Sunday, July 23, 2006

July 23,2006 A Bit On Dialogue

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43 MB 8 min. My bit on dialogue, recent traipsings, jiu-jitsu and Manhattan. flash version. Today's links: Carter Center, CC NonCommercial images, Hope #6

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Never Ending Conflicts

A very good friend asked me what should be done about never ending conflicts. I strongly disagree with violence, I feel we are all the same generally, and there is a mountain of work to grapple when it comes to pointing out the benefits of dialogue.

The benefits of dialogue and non-violence:

1. We can agree to disagree, we can walk away from one another while keeping our health intact.

This is problematic when the other party is not in the position to make anymore sacrifices or in a position of desperation.

In this instance a mediator is required and hear each other's case.

2. Dialogue and non-violence respects others not involved in the conflict.

Verbal crossfire is ok, the tension is just mental. But when dialogue breaks down and turns into violent confrontation- the possibility of real physical injury arises. No matter what is used- fist, knife, gun, armies...the reality is that people will get hurt and worse killed. Instead of being merely annoyed by a verbal argument, violent behaviour hurts everyone.

3. Dialogue and non-violence is natural and humane.

We have intellectual superiority over animals. We also behave in a territorial manner much like animals. Dialogue and non-violence is a way for us to get along, out of respect for one another.

If we get more education in the picture- to see our past mistakes and to resolve not to repeat them again, I really believe we can help dialogue and non-violence.

I think there's plenty of us peacemakers. We gripe about our own governments but generally we care for one another, regardless of race, creed or nationality. We don't accomplish as much when we practice divisive speech let alone behaviour. We have to remain hopeful.

Monday, July 10, 2006

Why I'll miss Amanda Congdon at RB

Amanda Congdon was not aloof and like me, dislike Neo Cons, SUV's and Scientology. I think RB's viewers had a tendency to take her for granted but the bottom line is she's only human. If vloggers have to do something about the RB situation, I think it would be best not to be divisive. We're all in this vlogging thing so lets hope for the best and resolve not to repeat past mistakes. Go break a leg, Amanda.


Friday, July 07, 2006

Casual Friday- july4us

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50 MB 10 min. Me drinking beer, art, sports grappling and my firehouse. flash version.

today's link: The Innocence Project

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

02 July 4 US

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15 MB 3 min. Tagged july4us for the month of July. Independence day for me, as an immigrant, holds very special meaning. Number 1 and still is survival. The Philippines, where I came from, if you were poor, like me, you had 2 choices. You'd either go hungry or become a priest.

Luckily for me, my grandparents and parents were American citizens which meant it wasn't a problem becoming one myself in 1983.

Besides having a better chance of survival here in America- there's also ways for people to get ahead in life compared to where I was born. As long as you work hard, avoid drugs and alcohol, and be peaceful- you will better see the choices you have here in America.

It's not only about staying alive but the groups of people you spend time with. Here in America, you can live in immigrant communities or assimilate. It may not be as simple as that but my opinion is if you work hard, avoid drugs & alcohol, and be peaceful- improving one's lot is easier here than it is in the Philippines.

I believe I'm more accomplished here in America due to its combination of free speech, civil rights, prosperity, and free enterprise. flash version

feature link: Refugees International (4 star rating from

Monday, July 03, 2006

01 July 4 US

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22 MB 4 min. Tagged july4us for the month of July. flash version

Music: 5 sec. excerpt "Warm and Beautiful"-Paul McCartney, "America The Beautiful" -Happyland Band

Sunday, July 02, 2006

Day 7 Rerun 2006 - A Murder

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47 MB 9 min. "On The Lam" is the title of this short movie I made using iMovie 4, 8mm analog and mini dv footage I shot on my own. All the music is original and can be found on my free music page. I wanted to channel a conundrum I was in. I had no one to share a weird event in my life, so I took notes and basically held it in until one day, I sat with with paper and pencil. I drew 3 columns, labeling each video, audio, and dialogue. I had a rudimentary storyboard and sank into iMovie 4. The main events occurred in the Summer of 1998. I picked up embellishments, the fable grew & I finished this in early 2004. I "vlogged" it into the interweb in Oct. 19, 2005.

The compression is improved a tiny bit from .mp4 to .mov. It's kind of like Rashomon meets Goodfellas as a monologue. The narrator is a human trafficking, drug dealing, gun toting male living near a lawless, unnamed border. This situation leads him into murder but he tries to sweet talk his audience for understanding. flash version here

feature link: Amnesty International USA