This latest edition follows up with Hockey54.com. The Toronto-based website is preparing for the debut of The Hockey54 show, which will air on an all-sports radio station in (of all places) Nashville, Tenn.
i missed seeing steph and elyse and nolan today, slept through the whole day. i hear my phone ringing and i can't find it. i'm pretty sure it's in my bed.
last night my parents and daisy brought be food and treats and company. i feel right asleep and went into a time warp which dropped me off this evening.
i know i have things to do, but i can't remember them. i feel like dufferson who is currently enjoying senility.
i moved from my bed to the couch. then i walked my dogs around the block. i am quite sure i took a shower because i smell fresh. i am drinking water with a shot of apple juice to quell the unfortunate tasted in my mouth.
i had all these things i wanted to write. clever insightful things. i forgot them. my nose is running, my throat is rough, my ears are clogged. what?
for all the people i didn't get back to: what i have to offer in terms of communication for today is this picture.
This latest edition features WeWantACup.com, a new website that hopes to maintain the Maple Leafs' presence in Toronto. According to the site's founder, the team's lack of success hurts the city in many ways.
My iPod is a wild mix of music, most of it put there by friends. So it was interesting to hear the original Layla by Derek and the Dominos followed immediately by Layla unplugged also by Eric Clapton.
The original is blood red visceral and the guitar riff sounds like it came from his guts, ripped through his heart and Layla is the electricity that runs through his veins. When Layla has him on his knees I picture him desperately in love, enchanted, electric and collapsing to his knees in humility for the power her love. He's addicted to Layla, she has affected him so much. It's exhilarating.
Then hearing Layla unplugged directly afterward was remarkable. It sounded like the song was out of gas. Sounds like he could take her or leave her, whichever. And when Layla has Unplugged Eric on his knees it sounds like his collapse was too tired to stand up because playing that riff so slowly was exhausting. And he just wants to nap.
Layla, you've got me on my knees.
Layla, I'm begging, darling please. Layla, darling won't you ease my worried mind.
I tried to give you consolation When your old man had let you down. Like a fool, I fell in love with you, Turned my whole world upside down.
Let's make the best of the situation Before I finally go insane. Please don't say we'll never find a way And tell me all my love's in vain.
It's no secret I have a pro-CBC/Radio Canada bias. Have had such for a longish while now. Some of you reading this posting - wherever you're reading it - share in that bias, and rightly so.
The point: I'd like to see a fan-song extolling the historical and present virtues of the Ceeb. I don't quite know what rules to set on the thing so we don't run afoul of any laws or lawsuits. I just know I don't have the lyrical talent we need for this.
i woke up with a start at 420 am (yeah) with some ideas that i wanted to write down. including some new antics for chausette, my new born stoner sock puppet. after writing furiously so i wouldn't forget anything, i am now completely buck awake.
coffee? of course. i fired up the espresso machine and made myself a tall water with lime.
i realized again why i like facebook & blogging. my days are so free form, around meetings and shooting and playing and creating, all on my schedule. when i write things down on facebook it's like an electrical journal for me. i still have paper notebooks too, mostly for drawing.
i remember writing a facebook note after a friend had said "what's it like with a job where you're not really helping anybody". my friend wasn't interested in the answer but i was. so i wrote it down... and then people commented and discussed... and i realized that storytelling can be the best way to help someone. so yeah, thanks facebook.
i love going off the grid just as much. i'm not big into rules or doing something just for the sake of doing it. right now i will live my life on facebook.
lisa anita wegner
boss lady of the dufferson herman arts umbrella/ mighty brave productions
One of the things keeping this particular contributor busy over the last few months has been writing small commentaries for the Spacing Ottawa weblog.
Today's instalment focuses on the state and perception of the Ottawa Public Library's Main Branch. Libraries being yet another form of civic infrastructure, that infrastructure being Spacing Magazine's main topic of interest.
All of which leads me to wonder how people across Canada view their local libraries...?
If you'd have told me that I'd be living alone and working in my living space in 2011, I'd would have said 'no way Jose'. Well, sunrise surprise here I am living solo and working out of my front room. And the best part is how much I dig it.
With a roommate, my space would be too small to work in. And how amazing to have no overhead and half personal living expenses become right offs? Extremely amazing. For six years I had a workspace outside my house and I loved (sometimes -ha-) being able to walk away from work. Sometimes I didn't want to. Now I just unplug my work phone lines when I'm done.
I guess the real surprise is how much I heart living alone. I lived with my parents or with a partner my whole life. And one year with a highschool friend. I was always used to having someone around, eating meals at a table and being in reasonable touch with someone and sort of having a congruent social schedule. I didn't think I'd be interested in the solo living.
Sunrise surprise number two. I love the freedom; I eat candy in the morning; walk my dogs at 3am; wear pajamas all day; nap when I want; turn my phone off; go to High Park all day and anything else I can think of. I have people over when I want and then total peace when I want.
I think everyone that does something all the time (like living with someone) would benefit from taking a break from it. And then it's crystal obvious if you want to go back to it. I do think I'll partner up again, and at that time move my work out. But maybe after this freedom I won't want to.
I didn't go to film school and never was a cinephile. Directors names meant nothing to me before the last couple of years and not too long ago, I hadn't seen Gone With The Wind or the Wizard of Oz.
When I was a kid I would get really onto one specific movie and just lock and load. I would live it as much as I could. Costumes, collecting stuff, memorizing lines, singing the songs, pretending there was some elaborate reason that me and one of the characters had switched identities. I didn't have a video camera so I would put on plays based on the films I liked. Then as teenager I fell asleep before the end of movies and never re-watched them. I was happy to know the beginning of a lot of stories. And I still put on plays, and started making some video stuff.
Then about 5 years ago I decided seeing as it was my profession I realized it was time to add to my film knowledge library. I started with Birth Of A Nation and kept moving forward the golden years of Hollywood and so much more. Docs, foreign films, kids films, tv movies, series, claymation etc.
I was enjoying films less and analyzing them more. It was invigorating but felt like work.
Now I think I have found a
balance. I binge on films a lot and feel I have a specific taste but have acquired a wide appreciation. And I figured out how to get right into a movie and feel like I'm living and breathing it- like I did when I was little kid.
I starting blogging in 2008 while I was prepping for the Cannes Film Festival. I got a lot out of it but after just a few postings I got very sick. So hello again. Nearly three years later I am back. Still creating content, telling stories, and getting them made.
Here is what's on my mind today:
I realized how much of my creative thinking I do while I am walking my two dogs. Stories, scripts, ways to pitch and problem solving are all things that come to me when I'm doing other things. And when my mind is somewhat occupied with something else. I have some techniques for helping this process but best is not to force it. Trudging through the snow in my snowsuit playing with dogs is a perfect time for a story point I had been stuck on for weeks to literally comes to me. Shazam.
It's not earth shattering news, I think this is a common phenomenon. But it was neat for me to figure out again and good for me to practice.
Coming in after dog walks and jotting everything down, made me notice how much content comes in that way. The nuts and bolts of producing fill days but the storytelling creative part of me, the part that I am proud of and that allows me to do this work, rarely comes alive while I'm sitting at my desk. So I thank my dogs. I wonder if Dufferson and Tanner will be the only canines with writing credits in film?
I am still easing in to work and currently working with a playful creative partner and happy to be back on track.
Also recently very inspired by Jim Henson and his amazing brain. I always loved The Muppet Show when I was little but investigating the worlds and characters that JH created have really opened my mind. He is a story telling inspiration machine. And the Muppet Show Cast Album is great on the ipod.
I was wanting to embed The Muppet Show season one opening here, but a link will have to do because I couldn't figure it out.