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 ->

It just seems so appropriate.