A DECADE INTO the twenty-first century, some pundits suggest that we’re living through the most divisive period in U.S. history; apparently they’ve forgotten the Vietnam era, the civil-rights movement, the campaign for women’s suffrage, or, for that matter, the bloody and prolonged War between the States, in which nearly as many Americans died as in all our other wars combined, from the War for Independence to the struggle for the minds and hearts and oil of the people of Iraq.
A decade into the twenty-first century, the United States still has military bases in more than one hundred countries. U.S. dominance in the world continues to decline as India and China become the new economic superpowers. (Then again, global domination isn’t what the Founding Fathers had in mind.)
A decade into the twenty-first century, Americans, apparently the thirstiest people on the planet, still carry bottled water wherever they go. The average cloud still weighs the same as one hundred elephants, give or take an elephant. String theory still suggests that there are a vast number of parallel realities; in one such reality, presumably, John McCain is president and Sarah Palin is vice-president. The female black-widow spider still occasionally kills and eats the male after they mate.
A decade into the twenty-first century, ordinary men and women still perform unheralded acts of courage. An ant is still able to lift ten times its own weight. Food cooked with love still makes young bones grow stronger. It’s still impossible to commit suicide by holding your breath.
Archive for May, 2010
I finished another short testimonial for the New Warrior Training Adventure, this one featuring my friend, Arnie Benton. In this project I came face to face with the Flip camera’s biggest shortfall, the microphone. The next series of interviews will be shot indoors!
I’m enjoying a little downtime between paying projects. I’m catching up on things around the office as well as working on a few pet projects. One of the pet projects is titled ‘Drysdael’s little problem.’ My guilty pleasure is playing World of Warcraft. For awhile, I had the habit of killing a particular bunny outside the auction house in Silvermoon City. I decided to capture movies about it and edit them together.
I’m also shooting short interviews with my Flip camera. I’m enjoying using the Flip camera for some basic storytelling. Last fall I started a series of interviews about the New Warrior Training Adventure. I attended the NWTA in October of 2004 and it was a life-changing experience for me. I decided to ask other graduates what they learned at the training and how it impacted them and their families. I’ve used some downtime to edit Pat Sullivan’s interview. Look for more interviews in the near future.