I was working on a prototype for a new series of pop culture video blips when Roger stepped in and asked to host them at Tainted Reality. The term “crash cuts” refers to when your video editing amounts to recording each new shot straight to tape as you intend the audience to view it. It’s frowned upon which makes it funny and edgy to me. It’s what they do in Be Kind Rewind and I love that movie. This episode may as well be called MTV Real Life: I was a middle-aged vocaloid. Enjoy.
May 22, 2013
January 4, 2013
Maya’s reign of adorable continues with Episode III of My Corner of the World. This time we’re in animal costumes and are joined by GRAPHIC ARTIST, CHRISTOPHER BUTLER!!
November 6, 2012
I recently had a hankerin’ to revisit the world of, WALL-E, Pixar’s gorgeous CG animated love letter to the human spirit told almost entirely through robots. I thought I understood what the film was about but that’s the thing with revisiting the past, the destination almost always changes depending on where you’re walking from.
At the time of its release there was a certain section of the population who were highly critical of WALL-E‘s political agenda. Oddly enough you can attack the film from both sides of the partisan divide. It’s either a satire of capitalism out of control and in decline made by a bunch of free-lovin’, tree-huggin’, socialists, or it’s a spoof of what a nanny state big government spoon fed society would look like. The freeloading fatsos in the film, for example, presumably can’t do anything for themselves specifically because they were urbanite, no-nothing parasites who needed Uncle Sam to do everything for them -including wipe their ginormous asses. Not to mention that WALL-E was made under the Disney umbrella, just the kind of massive, anything-for-a-buck conglomerate the film criticizes.
They cried hypocrisy, they did!
How can the movie be about two things that diametrically oppose each other? It can’t. You chowderheads.
Forget for a moment about the role government, business and even the environment plays in the film. These are just story elements that help cast the film’s humanity in relief. WALL-E isn’t about them. At its heart it’s the story of what happens when a foreign contaminant is introduced into a perfect system and when we choose not to learn from the past, and live only in the moment.
When we first meet the robot, WALL-E, he is literally digging through our past and selecting moments to learn from. He arrives on the ship as an ambassador of our past but is immediately identified by the janitorial robot, Mo, as a foreign contaminant. Interesting…
October 8, 2012
Started a new web series out of my music room called My Corner of the World. It’s about reaching that point in life when you give up geek real estate in your home, in order to make way for the all consuming young life you brought into this world. In my case, my daughter Maya Ariel. It’s about sifting through the mountain of new releases and old classics and picking and choosing carefully what stays and what goes. It’s also an awesome way to have fun with my daughter and wife.
First Episode is below. New episodes premiere at Nerd-Base.com twice monthly on Thursdays at 6PM.
bonus episode teaser after the cut off.
August 4, 2012
I’ve been meaning to put this up forever. It’s vacation footage from 2012 cut to Otsuka Ai’s SMILY.
It’s fun to look back and remember how adorably chubby Maya was as a baby. My nieces, were right on the cusp of teendom too. That scene of them running into the setting sun was heaven-sent.
December 23, 2011
Note: I wrote this for my Grandfather (Bampa) for Christmas to go with a photo of our growing family.
I never had much use for math.
Numbers tell you one thing today
That’s entirely different tomorrow.
I used to believe one minus one equaled zero
But then we lost someone dear to us
And here we are,
at minus one.
When my wife and I met,
It was as two halves of the same whole
And together we became one
Following that math, adding one more
Should have made us two, or maybe three
but it didn’t.
It made us infinite.
Time marches past us, individually
But no matter how fast the hands run,
They can never out lap us as a unit.
Forever is in the palm
Of her tiny outstretched hands
As she reaches for stars
that are already hers.
October 11, 2011
If a picture speaks a thousand words…
…Then this one is an encyclopedia series on mental health issues.
September 18, 2011
I’m tired of yelling at people. You want to know why what George Lucas is doing to the original Star Wars trilogy is un-fucking-acceptable? I give up. Here.
Imagine telling someone you admire the Mona Lisa and this is what they see.
It’s just a movie, Brian! Sure, it’s just a movie that was adored by millions everywhere and was part of our shared cultural heritage on this planet earth. On that note the Mona Lisa is just a painting and the Bible is just a book. A good book… but a book nonetheless.
On a side note Mona Snooki is kinda smokin’.
September 4, 2011
We went for a stroll with Maya and it turned into one of the most adorkable videos I’ve ever cut. I used to love this Amuro Namie song when I was a younger man… but it was always missing something. Suffice to say, I’ve fixed it with the addition of Maya.
This will be fantastic material to embarrass her with when she’s twenty.
Your life isn’t complete… but it could be. My childhood friend, Derek Mayhew, has that thing you need. You may not have known that you need it but trust me you do. Wood solves and heals all. Derek’s always been artistically inclined but I never saw much of his work outside of some carpentry work he did building a bar and a dragon he painted when we were teens. That all changed today when he sent me the link to his new website for his Turned Wood Sculpture.
I am awestruck.
That is way better than a dragon. If you know of anyone carrying around heavy money bags that they’d like to lighten, these beauts are a steal at hundreds of dollars. Seriously, tell the people whose feet you are the stool of, like I’m doing.