Saturday, August 31, 2013

other things I do

making music at cake and the beanstalk.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

michael reynolds - experimental architect

saw "Garbage Warrior" last night - documentary about an architect whose vision of self-sustaining living runs in parallel with a sense of humanity at an urgent crossroads.

ridiculed for being unorthodox and for thinking differently, without fear, he has lived a life worth living, going from visionary to pariah to visionary and whatever is next, but he is a brave and stubborn person who can inspire others to chart their own course with the greater good in mind.

in this country we need to start thinking of somebody besides ourselves.

earthship blog


school is coming
school is coming...
just around the bend
with students and teachers and administrators
all lookin' for a piece of the action

take two deep breaths
and suck it in
the circus is in town
and the big tent is being hoisted

the merry-go-round
is starting to spin
the actors are getting ready for their parts

the good, the bad, the ugly
the courageous, the fearful
the hard-working, the indolent
the disciplined, the thin-skinned
the smart ones and the idiots...
don't be an idiot.

those who give, those who take
those who look to the horizon
those who see to the tip of their nose

be a seeker
let the air flow into your mind
let a fresh breeze blow through
and look for opportunities
and wide-open avenues
that branch out to new things

don't let small minds
narrow agendas
and a lack of imagination
on the part of the anxious
the fearful
and the upholders of the status quo
however well-disguised as
innovation or tolerance,
keep you from learning
and seeking truth.

be humble
be resilient
keep your mouth shut
when you don't have anything to say
but ask questions
be aware
be mindful

don't whine
don't complain
it's mostly First World problems in this place.

and act,
don't react.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

big red ball has baby brother

big red ball is not alone anymore - little red ball will make its debut in Animation Principles class as a bouncer.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

timing for animation

"Timing for Animation," by Harold Whitaker and John Halas. the link is a blog post from New York animator Michael Sporn.

this is my favorite animation instructional book, even more than Richard Williams' seminal "Animator's Survival Kit," because it is smaller, more concise, and lets you take off from where it ends without getting involved in semantics.

and here's an article on Harold Whitaker by John Halas, Whitaker's boss at the Halas and Batchelor Studio in England.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

cirque du soleil

well it was nothing if not nerve-wracking, with performers hanging above you and doing incredible, impossible-seeming things, but Cirque du Soleil's "Chemins Invisibles" was not only a great event to experience, it was also free.

go check out Canada sometime and see what a society's support for art-making can do for a people.

alfred pellan

one may or may not like everything he did, but one leaves the exhibition of Alfred Pellan's work with a smile on one's face, happy that someone appeared to enjoy his time on the planet so much, the companionship of his wife, the audacity and capacity to take in the fullness of the moment...

if you find yourself in Quebec City soon, go check him out at the Musée des Beaux Arts...and if not, then check him out online.

and that's all I have to say about that.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

animation in quebec city

first night in quebec city. this is the end of a projection of norman mclaren's work on a group of buildings known as the Image Mill.

3d animation just outside the hilton.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

never here before...and I like it.

good to go somewhere for the first time, especially those places that are in-between, like frontier towns, or like this city, caught between the french and the english - where people seem to hesitate between "bonjour" and "hello," where assumptions may be second-guessed...a delicate equilibrium where many are not in the majority, maybe even the majority itself.

first impressions only happen once. this place, I experience with keen interest the strange co-existence of gallic and anglo elements, two realities mixed together yet distinct from one another...