Full moon today – Sturgeon Moon

Today’s August 24th, 2010 full moon is known as the Sturgeon Moon (as these fish traditionally were more easily caught at this time), or also the Full Red Moon (sometimes it can look reddish as it rises), the Green Corn Moon or also the Grain Moon in reference to the harvest time. It occurs at 5:05 pm EST.

It’s said this full moon will the smallest moon of the year.


Interview I heard with The Cove filmmakers on Democracy Now! via Toronto college radio station CIUT

I heard an interview on CIUT, one of our local college radio stations here in Toronto, carrying a Democracy Now! interview with some members of The Cove filmmaking team,  director Louie Psihoyos and activist Ric O’Barry. The Cove documentary won an Oscar in 2010, exposing mass dolphin killing and the filmmaker’s dolphin rescue efforts. The information they shared was very moving, such as: dolphins name their young, as the mother gives each one their own unique sound!

One of the men featured in The Cove is Ric O’Barry. Ric used to capture dolphins for use in TV shows (like Flipper) and amusement parks. He told how one of the dolphins used in the Flipper TV show committed suicide and died in his arms (dolphins have been known to stop breathing and kill themselves when in captivity, or when they are being hunted and are surrounded). After this perspective-changing experience, he stopped capturing dolphins and started saving them and working to release them back to the oceans. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric_O%27Barry

The Cove documentary:  http://www.thecovemovie.com

Democracy Now! site where you can watch/listen to/or read the interview (from which the audio I heard was taken from) http://www.democracynow.org/seo/2010/8/16/filmmakers_activists_try_to_save_dolphins

The annual dolphin slaughter happens each September…unless the world wakes up…

Peter Gabriel covering Tom Waits’ "In The Neighborhood" for The Voice Project

I clicked on Peter Gabriel’s site to take a look at his latest Full Moon Club update, where Peter makes a video every month at full moon time, and saw he had posted a video of him covering Tom Waits’ “In The Neighborhood” on piano. It’s a lovely video where Peter is at the piano solo, and was made for The Voice Project (voiceproject.org).

The Voice Project is where musicians cover each other’s songs in a “chain” for the charitable organization that is  “a music based initiative to raise awareness as well as support for the war torn areas of Northern Uganda, Southern Sudan, Eastern Congo and CAR that have been affected by the ongoing violence…”