Archive for January, 2013

John Hunter – TED Talk

Posted in Dreams, Richmond with tags , on January 31, 2013 by kozmicdogz

John Hunter talks about his World Peace Game for 4th Graders. Hunter is a teacher in Charlottesville, VA who facilitates his students in a game where they can bring peace to the world or destroy it.

There is a documentary film on the game and Hunter’s teaching of it.

John Hunter on the World Peace Game

TEDx comes to Richmond.

What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxRVA where x = independently organized TED event.

TEDxRVA takes place on Friday, March 22, 2013. Visit for details!

Now That’s Country!

Posted in Music with tags on January 26, 2013 by kozmicdogz



It is hard to believe a month has gone by already and it is time for another trip to Loversville.

This Sunday at the Commercial Taphouse on Robinson between Floyd and Grove.
The bus leaves at 8!

“Hitchcock” @ The Byrd

Posted in Film with tags , on January 19, 2013 by kozmicdogz
Vera Miles, John Gavin, & Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" (1960)

Vera Miles, John Gavin, & Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” (1960)

The 2012 Oscar nominated film “Hitchcock” is currently playing at the Byrd Theatre. Starring Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren, this is a much more sensitive and compassionate portrayal of Hitchcock than the HBO film, “The Girl.”

Anthony Hopkins’ Hitchcock is a troubled driven man dealing with issues of food and relationships, some fantasy and some real. Mirren is great as Hitchcock’s wife and collaborator Alma. The film takes place during the filming of “Psycho” and is as much about Alma as it is Hitchcock.

Way better than I had expected and a wonderful way to celebrate the end of the week. A good movie at the Byrd Theater on a cold winter’s night, then dinner afterwards at Mom’s Siam with a friend.

“Hitchcock” is at the Byrd at least through Thursday at 7:15pm.

“Against The Current” (2009)

Posted in Film with tags , on January 13, 2013 by kozmicdogz

Even though there are tons of movies we have yet to see, on a foggy night in the southside we went to the “on demand” channel and choose a 2009 Sundance selection “Against the Current.”

It was exactly what we were looking for. A grieving man chooses to swim the Hudson River as a tribute to his dead wife. He takes along his best friend, Jeff played by Justin Kirk, and an acquaintance of Jeff and Paul, Liz played by Elizabeth Reaser. Beautifully shot along the Hudson River and lots to laugh at, Kirk who plays Andy on “Weeds” was brilliant. Mary Tyler Moore plays Liz’s mother who doesn’t exactly approve or disapprove of anything as long as she has a drink in her hand.

I would have paid for this one if it was still playing in the movie theaters.

Written and directed by Peter Callahan

Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Justin Kirk, Elizabeth Reaser, Mary Tyler Moore, Michelle Trachtenberg

Copyright or Copywrong?

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags , on January 11, 2013 by kozmicdogz

I was talking with a friend the other day and the topic of copyright came up and how long it lasts. I couldn’t remember  so I looked it up when I got home. The work we were talking about was created in the 1980s.

From the US government copyright office:

As a general rule, for works created after January 1, 1978, copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.

There is lots of talk about copyright and fair use these days and lots of information on the web about this issue. A lot of it opinion and some of it just plain wrong.

Here is a page from the University of Richmond Boatwright Library with a good overview: Copywright Basics: Overview

A Turn of the Century Tale of Fancy

Posted in Writers & Writing with tags , on January 9, 2013 by kozmicdogz

Young Writer

“A Turn of the Century Tale of Fancy”

Evelyn opened her eyes and looked around the cabin. She blinked a couple of times washing the months’ long sleep from her eyes. Everything looked pretty much the same as when she lay down in the chamber, her body being put in a suspended state during her long trip, far from home.

She had stripped to her petty coats before her sleep not wanting to sweat on or permanently wrinkle her good clothes. Evelyn looked to her left and saw Miles, still sleeping. At least he had taken off his tie. How uncomfortable he looked. She had often wondered how she could find such a stiff old boy so exciting at the same time.

To her right Evelyn saw the Professor wrapped in a quilt his wife had given him just before the blast off in London, two, no three months ago if all had gone according to plan.

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Hertzog’s “Heart of Glass”

Posted in Film with tags , , , , on January 7, 2013 by kozmicdogz

VIRGINIA MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS | FRI, JAN 11, 2013 | 6:30 – 9 pm

Film and Talk:
Werner Herzog’s Heart of Glass with Glass Artist Paul Marioni
“Heart of Glass” tells the story of an 18th-century Bavarian glassblowing village whose inhabitants spiral into collective madness when they lose their secret formula for ruby-red glass. Herzog directed this rarely seen but mesmerizing film using techniques no one had ever considered, including hypnotizing the actors. 1976; 94 min; subtitled.

Following the screening, preeminent glass artist Paul Marioni discusses the film as well as his own works, which are often inspired by dreams. Mr. Marioni is a pioneer in the Studio Glass Movement with colleague Dale Chihuly.

$8 (VMFA members $5) 804.340.1405 or
This event complements the special exhibition Chihuly at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
The VMFA Film Series is sponsored in part by RBC Wealth Management.

More  information on this event from Hobart Cornell, Critic-at-large.

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