Friday, May 26, 2006

Ashes and Snow

Man, could some clever individual ever make a great parody of Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow.

Saw it on its last day at the Santa Monica Pier, as part of mega festivities for Grinch Girlfriend's Graduation.

I will suffer the slings and arrows of having an unpopular opinion, but I didn't really like the famous exhibition of beautiful native gals and kids cavorting with animals (most of them tamed).

Short critique: gorgeous cinematography elevates genre of pinup art.

Politically chic critique: 19th century glorification of the exotic "other" is alive and well in elephant-dung filled ponds where cafe-au-lait-skinned females cavort in exquisite slo-mo alongside gentle beasts.

Sorry... it was like visiting clown paintings on velvet, painted by David, where I would surely opine, "I bow to the grandmaster of schlock!"

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Changi Airport: The Swimmer's Home Office

Hell, I post more stuff at this airport than any other place in the world. They have faster internet than what my cellphone - and - bamboo - pole - antenna setup gives me in Bali. They have utterly FREE connections, unlike casa verde in California. And I find myself standing in these air conditioned halls more often than any healthy person should.

So: the blog.

The news:
Successfully edited together Galapagos and Machu Picchu DVDs, so look out, all of you who requested same. Jay kept the time down to feature length movie... not baad, if you like Directors' Cuts!!

Won the first of this year's Ubud poetry slams. Too cool!

Note to self, and to Seminyak Business Dewas and Dewis Association: Jalan Dhyana Pura is looking like hell these days! The abandoned buildings which formerly housed small night clubs and boutiques are covered with trash. It brings down the atmosphere of the whole street. Please form a beautification committee or no one is going to want to stay at the Sofitel or eat at Gado Gado.