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Saturday, January 17, 2009

Miracles and Montalban

Of course I have to comment on what is being called a Miracle on The Hudson. It's great incident, great story, great way to kick off the new year. This entire story just chimes with hope and heroism. For the most part, as far as we know from the news so far, this was fairly simple. The plane hits a flock of birds, the engines fail, the plane goes down into the water. Not exactly movie of the week material, but I'm sure they'll find a way to milk it into one. The bigger picture is really about how the pilot put the plane down and how the crew got everyone off of the plane swiftly and safely, with everyone alive and intact.

Much praise on the news today for the pilot and the crew. And so far there is an overall good vibe in the air about it all. Good vibes are certainly something the world needs more of. I'm a great believer in the power of mass consciousness and I hope we get more "good vibe stories" of heroism and heart to help contribute to that.

On a side note I would like to say that I think Brian Williams on NBC is the coolest anchor on the planet. I just like the way he reports. He actually used the phrase "went into the drink" when describing the plane going into the water. That's just some cool shit right there. If this guy gave a poetry reading, I'd be there. Let Brian Williams do the vagina monologues. It'll be a hit.

And on a way more somber note. Ricardo Montalban has passed away. I grew up watching him on Fantasy Island. He was so cool on that show. And my hopes are dashed that he would ever reprise his role as Khan on Star Trek. Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan is one of my favorite movies. I always thought the conflict between Khan and Kirk was amazing. And Motalban had such great dialogue, God he hated Kirk so much. FOrgive me, my Trekkieness is showing.

Wrath Of Khan


Fantasy Island Intro.
OMG! This brings back memories.



I was very sad to find out he had passed away. R.I.P. Ricardo Montalban.

Now that I think about it. Sometimes when I watch LOST, I get thie Fantasy Island feel every so often. Especially watching that above clip, there are certainly elements of Lost in there, at least that's what my Spidey senses are implying. Yeah, I said Spidey senses!



And now because I don't do them often. Here's a your typical, vanity, all about myself, celebrate me, type survey. I wonder if they call it a Meme, because these things are usualy about ones own self. Hmmm. I will attempt to answer this one semi seriously, as I hardly ever answer them seriously at all.



Who will alway's tell it to you like it is, no matter if it's going to hurt or not?
Juli

Do you want your phone to ring at the moment?
What?


Hate is a strong word but do you really hate anybody?
Nope

Are you easily confused?
I don't understand.


If the last person you dated said they were in love with you, what would you say?
Seeing as how that last person became my wife, I think I'd say I was in love with them back.


When was the last time you wanted to punch someone?
It was right after Johnny had swept my leg. Damn you Kobra Kai!


Are you someone who worries too often?
Why, should I be?


Do you want to get married and have kids one day?
Married, Check. Kids, working on it.


Do you believe your ex thinks about you?
I don't quite know who would qualify as my ex. I'm still married.


Whats currently bothering you right now?
Well, that whole Global Warming thing is getting annoying.


What are you currently hearing?
CNN Headline News and MSNBC in the background. Lil Sonny New King Of The Blues Harmonica coming from the computer.


When were you last outside?
2 hours ago. It's 1:30 am right now. I was out there looking for my testicles as I'm pretty sure they had frozen off.


What was the first thing you thought this morning?
That's not my underwear.


Are you afraid of the dark?
Only when there's a crazed axe murderer waiting in it.


Are you currently frustrated with a boy/girl?
I don't know, I'll pass you a note after P.E. and tell you all about it then.


Have a best friend?
I have extensive tech support yes. And a wife. ;)


What did you last eat?
Broccoli, as usual.


Who was the last person to text you?
Brandon.


Who was the last person you had a phone conversation with for more than 2 minutes???
Crystal


When is your birth?day???
July, 16th, 1975


Have you ever gotten a sunburn so bad it hurt to move?
I'm Filipino, so no.


Ok so I'm going to stop answering this now, because 1) It's it's quite crap, and 2) My writer's block is gone.

So back to studying Exorcism rituals and Sword history. Didn't realize how tough making a golf commercial was going to be.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Monster Cops Vlog, Dec to Jan.



Production Update with the Monster Cops.

Everybody's Gotta Get Paid

I was just Twittering (or rather Tweeting, but really I prefer Twittering, it's fun to say outloud) about how Jott and Sprout are both going from a basic free service to a paid service. And I don't mind at all. Everyone's gotta get paid for their services and I will gladly pay for what I use. Jott I use every so often, for blogging from my phone or leaving notes for myself. Sprout is a service that allows you to create flash content with ease. I actually rely on Sprout quite heavily for much of my marketing, I use it on my blog, and throughout monstercops.com.

I can't imagine a world without Sprout, so I will most likely be paying for their services come February. Jott not so much. And I'm both glad and overwhelmed a little about so many sites I use switching to get paid. I completely understand it, but man it fell hard. I guess everyone got together and decided to start charging after the New Year started. Soundsnap.com is another site I've used for Sound effects and foley support for much of my video work, and it too is now taking away the free service. Now you can download 5 soundeffects a month for free, after that you gotta pay.

Even Brightcove has giveen up there basic and free services. And I was using them to post high quality videos extensively as well. Now I'm sticking to high quality and free video upload sites like Vimeo. And thankfully YouTube has enabled HD quality as well (although you can't embed HD yet, or can you, someone fill me in.)

Like I said, I understand it, and I don't mind it, I was even expecting it, just wasn't expecting to have to pay for it all at the sametime.


I just glanced at the date on the box of sugar free cookies I was eating, and realized the date expired. I bought these today. Neat. (sarcasm)


Anyhoo. Not complaining about the monetary system, just overwhelmed. Sprout I will gladly pay for. Jott I don't really need or use. Soundsnap.com I actually don't need, I just really liked how easy their site was to use. From now on if I need sound fx support I can still use The Free Sound Project. Wait. Lemme check and see if they're still free.

Yup still free.

And I've switched from Brightcove to Vimeo with some help from Vodpod.

Ok, I'm gonna go puke up some cookies, and get back to editing EVERYTHING.



Oh and thank you to all of you who have commented, viewed, and rated my videos. I really appreciate the support. Thanks guys.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

I'm Sitting in the parking...

I'm Sitting in the parking lot of Red Lobster, waiting for my wife. Making phone calls. Trying to step for production.
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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Yup, Another One.

So I cut together another video for the Aspire One Promo Contest. This time with the help of Brandon White and Chris Plouffe.



Go to the YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JIu9CBaO0Ko
Please spread it around, rate it high, and watch it alot, oh yes and leave a comment.

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