Here are some links you might like to explore:
Our Digital Fridge displays pictures from Becca’s early years.
Becca spent two weeks in India during the summer of 2008. You can find a gallery of her photographs here.
“Oh, you’ve got to have friends....”
“There are places I remember some are gone, and some have changed....”
Here’s a list of books and authors Becca and Laurie and I enjoy and recommend, with links to their official and unofficial websites.
Here’s a visual listing of some of my favorite movies.
Speaking of movies, here are links to a couple of pages buried elsewhere on this website, which will in turn take you to an assortment of YouTube clips from the history of the motion picture and the development of animation.
Mark Ricche, a former film student of mine, asked me to play a minor role in MORTAL REMAINS, a horror film he's co-producing and co-directing with his high-school pal Chris Stavrakis. Although you don't see me in this trailer, you can hear me about 30 seconds in.
Here’s an assortment of favorite artworks and artists.
Here you’ll find home pages for some of my favorite musicians and bands.
(Although I have multiple iPods, thousands of songs on my computer's hard drive, and CD drives in both my laptop and my office computer, when I listen to anything while working it's usually The Goon Show, a zany British radio series from the 1950s which featured Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and a young Peter Sellers. You can read about the Goons here, and listen to the same 24/7 audio stream I'm addicted to here.)
I'm afraid I'm addicted to iPods. Not counting the two old ones I've given away to friends, I have a 60GB video model in the living room, a second-generation 20GB model in the bedroom, an old Shuffle, a second-generation Shuffle, a Nano — plus an iPhone 3 GS in my car and an iPhone 4S in my pocket. So far, my favorite apps include Accounts, Google Earth, IMDB, Pandora, SnapTell, SoundHound, WootWatch, and Yelp. I'm not much of a gamer, but I love WordPlay Online, and I dare you to come look for me there! I also play Dice With Buddies with my wife, daughter and brother.
Eat, drink and be merry . . . in Cleveland and around the world.
Here’s a guide to some of my favorite sights in Washington, Baltimore, and southern Maryland.
Eat, drink and be merry . . .around the world.
On November 10, 1972, while the US was still deeply embroiled in the Vietnam Conflict, I bought a POW/MIA bracelet from a student who was selling them to raise money for the families of soldiers who’d been captured by the Viet Cong or reported missing in action. Mine — which has never left my wrist in the more than 35 years since I put it on — reads “S/SGT. JOHN JAKOVAC 5-29-67,” which is the rank and name of one MIA and the date (incorrect, as it turns out) he was reported missing. I never researched Jakovac’s history — although it’s pretty easy to do so — because, to me, the bracelet has always been more a memorial to the 2500 Vietnam MIAs than to Jacovac alone. On July 31, 2008, though, I received an email containing a link to an 11-minute film which high-school student Allison Johnston made about Jakovac’s life and final mission and tragic death. I watched it, fascinated and in tears most of the way through, and learned a lot about this brave young man whose name I’ve carried around on my wrist for well over half my life. If you’re interested, you can watch Allison’s video here. And I’ve posted small photos of John and his gravesite here.
On the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama, the Kuna Indian women hand-stitch my favorite folk art, the mola. I have one hanging in my office at home, and you can learn about the artform and see dozens of others here.
A closer-to-home folk art I’ve recently learned to love is the Baltimore screen painting. I don’t own one yet, but one of these days I’m going to get Tom “Razzo” Mattarazzo to paint me one. You can get a really extensive look at Razzo’s work here, and you can learn more about the history of the painted screens here and see dozens of other examples from an assortment of artists here.
I don’t often read English-language comic books any more, but there are three series I love reading in Dutch: Asterix, Suske en Wiske, and Donald Duck. (For Christmas of 2008, Laurie gave me a gorgeous slipcased eight-volume set of the adventures of Herge’s Tintin in English. There’s an official Tintin website in English here, and a lovely fan site here.)
Choate Rosemary Hall, Middlebury College and the University of Arizona Law School (Becca's high school, college and grad school sites)
Before IKEA came to the US and became cool, I was buying furniture from them in Europe. (The correct pronounciation, by the way, is ee-KAY-uh, not eye-KEY-uh.)
I am neither smart enough to be able to figure out how PCs work nor geeky enough to care. Every computer I have ever owned has been made by Apple, which originally advertised itself as the computer “for the rest of us.” Amen, brother!
One of my favorite albums of all time is Theodore Bikel's Bravo Bikel, on which, in addition to singing folk songs in half a dozen languages, Bikel does a brilliant reading of Robert Nathan's hilarious story "Digging the Weans," which originally appeared in the November 1956 issue of Harper's magazine. You can read the original story here, and the album is available for purchase in the iTunes Music Store. Enjoy!
My good friend Ira David Levy produced, wrote, and hosted Pedal America, a TV series about biking which will was shown on PBS stations a couple of years ago. For more information, vist the PedalAmerica website.
Here is a link to 101 Zen koans. Koans are the tiny little stories through which the wisdom of Zen Buddhism is expressed.
The Landmark Forum is a weekend personal-development seminar I did and learned from.
Yahoo Maps (a great source of driving directions and maps)
Google (a very useful search engine)
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