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Monday, April 6th, 2009
3:12 am
Rainball: A Musical
Here's my entry for Ultimate's Musical Video Contest (Week 3):

Sunday, March 22nd, 2009
12:15 am
Michel Gondry (and George Lucas)
I guess I only post videos on livejournal anymore.  Here are two more!

The first is this week's entry to Ultimate's video contest.  The prompt was to make a four-minute video in the style of director Michel Gondry by bending reality, time, or both.  Here's my entry:

The second is the previous week's entry, on George Lucas.  In this one, we had to re-shoot or re-edit a movie, a la Lucas, to change the original.  I did The Elephant Man.


Wednesday, February 18th, 2009
1:46 am
Today? Show!
This is Alonya and me on the Today Show last Friday for the Netflix Greatest Kiss Challenge.  It was a fun weekend.

Ooh... "aspiring".

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
12:39 am
Greatest Kiss
A bunch of us did videos for Netflix's "Greatest Kiss" contest:


I did three, and, at the moment I'm posting this, the Back to the Future video I did with Alonya is the featured video.  Here it is:

We also did one on The Sandlot. The water was really, really, really cold:

I did a third one that wasn't posted for some reason.  I'm trying to find out why.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008
2:33 am
Yes! Looks like Ricky, Steve, and Karl are coming back with new themed audiobooks!  Here's a preview of their upcoming one on medicine:

Also, saw Los Cronocrímenes, (Timecrimes) tonight.  Great movie for a realistic look into and treatment of the self-preserving theory of time travel -- much more accessible to the viewer than Primer is.  (Entire classes could be taught on Primer.)  Anyway, loved Timecrimes.  You should see it.
Tuesday, November 18th, 2008
12:22 am
Super Happy Fun America Hollywood Darren!
I'm two minutes, fifteen seconds in.

If you can figure out what's happening in the first two minutes of this Japanese infomercial for the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, then, well, I assume you can speak either Japanese or Crazy.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
12:41 am
Remember, Remember...
The Fourth of November.

I.V. for i-Vendetta!



Max Payne!

Major Payne!

Damon Wayans!

Wayans Brothers!

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Oh, boy!

Sunday, October 26th, 2008
12:15 am

Here's my last entry in the Ultimate Improv video contest.  Yes, it was weeks ago, but I have good reason for not uploading it sooner -- I spent a long time procrastinating on reediting the sound in the beginning.

There you have it: the last four minutes of a superhero movie. (Sorry the beginning's so dark.  I didn't account for YouTube's trademark darkening effect.)
Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008
11:57 pm
Wednesday, September 10th, 2008
12:57 am
I'm Milton Berle (and I Like It)
Here's my latest Ultimate Improv Video Contest entry.  I was gonna put it on Vimeo, but it's down for the moment, and I'm impatient and want to go to sleep.  Oh, well.

Special thanks to Dan Oster for his tremendous help on this one.


Friday, September 5th, 2008
5:25 pm
Sunday, August 24th, 2008
4:07 pm
The Lost Boys of Sudan

This is entry number three in the Ultimate Improv Video Contest.  The theme: F*ck Your Neighbor.  We all created synopses, put them in a hat, and pulled one out at random.  Mine was:

"Sudanese 'Lost Boys' exodus from Sudan to Ethiopia, attacked by lions and Arab looters."


Dan Oster
Michael Gantz
Justin Abarca
Darren Lanning
4:15 am
I Miss Mr. Show....
I say that as if I was watching it when it originally aired.

Thursday, August 21st, 2008
1:05 am
Poison Heat
Here's my last video from the Ultimate Improv Video Contest.  It was the "Do the Hero's Journey in Less Than Five Minutes" contest.  Enjoy.

Special thanks to Alonya and Dan for their help.

And now, back to transcribing Eureka.
Thursday, July 24th, 2008
2:38 am
I've found that if I'm walking from my apartment to my car and I see a twenty-something-year-old guy, getting handcuffed and placed in the backseat of an unmarked sedan by two plainclothes thirty-somethings, that I'm very intrigued.  I don't know what it is about it, but it's that it's either a "citizen's arrest" (which is a term I remember from one of the Police Academy movies (and which makes me think I should own a pair of handcuffs (No, I don't own a pair already. (Pervert.)))), or it's an undercover operation.  Wow.  That's something totally undercover, I'd think to myself, if that's what I'd seen this morning on my way to work.

Morning? It was four in the afternoon.  I'm such a liar.

Which reminds me: I decided to post because I'm transcribing (which is what I've been up to the last few days, well into the morning (which is why I've been going to work in the afternoon (keeping late hours (Pervert.)))), and what I'm transcribing is awesome; for some reason, NBC-Universal is selling episodes of Columbo....


to foreign markets.  Probably Mexico (That's where Magnum, P.I. was going.).  I've only done one so far, but as I was starting this second one, something caught my attention.  It was a bit of text that popped up during the opening credits:


Awesome! I hope it's one of his dramatic roles.  Also, I hope "he-done-it".

That said, I've noticed that Columbo seems to be less of a "Who-Done-It" and more of a "How-Done-It".  The Lieutenant has a pretty good idea who the guilty party is.


Okay, I'm going back to transcribing.

(P.S. -- I noticed something awesome about closed-captioning.  It's a certain qualification that caught my eye during The Tonight Show:
                                 [APPLAUSE AND LAUGHTER]

                                 [RIM SHOT]
                                 [LIGHT LAUGHTER]

That is hilarious.  Even the hearing-impaired get to know how well a joke lands.)
Thursday, July 10th, 2008
12:36 am
Hey, Ashley, I got those Beech Jersey Knit sheets you recommended.  You're right.  They're pretty great.  Mine are green.  What color are yours?

JD and I saw Ricky Gervais do stand up tonight -- his first performance in the states on the new U.S. tour.  I can't remember the last time I was so starstruck.  Oh, yeah, we had front-row seats.  (Funny stuff, but about half of it is either from the podcasts or early radio shows, so unfortunately those parts just weren't new to me.)

I'm heading up to Mendocino to visit Alonya tomorrow.  I haven't seen her for almost a month, and I'm really, really looking forward to it.

Okay, I'ma go pack.
Saturday, July 5th, 2008
4:03 am
Red Planets and Green Screens
Here's an idea of where to look tonight at dusk to see Mars, Saturn, and the crescent moon.  (I know it's for July 4th, but everything will be in relatively the same position.)

Also, I know I'm a little late in the game to be posting these, but below is a cut to my favorite three of Stephen Colbert's "Make McCain Exciting" green screen challenge videos.  If you don't have a clue what I'm talking about, it comes from McCain doing a speech in front of a green background.  I think you'll figure out the rest.

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
3:20 pm
I think I'm posting this mainly for Ashley
Barats and Bereta had this Mika music video in their favorites on their YouTube page, so I checked it out.

Friday, June 27th, 2008
2:57 am
Nautical or Nice?
I hope Santa's got a little elf named Noah up there, and that he's been working on building something larger than a teddy bear.  Yikes.

No Ice at North Pole?
Thursday, June 26th, 2008
7:31 pm
Subject Matters
I walked into the office today as one of the receptionists was reading an e-mail blonde joke aloud to Mitch in the optical department.  You don't have to read it (it's not very funny), but some of you will be curious, so here it is:

What I thought was hilarious was that Luisa had left her browser window open after she left the office, and I saw the subject line of the e-mail she'd been reading.  It was:


Come on! (The joke has nothing to do with the misspelling of the word "painting".)  If you're gonna make fun of stupid blondes, don't make a stupid typo in the subject line!

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