Short Film: Dear Henri

•May 30, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Rick and I have seen screenings of 23 of the short films at this year’s Seattle International Film Festival. So far, our favorite was Dear Henri, directed by Matthew Sandager, one of the family-friendly selections.


It’s the story of a little girl grieving the death of her grandfather, and it’s told through lovely, colorful live action and animations that reflect the little girl’s own art and materials. It’s remarkably thoughtful and complete for a film only 14 minutes long. See it if you get a chance.

Short Film: The Bucket

•May 9, 2017 • 1 Comment

What a delightful, very short documentary.

Courtesy of The Field Lab.

How’s Your Day? Podcast

•May 5, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I’m enjoying How’s Your Day, a new podcast from KUOW, my local public radio station.


It takes an important day in recent history and interviews people about their memories of that day, often unrelated to the larger events. Which sounds like a dull idea, but it turns out it’s really fascinating. My favorite episode so far is Whales and 9/11, interviewing whale scientists who were working off the Atlantic coast on September 11, 2001.



Here’s the audio:

Animation: Charles Bukowski’s Crappy Life

•April 28, 2017 • Leave a Comment

The spoiled old toad Charles Bukowski talks about how he writes about his crappy life.

An animated interview from Quoted Studios.


Glen Campbell: Wichita Lineman

•April 23, 2017 • 3 Comments

Today is Glen Campbell‘s birthday.

I grew up next door to a house full of linemen. This was their favorite song. I love it, too. An homage to a hard and honorable job.

More Glen Campbell.

The Gregory Brothers: Chicken Attack

•April 17, 2017 • Leave a Comment

I think this is the best chicken yodeling I’ve ever heard.

The Last Peeper Show

•April 15, 2017 • 1 Comment

Well, it is with a heavy heart that I tell you that the Seattle Times has discontinued its Peep contest. Sad! I tried to get a peep picture in the paper for years, but never quite made it. Here is my last effort, which I worked on prior to learning the contest was over.

Peeperson Gimlin Film, 1967

Peeperson Gimlin Film, 1967

And here are some other efforts, presented in no particular order. There were others, like Dr Jekyll and Mr Peep, but I must not have thought much of them because I can’t find pictures.

That last one was called, “What’s Really Inside Marcellus Wallace’s Briefcase.”

Dean Jones: Being Alive

•March 29, 2017 • Leave a Comment

This performance of the birthday wish song from Sondheim’s Company gives me a whole new idea of who Dean Jones is.

I watched the 2011 revival of the play on DVD yesterday. The songs are really wonderful.

Company is the story of a man who is conflicted about whether to get married, but like so many plays and books and films and TV shows,  it’s haunted by a gay perspective left purposely inexplicit, which for me was a sort of fatal flaw in the story, while at the same time adding to the pathos of many of the songs.

I have the same problem with Leaves of Grass.

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