da Vinci Film Festival and Moro blood oranges

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

da Vinci Film Festival The ninth annual da Vinci Film Festival starts next Friday and runs through the weekend, April 18-20, 2008.

This weekend is the da Vinci Fast Film Project, in which participants write, shoot, and edit a film in 48 hours. The goal is to make a short of 10 minutes or less using the prop and script line that you are given at registration. Every year I think about entering this competition to relive my summer of filmmaking in 2002. And every year I have other ideas about how to spend the weekend. Maybe next year, right?

Moro blood orange The latest produce to tide me over until we actually reach summer fruit season are Moro blood oranges.

According to Wikipedia, the blood orange is a hybrid of ancient origin, possibly between the pomelo and the tangerine. It probably originated in Sicily. They aren’t particularly sweet, but the novelty of eating a blood red orange is still compelling enough. The juice looks like pulpy grape juice.

Too bad the Memphis Tigers choked away the NCAA title by bricking four straight free throws near the end of regulation. That was embarrassing. It was a great comeback by Kansas though.

If I had remembered that Roy Williams now coached for North Carolina instead of Kansas, I would have predicted the Tarheels to choke instead of the Jayhawks. Why didn’t I remember this when I was filling out my bracket? I guess that’s what I get for not paying attention. Well, Roy, perhaps your karma has been served. You got to lose to the team you left. Turns out there was no reason for me to expect Kansas to lose, since Roy jumped ship to Carolina a couple of years ago. (OK, upon some actual fact checking, I guess he’s been at North Carolina for five years now. And North Carolina won the national championship in 2005. And apparently I have no idea what I’m taking about.) Crap.

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