Em is now back from her First Descents excursion. As predicted, this was an intense time and I have no doubt the reverberations will continue for quite some time to come while they’re being worked into her general psyche and identity. Basically, take about fourteen young adult cancer survivors to Jackson Wyoming (scene, coincidentally, of the Beckerantz honeymoon) and take them rock climbing, out of their comfort zone and let everybody feel alive in a way they never have before. The results are hard to put into words, especially for someone who wasn’t even there, but I’m sure she’ll be reporting at length on Seeemilyplay. But tonight, it’s all about iMovie. I’ve supplied this girl with what little knowledge I have and she’s running hog wild. The results are already tremendous, and she’s only up to about the three minute mark. Hopefully, by the end of this long weekend, I’ll link to an audio-visual document that will give you some idea of what she has experienced over the past week.
ProsaicParadise is soaking in the groovy sounds at ProgDay 2009 down in Chapel Hill. She’ll be seeing Ozric Tentacles and some other cool acts over two days. Kudos to her for making the trek in the name of great prog!
FBdN is in the country with his family and the greyhounds. Bucolic and calming pictures are already starting to emerge, and I urge you to check them out.
It’s Fringe Festival time here in Philadelphia and one of the local acts is an opera based on the Senate Judiciary Committee Hearings and Alberto Gonzalez’s extraordinarily humorous performance. The thing itself was outrageous, but the The Gonzales Cantata is swiftly becoming a national craze, especially thanks to Rachel Maddow.
Aliette de Bodard is catching up on her Battlestar Galactica and has a few choice thoughts as she gets into season 4. This woman is an exceptional writer of sci-fi and fantasy and her career is just starting to take off, so it’s exciting to get her sincere thoughts on BSG and everything else. Her blog and fiction are highly recommended.
Finally, there is a great Dylan bootleg from July 5, 2009, that has just surfaced at T.U.B.E. There’s always great audience tapes of Bob’s shows, but this one is from the soundboard, which gives it a little more clarity. Great setlist, including my favorite from the new record, a lil ol’ blues number called Jolene.