The 2012 Stranger Genius Awards Shortlist!

I was tricked by Charles Mudede yesterday.  I went down to Bauhaus at 5:00 pm under the pretense of an interview meeting.  It turns out that I was one of the lucky three persons on the shortlist for the 2012 Stranger Genius Awards in the film category.  The other two were feature film directors Megan Griffiths (my former film teacher whilst I was in high school) and Shaun Scott.  Thanks to Charles and everyone at the Stranger for the honor. you can see more pictures here. Photo by Kelly O.


Doctor Jazz: King Oliver

Joe “King” Oliver was one of the most important figures in early Jazz alongside Jelly Roll Morton and Buddy Bolden.  He was the mentor to Louis Armstrong and wrote the fantastic song Doctor Jazz.  I recommend Bob Brozman’s version of the song along with Paul Geremia’s for guitar enthusiasts.


The Australian Prisoner

Beginning in the late 18th century, prisoners in British jails were transported to the new penal colony of Australia.  The island of Norfolk off the south eastern coast of Australia was a notoriously brutal penal settlement.  This man lived on Norfolk Island.


Man on Dock


Gideon Welles

From Wikipedia: Gideon Welles (July 1, 1802 – February 11, 1878) was the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869. His buildup of the Navy to successfully execute blockades of Southern ports was a key component of Northern victory of the Civil War. Welles was also instrumental in the Navy’s creation of the Medal of Honor.


Two Octopi (Ode to John Singer Sargent)

Inspired by an oil painting by John Singer Sargent.

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