Doodles

DO YOU DOODLE? I used to. A lot! Some of my doodles were extravagant and others were simple. But there never seems to be a pad and pencil around anymore. Does there? The computer has changed all that. 
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Few people are sufficiently adept to doodle using MS Paint, and yet, for some, that's all they can do with it. Google has elevated doodling to a fine art. However, that really isn't doodling, is it?  
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By the way, Yankee Doodle Dandy originally was an insult. British soldiers sang it derisively as they attempted to crush the rebellion in the colonies. The word “doodle” meant fool, and a “dandy” was a fop or a bully.

I suppose that playing solitaire on the computer is what passes for doodling these days. It's a mindless activity that prevents us from daydreaming.

I used to daydream a lot. It got me into a lot of trouble in school. However, it gave the teacher something to do. She seemed happier sneaking up behind me in class and whacking me up alongside the head with a ruler than in simply boring everyone to death with useless facts and information, like algebra.

I learned early on that some doodles were socially acceptable and others weren't. No, not like that! (Where is your mind?) No, I mean that I could get away with simple doodles in class (as long as I wasn't doodling in my textbook or on the desktop) and in business meetings. But, as the doodles became more complex, people seemed to think that I wasn't paying attention to them.
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Doodle #1: What is it? (Click to enlarge) Answer below.
Actually, studies suggest that doodling does help us pay better attention. Like I said earlier, it keeps us from daydreaming, which takes all of our attention.

Truth is that this blog posting is a sort of a doodle. I finished two chapters on my new novel yesterday (that's a pretty productive day) and I have eighty blog posts in reserve. Imagine that. Eighty blog posts all written and illustrated. All I have to do is click “Publish.” So, I'm just taking a break while I think about things.
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Doodle #2: What is it? (Click to enlarge) Answer below.
What sort of things am I thinking about? Doodling for one. There was a television show in the late 1950s about doodling. Contestants vied to explain arcane drawings. I think that it was hosted by Hans Canried, but I can't find a citation for it in his biography in Wikipedia. (Of course, that proves nothing.) However, I did learn that he was the voice of Snidely Whiplash in the Adventures of Dudley Dooright (Rocky & Bullwinkle Show), and that he was born in Baltimore (my birthplace). See. Wikipedia is good for something.
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Hans Conried
Like I said, I'm doodling. I think that I'll make doodling a new category. It'll be a kind of miscellaneous bin for blog posts that don't really fit anywhere else.

Now, there must be a pad of paper around here somewhere....

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ANSWERS
Doodle #1: A soldier marching outside a window with a rifle and bayonet.
Doodle #2: A bear climbing the far side of a tree. 
 


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02/14/2012 12:45

Man oh man, the buses don't run where your mind goes, Jack! lol So creative. I'd have never guessed.

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Christina Carson
02/14/2012 16:55

You always have something worth my time hearing. Fascinating idea. And as always, well delivered!

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02/14/2012 20:36

Enjoyed your ramblings Jack, I used to doodle all the time until a visiting Australian priest took my note pad from me and autographed it! We were in a Church council meeting at the time and I was bored!

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02/15/2012 02:59

I never know from which side of the brain your next plog will come, and I suspect you don't either. That's what makes them so enjoyable. They are a grab bag of wit and wisdom, and I appreciate them all.

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