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My iPhone is Racist…

Wednesday, February 24th, 2010

You may think I picked that title to attract readers or I’ve chosen to exaggerate or speak in metaphor. However, I promise you this is entirely true.

I had an amazing week last week, shooting 6 Days on an independent feature production. The days were long and tiring, but really wonderful. And it was amazing to see how many ways a smartphone can be utilized in the constant melee that is production. Little did I know what lurked in the brain of this device.

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TweetBook…

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

If approving a friend or following someone sounds like a typical day in front of your computer then you understand how ubiquitous social networking sites have become. In theory, we are all supposed to feel more connected. To never lose touch. To know what all our friends, favorite celebs, and those people we couldn’t stand in high school are doing with their time.

But I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… we don’t live “in theory”, and in reality it strikes me quite differently. Click to continue »

Terror before Swine…

Sunday, May 3rd, 2009

Unless you live in a bunker with no internet or television, you know that Swine Flu is the hot topic and disease of the moment. And in this constant barrage of updates and headlines touting “pandemic” I’m struck again by America’s #1 creation. We used to lead the world cars, computers, electronics, and freedom, but now we lead in one area: Panic and Fear.

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This is Different…

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

I just helped my In-Laws move stuff from their mountain home outside Denver, Colorado back to their home base of Dallas, Texas. Our drive across Kansas and through Oklahoma was such a striking difference to my normal life that I felt like I’d been dropped into a carnival dunk tank on a cold day.

To put this into focus let me start by saying: I live in LA. I drive a Sports Car.
But for this trip: I drive a 20,000 pound diesel truck. Through Kansas.
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How Long is Too Long…

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

When I moved to Los Angeles I had my share of nay-sayers. Some folks in influential or mentor-type roles really questioned my thinking. I was 23 years old and “following a dream”. One in particular asked me “How long do you intend to do this?”

Wanting terms and conditions. A quantifiable plan. Milestones.

I responded “How long is a dream worth chasing?” That shut them up. They had no answer for that, and I don’t think they’d ever even thought of the question.

Now, thirteen years later I don’t have an answer for it either. How long is a dream worth chasing? I find that to be the lingering query of my existence. If forced to answer I would quickly say “as long as I have breath…”

But reality does dawn… even on us dreamers. Click to continue »

Green with Insanity…

Thursday, March 5th, 2009

One of the biggest PR success stories in history has to be the meteoric rise of the “Green” movement. 10 years ago, if you said something was “green” most of the world thought you were referring to the color. Now, not only is it a statement of efficiency and conservation, but it’s blurred right past the train stop of public consciousness and positioned itself as a goal.

Not for anyone. Not for a specific product. For Everyone. For Every product.

So I find myself laughing. I think awareness of resources and their usage is wise in every area. But putting an eco-friendly bent on many things is just asinine… Click to continue »

The Undying Issue…

Friday, January 23rd, 2009

Like most people I know, I watched the Inauguration this week. Historic and uplifting. Two things I can’t often say about our government’s activity.

I’m excited to see what the future brings, and curious to see President Obama in action instead of as an icon on a poster.

He’s hit the ground running. And like I said before, Presidents always seem to start well.

Yet I find myself sickened by the same thing over and over. I keep trying to get past it… to hope I’ve seen the last news story, or mention, or visual. It’s like an infesting fog I can’t get away from… Click to continue »

Somebody did it…

Thursday, August 7th, 2008

Apparently my wife and I have kept every instruction manual for every piece of electronics we’ve ever owned. And today we were tossing some of them out.

I came across the manual for a watch/ compass/ altimeter/ swiss-army knife/ & parachute I own. I’ve never even opened the manual before, as I figured how to set it myself. (it’s a watch for god-sakes… not a nuclear reactor) But there was a picture in the manual which caught my eye.

An odd cartoon. Click to continue »