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  • mono 9:19 pm on December 5, 2013 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: audiobook, author reads, , , , , live reading, new fiction, , video   

    The Mondo Vixen Massacre: An Excerpt (as read by the author) 

    Last night, I prepared and recorded myself reading from the beginning of MVM. When I was a classroom teacher, I would often read aloud to my students and found the exercise to be a calming and meditative way to bring students into the fold of a book. Of course, I would then open up the floor to any student who wished to read out loud and we would go around the room in this way. I believe that voicing a text is a healthy exercise in developing one’s reading ability and experience of the book. While no reading is ever perfect, when we hear a book read (especially by the author), we can learn to understand how they meant it to be voiced and felt. I hope you enjoy this reading. Thank you.

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  • mono 3:32 pm on August 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , C.S. Lewis, , , , , , , , , , , video,   

    Mute Presence: A look at an aphorism by E.M. Cioran 

    Here is a fifteen minute video that I shot on Vimeo. Recently, I have been using Vimeo as an educational platform and a way to share my thoughts. This video opens up an aphorism by E.M. Cioran and brings in some other thinkers, as well. Is it perfect? No, but it was the best I could do at the time. I hope you can pull something useful out of it. Please ask questions.

     
  • mono 6:38 pm on February 18, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: BBC, , , , Demetri Martin, If I, , , , , video   

    The Unexamined Life is Not Worth Living: Demetri Martin’s “If I” 

    I haven’t spent much time with Demetri Martin’s comedy material, but through some great stroke of serendipity, stumbled across this hour-long special for the BBC, entitled “If I.” To my delight, this performance is not simply “stand-up,” but examines such things as communication, choices, life-making, creativity, meaning and thinking. Martin unpacks the word “if” and uses it to point us in the direction of how our lives are influenced by our choices and the power of imagining our lives through the “if.”

    While watching this video, I couldn’t help but be drawn back to Lee Thayer when he wrote, “…there is no dynamic in what ‘is.’ What stirs the human mind to life is not what ‘is,’ but what could be, or what should be, or what might be (from “Pieces”).”

    In addition, Martin uses original artwork, music and photography to help pull us into “his” world. He is a brilliant public speaker and I hope you can use this video (and the other five, which can be found on Youtube) to enhance your life in some meaningful and constructive way.

     
  • mono 2:14 pm on December 14, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Finite and Infinite Games, , James P. Carse, Lecture, New York University, , , video, War   

    James P. Carse: Religious War in Light of the Infinite Game 

    This is the only online lecture (reflection) I could find for the brilliant author of “Finite and Infinite Games,” retired New York University professor, James P. Carse. In this lecture, Carse talks about religion, war, finite games, infinite games, self-veiling, poeisis, religion and more. This is well worth your time if you are interested in these kinds of things.

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  • mono 11:27 pm on December 12, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coaching, Colbert Report, Determination, , Genius, , Michael Phelps, Sports, Stephen Colbert, Thomas Edison, , video, Watch   

    How Determined Are You? 

    Stephen Colbert recently interviewed Michael Phelps. Slipped in between the jokes, Colbert asked Phelps about his training for the Olympics. Phelps said that during a five-year span, he practiced every single day for four to six hours a day.

    That bears repeating: 5 years…365 days a year…4-6 hours a day…

    Talk about determination. Talk about someone aware of what it takes to actually achieve the “impossible.” That’s the kind of dedication and determination that will get you where you want to go if you’re really willing to put in the hard work that it takes to get there. To be “the best” takes sacrifice and grit. Or, to turn to Thomas Edison, “Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Discover your genius by actually doing something about it.

    The Colbert/Phelps interview can be seen here.

    Also, Thank you, Mr. Phelps for your determination.

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  • mono 12:50 pm on November 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: 88.9, acoustic, college radio, Impact, , , lansing, , , , The Basement, video, violin   

    Johnny Unicorn live on “The Basement” 

    My good friend, Johnny Unicorn is good at doing what needs to be done. His perseverence and competence coupled with an intense drive has kept him busy and productive doing what he loves: making music.

    He was recently featured on Lansing, Michigan’s college radio station Impact 88.9’s show, “The Basement.” The above video features an interview, in-studio performance and meta-commentary by Johnny Unicorn, himself.

    Johnny Unicorn currently lives in Michigan, but frequently travels to Los Angeles. His full bio can be read: HERE

     
  • mono 7:11 am on October 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , kanji, , , music video, , , video,   

    Study Japanese with Ken Tanaka: The Power of Music and Coffee 

    coffee shop japan

    When I was a university student, a band that I was in (and am still “in,” even though I’m an ocean away) – Special Dental Team, wrote several songs with Japanese titles and even one with Japanese lyrics. In retrospect, I do recommend this as a study tactic to be stressed in my 50 Study Tips for Improving your Japanese.

    That is, if you are prone to create your own art, whether via music, poetry, film, and so on, incorporate some Japanese into your art and develop your art through the frame of a different language. This will give you a more personalized approach to learning the language and will hopefully expand your art in a refreshing way.

    Ken Tanaka recently uploaded a video, in which he teaches viewers the kanji for “coffee shop,” through an original song that he wrote. The combination of melody, real-world images and text is helpful and humorous, at least to me. Here is the video:

    Keep studying!

     
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