Remote Snow Day

Today I am still in Nashville and there has been a threat of snow overnight. I was not looking forward to getting snowed in in a motel, but all I could do was wait. Every few hours I kept getting up to look out the window, but there was no snow on the ground. There wasn’t even a flake.

Back home in Chapel Hill, the same snow that was supposed to fall in Nashville overnight was predicted to fall during the morning hours. Schools were cancelled last night. I kept going back and forth between Raleigh area news websites and those in Nashville, so I could keep up the weather at home and the weather where I was.

A 5:30 this morning, my phone rang. It was the automated recording from the schools district telling me that my kids did not have to go to school. Not only did I already know that, but I was out of town, so I did not get to spend the day sledding with the kids.

Flyin’ with a Rappin’ Filmmaker

Tonight I flew to Nashville and sat with Ricky B, a Nashville-based filmmaker and rap artist. I don’t usually talk to people on the plane, but we spent the whole time talking about his film projects (independent movie trailers, editing) and his music. He had been in Raleigh/Durham working with Kurtis Blow.

I also talked about my photography, blogs and podcasts. He is someone who is benefitting by New Media, especially things like YouTube, but he really didn’t know much about podcasts.

Watch his music video, which he also directed, below, or go to YouTube.

Makeshift Ice Scraper

I was on a business trip to Nashville and I woke up to a 25 degree morning. My rental car was covered with a hard frost. Since I have a garage at home, it has been a long time since I had to scrape a car in the morning before I could go anywhere. Rental cars in Michigan contain ice scrapers, but not those in Tennessee.

I opened my wallet to find a scraper. I have used a video card in the past, but this time I used my Costco card. It has the thickness of a regular credit card, but no magnetic stripe, just a bar code.

NYC Public Art: Sleepwalkers

A new public art project called Sleepwalkers by Doug Aitken was unveiled in NYC last week. It is presented by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Creative Time, a public art organization.

Aitken produced 5 parallel short films that each feature a single actor waking up and starting their day. They begin “walking in their sleep,” but are energized by the excitement that is New York City. Actors in the films include Donald Sutherland, Tilda Swinton and Cat Power. Follow the link above for a trailer and more information about the project.

Each evening through February 12, these films are projected on the sides of buildings surrounding the MoMA outdoor sculture garden. It runs through February 12.

Go Jaguars

A new high school is being built just down the street from us, and they just announced the mascot and the colors. The Carrboro High School Jaguars will be purple, black and white. Even though my kids won’t go there for 6 and 8 years, they were excited about the announcement.

Principal Jeff Thomas said he was pleased with the selection. “It gives some thematic unity with the Chapel Hill Tigers and East Chapel Hill Wildcats,” he said, referring to the district’s two other high schools.

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