Over the past several months or so, I’ve come to the slow resolve of embarking on a journey of making a feature length movie. The biggest demon I face in accomplishing this is my general ignorance concerning the logistics of how to realize such a goal. Though that is a problem, and as many would have it a fairly “big one”, I’m a firm believer that most everything that ever looked hard in part looked so because there was no uncertain amount of mysticism surrounding it. Mysticism is the enemy of man, and though I’m sure T-Rex meant something else when he wrote the line “messing with the mystic” in a drug addled haze of delusion , I too am ready to start “messing”.
Accordingly I’ve begun with what I’d label as the preliminary steps towards the realization of this goal. At this stage this has mainly been confined to research on my part into just how one would go about making an independent feature length movie. In subsequent posts, my hope is to talk about the progress I’m making, the material that I’m reading, the problems I’m encountering and my overall thinking about the project with the two-fold aim of clarifying my own thoughts and too dialogue with others who might share a common interest.
I have to add my brilliant opinions to both Mike and Timâ€™s post about GTD. GTD sounds like yet another framework to waste ones money. This is going to surprise little Mikey, but I no longer advocate the use of PDA for many of the same reasons you have listed in the earlier post. I have purchased three PDAs over the past 12 years. I was one of the first users of the modern PDA in that I was stupid enough to purchase the Apple Newton while in college. The Apple Newton was considered as portable as cell-phones were in the early 1980s â€“ like talking on a grey masonry brick. (more…)
Tim recently wrote a post about productivity and organization and this is my response.
Thoughts on GTD (a poem):
â€œThe Listâ€ is relatively effective so long as it is checked with some degree of regularity and, perhaps more importantly, is “edited”. My problem is I’m guilty of not editing my lists and they often become mazes unto themselves giving birth to baby minotaurs.
So I’ve been reading some blogs for a bit now. Many of these blogs are about various bits of Mac nerdery, partially because I’ve been doing some searches on Mailsmith and my new favorite program, OmniOutliner (more on OO later).
For one reason or another, many of them mention GTD. GTD, or Getting Things Done, is some system created by David Allen that helps you organize your thoughts and life in order to be more productive. This is all good and fine, but I don’t think I am ready to organize my life to that extent, or at this point in time, even pick up the book to check out the GTD system.
This doesn’t mean that I haven’t tried to be a bit more productive. As nice as it is to lazily sit around the house, being lazy only ever feels good topping off bouts of activity. There are several key components to achieving this goal of doing more with my time.
For some time Tim and I have been interested in recording soundscapes. Last summer, during the cicada craze, Tim went out and managed to record some cicada-scapes. I’m sure Bernie Krause could have recorded a cicada humping a grain of sand, but by our amateur-soundscaping standards, I thought the cicada sounds that Tim captured were pretty fabulous. My favorite moments would be when a cicada hit the microphone, or a plane could be heard flying overhead, fading in and then out of the cicada summer-haze. We’ve not posted any of these soundscapes, but if for some reason there is a great internet-outcry to hear them, we’ll post them. Then you too can slobber in an ecstasy of sound as cicadas hit microphones at minute fifteen.
The eventual plan was to put an EP that would be part soundscape and then part cicada-electronica. The electronica end of the plan never became a reality, as it was contingent upon a lot of time and most likely outside help. So the recordings sat.
Eventually however, video artist and photographer Meggie Miao (who also happens to be Tim’s girlfriend) approached us and asked us to record a song about cicadas that she could use in conjunction with some footage of cicadas she had shot. So Tim and I went away and wrote a cicada song, though not the song we envisioned. It did however use the cicada-scapes. So part of the original plan was implemented.
The resulting video, thanks to Meggie’s excellent writing and directing, looks absolutely spectacular. And who knows, perhaps there will be an electronic cicada song yet…
The video is available here in .mov format and the song is available here as an mp3. Quicktime might be required to view the video.
It’s in! It’s final! The list of the 10 worst properties in Salisbury, MD. Why the city of Salisbury feels the need to list this online is beyond me. Somebody should nominate the Salisbury web page the Top 10 worst web pages…
I bought this album at the same time I bought Blueberry Goatse. The first time I listened to Jailbreak, I was very pleased. Right after it, I put in Blueberry Boat for the first time. At track 3 of Blueberry Boat, I hit eject and put back in Jailbreak back in.
Listening to this album is like trying to insulate an igloo with wet leaves, a waste of time, energy and effort. Blueberry Bloated blows like a cold case of the blueberry balls, not because it would be more cost effective to heat the igloo with the ignited happening hipster wind and excessive experimental gas released from the album’s punctured guts; but simply because I can’t fathom what would ever possess someone to write the line, “Later at lunch with the taco lettuce crunch crunch” and then sing it in what is possibly the most annoying vocal delivery “EVER”. Listening to the line makes Urkle’s voice sound like listening Courtney Cox climax with a double pronged dildo. If anyone wants me to spend more time with this piece of garbage, then all I’m saying is I’d better get my
I just got off the line with Verizon. I called the customer service number 1–800-427‑9977. I started following the commands, got fed up, and just asked for an associate. Mr. Jones comes on the line and asks me what the problem is in his overly helpful manner. He then kindly informs me that I have the wrong department and he’s going to transfer me to the right one. For future reference, he gave me the phone number to the “right” department, which is 1–800-427‑9977.
I go on hold for a minute, then Mr. Davis comes on. Mr. Jones hands me off to Mr. Davis:
“Good morning Mr. Davis, this is Mr. Jones from the Long Distance Billing Dept. I am on the line with Mr. Gray and he has some questions about his Verizon Freedom plan.”
Funny stuff. Now, the reason I am calling Verizon is because we are have the Verizon Freedom Extra pack, which is a good deal for $59.95, since it gives you unlimited local and long distance, and a ton of features including voice mail. However, I was perusing the Verizon site the other day, and noticed the [Verizon] Freedom Unlimited plan was only $49.95. “Unlimited” sounds better than “Extra” in my book, and $10 cheaper is pretty good too.
So I called Verizon to see what was up and to change my plan. As is evident by Mr. Jones, Mr. Davis, and their handling of me, they must be trying hard to have “good customer service.” To me good customer service involves calling the customer service number and getting who I want, not being transferred to the same number I called. Oh well.
For those who care, the Unlimited package doesn’t have voice mail or unlimited 411. The other funny thing was when Mr. Davis tried to sell me Verizon DSL. He went on for about 5 minutes telling me how much better it was than my current Comcast cable internet, all for only $29.95. Finally he asked how much I was paying for Comcast, to which I replied, “$23.” That’s $23 with 3 computers on the network and including the cable modem, which Mr. Davis made me point out to him. He then quickly said, “Well, DSL still has advantages over cable modem, and at only $24.95/month, its only $2 more.”
Three and a half months ago, I posted about the dead mouse that was down in the basement of my place of employment, PPPL. At the time, the mouse was there for an estimated 2 weeks.
Today, I was sadly informed that I had to pay my respects to the mouse, for it would be leaving us for the second time. You see, the dead mouse was discovered on the safety walk through, officially written up, and must be removed.
Safety Action Item:
Remove dead mouse from north side of hall.
It’s a sad day for all of us, but I managed to go down and snap a picture. Someone decided to build our friend the mouse a little “house.”