Sunday, March 28, 2010

Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir

Integrating participants from several countries, Eric Whitacre has COMPOSED AND CONDUCTED the best implementation of a collab video I’ve yet seen.
Very impressed, am I. The concept alone is genius, but the execution is what makes it most awesome.

A marvelous demonstration of the interactive connectivity & collective creativity the internets is capable of.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

PIA: android finds love after death

It is always a special treat when I unexpectedly find (or am referred to), as I often do, great cinema like this fascinating story titled PIA, deftly written and directed by Tanuj Chopra. Even better when it is also sci-fi. I’m thrilled to see that there are so many exceptional short films being made, but it’s unfortunate that so few of them get the exposure and attention they deserve.

P I A is an astounding independent science fiction short film project commissioned by ITVS (Independent Television Service) as part of their new “FUTURESTATES” initiative, in which 11 filmmakers are given the opportunity to present an original vision of the American future in a short film.

In the near future, advanced, organic-hybrid service androids, imported from India, have replaced the human labor force in the United States.
When a woman in mourning encounters a mysterious wandering service android, she begins to redefine her conceptions of humanity, relationships, and family.

An excellent display of minimalism in storytelling.
I’m especially impressed with Pia Shah’s noteworthy portrayal of the title character android in multiple variations.
Vibrantly subtle & sublime, PIA revels in the glory of the human spirit, as a testament to the transcendent power & beauty of authentic love exceeding the boundaries of conventional expectation.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Quaerito: FREE chapbook sampler

The term "quaerito" (in Latin) means "to quest or seek earnestly/ persistently", and is the name of my new book.
Created exclusively for this twitter-based collection, the Quaerito chapbook has all new original content, splicing together subject matter from all my books into a representative microcosm of my lexicon: speculative fiction mini-stories, media commentary, and philosophy (plus a few poems).
FREE PDF download
Also in print (4.25" x 6.88"), for only the cost of printing/shipping. I am giving this booklet away as a free demonstration; making no $. Be assured, the content is not of diminished quality just because it is free.
I’m considering this to be in the Creative Commons, so please share freely.
If you like what I’ve done here, I hope you’ll be generous and appreciative enough to support my writing efforts.
None of this material has appeared in any of my other books, having been compiled merely to provide a sample of the kind of material you’ll find in those books (see side bar>).
Quaerito is pure, concentrated awesomeness,
distilled within 50 pages.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Pat Acton: Matchstick Man

For over 25 years, Pat Acton has been intricately gluing thousands—sometimes even millions—- of matchsticks together, building large scale models!!! With all that practice, he has gotten quite skilled in the craft of matchstick modeling. The scope of detail and commitment involved is rather staggering.
Yes, apparently, there is such a thing as matchstick model building.
Many of his amazing creations are on display at the Matchstick Marvels Museum .
One of his most recent-- and most impressive-- projects has been constructing a miniature matchstick replica of Minas Tirith, The City of Kings from J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings:
Uh... wow. And there’s more where that came from.

Some folks might wrongly feel it appropriate to mock or belittle this kind of artistic effort as “having too much free time”... which is about the most insulting thing you could tell creative people regarding their creation. But such creatives would say (perhaps with pity for they who cannot comprehend the interest), on the contrary, they don’t have time enough to spend on their artistic passion.