10 Years of YouTubing

November 27, 2006, I posted my first YouTube video, titled, We See Lights in the Sky <https://goo.gl/mN1CBl>, which was developed to go with a musical composition called Lola’s Emerald Necklace #2. Its huge video pixels cannot be entirely blamed on the state of video in 2006. At that time, uploading a >2 gigabyte file via consumer internet services was not always reliable, nor would YouTube have accepted such a large file from me. Plus, I liked the big pixels. They reminded me of live television from the ISS, which seemed apropos for this watery, foggy, jittery project. Now there are more than 50 videos in my channel, mostly documenting performances I witnessed. Continue reading

The Art of Train Window Digital Photography

Trains go where they go for their own reasons. In the USA, these are usually economic reasons, and frequently those reasons may be historic and obsolete. The train does not care about your interest in taking photographs. If you want to take pictures of a particular landscape, doing it from a moving train verges on improbable. Yet, a train is a river that flows past vast landscapes and the extremes of all the measures by which we know beauty.

To get the most out of your train window photography, start by picking a good place to sit.  There are two strategies for selecting your seat.

  1. Sit on the starboard (or “passenger”) side of the train to minimize obstruction of views by passing trains.
  2. Taking account for the time of day and position of the sun, you may want to choose a seat on the side of the train that will minimize glare and maximize the direct lighting of your subjects. Avoid having direct sun on your train window. It will gleam and be prone to reflecting the glare of the windows on the other side of the car.

With luck, your seat will meet both criteria.  If not, plan to spend time in the lounge car.

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Take off the suffocating rubber clown suit of negativity!

So says David Lynch, who is on a national tour with John Hagelin and Fred Travis, visiting college campuses, speaking on the topic “Consciousness, Creativity, and the Brain” … part of a program sponsored by the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace (which Hagelin is serving as president, a job he didn’t need to be elected to hold).

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Beth Cassidy Recovery Fund

The Arts Council of Snohomish County and Supporters of Beth Cassidy present a Branch Quilt Raffle to benefit the Beth Cassidy Recovery Fund

Dear Friends,

In November 2003, Beth was diagnosed with recurring melanoma cancer in the lymph glands of her left leg and abdomen. She has since undergone two surgeries to remove the lymph glands and will be receiving treatment throughout the spring and into the summer. Her prognosis is very positive but she has been unable to work and can’t attend craft shows until the end of April. Beth does have medical insurance but it’s not covering all of her expenses.

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2002 Music and Movie Wrap Up

Album of the Year: David Bowie‘s Heathen

Not listed in Rolling Stone’s 50 best albums of 2002. No, my precious. Nastie filthie rock journalists hid it away, they did. (“Most rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who can’t talk for people who can’t read.” Frank Zappa said that.) If you haven’t heard Heathen, if you ever enjoyed Bowie in the past, I commend it to you. The song-writing, performances, and arrangements are first-class. If you have time for listening to music, it will reward you.

My one complaint regards the typography on an otherwise beautiful package. Ornate typographic flourishes are obliterated by a horizontal rule design the “crosses out” nearly every word on the package. It is nearly illegible, at least in the “limited edition” CD version that I have. It is so painful to read that it essentially redirects you to put all your attention on the recordings. If that was the designer’s intention, it would have been better to not hire typographers at all.

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Lean on Me

Pat Wright

Seattle’s Gospel Ambassador to the world, Pat Wright, worked with the Seattle Waldorf Middle School Choir in the spring of 2001. Friday afternoon, March 2nd, she lead the SWS 6th, 7th, and 8th Grades through a rousing version of the old Bill Withers tune, Lean On Me (downloadable 5MB stereo MP3-format file), rocking a packed Huckleberry Hall. Camila Landrum-Recchi (6th Grade) contributed a soulful solo, with Alice deWrangel and Suki Jefferson (both 8th-graders) closing the number with a duet. “This Little Light” closed the performance (downloadable 3.7MB stereo MP3-format file).

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