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The Fifth Plague: Murrain (rough) https://vimeo.com/121165663 "3 Behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy cattle which is in the field....there shall be a very grievous murrain." --Exodus 9, King James Version
The fabulous music here is "Dead Animals" by Mental Decay: http://www.workingclassrecords.com/mentaldecay/index.htm 
You should really hear the whole song. I have no idea why this band isn't more famous.
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New Plague: FLIES! https://vimeo.com/120969367 "21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are." --Exodus 8, King James Version
Like Lice before it (and Locusts to follow) this Plague has Oingo Boingo's "Insects" (1982) as a soundtrack. Lyrics:
Flying insects everywhere!
Flying insects buzzing, buzzing, buzzing through the air
Just like little diamonds in the sky
Insects buzzing in my eye!
Buzzing insects make me want to dance! 
(Dance, dance, etc.)
Like all the Plague clips I'm throwing up on Vimeo, this is still rough. Things will change before it goes into the final Seder-Masochism movie, not least by the addition of sound effects. Notice Aharon is in this scene, blowing a shofar with Moses. I might retroactively stick him in a few other scenes too, since he seems OK.
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Periodic Table quilts for sale! Now accepting orders. http://home.theodoregray.com/periodictablequilts
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Recipe for a nightmare!
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I'm gonna do a Reddit IAMA this Friday February 27, 2-4pm EST, with Sherwin Siy of Public Knowledge, as part of Fair Use Week! I'm on the calendar and everything. http://www.reddit.com/r/iama
IAmA stands for "I am a", and AMA means "Ask me Anything". This is the home to interviews, from the extraordinary to the mundane. We have several...
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"17 Thus saith the Lord, In this thou shalt know that I am the Lord: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood.
"18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.
"19 And the Lord spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone." -- Exodus 7, King James Version

Like many storytellers, I use Moses alone to represent both Moses and Aharon. When I deviate from the texts, it's on purpose.

Music: "Blood Red River Blues" by Josh White (1933), severely edited by me. With great effort I bought a CD with this song, but the quality was terrible - it sounded like a tape player under a mattress - so I ended up copying audio from this YouTube video: http://youtube.com/watch?v=hs2_6LRPgqo

The second stanza depicts Anuket, goddess of the Nile: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anuket I hope there are no Ancient Egyptian Religious fundamentalists out there, because they might not like the implication She's menstruating. Then again, the whole Book of Exodus is anti-Ancient-Egypt propaganda. If there were an Ancient-Egyptian-Anti-Defamation League, Exodus would be banned.
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PLAGUE OF LICE! (rough)  https://vimeo.com/120007738 "16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt.
"17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt."
--Exodus 8, King James Version
Like many filmmakers, I use Moses to represent both Moses and Aharon.
The music is "Insects" by Oingo Boingo (1982). The lyrics, which are hard to understand here (but will get a bit easier when we get to flies and locusts) are:
Tiny insects in my hair
Tiny insects everywhere
Tiny insects in my pants
Watching insects make romance
Insects make you make me want to dance
Dance (dance)
They make me want to dance
Dance (dance)
Those insects make me want to dance!
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I hope this doesn't make me crabby.
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+Theodore Gray  got a thermal imaging camera thing for his phone, and took this picture of me holding my feet up. Proof I have Reynaud's Disease! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raynaud%27s_phenomenon This was indoors, in a fairly warm room in my house. Often my hands get as cold as my feet, but I was pretty warm today.
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We just spent $9000 for a new thermal imager for the our local fire department. Of course, that one is much more sensitive, and waterproof and shockproof and...
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The Plague of Murrain comes after the Plague of Flies, which is good because I have animated flies on hand already.
I love making endless loops in Flash, especially when they involve "perspective."
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beef, it's what's for dinner...
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FROGS! https://vimeo.com/120651283

Music is from “Frogs” by DJ Zeph featuring Azeem, from the album “Sunset Scavenger.” It’s from 2004, making it the most contemporary song in the film. I almost used Taylor Swift’s 2014 “Bad Blood” for Blood, but I ended up deciding Josh White’s 1933 “Blood Red River Blues” was simply a better song. It wasn’t due to fear of lawsuits; I decided long ago not to allow copyright to determine my artistic choices. If you don’t know my stance on Intellectual Disobedience, you can learn about it here:
youtube.com/watch?v=dfGWQnj6RNA
and here:
blog.ninapaley.com/2013/12/07/make-art-not-law-2/

I’m curious what frogs DJ Zeph and Azeem were originally referring to. Here, of course, the frogs are these:

“3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs:

“4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.” -Exodus 8, King James Version
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My first thought would have been "Frogs" by The Flaming Lips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohSJv901UdI
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PASSOVER IS COMING! So I've re-opened the Passover Satyr shirt store. 40 need to be ordered by March 15. Delivered in time for Passover (April 3)! http://teespring.com/passoversatyr
You've heard of the Easter Bunny - now there's a mascot for an other, older Spring holiday. Perfect for Jews, Pagans, Jewish Pagans, Pagan Jews, Gentiles, Apostates, and people who like puns. All profits support artist Nina Paley in making her next feature film, Seder-Masochism. (Direct donations accepted here.)
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On a tangential thought along similar lines =) Enjoy =) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-sexSLf-Ss
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It's amazing how adorable a plague looks!
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I made the film Sita Sings the Blues, and am artist-in-residence at QuestionCopyright.org.
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