Saturday, August 31, 2013
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
I never like seeing myself in a photo, but I know that reddit needs proof that I am who I am, so......
Thanks to friend, Mark, who is here visiting for taking the picture.
My son, Lucky, will help me do a reddit AMA tonight at 7PM EST. I hope to "see" a lot of you there and be able to clear up some myths about me and this work.
Thanks for tuning in!
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Saturday, August 24, 2013
Thursday, August 22, 2013
But first today's panel: S2/E14. More blue water and sandy beaches. Just like Northern Michigan where we live.
That HuffPost headline, "Man Spends 50 Years.....", and now a very similar one on oddity.com, implies that I have worked on the Map, non-stop, for 50 years. I estimate that I have averaged 20 minutes a day over 30 years. I stopped working on this project in about 1983, and it was stored in my attic until 2003 when my son, Henry, found it. He brought the box down to me and said, "Hey, Dad! What is this? And can I have it?" I got re-inspired and took up working on it every day.
So, at 20 minutes a day and allowing for my 20-year coffee break, I have worked on this for a total of 219,000 minutes. If I worked 8 hours a day that would come to
456.25 days or 1 year and 3 months. To have "wasted" 15 months of my 70 years and 9 months doesn't seem too bad.
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Oh to be out on the blue water of today's panel, S3/E14!
Instead, I am trying to deal with all the Internet attention of the past ten days. It started with the reddit thread on August 10. There were almost 700 comments, and I tried to read them all. My general response is to say that I am planning to do an AMA in the next ten days. My son, Lucky, will be here to help me. Maybe he will be willing to type my responses. I'll keep you posted.
Then there was the HuffPost article whose headline made it sound as though I had been holed up in a cave for the last 50 years doing nothing but make my Map. That put me on the defensive. I should have shrugged it off the way I do all the OCD and autism comments on reddit. But I got caught in the web. I appreciate the people who always seem to come to my defense. They are usually artists who understand and appreciate the artistic urge and process. Thanks!
Thursday, August 1, 2013
The Traverse City Film Festival is in progress, and the town is buzzing with filmies and foodies and beeries. Maybe there are som Mappies out there, too!
So, I have decided to have another Jerry's Map "tile" hunt. I'll be placing a lot of the 2 by 2 1/2 inch cardboard mounted "tiles" of Map panels in public places around the city.
Keep your eyes peeled for them! And let me know here if you find one.....