Saturday, July 24, 2010

Monk's Life In A Day

Today I got sidetracked into taking part in "Life In A Day", via YouTube. I've been filming since 12:01 AM and have gone through most of the following list already (the four questions are part of the requirements, not something I thought up):

• 12 AM - Pre-day - thoughts, reasons, intentions
• 4 AM - Alarm
• 4:30 AM - Chanting
• 5 AM - Meditation
• 6 AM - What am I afraid of?
• 7 AM - Breakfast
• 8 AM - Shave head
• 9 AM - Reading - English book, Thai book, Nook
• 10 AM - Prepare for Alms - wear robes, wash bowl, drink water
• 10:30 AM - Alms
• 11:30 AM - Lunch
• 1 PM - What do I love?
• 2 PM - Writing letter to Moorpark Acorn
• 3 PM - Second Life
• 4 PM - Reporting
• 4:30 PM - Visit Property
• 5 PM - What makes me laugh?
• 6 PM - Chanting
• 7 PM - Broadcast - Record broadcast
• 9 PM - Preparing for Asalaha
• 11 PM - What's in my pocket?

It's been great to have a chance to put together a look at a monk's life, though I wonder whether my life really counts as the life of your average monk. Just by chance, I was stopped by the police again today, and we were able to film it, so that will be in the documentary. I was also stopped by a Sri Lankan man on the street who invited me to a ceremony next Saturday. I have to track him down anyway to see if he will sign an appearance release form.

I've started posting videos to YouTube, but due to the nature of the project, they are all uncut. Here's a teaser:



So far I've got 36+ GB of footage that I'm uploading as we speak. Probably another 10+ GB before the day is out. Hopefully I can have it all uploaded before the deadline on the 31st. Wish me luck.