Nature is Brutal – But So Cute!


Sydney in Dreamland

Sydney in Dreamland

This is a very short and silly iMovie, my first, and features the mind of my 18 + year-old puppy, Sydney, a 1960s tv clip, and awesome sound effects. Really. (Would I lie?)
Note (July 7 2010)
Pup-A Roo Syd has been diagnosed with cancer and while she still acts like she could live forever (that was my plan) she actually has very little time.
Sorry for the downer. The movie will cheer you up, I hope. It does give me cheer.

Originally uploaded by sara silver

Chef – the one and only-is gone


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Chef Says Goodbye

     Isaac Hayes, the voice  of the character “Chef” on the hilarious, crude, and hair-trigger fast “South Park” for so many years, died today in Memphis. He was 65.

Although he left the Comedy Central hit show in March 2006, he will always be Chef to me, and South Park will always be different without him.

He suffered a stroke in January 2006, but there doesn’t seem to be tons of real information about the incident nor his recovery. And rumor has it The Church of Scientology has representatives for some of it’s newer celebrity members. Issuing statements is par for the course, such as the statement released at the time of his leaving the hit show. No one knows who actually wrote this.

“There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins.”
“Religious beliefs are sacred to people, and at all times should be respected and honored”

“As a civil rights activist of the past 40 years, I cannot support a show that disrespects those beliefs and practices.”

 It’s an about-face from the voice talent on a show which has made satirical fun of Jews, Christians, Mormons, & Muslims for years. It does seem out of character for him to make those statements. 

Read one troubling view of the Isaac Hayes/South Park split by a  journalist & acquaintence of Mr. Hayes here. Interesting stuff.

Isaac Hayes was more, of course, a Memphis Soul singer who started from nothing and became  the talented singer and songwriter of hits like “Shaft”. Since I loved him as Chef, how he called each of the kids Children, how he had wacky parents who lived in Scotland with a pan handling Loch Ness Monster, the elementary school cafeteria chef with a strong libido and musical answers to delicate questions-well, that’s how I’m going to remember him. Even if The Church of Scientology disapproves.

Dude, sorry to see you go.