"None will open unless I push them myself." - Val DeWitt

Friday, July 23, 2010

CKF's Question of the Month


My brief answer to Cinema Knife Fight's Question of the Month is now posted. Check it out here.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Necon Jugband World Tour is a wrap

Just got back from Necon yesterday, had a great time. Big shout out to everyone - too many to try and name here. Always a treat to see everyone. The photo is just an example of the kind of deep, literary work we do at this serious con. We brought back the Sleepy Hollow Jugband for the talent show, and took first place! Yea, kind of scary. Here's the video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOz1ebJjUVw

The song ("The South's Gonna Rise Again") is from 2000 Maniacs, a particularly nasty old horror flick. Anyway, looking forward to Necon 31, and special thanks to the Booth family for putting on another winner of a conference.

Oh, PS: in the photo:  Pete Dudar, Lauran (LL) Soares, and me.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

In Search of Coconut Milk

Sometimes you have to share something you read online. I subscribe, via Google Reader, to Scott Adams' blog. Scott's the creator of the Dilbert comic strip. He uses his blog to pretty much talk about anything he wants. His writing reminds me a lot of Dave Barry. Anyway, read this the other day and I had to share it. Had me laughing out loud, no small feat these days, and we can all use a laugh now and then.

http://dilbert.com/blog/entry/in_search_of_coconut_milk/

Enjoy...

200,000 Miles

My Chevy Venture minivan turned over to the 200,000 mile mark yesterday. Admittedly, it wasn't very safe around me as I neared this, since I kept alternating my gaze from the road to the odometer. I was a little ways out of the Wal*Mart parking lot at noon, "Love is in the House" by Tobymac was playing on the iPod. I've never had a car this long before. Seven years. The first 200,000 miles in the van saw a whole range of moments in its life, from wonderful to nightmarish. I'm hoping to keep it for another 100,000 miles at least - what the car will see down that long road is anyone's guess. Couldn't be worse, but I've thought that before. Now and then I have to get a small repair, a couple of doors stick, the gas gauge is all messed up so I have to judge when the tank is empty based on the odometer's trip meter, and the rust spots I bondo'd last year are coming back, but I've got no car payment right now, it still gets 23 miles/gallon, insurance is cheap, and I seriously don't want to face the cost of a new one and still swing the post-divorce mortgage for the house looming on the horizon. So I'll hang onto the car, it's been good to me (knock wood), and if it's still running when Amanda gets her license maybe she can have it (much to her expected chagrin).

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

The Last Airbender

My newest review for Cinema Knife Fight, of M. Night Shyamalan's THE LAST AIRBENDER, is now posted. Special thanks to son Andrew and nephew Michael for their help in putting this one together. I also spend some time berating this new trend of adding "in 3D" just so they can charge 4 bucks extra a ticket...

Thursday, July 01, 2010

Enhanced "Contaminant" and Blog Changes

Hey, you'll notice the look of this website changing now and then - Google has added a ton of template tools, but some look great,but the text is weird. Working on it. What do you think?

Now, our 5 minute short "Contaminant" devised, written and filmed in only 48 hours as part of the 48 Hour Film Project, has been rereleased by producer Ned Utzig with all the final edits which we simply had no time to put in that weekend. This cut includes editing improvements, better f/x, more music from James (who also played the scientist), cleaned up and improved sound from our great sound guy Aaron, and the infamous "head shot" where we see Natasha die even more horribly and in slow motion! Looks great! The overall video is so much tighter and cleaner. Check it out at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x-cZLsDmdgM