Thursday, December 31, 2009

Better Days

2009 has been a challenging year for so many people, both here in Detroit and around the world.  All of that, however, comes to an end in a few hours.

I can't help but feel that there is something much better for all of, right around the corner.

With that in mind, I would like to dedicate this song to everyone.



I will be back to blogging in full force on Monday. Until then, I hope that everyone has a wonderful New Year's.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Countdown Continues

As of today, there are only 80 more days until the first day of spring.

There are also only 100 more days until Opening Day at Comerica Park for the Detroit Tigers.

These, my friends, are the things that enable me to hang on during the cold, dark days of winter in Michigan.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Congratulations, Sir Patrick Stewart

It's been announced that Queen Elizabeth II of England will knight legendary actor Patrick Stewart in recognition of his acting career. His career now spans almost 50 years and includes more than 100 acting credits.

Patrick Stewart is, of course, best known for his work as Captain Jean-Luc Picard on television's Star Trek: The Next Generation as well as his movie roles in Dune and the X-Men movies.  He was also played number roles for the stage and was a player in the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Congratulations, Sir Patrick Stewart.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

I'm Such A Nerd

I'm a nerd.

There can be no denying this fact. This is especially true since I'm happily spending my Saturday evening at home, reading through the recently released analysis of the health care reform bill from the Congressional Budget Office.

Yes, I know that this is kind of sad but it's still very true. Now, all I have to do is find a woman like the one pictured at right.

In the meantime, if anyone wants to check out the numbers for themselves, you can find them here. The short version is that this bill will a) provide health care coverage to millions of uninsured Americans and b) reduce the federal deficit by $132 billion over the next 10 years.

All of the folks who previously argued that "Obamacare" would bankrupt our nation have some explaining to do, in my opinion.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Is It Possible?

Michael Bay made a commercial for Victoria's Secret that premiered earlier this month.  I'm posting it below, well, just because I can.

Victoria's Secret "A Thousand Fantasies" (90 sec) from Bay Films/Michael Bay Dot Com on Vimeo.


I was talking about this with one of my film making friends over lunch today.  It goes without saying that this is a great commercial.

The thing is, we soon found ourselves wondering: is it even possible to make a bad commercial for Victoria's Secret?

I mean that quite literally. We couldn't think of any way in which one could make a bad Victoria's Secret commercial - at least if one assumes that this commercial involves the Victoria's Secret models and features them wearing their usual outfits.

Of course, I'd like to open this up to my readers. Can anyone think of way in which someone could make a bad Victoria's Secret commercial?

Please post your thoughts in my comments section below.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Tide - with BACON

Tide - with Bacon
I get some of the coolest things in my email in-box.  The photo at right, is just one of them.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen of the blogosphere, Tide laundry detergent is apparently now available with bacon.  It's perfect for those occasions when you don't know whether to clean your clothes or eat them.

Kudos to the Feminist Law Professor for finding and posting this.

I Wish I'd Found Earlier

Under the category of things that I wish I had found earlier, I give you the Gingerbread Man Advent Calendar.  With this reusable guy in your kitchen, one can count down to Christmas by moving the little gingerbread man from pocket to pocket.

Thanks to everyone at Domestic Sluttery for finding this and so many other wonderful things.  They are one more reason why I love the British.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Christmas List

It took me many months, but I have finally finished compiling my Christmas wish list. One can find it below on the off chance that Santa Claus reads my blog.



Kudos, by the way, to everyone at Victoria's Secret.  They posted this photo to their Facebook fan page, which is where I saw it.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

My Confession

My faithful readers, I'm afraid that I have a confession to make.

I too once had an affair with legendary golfer Tiger Woods.

I thought I was the only one that Tiger Woods had ever shown his special golf club to. However, I have learned over the past couple of weeks that I was neither his first nor his last.

You can read all of the torrid details in my soon to be released book, I Know Why They Call Him "Tiger".

I expect a movie deal to be announced soon.  Perhaps that announcement will even be included in one of the three reality TV shows that I will be appearing on soon.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Kwame Sutra

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporters M.L. Elrick and Jim Schaefer of the Detroit Free Press have released a new book entitled, The Kwame Sutra.  It is, according to Drew Lane of WRIF-FM, "a one-stop shop for all of Kwame's best BS."

This new book captures Kwame M. Kilpatrick as no one ever has. In his own words, including never-before-published quotations, this former mayor of Detroit reveals himself in many ways as a liar, a Lothario and, yes, a leader.

Mr. Elrick and Mr. Schaefer will sign copies of their book at Hugh (2233 Park Ave.), which is a new men's boutique in downtown Detroit - right behind the Fox Theater.  They will be there this coming Tuesday, December 15, at 9 p.m.

I met Mr. Elrick and Mr. Schaefer at the Anchor Bar (450 W. Fort) once.  I was there late one night with some friends and they came in after working late at the paper.  I look forward to seeing them again and, in particular, to reading this book.

3D Detroit in Google Earth

There's a quick virtual tour of downtown Detroit in 3D available on Google Earth. You can see it below.



I think it's always fun to count the number of parking lots in downtown Detroit.  And by fun, I mean depressing.

Anyway, to see more of Detroit in Google Earth, please make sure that the 3D Buildings layer is turned on. http://sketchup.google.com/yourworldin3d

Friday, December 11, 2009

Another Day at the Office

If you've ever wondered what it's like at my job, here's a quick three minute peak into life behind the scenes while we were shooting the pilot for a home improvement television show.  At the beginning, you'll see two other people and myself discussing a handbag that one of our stars had with her and whether or not any of its trademarked features would be visible on camera.



This so much cooler than selling insurance.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

High School Me Is Happy

When I was in high school, I wanted to join the U.S. Air Force after graduation and become a pararescueman.  If a pilot gets shot down, the Air Force sends in a pararescue team to find him and bring him home.  They're part medic, part commando and all bad ass.

Unfortunately, when it came time for me to enlist, they discovered that I have a hearing loss in my left ear.  It's a very minor hearing loss that I didn't even know I had prior to my physical.  However, once it was discovered, the Air Force said "no thanks."  My career plans came to an abrupt end and the rest is history.

I hadn't really thought about it much until I found this video on YouTube that shows what it's like to be an Air Force PJ.



All I can say is that the 17 year old version of me wants to watch this video over and over again.

Three Things That Make Me Happy

There are three things that make me happy.  In no particular order, they are:
  • Irish whiskey;
  • British comedies; and
  • American porn.
Yes, life is good.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Alvin Is Sexy

Sometimes a YouTube video comes along that is so damn funny, it really doesn't need any cmmentary from me.

And this, ladies and gentlemen, is one of those times.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Obama in Afganistan

President Barack Obama announced this past Tuesday that he intends to increase the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan by 30,000.  Since then, he has drawn criticism from both the far right and far left.

The interesting thing is that President Obama promised to this during the campaign.  He promised to do so during the Democratic primary.  He repeated it during the general election.

And now he is taking heat for doing exactly what he promised to do when he was elected.

This very well be the first time that a president has drawn this much criticism from this many people for doing exactly what he promised to do if elected.  This is a very strange world.

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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Where Did I Put My Passport?

A very good friend of mine once remarked, "Coincidences are simply God's way of remaining anonymous."  I find that quote hard to ignore given two things that appeared in my in-box today.


First, a friend sent me a link to DJ Mick's web site, where he features photos from a weekly party in London.  The place is filled with hundreds of young, drunk women dressed in school girl uniforms.  (It's the dress code for this particular party and, in my opinion, one of the most brilliant ideas in years.)

After reflecting for a moment on the shear brilliance of the London mind, as well as contemplating precisely what it would take to launch a similar party in Detroit, I eventually reluctantly moved on to the next item in my in box.

Strangely enough, the next item in my in-box was an offer from Cheapoair.com.  They sell cheap travel plans and, if you'll look to the right hand side of your computer screen, they are now an official sponsor of this blog.

Now, where did I put my passport?

Keira Knightley single again?

It's shocking how sometimes good news follows even more good news.

Yesterday was the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show. I've already blogged about how spectacular it was so there's no need for me to repeat.

And today I learned that Keira Knightley - one of the most beautiful actresses in the business - is once again single. Thank you, God. Thank you.

I can hardly await to hear what good news arrives tomorrow.

More news @ Keira Knightley single again?

Best Fashion Show Ever

Last night was the 2009 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show on CBS. In my humble opinion, it was the best one to date.

The outfits.

The sets.

The music from the Black Eyed Peas.

And, oh, those Angels.

It was a fantastic show.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Home Renovations

I'm thinking of renovating my home.  In fact, I've created a video tour, if you will, of my planned renovations.  Please let me know what you think of them.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Twilight Moms

With the Twilight movies and books growing more and more in popularity, it has finally reached the point where its audience has grown beyond tween and teenagers and is now reaching a large, growing adult fan base.  Some of these fans are now known as "Twilight Moms" - adult women who are enthusiastic fans of the series and of the two male characters in particular.

Quite frankly, I have a few concerns about this.  My concerns, quite simply, are summed up in this photo that I found on Digg and Facebook.



That sums everything up so well.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

To everyone across the United States and to all of our troops overseas, I want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving.  I hope that everyone gets all the turkey that they desire and that they calories magically disappear from one's waist line by Friday morning.

To our neighbors to the south (i.e., my Canadian friends), I want to wish everyone of you a very happy Thursday.

As for myself, I want to share with everyone two of the things that I am thankful for this year.



Yes, I am a pervert.  I have come to accept this fact.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Kudos to the Insurance Agent


I went to Del Taco for lunch today and there was an insurance agent in line in front of me. She got two sales leads from complete strangers that she met while standing in line.

Now that is some serious hustling, my friends.

It's also a reminder that, even in a terrible economy with record unemployment, it's still possible for someone to make money.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

'New Moon' shines at box office

$140.7 million in domestic box office?!? I am seriously impressed.

I knew that New Moon was going to be big - it has a great cast and good writing that's perfect for the tween audience.

However, I didn't think it would be this big.  Kudos to everyone who was a part of this project.

'New Moon' shines at box office

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Hollywood Is Re-Thinking A-List Actors, But Are They Right?

Hollywood studios are reportedly rethinking whether or not they should continue spending large sums of cash on A-list celebrities and lavish productions.  This comes in the wake of not only our dismal economy but also - and perhaps more importantly - because of the recent success of low-budget films with relatively unknown casts such as District 9 and The Hangover.

This, in my opinion, is one of those moments where Hollywood can either get things horribly, horribly wrong or wonderfully right.

I believe that the crucial reason why those low-budget films did extremely well at the box office is that they had a really good story behind them.  I feel that movie audiences are, quite frankly, getting tired of lame, formula driven movies.  Many movie fans can't go to the cinema as often as they would like in the current economy so when they do go, they're looking for the most out of their $8.  Simply dropping one celebrity or another into a mediocre script and piecing things together with some computer generated special effects doesn't cut it anymore.


Films that offer a top-notch story and are well-executed will offer their studio some impressive results at the box office, I predict.  However, if a given studio were to cut away their celebrities simply for the sake of cutting and don't offer a celebrity to draw in at least some movie goers then they'll likely see an even bigger disaster when the only person who buys a ticket to the resulting movie is the mothers of those unknown cast members.

In the current economy, a good writer is especially important; perhaps now more than ever.

Cool Japanese Bar Code Designs

Japanese designers have a long track record of offering an extraordinary take on ordinary, every day things.  My affinity for their work really began more than a year ago when one particular designer introduced a solar bra that generates electricity.  (Granted, it wouldn't work when covered by clothing.  It was still an interesting idea.)

Anyway, the latest cool design to come out of Japan these days is a series of unique bar code designs.  They work just the same as regular, boring versions of the bar code.  However, these are much more interesting.


I hope to see some of these designs on packaging soon.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Reebok EasyTone Commercial

The folks at Reebok have introduced their EasyTone shoes. They're inspired by balance balls and are supposed to tone one's butt and legs much more efficiently than conventional shoes.

I don't know if there's any validity to that claim. I do, however, know that I love this commercial for the Reebok EasyTone shoes.  I've watched it 11 times so far today. I'll probably watch it several more times before the day is over.



Oh, and I'm amused that I found this video on a Friday the 13th. Sometimes some very lucky things can happen on this day.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Irony (Halloween Edition)

There are times when the level of irony is just staggering.

An Ohio man dressed as a Breathalyzer test for Halloween found himself blowing into one after police stopped him for allegedly driving the wrong way without headlights on a one-way street.  Police say they stopped 20-year-old James P. Miller on Halloween night and found beer in his front seat and in the trunk.

Police say Miller blew 0.158 percent on a Breathalyzer test. The legal limit for driving is a blood-alcohol level of .08.  Miller was cited on charges including operating a vehicle while intoxicated, underage possession of alcohol, having an open container and a fake ID as well as a one-way street violation.


Friday, November 06, 2009

Hayden Panettiere's Delicious Tease

I've always been impressed with Hayden Panettierre - her tremendous acting talent, her raw sensuality and her commitment to causes that she believes in.  There's a lot of wonderful things about her.

However, I was floored when I found this video of Hayden Panettierre kissing Madeline Zima in a recent episode of Heroes.  I actually missed it when it originally aired but found it over on Hulu.



And once I found it, I kept watching it over and over again.

Between this and her recent spread in Elle magazine, I'm officially in Hayden Panettierre Heaven.  (It's a pleasant place, filled with beautiful women and nothing bad ever happens to any animal anywhere.)



With all of this, I'm just that much more disappointed that I didn't get a chance to meet her when she was in Detroit two years ago for an event at the Ronald McDonald House.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween

I made this documentary to show the world what life is like in Casa de Nemecek on All Hallow's Eve.  I hope you like it.



Happy Halloween, everyone!

I Love This Video

I found a truly amazing short film on-line that I want to share with everyone.  My first time watching this, I loved the story - simple but incredibly funny.  I then watched it again, thought about what it must have taken to produce this and amazed by it.

I don't want to tell too much more, except to give a cautionary warning that it's PG-13 material.  With that in mind, I give you Whose Inside My Baby, written, directed and edited by Mark Jackson.


Excellent! Brunette complete strip - kewego
A gorgeous brunette slams the door in her date's face, before stripping completely- litterally! Excellent short movie by Mark Jackson.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

It's getting cold. Winter, unfortunately, will soon be here.

Once upon a time, I used to believe that the best thing about winter was Christmas. I'm still a fan of Christmas, but these days I'm an even bigger fan of the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show.

It's like Christmas, with extra cleavage.

The show will return to New York for the first time in four years - Tuesday, December 1 on CBS.  I can't believe that it's only 37 days away.

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show - Models, Videos, Photos - CBS.com

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Paris Hilton Says She's Secretly Smart

Paris Hilton recently told OK! Magazine that she is secretly smart. She insists that her whole "dumb blonde" act is just that - an act.

I've long suspected that Paris Hilton is a lot smarter than she seems in public. I don't think anyone can be that dumb and still function in modern society.

Besides, many of the things that she says and does frequently seem like they are calculated for media impact. For Paris Hilton to do such a thing - and translate that celebrity buzz into an industry with her books, music, et cetera - requires a level of cognitive function well beyond what she normally displays.

I just wish that Paris Hilton would show her more intellectual side in public.

I would love to see Paris Hilton photographed reading a book - an actual work of literature; not a sophomoric piece of fluff.

I would love to see Paris Hilton at a film festival - enjoying some of the really good, artistic films that unfortunately never go very far in the modern market.

I would love to see Paris Hilton at an opera or a play and not make a mockery of the experience.

I would love to see Paris Hilton attend an art exhibit; allow her to show that she actually gets it.

In short, I would love to see Paris Hilton demonstrate the intellect that she claims to have hidden away.

More on the "Paris Hilton is smart story" is available over Celebuzz.com, which is where I found this story in the first place. Paris Hilton Says She's Secretly Smart

Oh, and I have to extend my thanks to Glenn Francis of Pacific Pro Digital for allowing me to his photo of Paris Hilton.

Friday, October 23, 2009

RIP Soupy Sales

The legendary comedian and one of the finest human beings to ever work in television in Detroit, Soupy Sales, passed away yesterday.  He was 83 years old.

Soupy Sales not only personified an era of television in Detroit, he consistently demonstrated the true power of television as a medium.  His show made everyone who watched it feel not only entertained, but a part of something much larger than themselves.

His passing leaves a hole in the hearts of many Detroiters, even those who - like myself - weren't even born until long after Soupy Sales left the airwaves.  His jokes were funny enough that people were still retelling them and laughing at them decades later.

Luckily, thanks to the miracle of YouTube, Soupy Sales is still available to children young and old "in Living Black and White."



Soupy Sales will be missed. If you'll excuse me, I'm off to have a slice of pie in his honor.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Detroit Shock are Moving to Tulsa

The Detroit Shock are reportedly about to move to Tulsa, Oklahoma. I can't say that I really blame them. In a town that has four other professional sports teams already - plus Michigan and Michigan State sports teams - it has been hard for them to generate the attendance that they need.

Of course, the saddest part all of this is that the Detroit Lions are staying.

Source: Detroit Shock are moving to Tulsa | Detroit Shock - MLive.com - - MLive.com

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Sunday, October 18, 2009

Sanity Preferred: Roo the Day

I found something that I almost couldn't believe on the Sanity Preferred blog - the rise of militant kangaroos.

This, my friends, is troubling on so many different levels.

Sanity Preferred: Roo the Day

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Saturday, October 17, 2009

Happy Sweetest Day

I've always regarded Sweetest Day is an artificial holiday of no particular significance.  After all, the occasion was started in 1922 by a group of candy manufacturers in Cleveland as part of an effort to sell more candy.  The idea of a holiday tied so closely to commerce simply seemed wrong to me.  As a result, whenever I was dating someone, I always cringed a bit when this holiday rolled around.

Of course, this changed the other day. I learned that my parents got engaged 42 years ago today.

Suddenly, Sweetest Day doesn't seem so artificial to me.

The fact that Sweetest Day started as a thinly veiled commercial undertaking is now tempered, at least in my mind, by the knowledge that there is something significant behind it - even if it's only significant to my parents and to every other couple with a Sweetest Day story behind them.

With that in mind, I'd simply like to say, "Happy Sweetest Day everyone!"

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Internet outguns TV in U.K. ad fight

It has finally happened - at least in the UK. The internet has outpaced television for advertising revenue.

Internet outguns TV in U.K. ad fight

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Monday, September 28, 2009

The World Is Your Dressing Room

Gina Valo wrote a great blog post about dating on The Second Fiddle. She compares dating to shopping for jeans.


My advice? Treat the world as your dressing room. If something doesn't fit, be polite and put it back on the rack in one piece for someone else to find. It's okay to take something home to try it on in front of your own mirror, but try not to put anything on hold unless there's really a chance you'll come back for it. When you find something worth keeping, treat it well so it lasts forever, and always, always save your receipt.Gina Valo, The Second Fiddle, September 2009

I recommend reading the whole article.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Tiger Stadium Is No More

Tiger Stadium died at 9:24 a.m. this morning when the last remaining piece of it finally fell.



Of course, now that Tiger Stadium is down, I'm sure George Jackson will announce his fully-funded plan to do something productive with the site; something that will contribute to the neighborhood and create jobs for Detroiters.

You know, the sort of thing that would've happened if he hadn't been allowed to block the Old Tiger Stadium Conservancy from proceeding with their plan.

I'm sure he'll present it to us any day now.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Keira Knightley Set for Fair Role

It looks like Keira Knightley is going to beat out Anne Hathaway and Scarlett Johansson for the chance to play Eliza Doolittle in an upcoming adaptation of My Fair Lady.

All I have to say is, thank you gods of cinema. Thank you.

I adore Anne Hathaway. I loved her in The Devil Wears Prada - a role that I don't think any other actress could have pulled off better.

I also don't have nothing against Scarlett Johansson. I mean, how could anyone have anything against a beautiful woman with an extensive comic book collection?

However, I can't help but feel that Keira Knightley was simply born to play roles like this one. There is something about the way that Keira Knightley carries herself and her general presence that makes her particularly believable in a rags to riches story like My Fair Lady.

I look forward to seeing Keira Knightley on the big screen as Eliza Doolittle.

A Modest Proposal

After the disappointing loss that the Detroit Lions suffered yesterday at the hands of the New Orleans Ain'ts, I have a modest proposal to offer William Clay Ford.

It is clear, sir, that your Detroit Lions are not up to playing in the National Football League. Rather than continuing on this 52 year long rebuilding trend, I believe it would be much more appropriate to select randomly a different high school team each week to play in their stead.

This, of course, will give high school athletes in Detroit the kind of playing experience that most teenagers in America only dream of having. It would also save you a few million in player and coaching salaries that are unwarranted anyway.

As for the kind of track records that high school athletes would earn competing against the other teams in the NFL, one only has to ask: how much worse could it possibly get?

Please, Mr. Ford. Think of the children.

Replace the Detroit Lions with some of Detroit's talented high school athletes.

Friday, September 11, 2009

The Cartoon That Says It All

When it comes to President Barack Obama's speech to school children from earlier this week, I believe this cartoon says it all.

Backhanded Compliments

I've been thinking about backhanded compliments a lot as of late. They're wonderful little things that enable one to disguise an insult. One of my favorite comedians, W.C. Fields, was famous for them.

The most glaring example that I came across recently was when someone referred to a certain person as "a rock star - like Example A, Example B or Example C." Of course, in this instance, each of the three examples were a musician who hadn't had a commercial or critical success in more than a decade.

Sometimes a backhanded compliment can come from what is not said rather than by what is said. For example, I read two reviews of a certain restaurant recently. Both reviews were written by the same author and neither of them included a single word to describe the what the food actually tastes like. Since restaurant reviews generally include lengthy descriptions of the food and what it tastes like, such an omission is nothing if not telling. Since the rest of these reviews gave a seemingly positive impression, the overall impact of such a review is nothing less than a backhanded compliment about the food at this establishment.

There are also instances where a backhanded compliment can come not from what is said or not said; it can come from the manner in which it is presented in relation to other things. I read, for example, an article that referred to floor-to-ceiling windows being one of the highlights of a certain venue. This was made a backhanded compliment by the fact that said remark was accompanied by photographs showing that the windows did not reach from floor to ceiling.

W.C. Fields, I do believe, would be proud to know that this art form still lives on.

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Happy Birthday!

The Internet began 40 years ago today when a simple batch of data was exchanged between two computers on the campus of UCLA. Their intention was to allow computers to share vital data for research purposes.

Of course, I think we all know what the Internet's real reason for existing today is.



Happy birthday, Internet! Here's to many more decades of delivering porn to ordinary people around the globe.

Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Leah Andreone - Never Stop Trying

I used one of Leah Andreone's songs in a short film of mine a couple of years ago. I've always been a fan of hers.

Well, Leah Andreone has a new CD that is out today. It's called Avalanche and it's really cool. I'm especially fond of one of the songs on it, "Never Stop Trying".

I found the video for it on-line. According to a note on Leah Andreone's Facebook page, this was shot in one day. They did it guerrilla-style with a simple flip cam. The results, in my opinion, are very impressive.

Never Stop Trying from leah andreone on Vimeo.


You can find Avalanche by Leah Andreone, as well as her other works, on iTunes. I highly recommend them.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Remaking Downtown

George Jackson and his crew are busy remaking downtown Detroit. The impressive news is that their efforts have caught the attention of several national media outlets and commentators.

Here is Ziggy's take on Mr. Jackson's job performance over the past 7 years.


We are so lucky to have them on the job.

Roswell Chronicles

My first draft of The Roswell Chronicles is done. This, of course, is my sci-fi project about a woman who is sworn to protect a family secret against both a greedy corporation and some seriously pissed off aliens.

I will let the first draft digest for a few days. Now comes the really fun part of the process - my second and third drafts.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Heidi Pratt at Miss Universe

The fact that Donald Trump owns the Miss Universe pageant has never been more obvious than it was this past week. No one else - for better or worse - would have scheduled Heidi Pratt to do such a provocative pseudo-strip tease during the middle of this pageant.



This is definitely one way to boost the show's ratings.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Quoting My Characters

I'm almost done with my latest screenplay. It's a science fiction piece entitled, The Roswell Chronicles.

One of the unique things about creating these characters is that they almost take on a life of their own in my imagination. Sometimes they even say some of the most interesting things.

Here's an example from Act III, its an exchange between two cousins - Jacob and Mark Haut.
MARK
Hey, where’s Samantha?

JACOB
She’s sitting on the roof.

MARK
Um, why?

JACOB
Don’t ask me. I live my life by two simple rules: never challenge an Irishman to a drinking contest and never try to understand what a woman is thinking.
I feel like, if someone had mentioned this to me a few years ago, my life would've been a lot simpler.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Cool Photo

I found this photo on-line. It's a pair of F/A-18 Super Hornets in flight over Afghanistan last December.


Those aircraft look so darn cool. The burst of sunlight makes it even more impressive, in my opinion.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Health Care Reform

Various members of Congress have had one town hall meeting after another regarding the proposals to reform health care in America. All of them have attracted outspoken opponents and a lot of screaming.

Personally, I believe that this video should be played before every one of these town halls.

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I surprised that The Daily Show came up with this one first and the White House or any of the Democrats.

Monday, August 10, 2009

In Bed With Sienna Miller


Sienna Miller recently revealed that she spent this past St. Valentine's Day in bed with her G.I. Joe co-star Rachel Nichols.

Maybe I'm a total pervert but, for some reason, the idea of Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols together in bed is profoundly appealing to me. (Okay - I think one can scratch the word "maybe" from that last sentence.)

And on Valentine's Day? For some reason, that date adds a whole new dimension to my admittedly depraved fantasies.

Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols in bed together.

Oh, and if that wasn't enough, I also found a few photos of them holding hands as they walked through the streets of Prague earlier this year.

Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols in Prague
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that - no matter what happened between Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols while they were in bed - it probably isn't as warped and twisted as the images that keep running around in my head.

Yes, I am a pervert. I have come to accept this fact.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to go find a bucket for my drool. I have 10 more minutes left before I have to get back to work. I fully intend to spend this limited time pondering the various things that Sienna Miller and Rachel Nichols could have done together in bed.

Because I'm a pervert and this is what I do.

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Number 1, Baby

I just discovered that if one searches for Jeri Ryan on Google Blog Search, my post from last Thursday (More 7 of 9 over on my blog for the Warrendale neighborhood) comes in as the number one item out of the 45,782 blog posts that it finds.

Number 1 out of 45,782.

I'm pretty sure even Jeri Ryan herself would find that to be at least mildly cool.

Yo Joe!

I love G.I. Joe.

As a kid growing up in the 1970s, I had one of the original G.I. Joe action figures.

In the 7th grade, I was excited to find the G.I Joe comic book series. I continued to collect them throughout high school and liked the television series a lot. (The comic books were still better, in my opinion, because their plots always seemed a bit more complex.)

When I found out that they were bringing G.I. Joe to the big screen, I knew that I had to go see it. This weekend, I did just that. Overall, I liked G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a lot.

The writers made a few changes in the G.I. Joe storyline. Most of the changes, I totally understood and had no problem accepting.

For example, in the comic books, several of the original characters were described as being Vietnam veterans. That worked 27 years ago when the comic books first came out. However, it would make these characters too old to be front line troops in a contemporary story.

Also, in the comic books, the Baroness was described as an actual European baroness who got involved with radical causes while in college. Since college campuses of the late 1960s and 70s were filled with radical causes, that concept worked at that time. I'm not sure they could have made it work in a contemporary story, since it would have made her much older than any of the other characters. As a result, I was fine with changing her character.

However, the idea of making Rip Cord a soldier/ pilot instead of an airborne infantryman felt artificial to me. It was as if the writers decided that they needed someone to fly a plane at the end so they pulled the Rip Cord character out of a hat and made him a pilot.

The ironic part is that the G.I. Joe comic book series featured several pilots (Ace, Dog Fight, Lift-Ticket, Major Altitude, Payload, Skystriker, Slip Stream, Updraft, Wild Bill and Windmill). Heck, that series even included an astronaut named Countdown. It would seem to me that they could have brought any of those characters back to serve as a pilot rather than changing Rip Cord's identity.

My biggest complaint about the movie, however, had to do with the acting. When the various actors were playing off of each other - or otherwise dealing with something that was really on the set - each member of the cast did great.

However, in any of the scenes that were dominated by CGI and were obviously done in front of green screen, their performances just didn't feel as convincing. The cast said their lines and performed the action, but their emotional reactions didn't seem right for what was happening around them in this story.

The actors simply slipped out of character at those moments. More importantly, the director wasn't able to help pull them back in.

This, I'm afraid, is the downside of a movie that uses computer graphics heavily. If the actors don't understand exactly what is happening in the scene - because so much of it is happening in post-production - then they're not able to bring their characters to life as effectively.

Regardless, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra was a good movie. I'm glad that I went to see it this weekend. I recommend that everyone else does, too.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

RIP: John Hughes

Writer/director John Hughes died today in New York at the age of 59. He was born in Lansing, Michigan and had 39 writing credits to his name as well as several directing and producing credits.

John Hughes was behind some of my favorite movies from the 1980s.
John Hughes reportedly suffered a heart attack while taking a morning walk in Manhattan. He will be deeply missed by film lovers everywhere.

Telephone Box Wine Cabinet

I was searching the internet for something completely different when I stumbled upon this.


It's a 24 bottle wine cabinet that is designed to look like an English telephone box. It even features a pull out drawer, storage for glasses and a back mirror.

This was posted on NerdApproved.com two years ago, but it appears that it's no longer made. I suppose I'll just have to brush up on woodworking skills - which I should do anyway since I'm the son of a carpenter - and build my own version of this.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

I Love This Video

I found this video from Bluefish TV on-line and I love it. I recommend that everyone take a moment to watch it.

Monday, August 03, 2009

Buffy and the Bump

It has taken a few months, but the internet has finally yielded a photo of Sarah Michelle Gellar, complete with her growing baby bump.


I have to say it: Sarah Michelle Gellar looks really good pregnant.

Oh, and I love the hat. It completes her outfit.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Welcome Home, Endeavor

The crew from the space shuttle Endeavor returned home this morning in a textbook perfect landing at the Kennedy Space Center, completing a mission to the International Space Station that lasted sixteen days.

I still get goose bumps every time I see one of the space shuttles take off or land.

Congratulations to everyone who was a part of the STS-127 mission, both on the shuttle and back on ground, for a job well done.

Welcome home, Endeavor.



Next up: the launch of Discovery, which is currently targeted for Tuesday, August 25 as part of the STS-128 mission.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Yahoo and Microsoft Agree to Search Deal

Yahoo and Microsoft signed a deal today to join forces against Google in the search engine market. My first thought was, "Wow! Between them, they can create a search engine that crashes every time you really need to find something."

Of course, I'm not really concerned about the impact that this will have on Google. Their stock tumbled -0.82% on this news.

Oh, and as I write this, it's up 0.48% in after hours trading.

Meanwhile, stock in Yahoo is down -12.08%.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Official Soft Drink of Me

Pepsi has reportedly offered $9.8 million to become the official soft drink of Detroit Metro Airport.

As for me, I'm much cheaper. I usually drink Coke. However, I'll make Pepsi my official soft drink for $20.

And I won't make anyone take their shoes off to get through security.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

U Can't Touch Darth Vader

This video seems to have it all.
  • It's got dancing storm troopers.
  • It's got a guy in a Darth Vader costume.
I believe that this is the reason why the internet was invented.

Well, this and porn. But that's another story altogether.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Graffini Swimwear

I was surfing around on the internet this evening and came across the new swimwear designs from Graffini. (Yes, I am such a fashionista.)

Anyway, the folks at Graffini have these designs that are a mash up of graffiti, street signs and so on. They even have one that's based on a skull adorned ATM (see photo at left).

And they have them available in a variety of cuts - from classic one piece to Brazilian string bikini.

They look cool. There's no getting around that. There interesting and original.

However, I can't help but wonder if they aren't a bit over-powering. I mean, when I first came across some of their designs, I have to admit that I noticed the swimsuit before I noticed the woman who was wearing it.

In fact when I saw the skull adorned ATM, I almost didn't notice the woman who was wearing it at all. Somehow, I don't think that's the effect that most woman really go for.

I mean, I did notice woman eventually. The key word in that sentence, though, is eventually.

I also couldn't help wonder if that design would have the same impact if I saw it in, say, the Brazilian string cut where there's less fabric and more woman. (That design is only available in the one piece, so I can't test my theory.)

Anyway, I suppose the point of this post - to the extent that any of my blog posts ever really have a point - is that they have some really cool designs.

They also have at least one design that just makes me wonder.

Saturday, July 04, 2009

Happy 4th of July

To all of my friends and family across the U.S.A., I just want to say Happy 4th of July!

And to all of my friends and family outside of the U.S.A., I just want to say Happy Saturday!

(It always suprises me how many cool photos I can find on-line. God bless Google Images!)

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Check Out "Martha Stewart Weddings"

My cousin's wedding is featured in the current issue of Martha Stewart Weddings.

The photos from it looked awesome. You can check them out at their web site or in the magazine pages.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

An Interesting Evening

The Warrendale group on Facebook had its monthly dinner party at Gracie See Pizzeria last night. It was a smaller crowd than usual - just because there were so many things going on around town - but it was still cool. It was our favorite waitress' last day of work there before she moves to Ypsilanti, which is why I didn't want to reschedule for a different day.

Anyway, the other cool thing about that dinner party was that Detroit mayoral candidate Tom Barrow took time out of his schedule to sit down with us. There will be a lot more about that later this afternoon or tomorrow morning over on my neighborhood blog.

After that, I headed over to the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival to see Breaking Upwards, which is a film about a couple whose answer to their perceived state of codependency is to take days off from their relationship, essentially weaning themselves of each other. This is one of those movies that I walked into the theater really wanting to like.

I had heard good things about this film and thought its premise was interesting. The reality, unfortunately, is that it was a decent movie - but not a really good one.

The biggest problem, in my opinion, was with the script. Film is an inherently visual medium, but at least 80% of the story was told through dialogue as opposed to action or visual symbolism. Throughout the entire film, I couldn't help but shake the notion that we were watching the first draft of screenplay and - well - as Earnest Hemingway once opined, "The first draft of anything is shit."

I left with a desire to send the two co-writers a copy of Story by Robert McKee.

Anyway, after leaving, I headed over to the Woodbridge Pub to meet some friends; talking everything from politics to historic preservation to booze to a plan to re-open Baile Corcaigh in the not too distant future.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Facebook Thoughts

Thanks to the joy of Facebook, I've discovered that one of my friends had lunch with the Lt. Governor of Michigan today. I also learned that another friend had a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu this afternoon.

As for me, I'm finishing up work before heading over to make an audition tape for a friend who wants to be on Holidate.

Damn, I have some cool friends.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Twitter says U.S. asked that shutdown be delayed

If anyone ever doubted the true significance of social media in the modern world, I give you one simple fact: The U.S. State Department asked Twitter to delay a scheduled maintenance shut down and to remain on-line so that Iranian politicians could continue posting their updates.

The full article from Computerworld is linked below.

Twitter says U.S. asked that shutdown be delayed

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I Love This Film

I love this short film by Erika Janunger.



One of the truly cool things about it is that they didn't use any CGI to make it happen. It was all done with old school photography techniques. (Hint: what you think is the floor is really another wall. The camera is turned on its side.)

There are some behind the scenes photos from this shoot available over here on Picasa.

I Have An Urge

I have this sudden urge to post this link -> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_55vD7DM14

It just seems so appropriate.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Good Luck x 19

There's this superstition that bird droppings are supposed to be a sign of good luck. Since I currently have a half dozen proposals pending for my production company, I'm wouldn't be too worried about one or two bird droppings.

But in the past 24 hours, my car has been hit 19 times.

19 times.

And I wasn't even parked under a tree or anything.

19 times.

Okay - I'll take the good luck. But can't we spread it around a little?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Detroit 4, Anaheim 3

The Detroit Red Wings laid it all on the line this evening - and skated away victorious.

I'm really glad. This town really needs something to celebrate at the moment.

Michigan Central Station Matters

Inspired by the National Trust for Historic Preservation's "This Place Matters"initiative, Preservation Wayne and the Greater Detroit Historic Preservation Coalition have partnered to stage a group photo in front of the Michigan Central Railroad Station (2001 15th St.) on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 pm.

Please get the word out to EVERYONE you know. It would be great if this is the largest group picture in Michigan, maybe even the country! The photo will appear on Preservation Nation.

For those not familiar with the "This Place Matters" initiative, the project aims to identify historic places throughout the country that truly matter to people. In Michigan, and Detroit specifically, the MCS has been identified by many as a place that they want to see saved. More details may be found on this website: http://www.preservationnation.org/take-action/this-place-matters/

Details:
Please meet in front of Michigan Central Station on Wednesday, May 20 at 5:30 pm. The photo will be taken promptly at 5:45 pm.

Afterward everyone is welcome to participate in dining and cocktail hour at one of the many Michigan Avenue - Corktown establishments.

I encourage everyone to come out next Wednesday. In the mean time, I leave everyone with a video about why the Michigan Central Station is important.