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Welcome to the Two Worlds provisional site. Once completed, Two Worlds will be just that: One goliath world documenting my personal interests, influences and ephemera, and a second more structured world detailing my communication services. The site has a bit of both worlds at the moment.

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Within My Orbit


Did a quintuple-take of the guy eating an orange like an apple - orange peel still on! Or, the pork chop shaped man who was a fixture in Vancouver a number of years ago. He would stop by various downtown Starbucks to “entertain” customers dressed in the rhinestone era Elvis outfit: White, tight with plenty of rhinestones and a monster belt buckle (He was only about 5'4", so the buckle covered most of his torso). Terrible talent, but loveable, persistent and always enthusiastic.

Yea, I dig people. I love discovering what makes people tic, their influences. The first impression skills we employ when meeting someone usually work pretty well. It might be horribly off in certain instances, but overall each of us has a reliable system.

One aspect of the online experience skews the effectiveness of our first impression skills. It is the 'comment' sections beneath YouTube videos or in other forums. Ever have the strong sense of liking a person based solely of the insight or humor of their comment? I was surprised how frequently it happens to me. The distinction between this online intuition and a person-to-person first impression is that the online experience is based entirely on their written comment.
Would I detect this same humorous or insightful quality in that individual if we were to meet? It’s conceivable that this persons’ online comment would not be discussed at all at a summer bbq or business function.

One reason for publishing Two Worlds is the website gives me another platform for expression; whether that content emanates from my personal world or professional world. Here, I am creative director and editor. I learn new technologies - coding this site for example - and structure how information will be laid out. It was a conscious choice to have my personal world upfront and my professional world secondary; as was the decision to minimize videos or photos of me. The purpose is to disrupt an individuals' familiar patterns for cultivating a first impression. That way, the individual who visits Two Worlds to learn about my professional world must first travel through my personal world.

In the end, Two Worlds is eclipsed by an ordinary insight of the human experience that each of us knows but often forgets: We simply want to share our story. To send out a transmission with the hope someone, somewhere picks it up, and sees a reflection.




JBarry-close-up

One of the 20th century's most successful composers, yet known by relatively few people. Composed many of the Bond themes plus Born Free, King Rat, Dances with Wolves, Ipcress Files, Out of Africa, Chaplin, Lion in Winter and on and on. Winner of Oscars and Grammys. Barry's music had an uncanny ability to evoke psychologically potent qualities with, at times, spartan sound.

custer

My fascination with Custer is during his Civil War period. Custer was a largely disinterested, troublesome West Point cadet who finished near the bottom of his graduating class. Once the Civil War broke out, Custer quickly emerged as a cavalry leader who was fearless, charismatic and quick thinking. Critics doubted Custer's luck would last. But they were wrong. Despite fighting from the front on cavalry charges, and having eleven horses shot out from under him, Custer always created his own luck. His men loved him with a number of them adopting his unique fashion style.

a-hepburn

Not certain there is another woman that, for me, engenders such a profound mix of love and protection. Hepburn was strong, ambitious, compassionate: the eternal woman. One has a sense Hepburn would fit in during any period in history AND look great doing it.

T-Paine

A British transplant who arrived in America with little more than a couple letters of recommendation from Benjamin Franklin in 1774. Within two years, Paine wrote Common Sense: a pamphlet that ultimately persuaded the American colonies' leadership and 2.7-Million inhabitants to seek full independence from Britain. Or as the late, great Christopher Hitchens said of Paine, "...undoubtedly the moral author of the Declaration of Independence." It would be an understatement to say that Common Sense was popular. The first printing sold out in two weeks. During the next few months 150,000 pamphlets had been distributed.
After things settled down in America, Paine headed over to France and helped out with the French Revolution. Sheesh! Isn't one revolution on a lifetime enough? Nope. I like how this Cat thinks.

M-Ali

An incredible life in incredible stages. From Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali, he forced change on so many things: boxing, professional athletes, oratory, American society, race, justice. How this African-American man of modest upbringing could retain such dignity after the omnipresent racism of 1960s America and of the American government, who made an example out of Ali by suspending him from boxing for three years - Ali's prime years - for his refusal to fight in Vietnam, is astonishing. When Ali returned to the ring after the suspension, he built an even greater legend.

After his pro career, Ali slowly transitioned into the unofficial role of honorary global ambassador for peace. The unabashed love Ali would generate while walking amongst people of all races and all stations in life is noteworthy and humbling. Undoubtedly, one of the most recognizable global names and personas of the 20th century.

And to those athletes on this planet who believe they know how to relate to people, are witty or can trash talk: Sit down and shut up. It began with Ali. Every athlete after him, without exception, just sounds embarrassingly self-conscious and comes across as a pitifully, diluted imitation.

Ali!...Ali!...Ali!

cassavetes

Godfather of independent film making or cinema verite. Cassavetes films capture the bewildering uncertainty of simple people in convoluted circumstances. Shadows, Faces, Husbands, Killing of a Chinese Bookie and more. Cassavetes gave EVERYTHING to his filmmaking. Acted in other director's Hollywood films so he could funnel all the money he earned into his own films. He hated the Hollywood "system". No one conveyed a visible contempt for authority better than Cassavetes.

He encouraged improvisation during filming. Consequently, he did not overdo the lighting or blocking of scenes. This led to a semi-documentary film style with the camera, hand-held, moving with the actors.

Northop-Frye

Frye was a university teacher, literary and social critic, essayist, and editor. Widely considered one of the most influential literary critics of the 20th century. Frye was the first to seriously consider and document a unified theory of literary criticism. What separates him from many others was the rigour and comprehensiveness of his judgements and critical structures. His ability to go to the heart of an argument and reshape it from within.

Northrop Frye's first two major works, Fearful Symmetry (1947) and Anatomy of Criticism (1957) established an international reputation that continues more than 26-years after his death.

Crisis

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis achieved huge success as a comedy team from 1946 - 1956. They played dinner clubs and eventually made their way to Hollywood films too. Both guys had great comedic chops, but Dean could also sing. After Martin and Lewis broke up, Dean created a healthy career doing movies, albums, a weekly variety show on tv and being part of the Rat Pack.

Everything Dean did seemed effortless, cool. Dean had Sprezzatura in spades. Sprezzatura is the ability to make the difficult look easy - performing the task with a nonchalance. I remember watching Dean's variety show. He was a great looking guy, who looked great in anything he wore. And he had a great sense of humor, an easy laugh and could sing! For me Dean was always cooler than Sinatra. Frank's singing was cool but his physical vibe was edgy, aggressive, petulant. Dean was the exact opposite: Welcoming, fun, smooth, effortless. Would party with Dean anywhere, anytime.

I'll grab the booze!

Flynn

What a life! Women wanted him and men wanted to be like him. To say, Flynn led a sybaritic life would be an understatement. There was nothing he wouldn't drink. And if the records on Flynn are accurate, there are only two living beings left unscrewed by Flynn: An aunt of mine in Monongahela and my seventh grade teachers' budgie.

conrad

Conrad first heard the sounds of the English language as an eight-year old when his father, Apollo Nalęcz Korzeniowski, translated Shakespeare and Victor Hugo. By the time Conrad was 12-years old both parents were dead. He was then taken in by a caring, loving uncle who supported Conrad in numerous ways. In 1876 Conrad set out to sea in the French Merchant Service armed with 2,000 franc allowance from his uncle. This was the first step in Conrad's highly eventful 16-year career as a merchant sailor.

The residual creative and psychological effect of these experiences on Conrad produced one of the greatest novelists of the 20th century: Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, Secret Agent to name a few. Conrad uses the sea as a common theme in his major works. There his characters' endure natures' capricious indifference and man's malevolence to each other while waging moral battles of good and evil. And English was Conrad's second language!!

hitchens

Unlike many on my list, Hitchens always seemed to be with us. Didn't he? He was always front and center to debate an issue on television or, in his favorite forum, before a live audience. Hitchens was full of wit, insight, analysis and, when required, a judiciously portioned vial of venom. He enormously productive too. I won't even bother to list his popular works. A few of my favorites: The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, Thomas Paine's Rights of Man: A Biography, and God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.

For those who are new to Hitchens and want to get a sense of the mans' oratorical skill and merciless verbal beatdown chops, I urge you to watch the BBC Program, Intelligence Squared Debate. The Motion: "The Catholic Church is a Force for Good in the World". Check it out:

Intelligence Squared Debate

cicero

Cicero vainly tried to upold republican principles in the final civil wars that destroyed the Roman Republic. His writings include books on rhetoric, orations, philosophical and poltical treatises and letters. He made his reputation as an orator in politics and in the law courts, where he prreferred appreaing for the defense and generally spoke last because of his emotive powers.

In his day Roman oratros were divided between "Asians", with a rich, florid, grandiose style, of which Quintus Hortensius was the chief exponent, and the direct simplicity of the "Atticists," such as Caesar and Brutus. Cicero refused to attach himself to any school.

james-brown

From This Bad Self to His Bad Self.

Naturally, James Browns' legacy is far more profound to the African-American community than me. That said, his effect on me remains profound in its own way.

My first memory of Brown was watching him perform on tv. It was the legendary Cape routine. I was overwhelmed with a mix of emotions as Brown, on his knees, had the cape draped over him and slowly got back to his feet as a band member carefully sheperded him off stage. But just a few feet short of the wings Brown was suddenly hit with a bolt of energy, and he chucked off the cape and went back to entertain the audience. Just a kid, I thought, "Boy, this guy is trying really hard. He doesn't want to give up." I been diggin' His Bad Self in many ways ever since.

olivier

I was six or seven when first discovering Laurence Olivier on tv. The movie was Hamlet (It's not what you think. There were only two tv stations, both were black and white and I wasn't allowed to turn the channel). As the movie unfolded, I couldn't figure out one thing: Alhough other actors had dialogue, why was I so transfixed on Olivier? Even as a little swinger, there was something about Olivier that was captivating.

And who can forget the dentists' chair scene in Marathon Man: A bewildered Dustin Hoffman is strapped to a dentists' chair. Olivier, who is playing a Nazi war crimminal, walks through a door behind Hoffman. Olivier wants his diamonds back and mistakenly believes Hoffman has them. The next POV is of Hoffman squinting up into the blinding glare of the dentist lamp. Then the large bespeckled face of Olivier looms into view and quietly but menacingly says, "Is it safe?"

charles-schulz

My love of cartooning began with Peanuts. I watched all the Charlie Brown Christmas television specials over the years. I also had a healthy pocket-sized collection of Charlie Brown books - a few may have been purloined from a nationwide department store (That's nothing, though. A friend of my cousin shoplifted a canoe!).

In the 50-years Peanuts was published, Schulz took just one, five-week vacation in 1997. Peanuts turned into a money-making machine for Charles Schulz. The strips, merchandise and other endorsements generated around $1 Billion every year with Schulz making upwards of $40 Million annually.

g-piranesi

18th century Italian artist known for his etchings. I discovered Piranesi's, Carceri d'invenzione or 'Imaginary Prisons' during the years when I used a lot of crow quill nib and India Ink for my cartooning/illustrative work. The imagination, technical skill and highly arresting results of Piranesi's series of 16 prints still inspire me.

Particular favorites of mine: Carceri Plate VI - The Smoking Fire; Carceri Plate VII - The Drawbridge; and Carceri Plate XI - The Arch with a shell ornament.

MoDee

Gifted lyricist. A pioneer. If you don't feel like you can conquer the world after listening to 1989's "I Go to Work", you're not alive.

I Go to Work

robert-hughes

The following is an excerpt from The Guardians', Jonathan Jones obituary on Robert Hughes in 2012.
"Robert Hughes, who has died aged 74, was simply the greatest art critic of our time and it will be a long while before we see his like again. He made criticism look like literature. He also made it look morally worthwhile...Hughes could be savage, but he was never petty. There was a purpose to his lightning bolts of condemnation." And, "The joy of reading Hughes is infectious and often hilarious. His sheer rudeness can be liberating."

Two of my Hughes' favorites: "The Shock of the New" - (book,1980 and BBC tv series, 1981) and "Culture of Complaint" - (1993) essays on the insufferable blind conviction of political correctness run unchecked.

j-miller

If there is one person in my list who, legitimately, would be considered a renaissance man, it is Jonathan Miller. Not only does Miller possess a wide range of skills, but he is equally accomplished in all these fields. Miller's range of occupations: Humorist, medical doctor, theatre and opera director, actor, television presenter, author. In the late 1950s, Miller was training in medicine and specializing in neurology in Britain. Skip a few years forward and he was part of a legendary comedy revue, Beyond the Fringe which was comprised of Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Alan Bennett. Then in the 1970s, he became a leading opera director. In 1978 the BBC aired the highly acclaimed series, The Body in Question which Miller wrote and was the presenter. Am skipping countless accomplishments in between. In 2004, Miller wrote and presented a TV series titled, Atheism: A Rough History of Disbelief.

A provocative and engrossing example of Miller's writing, The Mind's Eye and the Human Eye.

Minds Eye and Human Eye
humor

I love too many styles of humor and comedians to begin listing them. I will say this about humor: It is one of the most powerful qualities one can possess. Humor welcomes, enlightens, warns, heals, loves, makes ammends, is self deprecating, educates, softens harsh realities, empowers, beats bullies, cuts through bullshit, fosters courage and belief, seals deals, lessens tension and much, much more. Plus humor travels well across all society, races and cultures and is an essential quality in any era. Humor is no joke. It's the real deal.







Ambient Sector

Relax. Kick back in a titanium skin and barrel-roll at Hypersonic Mach-5 through the icy, boundless dark.

This photo, taken from the rover Opportunity, is from Wdowiak-Ridge, Mars (33.9 million miles or 54.6 million kilometers away!!). I get overwhelmed with a sense of feeling great to be alive when looking at photos like this. Feel awestruck and inspired by the scientific achievement. NASA is where it's at! Had to get that out of my system.

Song: Pink Medicine by Bearson

Pink Medicine dovetails perfectly with my conception of traveling through the cosmos. It was created by, Bearson, a spooky talented DJ from Norway. The song was barely audible when it first caught my ear amidst the morning rumble in a coffee shop. When you listen to the song scroll to the top of this page and look deep into the galaxy. Or scan the surface of Mars in the photo to the right.

That's what I'm talkin' 'bout!

mars-surface

*** Audio Option to Pink Medicine ***

Covet the sound of nothingness as we slip free from earths' gravitational pull
(Schumann Resonance - Earths Vibrational Frequency - 7.83 Hz - Binaural Beats).
BE SURE VOLUME IS UP,
especially on mobile devices.


Additional galaxial audioscapes.

Song: King Rat by John Barry

A song from the movie of the same name. The film follows a group of WWII soldiers - English, Australian and American - in a Japanese prisoner of war camp in Singapore. For those familiar with this movie and song, King Rat will have a different color and feel than to those of you listening to the song for the first time. I watched the movie King Rat once. I have listened to this song hundreds of times. Consequently the song occupies a different emotional space for me than some of Barry's other work. That said, there are probably at least a dozen other songs of his that I have listened to hundreds of times. But, most of these songs have a stronger connection to the movies for which they were composed.

If you are listening to this song for the first time: What images, scenes do you conjure when listening to it?

King Rat perfectly illustrates how Barry's music can evoke such emotionally rich mindscapes. One other note: It is amazing how Barry composed such a powerful song using few instruments and with sparse musical notation.

It's like you are being slowly pulled through the song.

MUSIC: Nordic Ambient

I first heard this music in a restaurant while working fevourishly on the ad campaign of a touring Broadway show. The music was LOUD! So loud that I stopped everything and looked around the restaurant. Not because I was annoyed, but because I loved it!

The proper way to enjoy Nordic Ambient music, in my opinion, is to play it loud. It is only when decibel levels are stupidly high that one begins to appreciate the heavy shit these Norse dudes had to lift.

Now you can barrel-roll, with confidence, at Hypersonic Mach-5 through epochs and the icy, boundless dark.

Odin Owns You All!

Nordic Ambient






Psychologists study intense awe astronauts feel viewing Earth from space

NASA is looking outside for help on the subject of increasing astronaut psychological well-being. Companies like SpaceX, Blue Origin or Virgin Galactic will be consulted for this initiative. Being awestuck as an astronaut is one thing. Being awestruck or One-with-the-Universe as your garden variety schmuck, like me, is another matter.

I've created the Interstellar Veggie State. Here's all you need to do to achieve psychological well-being or feeling One-with-the-Universe. Eye-ball the content of these icons for a few minutes every day and you'll be good-to-go. Ooooommmmm....

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Ephemera

We Travel This Road But Once.

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To Life!

Utopia doesn't exist. Canada, like any other country, struggles with problems. There is an element of truth in that we are, at times, overly influenced by all that is America: what country wouldn't be sharing the same latitude?

On the other hand, Canada, free from influence, defined itself on many substantive, contentious issues: gun control, health care, abortion, capital punishment and separation of church and state. Our nationwide murder rate has always been a tiny fraction of America's.

Canada also knows funny. And we love hockey. And, if you're from someplace that doesn't understand or like hockey: We don't give a shit.

Glorious and Free!

Challenge to Magnus Carlsen

magnus-carlsen

Magnus Carlsen, Champ of World Chess. He once played 10 people simultaneously without looking at any of the 10 boards. Magnus won all 10 games.

Here's a slightly different challenge for his memory.




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FITNESS

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