Lately I’ve been doing some work for my brother, Derek. He did an unbelievable amount of work scoring Pope Michael for me, so although I’d do anything for him for free, I feel like I am still in creative debt to him at this point! We recently launched a site for him as well as a standard Twitter/Facebook combo.
A few weeks before I left Florida for Boston, I got the idea to record a little short about Derek and his trio at their usual Friday stomping grounds – Soya e Pomodoro, a cool little restaurant and lounge a few blocks from Derek’s place in downtown Miami. Derek’s trio consists of him on the keyboard, Brian Tate on the bass, and Dag Markhus on the drums. Lately the amazing Troy Roberts has been a fixture on saxophone and was playing the night we shot.
I love Notre Dame, and I am a firm supporter and sometimes harsh critic of them. In the end, though, I love the place and I love the people.
But, damn, Notre Dame. You’re really testing me in the area of football. Really getting to me bad.
I got this email a few days ago:
Cute. The Brian Kelly Challenge. Here’s the thing. Brian Kelly hasn’t even coached a game yet. Not one. He hasn’t coached a game. He hasn’t coached a game. Not one.
I saw my first bit of “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” around 1994 or 1995, when my Dad turned it on after we got home late from a Panthers hockey game on a Friday night. I was only 11, but I loved it, and luckily had parents who not long after let me stay up to watch on Friday nights.
Back then, Late Night with Conan O’Brien had only been on a year or two. A regularly appearing sketch actor was a very old man with a white beard whose name I can’t remember, but who died in the late 90′s. The set was mustard brown, and Conan’s job security was less than assured.
I was pretty shocked today to see – of all things – the comics page of the Observer on Gawker. Not just because I went to Notre Dame, but because I also drew a comic there for a little over 4 semesters. It was called “CroissantWorld”, and it was a fun experience and definitely a unique job that I loved.
What apparently happened is one of the comics (that I hadn’t heard of before, “Mobile Party”) submitted a three panel comic that went like this:
Saw: “What’s the easiest way to turn a fruit into a vegetable?”
Human: “No idea.”
Saw: “A baseball bat.”
The original punchline was allegedly “AIDS” which was allegedly rejected by the managing editor in favor of the above. Obviously, Notre Dame has a major shit storm on their hands because of this.
I think the second most famous cliche of people who are interested in film or video (behind “What I really want to do is direct”) is “I have a documentary in the works”, so I feel like I’ve fit the bill for that one quite nicely over the past few years.
I’ve been working on a documentary since late 2007, and filming since the summer of 2008, so its started to seem like a project that just never ends. However, the light at the end of the (production) tunnel is in sight! I hope to have the documentary finished by mid to late January.
I’ve always wanted to be one of those guys who seems to have enough time on his hands to write code and release it to the world for other people to use. I’ve also wanted to give something back to the CodeIgniter community for all the great open source code and help I’ve used for almost two years now. Now I can live both dreams! Both sad, sad dreams.
I’m not going to be releasing anything on an Elliot Haughin level yet, but I know that my never ending quest to make stupid repetitive things easier will allow me to create some cool little libraries. Continue reading
The internet has grown to be a wild place. A giant, unfathomable chasm of darkness, it has no boundaries or rules of quality. In short, anything goes, and people take full advantage of that.
Perhaps one of the worst offenders of the internet has been the internet video. More entertaining than text, the internet video is a place where anyone can turn on their webcam and just go to town, blathering on about anything that comes to mind. You’d think places like YouTube would discourage this type of behavior, but instead they just decided to cut out the middle man. Continue reading