when compared to the overly polished Disney rendition. The man/nature dichotomy is used to full effect as a twelve year old boy without fear or hesitation pwns Shere Kahn in the wolf council.



Life of Pi::Yann Mantel

Best unexpected reading. We picked this up on a whim and it turned out to be really interesting. For a work of fiction that does a stellar job at playing itself off as non-fiction, it does a remarkable job at allegory. The island chapters recall Lewis’ brilliant sci-fi trilogy and the end twist is heart wrenching. Add to that a great character in Pi, a lot of interesting thoughts on zoos and religion, and some great survival writing..

IF - Hatch

A hatchling rendered with hatching.

December 4, 2009

Random Angel sketch

IF - Crunchy

I started wondering what Captain Planet would look now, over 15 years after his TV show. I imagine he would be a crunchy hippie in his mid-thirties living in a off the grid bungalow in Arcata.

December 2, 2009

Suburb Stations

A dallas fort worth metroplex map that I just finished. It is done in the style of subway maps though I don’t think it makes anything any clearer. In fact I could have used it for this week’s IF.

Speaking of maps, Laura found a great website dedicated to the cartography of the weird: