Experimenting with some clips taken a month ago at the carnival. Video “masking” and slo-motion and rubber duckies. And psychics. Have to start somewhere with the creative process I suppose. Music from warbly clarinet legend Acker Bilk: “Stranger on the Shore”, recorded from an old LP in my parents’ closet.
Nothing like a small town carnival to test the edges of ordered society. Freedom should be a subversive thing, at least a little bit. Having some fun with stills and clips from last weekend’s carnival. Yearly ritual for the month of May, this sugary indulgence of neon and noise. Didn’t get out at night this time because of a another shoot, so instead sharing a vid made in years past. Enjoy.
To say that Japan is a place of contrasts – this means nothing, nothing more a cliché. Shallow commentary, even for a one-time visitor like me. But applied to travel, “a place of contrasts” should serve as polite euphemism for a grandiose WTF?!! You see, men in blue jumpsuits are rappelling down Osaka Castle wall, meticulously tending to the creeping vines. And Pachinko parlours are screaming, screaming and sucking the life and yen out from the fatigued and lonely-looking mums […]
Ants I live on the coast now and we don’t really have many ants out here – too wet. But every time I visit the hot, dry interior, I’m reminded of how – essential they are, the ants. That’s not quite the right word, but its something close. They’re like elements themselves, red and black and indivisible and endlessly ordering the universe, morsel by morsel. (e-mail followers, you’ll have to click to the actual blog to see the embedded video…) […]
A friend once called me “shaggy”… not a reference to Scooby-doo but more to the neck of woods where I live, work, and play. And it’s a fair statement I guess. The temperate coastal forest boasts a certain… unkempt appeal. Good words to live by, I’d suppose. A few pix from this weekend’s hike up the “Blaine Burn”, a nearby hike I’ve been meaning to do for a few months now. It’s a twisted and well-rooted slog that reminds you […]
Herds of sugar-rattled kids and jostling teenagers, some bashfully toting stuffed bear prizes won from the game tents. Small town ritual, they scream and flirt and fight and own the space. Buddy shows me the yellow band around his wrist. I didn’t pay for this, no way, man – he tells me. Just picked it up off the ground. Ain’t no way these guys are gettin’ my money, that’s for sure. Can a leopard change its spots? These Carnies here […]
Quite some years back I was having coffee with a friend – Jonathan. I’d been going through some tough times, I recall. Jonathan had a way of listening that made me feel comfortable getting past the noise and bull that I put in the way of me and whatever the hell it was that was bothering me. I was saying something to the effect that I thought things would be getting easier, but they weren’t, and then Jonathan nods and […]
Posture is important – especially for those of us who find ourselves working in the office environment, yes? And I like to think of myself as a health-conscious chap, and by coincidence I’ve come across a few useful resources on the subject of office ergonomics these past weeks. So I thought I’d share a few health & well-being tips with y’all. Plus, it’s Friday. Naturally, we have different needs, learning styles, and – perhaps – levels of work-related tension, am […]
Lately I’ve been playing with word clouds – you know, those catchy collages of words you see generated by some robotic socioligist that parses through any length of text and picks out the most commonly used words. So I used this blog, and it looks like this: Fair enough, nothing too embarrassing there. But the problem with these bean-counting insights is that you never really see the good words… the weird and wonderful denizens populating the pages of Roget. Big. […]