is a personal website. It contains no advertising and is completely
dependent upon the time and effort put into it by it's author
for updates and redesigns. I present my "art" and "literature"
on this website, along with my philosophy of life. Major sections
are in the "clouds" to the right. Current updates can
always be found on my blog, WhenWordsCollide.
like to say I've been blessed with a charmed life, unaffected by the tragedy and
mistrust which govern most lives. My life has been present during
a rather turbulent time from a historical perspective, and since
1999 I've been attempting to make sense of it all on this website.
My "electronic experiment in art" is always expanding,
to chart the course of this life,
and the lives of my fellow humans trapped like me in a reality
they never dreamed up or asked for.
actual "life" began in 1953, but the website, while
it would attempt to chart that life, would really only start to
chart the current, or "electronic life" when it became
active on my birthday, May 1, in the year 1999. It all started
when I hit the age of 46, and developed an interest in the power
of the computer to bring people together over the internet. I
wanted to document my words, my art, my musings, and felt that
the promise of the internet to enhance and stimulate creativity
and the desire to create would eventually bring my art and musings
to the masses, and in return, help me to find the muse which would
stimulate all my misdirected energy into a "webpresence".
I signed on to the budding GeoCities and Homestead web hositing
sites and began creating this "webpresence". My original
overblown intentions were to archive my "complete
works", poems and prose dating back over thirty years.
In addition, I wanted to present "art" created with
imaging programs and display my
poetry never completely got transcribed, but the attempt ongoing.
In 2004, I began the second incarnation of the ElectricPoetry
website, and have transcribed a good many poems written over the past 50 or so years
to the site. Since I maintain this
massive undertaking myself, I sometimes get behind in updating.
From 2007 to the present, most of the updates have been not to
the main sections of the website, but to my blog, WhenWordsCollide.
Latest poems can always be found in the
ElectricPoetry tag on the blog. The poetry of the teens has now pretty much been transcribed to the latest
ElectricPoetry page on this site.
was too far ahead of the curve with the video yearnings. The digital
videocamera I purchased was in 1999. It was ancient by digital
standards and didn't even input digitally to the computer. I got
it before firewire and USB. There have been two video cameras
since then, and now, still behind, I don't have HD or 3D capabilities.
The 2nd videocamera had a digital still picture function. This
feature fueled my love of photography as well as videomaking.
Photography is featured on my
Flickr site, and is always being updated. AT one time I had over 8000 photos in over 100 themed folders on the old Webshots photo sharing site. I was rated up to #6 of over 15,000 users taking photos of California, but sadly that hosting site has gone out of business.
Internet Movies" and "Video Blog" can be found
on my YouTube
"channel". and in the MikeVideo
section of this website. The most current updates can be found
in the MikeVideo
tag on my blog.
many urges I have to write are never completely satiated, and
when I do write, which is seldom, the computer screen stares back
at me and laughs like those blank pieces of paper staring from
my typewriter so long ago. Now, thanks to a somewhat largish readership
for my every-other-daily blog, WhenWordsCollide on the Xanga service,
I am writing more than I have in a long time.
I keep paying for the privilege of keeping this site up and running,
however, and every year there are more promises to myself to add
some more content. When I began the present introduction, it was
late 2003. Now it's past another decade later, and more attempts
are abrew to chronicle, to journal, to wax poetic and to philosophize.
The New Year always brings promise, and I have always vowed not
to break any promises. In 2013, I turned 60, and as I promised last year at this
time, and the years previously, I feel the need to wirte, to archive
past writings, and to create art, in whatever form it feels it
has to take. I vow that I will keep Allthingsmike online until
I physically pass from this existence, and by then, I truly hope
there is some way I can keep my digital universe online as a legacy
of my existence forever.
my artistic propensities, I have always been known to prophesize
the Universal Truths which take root in the Universal
Mind. On my standalone blogsite "The Universal Blog"
(linked to at the left) and in the Universal
Blog tag on WhenWordsCollide, I post spiritual essays detailing
my philosophies about life, death, and the hereafter.
have been many segments of this website, on many different servers
over the years. Some sections have flourished, and some have withered
away. As the year 2013 approaches it's halfway point, after not having updated the main
site for over two years, I am now revisitng, reworking, and revising,
yet again, my massive "electronic experiment in art."
If there are broken links, I vow to fix them. If there is a purpose,
I vow to soon let myself know what it is. If I somehow ever
miraculously gain the readership I crave, and if I somehow start
writing like I have vowed in the past, then perhaps I shall find
fulfillment. If you, dear reader, feel like you want to journey
with me, to the past forms, the present musings, and the future
of AllThingsMike, then click one of the clouds on the right, and
come with me.
12.27.03 (perpetually updated, most recently 08.04.13)