Is America declining?

Is America declining?  This is a question that we are compelled to consider. READ HERE According to the Brookings Institution, here are the arguments in favor of America as a place of positive growth, not decline: First of all, it is difficult to determine at present whether the difficulties faced by the United States duringContinue reading “Is America declining?”

Benjamin Franklin’s 13 steps to moral perfection (based on an 18th century concept of self that is no longer an ontological precept in our skeptical times)

One of my all-time heroes, Benjamin Franklin, was 20 when he designed a list of 13 virtues that he felt could lead him to moral perfection. This is an interesting read about Franklin’s virtues.  CLICK HERE Personally, I appreciated the usefulness of the chart illustrating Franklin’s virtues in comparison with Bushido and Aristotelean virtues. IContinue reading “Benjamin Franklin’s 13 steps to moral perfection (based on an 18th century concept of self that is no longer an ontological precept in our skeptical times)”

My reflections on Monsanto, the havoc and the rumors

Recently I have been reflecting deeply about my previous work experience many years ago for the giant corporation called Monsanto.  In 1994, a personal time of underemployment and high risk taking by myself, I found a way to be paid for making an educational and promotional documentary in the mountains of central Mindanao island inContinue reading “My reflections on Monsanto, the havoc and the rumors”

Is Gross National Happiness a form of GDP?

I am learning about Gross National Happiness as the guiding philosophy of Bhutan, so that search probably led me to this amazing long term chart of GDP.  I guess we in the USA are on an upward trajectory and nearing highs in terms of GDP.  What does GNH have to do with GDP?  Is thisContinue reading “Is Gross National Happiness a form of GDP?”

Labor exploitation in Palos Verdes Estates: Where is a Union when you need one?

A revolving door is a common phrase to signify a repeating pattern of random hiring and firing of workers. Oftentimes a revolving door is enshrouded in secrecy and all kinds of unfairness.  I am referring specifically to the problems facing a nonunion high school baseball coach at Palos Verdes High.  That coach is facing the revolvingContinue reading “Labor exploitation in Palos Verdes Estates: Where is a Union when you need one?”

Online marketing an independent documentary

This website is a very good example for students of independent filmmaking as a well-done example of online marketing and promotion. http://www.theentertainersmovie.com/ I would like to know more about the ragtime style of piano-playing after seeing the various clips.  I love what the left hand is doing with those amazing bass lines.

Original music for a student film

FYI The Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program at the Seattle Film Institute is still accepting submissions of student made films for free original scores. We are looking for student made films of any genre or length to provide original music to through the Pacific Northwest Film Scoring Program.  This service, which includes a score recordedContinue reading “Original music for a student film”

The beginning of the story

This is a very useful video by Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3) about the struggle and importance of the story’s beginning–creating the foundation for the rest of the story.  I am very interested in the experience of writing and developing a story, asking myself, what does it feel like to write?  Writing is purely mechanicalContinue reading “The beginning of the story”

On the journey to writing a screenplay

These days I am fully committed to researching and writing a screenplay about desertion and rebellion and everything amok during the Philippine-American War, during the general time frame of 1898-1910, although the end date could allude to what follows in  the 1920s, 30s and beyond.  I have found some wonderful characters in a deeply reticulatedContinue reading “On the journey to writing a screenplay”

Bangkok, Museum of Floral Culture

    For future reference in Bangkok: Museum of Floral Culture This is one of Bangkok’s gorgeous surprises. The creation of Thai floral artist Sakul Intakul, the museum is for flower and nature lovers and those with an interest in Thai flower culture. It features exhibits of important floral cultures from civilizations across Asia suchContinue reading “Bangkok, Museum of Floral Culture”

Tape is gone, but it lives on!

A useful writing that explains the absence of audio tape stock.  CLICK HERE “Recording on tape enforces a musical process, McTear explains. Band members must play together, recording all at once, instead of editing and manipulating sounds so perfectly that they’re perfectly boring.”  I love this approach to musicianship and recording arts. The reel storyContinue reading “Tape is gone, but it lives on!”

A Bloom Refresher

I use Bloom’s Taxonomy for the benefit of students in my classes. I don’t know why the Taxonomy that Bloom et al developed seems to be kept in secret from students? Tell me why so few students are acquainted with Bloom et al? I share the Taxonomy with my students and encourage them to applyContinue reading “A Bloom Refresher”

TV Program Production in Bangkok

This is Project 1 for my class in TV Program Production at Ramkhamhaeng University in Bangkok.  I think it’s unique and useful that students are asked to apply their creative and technical skills in digital media production for the benefit of a NGO in Bangkok.  Nice synergy with the integration of theory and practice, applicationContinue reading “TV Program Production in Bangkok”