April 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’m very excited to be moving to a new blog address at rompreroom.tumblr.com
If you have a second, head over there and subscribe to the feed (using the “RSS” link in the masthead). I’ll hold up my end of the bargain with a steady stream of miscellanea I hope you’ll find interesting.
March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
A great quote from the previously linked to radio documentary on DF. Listen to the audio clip for the full quote. Classic DFW.
“If I show you that I believe we’re both bastards and that there’s no point to anything, and that I was last naive at about age six, then I protect myself from your judgement of the worst possible flaw in me, sentimentality and naivete.” – David Foster Wallace
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjuZcN4SO7I (Audio only)
March 26, 2011 § Leave a comment
Shawn, dad and I are getting rolling on the next edition of the RompréStomp and I stumbled across this mini documentary some creative soul made of last year’s show. I honestly can’t say that I remember anyone filming this!
There’s no footage of the main event and that’s great. One of the things that I love about putting this whole thing on, is hearing about the constellations of happenings and scenes that I had no idea was going on.
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See you out here in July.
March 9, 2011 § Leave a comment
Two things I love: A great radio documentary and David Foster Wallace – thank you BBC.
March 8, 2011 § Leave a comment
Stunning use of timelapse photography to tell a captivating story. This piece was shot entirely on a dslr camera using available light. Another no-buget film project that simply wouldn’t have been possible even two years ago.
Timelapse photography is everywhere now, but other than to show the passage of time, it’s rarely used as a storytelling device. Director Adam Anthony’s short ‘The Maestro’ was a finalist at this year’s Tropfest, and finds a way to integrate the effect into the story: (more…)
March 7, 2011 § Leave a comment
Hey, here’s a presentation I gave on photography at Phnom Penh’s nascent Nerd Night scene. Really it’s more a presentation on forgetting about equipment and actually *gasp* focusing on images. Ignore the horrific number of ‘likes’ and ‘ums’ I threw in there (I though an MA was supposed to me sound smrter). The whole thing was an improvisation on a theme, so it rates pretty low on the eloquence scale. With that enticing pitch…
Nerd Night is done in a Pecha Kutcha format – 20 seconds, 20 slides, image-based slides (no reading!). It’s a fresh, non-intimidating approach to sharing ideas that is practically boring-proof. Thanks to Yi Wei and Mike Hahn for getting this together.
February 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
Too ridiculous to make up, Tolstoy’s grandson missions over the Himalayas to find an alternative to the Burma Road with a letter from the US president, along the way meets with a seven year old Dalai Lama.
…and the whole thing was filmed! Amazing.
What tea has to do with critical moments in political history and iconic Russian literature.
In 1942, at the peak of WWII, Japan threw the Allies a formidable curveball — it blocked off the Burma Road, the essential artery supplying China with munitions from India to fight the occupying Japanese forces. Desperate for an alternative, the Allies diverted planes to the Himalayas, but the dangerous terrain and inclement weather caused too many pilots to crash into the mountains. A new land route between China and India had to be found, and two OSS men took it upon themselves to find it: Captain Brooke Dolan, an American explorer, and Major Ilia Tolstoy, Leo Tolstoy’s grandson. To do so, they’d have to cross Tibet and seek the permission of a 7-year-old boy: The Dalai Lama.
Undeterred, the pair proceeded with their mission and came carrying a letter from President Roosevelt. At 9:20 in the morning of December 20, 1942, they were granted audience with His Holiness, establishing for the first time in history direct contact between a U.S. Presidnet and the Dalai Lama and thus bridging two cultures that had never met. Five months later, the two crossed the Tibetan platau and arrived in Northern China, completing the journey of over a thousand miles.
Dolan filmed the entire expedition and rare reels are now held in the motion picture library of The National Archive, who have kindly digitized and uploaded the footage for the world to see — just one instance of the importance of the digital humanities and the open web.
Tibetans are inherently sociable and on the slightest provocation pause their labors to visit over a cup of tea. Native drivers congregate at the ferry crossing. Tea is the chief drink of the country, made of barley, salt and butter. It gives them resistance to hunger and cold. They drink anywhere from 30 to 50 cups a day.’
The film offers a glimpse of a fascinating culture whose unique geopolitical position remains, as it was in 1942, a point of much political tension that has festered into grave human rights violations over the past half-century. For a well-rounded approach to one of modern history’s most critical justice issues, we highly recommend this pairing: The ambitious and scholarly Freeing Tibet: 50 Years of Struggle, Resilience, and Hope by former Reagan strategist Roberts and political journalist Elizabeth Roberts, and the tenderly meditative The Story of Tibet: Conversations with the Dalai Lama.
(Via Brain Pickings.)