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Thursday
Dec222005

90 Seconds Of Dave Huth

Christmas tree


Ok, I was wrong when I said I probably wasn't going to be posting any more Blatherings between now and Christmas. This is the last pre-Christmas Blathering. Really. I'm serious this time!

I've finished my Christmas shopping. I've had a mini-breakthrough with my novel writing and am MUCH happier with how it's turning out. I'm having fun working ahead on my Will Write For Chocolate strips (the comic officially launches next month). After a snowstorm the other day, I walked outside and found that one of our neighbours had shovelled the walkway and driveway for us; Jeff is going to return the favour, of course. I LOVE this neighbourhood. I love our new house. I just got an e-mail from old friend I used to hang out with at the University of Toronto, who happened to stumble on one of my online projects.

My list of Things That Make Me Happy These Days could go on for much longer. I feel pretty lucky, and try not to take anything for granted. And I'm SO looking forward to spending lots of time with friends and family over the Christmas holiday. I'm seeing Allison and Jodi tonight!

But the real reason I felt compelled to post is because I've recently been perusing the online projects of Dave Huth, a friend of Rand's I met at Concertino a couple of years ago (photo by Allison):



Dave is one of the most talented and creative people I know. Do check out his paintings, sculptures and drawings at Iconville. And his incredibly creative photo collages of friends and family. And his amazing macroblog. Hey, and I just noticed he even has his own podcast!

But today I'm to going to mainly rave about Dave's video blog, which I only recently discovered. 90 Seconds of Dave is Dave's experiment in micro media. "Video blogging is a weird and unpredictable exercise. I'm translating ideas, moments, and bits of my life into 90-second chunks of video." Trust me...this is much, much better than what you might expect from a "home movie" blog. Most of Dave's videos require the latest Quicktime 7, which is available free from Apple's Web site.

Dave with cat


Cat lovers are sure to enjoy his most recent entry, for example, which includes a link to his Budget Gifts video. "With this many nieces and nephews, you gotta be frugal. You gotta be clever. You gotta put in the time for creative solutions. Mooch agrees."

Dave has also been posting installments of his independent film, Lorem Ipsum, online. Here's the intro page. "Lorem Ipsum is an independent movie shot and edited entirely with digital tools. It is being released serially through my videoblog. This page is where I will collect all of the pieces of the story, as well as where I will post the entire finished film once all the parts have been released." Rand Bellavia is one of the characters in the film, for those interested. :-)

Have a wonderful holiday season, everyone! Drink eggnog, hug your loved one(s), make snow angels. I'll be back after Christmas.

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