My new Enterprise music video: “Though Lovers Be Lost…”

31 07 2009

“Though Lovers Be Lost…” is a Shran-centric video, based on the Andorian arc of Season 4 of Star Trek: Enterprise. I have long enjoyed the work of Jeffrey Combs, and he took Shran and made the character something extraordinary — a fierce warrior, prideful and stubborn, but also a man of honor and surprising compassion. I would have loved to see his return in further seasons of Enterprise.

I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I made a music video. It’s fun as well as therapeutic for me, and I really enjoy picking the shots and editing them to evocative music.

Have a look:

You can also download it from the Videos page of my website.


Update: my Enterprise music videos

29 07 2009

They’re all back up on YouTube! 😀 Yes, “Save Me” and “Crucible” (fka “What I’ve Done”) have been restored, audio and all. “Crucible” has been down for months, so I’m especially happy to have that one up again.

I’ll be posting a new video (first one in a year, yow) this weekend, so stay tuned.

Hey kids, what time is it? It’s Viral Video Time!

27 07 2009

I’ve seen many videos that have “gone viral,” mostly catching up with them long after they spread through cyberspace like wildfire. But in the last few weeks, I’ve heard about two just as they were breaking.

Revenge is a dish best served on YouTube:

I caught a segment on CNN about singer Dave Carroll, of the Canadian singing duo Sons of Maxwell, and Carroll’s ode to insensitive airline customer service, “United Breaks Guitars”. The video had been posted online the day before, and had already racked up an impressive 300,000 hits. I loved the video, so I went to Carroll’s website and read the “long version” of his year-long, ultimately unsuccessful battle to get United Airlines to reimburse him for breaking his $3500 Taylor guitar. After he hit the last brick wall, Carroll made lemonades out of lemons and set out to write three songs about his travails and post them online, with the hope of getting a million views total.

Carroll got his million hits inside of a week. As of today, “United Breaks Guitars” has over four million hits. And United, as you might have expected, isn’t giving Carroll the cold shoulder anymore. He’s a star now — he’s had articles written about him from Los Angeles to Halifax, done countless interviews in print and on TV, and I understand he’s been inundated with offers for singing engagements. He still has two more songs to post, but his story already has a happy ending.

Best wedding intro ever:

My husband, of all people, found this one and showed it to me. It’s a video of a Minnesota couple and their wedding party entering the church for the ceremony, in a joyfully unconventional way…which no one in the audience had been told about in advance. Fabulous. It’s only been online for a week, and it’s up to nine million hits.

I was wondering when the press would hear about this one — and just now “The O’Reilly Factor” on Fox News did a segment on it. Alas, Bill O’Reilly was absolutely clueless; he didn’t get what all the fuss was about. But his two guests (and whoever told him to feature the video) understood just why it’s so special.

Go. Watch. Enjoy.

The visual splendors of space and weather

22 07 2009 has more information you’d ever need to know about – you guessed it – space and the weather. But we’re on the mailing list because of the site’s wonderful picture galleries and regular e-mail alerts about the latest stunningly beautiful weather phenomenon. Today the website has links to noctilucent clouds in Europe, Northern Lights in Saskatchewan, and the longest total eclipse of the 21st century, which just took place over China and India. Beautiful photos contributed from sky enthusiasts all over the world.

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Darren McGavin, David Duchovny, and “The X-Files”

9 07 2009

I’m a big fan of The X-Files. My husband and I are currently watching the entire series and movies again, in chronological order. He missed a lot of episodes during the show’s run, and he is enjoying seeing them for the first time.

We’re in the middle of the 6th season, which exhibited a renewed spirit and creativity following the company’s relocation from Vancouver to Los Angeles. Last night we watched “The Unnatural,” which was David Duchovny’s first directorial effort and his first solo writing credit for the series. It was originally written as the third episode to feature the character Arthur Dales, who started the X-Files. Dales was played by the great character actor Darren McGavin, of “Night Stalker” and “A Christmas Story” fame, in two earlier segments. Alas, McGavin fell ill and had to be replaced by another fine actor, M. Emmit Walsh, after a bit of rewriting.

When I first saw “The Unnatural,” I couldn’t help wondering what might have been, had McGavin been able to play Dales. I assumed he had not been able to shoot any footage – but happily, I was wrong. The DVD includes two deleted scenes with McGavin playing Dales. Watching him, especially in the final poignant, heartfelt scene, in which Mulder gently comforts the grieving Dales by validating his work, was like being given a wondrous gift. Those scenes were McGavin’s last onscreen work, and the folks who put together the DVDs did us all a great service by including them.