Saturday, May 23, 2009

Buzz Show!


“Buzz Dandlewick is a former Junction City anchorman whose coworkers called him "Dandypants" because of the outrageous pants he'd wear to work, so during broadcast, the public could never see his bottom half, but it was a running gag at the station. Buzz is known for his keen observation skills and a profound patience for getting all the right answers. Hence, his ability to wait in a closet for hours just to get that last question in. Today he lives in Minneapolis with wife Gertrude and cares for his nephew Myron, who Buzz calls son, because he gets a tax break. (Myron’s folks have been pogoing from South Africa to Siberia and haven’t been heard from in years.) While trying to find more work in these difficult times he's been doing interviews of people he finds interesting to keep his skills up to par.”

The husband and wife team of Alan Pagel and Laura Wilhelm, of Mad Munchkin Productions, created these characters and I sat with them to discuss some possibilities of the idea of having one or two of their puppets interview me as Little Man in a bunch of different scenarios. We turned on the little Flip-Video camera and recorded these videos off-the-cuff and unrehearsed. As you’ll see the result was hilarious and fun. I also created the Buzz Show theme song which you can get on your cell as a ringtone! People have been loving that.

Part 1 - "Greetings"
Part 2 - “In Bed”
Part 3 - “Cooking”
Part 4 - “Over for Dinner”
Part 5 - “Guitar Lesson”
Part 6 - “What to Wear”
Part 7 - "Meditation"

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

My Books!

I'm a big reader. Although I do like fiction and sci-fi like Herbert's "Dune" and Heinlein's "Stranger In A Strange Land", I mostly read non-fiction. I like biographies on musicians and resource books on symbols. There is also a collection of classic myths and folklore. I usually read a few books at a time. It’s kinda like changing a channel on a tv.

My most intense reading and what I find most fascinating are books of religions and of non-dualistic philosophies of the East, like that of Zen, Buddhism, Advaita Vedanta and Hinduism. All of which (in a nutshell) focus dropping your ego, the transcending of the world of opposites and present moment living. This stuff is always challenging my way of thought and it’s the hardest thing ever to verbally explain this sort of thing to people. Reading and experiencing it is one thing, sharing it with others is another. I find it best to express myself through my music and a lot of what I write is inspired by such material. Others point to the way verbally very easily. Check out Alan Watts, Joseph Campbell and Sri Nisargadatta among others.

If you’re interested in this sort of thing I’ve set up a library on the right side of the blog console. It contains a number of books that I read often along with some other things that pertain to the blog. It’s created from, a place I like to search and buy books from. If you see something you think you might like, buy it through my bookstore in my blog. Let me know if you’ve read any of the books in my library and we can discuss some of it. You can use the Amazon search engine here to find something else that interests you. By doing so you’ll be helping me in supporting my websites. Take a look.