Rachel's Viewfinder

Official website for Rachel Bastarache Bogan--artist, writer and videographer. I like making and talking about art, writing science fiction and making movies.
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The variety of worlds science fiction accustoms us to, through imagination, is training for thinking about the actual changes—sometimes catastrophic, often confusing—that the real world funnels at us year after year. It helps us avoid feeling quite so gob-smacked.

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First day at my new job selfie. Have to mark the day in some sort of official day, no? :)

My print came in da MAIL!! How exciting to finally have some results from all my hard work. Link up to purchase soon! #art #artist #print #forsale

Saying good-bye to our first apartment as a married couple. @robo329 the past three years have been an awesome adventure. As we move into this new season, I’m so excited to see what the Lord Jesus has in store for us! Here’s to packing and preparing to load trucks tomorrow. #moving #life #change #forward

The world wants us to be happy but not pure. Religion wants us holy but not happy. Jesus came so we could have both!
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Going old school today!! Archiving years of high school writing projects from my old 3.5 floppies to something more modern. Gosh, I have a boatload of these!! #oldschool #computer #floppydisk #tech

a-bittersweet-life:

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Akira Kurosawa possessed a masterful awareness of the filmmaking process, and those working close to him considered editing to be among his greatest talents. The renowned director even declared that he would shoot a film simply to edit, because for him editing was the foundation of a film and…

Keep reading. Excellent thoughts on film editing.

A free public library is a revolutionary notion, and when people don’t have free access to books, then communities are like radios without batteries. You cut people off from essential sources of information — mythical, practical, linguistic, political — and you break them. You render them helpless in the face of political oppression.

The wise and wonderful Anne Lamott, who turns 60 today, in Robert Dawson’s altogether fantastic photographic love letter to libraries.  (via explore-blog)

What does this say about readers today accessing everything on an e-reader, delivering recommended books based on “because you read” and “your taste profile”, all at a price? There are some public libraries allowing “check-out-able” books for downloading to e-readers, but gone is the adventure of simply walking up and down an aisle of shelves, discovering something you never thought to every try reading. Gone is the smell of ancient pages whispering to you as you run your fingers over the spines. Gone is cracking open a book that piques your interest and reading a few pages from the middle, just to see if you like the author’s style and wit. Gone is standing there and flipping through a book in it’s entirety, absorbing the gist of it before deciding you want to try another instead.

Sure, some books are available for free from time to time, or even at $1.99, but sticking to cheap reads means you get what you pay for. Cheap writing, cheap ideas. It’s truly something to walk out of a library with a $35 bestseller in your hand and know that you can return it and share it with another when you’re finished reading it.

As much as e-readers are convenient and “save trees,” we lose the freedom to peruse shelves and gain new ideas, new information, new thoughts from places we never considered looking. When our public libraries close in favor of total e-readership, we will see a drop in our cultural ability to think freely, to form new opinions, to question our assumptions in a non-confrontational way, and to discover new approaches to life, living and the future.