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Hi, My name is Elliott. I was born in Memphis, Tennessee, grew up mainly in Memphis and throughout Florida, and currently live in Portland, Oregon. I’m a classic vata-pitta, 4w3, wood tiger virgo/sagittarius/gemini INFP, I made a 466 on the MAT exam, I speak Russian badly, and my blood type is A+ (6 gallon donor)— if any of that helps paint a picture. As a radical individualist, I share all this as a sort of joke at the expense of the idea that people should ever be put into categories. The only social media I have anything to do with are Dialectic, Empathy, and Respect.

I feel it’s a bad idea to use thumbnails to show art, because I think it serves only to “inoculate” a viewer to the work, or makes easier for them to assume they should reject it, mindlessly scrolling past. They are big oil paintings of considerable time and effort, with life-size figures, and they should be seen in person, not on a small screen scrolled past in a tenth of a second. And since what’s on a screen is in effect already a thumbnail, we should in general be interested to declare war on frivolous screen time, since I fear one day we will all suddenly awake in horror, only to realize our life is now at an end, and we had consumed it completely without realizing that the entire time we had been doing nothing more than gazing into a snowglobe.

The weblog is my personal journal of achievement or interests and is a living document, so I may from time to time change or delete the content here. You will be relieved to know that I don’t expect anyone to actually read any of this.