Thursday, January 29, 2009

F Yeah, Famous

I absolutely cannot wait to tell you what prompted Sara (of Sara Kerens Photography) to tell me this:
Oh yeah, and I added the stars. It's funny when Christians cuss!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Feist, Grizzly Bear, David Byrne and Ben Gibbard

Kyle led me here, but all I could do to listen to these tracks was to embed them in my blog. So that's what I've done. Enjoy with me!

My Friends Made This

Clint Gage, Michael Truly and Nick Mundy (along with Clay Dzygun I believe), who collectively form the filmmaking sketch comedy group Team Tiger Awesome, made this video for Comedy Central's new web-branch Atom:

A lot of really talented people worked on this short, including the director of photography skills of one Jonathan Nicholas (who you will hear more about in a Deliberate Industries update later this week). If you look closely at the scene where chaos first breaks out, you might even catch my best friend Ben Grayson and I wrestling over a boom box.

While I don't think things would get apocalyptic if Oprah met an early demise, I'm sure there would be at least one or two murders and a funeral fit for a pope.

I'm Going To Tahiti

Either February 22nd or the first week of March.

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I'm hoping to get PADI certified before I go.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

My Argument For The Kindle

This morning, when I woke up at 1pm, I decided that I needed to relax for a while by taking a bike ride to Aroma cafe to get a fancy breakfast burrito, coffee, people watch and catch up on my reading. I've been reading a lot lately, but I'm not very good at focusing on one thing at a time, so I'm in the middle of 6 books and 1 magazine article. Most days I carry my computer with me everywhere I go, but when you're already toting 6 books, a five pound laptop is the last thing you want in your bag.

Now I realize my previous post got a little bit of a heated discussion going by the book loving community, but look at this, it's ridiculous:
It's no secret that I'm an environmentalist, and I'm not suggesting that the Kindle is a more environmentally friendly option than actual books - who knows how much copper, coltan, mercury, and other heavy metals go into the production of the device. And books are obviously far more bio-degradable. I'm just saying that for the avid reader, a digital reading device really frees up some satchel space. And Christina, I'm not trying to threaten your profession. I ran my fingers over the raised type on the dust-jacket of "Captivating" - it was nice. But I'm reading the book to "unveil the mystery of a woman's soul," not just to admire the lovely cover.

I understand that those of us who have grown up reading traditional books find it hard to imagine reading out of a plastic box, but for the new guard, I think it's going to be common-place. I for one, have 10 rubber tubs, weighing in at about 500 pounds, waiting in my closet for the library I will one day have in my palatial estate. But on afternoons like today, I'd rather carry one tiny device, than have to lug around a sack of books while navigating L.A. roads on my bicycle.

I just wish the Kindle was a little more affordable.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Esau Mwamwaya Music Video

Remember how I posted that link to the free download of Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit's album The Very Best? Well, Esau Mwamwaya went back to his home country of Malawi for the first time in 9 years and recorded footage for a music video for one of the songs off the album called "Kamphopo." Enjoy!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Driving Back From Sundance

It took me two days to figure out how to "do" Sundance efficiently. Because I was shooting publicity interviews for a respected company, I had access to every party and event I wanted to go to. After two days of networking I was even getting invited to exclusive breakfasts and lounges just by meeting people. Next time I go to Sundance, or any good film festival for that matter, I will know the drill.

It was a great 4 days in Park City, meeting inspiring people, seeing good movies, and filling up on complimentary food and beverages, all set to a beautiful mountain backdrop. Sundance 2009 was a full-success. My thanks to Gordon Vasquez of RealTVfilms and all our talented hosts.

More soon...

Thursday, January 15, 2009

A Long Weekend at Sundance

I forgot to tell you, this weekend I'm shooting video for a company called RealTVfilms at The Sundance Film Festival. I'm actually cruising up I-15 in a "pimped" out Escalade as I'm writing this. I'll be going to parties and catching interviews with filmmakers Friday, Saturday, Sunday and then skiing with my friend on Monday. Sundance is a lifelong dream for me, so I'm excited.

Also, I don't know if the last post made it clear or not, I booked a trip to Christchurch, New Zealand May 5th, Sydney, Australia May 17th and then back to L.A. June 5th. Also, I'm doing 10 days in Tahiti for work this Spring. And other stuff I'll tell you about soon. I'm happy to be alive.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Dear Woman of My Dreams

Where are you? I would very much rather you come with me, than do all these fun trips all by myself.

Question About Physical Media

Are books made of paper and movies seen in theaters dead and we just don't know it yet?

What I mean, is that we may be looking up into the night sky at a star, a star that has already died, but because it's so far away, millions of light years, we just don't know it's dead yet. Forget your nostalgia for a moment and think about it. Any media can be instantly transferred across the planet, once it's in digital form. I saw fewer movies in the theater 2008 than any other year in my life since the third grade. I bought a handful of magazines, two CDs and 2 DVDs.

I think this is a good thing - although, the collective experience of cinema is very important and often adds to the experience. I think I'm going to buy a Kindle or similar device. Die paper die!

Friday, January 09, 2009

Peter Schiff Predicts 2008, in 2006

I don't know who this guy is, but this little video is blowing my mind. Listen to these guys, Ben Stein for example, saying "the worst is over," in 2007. They are eating their words, so, so, bad right now.
(thnx, Sean)

Thursday, January 01, 2009

All About The Adventures of Pete & Pete

I get fixated on things every once in a while. At the moment, I'm obsessed with the early nineties Nickelodeon television series, The Adventures of Pete and Pete.

This show, which started as a 30 minute special, ended up running for 3 seasons. Rather than bore you with the show's history, you can just check it out on Wikipedia if you feel like it. When the show began airing I was only 10 years old. I was a Nickelodeon junkie at that time and the show wasn't one of my favorites. Looking back, I think it just went over my head.

If you really crave some behind the scenes commentary on the show, here's a recent podcast Episode with the show's creators.

I'm currently contemplating watching a marathon of both seasons on Youtube. This user has created a playlist for every episode on season 1 and every episode of season 2.

...*it's been 7 days since I wrote all the previous text*

I was going to write an essay on Pete and Pete, but this is all I really need to say about it:

The Adventures of Pete and Pete was a really good show and brings up feelings of 90's era nostalgia from my adolescence. The show is shot in a fairly timeless fashion, so it will hold up for the ages. I am going to make children's entertainment this good again.