One of the things about being sick is that I often have no energy to speak of. So I have been catching up on video (something I usually have a hard time sitting still for).
So I finally watched Ile Aiye (The House of Life)
a David Byrne film about Candomble in Bahia, Brazil. It was very fun to see the various Orixa being danced. The film is very disjointed, or to be kind, impressionistic. I liked it, but a bit more linearity would have been nice for this Western-mind and so the commentary track helped alot.
One of the things that I hadn't thought about was how much the music and dances of Candomble are part of the culture. One group that struck me were the Filhos Gandhy (Sons of Gandhi) who dance for peace using the forms of Candomble and are a Carnivale troupe of about 7,000 men. I would love to dance the Orixas for peace. We need more parades.
So House folks or other local people interested in the Orixa, I do own this film and would be happy to share (either by lending or by having movie night on our giant TV). It is about an hour long but I do recommend watching the commentary too.
Another film that I watched was My Big Fat Diet
about a study of bringing a more traditional low carb diet to the Namgis First Nations people of Alert Bay in Western Canada. Their traditional diet had been replaced in the last 100 years with pasta, potatoes and sugary treats such that they are having terrible problems with obesity and diabetes, etc. A study enrolled around 100 people and it was neat to see what that meant in the way of local support. Feasting is a big part of Namgis culture (potlach, etc) and people worked on new low carb recipes to support tribal members in the study. The local grocery store said some interesting things about the way local buying patterns changed - more cream, less milk, LOTS of cauliflower. LOL, I know that one.
Another fun thing was that at the end of the year-long study they had a ceremony in the ceremonial house where people brought in bags of flour representing how much they had lost and they danced around them in celebration. (About 1/4 ton between the 100.)
So, I started a low carb way of eating about eleven months ago. I have lost 55 pounds and have about ten pounds to go. I love the idea of a local community of support, though I have to say that fatsecret.com has been great.
I have also caught up on Season IV of The Guild and watched Burlesque. Somewhere I know I have a couple of interfaith DVDs that I will watch if I get a chance. But hopefully my brains will be back soon and I can go back to reading and WoW and, oh yeah, going to work. LOL