Monthly Archives: April 2007

Whew… It’s been a Few Tough Weeks

DAILY MUSE | Well… I’m still still here! It’s been a few tough weeks with the weather (rain and floods), work (critical deadlines) and most recently computer problems (my home PC at died… waa waahhh). I think it was a virus… still not sure what exactly happened. But I’m happy to say that I have made the move to Mac- bought a new MacBook Pro today. I just walkd into the Mac Store and 45 minutes later… voila! I’m so excited. It’s beautiful!

I’m going to have my PC fixed. I can only hope that I can save certain things that I hadn’t backed up. Not sure when the last ime was that I backed up my documents on my removable hard drive (lesson learned for anyone in earshot… back up often). Keep your fingers crossed.

Sorry about not keeping up with the postings lately. Now that I’m back online, I can return to posting. Hopefully, before I go to bed tonight I can get a real post up and I’ll be back on track. In the meantime… thanks for your patience.

THE SUNDAY SERVING: The Missing Secrets of Nikola Tesla

DAILY MUSE | Enjoy this intriguing BBC documentary about Nikola Tesla, perhaps humanity’s greatest inventor, much ridiculed, now largely forgotten and overshadowed by others in history.

I’m Still Here…

DAILY MUSE | I’m still here. I just haven’t had any posts the last few days because of the flooding up here in the Northeast. (That and I’m also dealing with an impending deadline here at work.) I literally couldn’t get to my house the other day because of flood blocked roads– had to sleep at my brother’s house. I’ll get back to my routine later this week after my deadline passes.

TODAY’S MUSE: Neko Case

DAILY MUSE | Neko Case’s “Hold On, Hold On” is one of my favorite songs from last year. The studio recording and something about her voice give it the feel of 1960’s pop classic– one of those songs that sound inevitable. Here it is sung live.

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THE SUNDAY SERVING: Making “Taxi Driver”

DAILY MUSE | Here is an excellent in depth documentary about the making of the film “Taxi Driver”. It includes interviews with Martin Scorsese, Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybil Shepard, Harvey Keitel, Albert Brooks and writer Paul Schrader and others– a wonderful peek inside the creative process. (Video in 8 Parts) VIEWER ALERT: Contains strong language and scenes of intense violence. For mature audiences only.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Pieces of Bob

DAILY MUSE | My bosses daughter, Nicole, lives in Philadelphia and works with a creative group that does film, print, advertising etc. They participated this year in the 48 Hour Film Project— a national contest in which teams have only 48 hours to write, produce, film and edit a 5 minute short film. Each team has to incorporate two of the same things: a particular character (this year it was home inspector, Kevin Oman- or something like that) and a particular prop (this year it was lotion).

This is their entry. It’s very clever, funny and well done. I’m amazed that they can pull this entire thing off in 48 hours– must have involved some all nighters. Watch for the lotion and the “K Man”. Nicole did the graphics at the beginning (pretty nifty) and end credits.

VIEWER ALERT | This film is for mature audiences only. It contains Strong Language and (Really Funny) Nudity.

TODAY’S MUSE: Fairground Attraction

DAILY MUSE | As I listen to music like Madeleine Peyroux and Norah Jones, who have garnered popularity nowadays, I recall one of my favorite groups from the late 80s– Fairground Attraction. They had one phenomenal album called “The First of A Millions Kisses”, which did well in alternative programming radio stations at the time, but did not fair that well in general POPularity. I listen to them now ( in relation to Peyroux and Jones) and think how much they were ahead of their time. How their music is still fresh and new. How every song on that album had a great hit-like hook… kinda like how the Cranberry’s first album was as well. FAs sound and sensibility seems to be a strong precursory influence of the current popularity of Peyroux and Jones and the like– which is a very good thing. Check out a few links below and listen to the sounds of Fairground Attraction.

Find My Love

Clare

Not sure what this video has to do with their music, but here’s another one of their tracks– Perfect

Live TV footage- Smile And A Whisper

More live TV footage- The Wind Knows My Name

The Moon is Mine- Live (not great sound)

More live concert footage (not great sound)- Allelujah

Find My Love (Live)

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