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The 17th Cucalorus film festival is nearing the end of its 4-day run in Wilmington. It’s a wide-ranging assortment of mostly small and independent films that brings together a pretty diverse crowd of old and new Wilmington, film students, industry craftspeople and (perhaps best of all) the filmmakers themselves. Like all good festivals, there’s way too much to take in, so you either plan excruciatingly or just kind of stumble into things. We chose the latter, and were richly rewarded.

The one big ticket we’d heard about was We Need to Talk about Kevin, a hit at the Cannes film festival. It’s a disturbingly intense story of a mother who, try as she might to construct a ‘normal’ life for her family, knows in her heart that something is really wrong with her son – and perhaps her. Tilda Swinton’s icy coolness is perfect for the part; the sound and scene design, non-linear story line and terrific acting add up to a kind of suburban horror story — but one that’s not supernatural, which makes it all the more chilling.

The 5 films grouped together as Zaragoza Shorts were a somewhat unexpected treat. I went in thinking that if only one or two of them were any good the evening would be well spent, but each in its own way was memorable. Even better, the filmmakers of 4 of them were present and spoke at a Q&A afterwards. We saw:

  • Jesus was a Commie, based on a magazine piece by, and starring, Matthew Modine. A meditation on non-violent revolution and how far we have gone astray from the teachings of Jesus. Really more of an illustrated essay – but at least intriguingly illustrated, and thoughtful.
  • Gilded Age Gladiator, an animated story of the 19th-century boxer John L. Sullivan. Coming in the week of Joe Paterno’s firing from Penn State, it was a timely story of the symbiotic intersection of money, media and sports.
  • Waiting Room. This film (less than 10 minutes long) is about – well, it’s about a man who waits in a room. Powerful and suspenseful results from a very spare minimalist esthetic. Not one frame, not one sound is wasted, nor more than needed. Here, more would have been less.
  • Manhattan Melody. Holly is a bored, unfulfilled aspiring actress in New York City, whose romantic dreams erupt from interior monologues to song. A chance encounter with potential danger seems to offer an escape. Will it?
  • I’m Coming Over. Perhaps the most off-beat of the night, and the funniest – a sweet postcard to the filmmaker’s adopted home town. Is there something wrong with your life? Is it possible the solution involves lumberjacks and chainsaws? Only, we learn, if you’re not clumsy. And what’s the deal with the typewriters and telephones?

I realized in writing this that it’s been a long time since I posted. I must have been spending a lot of my tech time with Facebook and/or my new smartphone. It’s easy to post to Facebook from the phone. I should try to post to the blog from it.

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Wilmington StarNews

We got through Hurricane Irene in pretty good shape, all in all. There was a lot of wind and rain from the storm, which made its closest approach to Wilmington (about 80 miles) in the middle of Friday night/Saturday morning August 26/27. But there was little real damage compared to what was feared.

We went to bed Saturday night with strong winds and rain, and woke to calm blue skies. The photo, from the Wilmington StarNews online, is from an area not too far from both the apartment and the rented house we’ll move to in a couple of weeks.

The biggest problem for most people was probably loss of power. At one point early Saturday Progress Energy was reporting that over 50% of customers in New Hanover County were without power. We were without power at the apartment for something less than 24 hours (I was at WHQR, on the air, for much of that time). But we got power back at about 10 pm Saturday. Cable came back this morning, and Internet service a bit later.

This was my first hurricane. To tell the truth, we’ve seen more problems in Cincinnati with the Hurricane Ike windstorm and some blizzards. But we were lucky — hurricanes are frightening, and many people in Irene’s path weren’t so fortunate.

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Here’s a photo I took on the street in Wilmington. It’s a portable shrimp/fish seller operating out of the back of a pickin’-up truck. In case you can’t read it, the sign inside (spray-painted on plywood) says “We take EBT”, i.e. electronic bank transfers.

Unfortunately this was on a busy street, so I didn’t have time to stop and buy some srimps.

YUM!

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Today is our last day in Cincinnati before Jenny joins me in Wilmington, NC. I love Wilmington, but there’s a lot about Cincinnati that I’ll miss.

Starting with our house. I’m sitting on our deck, having breakfast, watching the sun rise over the trees and hearing the birds chirp. The nasty heat and humidity of a few days ago have given way to very pleasant mornings and tolerable twilights. We’ve made so many improvements getting the house ready to sell that it’s a shame we won’t enjoy them.

Yes, new adventures await. But today, I’m thinking about some of the things we’ll miss (in no particular order):

  • Friends in Oxford, especially at Holy Trinity
  • Wyoming, OH, the best place to live in the Cincinnati area
  • The Roebling Bridge
  • The Reds
  • Chili, both Skyline and Camp Washington
  • Saturday lunch at the Wyoming Meat Market
  • Our house

So, today is a day for remembering. Tomorrow we look forward.

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Last fall I presented a “Life After PowerPoint” workshop for my pals at the GCASTD conference (Greater Cincinnati chapter of American Society for Training and Development). Since I typically see a lot of presentations, it was something very much enjoyed doing.

One of the participants contacted me recently and asked me to update it for a group of project managers who use PowerPoint a lot. Since I’m now in Wilmington, I’ll have to do it long-distance. My first webinar!

Anyhoo, in researching for the update, I ran across an interesting comparison between presentations given by Steve Jobs of Apple and Michael Dell of Dell Computers. Here’s a screen shot from a Jobs presentation:

and here’s one from Dell:

The blog where I found this notes that “Steve wants the audience to listen to him tell the story, rather than read the slides…Michael’s would work well if it were designed to be send to someone who would not have the benefit of hearing the story live, but next to Steve’s slides, they just seem cluttered.”

Yes, I’m a Mac guy. Doesn’t change the fact that he’s right.

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This is today’s annual Easter sunrise service (using the Easter Vigil) of the Episcopal Church of the Servant  at Wrightsville Beach, NC. It began at 6 am with the lighting of fire. There were probably about 75 people in attendance.

Happy Easter, everyone.

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I was interviewed today by Wilmington’s NBC affiliate, WECT. Here’s a link to the clip.

They identified me as news director (corrected at the end of the piece), and once called now-former NPR CEO Vivian Schiller “Schillinger”, but overall it catches the essence of the problem and focuses on the local stations, which is where the emphasis should be.

The big issue is the “Congress cutting funding for NPR” trope that is is ultimately misleading. I carefully explained that NPR doesn’t get much Corporation for Public Broadcasting money, stations do. The target may be NPR, but the bull’s-eye is painted on stations like WHQR.

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