Time traveler tiles
Religious themed mola luchadore masks
Commission a mural for my closet doors
Oriental bear skin rug
Animation cels of tv shows that never existed (The Dharma initiative, other space, satanic verses, etc)
Comic book covers of same
Write an alternate score to John Carter
Replace the backgrounds in Flash Gordon with more realistic backgrounds/use cgi to remove the the rotoscoping lines
Write a cabin boy musical/recruit Steve Bartek to do same
Finish my story about a superman type hero’s life after all the super villains die
Finish my story about Lazarus, the first vampire and Jesus Christ vampire hunter
Finish my story about vampires who drink menstrual blood
Finish my script for a Crosby/Hope style road movie: Road to Jerusalem about America’s fascination with middle eastern culture: Road to Jerusalem
Time lord shower
Scifi where humans are neither protagonist not antagonist. Merely supporting players
Veggietales vs kitchen kaberet
Chips: from beauty and the beast and chip & dale
Gummi thrones possibly with a care bear crossover
Kronk and squirrel girl
Marvel animated universe
Lolita at blue licks
Dictator goes to Disneyland (Pixar movie based on the apocryphal story about Kruschev going to Disneyland)
Marvel theme park model
In no order:
Post to this blog at least five times a week
Lose thirty pounds (I’ve done it 4 times before)
Cause 3 of the art concepts in my bank of concepts (I’ll post these shortly)
Workout/sauna/swim 5 days a week
Steps 2 days a week
Over the last month, the national discussion around the acceptability of so-called Confederate flag and all its accoutrements has captivated me. Having attended the University of Mississippi during a time of not-quite upheaval that led to some much needed soul searching about the symbols of the school, I am kind of taken aback by how little resistance Southern pols have put up in the face of public outcry in the wake of the massacre in the Emanuel AME Church. They have folded easier than a card table. However, I also am awed by how much activists fail to comprehend how ingrained The mythology of the Confederacy truly is in the South. I’ll grant that Oxford, MS is pretty much ground zero for this mythologizing, but I think my experiences may add some context to just how Sisyphean the struggle to eliminate vestiges of the Confederacy is.
I arrived at the University of Mississippi in the fall of 1996, as a grad student in Southern Studies. It didn’t take long to realize that campus was basically an Old South theme park. It wasn’t so much the Confederate monument, the neo classical buildings, or even the hoop skirt and Confedrate grey clad coeds riding around campus on flat bed trailers during Old South Days, though those surely helped establish the theme. More than anything though, there was a sense that everything was colored by the lens of the Old South, all the time. Every part of the Oxford and the University was all about the South, all the time, always. Except the parts that weren’t.
The year before I got there, the college had hired a new Chancellor, Robert Khayat, who had been a place kicker for the Rebels and had played in the NFL for, somewhat ironically, given his politics, the Washington Redskins. He was also of Arabic descent. Khayat was ambitious and forward thinking and was vocal about wanting to modernize the University. Soon after I got there, I joined several of my classmates, including future food writer John T Edge, in an organization with the goal of commemorating Ole Miss’ role in the Civil Rights movement. At our first meeting, we were told that, the previous spring, Phi Beta Kappa had declined UM’s application with a single sentence, “Deal with your history.”
To be continued…
why isn’t the ad the video that he’s pimping on his website?
Helen Keller said, “Optimism.”
we’ve seen three plays in the last 8 days. I will be posting brief reviews and videos of representative performances over the next couple days. Consider yourself warned.
I call this found poem “The Five Mentors, or Optimism: A complete and total lack of self awareness.” Long title, but so worth it.
Tai Lopez, everyone.
I went to see the Cincinnati Pops Friday. It was a tribute to Stephen Foster. Thor song below pretty much brought the house down. It feels so contemporary like it could have been a Karen Carpenter or Burt Bacharach song. Have a listen.
Also, Dom Flemons of Carolina Chocolate Drops was there.