Spotted during a walk along the beach. Metal sculpture by Don Francis.
As if the Vancouver Public Library wasn’t already the best and coolest public library in the world. This year they decided to host an Indie Author Day which I participated in. Here are there unique things that caught my attention while at the event. The Man With The Unique Tie […]
This is my very first paper cut-out stop motion animation. I had no idea what I was doing. Now that I had done it once I can see the many mistakes I made.
In preparation for this I started cutting out some of the basic shapes I was planning to use. In the end this wasn’t sufficient and I ended cutting out further things as I was taking photographs. Clearly I planned this poorly.
Here is the setup I had for taking pictures. I arranged things so that I was looking at things upside down which made it difficult for me. Another mistake I will avoid next time.
The video features the narration of Mary Knapp Parlange. She is a fantastic writer. You can visit her website here.
This was lots of work but felt satisfying. Plus I made mental notes on what to do differently next time.
Pot-bellied Snow White gorges herself on blueberry pancakes after a revenge killing spree. Wait until Prince Charming gets a hold of all this….how will he react?
Ezekiel 25:17. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of the darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who attempt to poison and destroy my brothers. And you will know I am the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon you.” Now… I been sayin’ that shit for years. And if you ever heard it, that meant your ass. You’d be dead right now. I never gave much thought to what it meant. I just thought it was a cold-blooded thing to say to a motherfucker before I popped a cap in his ass. But I saw some shit this mornin’ made me think twice. See, now I’m thinking: maybe it means you’re the evil man. And I’m the righteous man. And Mr. 9mm here… he’s the shepherd protecting my righteous ass in the valley of darkness. Or it could mean you’re the righteous man and I’m the shepherd and it’s the world that’s evil and selfish. And I’d like that. But that shit ain’t the truth. The truth is you’re the weak. And I’m the tyranny of evil men. But I’m tryin’, Ringo. I’m tryin’ real hard to be the shepherd.
Pulp Fiction is one of those movies. You watch it once and it lingers in your imagination. Like that scene with Samuel L. Jackson quoting from the bible. I can never un-see that. It is stuck inside my mind.
This is an experiment in story mashup. I have many many ideas similar to this. Making this video was tons of fun. I laughed so much while making it. Thinking of ways to stick Kill Bill, Django Unchained and Pulp Fiction into the story of Snow White. I decided to keep the video short, rely on the fact that most people already know the story. I don’t need to tell the whole tale, only the bits that are different.
So what other story mashup should I do next? Please tell me.
This story has been circulating around the internet for years. Nobody knows who actually wrote it. I re-wrote it a little to suit my own nefarious purposes.
One of life’s important lessons is to place most important things first. This story is about how to transform your actions to match your priorities. Or maybe you should just eat more mayo. I don’t know. You decide what this story means.
Whenever I eat fresh figs, I get the sense that I have entered heaven. They are hard to come by in Vancouver. When they appear in the grocery store they are priced out of reach. However we know a friend who miraculously managed to grow a tree in his backyard. Every year he shares the harvest with us. Boy! do we feel lucky. So when a large box of them arrived last week, my over enthusiasm seeped into the video I was working on.
It doth confound the sense. Of all the plays in the world, why does Hamlet has such a hold over me? Each time I watched it performed I gleaned a new shade of meaning. With each movie rendition, I am dazzled by nuance. And yet despite the repeated viewings spanning […]
The Whistler Independent Book Awards has announced it’s long list for 2016. My novel, Graffiti Hack, has received an honourable mention. Self publishing a novel, for me, is to dare to dream a grand dream then stuffing it into a tiny container. Like stuffing a jinni into an oil lamb. […]
You can read the full text of the narration here. This video was an experimentation in using the compositing feature in my video editing tool. I can see that this will come in handy in future videos There is this tree in the park where I frequently take a walk. […]
“It is impressive! That you can quit your job yet still have the discipline to be productive on your own.” People say upon hearing of my transition from a professional life into a self directed being. “Please don’t be impressed” I want to reply. Discipline was a hurdle in this […]
“I don’t care if my next protagonist is a serial killer” I thought to myself after I finished writing my first novel. “As long as he or she is easy to get along with.” The seven year I spent with the main character of that story have frayed my nerves […]
You can read a longer written down version of the story here. This is my second foray into combining dance with storytelling. The last video focused on hand movements. This one is all about the feet. It was fun thinking up fun locations to film the walking sequences in. Which […]
The Champion is a short documentary about an Iraqi boxing athlete who creates a new life for himself in the US. The 18 minute film is featured on www.shortoftheweek.com and you can watch it here. The movie revolves around Estaifan Shilaita – A man who radiates charisma and positivity, you […]
Work hard. Aim for the stars. Be the absolute best that you can be. Others will tell you: Be practical. Baby steps. Keep your feet hugging the ground. Your head clear. That is the way to be. Go with the flow. No! Make your own destiny. Cultivate peace inside. No! […]
Do you think the Mississippi river ever says: ” I wish I was as long as the Nile?” Does the Yangtze River in China ever lament the fact it flows in only one country when the Amazon washes across a whole continent? Does the calm Euphrates ever say to swift […]
Maud Gonne claimed that the whole world owed her a debt of gratitude for refusing to marry Yates. Had she not rejected the famous poet’s advances we wouldn’t be privy to all that beautiful verse. The biographies of artists and authors are rife with stories of unrequited love, painful childhoods, […]
In rehearsal. Here we are practicing our routine few days before the show. I will always remember how happy I was when I danced to this. Choreography by Kasandra La China Dancers: Kasandra La China Andrea Williams Gina Holliday Cyrena Huang Kelty McKerracher Kara Miranda Elen Ghulam
Books provide the best nourishment. On Monday April 11 I will be reading from my novel Graffiti Hack. Vancouver Public Library Downtown Vancouver 6:00 – 8:00 pm Alma VanDusen and Peter Kaye rooms 350 West Georgia Street. Free Copies of Graffiti Hack will be available for sale.
I signed up to participate in the Vancouver Story Slam on March 8th. I took a story from my novel Graffiti Hack and worked on it to shorten it so that it would fit in the 5 minute time limit. My novel is a story that has several stories within […]
A seriously good novel. Serious because it clearly was well researched down to most meticulous details. Good because it retains the intimacy of what treads through the human heart. Akka or Acre is under siege by the christian crusaders. On one hand you have the residents of the beleaguered city […]
I am in pure state of distress. My novel is nearing completion, yet a name for it has not arrived. Thinking about names for this thing is now a daily preoccupation. Part 1 and Part 2 of this story are not helping. So here is a third attempt. Meat metaphorically […]
After drinking a cup of hot chocolate last night, I found this at the bottom of it. I predict a 2016 full of love. I wish you all a year where you find yourself busy doing what you adore, surround by people your heart delights in their company. I hope […]
Last night I jumped out of my bed as the whole world was shaking. A 4.3 earth quake had struck Vancouver at 11:30 pm. This morning, I wrote this poem.
I am half way through the second draft of the next novel. I can see the end coming. It is so close, I can taste it. Yet a name for this creation has not arrived yet. Attempt number 1 is here. I thought it would be cool if I gave […]
Tramezzini is a type of crust-less bread popular in Italy. It’s used in making yummy sandwiches. You can put almost anything in them. I tried to cut them up in interesting ways so that it would like the sandwich exploded and combine it with a poem I wrote called “Last […]
I always obsess about what to name a book. How to capture the full range of happenings yet keep it simple and memorable? An impossible task. To find a selection of few words that when combined express the fullness of what takes 300 pages to describe. I have describes previous […]
A couple of weeks ago I watched a movie by Chris Marker called La Jetée. I was totally mesmerized. Photographs overlaid with narration. So simple. Yet the movie was engaging all the way through. Some strange impulse went through me.”I want to give this a try” I kept thinking to […]
When Matisse unveiled his famous dance painting an art critic scoffed at it calling it “Lobster people dancing in spinach”. This criticism is so imaginative and creative, it makes me suspect that the critic secretly loved the painting but didn’t wish to reveal his sentiments. What is it that makes […]
In his old age, Matisse was afflicted with health problems which prevented him from painting. He dropped the brush and picked up the scissors. Producing a set of paper cutouts. Cheerful, vibrant and nuanced they don’t betray a single shard of defeat. Even when portraying Icarus crash to the ground […]
A hedgehog date could mean this: Or this: I have done my “being an Arab living in the west is like petting a hedgehog” rant in a previous blog post. I won’t bore you by repeating it here. However I would rather tell you that dates used to be the […]