A quote from Papa’s semi-recent trip to Brazil: “The proclamation of Jesus and of his Gospel did not at any point involve an alienation of the pre-Columbus cultures, nor was it the imposition of a foreign culture.”
This blatantly ignores the church’s complicity and active role in the 15th century genocide that depopulated the Western Hemisphere. Of all major catastrophic demographic events (the holocaust, the black plague, the Irish potato famine, krakatoa), this was, demographically, by far the largest. Unless one chooses to redefine ‘alienation’ to not be a logical subset of ‘near total destruction of’, what the pope is saying here is false.
It’s too hot for either Maija or I to sleep this morning, so I’m up unpleasantly early resisting the urge to stick my head in the freezer. The only positive is that I’ve got an email from Kiva saying that one of the entrepreneurs on my list (Júlia Chambal, a clothing retailer from Boane, Maputo, Mozambique) has made a repayment of $88 dollars, or just under 20% of her original loan amount. This is exciting to me as an anecdotal proof of concept that the Kiva system can work. I’ve been playing with the idea of giving a Kiva gift certificate to everyone who I needed a birthday present for. I tested this on my dad but have been hesitant to implement this in full yet for fear of appearing sanctimonious.
I really need to buy some healthier breakfast foodstuffs. I was standing in my kitchen this morning holding a piece of cheese* sideways over the toaster. I do this because I don’t have a toaster oven and because warm cheese tastes better on my english muffin than would the colder version. It’s tricky because burning ones finger/ers is a not unlikely outcome of this process. As the heat warms the cheese, it becomes more flexible, pliable, malleable. It doesn’t melt per se, it’s still a solid, strong enough for me to hold with two fingers, capturing the toaster updraft.
I’ve been performing this cheese maneuver in a more or less identical fashion for years. The last few times, my joy in the process has been tainted by recurrent unwelcome thoughts about Rosie O’Donnell and her absurd 9/11 claims about fire not being able to melt the steel support structures that led to the collapse of WTC Building 7. I don’t really want to think about conspiracy theories or mob paranoia before coffee.
*I’m not really sure my cheese is real cheese. It’s ‘Sliced Jalepeno Yoghurt Cheese’ from Trader Joe’s, but it claims to be lactose and rBST free. Can real cheese lack those two essential ingredients?
I’m just back tonight from shooting the fourth installment of the series, featuring The Hotel Alexis which will likely be up by this weekend sometime. The interesting thing about the Pipeline gigs is I really for the most part can’t tell how well the set went until during the edit itself – we typically aren’t able to hear any of the vocals in real time.
The weekend just culminated nicely in completion of my new herb garden. Sixty minutes of darkness after final planting has yielded zero sprouts despite my close attention. The six pots will be savory, sage, cilantro, sweet basil, frou-frou basil and chives, though which pot might give rise to which herb is really anyone’s guess.
Time will also tell if this urban farming experiment actually provides anything more useful or bountiful than what I can get in bulk at Brooks, but either way the whole process has been satisfying. Now if I can just figure out what to do with the remaining 10 lbs of dirt sitting in my kitchen.
If you weren’t able to make it to our screening at Kendall Theatre tonight, here it is, echoplanar production’s drama entry into the 2007 48 Hour Film Festival.
Special thanks to our actors, Adam Greene, Una Green, Christian Schneider, Shera Ludwig and Danielle Safran, as well as our atypical crew, Christopher Player, Jenni Pacheco and Flynn May. Also thanks to Ben Guaraldi and Stephanie Romano, for whom I obtained a glass of water only to have had her disappear.
Tickets to see our new short ‘this is knot love’ can be found here. The screening is a Kendall Theatre, 7:00pm on May 10th, one show only. You can buy at the box office to avoid the $1 surcharge if you’re cheap like me.
We pulled drama. D & co thought we’d been blessed with musical/western but that was the team before us. Our plan is to shoot at the Newman House party in Newton until our writers come up with something brilliant. Continue reading Echoplanar 48HRs 2007