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Puppets and politics

Today we went to see Bread and Puppet Theatre perform on the Hampshire College campus. I’ve known about this troupe for a few years, but hadn’t had a chance to see them before. They perform a sort-of circus-like series of skits, all done with various kinds of human-sized puppetry, masks, and so forth, and all with a political message. you can probably guess that, if I like it, it’s leftie politics, and that is certainly the case (anti-war, anti-corporate, and anti-theocracy were the main themes today). In this area they’re preaching to the converted, really, but it is still cool to get an artistic perspective, especially one that is done with a great sense of fun (and silliness). Also, the “puppets” they use are often very beautiful, and effective, though all very simple.
They have a range of styles, not only in the visual costume/prop aspects, but also in the way they present each message. Some of the skits were very obvious in their targets, and some were very abstract (one or two confusing even, but then art should be confusing occasionally).

I’d recommend going if you get the chance; the show is a good value at the admission price of $0. 🙂

PS: Unrelated, but I posted a new Sad Lib today. Eventually I hope to set up that page with its own feed.

Posted by seaking on 09-18-2005 at 09:09 pm
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Using your opponent’s strength…

Planned Parenthood seems to have done this already in other places, but currently they have a very creative fundraiser going on in the Philly area.

I especially like the fact that they’ll be posting a sign about it, so the protesters get a good look at the effect they are having. It’s a nice variation on the theme of meeting speech with speech.

Thanks to Christopher Baldwin for posting the first link I saw to this.

Update: Apparently, the Emma Goldman Clinic, an independent clinic in Iowa City, has an ongoing Pledge-a-Picketer fundraiser, and has been doing it for a few years. I don’t think they post a sign about their count and pledges, though.

Posted by seaking on 09-16-2005 at 08:09 pm
Posted in Politics with 1 Comment

Website and feed updates

Over the weekend I fixed some links, added some content, etc. Updates have been made to the comics, music, people, and resume pages on the site. There is also a new Sad Lib posted.

As for the blog feed, I’ve added an RSS 2.0 version for those who can’t read Atom (they’re both linked in the sidebar), and I’ve started publishing the full content of the posts in the feed, rather than the first paragraph or so, because links didn’t seem to be coming through. Hopefully they will from now on.

If anyone desires, say, an RSS 1.0 feed, let me know.

Posted by seaking on 09-12-2005 at 08:09 am
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Now It Can Be Told

I posted last week that I have a new job. It’s all official now, and today was my first day.

Say ‘Hello’ to the new Production Manager at Amherst Community Television!

I’ve worked a couple of cable access jobs in the past, and have found it to be extremely fulfilling work – so getting a full-time position at such an operation has basically been my dream job for several years now. I’ve achieved it, and it is exciting.

It’s also a little scary, because I will be doing new things and being challenged in ways I haven’t before. In particular, I will be doing much more teaching and training than I have at any previous position, thus I have much work to do to prepare.

Wish me luck.

Posted by seaking on 09-07-2005 at 10:09 pm
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Honoring scientists and … others

So apparently, the US Postal Service has some stamps out that commemorate a few American scientists. I’m not sure how these 4 were selected, but it’s a nice, tasteful set of stamps.

While those 4 didn’t do work in evolutionary biology, a need was felt for honoring non-scientists involved in Intelligent Design. Those stamps can be seen here.

Posted by seaking on 09-06-2005 at 08:09 pm
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A hit song, and so delicious, too

(I came up with this a year or so ago):

“I bought some Riesen for me
No, you can’t have any
Riesen is the chocolate chew
It’s for me, not you…”

from “The Riesen”, by Hoobastorck

[Note: those not familiar with the original song can hear a sample here, or at the iTunes music store.]

Posted by seaking on 09-04-2005 at 03:09 pm
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Another “Finally”

Over the past week-and-a-half, I have had three job interviews, after going all summer applying and getting no interviews.

One of those positions got offered to me on Wednesday, and the other two offers came in yesterday.

I’ve essentially verbally accepted one, and am negotiating a bit. I’ll provide more details next week, as I don’t want to jinx it.

It’s nice to be valued again. 🙂

Posted by seaking on 09-03-2005 at 11:09 am
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After 12 years, Kate Bush (no relation to Dubya) is finally releasing a new album. She announced last December that she would have an album out in 2005, but now the release date is official: Nov. 8th.

A few more details are available here.

I’ve been a fan since 1989, so it has been a tough wait. Any other fans out there know how I feel.

Posted by seaking on 09-01-2005 at 12:09 pm
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