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October 30, 2003
I'm adding a new section in Bloggers Parliament but I'll put the first post to it here, especially for any new visitors and potential BP members. And I want to say very sincere thanks to Josh Parkinson and Natalie Davis and Eric Olsen for their encouraging comments about BP at BlogCritics. The mocking commentators were helpful too, even if they didn't intend to be, as they caused me to redefine exactly what this project is and isn't about. Now, anyone for needles in haystacks?
October 27, 2003
posted Bloggers Parliament details at Open
Source Politics and a few new members have joined us.
And at BlogCritics we're
attracting mockery. I'm all for good satire, the sharp and
perceptive deflating of pretense, pompousness or deceit.
But mockery is usually a knee-jerk reaction to anything which
seems to fit one's preconceptions, without bothering to check
the facts of that which is being mocked. Anyhow, it's perfectly
legitimate not to take Bloggers Parliament seriously at this
stage because it hasn't yet proved to be anything but an
idea. And some who have joined haven't yet started putting
up solutions. So it's too early to say if this enterprise
is going to be the sound of one hand clapping or of the whole
October 23, 2003
21 was Sacha's 108th birthday, or would have been if he was
Here he is as a young Russian exile, newly arrived in Paris. He would never see his homeland again and that sadness, coupled with the natural melancholy of his Russian soul, never quite left him. But he was not one to dwell on the past - he alway said: "The past doesn't exist" and for him, this was true. He hardly ever spoke of his childhood and adolescence. There was always some mystery no one was allowed to penetrate. Even now, all of usin the family wonder and speculate about what might or might not have been his early history. Whatever it was, it formed a man of many contradictions - childlike naivety allied to intellectual astuteness. Cold detachment along with intense emotional attachment. Deep, almost ascetic spirituality along with attraction to sensuality and the challenge of action. Astounding intuitive vision together with an inability to see practicalities. Above all he was a loner, never at ease in society though he could talk anyone's ears off. At the core of his adult life was a love-story: the long-lasting relationship with Blanche, our mother. But that's another story.
This is somewhere in the Paraguayan jungle on one of the exploratory trips Sacha made when planning the road to Brazil.
He's on the right, not looking too happy about the improvised bridge. His brother Vladimir, who accompanied him on this occasion, is in the middle.
I don't know who the elegant third person is. And who was taking the photo? I like their hats.
Much later, Sacha and Blanche, newly naturalized American citizens in less adventurous surroundings.
And here he is, in New York in the mid-1950's. Talk about charisma!
Finally, in wintry London. Age has caught up with him but it's not winning. He's still calling the shots and still asking the question:
"Who do you think you are? "
Sachinka, rest in peace, all questions answered.
October 22. 2003 1:01 AM
everyone have this dilemma? Do you feel divided between a
public and a private self ? Or is it just our paranopia ?
No, that's not a typo: paranopia is a form of myopia where
you imagine that you see two of you. I just made that up
so don't bother looking for it in the dictionary. Not schizophrenia
either.You know the old joke, just because I'm paranoid doesn't
mean they're not after me? Well, if you're paranopic doesn't
mean that there really aren't two of you.
October 18, 2003
N and I were having a little discussion about Bloggers Parliament and such and I was secretly recording it on video. So here it is, un-edited.
October 14, 2003
A HALLOWEEN MESSAGE (in advance)
The non-human section
of the animal kingdom is often so much more interesting than
the mixed up messed up human one. I envy animals' blithe
ignorance of human weirdness. I admit I'm only a simple cartoon
creature but even I can tell what's weird and the cult of
horror is very weird indeed. The worship of horror films,
horror books, horror images, violence merchandise. And the
worship of the creators of the Horror & Violence Industry
- those real vampires who gobble up the dough that consumers
eagerly stuff into their insatiable gullets. For the fix
of adrenalin they get from watching Special Defects: repulsive
studio-excreted aliens and grotesquely made-up actors overpaid
to torture, rape, shoot, decapitate, abuse, disembowel, dismember
and generally do evil as slowly and sadistically (let me
count the ways) as the twisted imaginations of their authors
October 11, 2003
I don't normally write reviews but this is something I cannot fail to mention. The French film WINGED MIGRATION is an extraordinary experience. To call it a mere documentary is misleading because it has everything: drama, adventure, travel, pathos, art, romance, comedy, tragedy and ecstatic beauty that lifts you out of your seat and into the air to fly alongside these unbelievable beings we call birds. Who needs science fiction and digitally created other-worldly creatures when we have such a species living with us here on earth and looking down on us from the sky? Directed by Oscar-nominated Jacques Perrin, the film took four years to make, using planes, gliders, helicopters, balloons etc. as well as land vehicles and ingenious camera technology to follow the migration of numerous bird species in seven continents and forty countries from the Arctic to the Amazon, flying low over the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower, and getting stuck in the oil bogs of industrial wastelands. There are no special effects and no need for any since those provided by nature are spectacular enough. When the soundtrack is only birds' cries and other mesmerising environmental sounds it's wonderful. But the narrator's heavily French-accented voice is unfortunate, especially since the information he imparts is minimal, and the background music to the birds' odyssey is an equally poor choice. But the quality of the film overrrides any such minor quibbles. There has never been another movie which allows you to fly close-up, beak to beak, with avian angels whose appearance - whether drop-dead gorgeous, awesome or comical - no designer could have imagined. Nor are we accustomed to seeing our world from a bird's-eye view - it's frightening and breathtakingly stunning. Don't miss this film even if you have to fly for miles to see it.
October 7, 2003
You can now read Robin Good's great introduction to Bloggers Parliament and Natalie's answers to his interview questions (I mostly kept in the background. Shy, you know). We are adding another update to our guidelines, which didn't seem to be clear to everyone, and I'm working out a new logo because this eye-thing is a bit rough. But the main thing is, BP is up and running. So come on, all you thinkers and searchers, think Specific Solutions to Specific Problems and join this Parliament. Now!
October 6, 2003
New members added to the Parliament, Robin Good and Josef Hasslberger. This is great. I'm enjoying the surprise of seeing new names appearing out of the blue blue blogosphere. And Robin has sent a list of deep questions for us to answer - an interview he'll put on his very interesting site.
My friends and family
tell me artists ought to keep their views on politics to
themselves and I should stick to being funny or artistic
about other things like, um, well, other things. Since I'm
occasionally willing to look at two sides of an argument,
I reply OK, you're right, I'm going to concentrate on the
really Big Issues - Life, Death...Well, that's about it,
if you want to go for the really big stuff. Everything else
Back to square one. I shall return to Death and Life after a good night's sleep.
October 3, 2003
People are slowly
joining Bloggers Parliament and
more have expressed interest. It's taking off, for sure,
and looks like being international. Andrius
Kulikauskas' Minciu Sodas Lab is Lithuania-based, Lucas
Gonzalez's Co-Pensar blog is in the Canaries, Professor
José Luis Orihuela is joining from Spain, Umesh
and Rashmi Rohatgi from India, and Guy (the
rook) Andrew Hall from U.S.A.
The above will appear Monday at Open Source Politics where a lot of healthy stirrin' and shakin' of controversial issues is going on and deservedly bringing in truckloads of readers. I will also post it later at BlogCritics which I'm a member of though I'm not a critic of films, books, etc. As a cartoon person I'm more likely to be found slaving over a hot drawing board.
October 1, 2003
Have added a new page: Augustine & Natalie's Collection of Solutions where we've started our list. Thus far we've found three solutions to the Israel/Palestine problem. Not bad for the first day in session, eh? We are, at this moment in time, the only Member of Bloggers Parliament. Yes, that's singular: me and N are as one in this project. You got a problem with that?