Saturday, June 30, 2007

Dublin, The Liberation Commission, Episode 15

This is the final episode. I hope you've enjoyed watching. If you really have enjoyed watching, and you are sad to see The Liberation Commission come to an end, worry not friend, I'm just getting started in the world of video blogging. I'll have new fresh content up soon. I'd like to do a much more extensive project when I get back to the states in the fall.

Europe

These fools need Jesus.

Friday, June 29, 2007

Taking A Bath in Public, in Budapest

Today I took a walk down the main street into the central park here in Budapest. My destination was a large public bath in the park. I've always wondered, especially after visiting the ancient baths in Bath, England, just what exactly a public bath was. So I made the trek, paid my money and wandered around timidly with my shorts and towel and water-shoes. I went through the turnstyle and an older lady held my hand and walked me around to show me what to do. I love it when older ladies treat me like they are my mom, especially when I am feeling nervous. I love the mothering instinct. ( I know you may or may not believe that this exists, but sorry ladies, it does, and it's great!)

So I walked into the indoor baths first, right behind a group of youn Norwegians. I didn't go in their pool, I went in the one with all the old folks. I sat in between two seventy year old people. I sat and I stretched for probably thirty minutes before I got the guts to get out and move to another pool. The first one was about 90 degrees. The second one I got in was probably about 95. From there I got in a sauna, it was nice. I got in another sauna afterward that was nearly 110 degrees, at least that's what my watch told me it was. It was the hottest I've ever been in my life. The steam burned my face and my lungs. I clenched my teeth tightly and breathed through them so that the steam wouldn't burn my throat too badly. When I got up to get out, I swear to you, my survival instinct kicked in, the steam was burning my face so badly that I would have thrown someone out of the way to get out the door.

I ventured to the large pools outside. While the inside looked like U.S.S.R. era Ukraine, the outside pools looked like and elegant resort. I did kicks and stretches in the poor for about 30 minutes and then headed inside again for the torture sauna. I forced myself to do 15 minutes this time. I left feeling dizzy but cleansed. I walked around for another hour and then headed back to my hostel. When I got in I fell asleep instantly and took a two hour nap. If you are ever in Budapest, Homemade Hostel is a great place. I cooked myself dinner, and I'm about to have my second dinner. It's been a good day.

Tomorrow I take the train to Prague. 9:50am, until 4:50pm, the perfect amount of time to edit the last episode of The Liberation Commission.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Biking Through Vienna

I woke up very late this morning. It was almost 10am when I first became conscious. I rushed out of bed and around the corner to the bike rental place. They gave me a great KTM roadbike for 12 Euros and a tattered map with some magic marker designating a path for me to take. First I rode around the city center, the old city, twice. Then I headed down the river towards a big hill. The guy at the bike rental shop said that the view over Vienna was really great, and that the many observation needles cost about 20 euros to go to the top. The ride up the "hill" was epic. I'd already been riding for 5 hours when I reached the top. On my way back, going completely across town, I of course got lost and didn't return to the hostel until 8pm. You see, these European city centers are built in concentric circles. So just following a street is no good. I rode a bike nearly constantly, with only 2 breaks, from 10:30am until 8pm. My butt is incredible sore and I'm feeling delirious, but I'm also feeling very satisfied with my experience.

Here's a pic I took of the view:I realize it doesn't look steep at all, and it really wasn't. But if you look closely, you'll see I'm even higher than the 3 obervation towers in the background. Booya!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Vienna, Austria, Day 1 of 2

I left Slovakia this morning and headed for Vienna. It was only about an hour train ride. Let this blow your mind real quick: Our flat in England was $4,200 for 3 weeks. To fly to Bratislava from London via Ryan Air, was about $150. My hostels are about $20 a night, and my train tickets, total, from Bratislava to Vienna, to Budapest, to Prague, were only $40. And my flight to Cyprus from Prague is under $300. Moral of the story being that Eastern europe is still cheap.

I arrived in Vienna this morning and took the above-ground tram to my hostel. The place is called Wombat's, which is one of the big chains of really good European hostels. I really like it too. I'll post a video soon of my room. I spent the entire afternoon editing the Liberation Commission episode 14, and then I'm spending this evening downloading the footage from Dublin for episode 15 from Austin, who is back in Texas.

I'll rent a bike tomorrow and go explore the city in full. I'll take lots of pictures and some videos too. Well, down to the bar for a drink and then it's off to bed for me. I've got a big day of exploring tomorrow. In the mean time, here are some pictures from Bratislava, Slovakia.



As you can see by the last photo, I brought too much stuff. My bags weigh 40 pounds.

Bath and Stonehenge, The Liberation Commission, Episode 14

Monday, June 25, 2007

Ahoj From Bratislava

I'm sitting here, just outside of a cafe in Bratislava. I would be sitting inside if every person in there weren't smoking like it isn't bad for you. I'm too tired to write at the moment. More rather shorly.

Ok, I left the flat in a mad rush last night at 3:30am, took a cab to the bus, a bus to the airport, a 6:30am flight to Slovakia, and then walked ALL OVER TOWN today. I fell asleep 3 times trying to write the above paragraph, and I'm in public, so I'm going to go eat my first food of the day and go home and go to sleep. I guess I won't post the Liberation Commission until tomorrow.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Wrapping Up And Going to Bratislava

It's all coming to a close here in London. We've still got quite a lot of filming to do, but we only have 10 hours worth of tape stock left, so we can't over-do it. We'll have shot 60 hours of footage when all is said and done. I'm very happy to be a part of this project, and further than that I feel blessed to be a part of this story. I wish that our living room was cleaner, and that my crew didn't have to use my computer all the time, but other people are annoying, and that's the thing we selfish humans have to live with.

I bought my plane ticket to Eastern Europe. I leave at 3:30am for the bus to my 6:30am flight on Monday morning to Bratislava, Slovakia. From there I will head to Budapest via train, then Vienna, then Prague, then back to London to sleep in the airport for a night, then to Cyprus for 4 days of vacation and my friends', David and Andrea's wedding. On the 9th I leave for an undisclosed location in the Middle east, then I will make my way back to Texas going around the world heading east for a month.

When I get back I'll need a long vacation, even though everyone will think that I've been on vacation. I don't have a place to live when I get home, but that is the very least of my worries. I'm just trying to survive day by day right now. Not that this is so hard, it's just that there is no place like home, and there is really no place like home when you don't have a home. I'm sure glad that my parents like having me around because I can't wait to sleep on their couch and eat there food in a month and a half. I'm already road weary and I've been living in a flat and staying at B&Bs. Eastern European hostels here I come.

P.S. If I'm slow getting out the Liberation Commission video blog I'm sorry. I've got 3 other crew members who are using my computer and it is never available. Didn't I pay $3,000 for it, and isn't it mine you ask? Yes, yes I did, but being that it's my one and only prized material possession (and my business life-line), I just have to let it go... - read *deep sigh*

I miss you.

Friday, June 15, 2007

London-Town, The Liberation Commission, Episode 12

Our internet was too slow, and I couldn't upload it to Youtube. Sorry for the delay!

From London to Salisbury to Bath And Back Again


Banksy piece in Camden Town.


Thursday, June 14, 2007

Things Have Gone Haywire

I'm feeling overwhelmed. I missed the first day of our break due to very serious circumstances, and I'm leaving tonight to go to Stonehenge by myself. I'm looking forward to getting away for two days, and I hope to be re-energized to come back and make this film.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Trying To Decide What To Do

We've shot thus far, 12 hours of footage. This is footage specifically for The Great Commission TV show, but it will also be used for The Liberation Commission. It is 2pm, on Monday here, but we are shooting in Oxford and won't be back in London until late tonight. To tell you the truth, I am a little bummed that The Liberation Commission has so few views, but at the same time, I am really glad that my friends are enjoying the episodes. Perhaps now that we are on the road, out in the world, seeing the sites, specifically London, perhaps now we will get a consistent viewership.

For those of you who have been following along, thank you very much. See you soon.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Thank You God, You Are Gracious and Merciful

Our internet went down at the flat, so we walked around the corner to this delightful little pub called Duke of York. I'm sitting here with my buds, Guiness Extra Cold in hand, cruising the free wifi. Thank you God!

We had a delightful church service at All Souls in Oxford Circus this morning, and then spent the rest of the day at Speaker's Corner in Hyde Park. I love London.

Saturday, June 09, 2007

The Great Commission, Pitch Video

I'm posting this, so that you can get a better idea of what exactly I'm doing here in London. If you are my friend you will embed this video in your blog, and say something like, "Hey, check out this documentary my friend Anton is filming in London!"

Friday, June 08, 2007

In London, Finally

Well my friend, it has begun. We arrived this morning, picked up our key, and the flat is fantastic, big, and fully furnished. I lived in the same neighborhood 3 years ago, so I already know my way around a bit.

We walked the city, got groceries, and then headed to a pub from the 1700's that I love. We got home at about 11pm, and I am pooped, haven't slept in about 24 hours, so I'm off to bed. It's 1am right now and the sun rises at 4:30am, so sleep is almost out of the question again.

I'm having a blast though, and I am so glad to be here. This week's Liberation Commission will be up on Monday afternoon, and should be pretty entertaining.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Before the Flood

I love this. (The picture is a link.)

Flipping Genius

These are pictures of families from around the world, surrounded by the food they will eat for the week. These are absolutely fascinating. Thanks Kottke

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Anton's Birthday, The Liberation Commision, Episode 11

June 4th is the day that Anton was born. We celebrated by singing Bohemian Rhapsody A cappella.

We leave this Thursday for London, so next weeks episode will be coming to you straight from England.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Magnum

This is what the future looks like.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Thank You For Making My Birthday Great

It's always tough to be the host of the party, or even just to be the center of attention, at least for me. I'm terrified of getting married just because of the wedding part, and as the groom your not even really at the center of attention, the bride is the only one people really care about. But before I go off on some strange tangent, I just want to thank you guys for making today so great. You are wonderful and I cherish our friendship. I'll be thinking about you on the road, and missing you dearly.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Give Us More Ze Frank!

I really wish I would have followed The Show With Ze Frank, when it was still being produced. I have been watching archives of the show like crazy for the last week.

If you haven't heard of The Show With Ze Frank, here is the basic premise: Ze Frank is a web designer who has been making videos and keeping up with a blog for a couple of years. He became Internet-famous for a little interactive video he made called How to Dance Properly. A little over a year ago Ze decided to make a new video blog everyday where he would speak little essays directly into the camera, little blogs about things he was thinking about, little blurbs of wisdom; Ze also asked his audience to participate in fun experiments such as attempting to lay two pieces of bread on exact opposite sides of the earth, thus making an earth sandwich, thus bringing about world peace.

The show was pretty funny, really fun to watch, and just flipping impressively punctual. I can't even get my video blog up on time once a week! Bring us season two Ze. Pretty please.