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Artist-in-Residence at Chez Firth

Monday (6/17/19) 9:53pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

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TV:  Westworld (season one)

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Sunday (6/9/19) 9:50pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Language Families of the World [audiocourse]
Movies:  <none>
TV:  <none>

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Monday (6/3/19) 12:03am - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  <none>
Movies:  Avengers: Endgame, Mission Impossible: Fallout
TV:  <none>

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Tuesday (5/28/19) 12:42am - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  How to Improve Your Foreign Language Immediately
Movies:  <none>
TV:  Fleabag (season 1), The Tick (2016, season 1)

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Sunday (5/12/19) 6:31pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  <none>
Movies:  Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
TV:  <none>

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Monday (5/6/19) 5:07pm - ... wherein Peter (still) studies languages.

Hi all!  Last year, I put up this post, explaining the language-related SRS systems I was using.  Things have changed a little bit now, so I figured I'd post an update.

First, I completed wanikani.  I've finished out level 60, and now it's just a question of whether I can "burn" every flashcard in the system.  I also finished the "top 5000 words" vocab deck and "basic grammar" deck in Spanish.  I'm keeping up with those, but there's no new cards coming in.  So, in the future, just take it as given that I'm working on those.

I've added on 'Spanish vocab II' and 'Spanish phrases' decks, and I'm packing them with all the useful words and phrases I come across while studying Spanish.  I'll make steady progress through them, but I'll also keep adding more and more items to each.

These days, I'm also reading some comics in Spanish, watching through Extr@, taking classes via italki, and listening to News in Slow Spanish Latino and Light Speed Spanish.

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Monday (5/6/19) 12:56am - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Good As Gone, Powers, Volume 1
Movies:  Captain Marvel, Don't Think Twice, Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
TV:  The Dragon Prince (season 2)

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Sunday (4/7/19) 10:29pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age [audiocourse], Vegetable Gardening for Dummies
Movies:  Mission Impossible 3 [spoilers]
TV:  GLOW (season 1)

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Sunday (3/24/19) 8:37pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  <none>
Movies:  Mission Impossible 2
TV:  <none>

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Sunday (3/17/19) 4:17pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Philosophy: The Basics
Movies:  Avengers: Infinity War, Mission Impossible
TV:  <none>

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Sunday (3/10/19) 10:54pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Five Came Back, Gardening Basics for Dummies
Movies:  <none>
TV:  The Leftovers (season 1)

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Sunday (3/3/19) 6:23pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Hawkeye vols. 1-4, Medical School for Everyone: Emergency Medicine, Snow Crash
Movies:  <none>
TV:  Salt Fat Acid Heat, Wynonna Earp (season 1)
Other: Anastasia (touring musical)

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Sunday (1/27/19) 6:52pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  1491, How Conversations Work
Movies:  Into the Spider-Verse
TV:  <none>

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Sunday (1/20/19) 8:14pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  How to Improvise a Full-Length Play, How to Invent Everything, Los Ojos de Carmen, Star Wars: Princess Leia [comic], Teach Like a Champion
Movies:  <none>
TV:  The Dragon Prince (season 1), Legion (season 1)

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Monday (11/12/18) 9:33pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Star Wars: Han Solo [comic], Lovecraft Country
Movies:  Solo: A Star Wars Story
TV:  Archer (season 5), Superstore (season 1)

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Sunday (9/9/18) 10:19pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  English in America [audiocourse], Inside the Cell
Movies:  Call Me By Your Name
TV:  Review (season 1), The Good Place (season 2)
Other:  The Legend of Heroes: Trails in the Sky (First Chapter)

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Sunday (8/12/18) 9:25pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Darth Vader, The Final Days, Makers and Takers
Movies:  The Death of Stalin, Moneyball

TV:  TableTop (season 4)
Other:  Horizon Chase (video game)


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Monday (7/23/18) 8:42pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Proof, The Humans, The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage
Movies:  <none>
TV:  <none>

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Monday (7/16/18) 8:13pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  <none>
Movies:  <none>
TV:  Brooklyn Nine Nine (season 1), Mr. Robot (season 1)
Games:  Thaumistry: In Charm's Way

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Monday (7/9/18) 12:12am - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  <none>
Movies:  <none>
TV:  <none>
Games:  Cat Quest, Life Is Strange (season 1)

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Monday (7/2/18) 10:09pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Law School for Everyone, An Inspector Calls, August: Osage County
Movies:  Deadpool
TV:  <none>

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Monday (6/11/18) 9:24pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  How to Not Be Wrong, 17 Equations That Changed the World
Movies:  Lady Bird
TV:  <none>

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Sunday (5/27/18) 5:05pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Based on a True Story, Zagreb Noir, Unlimited Memory
Movies:  <none>
TV:  The People Versus O. J. Simpson

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Sunday (5/6/18) 2:00pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Moonwalking With Einstein
Movies:  Black Panther, Ex Machina, Paprika, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
TV:  <none>

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Sunday (4/15/18) 9:52pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Learn Japanese the Manga Way
Movies:  The World's End
TV:  <none>
Other:  Gorogoa, The Talos Principle

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Sunday (4/15/18) 12:18pm - ... wherein Peter studies languages.

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Sunday (4/1/18) 10:01pm - ... wherein Peter posts a Weekly Media Update.

Books:  Think Like a Cat
Movies:  The Big Short, Get Out [spoilers], John Wick, Kedi
TV:  Crazy Ex-Girlfriend [season 2] [spoilers], The Expanse [season 1] [spoilers]

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Sunday (4/1/18) 3:01pm - ... wherein there's a table of contents for "art I want to do in 2018".

Here are links to my posts about art I want to do in 2018:

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Saturday (3/31/18) 10:45am - ... wherein Peter wonders about improv-show licensing.

In yesterday's post, I alluded to "show licensing" as a concept that was rattling around in my head.  Here are some more thoughts about that:

Right now, nobody thinks of an improv show format as a piece of intellectual property that an owner could bind up in a license and then transfer or loan to other artists.  And that's bad.  There are awkward situations that a "show license" could prevent.

For instance: if you finish a show run, the cast usually wants to keep doing the show in some form.  But then nobody's sure who to secure permission from: the show's director? the theater's artistic director? the theater owners?  And even if you know the right person, how do you go about getting permission?  And if you *do* secure permission, what conditions apply?  Do you have to list the theater in the posters?  The programs?  The publicity?  And then nobody really wants to do the awful grunt work of hammering that out, and therefore nothing happens -- or it happens without sorting out all the permission issues, and people get irritated.  You could avoid this by saying, at the top of the run: the format for show <x> is covered by license <y>.  The artistic director (or whoever) owns license <y>.  They're willing to loan out the license under the following conditions... and so on.

You also get the situations where you strike an agreement for one group to do another group's format.  Seemingly all is well.  But then, when the show goes up, they do a complete hatchet job of the original.  Your tender, delicate rumination on loss has turned into a marathon of dick jokes, or vice versa, and you're not happy.  But you never secured anything in writing saying that, if you're claiming to do this show, you're *actually doing this show*.  And without a license, or the notion of leasing it out to another group, you don't even really have the *language* to express how you feel betrayed.  And on the other end, the dick-joke group doesn't even necessarily know what they did wrong, because you never told them what aspects of your format were non-negotiable.

And frankly, there's a scene-wide chilling effect against even opening up the conversation of "we'd like to do your format -- can we borrow it?"  It feels gauche, like "can I steal the jokes you're using in your stand-up set?"  Even if the show isn't being done any more.  Even if it hasn't been done for years.  Even if the people who did the original show have moved out of town.  And you also get the weirdness of the first show in a particular genre "clear-cutting" the genre for years.  Anybody who would like to do essentially the same show you did now has to patiently invent something recognizably different for no real reason.

Plus, it means that show formats don't often travel between cities.  And that's frustrating, because there are scenes where people are getting pretty good at narrative stage performance, but nobody has a lot of practice coming up with formats.  Those places would be ideal for "let's just license out this one" -- they get to do a solid improv show, and everybody gets to level up in understanding how formats are put together.

Again, all of these arrangements *can* be done currently, but (1) we have no language in place for talking about how we do it, and (2) since no one talks about doing it, it feels taboo and wrong, and not in a hot or sexy way.  Just the concept of a license and leasing terms could help dislodge both problems.

I imagine, too, there's a fear of "unweaving the rainbow" -- that is, if we can break an improv show down to its essentials -- something you can write up in a three-page document -- then that makes the whole thing feel less magical, especially if the format was generated organically over rehearsal.  So it won't work for everybody, but still, it could work for a lot of people.

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Friday (3/30/18) 4:16pm - ... wherein Peter makes plans for art for 2018.

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