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Sayings of Editor Art

August 12, 2017

You don’t have to approve the message, just allow the discussion.

I wonder how much of NYC art is just hustling rich donors.

Don’t you dare say you support musicians if you allow 1% to make 70% of all the money and you are fine with that!

Everybody writes, nobody reads!

Don’t pave a rut!

Isn’t gravity a perpetual energy machine?

Which is more probable, a one time pop up of 5 or so linked chemical steps that each have to occur in the proper order in a hostile environment that they are not protected in and that would quickly destroy each step, OR a chemical selection over millions of years of UV radiation?

When any media covers the scandal of the few to avoid covering the issues of millions, then it is fake news.

Think people are anal
Fat people are bossy
This little maxim is a major clue to many health discoveries.

House of Thorns: A house where the women don’t get along.

Which better protects our country, health care for all or more military spending for wars over there?

Too much of modern art is just bad surrealism 100 years out of date.

We’re going on a dragon/unicorn hunt. (An outing with no purpose.)

There are about 50 people in the world that can write good music and I’m one of them.

Music MEDIA, what will you do? Report on the cutting edge of the change in music, or ride the coat tails of corporate music with another irrelevant press release.

There is not a lot of think tanks trying to end poverty. That is another problem for think tanks to solve.

Time for a rainbow.

Films of the Future? 16 Episodes!

July 24, 2017

Part ONE

WARNING Musea Reader! There is a lot of this post that you just are going to have to trust me on, and you won’t know if I am correct for many years.

Right now there is a golden age of TV going on – and 99.9% of Americans are in the dark.

I was until I was changing channels and I came across a TV show that caught my eye. There was a Miss Go (played by Pyeon Jung-Su) who was a real rascal character and a sneaky social-climbing snob. I watched the rest of the show – it had English subtitles – trying to see and read at the same time, and I have to admit, I really got into the drama. The 30 minute show ended with a cliffhanger…. “What’s next? Don’t stop! What will Miss Go do next to get her way?” said I.

I noted the time of day and the channel (in Dallas it is MBC channel 55.2) and decided to watch the next episode. I did and I never stopped watching that program, “The Dearest Lady”, or the one that replaced it, or many others that followed this first introduction to this whole new world of filmmaking.

So where are the shows coming from?

If you had said to me when I was a man in his twenties, that I would be hooked on South Korean TV Dramas when I was in my 60’s, I would have smacked you and said, “Snap out of it!”. But I am.

There is good reason for it. The best of them are much better to me than most TV and films here, and even the average ones seem more entertaining.

Let me count some of the ways: more touching romantic stories, more shocking suspense, more intricate plots, better acting (the actors have to have a wide range to cover a days’ episode of emotional highs and lows), more main characters of all age groups, and great comedy that comes from situations not jokes.

There is also better writing, and better tech presentation, ( that includes cinematography, sound, and note the wonderful fashions of the rich!). Overall these South Korean dramas are very entertaining, extremely engaging, and in their best moments, they have heart and are very inspiring.

Part TWO

But today I want to talk about just one aspect of Korean TV Dramas. They do their TV differently. Instead of a single season that may or may not be renewed, they have a set number of episodes, and then the series is over. They know from the beginning how many episodes the series will have. Some have as few as 16 (those are the ones I want to talk about here) and others have as many as 50, or 100+. Usually the shows are one hour long, twice a week. That is 2 hours of TV each week, or one 2 hour film a week! Can you imagine that shooting schedule for the cast and crew?

That means that the show has to introduce all characters, go through all the incidents of each show, have a plot build throughout, and then bring it all to a conclusion in the final episodes.

For many months I could not figure out WHY all these shows were so entertaining, and WHY I could not wait to see the next episode.

Finally I reached a film awakening!!! Here it is.

Two hour films are not long enough. You can’t build enough character through only a few experiences. You can’t have more than a few characters. And you really don’t have enough time to develop a great plot either.

100 episodes, or many seasons of a TV show over many years is too much. The characters get frozen and stop developing. The episodes become episodic and predictable. There is no plot that can sustain itself that long, and the show wears out it’s welcome in later episodes.

But 16 episodes, or 8 two hour films, is JUST RIGHT! This may be the best format for film – the Goldilocks zone for filmmaking and a new direction for all films in this century!

Filmmakers may have to rethink the format. Which is better, 2 hour films, or 16 hour film – series.

Below are three, 16 episode, South Korean TV series that I have seen in full (actually I watched each episode at least twice, to get all the fun and plot and excitement). I believe they are some of the finest TV/film/drama/comedy/love stories, I have ever seen anywhere. (All three are on MBC which is just one of three main South Korean TV networks!)

Though some of the longer Korean TV series I’ve seen are equally as entertaining, and some of them are favorites too, (perhaps I’ll list some favorites in later articles); the 3 listed here, are just about as good as TV or Film gets. I can easily recommend them.

Scenes from all of them can be seen on Youtube, though none of those videos have English subtitles. Perhaps full episodes with subtitles, are available on some video service – they should be.

These three, 16 episode, TV, Dramas, are all alike in having great romance, drama, suspense, comedy, charm, and plot surprises. They all end each episode, in a cliffhanger so be prepared! Also by the end of the series, each is ultimately inspirational too. Each has heart, and a lot of it. Note too the quality of the actors and actresses – I think you will be as amazed as I was, and be saying to yourself, “My they have a lot of fine actors and actresses!”

1. Woman With a Suitcase. Case Manager, played by Choi Ji-Woo finally becomes a full lawyer after many ‘trials’. She also finds herself in a love triangle with two men that couldn’t be more opposite!

2. Weightlifting Fairy Kim Bok Ju. An olympic hopeful female weightlifter and an olympic hopeful male swimmer just may be falling in love as they both train, and deal with their families, and teams. Fun Fact the actress playing the lead, Lee Sung-Kyung, is also a slim tall fashion model. She had to gain weight for the part.

3. Radiant Office. After trying 99 times to get a job, the young woman, Eun Ho-won, played by Ko Ah-Sung, later known as the ‘firecracker’, finally gets hired as a temp to a large established firm. But this is far from a radiant office, or is it. Lots of office politics, romance, and suspense.

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Fun fact, when the characters want to lift up the spirits of others, they often shout the english word, FIGHTING! with their right hand in a fist and raised high.

Tom Hendricks
editor of Musea
tomhendricks.us

Reading – don’t stop

July 19, 2017

So how ignorant do YOU look?

Follow me on this – when you graduate college, you look back on HS grads as not well read enough. OK but let’s say you leave college and never read again. What do you think people that keep reading from then on for 10-50 years think of you college grads?

The Literacy Site has a chart that says these facts:

33% of HS grads never read another book the rest of their lives. 42% of college grads never read another book after college.
70% of US adults have not been in a bookstore the last five years. 80% of US families did not buy or read a book last year.

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Musea Will Not Support KERA (or KXT)

July 6, 2017

MUSEA will not support KERA (or KXT)

The Dallas zine Musea (monthly since 1992) cannot support KERA. We also advocate our readers not to support KERA, and we advocate that the rest of Dallas not support KERA.

For all of the last 25 years:

KERA has not reported on or supported the local and national musicians, painters, writers, filmmakers, photographers, etc.; talked about in Musea.

KERA has not reported on the ideas and solutions suggested from Musea to help all artists of all kinds here and across the country.

KERA has not reported on the ideas and solutions suggested from Musea to help make the media in Dallas better.

KERA has not reported on the ideas and solutions suggested from Musea to help make Dallas a better city.

KERA has gone out of their way to not support anything Musea talked about in 200 issues.

http://www.musea.us/Musea200.htm

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Houses Under 50K

July 1, 2017

Why are we down to so few housing choices.

1. Buy a new mansion that no one can afford.
2. Buy a second hand home that is crumbling down and still too expensive. 3. Rent and never build home equity.

Where is number 4? Why do all new houses have to be mansions and be so expensive? What new home buyer can afford a new home? Few millennials can. Want people to buy homes? Then build new homes for less than 50k, $50,000.

How?

When you ask that question to any innovative architects, each has a dozen answers on how to make stylish, affordable, non cookie cutter, homes at affordable prices. Many allow homeowners to add on to their new homes as their incomes improve.

These well designed small homes are perfect for newly married young couples, single parents and their kids, and seniors living on their own.

So what’s keeping this from happening?

My idea is that rich people don’t want a ghetto of poor people next to them, even if they are owners of new houses. The fifties had a building spree, but all the houses, tract houses, were congregated together and were exactly alike. The rich don’t want low cost housing in their backyard, and the new home buyer doesn’t want to be in a low income ghetto either.

Here’s the solution.

Make affordable houses, but only a few here and there. I saw one architect who suggested putting a complete small home as a self contained pod, on top of an empty roof! (See Werner Aisslinger’s LoftCube, a prefab pod home.)

Now if he could do that, why not two or three prefab pod homes, not only on a flat roof downtown; but, on a single tract of land in a mixed development neighborhood?

Many major cities have vacant lots. Instead of leaving them empty we could fill one here and two there with 3 or 4 small affordable homes.

More than once, I’ve said that any company that can develop a small attractive completely contained home, could make as much money as the first manufacturers of cars did with that invention!

Time for new solutions. This is one that is due. Having home owners stabilizes a community like nothing else. People who want their own homes, should have a way of getting them. This is a good way.

More of everything at tomhendricks.us

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Here is an earlier post on Housing costs.

I’ve always thought that that manufacturer who can build a modular one or two bedroom home that can virtually be droped from the sky anywhere – would become as big and successful as any major car manufacturer.

Through this period of excessive house building that led to the economic crisis we are all now in, I was saying, why are these houses so big and so expensive? Then the housing bubble burst and we are still collectively paying for the housing/banking crisis.

But in the future, why not a small one or two bedroom, well designed, not cookie cutter, $30,000 cottage with basics. Then let the homeowner add on as he moves up. Washer/dryer, garage instead of carport, etc. There seem to be many architects that love to design the small house. Even modular housing could be made that is artistic and distinctive – why not support these architects and help people get homes again?

Time to remember what happened to baby carriages. They got bigger and bigger. Then one person invented one so small it could be carried in the car. That soon wiped out the competition. Smart builders could learn a lesson from baby carriages.
I’ve always thought that that manufacturer who can build a modular one or two bedroom home that can virtually be droped from the sky anywhere – would become as big and successful as any major car manufacturer.


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