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#427: Merry Whatever, Part One

December 27, 2009

Notes from the Manager

For the non-Hindus, the Pancha Ganapati is a five-day festival in honor of Ganesha, the patron of the arts and sciences, the Lord of Beginnings and the Lord of Obstacles. He is revered (and worshipped) not only by Hindus, but also Buddhists, Jains, and other religions. It was created about twenty years ago by American Hindus and is celebrated from December 21st through December 25th — so it sort of borrows a Christian tradition of putting holidays on top of other holidays so that its followers don't feel left out. (Like Christmas and the pagan mid-winter feasts.)

Along those lines, Sita Sings the Blues is a terrific 2008 animated film by cartoonist Nina Paley. It is, as Jason describes, a slightly irreverent animated version of the Ramayana with 1920's jazz songs (all sung by Annette Hanshaw). It's also quite a lovely film, and since it's available for download for free (even in high definition), I urge you all to check it out.

Here's its trailer:


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Monday, July 27, 2015

Multiplex: Chapter 11

With four days and 30% of the funding goal for Multiplex: The Revenge remaining, things are looking a little bleak. In hindsight, there are some changes that I could have made to keep the budget (and the funding goal) down. I detail a bit of that in this post over on the Kickstarter project site, so I won’t go into it again.

I can’t change the funding goal now, though, but what I can do is add to the project to make up for that. (Again, visit the Kickstarter page for details.) And so one of the things I want to do is to share Multiplex: Chapter 11 with you — FREE — in order to give you a taste of what the whole book will be like… you know, with the obvious hope that some of you who haven’t already will consider backing the project.

I’ve also made Chapter 6 (the first one from Book Two) free, as well, because it’d be weird to have Chapter 1 and Chapter 11 free but not Chapter 6, too. (I learned that “first one’s free” thing from drug dealers in movies.)

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