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Matto’s Log

Yin Mandala Series

Years ago, I was playing around in Photoshop while meditating on "Yin" energy. Yin Yang is a Taoist symbol, and a good portion of my spirituality is based on Taoism (in addition to Zen/Chan Buddhism). Ultimately, I made about two-dozen variations of a single photo...

Disney should remake “The Sword in the Stone”

I recently rewatched the Disney movie, The Sword in the Stone, with my two partners. It's old and a classic, I guess, but I had a big problem with it... The ending was dumb. The rest of the movie was silly, but the ending really misses the mark for modern audiences....

Ensō and the start of a monumental project

I launched a Zen-inspired generative cryptoart project called Ensō last month (ensō is a Zen symbol), and I need to spread the word about the project! The generative script lives on Ethereum and is 'powered by a smart contract.' Whenever someone purchases one from the...

Example of my Artist Ethos: Always Increase Value

Quick background: As 'Azurine,' I make art that's hard to classify, but I say that it varies from erotic to contemplative, absurd to scientific, spiritual to unsettling. I've been making this kind of art for decades, but it wasn't until discovering NFTs in Oct. 2020...

Fan-Fricken-Tastic Engagement

The story of Fan-Frickin-Tastic I started this story in the spring of 2020, when I and my family were under lockdowns. I wrote a few chapters, then I set it aside. It wasn't until I got into cryptoart and NFTs did it occur to me to publish the stories as an...

I’m Not Fast

I'm a much faster thinker than doer. Lots of times, I feel like I can't keep up with my thoughts. I forget the metaphor Buddhists use for a wild mind, but it's something involving a large and dangerous mammal. They might refer to it as a raging, wild elephant or...

Naked Yoga

I was recently invited to a naked yoga class by a friend. I'll be honest, I don't love my body, so the prospect of doing naked yoga was daunting. So of course, I said yes. How could I not when at the simple thought of it, my pulse quickened? It made me feel...

Announcing TokenScope.org

I recently started making non-fungible tokens, (NFTs) on the Ethereum blockchain. There's a whole ecosystem for them, and most of the tools / sites that let you interact with them are visual-heavy. That makes sense; Cryptokitties and Punks were some of the first...

Wanna get social?

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