rave about indie artist-filmmaker Karen Acqua,
zero in on a bad fitness seminar, see the PSB,
keep my Netflix lists, and have Xmas in
I went to visit my sister Susan in Philadelphia
last week, and took this super-peaceful
picture of a horse ornament on her tree. The
ornament was from my dear departed grandma. Susan
and I toured her very-ultra-groovy Center City
posted December 28, 2009, 3:14 pm
newest Netflix list
As the 66,361st-ranked Netflix reviewer, I take
my reviewing responsibilities seriously, as
evidenced by my latest posting, "Get Up Offa
That Thing" (a manly list of movies about exercise).
Fortunately, you don't need to be a Netflix
member to the view the list here.
posted October 27, 2009, 2:06 pm
hip rotation seminar
Being a practicing physical therapist, I receive,
with an unsettling regularity, invitations to
further my knowledge. Among the most impenetrable
is one sponsored by a Dr. Onar, that seems to be
an entire seminar on hip rotation.
Seeking to develop and improve hip rotation
"regardless of the client's goals," the
seminar offers "focus" on the
- Muscle inhibition will
- Hip and trunk
dissociation will be
"functional" movement will be
If you want to register for
this seminar, it's not too late.
March 24, 2009, 9:02 am
a new year
With Bush gone and hope rising, Bob and I
welcomed the new year at First Night in Boston.
It was freeeeeeeeeeezing cold, but that meant no
lines during the cheery evening. My favorite event was Karen Aqua's
Animation, in Room 311 at the Hynes center. From
the brochure: "Since 1976, Karen has created
animated films exploring the themes of ritual,
journeys, and change. Her work reflects an
interest in symbol, myth, prehistory, and tribal
culture." What the brochure didn't add was
that Karen Aqua is a frickin' genius.
Images danced, sang, and evolved, bending to a
rich and ancient logic as joyful as Hayao Miyazaki's. The rhythmic but unclassifiable
music was provided by the Ken Field's mysterious
Revolutionary Snake Ensemble, pictured at above.
As the New Yorker notes, Ken's ensemble
"dresses in feathered masks and sequined
robes to cover a broad range of New
Orleans-inspired funk." I met Ken after the
screening, and told him that my sister thinks
(correctly) that I am a walking advertisement for
Netflix and he should contact them about their
carrying DVDs of Karen's
extraordinary work. He said he agreed with me but
said, almost apologetically, that Karen doesn't
really throw herself into marketing. So I sent
her a e-mail gushing about her films, and
mentioning how one suggests one's own film to
Netflix (by going here,
scrolling down to "Content Aquisition,"
and clicking on "Submit Your Film.").
posted January 30, 2009, 2:44 pm