fallehuckinglujah

Fallehuckinglujah is my comment on the power of words; it's a bastardization of Hallef***inglujah, which I am wont to say in moments of joy but cannot because of the f*** part. If, however, I switch the f and the h it retains the same feeling but is no longer obscene. Same feeling, same letters, only two letters switched but one is verboten and the other is, well, not

Four character play

23 June 2017 by admin

Young man, his younger autistic brother, the young man’s girlfriend and a platonic young woman. Restaurant staff contribute. 

Major plot turns: 

Mother of brothers dies

Platonic versus girlfriend 

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Reboot

19 June 2017 by admin

You’re sitting comfortably in 1968 and you hear the unmistakable sound of a Mac rebooting, Steve Jobs chosen chime that woke up thousands upon thousands with late night restarts.  

So, there are at least two people who shouldn’t be in that time. Or are there more? 

Protocol dictates immediate action. I check for frequencies ranging from about 800MHz into the multi core speeds and find the signal of a Mac, circa 2001, either an iBook or TiBook. Also called the IceBook, as compared to the DeLorean of turn of the millennium laptops. 

I can see it’s in the far corner in a bag next to someone who looks like he’s from 2001 but not obviously out of place. Subtle bits like frames from designers born in the 70s. 

But your companions are from 1968 and you’ve got to get to that TiBook. 

Chime

Shit, it rebooted again. 

———-

“What’s your true year?” 

“You know, you lose track.” 

Surprised, she attacks, “how could you forget your true year?”

“Hey, it comes and goes.”

“Do your recall code.” 

Now he’s surprised. “Why?” 

“Just to find your year. You can come right back.” 

Shamed, he speaks the command and in his place appears something of a percentage of him, never the whole man. 

He awakes in a prison cell. 

———

“Is he gone, then?” 

Stunned, she muttered, “who?” 

Dismissively, he retorted, “me, I mean my original.” 

He pauses, then says, “damn, I’ve been away for 23 hours and 18 minutes, so…”

Slamming his hand on the table, he barks, “he fucked Susie last night.” 

Even more stunned, she stumbles, “Susie?” 

“Yeah, I’ve been waiting for weeks.” He paused. “Makes since he’d come back for that.” 

——

“Want to go to 1920 with me?” 

“What’s in 1920?” 

“Carl Mays kills Ray Chapman.” 

“Gangs, murder…?”

“Baseball.” 

——–

They step through a doorway and they’re in another time and in different clothes walking out of a men’s room in Ebbets Field. 

It’s hot and they’ve been noticed. 

“Sorry, that entrance was designed for me.”

They move away. 

“How does he kill him?” 

“It’s getting dark, the baseball will be dirty and hard to see.” 

“Dirty?” 

“Yeah, cigar spit, dirt, whatever.” 

“What’s your interest?” 

“The only man killed playing baseball. Gets beaned in the left temple, hemorrhages, stumbles and falls down. Dies after midnight. Tonight.” 

“So, you’re a sportsmen?”

“No, just curious.”

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Subservient

05 June 2017 by admin

Jeremy Renner fades to the background, at least at first, until his role in the drama is evident. If you guessed right away that the two get together, congrats. It’s not obvious and it’s not romantic. It’s always about Hannah. 

The actor acknowledged that it’s Adams’ movie. And it’s a great performance.  

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Mise en scene

27 May 2017 by admin

When to cut. In a recent scene, I realized how much control the screenwriter has in the visual storytelling by stating actions. He opened one envelope, in the scene, and I would have shown him opening more. The unread letters meant more to describe his guilt in not guiding her. She asked for help and she died. 

Grantchester, season two, episode one. 

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Reliable narrator

27 May 2017 by admin

Not all narrators are reliable, apparently, not that I knew that when I read most of the books in my life. Some do not tell the truth. 

How do I tell? Some keys, or combination of keys, convinces us. 

How then to accomplish that in visual media? Don’t we assume that the memory we see is genuine, and not just the remember’s? What cues? 

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Reborn

21 May 2017 by admin

Character is programmed to have awareness for only one waking cycle. Goes to sleep and wakes up tomorrow blank. Would have to leave notes to help himself relearn each day. 

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Civil war

21 May 2017 by admin

We’re in a civil war that could have been resolved centuries ago if certain people had done different things. What would have happened if the thirteen colonies could not agree on slavery? That was a tough sell, even in the 1770’s, but clearly the south won. Many of our early Americans, the big ones, were Virginians. They succeeded in forestalling the debate that they were certain would be solved by a future generation. They were wrong. 

“I’d like you to show me how you’re going to make me free my slaves.” 

That’s basically all it’s ever been. 

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Immortality

21 May 2017 by admin

It’s a game, or at least an assignment. Hooded beings convince us that they can rend time and drop us into any era, any generation and locale. Bethlehem at the time of Christ’s birth, which is likely apocryphal. We can rend time so that only a moment will pass in your actual lifetime. You are dropped into a life in that era and you will live a life. But only moments pass in your real life. But then, what is real?;

What would it take before the traveler breaks whatever bargain and changes that era. It’s that what we do anyway? 

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What has a trillionaire done for you lately? 

13 May 2017 by admin

Working for vacation. A job you may or may not hate but pays well so you can spend a month in Bali every year. 

Those paid the least, nurses and teachers, cops and firemen, are the ones most deserving. 

No one who works full time should be homeless. Veterans must not live in tents under bridges. 

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Council of Presidents 

13 May 2017 by admin

We’ve reached the point where only an extralegal event can resolve these issues. Government has basically failed us in numerous ways and Economy is only concerned with profit. 

An unheard of Council of Presidents, men who’ve been selected to the highest office in the world, convened to close debate on Trump once and forever. 

How many are there? Five? Carter, Bushes I and II, Clinton and Obama. Would you trust their judgement? I would.  

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Solo

07 May 2017 by admin

Enjoying Tubular Bells and pondering the phase of solo creators who first fully exploited studio technology to create notable works with multiple dubs and almost no musicians in attendance, other than the principal.

Mike Oldfield weaves a magical blend of melodies and instruments that mix into pure joy.

Larry Fast did something not quite so ambitious with Synergy and Steve Winwood would follow with his reboot series.

Skip Spence rented studio space and expurgated dozens of tracks, all unique and touching, then simply slipped away into insanity, never to record again. The resulting work is profoundly raw and in so doing touching. Very personal, as if he had to get a few things of his mind before relenting to his demons, akin to Van Gogh.

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Personal god

07 May 2017 by admin

We’re visited by a god tuned to our personal perception of god and we do whatever he tells us to do. Either that or we’re conversing with a mirage, and it’s a dissociative experience.  

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Judge 

07 May 2017 by admin

There’s only one who intervenes, on demand, and decides for us. And then they leave until next conjured. This someone, who everybody trusts and whose decisions are strictly followed, then judges problems we can’t come to agreement on. 

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Equality

06 May 2017 by admin

I have no problem with the pursuit by some to have unimaginable amounts of money but I do have a problem with those same few buying Congress to create laws to make themselves richer. 

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A meal for everyone 

28 April 2017 by admin

Earth is spinning through space. Let’s hit “Pause.” If we wanted to feed everyone, and I mean everyone, one meal during that pause, is it possible? If so, how much would it cost? 

Those are the two most important questions we’ll ever be asked. 

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Healing

26 April 2017 by admin

Defenders introduced a role I’d not seen during my formative comic book days: the healer. 

Rosario Dawson fits the bill nicely. There were mad scientists but they didn’t patch anyone up and send ‘me back into battle. 

Perhaps because they became truly vulnerable and the story calls for a healer. 

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Resources 

22 April 2017 by admin

In the end, life or death comes down to resources. He’s dying of thirst, they’re starving, the machine ran out of fuel. In the 21st Century, we have abundance in most of these resources, but we either waste them (swimming pools in the desert), can’t get them from A to B, or the technology is not there yet. 

There’s more than enough 

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Spontaneity

18 April 2017 by admin

I learned that creativity was largely happenstance. You listened to the muse, spoke from your heart, or received divine insight. Don’t think about it too much. 

Juxtapose that with reality: lots and lots of editing. But as a photographer, and generally visually oriented, I thrive on the moment’s capture. That fleeting moment that only I saw. Or only I photographed. 

Analysis of Moonrise over Hernandez 

Henri Cartier-Bresson once sailed across the Atlantic without taking a picture. Master photographer, but he saw nothing remarkable. Prime examples of his work could only have been shot by him, in a split second. 

How to write like that? Blogposts, columns, short stories/films. That seems to be where I’m suited, at least for now. 

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Blame and consent

18 April 2017 by admin

What’s the origin? Did someone do all this or was it created by no one? Seems a straightforward question but it defines the dynamic. 

If I have someone to thank or blame for everything, I have zero control. “It’s God’s will,” vanquishes all hope. If the jerk ahead of me in line at Target takes too long, it’s god’s will again. I get mad, it’s someone else’s fault. 

If I do blame myself, how then to deal with the resultant trauma? “I fucked up,” can go a long way, from death to rejuvenation. If I credit myself, I can be either saint or despot. 

If I live in a world not created by someone, simply exists, all blame is internalized (I fucked up, guilt) or anthropomorphized (fucking traffic, rage). As I discern this cosmos, am I empowered or am I made inconsequential?  

Do I take solace from this awareness, that I’m beyond microscopic, inconceivably minuscule, or despair? Can I share my cosmos with others? 

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Bliss

17 April 2017 by admin

They’ve found a way to remove short term memory via a drug. Mankind lives day-by-day, never knowing a past or future. Have we found nirvana? Isn’t that what Buddhism teaches? Living in the moment. 

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Presence

05 April 2017 by admin

The presence of an unarmed woman is the highest evidence of a civilized society. If she feels safe, society is civilized, because she is safe. No one would harm her, even if they were more powerful. 

Force does not equal strength but rather weakness. If you have to hurt me, you’ve lost. 

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