SFBRP live recording.

Everything is set up and ready to go! We start in 30 minutes! Just go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lukeburrage and join in the fun. The session will begin at:
11pm my time (Central European Summer time)
10pm British Summer Time
5pm Eastern Daylight Time
2pm Pacific Daylight Time

I’ll be reviewing and discussing Dan Simmons’ novel Hyperion, one of the most requested novels from the listeners of the SFBRP.

The idea is that I’ll chat for a few minutes and welcome any listeners, then do a normal SFBRP recording, then take questions about the review and the book from those following in the attached chatroom, to be included in the podcast itself. Following that I’ll be open for whatever those in the chatroom suggest, answer any questions, whatever.

If you miss the recording session, the video will be recorded in full, and you can play it at any time by visiting the same page. The audio will be edited and released as a normal episode in the podcast feed.


An old song on a new guitar.

Today I bought myself a new guitar. I decided to share my excitement by playing a song for my camera and, by extension, anyone on the internet who might care. The song itself is introduced within the video itself, so I’ll just let you watch…


Leave Montpelier, words and lyrics by Luke Burrage, 2005


Goodbye Facebook, hello Twitter.

I got myself a twitter account. You kind follow me here: http://twitter.com/lukeburrage

So far I’ve shared updates on podcast releases, twitter exclusive juggling videos of a work in progress, mentioned sleepless nights and finished novels, frustration at a missing girlfriend…

Despite my expectations, I’m having a lot of fun with twitter. I’m going to stick with it for the next few months for sure, to know I’m getting the full experience, but I can see this being a longer term adventure.

That said, I was once enthusiastic about Facebook, and now I never log in. I’ve got 40 or so friend requests, and I just can’t be bothered to sort through them. Facebook seems to be way too cluttered compared to twitter, and yet lacks all the things I like about a blog like this one. I think I’ll just delete my account. Or just continue to ignore it.


SFBRP Live Recording (with video) – Dan Simmons – Hyperion

As I mentioned on the last episode of the SFBRP, I’m planning to do live recording sessions of the next few episodes.

Everything is set up and ready to go! Tomorrow night (Thursday 16th April), just go to http://www.ustream.tv/channel/lukeburrage and join in the fun. The session will begin at:
11pm my time (Central European Summer time)
10pm British Summer Time
5pm Eastern Daylight Time
2pm Pacific Daylight Time

I’ll be reviewing and discussing Dan Simmons’ novel Hyperion, one of the most requested novels from the listeners of the SFBRP.

The idea is that I’ll chat for a few minutes and welcome any listeners, then do a normal SFBRP recording, then take questions about the review and the book from those following in the attached chatroom, to be included in the podcast itself. Following that I’ll be open for whatever those in the chatroom suggest, answer any questions, whatever.

If you miss the recording session, the video will be recorded in full, and you can play it at any time by visiting the same page. The audio will be edited and released as a normal episode in the podcast feed.


Ministry of Manipulation in Berlin

I’m subscribed to the Ministry of Manipulation blog, a really great place to find new and/or obscure juggling videos, with an obvious bend towards contact juggling and manipulation. From the crew I know Drew and Ryan the best, have performed and hung out with Jeanine and Ed, and know Moon and Colin by reputation/video.

Anyway, this week they are teaching a five day workshop at the Katakomben (minus Drew and Ryan, plus Kelvin and Meghan). There are about 45 students, so it’s almost become a mini-convention. The weather has been good so I’ve been hanging out with other jugglers in the park between my home and the Katakomben in the afternoons (mainly working on my laptop away from the distracting wifi internet connection), and this week the numbers swell impressively during the lunch break and in the evening once it finishes.

Today I needed to buy two juggling beanbags, so I went along to the juggling shop in the Katakomben. I popped into the main workshop spaces to say hi. Declan said “We’re all going to take a trip down to the Holocaust Memorial… are you coming?”

It sounds like a weird thing to do, but the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (as it’s officially named), is a weird place to visit.

holocaustmahnmalluft

There are 2,711 massive concrete blocks set in a massive grid, perfect for getting lost and disconnecting from the outside world. It’s also a perfect place to drop 50 jugglers with balls balanced on their heads. It might seem disrespectful, but the architect intended it to be a place to experience life, not just standing about looking quiet and solemn. It’s almost an adventure playground for kids in the summer.

Did I want to visit with all the workshop participants? Of course! I had other things to do, like pack for my trip tomorrow, but that could wait. The cat herding began and the group set off. I had nothing to do with the workshop or the trip, I was just tagging alone, but as a Berlin resident I seemed to become a point of information and advice. At one point, while waiting at the S-Bahn station, too many people started looking at me to lead the group, so I made point of shrugging and pointing elsewhere.

I didn’t have a camera, but as the non-workshopee I volunteered to take some group photos at the Brandenburger Tor. There was a bit of an issue with the security guards when we reached the memorial itself, but soon the entire group was in the midst of it. A dedicated videographer was on hand to document the entire experience, so I look forward to seeing that in the next few days/weeks.

Not much more to say about it really. It was just an unexpected fun little trip out in Berlin… and one of many reasons I love living in this city!