Hello Online World

An interesting thing happens when you unplug from the world-wide web–time expands. Yes it does indeed. Time expands in the sense of all the things you can explore OFFline. Consider what happens when you forget your cellphone and you don’t feel the need to answer every ringtone like Pavlov’s puppies. Oh the freedom from the ring, from the keyboard connected to social media, and everything in the info universe. It can be very liberating–and you realize just how much energy, effort and time you’ve been putting into communication technology. Having been almost constantly online since BEFORE Facebook and twitter were even imagined I discovered a real big break from it all was in order. It’s been the kind of break where I’m on the verge of needing to upgrade my cellphone so that it will ‘work’. Aside from personal connections I have not missed the world-wide web much. I don’t enjoy reading books online–but I adore reading. Writing online has its pros and cons. I’ve discovered that the best way to deal with writer’s block is to actually write with a pen/pencil on paper. Yeah, it works. According the research I suspect it’s because more of your brain is stimulated by using your fine motor skills when using a pen than with using a keyboard. Oh and there’s never a problem with power outages or viruses or hitting the wrong key and sending everything into nowhere-land. Yes, being offline has been very good for my writing. It’s also been good for reading, exploring music, and cooking. Virtual cooking leads to virtual food and that’s inedible no matter what it does to your salivary glands.

When you’re exploring books offline in a library setting interesting things tend to happen–to me anyway. For example, an oversize book cover featuring Virginia Woolf’s profile draws your attention to Stefan Bollman’s Women Who Write, a book of profiles of women writers. Reading Francine Prose’s introduction raises the question of what other women have won the Nobel Prize in Literature since the book’s publication. The answer to this query leads to 2015 Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich’s Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster. I currently do not know where else you can read anything like this in English. Which leads in turn to the translator, Keith Gessen who is the co-editor of City By City, Dispatches from the American Metropolis. The essays therein present diverse perspectives on the American urban landscape–and they’re anything but boring.

I heartily recommend all these books for your reading table or tablet. Warning: Voices from Chernobyl may break your heart with its love stories. What happens to people who know nothing about the downside of nuclear energy when things go terribly wrong? This is an intensely personal record of what happens. Considering the world in which we live we owe to these people to at least make ourselves aware and informed. Because Blue Skies do not mean all is hunky dory in the radioactive universe. Note: this is also a National Book Critics Circle Award winner for General Nonfiction.

Dots:
~Virginia Woolf’s profile
~Women Who Write by Stefan Bollman, Francine Prose
~Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster by Svetlana Alexievich
~Translator Keith Gessen
~City By City, Dispatches from the American Metropolis edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb

Please do feel free to share wherever these dots lead you.

Thanks for engaging here. Your time, energy and virtual presence is very much appreciated–more than ever before.

About Svetlana Alexievich:

http://alexievich.info/indexEN.html

Women Who Read Are Dangerous~~(select translation):

http://www.faz.net/aktuell/feuilleton/buecher/rezensionen/sachbuch/ein-buch-ersetzt-den-mann-im-haus-kuenstlerblicke-auf-lesende-frauen-1214751.html

Vernal Equinox Arrives

It’s March 20, 2014 and the Vernal Equinox is upon us.  Find your groove and get in the flow.

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There’s no resisting Coltrane–vernal or not.

John Coltrane ~ Equinox

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It’s all about light and dark, form and motion–open up and play with the application of the concept of equinox.

Equinox a free running / Parkour short running film

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To view more Parkour and Freerunning of Jesse La Flair go tohttp://www.Youtube.com/LaFlairParkour

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Chill out, relax, and slow dance.

The Echelon Effect ~ Vernal Equinox from Seasons Part 1

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The Echelon Effect music site:  http://www.theecheloneffect.com/

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What can I say except “funky” got my attention along with the space shots. Get up and move your feet with this one. No need to free run, just dance.

Nikolay Bogdanov . Funky guitar. “Vernal Equinox”  

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I’m fairly certain Bear will cover some of the more traditional tracks of the vernal equinox, but this selection offers a sort of cover many bases overview. How’s your balance?

The Meaning of the Spring Equinox ~ Andare by Ludovico Einaudi

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Another vantage point that I just couldn’t quite resist because it’s Emily Russo’s school project and, well, honestly I liked the beyond Google Earth aspect. Her perky enthusiastic voice sealed the selection deal:

How Equinox Work – Beyond Our Earth – Unfortunately Emily Russo provided no notes on the music. No, I’m not going to ask her on the tubes of you. Feel free to do so–or to identify the score if you recognize it.

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Once you hit play and the images flow it’s pretty clear why this is here. Yeah, I’m a sucker for the image play.  

Ingo Vogelmann ~ Vernal Equinox (Official Music Video)

Ingo Vogelmann

Official site:  http://www.ingovogelmann.com/

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A late addition:

And then there’s Equinox—Beyond The Invisible Line

Metko Vizigot

Published on Feb 10, 2014

Band: Equinox
Album: Beyond (EP)
Genre: Dark Folk Metal
Country: Russia
Year: 2014

Download here:
http://rusfolder.com/39790789
http://dfiles.eu/files/e9iw4k247

Website:
https://www.facebook.com/equinoxdark/…

Members:
Alla Ravna – vocals;
Ivan Dzyubinskiy – guitars, arrangement;
Kirill Nikeev – bass, vocals, keys, music, lyrics, arrangement;
Kirill Kasatkin – drums, music.

GUESTS:
Egor Konovalov (The Aquarius) – vocals;

Anna Erilina – 1st violin;
Natalya Chernisheva – 2nd violin;
Larisa Gluhovskaya – viola;
Stanislav Tarasov – cello.

Lyrics, translation – Kirill Nikeev

Cover art – Ivan Buylov;
Logo – Smerdulak.

Their website can be translated into English    http://vk.com/equinox_band  FYI, they’re looking for a second guitarist at the moment. According to the translation.

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Bear has laid down some serious spring equinox tracks at her blogcasa:

Bear   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2014/03/20/vernal-equinox/

 

A Few Trips for All Hallows Eve Traps–Mind the sound wires, please.

I can’t seem to get too far from horror films for this All Hallows Eve theme just yet.  All of this could change, be revised soon after it hits the blog casa- or not. I’ve kept close to things that give me the willies, which might not be the same things that give the rest of you the willies.  There are a lot of strange things going for the scare-the-hair-off-you brass ring for the picking and biting.

Charlotte Eriksson

While I wish there was much more music in the form of a traditional soundtrack, the short film Echa makes the most of musical and other sounds in order to create a very effective atmosphere.  When the film fades to black keep on listening until the very end for the full musical effect.

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Echa

DarkHoleFilms

Published on Sep 27, 2012

Echoes is the interweaving story of Kasia and Sebastian, a young Polish couple, taken on a metaphysical journey that combats [combines] Polish history, culture and mythology.

Kasia, a young philosophy student, discovers a local history book that stimulates her imagination, forcing her to confront the tragedy of the past manifested in the walls that surround her.

Sebastian and a group of friends plan to rob a train using a deadly sleeping gas, only for their worst fears to materialize in the form of a Polish myth.

This allegorical and surreal look at Polish culture as seen through the eyes of a younger generation is both terrifying and strange.

You can find out more about our future productions here:

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*The absolutely great thing about the film 28 Days Later is that about midway through the film it turns neatly from one kind of horror film into an even more terrifying one based on human nature rather than grisly zombies.  Prior to this point you’ve got plenty to actually think about in regards to survival issues. After the film worm turns, well, there’s an exploration of things that may stick in your brain-pan much longer than the zombie scenes.  The trailer is to provide a look at the film. The theme –well, it’s a great piece of music by itself in many ways.
28 Days Later  theme Soundtrack   In the House. In A Heartbeat  by John Murphy
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28 Days Later trailer
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Now for something a tad different.
There are all sorts of ways to get the creeps and Oddly manages to get the job done deftly in a surprisingly short amount of time.
Oddly – some Chinese Darkness
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Story based on Strange Tales of a Lonely Studio (a classic literature work with a collection of about 500 stories by Pu Songling of the Qing Dynasty)
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What’s a Halloween post without a ghost song? Hmmm? Something about this lovely videos just kept tugging me back to it. Hat’s off to Max Ablitzer for his crows.
Dark haunting violin– Ghost Song by Max Ablitzer
Max Ablitzer

Get album and sheet music on : http://www.maxablitzer.com/
Haunted by a dark memory from strange places : a crow on a pole, a mansion by the sea, a lighthouse in the fog. Long forgotten ghosts from the past visiting me, and I am missing someone so much… A haunting violin playing dark and melancholic tunes. (c) Max Ablitzer

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What can I say except the film trailers for Night Watch and Day Watch are pure self-indulgence on my part.  If you’re looking for some film entertainment to get serious about for the dark holy day’s night, then you might enjoy Night Watch and Day Watch as much as I do. Yes, they’re Russian flicks-and yes, they do live up the trailers.  Careful that the visuals don’t hypnotize you into forgetting the story line. Hmm. Light versus Dark eternally.

Night Watch Trailer

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Day Watch Trailer

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Oh this Swedish vampire film takes the entire cake-walk in my movie book list. I have not seen the American remake.  Usually American remakes of great foreign films are very disappointing. Though I have heard this time around it’s not. But, if I’m going to watch a film more than once, well, I’ll Let the Right One In be the best one.

Let the Right One In  Trailer

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Let the Right One In Soundtrack

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For now, I conclude with the music of the man who headlined my theme choice, Warren Zevon, with his musical rendition of the horror of the ghosts of  war-zones everywhere.

Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner 

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Warren Zevon Live at the Capitol Theatre in Passaic NJ. Oct 1, 1982

Band Personnel:
Randy Brown – Lead guitar / vocals;
Joe Daniels – Drums;
Larry Larson – Bass;
John Wood – Lead and slide guitar

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Oh yeah, you WANT to catch Willow’s Screaming post before it bites you.  I had no idea Annie Lennox ‘did’ vampires. Then again what do you want from a Woman who can sing for a Man the way only Annie can.  Oh and yes, True Blood will be joining Being Human for creep fixes.

Willowdot21  http://willowdot21.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/musical-theme-halloween-scream/
You want MUSIC? Bearspawprint has it in spades. I think The Bear has been saving up for this theme. Yes, I do indeed. She’s been collecting all sorts of sound and sight goodies in her swamplands.

Bear     I                    http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-themes-all-hallows-eve-i/

Bear    II                   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-themes-all-hallows-eve-ii/

Bear   III                   http://bearspawprint.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-themes-all-hallowes-eve-iii/

Okay, I dare anyone to find a theme for which Johnny can NOT find an R.E.M. song.  Seriously, he pulls one out of his musical vaults every time.  It’s great.

Johnny                      http://johnnyojanpera.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-theme-hallows-eve/comment-page-1/#comment-1667

Ha! Deborah really got into the SWING of this Hallow Eves Theme wonderfully. She got dance fun galore with beauty, grace and a hell of a lot talented folks from The Corpse Bride to Labyrinth with the Boy Bowie. Oh yeah!

Deborah                   http://myriad234.wordpress.com/2013/10/29/music-for-all-hallows-eve-a-motherdaughter-collaboration/

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How about a touch of comic serial killer complete with blood oranges? Yum.

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