This year I've joined the Prairie Chamber Choir
, directed by Melissa Morgan. I've missed singing with a high-quality choir, and this one definitely is that. We're working toward our Christmas concert on December 18, but we did have a mini-concert recently, singing three songs by Winnipeg composer Sid Robinovitch
in the Classical Showcase of Break Out West 2016
(a.k.a. the Western Canadian Music Awards). And here's a video!
The first piece is part of the set of songs for which Sid was nominated, although, alas, he didn't win.
You'll find me second from the left (audience left, not stage left) on the back row.
Here's a holiday treat (at least, I hope it's a treat): me singing "You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch" at Christmas Crackers 2015, the annual holiday revue of The Golden Apple Theatre here in Regina. It was a great evening all the way around, and this was my small contribution to it.
Enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
A "science column" I wrote several years ago, my science-writer's take on the famous poem "'Twas the Night Before Christmas," has had remarkable life. It appeared in the newspaper, of course, but it was originally written for for CBC Saskatchewan’s Afternoon Edition radio program, and first read at one of their Christmas open houses (a different one from the one at which I sang “Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow!“
), it’s been published or posted a few times since. A couple of years ago it got a lot of attention because it was noted by Ed Yong at Discover Magazine‘s website
. I recorded a podcast of it, which you can listen to here
. And now...ta da!...the ...
Here's a great video about the best genre literary convention in North America and probably the world: Calgary's When Words Collide
. If you're interested in writing, you owe it to yourself to get to When Words Collide.
My name gets mentioned about halfway through this video as an example of the kinds of deals that get made at the convention: it was there last year that Hayden Trenholm of Bundoran Press
asked me if I'd write a sequel to Right to Know. That sequel, Falcon's Egg, will be out next year.
On May 6 I was the speaker at the Saskatchewan Writers’ Guild’s Write After Lunch series, and entitled my talk “TARDIS: Time and Relative Dimensions in Stories.” This is more or less the text I spoke from, although as you'll see if you watch the archived video below and follow along, I didn't exactly deliver it word for word...
In the long-running British science fiction program Doctor Who, The Doctor, a centuries-old Time Lord, travels in the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimensions in Space). Powered by a collapsing star, it is bigger on the inside than on the outside, and can journey anywhere in time and space, from the beginning of the universe to its end, to any ...
Just saw this today! It was shot back in January when I was in New York to visit the DAW offices...
Directed by Edward Willett. Animated by Edward Willett. Sound by Edward Willett. An Edward Willett production.
...promoting the re-release of Spirit Singer by Tyche Books
. Among many other things.
Two things for you on Boxing Day. First, for no particular reason, my daughter Alice sings the Star Wars theme:
And second, as promised, the answer to the Christmas Day rebus.
Happy Boxing Day!
Whenever I say anything is impossible, I always think of Arthur C. Clarke’s First Law: “When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.”
Up until recently, I would have said mind-reading was impossible...but, even though I am neither distinguished, elderly, nor a scientist, it’s beginning to appear as if it may not be impossible forever. Why? Because scientists have successfully reconstructed videos of what people have seen, simply by scanning their brain activity.
Sure the resulting video is extremely blurry, but like a singing dog, it’s not so much that it sings well as the fact it sings at all that is ...