Is it South China Sea or is it West Philippine Sea?

Philippine Sea — South China Sea Dispute (Non-Interactive) This is an interesting book by Philippines Supreme Court Justice Antonio Carpio that lays out an historical analysis of the legal claims to Scarborough Shoal, the Spratleys and many other islands in the Philippine Sea wast of Palawan (aka South China Sea). TRANSCRIPT: Justice Antonio Carpio onContinue reading “Is it South China Sea or is it West Philippine Sea?”

Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia

I have been doing research about independent filmmaking in Kyrgyz Republic.  I see mention of Kyrgyz films that were included in a “Festival of Muslim Cinema” in Kazan, in Russia.  I wonder about the films being shown.  I have so many favorite films from Iran and other places, films known to adhere to “Islamic” or “Muslim” values inContinue reading “Festival of Muslim Cinema in Kazan, Russia”

Happiness and Suffering

I have been pondering the notion of Happiness and the Root of Suffering.  I am trying to simplify my understanding here, and I hope it helps someone else too. What is happiness? Happiness is when the heart and mind are freed from suffering. How can one achieve happiness? Happiness can be achieved as the causes ofContinue reading “Happiness and Suffering”

KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant

I am happy and grateful to receive a 2017-19 Fulbright FLEX grant for doing research at the American University of Central Asia in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic (AUCA). My research project is develop and write an “indigenous” curriculum for higher education and creative practice at AUCA, in the nascent Department of TV, Cinema and Visual Arts. In doing my researchContinue reading “KYRGYZ REPUBLIC: A Fulbright grant”

A Lumad Prayer in Bendum, Philippines

I am re-editing some documentary projects that I produced years ago in the upland forests of Mindanao, Philippines.  My son says my style as a filmmaker is antiquated and extinct, and he is probably correct, but it’s my best effort and hopefully achieves some level of mindful simplicity in an online context.

Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn

Some folks are long overdue for their first reading of A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn.  In my case, I was overdue for a re-read and it has been very helpful.  With recent political developments as they have been and a tendency to forecast ominously for the future I provide this link toContinue reading “Now there’s Trump so I return to Zinn”

Affordable Care Act

A new “5-year rule” in California allows the government to recover their costs for social services received by you. Question: Are the insurance subsidies under the ACA to be considered as a social service received?  Presumably so, but I am not sure. Under the new rule the government can demand to be paid back from your estate for theContinue reading “Affordable Care Act”

MOTION PICTURE SCRIPT EXAMPLES

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The publication of my first book!

I am very happy that my doctoral dissertation has been published and internationally distributed by LPO Lambert (Germany).  My plan now is to construct a few shorter books from the various sections of the dissertation, examining topics such as the learnability of creativity, filmmaking as a systematic process of work, the practice of grounded theory for filmmaking,Continue reading “The publication of my first book!”

Student Loans and the Road to Eternal Poverty

I noticed a SF documentary filmmaker (www.chainedthedocumentary.com) is developing and producing a feature about the “student loan crisis.” I wish him great success. Posing the question to myself, I ask what is the student loan crisis?  This gets my mind whirring. So the following is a response to the student loan crisis. Just like Erasmus the Educator, Artist, aContinue reading “Student Loans and the Road to Eternal Poverty”

Skeeters or Snakes?: You have to pick your poison

http://news.yahoo.com/venomous-snakes-harbor-deadly-brain-swelling-virus-210958870.html Fascinating story, possible horrible.  Is the potential for mosquito mayhem a further ramification of global warming?  As I understand the problem, an increase in mosquitos is the result of the winter cold snap not being sufficient to wipe our last year’s crop of the critters, so they keep getting bigger and more problematic forContinue reading “Skeeters or Snakes?: You have to pick your poison”

Alan Dershowitz: My hero, Alan Allen and Woody Dershowitz

This link has three interview clips with one of my heroes, Alan Dershowitz, a great thinker, scholar, and advocate for justice. LINK: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/newsmakers/legal-system-treats-celebs-differently–dershowitz-says.html It is well worth the time to watch the interview(s). –Woody Dershowitz? –Alan Allen? My fascination with Dershowitz is enhanced by the fact that Dershowitz’s voice reminds me so much of WoodyContinue reading “Alan Dershowitz: My hero, Alan Allen and Woody Dershowitz”

Guro Dan Inosanto: PE Teacher at Malaga Cove School

I was lucky as a young person at Malaga Cove intermediate school. I was lucky because I had GURO Dan Inasanto was my PE teacher in grades 6, 7, and 8.  GURO=GURU (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guro) Guro Dan Insosanto’s website is: http://www.inosanto.com As our teacher and role model, he was authentic and awe-inspiring.  I believe this could be said about allContinue reading “Guro Dan Inosanto: PE Teacher at Malaga Cove School”

TO: Sven Herold (www.svenherold.com)

Dear Sven: I know this is an unusual way to initiate contact, but I would like to work with you at Shell.  Not sure what more to do aside from applying online, but that means HR scrutiny.  It is my opinion that the job, Exec Producer/Creative Director is far away from the mainstream categories forContinue reading “TO: Sven Herold (www.svenherold.com)”