Saints out of sinners – the Cinematography of House of Cards

The Underwoods left the land of plausible reality end of season 1 beginning of season 2, entering more of a Shakespearean realm, caricatures of emotions and avarice. The plot and characters have rotated on this axis of moral extreme looking glass, a refracted lense to reconsider the depths of depravity, sex and power, plumbing the depths of darkness we encounter these scary creatures dimly lit glowing like phosphorescent fish in the depths of the ocean. For Cinematography’s sake the show required viewing, the characters move in paintings of perfect composition and color control. I tip my hat.

 

For more about techniques and trick of house of cards go here.

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BIKEPARKNOW – the movement for an urban moto bike park in Baltimore

For 5 years I have been tracking the Dirt Bike issue in Baltimore City. The issue is a kin to many of the other issues facing economically under served in the city, but specifically the African American community who have been systematically oppressed for decades,  undoing the impact will disrupt the status quo in an attempt to find social balance. This is called achieving equilibrium.  Over time we will get into the nuanced issues around the bikes but right now let state something simple.

Urban Dirt bike riding is not going away, more over there is a whole generation of kids  practicing everyday on pedal bikes, dreaming to join the ranks of their heroes. In the current political environment these heroes are outlaws because their passion has not gained bureaucratic acceptance. This dirt bike park and the movement towards a solution is about this next generation of riders and their attitudes towards the system.

There is time for a solution for the summer, if we can find tolerance and compassion around the things we don’t understand.

 

 

Toni from Tonga

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my first wheat paste

toni was an old man in my tongan village

one day after painting the school library

i found myself at Toni’s house for a meal

my skin was covered in latex paint

as i ate, he sat next to me

dipping his thumb a bottle of tongan oil

gently scraping the paint off my arm

it was the most human moment of my life

so simple

this act of grooming

we are animals

meant to care for each other

paradigm shift

so now i will put his face around this globe

everyone asked me he’s Einstein

maybe he is …

thanks to gaia for teaching me on this whole technique

ruintown

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in one of the old brick factories

by the falls river

skate ramp inside

the volunteers were playing

they are old dear friends

who picked my crutched ass up

on their way to the show

dropped me off after three am confessional

in the denny’s

it was fun

it was messy

it was rock and roll

the vibe is real here

people just being people

skating

dancing

sitting around the bonfire

baltimore is a cool spot in these united states

people embracing the madness

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Youtube for My Urbanite Article

although I hate the quality of youtube

I have to say that Justin over the Marc Steiner show

did an excellent job of editing this audio clip

I’m very happy with this story

I think it shows that even in the darkest places there is light

anyone can overcome

the most difficult obstacles

I feel like Gary and Antoine

are heroes to us all

in an everyday way