The charm of making

There was a time when my friends and I would chant this at the slightest provocation:

Anhaal nathrak Uth vos bethod Dothial tienvay!

I’ve come to find that this line was constructed from Old Irish:

In Old Irish:

Anál nathrach, orth’ bháis’s bethad, do chél dénmha

In Modern Irish:

Anáil nathrach, ortha bháis is beatha, do chéal déanaimh

In English:

Serpent’s breath, charm of death and life, thy omen of making.


180° SOUTH is powerful

Saw a powerful and thought-provoking film today on NetFlix called 180° SOUTH by Jeff Johnson which is a film record of his journey to Patagonia in the footsteps of his heros Yvon Chouinard (founder of Patagonia, Inc. the outdoor clothing company) and Doug Tompkins (founder of The North Face and co-founder of ESPRIT).

2016-01-03-122555_1366x768_scrotEnvironmentally-aware, these guys are self-described “dirt bags” who would spend most of their time in the sixties hiking, surfing, camping, and mountain climbing in the great wilderness areas of the west and eventually built businesses around what they loved to do. Their successes eventually allowed them the resources to help create and preserve huge tracks of land in South America even as the countries there were building dams and paper pulp mills and power plants to fuel their fledgling economies. Jeff’s trip (by boat) gets delayed when they shipwreck and are forced to detour to Easter Island (Rapa Nui) to re-mast. The lesson of the deforestation of Easter Island by islanders driven in competition to build ever larger status Moai is not lost on the film-maker (there is still disagreement about this in the scientific community).

The film’s name comes from a comment that if progress up a mountain brings you to a cliff does it make sense to march into the chasm when you could instead turn 180 degrees around and take a step forward? Beautiful scenery, interesting characters, important social issues, awesome soundtrack largely by Ugly Casanova (Isaac Brock of Modest Mouse) and James Mercer, though the haunting melody sung by Mahoke, a girl Jeff meets on Easter Island and decides to take the journey with him may rank as my favorite song in the film.

Star Trek 12 in 2012

At least Trek fans can count on one more movie with younger Kirk and Spock before that pesky Mayan solstice end-of-the-world thing rolls around. Trekmovie has confirmed that the sequel to the hugely popular J. J. Abrams Star Trek 2009 film will be released mid summer of 2012. Script writing began sometime in March 2009 even before the first movie was released.