Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year

So this is where we part, goodbye Mr. 2011 (yes, in my mind time is male).

Awfully glad I met you, cheerio, and toodle-oo

And thank you so much.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Remembering Maria Mckee

Singing "Shelter" with Lone Justice.

When it comes to lyrics and voice though I just love this from her.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Morning Papers

They could take a walk down the oceanside
Make a wish on every wave
They could find a carousel and ride
Or kiss in every cave
They could contemplate the entire universe
Or just one star
Or just how far was the walk 4 the morning papers

Oh to sing like a Prince.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rocking out to the Flute

Dittisham Photos
This photo of Dittisham is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Friday, November 25, 2011

The Diaphragm as it Pertains to Singing Aimee Mann

First see how a Diaphragm functions in your body.

Then listen to a concise explanation found on Youtube on how this muscle is the key to singing correctly and with ease.


Now you are prepared to cover a song from a princess and prove to an audience that voices carry, with yours doing so in spectacular fashion.

I imagine this is what heaven would sound like, yet perhaps it would go something more like this.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Life Has Come a Long Way Since Yesterday **

Ziggy in excerpts (of a run-on sentence): "day in day out I've asked many questions only to find the truth it never changes I don't care if it hurts I'm tired of lies and all these games I've reached a point in life no longer can I be this way cause I can't make you happy unless I am I'm moving on yes I'm grooving on well I'm finally free I've got to be true to myself..."

Life has come a long way since yesterday

**So Happy Thanksgiving, I say, I say...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Bouquet Bokeh

The Picture above along with tutorials can be found at this nifty site.

Anyway according to Wikipedia a Bokeh, in photography, is the blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur in out-of-focus areas of an image.

A cool Bokeh tuturial below which even invites you to participate in a contest.

And since Bokeh is partially about motion why not watch something dealing with that as well.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Challenges of City Integration

There seems to be a window of opportunity opening up for some of Rio's favelas, specially now that this happened in Rocinha .

Focusing on Rocinha below is a description of the place by a writer called Paul Berger.

"Probably the most surprising aspect of our visit to Rocinha was just how many goods were on offer there. It was almost a city within a city, with hairdressers, bars, restaurants and stores as well as plenty of garages for repairing motorcycles. Rocinha even has a private cable television station, a radio station, two community newspapers and two official banks"

The article can be found here.

Legal businesses fostering economic development is always good and one activity that has included favelas into their scope is tourism. I researched the subject matter and arrived at this well balanced piece, featuring both pros and cons.

Another good source for learning about favela related issues is a blog authored by a native, bi-lingual Rocinha resident called Zézinho. His work, in English, is linked below.

I wish he used tags in his blog though. It would make it easier to find things like this excellent article containing info that is really hard to come by, even with Uncle Google's help.
Anyway I have babbled on for far too long here (my other posts, which are short and concise, have probably committed suicide by now). So I'll wrap it up with an interview featuring Prof Edward Glaeser whose book "The Triumph of the City" is a great way of looking at how a place like Rocinha could be, and in various aspects already is, a great asset of Rio de Janeiro.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Since were on the Subject of Captains

How about a shouting match between Captain Kirk and Christopher Columbus?

It is pretty good, give it a try.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

The Captain of her Heart

Great song and lovely haircuts.

Since Ringo Said No

The Beatle declined so we´ll have to do with the muppets.

Hell, let´s just introduce the whole ensemble.

Good times.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Sunday, July 3, 2011

This Years Love

The original version of "This Years Love" by David Grey.

Then a cover version of said song. Lovely.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Harper Valley P.T.A

The movie.

Plus an interview.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

See the Curtains Hangin' in the Window...

Sweet days of summer
the jasmine's in bloom
July is dressed up
and playing her tune

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

A Song for You

On Mr. Sunshine

and here performed by Mr. Charles.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Max Headroom

The Dude

The link

When Max Headroom first hit the media landscape in 1985, it was with a two-pronged assault: a music-video series in which the "computer-generated" titular character introduced and often ridiculed the hot acts of the day, and a live-action sci-fi movie explaining the "origin" of Max Headroom.

That movie, like the subsequent 1987 live-action ABC drama series also called Max Headroom, was set "20 minutes into the future." Now, a full 25 years after he first appeared on England's Channel 4, Max Headroom finally shows up on home video...

The August 10 release, from Shout! Video in collaboration with Warner Bros. Entertainment, is a five-DVD set called Max Headroom: The Complete Series. On four discs, it presents the American version of the Max Headroom pilot, and all subsequent 13 episodes produced for ABC in 1987-88 -- including one episode, "Baby Grobags," not televised for another seven years.

The fifth disc is full of DVD extras, including a reunion with most of the show's cast, including Jeffrey Tambor, who co-starred here long before becoming a cult TV star thanks to HBO's The Larry Sanders Show and Fox's Arrested Development. (Missing from the reunion, sadly, is series star Matt Frewer, who played both Edison Carter and Max Headroom.)

For genre fans, it's a must-buy DVD purchase, and you can -- and should -- order it HERE.

The ABC series really was decades ahead of its time, and tackled lots of questions about what TV was doing to viewers, and what greedy TV executives were doing to their own medium. A subplot in the TV movie that launched the series, for example, concerned "blipverts," the devious brainchild of executives at the globally dominant Network 23. "Blipverts" were subliminal commercials, run so quickly that no viewer could fast-forward through them. Another plot had a rival pay-per-view TV operation downloading people's dreams, and selling them as prurient entertainment.

The cleverness of Max Headroom is reflected best in the origin story of the title character. Edison Carter, played by Frewer, is the star reporter at Network 23. While investigating a story, he's chased by some bad guys, and tries to escape by hopping on a motorcycle and exiting an underground parking garage.

But he ends up going airborne, and crashing headfirst into an exit-gate barrier, on which is printed the warning, "MAX. HEADROOM 2.3 METERS."

When a computer genius back at Network 23 downloads Edison's brain into a computer program, what's left of the reporter's consciousness is represented by his disembodied face -- displayed by computer in a plastic, stuttering form. But Edison's memories are intact, including the last thing he saw, which becomes his computerized alter ego's name: Max Headroom.

Utterly brilliant. Especially since, as one of the show's creators explains on the disc of extras, every car park in England at the time was emblazoned with the identical "MAX HEADROOM" warning. Free, instant advertising, all over the nation. (It's a wonder no American series has ever claimed the title STOP, or YIELD, or WATCH FOR FALLING ROCK.)

I loved Max Headroom decades ago, reviewed it positively, and have taught it in my Rowan University TV History and Appreciation II class, quite recently, to the amusement and amazement of my students. Therefore, my only complaint about this first-ever DVD release is that it's not as complete an experience, or a history, as it could have been.

Yes, it's titled Max Headroom: The Complete Series, but that refers only to the ABC series, the live-action drama starring Frewer, Tambor, Amanda Pays, Morgan Sheppard, Concetta Tomei, Chris Young, Jere Burns and others.

Missing from this set is the rest of the Max Headroom experience. Like what? Like this: His popular stint as a music-video host, which included Max interviewing such popular (and impressively game) stars as Sting. The original British Max Headroom telemovie, which was slightly re-edited, with a few supporting cast changes, into the ABC pilot. (These two showed up, eventually, on HBO and its sister network, Cinemax.) And even a few of his Coke commercials, which is where many people may have encountered him first.

The absence of these extra elements keeps this DVD Max Headroom set from being entirely complete -- but doesn't stop it from being impressive. So buy it, and enjoy it. As Max might say, it's f-f-fantastic.

(After about 5 p.m. Tuesday, you should be able to hear my review of the Max Headroom DVD set on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross by clicking HERE. Or Wednesday for sure.)

[UPDATE: Here's a bonus, if I've worked this right. I found, on YouTube, Max Headroom's 1985 interview with Sting, which is every bit as twisted and entertaining as I remembered. The clip is, I hope, embedded below. -- David B.]

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The First Song I Ever Put on a Mixed Tape

Side A: Love Vigilantes...I can't wait to see you tomorrow dear.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Saturday, March 19, 2011


You're the poet in my heart.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Friday, March 4, 2011

Oh The Techniques

not to live by but to film to, and then you take life from there...

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tasmin Greig

Because she is lovely.

in "Episodes".

and oh so tasteful.

and then part 3.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday, February 14, 2011

Tchau Craque

Você maravilhou a todos com o seu talento.

Obrigado por tudo.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Thursday, February 3, 2011

And I'm giving you a longing look

Everyday, everyday, everyday I write the book...

Chapter one started here.

Oh you once new waver.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

Kokichi Sugihara

This is done without editing. Your eyes are playing a trick on you.

Read more here.
Watch more here.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

You Should Never Rush Life, Unless...

Dancing fires on the beach,
Singing songs together...
Though it's just a memory,
Some memories last forever

Monday, January 3, 2011