Friday, October 24, 2008

Commercial Break

I just got back from Jerusalem where I was filming Episode 3. It will be up some time next week. While I am working on Episode 3, I thought I would take a commercial break with some things that I find funny. I had never heard of Terry Crews until a few months ago when I saw some scenes from the movie click and White Girls. These two scenes from both movies make me laugh every time.

Terry Crews and Adam Sandler in Click

Terry Crews in White Chicks

Now the below video was created by someone on YouTube, and though I find it funny I also found it a little scary. This is the Scary Mary where he took scenes from the Disney movie Mary Poppins and made it seem like a horror movie.

Mary Poppins the Horror Movie

Of course I love the Airplane movie from the early 1980's. This song reminds of when I accidentally walked into a cult like meeting at UC Berkley. I found myself trying to figure out what windows I could escape through if they started going psycho and Heaven's Gate. Long story, that I will get into later.

Airplane - Funny Scene - Jill Whelan

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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Episode 1: The Introduction

Well, here it is. My first VLog aka VBlog entry on YouTube and I am working on at least four more. This may turn into my new way of blogging. Thanks to Tiffdjones at the Mulatto Diaries for turning me on to this concept.

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Friday, October 17, 2008

The Mulatto Diaries and the New Path

So I was on YouTube and I came across the VLog (Video Blog) of TiffDJones and her videos The Mulatto Diaries. Tiffany is Bi-Racial woman living in New York, I think, and she posts videos on YouTube about her experiences as well as her thoughts about being mixed. She has some really interesting topics that I have been finding very interesting.

I have to give her a lot of credit for the things that she is willing to openly talk about in terms of being racially mixed. There are some areas of the mixed experience that I choose not to talk about because of my experiences with it in America. Her mixedness is within her parents generation, but mine is withing my great-grandparents so there are differences as well as similarities in experiences. Part of the mix my family experienced was of an international, cultural, religious, and linguistic nature (also within my parents generation) and because most Americans would associate me as something based on the American standard I have found it easier to just ignore race since for the most part it doesn't affect me as much.

As an Israeli, I also don't live in America anymore so the concept of being "black" in the American sense doesn't affect, even though it didn't affect me much after high school when I did live in America. I also grew up in an isolationist type of community when I was younger, we lived in a closed off neighborhood, so I sometimes have a xenophobia about opening up to people that I perceive as being outsiders or even potential threats. Yet, maybe that is something that I need to deal with in my upcoming videos.

So getting back to Tiffdjones and the Mulatto Diaries. Instead of me going on and on, you can just watch a few or her videos.

Mulatto Diaries #66 etymology

Mulatto Diaries #60 who is black

Mulatto Diaries #37 too light to matter

The New Path

So after watching Tiffany's videos and others like it I am now inspired. (Dramatic music playing in the background) I am going to start doing my blog partially in written form and partially in VBlog form. As I mentioned in the last few posts I have the VideoSpin software, which I used to do the Year 1 video in my last post. I am now uploading a video I did as an introduction to the video Chronicles of Ehav Ever and as soon as it is finished uploading to YouTube I will post it. I may do one per week since it takes some time to edit the videos and also upload them. Note: it takes me all night and part of the morning to load videos to YouTube. I wonder if it is because I am doing it internationally.

Originally, I said I was not going to allow comments because sometimes commentors on YouTube can be a would I say......SPECIAL in how they comment. Yet, I think I will use moderated commenting like I do on this blog. Don't worry Hochmah and Musar fans I will post each VLog video on this blog. Also, if there are any topics you guys would like to hear me talk about, rather than write about let me know.

So when you are on YouTube be sure to check out the Mullato Diaries and coming soon the Video Chronicles of Ehav Ever.

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Monday, October 13, 2008

A Year In Review: 5768 to 5769

So in my last post I mentioned that I found some new video and imaging software called VideoSpin. Here is one of the first videos I did with it. It is a year in review. Now I know what you are saying, Ehav you have already done the 1 year thing at least twice on this blog. I know, I know. Yet, it is a big thing for me since this year has been an interesting mix of things. I have to also say that I have felt the most alive in this last year. This is the stuff that I was created for, or at least that is what I think. Also, I know a number of people who did not even make it a year living here, let alone I knew people who talked about moving to Israel, or moving back to Israel, and never made it happen. So I can say תודה לאל (Thank G-d) that a year and some spare change is a thing to be excited about.

As mentioned before I have been here in Israel for more than a year, and things are going well. At this point I am saying that I am 2/3 Israeli since I have my תעודת זהות (Israeli ID) and my רשיון נהיגה (Israeli Driver's License). The only thing I need to get now is my דרכון ישראלי (Israeli passport), which I won't need for a while since I don't plan on leaving the country any time soon. Once I get that I will personally feel like I am 100% Israeli in the legal sense, although I am 100% in all other respects.

If you have kept up with my blog since the summer of 5768 (Gregorian calender 2007) you have seen some of my pictures from this last year here in Israel. You have also read my reasons for moving here as well as some of the things that have taken place since I have moved. Yet, just in case you are new to this blog below is a video log, made using VideoSpin, of this last year. The song in the video is Terega by favorite Israeli rap group HaDag Nachash. I hope you all enjoy it, because it took all last night and part of this morning to upload it. (whew!)

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

So, What's Nu?

I know what you are probably thinking. What is going on with Ehav and this recent on and off blogging? First, my calender is filled with recent Jewish holy times, not to be confused with holidays. Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur, and this week Sukkoth. I also have a lot of things going on at work, as well as some serious studying that I have been needed to do for some time. Yet, fear not I am still in the blogging mood and there is still a lot to talk about. Here a few things that I can share until I get the other things in order.

Anna's Visit

A few weeks ago a friend of mine from France came to Israel to visit her sister and to interview with some companies in Tel Aviv. Her name is Anna and we met in New York more than a year ago before I moved to Israel through an organization I am involved with called Fuel For Truth. We went out one night, and I showed her my old hang out spots near the beach in Tel Aviv.

Anna and Ehav in Tel Aviv

Blog Heaven

I have a number of things that I have been considering blogging about, but for a while I was a bit down. You see, some of my favorite bloggers have called it quits and I have contemplated where do blogs go when they are laid to rest?

Two of my favorite blogs/blog friends Mes Deux Cents and Bohemian Abstractions have thrown in the towel. Mes Duex Cents had been on a blog hiatus for a while, so I kind of figured that her blog was nearing its end. Bohemian Abstractions recently caught me by surprise. Both of these bloggers have been my favorites and they were both instrumental in inspiring and taking part in last year's A Week of Positive Blogging. It was truly great being able to read both of those blogs and I will miss them dearly. The blogsphere won't be the same without them.

Rioting in Akko

Maybe you have heard, and maybe you have not heard, but over Yom Kippur there has been rioting in Akko, in northern Israel. The source of the riots is a bit complicated if you have never lived in Israel, but Arutz 7 has some articles about it starting here and here. This is one of the difficulties about this idea of the two state solution and the reality that the fast way to go to jail in Israel is to hurt an Arab. The quickest way to get off here in Israel is to be an Arab and to hurt a Jew. The laws here are funny that way, and though you may hear differently in the West, living here and seeing it for myself has been a real shocker.

New Software

I recently got my hands on some great software called VideoSpin. It allows one to take videos, photos, music, etc. and put them together in a number of video formats. I have to tell you that this software is the BOMB! I have done two videos for my martial arts class Abir, and I feel like I could be the next big movie maker. Now I am going to have to do more videos of myself here in Israel. So Speilberg and Lucas look out, Ehav Ever may start giving you a run for your money.

This software is a lot better than what I was using before to do videos. Prior to this golden find I was using a program to convert power point to video. That software was tired and outmoded. It often took me ages to try and get the time just right with the music, and lately since I updated to Microsoft Office 2003 the audio on that software doesn't work. Yet, now with VideoSpin all my prayers have been answered.

If you are looking to try to put your videos into one package along with photos and audio I HIGHLY recommend it. It was easy to learn and it is extremely powerful. Also, did I mention it is free? When I get permission from my Abir instructor I will post the videos I made with VideoSpin. I also have a video of my 1 year of living in Israel in pictures and video, that I will post tonight when I get home from work. Until then.....

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Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Library of Ehav Ever

If you have read this blog long enough, you may notice that I am well versed in a number of things. The reason is that we have a tradition in my father's family, and that is that each male must build his own library. It is a tradition that has died out somewhat of late ever since my great grandfather, Shoham Lyon's library was destroyed, long story.

I have heard stories how my great grandfather was an avid scholar versed in many things. He was fluent in about 4 or 5 languages, he was well versed in the medicine of the day, and he was a scholar of geography. He was such a fan of geography that he named one of my grandmother's older sister's Asia-Minor Lyons. I was told that my great grandfather's library was enormous and voluminous with books on almost every topic imaginable.

In any case, after my father passed away I inherited his library. Much of what he had I left with my mother in America, and I started several years ago working on my part of the library. Instead of just telling you about my library, I would like to show it to you.

Section 1: Downstairs (Books, DVD's, VHS, and CD's)

Section 1a: Torah, Tanakh, and Other Biblical Texts

Section 1b: Jewish Religious Legal and Ethical Texts

1c: Hebrew, Aramaic, and Judeo-Arabic Dictionaries

1d: My Favorite Movies

Section 2: 2nd Floor (World, Regional Histories, Languages)

Most of the books I am reading now a days are in Hebrew or Aramaic, so I keep most of these books on the 1st floor for easy access. I have been slowly phasing out my English books on history for my love of reading in Hebrew and Aramaic. I am going to start working on my Judeo-Arabic probably in the next two years. I am going to start collecting in this area soon.

A few of the books that I read of late are:

Of course the Weekly Torah portion

Sefer Ha-Yashar

Diwwan of Shmuel HaNagid

Of course I could not forget the book that this blog is named after

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