My family and I recently moved and one of the benefits of painstakingly packing up a whole house and transporting the accumulated flotsam of a decade to another location is the possibility of unearthing a lost treasure.
As you can guess after such a labored opening sentence that just such an event like the one mentioned above happened to me. I found my first journal of ceditra writings.
When I was first introduced to the concept of ceditra (the term coined by the early 20th century Brazilian artist Abril Pajyaso to describe the process of creating any art through a random process), I was intrigued by its possibilities, but it would take some time for me to come up with my own method of creating a unique randomizing process to create art. I would work on this process off and on in between college classes and jobs, but, it would not be until the middle of 1998 until I felt my process was refined enough to give ceditra a run.
To abbreviate a verbose tale, I had created an extremely basic process of randomly choosing between four source materials (an almanac, a newspaper, the New Testament, and Tarot cards) and then selecting a type of writing style. Since then, I have further refined the process to the super-secret method it is today (patent pending; all rights reserved; your mileage may vary).
What follows is from June 22, 1998, my first attempt at ceditra.
Source: Page 972 of The World Almanac and the Book of Facts 1998:
In 1995, according to the folks at the US Department of Health and Services, about 9,011,000 people gave the reason of “depression” as to why they visited their physician. That was only 1.3% of all office visits, but with that in mind, here is my rather incomplete list of what depressed me:
- I am not working at a radio station somewhere.
- Local TV news is a jazzed-up report of who died.
- TV imitates and rarely innovates.
- I could cure AIDS and save four kids from a burning house and the Christian God would still send me to Hell.
- Mauve gets little respect as a color.
- Some athletes don’t grasp the concept of a binding contract AND don’t know how lucky they are.
- Louis Woodward is free; Matthew Eappen is dead.
- Judge Hillel Zobel ignored the will of the jury and set Woodward free.
- Radio stations that don’t backsell.
- People who dismiss soccer because it is trendy to do so.
- Drunk drivers who walk away from the accidents they cause.
- Our one-party money-run political system.
- My sense of powerlessness to change things that need to change.
- That race still matters.
- Killing in God’s name.
- I can’t beat the simplest computer chess game.
- People who trust the Internet as a reliable news source.
- September 1999 is closer than I think and I am not fully prepared.
- The final work of Ben Spondar will not be published.
- Marilyn vos Savant draws a paycheck.
- Pete Rose is unrepentant.
- The fact that I will be forgotten after I die.
- People with power who abuse that power.
- There’s never a police officer around except when I do something illegal.
Back to 2010 and the funny thing is that everything on that list still depresses me.