Thursday, November 29, 2007

Mike Farrell on Purpose and Humanity - Day 29

I wasn't feeling very human so I had to stop and get my barrings. I never wanted to be one of those folks on an invisible treadmill but I was running and forgot where I was going.

I regret that I had to miss a few days of vlogging but hey, like I said, someone had to lower the curve. But I have some good stuff for the last two days. Mike Farrell is an actor. He is also an Activist and not just cuz someone paid him a $25,000 fee to pretend that he is concerned person about an issue.


Usually I try to stay away from industry people because the few that I have met were total assholes. Generally people who wanted to be connected to the industry for the fame and money part and not because they had any talent or something to add to the culture.

Mr. Farrell seems different. As I listened to him talk it seemed that he has personally experienced coming out the darkness into various forms of light. Can't be totally sure cuz he is an actor. He has a book out called "Just Call Me Mike".

But I'd like to think we could could collectively whip up a barbecue and have a jawbone session over non-fortified lemonade.

This is a video excerpt from a talk that Mike Farrell gave at the Glendale Public Library on November 28, 2007. In this short clip he talks about our being connected by purpose.

For more information about Actor - Activist Mike Farrell visit www.mikefarrell.org

P.S. I feel like a dope. I can't get into NaVlogPoMo. I can't get the image to come up. I can't find a skirt for Friday night at The Winnies.

Purpose, ha! I'd settle for linear thought at the moment.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Friday Night - The Winnies!

It happens to us all, it is mere days before the event. I ain't got a thing to wear. I have one last paper to write and what am I gonna do about my hair?



Shoes, lawd I need grown folks shoes but my feet demand sneakers. I don't do panty hose. Tights maybe but X-nay on the pantay.

The thing is there will be folks and food and drink and well, you know so I gotta go.

Saturday morning I'm going to be wearing shades in class cuz sleeping in the second row is not cool. I will be unnaturally quiet. I just hope I don't snore.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Carlos Ugalde - Andar por America Day 15

Sometimes good things come from the path that you were forced to take.
I had procrastinated on a project that is due on Saturday. I had to work on it today in order to get it ready for my presentation.

I hop on the shuttle to Glendale Community College so that I can use the library. I walk in and turn the corner. In the gallery there were photographs and portraits that commanded me to enter the room.



There was historical figures but also real people being reflected past what I am being told a Latin American person, a Hispanic person, and all the words we use to narrowly define a spectrum of people.

I was taking photos when a gentleman walked into the room. He popped a tune in the CD. It was Carlos Ugalde, photographer and professor of Latin American and Latino Studies at the college. He was very kind and gracious to allow me to interview him about his work.

P.S. Working on my final project, work and NaVlogPoMo do not mix - so I will be in and out of the loop until I finish the project proper and increase my chance of graduation or at least not having the lowest grade in the class.

P.S.S. Dear Universal Spirit, in my next life could you see fit to allow me to be at least 5'9 inches tall or there abouts. I'm running into a lot of tall men lately and well, hey sometimes it takes a lot of effort to get their attention.

I'm not complaining.

I'm working the shortie life fine and dandy but the shelf thing and having to ask for help from taller people got old around fifteen. Just putting in a pre-order consideration. Cuz there isn't always a step-stool around when you need to look a man face to face.

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Monday, November 12, 2007

My Questions for 10Questions - Day 12

We take a slight pause for the cause on account I did promise to ask this question to the presidential candidates running for President. For more info check out http://www.10questions.com

For those of the candidates that understand social networking and communication we'll get the old answers in a new way. For those that don't get it they will choose not to participate.

In the interest of full disclosure, this is one of the questions that the BlogHer Voter Manifesto wants a response to and I am happy to convey the question and participate in this process.


My concerns are that we as Americans continue to think in limited bands of time. We do not think or plan generationally. Our infrastructure is falling apart and we'll run to patch things up but that not a good way to sustain our cities or a country.

I don't believe that a four or eight year occupant can do a lot of good if we as a people choose not to participate in the process. That is the reason we are in the mess that we see today.

Tech Stuff: I don't know why but I am having problems with gettting my QT and Windows Media Videos. It seems I have to wait a few hours before posting them. I think those gosh darn vloggers have given a server or two a nervous breakdown. I'll post the alternative formats when I get the chance.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

My Desk and Dusty Trails - Day 11

On the Ning list of NaVloPoMo one of the suggestions for posting videos when you run out of things to post is what is in your junk drawer. I go one step better, my junk top of desk. Normally it isn't as bad as I recorded it. It can be worse.


As a special added bones at around the 04:31 mark is the opening title video for one heck of a bad sitcom, Dusty's Trails. I got this at the beloved 99 Cents Only store but I overpaid by 50 cents.

This is proof positive that not everything from the sixties is groovy.

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Friday, November 09, 2007

Acceptance - Day 10

It was a long day. It is 11:25pm. I have been up since 4:45am. I am looking at my last homework question:

When Archimedes lived in Syracuse, who was his patron? It is kinda fuzzy but I didn't think Archie was from New York. It doesn't matter cuz the server is down and I can't get into the Arts database to find out who he was stroking for cash.

I'm thinking these so called patrons didn't fork up money just for the aesthetic pleasure of having a work of art in their homes. I'm thinking that this was an exchange program and part of what was exchanged was body fluids.

I have no proof of this. It may be my carnal nature rising because my common sense has taken hike. But if I was a wealthy old gal in the old days and I had a piece of beefcake painting my ceiling I might invite him to survey my landscape.

Yes, I am a heathen. A spiritual heathen.

I am trying to edit video but I keep yawning. I may not make it but there is the futility in trying.

So, the word for today is acceptance. There is tomorrow.

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Life in Text and Video 2 - Day 9

This is the second experiment in text and video.


This is day 9 of NaVloPoMo and I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed at 22 more days to go. I'm so tired after this day I can't even blather on like I usually do.


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Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Life in Text and Video Poem - Day 8

I've been feeling guilty. I do have a boatload of video that I haven't edited or uploaded but there are people creating original content daily.

If I am going to try to do something new then this would be the time. There is a particular type of poetry where the words are used as a sculpture. There is another type where words and images meld into a third meaning.



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So this is my attempt to try to get to that third meaning. What do you do when you want to create but you have to earn a living, provide for the essentials and not have you soul sucked away by the mundane?

You don't have to be an artist or creative person to face this and the answers are everywhere but your answer is some place else. That is the starting point.
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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Cantor Esther Leon - Day 7

Sometimes you can't get it right. I wanted this to be perfect because it was a perfect moment in real life.



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When I got home there were things wrong, sun flares, my zigzags and hand tremors that views as shimmies. I tried to fix it but at some point I gave up and time moved on.

It seems ok now, not as bad as I thought. And maybe it is time to add this voice to counter some of the cruelty running around as political commentary. I mention no names, insert your own breathing pejorative windbag here. This is my contribution to day 7 of NaVloPoMo.


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Monday, November 05, 2007

Pasadena Bloggers Picnic - Day 6

It was a lovely afternoon. I didn't know any of these people. I knew one or two of their blogs but I felt like an interloper. I shop, work and go to school in Pasadena but I don't live there. Out of my current budget.

I bought some wet naps, Blood Orange Soda ( I really do like drinking that stuff) and something else I don't remember. I tended to stay near the tables because there was some good food on it and I didn't know what else to do. I don't have the automatic smoozing gene, I gotta kinda peculate up to it.


Fortunately a very nice gentleman name Robin brought some excellent ribs of all permutation. I could her my doctor tsk, tsking me about wrapping my lips around those bones but me and Charlie understood that nature is not something to be defied. Unfortunately I couldn't slip Charlie any of the bounty cuz his human said he couldn't have any.

So this is simple video. No ribs, intense political debates or ants in the pants. A group of people who know, kinda know and don't know each other pose for a photo. Just like we did in grade school. But a little bit better than that.

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

A Soldier's Skin At PCC Gallery - Day 5

We all have feelings about the war but most of us have got it through our thick heads that the troops need to be supported. I would like to see each and everyone of them home but that is a discussion for another time.



Some those folks who are home have a living memorial to those that have paid the ultimate price. Mary Beth Heffernan, an artist and instructor at Occidental College in Eagle Rock, (Los Angeles) went to tattoo parlors near Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. She photographed honor tattoos on the body of the survivors and memory holders.

Visitors were permitted to take home copies of the exhibit in the form of posters. This is a video representation of that event. This was on of the events of the Arts and Ideas Festival 2007

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Saturday, November 03, 2007

Elizabeth's Poem - Day 4

I use to have more time. Time to hook up with other folks creating work that happens in the moment. I long to get back to those times but that requires more income than what I'm generating at the moment.



This was recorded in 2006 as I followed the Poets on the Gold Line. Elizabeth is reading a poem about her mother. But time and real life conspire against a shared moment.

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Friday, November 02, 2007

Digitizing Books - Day 3

For the past two years I've been learning about libraries, how the operate and some of the issues that we as a culture will have to deal with in the 21st century. I generally write about this stuff at http://pcclibtech.blogspot.com

I am not a librarian. Yet. If ever. But I am thinking about it more and more.


I want to show you a device that you ought to be aware of, you should know that the traditional book isn't going gently into the dust. But it might be transformed.

This is especially important for fragile or extremely old materials. They wouldn't stand up to this type of processing; there are gentler scanning methods for the at risk materials.

This is an just one small example of how that change is going to happen. I'm not endorsing any specific product. I literally walked up to this one and hit record.


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Another Reason to Learn to Drive - Day 2

I'm on the bus. I'm always on the bus. Anyway this older lady gets on. She has a crumpled dollar. Crumpled dollars do not work well with modern fare collection boxes. It won't take. Sometimes in life you have a crumpled dollar and you got to work with what you have.

The driver is giving her a hard time. "You should not have crumpled it up. It should have been smooth before you got on the bus. You're making me late."

Cheeze...can you make her feel any worse about not getting the freaking dollar into the fare box?

Well, yeah he can. I can stand no more of his (non) encouragement. I look in my wallet, I have a smooth dollar. I trade dollars with her.

That should have been the end of it.

It wasn't. But it works out. I don't think she understood what he was saying anyway.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

I Must Be Out Of My Mind - Day One

It is a time for expression, high verbiage followed by a sleep deprivation chaser. In case you haven't heard is it:

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  • National Novel Writing Month - Think of it as the equivalent of a marathon, where folks with the best of intentions decide to write that dang novel they have been carrying in their bones. No prizes, no free drinks or sponsorship. Just you and your writing device facing down the calendar. For the record, I will not be participating in this event but ain't nothing stopping you from taking the plunge. I'd give you more info about it but I can't connect to the site. What you can do is check out the audio podcast related to the event at http://nanowrimopodcast.blogspot.com
  • National Blog Posting Month - If you are a blogger now is the time to step up to the plate. You don't even have to blog alone, check out the list and find your kinfolk. If you are a belly Christian blogger into Goth I'm telling you there are folks waiting to hug your cyber-spirit. Seeing how I can barely muster two or three post a month now days the thought of doing thirty straight is overwhelming. But maybe I could do one small post a day.
  • National Video Blog Posting Month - I could do one small text post a day but I'm a videoblogger damn it! That I can't do every day. Well, maybe on some of the days. But not all. I don't think. But I got stuff, just have to recycle and adapt to new purposes. Yeah. I might be able to do that.
Anyway, here is the deal. I will try to post "something" for thirty days. I will release myself from any thought of perfection, competence and will hold a tenuous grip on my sanity. If I make it through I will stand among people who do what they say they are going to do and mean it.

Or not, hell somebody has to bring down the curve.