Saturday, January 24, 2009

What the Blog?

I've just created this blog, and haven't informed anyone. I suppose this first blog is kind of Zen. Or maybe not. I hope eventually someone will read and enjoy it.

Alas, I spoke too soon. My wife just walked over, and I told her what I was doing. She was suitably unimpressed. She noticed that I had improved the nose on my "avatar", which I had created on the web at It's in my view, a cool site which is dedicated to animation. It has an online program called shapeshifter which I have been using to teach myself animation.

Currently I produce and host a TV show called Local Bias. I intend to upload episodes in the near future. The show is primarily designed to provide a forum for some of the fascinating people who live in Western Massachusetts. Because we're located in Greenfield, most of our guests are from Franklin County.

I named the show "Local Bias" for several reasons. I'm not interested in being "politically correct". I have an opinion, and am willing to share it. I prefer though, to let my guests discuss their passions, interests, and viewpoints, while I keep the conversation moving with provocative questions. I don't mind if a guest has a diametrically different bias from my own. I may respectfully disagree, or challenge them to justify their view. I may even change my own mind. I certainly don't have all the answers.

When spoken, "Local Bias" can sound like "local buy us", or "local by us". I'm in favor of both.

I also feel our lives are enriched when we interact in a community. It is very easy these days to communicate with someone halfway across the world, but do we even know our own neighbors?
I hope viewers of "Local Bias" get to know their neighbors a little better.

More later?