Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Pics of Paradise

Remember how I said that Arizona was one stunning looking fair? I took pics of the best looking booths for inspiration. If you want to see what Rennie Paradise looks like, here you go:


If you haven't seen this ad yet, do it now. Yes, its for a shoe. But that doesn't matter because its really just a very short but very powerful movie.

I listened to hundreds of hours of Opera back when I was a butler and can identify quite a lot of it. But actual operas are really quite long and often boring. I'm sure they were the Lord of the Rings extended edition DVD's of their time. I'll take an aria here and an overture there but not an entire opera. That doesn't mean that this music isn't simply amazing, and when joined with these visuals the results are no less emotional than a full length movie. I actually wept when I saw this commercial. The story is told without words as they are unnecessary. Everything is there. You understand the emotions, motivations and pain of every face on the screen.

Nike has a history of making some kick ass commercials, such as the Demon Smiting Nike ad some years ago. Yes, it's as ad, but that doesn't mean it ain't art. If you doubt me, go check out the BMW short film series 'The Hire'. (sadly, only available on youtube instead of high quality video) They were actually better than several films that came out the same year. After one particularly aweful film I forced my friends to watch these films and they agreed that the films were better than what we had just seen (check out Powderkeg, its the best).

p.s. The song is Lacrimosa from Mozarts Requiem

Home again, home again...

Managed to pull the show out of the fire with some last minute sales. I enjoyed the warm Arizona days but it was time to go. The wind was kicking up and dust began once again to settle on everything. You constantly felt gritty. We packed up everything, handed our stock to the SCA UPS person praying that it would get delivered to a UPS store (UPS doesn't pick up at the site for some reason) and headed out.

On the way to the airport for our Midnight flight we visited the Arizona Ren Fair. Man, I work in a freakin ghetto. A slum. Ohio Ren? Great Lakes? They just can't hold a candle to this show. I need to get in there. Amazing grounds, stunning booths. Alas, we couldn't stay long as there was a road closed and we had to take a lengthy detour and did'nt want to risk getting lost.

Home now, safe but sick. Hack! wheeeeze.

Sunday, February 18, 2007


Midnight Madness today. 15 hours straight for so so sales. At least the night is warm. Tomorow we'll open for a few hours and try to pry a few last minute sales. Then we pack it all up. We don't fly out till midnight but it will still be a busy day tomorrow.

This show can do better, we just need to be in a better spot.

In some ways this event feels more period. Unlike Pennsic there is no barn, no Coopers house or other modern buildings in the merchant area. When I walked along the dusty roads today among the tents I could have been wandering the tent souks and markets a thousand years ago.