Sunday, October 30, 2011

Last Week in TV: My Top 3 Caps

Halloween Programming took over. Most of my regular shows were repeats. At times like these, I thoroughly enjoy a movie break on TV. Sleepy Hollow has to be one of my favourite Johnny Depp movies.

Pan Am - Episode 1.06 - Genuine Article

Maggie's job is on the line. She uses Ginny's love for Dean as leverage to get the VP on her side. We see later that she is already regretting her actions. What will happen to Captain Dean Lowry?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Last Week in TV: My Top 3 Caps

Back in the days, I bought a TV with my very first paycheque. OK. It was a Pocketvision. You carry it around like a transistor radio. Before the death of analog, it used to mean I could always catch stuff on it, whenever cable went out, like during the blackout of 2003 or we were down to one TV. Aside from being a cool gadget, it had great sound and picture quality for 3 inches of screen. Today, it may be obsolete, but I still catch American shows on Canadian networks. Less conflicts that way. With the economy the way it is, I find it hard to give up full cable. But times were so much easier when there were less channels. There are so many shows now, I couldn't tell you what came and went anymore.

In the past decade, I came across some interesting short-lived series. Let's see if anyone can remember these without looking them up?
  1. In the near future, a law firm handles difficult cases that reflect the time.
  2. Three New York couples find their lives becoming intertwined with one another, while living in the same apartment building.
  3. A cursed revolver brings violence to a variety of owners in the American west.

Charlie's Angels - Episode 1.05 - Angels in Paradise

Coolest stunt scene ever. The old series featured the Ford Mustangs, so there were a lot more car chases. Firing a weapon from a horseback has to be pretty awesome.
And then something you never expect to hear in the other incarnations... 
"Charles Townsend has an agenda."
We are never going to know what that means.

The Wizard of Oz: Show Night

I took a break from TV Monday night in favour of the theatre, to see our local production of The Wizard of Oz. It was an instant hit. Despite Tin Man's constant wardrobe malfunctions (He lost his metal cod piece during his first dance number.), the whole play came together without a hitch. My friends and I agreed that the best thing of this production was the young girl who performed the role of Glinda the Good Witch of the North.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

When Olivia Start Bringing Walter Pastries

She liked you. She thought that you were kind and brilliant.
In this scene from the Fringe episode Reciprocity (3x11), it pleased Walter to hear the other Olivia`s compliment. What that says to me is that there had to be a moment where this respect was earned. In my imagination, it might have something to do with pastries. We may never know the truth now.

In Kind: Author: loneguppy
Category: Fringe
Language: English, Rated: K
Genres: General
Pairing: Alt-Livia & Walter B.
Chapters: 1, Words: 1,163, Reviews: 0
Published: 10-18-11
Status: Complete

How an act of kindness led Agent Dunham to discover Walter's fondness for fried dough pastries.

The Touch (2002)

This is a movie in the vein of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. It was produced by and even starred Michelle Yeoh.

The scene that interested me most was a part of the love story. It was effectively portrayed with Michelle Yeoh's Yin looking out the window at Ben Chaplin's Eric. I was impressed by how she conveyed her feelings towards his character with no dialogue.

In the chilly night, Yin watched as Eric dug the grave for the old monk. His bandages no longer protected his blistered hands from the elements. She was moved by his determination.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Last Week in TV: My Top 3 Caps

I once listened to the movie Jerry Maguire. I was painting a plaster sculpture at the time and couldn't really lift my head up until I was done. I do that a lot these days when watching TV. Mostly because my eyes tire often. It gives the program I am 'viewing' a new perspective, the second time around. It's no surprise that what I watch sometimes appeal to all five senses. So I say if you don't like it the first time, try watching it with eyes closed or audio off, as I do a second time. You might be surprised to find something you missed before. Today I was referring to the last aired episode of Charlie's Angels and all four episodes of Free Agents.

With even more shows getting canceled, which some say are too early, it's even more important for us to embrace the shows we love along with all its good and bad qualities. Ignore negative opinions and make a stand for your favourites no matter what. Television has become a popularity contest, Whoever is making the decision, as to which stay, should know what we see. I am just one person. I can't promise what I find worth mentioning is right for you, but at least I am trying.

Harry's Law - Episode 2.04 - Queen of Snark
"This is not good bye."

Jenna's emotional goodbye to the law firm was not easy for her friends. It doesn't make it any easier that we know it was coming.
Jenna to Tommy: I was the first... to say that you're are sweet and sentimental.
Jenna to Adam: And maybe most of all you Scarecrow.
Harry to Jenna: You should have a memento of what you built.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Last Week in TV: My Top 3 Caps

Last week, I started to devote more focus to what I was watching. Writing about it takes away from the experience. What's stands out to me could be a single scene, a line of dialogue, or a memorable performance.

Free Agents - 1.04 - Rebranding

Helen: "We used to talk." Alex: "You don't want to talk about the things I want to talk about."
I can't stress enough that I could watch these guys forever.

Monday, October 10, 2011

In Progress But On Hold: Characters With No Story

As I will be writing much more in the coming days, I think it will be of benefit to myself and others if I keep a writing journal as a tool for idea exchange.

After I spent some time to research parts of a story, I had to stop. It was getting way too ambitious for a long hand narrative. I haven't given up the chance to have embodied my greatest impressions of China in one single work of fiction. There is so much details to go on. The artist I saw in Tiantan Park giving us an impromptu performance. Peking opera featuring a female warrior. Every step I took in the Shanghai streets. Xi'an then and now. Sure it has been rebuilt, but I can still see the past 1500 years of history preserved in bronze and ceramics, a tribute to the master craftsman who have handed down their trade.

I have envisioned a cast characters that I might use for other stories.

  • The male dan who was too shy to tell a servant girl how much he loved her.
  • The female lord justice and her first assignment in office.
  • The mistress at a brothel.
  • The blind matriarch pining for her fallen child.
  • The ghost of the child of the matriarch.

A male singing opera in falsetto

A female warrior 'dan'

Direct line of sight to the Bell Tower

A legacy of glorious Chang'an

Inner Light Music: Letter Tabs

Treble Clef 3/4
I haven't put in any notation for sharps and flats and no way to indicate low and high notes.

A G F | D    D | E    A | F
E     B | A    G | F E D | B
A G F | D    D | E    B | A    B
D C B | C    A | F       | E

The notes were an excerpt of Jay Chattaway's Inner Light, from
It's what I used to create the tabs for penny whistle.

Loneguppy's Showcase: Inner Light on Penny Whistle
Loneguppy's Showcase: Penny Whistle Tabs for Inner Light

Sunday, October 9, 2011


I drew this picture for high school art class. I have long forgotten when. This was a compilation of cars from different calendar pages. It's relevant to share this again because I was inspired by the original Charlie's Angels TV series to use the Ford Mustang. Kris drove a white Mustang Cobra. Kelly always drove the Mustang rag top, while the other Angel had the Ford hatch back. I think a Mustang Cobra could be seen in the pilot of the new Charlie's Angels.

Arts Integra Theatre Presents The Wizard of Oz

The scenery is ready. The cast is rehearsing. Now for a taste of what is to come, a little slide show of the Keynote presentation.