30 October 2006

The hour

Upon reflection, I know precisely what I should have done with my extra hour from Daylight Savings Time; as it happened, I spent the hour thinking about what I was going to do with it.


Ryan W. said...

other day I was telling someone I spend 20% of my weekends on the verge of doing something that I end up not doing. they were like, "only 20%?"
I had the great fortune this particular Daylight Savings Time to not know it had happened until about 4:00/5:00 Sunday. I had just spent the extra hour hiking, which is something I hadn't deliberately done in a long time, and of course I didn't know at the time that I was doing it during my extra hour. I've been liking the pretty pictures on your blog... they're going to land me in an art museum.

Ian Keenan said...

Hi Ryan, What a nice weekend it was for hiking, and assuming you looked at a clock in the morning you got an extra hour. Did this confuse you? Confusion over sunsets and sunrises make for the best of psychological dramas.

I have been meaning to do my review of the art museums in the US I visited last month so stay tuned; of late I have been more inclined to expectation than reverie, and expectation-related confusion has a less pleasing dramatic affect.

Of the paintings on my trip preview, I only saw one: the Caravaggio.

Ian Keenan said...

Oh Ryan, hey, just checked your website.. what's up.. didn't make the connection as to who you were. Don't talk about my job on here, please.. been a stressful week.

david raphael israel said...

from at least one angle, it sounds like the time was well spent. If one spends an hour pondering a puzzle, and arrives -- in end -- at its clear solution, that sequence and pattern would appear to follow many / most standards of success, yes?

Ian Keenan said...

David, agreed, & + my plan is in place for next year this time.

david raphael israel said...

Daylight savings time is, I'd say, a fine meme that has not been exploited (interestingly or otherwise) by cinema. It is an idea waiting to happen. Here's one scenario:


Eccentric writer establishes a practice of writing a certain book ONLY DURING THE ONE EXTRA HOUR each year afforded by daylight savings' time. After forty or fifty years, he completes the book, but . . . [but what?]

Presumably he establishes the practice after first blogging to the general effect you've blogged above.

Perhaps he writes his novel as a blog (to which he contributes only during the said hours). So, one blog entry per year.

He gains considerable notice in the blogosphere only after he's been at it for a dozen or so years.

Nobody knows who he is / where he lives.

After a time, it becomes a literary game of sorts: to try to suss out the whereabouts of the once-per-year, one-hour-only blogging novelist. In practice, this may mean he blogs (from somewhere in the US I suppose) at the hour of 1 a.m. or 2 a.m....

Some conflict is introduced when certain critics opine the project to be a hoax. They variously claim the entire narrative was pre-written, and merely reeled out one hour-piece per year; or that it's in fact the work of an Australian poet-recluse (not the claimed American), or that it's the production of a group of writers...

But we, the viewers, of course are privy to the real deal. We see that exciting, gripping moment when the itinerant Annual Blogger heads into the futuristic equivalent of Kinko's Copy in the late October darkness.

The name of his blog is, of course, DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME.

Okay, your turn . . .

david raphael israel said...

ah, but a better title might be simply


Ian Keenan said...

David, I haven't read your post, but I've been going over this letter from you I just received:

I, David Rafael Israel, acknowledge that you receive numerous submissions of ideas, formats, stories, suggestions, screenplays, and the like, and that new ideas for motion pictures and television programs are constantly being submitted to you or being developed by you. I also acknowledge that many stories and ideas are similar, and often different stories and ideas relate to one or more common underlying themes. I acknowledge that you may have had access to and/or may have independently created or have had created ideas, themes, formats, stories, suggestions screenplays and/or other materials which may be similar or identical to the theme, plot, idea, format or other element of the material now being submitted by me.

I understand and agree that I will not be entitled to any compensation because of the use by you of any such similar or identical material. I understand that the submission of the Original Story to you may expose the Original Story to others and hereby specifically release Spring Forward Films, LLC from any and all liability, direct or indirect, resulting from the improper use by any other persons or entities of any similar ideas, formats, stories, suggestions and the like relating to said Original Story. I have retained at least one copy of said Original Story and release you from any and all liability for loss or other damage to copies of said Original Story submitted to you hereunder. This release extends to Spring Forward Films, LLC its agents, associates, employees, officers, directors and volunteers.


david raphael israel said...

hey Ian,

although I disavow any real-world personal connection with the above faux-letter-allegedly-from-me, rest assured indeed I do not (as the brunt of the letter speculatively allows that I might assert) claim ownership of ideas sketched fancifully in passing above. Where I live, lots of ideas may pass by from time to time, not unlike water in the river. I don't need to lay intellectual-property claim to them, thanks.

But what I wonder is: do you indeed have an association with a certain Spring Forward Films? Nice name.

bonne chance & like that,

Ian Keenan said...

David, Spring Forward Films, LLC was founded last Saturday while typing here concurrent with the founding of Fall Back DVD Classics, LLC.

david raphael israel said...

ah, such coincidences.
Leap Year Productions remains barely
a stone's throw ahead.
Indeed, Stone's Throw Distributors . . .


Ryan W. said...

I won't talk about your job as a dog sweater biomechanist. Won't even think about it. How do you keep them from riding up on the fore limbs?

Ian Keenan said...

Ryan, no, that's the one that starts in two weeks.

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