Life is a Sitcom

Sometimes I write essays and sometimes they get published. Sometimes they don’t and they sit in my hard drive until I share them with you here. Here’s one that seemed like a great premise a year or more ago but seems a tad optimistic today (and the references are getting stale). I still like it…

Mumkin Tonite!

This winter, I was back in Sudan and had a videocamera with me. We’re finishing up the El Kurru International Archaeological Project and the dig director, Geoff, asked me to make a short film about cultural heritage in El Kurru village. To do that, I took camera and editing classes from my local cable access…

Rise of the Black Pharoahs

While in Sudan earlier this year, a film crew from National Geographic came to El Kurru to document our work and interview the dig director, Geoff Emberling. The fruits of their labor aired on PBS on October 1 as “Rise of the Black Pharaohs.” Here’s the PBS description: About the ProgramThe Egypt of the Great…

Breaking Bad prediction

After Breaking Bad’s last episode’s cliffhanger, I have no idea whether Hank, Gomie or Jesse survives, but I had a sudden flash of insight as to what will happen with Walter White and the Neo-Nazis. My prediction is based half on what is being shown with the characters, and half based on analyzing the narrative…

Keeping Score

I helped develop a website for the PBS program Keeping Score, specifically for the second season. I did some editing on the sections about three compositions — Berlioz’ Symphonie fantastique, Ives’ Holidays Symphony and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony — and worked a lot on a map feature that shows classical music milestones of various eras on…

Catching up with AmEx

Looking at my blog, I noticed there were a few things I did last year or earlier this year that I did not mention or link to. Two of them are websites for American Experience films: Oswald’s Ghost and Whitman. Oswald’s Ghost is about the impact of the Kennedy assassination on the nation’s psyche, the…

The Boy in the Bubble

Embarassingly, I forgot to post before the actual show, but PBS affiliates may be repeating the latest American Experience program this week. The show is on The Boy in the Bubble and I wrote the content for the accompanying website. I will write more later, but suffice it to say for the moment that I…

Race to the Moon

The latest web site I wrote for American Experience is for the film “Race to the Moon” about the Apollo 8 mission that was the first to send me out of earth’s orbit and around the moon. The film premieres on Halloween, Monday October 31, 2005 and is really good. Here’s a photo taken by…