I've inundated my friends and family for years with commentaries on everything from foreign currency transactions to the menu at Taco Bell. Some of my commentaries are funny or insightful. Some are me ranting about something I'm annoyed about. All of them come with "Frank's Blog Guarantee" - if you think I've wasted your time with a blog entry, you have the right to kick me in the shins as hard as you want.
I've come to the conclusion that I really ought to stop paying attention to what is happening around town. The local newspapers can essentially be summed as "Things that Mayor Dave Bing and Governor Rick Snyder are doing that piss me off today."
I'm tired of being this pissed off all of the time. It reminds me of the old adage that ignorance is bliss. If I simply forget that we have a local or state government, maybe things will be better for me. Nothing will be better in my neighborhood or in the surrounding area, but I can't help that. They seem determined to fuck things up and give lots of my money to their friends in the process.
Bing and Snyder. There's a reason why their initials are "B.S."
A woman walked up to my Mom the other day, she told me. "I don't know if you remember me, Mrs. Nemecek," this woman said to my Mom. "I used to teach your son, Frank, in Sunday school."
"I'm not sure how to take that," my Mom reportedly replied.
"Why is that?"
"Well, if you remember my son from having him in your classroom one day a week more than thirty years ago, that can only mean one of two things: either he was a very helpful and exceptionally well-behaved student or he was a serious pain in your butt."
"And, as his mother," my Mom continued, "I think we can rule out the first option."
Katie Wech, one of the writers behind Prison Break and Prom, wrote an essay in The Wall Street Journal about what makes a good script. WSJ is not normally the go-to source for screenwriting advice. However, this is an outstanding piece, in my humble opinion.
If you're interested in writing for the movies and television, I recommend reading her article entitled Why a Good Script Is Like a Thong Bikini. It is available here.
Atlantis and the STS 135 crew returned safely home to Earth early this morning. They arrived at the Kennedy Space Center just before dawn today. Their safe return brings to a close the 30 year long space shuttle program.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden outlines what is next for the space agency here. It is an ambition agenda of leveraging partnerships with the private sector, sending a manned mission to explore Mars, continuing the success of the International Space Station, conducting a multitude of scientific research missions, and maintaining its leadership role in aeronautics research.
I look forward to the next chapter in NASA's great story.
I'm convinced that if someone were to open a restaurant like this in downtown Detroit and give it a sports theme, it would be huge. The place would capitalize on all of the traffic from the Detroit Lions, Tigers, and Red Wings games as well as any activity at Cobo, Hart Plaza, or elsewhere nearby.
It would be huge.
In fact, I remember a couple of years ago when Hooter's was fighting with the City of Troy (approximately 8 miles north of Detroit proper) for the right to open one of their restaurants there. Troy did not want them. When I saw the back and forth debate, I remember screaming at my television for them to forget about Troy and open downtown.
Oh, and if the place has a parking structure that offered validation with a minimum purchase, it would probably be the most profitable restaurant in the metro area.
Pink by Victoria's Secret introduced a new collection of outfits this afternoon that are inspired by the National Football League. This goes along with the ones that they already have for Major League Baseball.
I have to admit that I'm partial to their ones for the Detroit Lions, all things considered. They look sassy, original, and downright awesome.
Of course, since this is Victoria's Secret and these are the Detroit Lions, I have to say that the Victoria's Secret crew will probably score more wins this season that the Detroit Lions will.
But I doubt anyone will complain about their success.
I've completed a couple of screenplay and submitted one for competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. I suppose it was because of those two things that I got an email this morning asking if I had any advice for a newbie screenwriter.
I have to admit that I still feel like a newbie because I haven't had a feature length script made into a movie yet. Regardless, I wanted to share my thoughts with anyone else who finds this post through the wonder of the interwebs.
First, I recommend picking up a copy of Story by Robert McGee. It's an amazing book that will tell an aspiring writer most of what he or she needs to know.
Second, I recommend downloading a copy of Celtx, which is available at www.celtx.com. This program will help to format your screenplay and do a lot to help make the process go smoother.
Celtx is not as good as Final Draft, which is by far the most popular writing software on the market. However, Final Draft is expensive and Celtx has a full version that is available for free. If you can afford to get a copy of Final Draft, by all means get it. However, most newbies can't afford it so I recommend Celtx.
The folks at Diesel rolled out cobalt blue glass bikini for fashion week in Miami. Yes, it's a bikini that is made out of glass.
I presume, of course, that they did this as a publicity stunt because, well, I can't really imagine any woman buying and wearing a bikini that's made out of glass.
And it worked by the way.
A quick check of Google shows that there are 41 million search results for "glass bikini." Almost all of those are for the bikini that Diesel showed in Miami.
Now, I could make a wise crack about how it would take a diamond to cut a bikini like this. However, Kristin Cavallari, the woman who modeled this glass bikini, just announced her engagement so that diamond wisecrack is just well...
Have you ever had this sudden desire to do something, even though you can't explain exactly why you're doing it?
Well, that's what happened to me last night. I had this sudden desire to submit an updated version of my screenplay for The Roswell Chronicles to the Toronto International Film Festival. It will be in their screenplay competition as a feature length science-fiction film.
I didn't have any plans to submit the film when I woke up yesterday. I was doing something completely different with my life when I had a sudden desire to visit WithoutABox.com. Once there, I saw that TIFF was accepting screenplays for consideration and that yesterday was the deadline for regular submissions. At that point, I simply got hit with this desire to submit The Roswell Chronicles that quite overwhelming.
Anyway, I ended up submitting my script just a couple of hours before their deadline. Now, I wait to find out where it will go from here.
Thankfully, I have several other projects in the pipeline to keep my mind busy while I wait.
I've always thought that solar energy had a lot potential. However, I never thought I would see the day when an aircraft took off and flew an international voyage using nothing but solar energy to power itself.
But it has happened.
The top speed for this aircraft is only 50 m.p.h. It's not about to replace conventional aircraft engines anytime soon. However, the simple fact that it came this far shows that there is a lot more potential in solar energy than most people ever would have thought.
More information on this, as well as video of the aircraft, is available via the link below.
I uploaded a video late last night that featured a series of photographs of women in French maid costumes. (The video, of course, is available below.) It was my tongue in cheek toast to Bastille Day, which is today.
That video has since received more than 100 views in under 24 hours. To put that in perspective, most of the videos that I put on-line only get 20 - 30 views in a 24 hour time period. (Philip DeFranco I am not.)
Why it's as if the internet is populated by people who enjoy seeing beautiful women dressed up in French maid costumes.
Today is Bastille Day, which is a French holiday to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in Paris on July 14, 1789 and the founding of the modern French Republic. Since I happen to live in a former French colony, I thought I would take a moment to commemorate Bastille Day with a short video to showcase some of the greatness that France has given us, particularly French maids.
Some very well find this inappropriate. The only consolation I can offer such people is that this is hardly the least inappropriate thing I have ever done.