Saturday, September 29, 2007

Canadians Give A Hard Kick In The Last Lap

It's just starting to make me chuckle. Watching what's been sold to me as conspiracy and prophesy. The Euro is at an all time high, and the Canadian dollar is racing past U.S. currency. Why not unite Canada and Mexico in an economic union? The U.S. Constitution is an ancient document anyway. Those old, close-minded fools who wrote it are dead and gone. Bring on the American Union! So long United States!

Observations On a Saturday

First things first, let it be know that I ran like a chump today. I've been excited all week about the 5k that i would be running today, because I'm in the best shape of my life, and chances were good that I was going to run a good time, with the strong possibility of placing, but that didn't happen. The biggest problem is that I've been training for a half-marathon, and not a 5k, so I haven't been doing any speed work. I ran it in about 20 minutes, what an embarrassment.

In other news, I've created a new video blog project that I hope will take off soon. Ok, it's not fair to say that I've created it, actually the project isn't mine at all, I just made the page. Plug it into your RSS feed reader and soon there'll be some funny videos and hopefully a good story that you'll enjoy.

Click on the banner to see the blog:In yet other news, all of the museums in the city of Fort Worth are free today! I'm going to go check out the Ron Mueck exhibit at the Modern when I get done writing.

Friday, September 28, 2007

They Gave Me The Lead

I won't be blogging this fine day. It seems that my friends fancy me a good face for their new short film, so I will be acting tomorrow, out at a ranch west of Fort Worth, Texas.

It's a Christian film, like real Christian, (not "real" Christian necessarily, but really Christian) if that distinction makes any sense at all. It should be quite an interesting experience, with many observations along the way.

I've been procrastinating in such a big way, so I have not yet edited the video blog from Vienna. It's a six part series and I have my work cut out for me to edit them all, so I'll just assign the deadline of Monday by noon, for the first video, entitled "Anton's Adventures: In Vienna." Have a great day, and an even better weekend!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Demo of New Imaging Software at TED: by Blaise Aguera y Arcas

Forward thinking individuals are usually scoffed at, as was this fellow I'm sure. But humans have traveled to the moon, cloned animals, and created the internet. This software gives me hope that teleportation and human levitation are still possibilities.

Metaverse, let that blow your mind.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Ahh!

They just released Wes Anderson's Hotel Chevalier on Itunes, the short film that is a prequel to the new Wes Anderson film, The Darjeeling Limited. (Caveat, Natalie Portman gets nude in this film, so NSFW).

Observations On a Wednesday

"A love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." - 1 Timothy 6:10 (New International Version)

"Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble." - Same verse (The Message)

"For the love of money is the root of all evil..." - Same verse (King James Version)

And here's the other half of the verse in the New International Version:

"Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs."

Good grief.

Watch As They Draw And Quarter Fort Worth

I am a critic of natural gas drilling in the Barnett Shale in and around Fort Worth. Of the over 2,000 wells being drilled in the area, over 800 of them are already within the Fort Worth city limits. Although natural gas itself may be a better alternative to oil, the process of extracting the natural gas is both environmentally damaging and corrupt. The huge amounts of water pumped into these wells, in turn flows out of the ground in the form of thousands of gallons of toxic mud. This mud is then transported and dumped on rural land, where the top soil is then overturned, burying the mud. This is environmentally unsustainable, or course shortsighted, and leaves me wondering where does it stop?

The people who are making the most money off of these wells are mean with greed. Google searches for information on the subject yield a confusing multitude of propaganda websites, aimed at "educating the public" so that they don't ignorantly criticize the drilling of these wells.

Well I'm not ignorant, I am criticizing the drilling of these wells, and I'm going after the people responsible for capitalizing on a shortsighted, greedy endeavor, that is destroying the city that I love. Sadly, some of these people are currently my friends, but they need to wake up.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Observations On a Tuesday

Last night as I was flossing, the new filling that I received yesterday, popped out, stuck to my floss. This morning I called the dentist and they said I could come in right away. My work is in Fort Worth, but my dentist is in Dallas. This event added an unexpected three hours to my morning. Here is what I observed along the way:

•Every time they lay me back in the dentist chair, I want to take a nap, but the terror of being at the dentist makes sleep an impossibility, even when they leave me there for 20 minutes.

•Teeth are sobering when you think about them. They are the one part of our bodies that are totally non-regenerative. Those little pearly reminders of our mortality.

•Every band should have at least one epic rock song. The Beatles-Hey Jude, Queen-Bohemian Rhapsody, U2-Sunday Bloody Sunday, Asia-In The Heat of the Moment, just to name a few. (I always loved Coldplay's Shiver too)

•If you get a to-go order at the bar, do you still tip?

So those were some observations I made while going to the dentist and getting some food from Buzz Brews. In other news, I am about to start editing my video blog from Vienna, Austria. This series is going to be called "Anton's Adventures," and there will be 6 episodes, Vienna, Budapest, Prague, Cyprus, Kenya and India. I'll post them here in Youtube format as well as subscribable on Itunes in Quicktime format via The Liberation Commission.

Monday, September 24, 2007

For Once During the Day

Most of my blogging takes place at night, after a long string of procrastination, I will open blogger, bleary-eyed, and write down some nonsensical stream of consciousness, the results of which I'm usually dissatisfied and embarrassed by.

As I write this post, it is 3:41pm. In the next few days, I am going to write down little observations throughout the day in my little notebook, which I will then transcribe here on my blog. My first observation is my love of Firefox for checking my spelling as I type and putting that friendly little dotted red line under the words that I jack up. Thanks Firefox! Now if it weren't so stupid about bookmarks I would love it even more.

My second observation is that I bought a book today called You Shall Know Our Velocity! by Dave Eggers. Kyle recommended it to me, this is Kyle. As with life, I am falling in love with reading again. That's all for now. Look forward to new posts every day for the next week or so. If you are not using an RSS reader to access your favorite blogs, you are living in the stone ages and need to evolve and adapt. Here are some directions on how to do it.

Love,

-Anton

Friday, September 21, 2007

Paradise?

100% Pure New Zealand

Thursday, September 20, 2007

*sigh* Well Life Is Good Again

For anyone who might have been wondering, I'm feeling a lot better. You probably weren't wondering that at all, but it seems that I've taken on some mythological status as someone who doesn't feel and just takes like for all it's worth. The truth is that I do feel and I've felt extremely existentially anxious for over a week, which is a no good way to feel. But I'm feeling better now and I'm quite happy about it.

We don't see each other nearly enough. Just know that I like you a lot and I think about you often.

Monday, September 17, 2007

UF Student tasered at John Kerry Speech

The second this man asks Kerry to explain his involvement in The Skull and Bones organization, the police begin to arrest him. The man begins to resist, saying very clearly that he hasn't done anything wrong and the police begin to taser him repeatedly. The video gets very uncomfortable towards the end.I wanted to hear John Kerry's supposed "answer" too. Here is a news story about the incident. It doesn't make mention of Andrew Meyer's second question about Kerry's involvement in Skull and Bones.

And here's a short video about the organization:

Here is a link to a video that is about 2 minutes longer, showing the incident from a different angle. The camera actually follows him as they escort him out of the building.

Don't just watch as they hand our country over to fascists. It is happening right before our eyes, and the majority are ushering it in. If you understand history, then fight. I'm not just speaking in broad conspiracy theories, I'm watching these things happen every day. Do you know about the American Union, the Amero currency, the "Free Trade Area of the Americas," or The Trans Texas Corridor? They are all real and they are all on their way.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

It's Finally Over Between Bush and I

Tonight on my drive home from Fort Worth, I noticed a blinding column of light emitting from the ground where a drive in movie theater once stood. Then, as I changed lanes to be closer to the wall of the overpass, I saw another column of light, streaming from an urban gas well, drilling into the earth and extracting natural gas from the Barnet Shale, one of the largest deposits of natural gas in the continental United States. I am disgusted by this practice. Since drilling began, two wells have now exploded near residential areas, and the shear amount of water needed to sustain this practice is absolutely mind blowing. The same water that is pumped underground to extract the gas is then pumped out in the form of dark brown sludge. Where that water goes from there, I cannot tell you.

I just saw a picture of one of these wells in the middle of the Colorado rockies, with a large dirt road crossing over the beautiful high country to access the well. My only question is where does it stop? But I know the answer, it doesn't. One day Jesus will come back and set things straight, but my kids may already be dying of the cancers caused by environmental waste by that time, or their kids, how can we know? We can't, so we must fight.

Watch these videos:

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Raju and Kamadi

I miss these two. I wonder if they think about us often.

St. Vincent and The National at The Granada in Dallas


First, the girls that I was supposed to take to the concert from Fort Worth flake out, then, when I finally get to Sam's, I can't rally the troops (Sam and Matt and Rachel) and we end up leaving at 9:15pm (doors open at 9pm), when we got to the show at 9:30pm, St. Vincent was just finishing her set. Ben had informed me via his blog that The National was good, but really, I was there to see St. Vincent. And I missed her entire set!

The National was good. The lead singer was bombed, which was both amusing and incredibly distracting. The good news is that The Granada is smoke free. That makes for such a nicer night. If you haven't been to a concert in a while, you should go to one soon.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Something We Made In College

This video is based on an idea by my friend Landon Brown. Basically it is a commentary on the effect of media brainwashing. Whereas in the past, one's life flashing before one's eyes, meant images from memories one had experienced throughout one's life, for current generations, much of one's life consists of images which have been thrust upon us by the media. We made this in 2004.This is by far one of the darkest videos I've ever done. The reason we used all of the Holocaust footage was because we rented a bunch of old tapes from the TCU library and they all just happened to be about World War II.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Merlot And My Subconcious

Is there any mystery left in the world? When I was eight years old, I could entertain myself with a twist-tie. These days, England starts to look like America, and Africa starts to look like Texas, and India starts to look like the city dump. When did this monumental change take place in my mental psyche?

I've been more stressed out over the past few weeks than I've perhaps ever been in my life. And over what, starting a business? It has been such a struggle to deal with yet another change in the course of my life, and yet, when I sit down with a pen and paper and write down what I've accomplished, compared to the dreams I had growing up, I've pretty much exceeded my wildest expectations for my own life. How then is it possible that I am unhappy, whilst sitting here, at my beautiful computer, sipping merlot, wearing blue socks and expensive underwear, my favorite t-shirt, in the best shape of my life and healthy? It's because we're never satisfied.

Living in Dallas taught me to crave power. These days I want the waiter to walk on egg shells around my table, I want the valet to feel beneath me as he pulls up my fancy car and I want the person serving me my coffee to question their existence as they hand me my latte. Isn't that sick?

But I'm moving, I'm changing, I'm ditching this filthy pretentious grime that culture has spilled upon me and I'm cleaning up my act. I'm smiling at people because I'm no better than them, and I'm speaking in soft tones because I have nothing to prove. I'm going to bed earlier, and waking up earlier and I'm praying for wisdom in the face of the things I want. I'm falling in love with life again.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Getting To Work

My dad is a wise man. Whenever I expressed a desire to accomplish some future task, he would always have me sit down and write out my goals and my plan for achieving them. When I was a sophomore in college I wrote in my journal that I would run a marathon, backpack Europe and get a great job in the film industry. Though they seemed so far away at the time, I'd accomplished all 3 goals within 6 months (I know, get over yourself...but it's a good example).

With just a little planning, it is just amazing what we are capable of doing. I've assigned specific goals for myself over the next few months. I have no doubt that these tasks will be accomplished and I know this because I've written them down.

Somewhere on the list is redesigning this website. It will one day soon become antonseim.com, but not until it is more of a portfolio of who I am and what I do. So if you're interested, look forward to that. Thank you for reading, I like you.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

In The Works

After 4 years of contemplation and wishing that I was writing, I have finally finished the outline for the feature film I dream of directing. Here is the evidence:

My Favorite Thing of The Day

Click here and smile.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

The World Is Still Funky

For better or for worse, this is the world in which we live. Think for a moment about your kids, the world that they will grow up in; is that world better or worse than the one you experienced when you were a child? We may not have created the world, but in the last 100 years, we have done a lot to shape it. Are you making it better or worse?







Monday, September 03, 2007

A Faster, Stronger, Tanner Version of Myself

Before you jump to any conclusions about the vain delusions of which I am under, please read to the end of this piece with an open mind. This is not my attempt to describe the ways in which I am an incredible human being, or even to talk about how blessed I am; this is merely a brief essay of the plan I will follow over the next few months, which will serve to better my life in many ways, taking advantage of all opportunity, during a time in which I could otherwise be tempted to feel rather hopeless.

The back-story:

Over the course of this past summer in the year of our Lord, 2007, I was given the opportunity to partake in 4 chance of a lifetime, life-changing, perspective-shifting trips. For 3 weeks I lived in a flat in central London, filming a documentary and traveling around the U.K. and Ireland, then for 2 weeks I traveled through central and eastern Europe, backpacking and staying at hostels, meeting quirky and bohemian travelers from around the world along the way. Next I traveled to the island of Cyprus to meet up with my old fraternity brothers, my good friends David and Andrea, and their families to attend David's wedding in early July. From Cyprus I flew to Kenya to meet up with a film crew to film a reality TV show and to participate in Christian mission work throughout the country, traveling around by car and even going on safari for a few days in Masai Mara. After our 2 weeks stint in Africa, we all flew to India, to first visit the south east coast and to continue our mission work, and then traveled back to Mumbai to relax for a few days before returning to the states. After returning from abroad on August 8th, Curtis (who traveled with me most of the summer) and I loaded our backpacks into my car and drove 3,000 miles across the U.S. stopping in North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan, visiting many of our family members along the way. On August 19th, after two and a half months of near constant international travel, spanning 8 countries, 3 continents and 11 U.S. states I was finally back home in Texas. The summer had been an adventurous, mind expanding, spiritually deepening experience, and I was excited to tell of my adventures and to get back to work, my brain having been worked with inspiration, and my mind brimming with ideas which required immediate action. The emotional valley I was to go through as my summer traveling was brought to a sudden and indefinite halt was to be expected, but has been surprisingly difficult to cope with.

The Circumstance:

Two weeks before leaving for England, I was informed that my apartment in Dallas was to be torn down, and as of the end of June all tenants were effectively evicted. This left me barely enough time to move out, my very best option to move all of my things back into my parents house until I returned after the summer, to find a new place to live. The fact that I had no place to live when I got home was the furthest thing from my mind while I was traveling. When you're backpacking, you're technically homeless anyway, so what did it matter that I really was a homeless person?

I have now been living in my parents house for two weeks, sleeping in my little sister's old room, and still wearing only the same clothes that I had with me while I traveled. Prior to leaving for England, the company (Double A Pictures) that I started with my business partner Austin, was doing enough business that we were working together on projects nearly every day of the week. After being away from the business for so long as we were traveling, we officially have no paid work lined up for our business, and thus, we are not working together for the time being. As a result of not working, I am also not making an income. Because we have no income, we have not been able to move forward with our business, for which we need an office. Until we have an office, I will not get a new place to live, because I want to move as close as possible to the location of the office. In summary, I have no job, I have no money, I am 24 years old and I am living with my parents. These circumstances, in the wake of so much adventure, left me feeling slightly depressed and hope deprived in the weeks following our return from travel, that was, until I wrote down the plan.

The Plan:

Not having a job definitely has it's benefits. For example, when one has a job, the hours of 9 to 5, and in effect the hours preceding 9, and the hours following 5 o'clock, portions of which are sure to be spent in traffic and also in the general haze that proceeds work, are all given over to the work, thus utterly useless for other desired activities. I have very deliberately decided to put my normal work endeavors on hold until October 1st, so that I can use this time instead to focus on some things I have wanted to do for a long time. Those things are as follows, to gain muscle mass, strength and flexibility, to gain speed in my endurance running, and to get a tan. However, all of those activities are unimportant in comparison to the one other goal that I will be focusing on for the next 4 weeks, and that is writing a feature length screenplay, a love story.

These goals are not based in vanity. I want to gain muscle mass so that I will be able to do more physical labor, and also to improve my endurance as a camera operator. I have always loved running, and after a two year injury, I am finally able to run freely once again, so I have taken on the goal of running the White Rock Half-Marathon in Dallas in December, in what hopes to be a record time for me. Tanning, provides vitamin D for our bodies, without which we would die. While over-tanning obviously increases one's risk of developing Melanoma, it also brightens one's psychological outlook because that same vitamin D also has the psychotropic effect of increasing the flow of positive endorphins in the brain. It is a trade off, but with the cessation of the use of CFCs in air conditioning units and aerosol products, the ozone layer has been on the comeback, and I use SPF-15 lotion every single day. Ok, a slight tan makes me look healthier too.

The screenplay that I am writing, when it is finished, will be used as a tool to garner financial support to make my first feature film, what will be a shared product between myself and the crew that I will assemble to shoot the film. It is my dream to tell stories for a living, to have my stories entertain masses of people, and to bring joy to their lives through the characters and situations that have been created in my mind.

Now if I don't get to work right away, the plan will surely fail. Wish me good fortune.