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  1 july 2012

Christiane’s Gift

If you’ve visited the “About” menu (hey, why not give it a shot) you’ll have noted that my blog derives its name from a quote by Stanley Kubrick. The late director has been one of my principal heroes since I was thirteen years old and saw 2001: A Space Odyssey at the Seattle Cinerama. Back then, Cinerama was the real thing, massive curved screen and all; a modern-day temple to the glories of cinema.

One afternoon in August of 1968, I was at the dentist’s office awaiting my turn in the big chair, thumbing through a copy of Life magazine. I turned the page, and the most remarkable sequence of images I’d ever encountered sprang out at me. Life had run a photo essay on Kubrick’s upcoming movie, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This was still nearly a decade before Star Wars hit the planet, and nothing like these pictures had ever been captured on film. I already loved writer Arthur C. Clarke, and the vistas I was seeing on the pages seemed to have made a direct leap from his imagination into reality.


24 june 2012

Greetings, People of Earth

Welcome to my humble blog. In all likelihood, you’re visiting because you received a message that I began following you on Twitter. Thank you very much for checking in. However, the most cursory examination of the site will show that I’m more than a little ahead of myself; the navigation simply doesn’t work yet [actually, I’ve got it working pretty well now] and there’s no content to speak of. What’s going on here?

It’s simple: I’ve started to invite people who interest me to stop by, even though the place isn’t quite ready to roll out yet. I'm hoping you’ll take it as a compliment, instead of an annoyance.

Within the next few days, things should be shipshape and evolving to the point where – if I’m lucky – you might feel like coming back. I’m asking that you make a leap of faith, and not totally write me off just yet; perhaps even follow me!

You have my solemn pledge that you won’t be hearing from me more than a handful of times each week, and then only a single tweet or two, to announce that new content has been posted. I'll never send one of those annoying tweet roadblocks, and I do sincerely hope to make this an interesting place.

But we haven’t been introduced; I’m Randy Walters – a musician/artist laboring in obscurity in Bristol, Rhode Island – and I plan to address a wide range of topics I believe we’ll both find interesting. Thanks for your patience, watch out for construction debris, and as you know, the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. I’m moving off the curb now…


22 june 2012

Flaubert on Language

“…but human language is like rhythms we beat out on cracked kettles for bears to dance to, when what we want is to make music that will wring tears from the stars.”

— Gustave Flaubert,  Madame Bovary