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Thursday, August 21, 2014

video from 6 months ago…. I can't believe I can't wait for the next six months to come around.



It's been a miserable winter; a seemingly endless cycle of snow and damp sub-sub-zero temperatures. So it came as a relief to have a day like last Tuesday, March 11. Blue sky and +7 Celsius. The birds were out, the snow was melting, the Speed River was flowing. The ducks were out, and geese were seen flying north. Children from the area Spring-Break programs were out sloshing through the puddles,some sans winter parkas 
Winter came back with a vengeance the next day. March 12th.saw up to 20 cm of snow, minus 20 Celsius, and howling winds as a storm from the U.S. Midwest made its way up on its way to the Maritimes.
This video is an effort (and a joy) to preserve a sliver of sunshine.
Sony HXR-NX30, Manfrotto MVM500A monopod, edited in Premiere Pro CS6. Music by Stephan Grapelli, "Time After Time".
Special thanks to Liam, for being my 3rd and 4th eyes.

Friday, August 8, 2014

a tribute to the people who bring you the news


At 0:45, Barnaby Green talks about the scenes he doesn't film because he knows these will never be shown/published. The print and visual news comes to us in a sanitized, cleaned-up package in bite-sized morsels, good enough to go with our supper-time rituals, easy enough to watch as we sit on our toilets. Anyone with a hint of empathy will be stressed and depressed by what is happening, not just to the Gazans obviously but to the Jews all over the world who suffer acts of violence at the hands of people who use the Israeli attack (this conflict is so asymmetrical that it cannot be justly called a war; rather, it is an assault) as a pretext and as an excuse to commit anti-semitic and racist acts of violence.
We should be grateful for the journalists who put lives on the line to bring us reality. It is up to us bloggers and other users of social media to spread this around. god knows mainstream media serves a master.