another year, another set of resolutions

Greetings and happy new year, whether it be gregorian, julian, lunar, tet or other. I’ll admit it, I’ve got some resolutions in mind for 2008. Trite, but useful. We’ve got the rules of improv, recipes for cooking, outlines in coloring books – which can all be considered structures, but in my opinion can also provide a smaller container from which to explore freely. I’d like to think that resolutions can do this too.

“Resolution” as defined on Wiktionary:

  1. The state of being resolute.
    His stalwart resolution is perhaps admirable, perhaps foolish.
  2. A statement of intent, a vow (often New Year’s Resolution).
    My resolution is to cut back on the fast food this year.
  3. The act of discerning detail.
  4. (computing) The degree of fineness with which an image can be recorded or produced, often expressed as the number of pixels per unit of length (typically an inch).
    Printing at higher resolution will cause a reduction in performance.
  5. (computer hardware) The number of pixels in an image that are stored or displayed.
    This monitor’s maximum resolution is 800×600.
  6. A formal statement adopted by an assembly.
  7. (sciences) The separation of the constituent parts (of a spectrum etc).
  8. (sciences) The degree of fineness of such a separation.
  9. (music) Progression from dissonance to consonance; a chord to which such progression is made.

Some of those sound pretty juicy. I especially like the #7 and #9. Here’s just a few of my resolutions, vows, intentions for 2008:

  1. Blog at least twice a month
  2. Eat more veggies
  3. Intentionally move my body at least once a day
  4. Work with Matt on completing at least three video shorts
  5. Continue improvisation PLAYgroup
  6. Organize and maintain my office/craft space
  7. Buy a house
  8. Raise money for KBOO and Bitch Magazine
  9. Create one audio documentary piece
  10. Learn and practice more Spanish
  11. Streamline programming of the Portland Grassroots Media Camp
  12. Watch lots of films
  13. Practice sewing at least twice a month
  14. Read these books – Omnivores Dilemma; Eat, Pray Love; Brave New World; Tokyo Cancelled; People’s History of the United States; Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White; Writing Down the Bones
  15. Teach an improv class
  16. Take a walk at least once a week
  17. Sing
  18. Practice my New Zealand accent (currently obsessed with Flight of the Conchords)
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hey campers! special edition post dedicated to pgmc

ah finally. the day has arrived for the portland grassroots media camp (pgmc). it’s a weekend of hands on media workshops and special events aimed at immigrant, activist and community groups. so many great organizations are involved! check out the website for a look at a great list of collaborators. festivities begin tonight and run through the weekend. everything’s free, but of course we could sure use donations. there’s still room in some of the classes so email bolivarianmedia [at] gmail.com or call pcasc at 503 236 7916 to reserve your spot!

friday, august 24: tonight we’ll have a bunch of activities. a few of us who are participating in the camp will appear on portland community media‘s “a growing concern” at 7pm on cable channel 11. at 8pm the opening night party for pgmc at the musicians union hall at 325 ne 20th street (at sandy). and then late night at kboo the first of many many workshops will happen at kboo, set and training to broadcast live music. the culmination of the training will be the randemonium from 11pm- midnight featuring the girl’s rock ‘n roll camp‘s revenants.

saturday, august 25: workshops all day at various locations around town. highlights include blogging, audio production using garage band (this class is in spanish), public records (did you ever wonder how to access government data, legislative records etc?) and write around language from the write around portland folks. then the evening includes a community dinner and discussion at musicians hall catered by las mujeres del brazalete (a group of women who were detained in the del monte ice raids). we’ll eat some yummy food and talk media.

sunday, august 26: workshops all day at various locations around town. highlights include video art for women and queers, setting up a press conference, writing a press release and how to make a portable audio sound system.

come check it out!!