Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Dad and Cat

Meydl stands directly in front of my dad's computer while he's working. He has a very high tolerance of cat.
I think what's happened here is that my dad put his hand on her rump, leading her to lie down. Then with some occasional mouse-use, he ends up "petting" her to her satisfaction.

I know this qualifies me as a dorkus

But when the sound of the vocals on the songs in Glee don't match the sound of the production dialog it really takes me out of it.

Sure, that might be mostly a "Drew thing". But there is a measurable effect there.

OK. Back to Firefly and looking for women's boots. It's like a fetish but with all of the work and none of the kinky fun.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Cats

My sister Jeanne took pictures of cats.
Winston mostly sleeps, but here he's looking fairly majestic. Shockingly this is him after he's lost weight.

There's something about Meydl that makes you just want to pick her up and put your nose in her belly.
I do wish you couldn't see up my nose here though. 

I have nothing to say today


The only real reason I hate telephones is because they're so much worse now than when I was little. The damn delay on digital cell phones is just maddening. If we actually had POTS lines, I might not be as phone-irritated as I am. The Times thinks telephones are passé.


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Skyline

So I saw the movie "Skyline". It's shockingly similar to our "Day 2". It even has titles of "Day One", "Day Two", and "Day Three".
The movie was very close to being good. The biggest problem for me was the structure. They had a good idea where they could keep the characters together inside an penthouse for most of the movie. And when the very first shot is the aliens descending from the sky you might be forgiven for thinking that you're going to be going for a fun ride and avoid that whole boring exposition of your characters where they mostly don't have any dramatic tension. That is until the title "15 Hours Earlier" comes up.
Save the Cat could have saved the picture. One thing you need for a movie like this is the "half man". The main cast needed to run into a survivor -- someone who's seen the dark side. They actually do end up with a half man, and it's sorta interesting, but it's a 3rd act element rather than the 2nd act element you'd expect.
There's also a bunch of stuff they establish -- like a telescope and a camera -- which don't really pay off. It's not that critical that they have them. They could have just looked out a window which, in effect, was what they were doing.
The aliens look nice.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Mao

Hey -- are you an actor with a Law & Order credit? I was speaking to a guy who was a very high - level member of SAG the other day and he said that you can get all your L&O stuff from the production company. It'll cost you like 30 bucks.

I don't know another actor who is aware that Law & Order will give you material for your reel. You don't have to tape it off the air. Back when we were doing reels for people we used to tape actors' L&O episodes so that they'd have them.

We didn't need to do that.

So, I don't know exactly what steps you have to go through to get your stuff from Wolf productions or whomever -- I just know that it can be done.

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The Mandarin Chinese word for "cat" is "māo". 貓 or 猫 
See? It kinda looks like a cat. Well. That's what I tell myself anyway.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

These are notes on my vampire hunter TV series

You will find them contradictory and arbitrary. But I should give the project a number. I deem it "1103".
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There won't be a "Last week on this show" to start the TV show. I know, that's some famous last words for someone who wants the show to be very episodic but also have season-long and series-long character arcs.
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Chiaroscuro. No happy Hollywood sunsets or bright days. Manhattan and the outer boroughs are under a permanent eclipse of light when darkness takes the city early with low, grey light.

There is a general unease. The recovery from a world rent from within. Families have been torn apart, children become were-creatures, vampires, or worse. No one knows who to trust anymore. This is a noir New York, paranoid, filled with monsters and dread.

After numerous armed robberies, Gus, the owner of a bodega, hires an eyeless mutant who can see a few minutes into the future to mind the store.
Mediums and Tarot - readers are real now. They really can tell your future.
Casinos hire witches to ward off spells and charms of gamblers.
Airplanes don't work without witches onboard to keep them aloft. Boats and trains are the preferred transportation.
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It all happened one night. Over a period of about 5 hours, computers ceased to work, friends, lovers, family, turned into vampires, werewolves, and worse. People saw their loved ones kill their own children. About a quarter of the population changed. They killed another quarter of the population. And now the world lives in an uneasy truce with itself.
Of those who aren't out-and-out changed, about half experience some kind of extra sensory perception.
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COPS. You notice how after they make an arrest the police on that show have the smoothest bedside manner? I know it's to get suspects to talk and to not make their lives more difficult but it's a brilliant piece of antidrama. It's all about defusing a situation rather than making it more dramatic.
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Why don't I have the complete Firefly series on DVD so I can listen to the commentary? Somebody rectify this right away.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Interplanetariae

Watching Chance Shirley's Interplanetary yet again, this time to listen to the commentary track, drives me to fits of envy and momentary thankfulness.

For instance: man, he has a mars buggy in his basement.

That's some world-class envy I got right there.

Did I mention Chance owns his own Mars buggy? Sure, it has no engine but.

Furthermore, the movie is just brilliant.

Under "thankful" or perhaps, uncharitably, "schadenfreude", it's hysterical to me to see people with the same kinds of problems we run into when making a movie. It's not just your straight-up movie making issues like lighting or sound. It's things like freakin' space helmets. Just like Chance, we've had adventures with space helmets ourselves. Helmets have two major problems: breathing and seeing. I guess those are only major problems for your actors. Or anyone they run into. Or anyone they collapse onto.

Chance says that if he had the opportunity to make the movie again he could make it cost half as much and be twice as good. I'll buy the making it for half the cost thing. But twice as good? The universe would implode if this picture were twice as good. It's too good already.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Today's three most important facts

Funniest movie review quote ever of the day (for the movie "Beastly"):
The script, as it turns out, was accidentally written by a sad monkey that just broke up with its boyfriend
In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series there are a lot of extras. They put a whole pile o' students in the show.

Do you need to teach your parents how to use a computer? Google made some videos to help. I recommend a strong liquor to help you when you have to teach them how to use a computer.

Actually I suppose we should go with 3.14 important facts today as, after all, it is pi day.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Are You A Man?

Are you an actor? You wanna be in a play? You wanna be in a good play?

Mozz Mendez is casting his next play, Marq as Unread. Mozz is one of only a handful of playwrights whom I'd trust to direct his own work. Ha! That's because he has a tremendous critical distance with his own work and is willing to cut stuff that, although it might be fine in the moment, doesn't work for the whole play. He also wrote the brilliant Thoroughly Stupid Things.

Now he's decided he wants to make a modern gay Les Liaisons dangereuses so you know it'll be 1. brilliant and 2. a hit. Here's the casting notice:
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Auditions will be scheduled at a later date for
a workshop in APRIL and will be by appointment.  

As always, I like to work with a cast from workshop
through production.  So it's a very involved but 
ultimately rewarding process. 

and, just so you know, once in Production.THERE WILL BE NUDITY.
and there will be Men making out with Men.
I mean, all over the place.  So don't submit if you're skittish. or
homophobic in ANY WAY. 

2 roles require the knowledge of Piano or Guitar.  Preference would
be given to those who can play either, really, really well. 

To submit, send your digital headshot and resume to
Me at mendez aaaaahhht amzcreative.com [editor's note from Drew, since I'm posting this I figured I'd take out the html for mozz's email address. You use the Internet, you can figure it out.]

CLEARLY STATE WHICH ROLE YOU ARE SUBMITTING FOR.

CAST IS A FOLLOWS:  (in order of most nude scenes!)

Victor Valmont:
30's, Devishly Handsome, very rich and
spends an obscene amount of time at the gym.  


"I know he loves me.  But all I have is proof of his strength to resist me. "
Marq Marteuil: 
30's, Rich young attorney, very ambitious and driven.  Very well put together
and distant, He is completely respected by his friends and all who know him. He also 
has an innocent charm that belies his true personality.  Still Waters run deep after all.


"Gay men are never that secure in themselves, the minute you say you like them, they'll think something is wrong with them."
Adam Tourvel:
30's,  Very handsome and very sweet. Adam is a recovering 
alcoholic and drug addict.  So he has given up the lifestyle and is an extremely committed 
relationship. That is until Victor comes along. 


"People think that love leads to happiness.  I can tell you that it does not.  It's very peaceful not to feel those feelings."
Cy Volange:
Must look 15 years old.   Innocent EMO type.
15 year old music prodigy (must play GUITAR and or PIANO) I know, I'm so demanding.
has come to spend the summer in New York with his 
brother Madison, an attorney in Marq's firm.  He's completey naive and innocent
but Marq sees him as completely corruptable.

"My brother tells me that it is wrong for two men to fall in love.
But why?  It's New York, almost every man is in love with another."


Emilio:
20's, Victor's best friend, Emmy is a Tony Award Winning Musical Theatre Actor
and loves to have fun, he's extremely flamboyant or as Marq puts it,

"He is one chop and an estrogen syringe away from being a woman."


Madison Volange:
35-45,Straight, attorney at Marq's firm, and Marq considers him his enemy, uses his
good looks to land gay clients, as he considers their expendable income something
he should get his hands on.  His little brother Cy has been found out to be gay
and has been sent to spend the summer with Madison so he can be brotherly to him, a job
he leaves to Marq.

"Victor never takes an action without carefully plotting the damage
he will cause.  There is no one he's ever encountered that hasn't had a reason to regret it."


Rosemonde:
40's - 50's,  Ex-drag queen, now dying of lung cancer after years of smoking.
He was and is Adam's sponsor. A very good man, who still wants to smoke more than anything.

"Those who are worthy of love are rarely made happy by it."
Charlie Danceny:
23, intern at Marq and Madison's law firm.  He's an ex-juilliard graduate, now
in law school.   MUST PLAY THE GUITAR and or the PIANO, as he will be
playing two songs and the music through transitions.  Falls for the very young Cy.

"To tell you the truth, I was kind of consumed with hopeless worry.  I don't know what's wrong with me. He's a kid."

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Rhymes with Winning

Because it was Joe Chapman's birthday, he gave me a book. Yeah, I don't know how that life keeps working for me either, but it does. Rhymes with "winning"? That would be us. Anyway, Joe gives me a copy of Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear. It's a dude-wakes-up-in-a-spaceship with no memory - type book.
And you know I'm a big fan of those. Heck, we even made a movie like that. I mean, with an android.
And what am I not doing? Any editing on that picture. No. I'm sitting and blogging. Maybe gonna watch some Buffy on Hulu.

Oh, but wait, the book. It's good. It has creepy children and some nice monsters. I couldn't figure out the geography of the ship to save my life. Very few weapons.

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Bank Skank Mank

Grammar has never been my strong point. I just can't figure out what a split infinitive is. In fact, the reason I took Chinese in high school was because my guidance counselor blithely told me that "Chinese has no grammar!"*

You know what's cool? The Internet. It has tools to calculate triangles, and probably all the other things I've forgotten from high school.

So Chase bank has decided to charge businesses $18/month to have checking accounts with them. And I have three accounts. That's $54/month. $648/year. That's bite/me.
I'm at another bank across the street opening up a new account so I can pull out of Chase (which I'll admit, Chase was very convenient, especially with that new thing that lets you make deposits at ATM's that scan checks). And, no kidding, while I was opening up an account, two other people came in to open accounts who were moving from Chase.

*She was coming from a Latin background. She meant you don't have to decline or conjugate things. Obviously there's plenty o'grammar.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Clouds

I just generated a tweet cloud.

This just goes to show you why you should not follow me on Twitter.

I mean, unless you've got some serious issues to work out. Who am I to judge?

Do You Like the Word "Palimpsest"?

Because if you do, Perdido Street Station is the book for you.

Let me tell you boy, there are a lot of characters and descriptions of things which have zero impact on the story in this book.

Of particular uselessness are three robots and three mercenaries.

Oh, oops, I should say "spoiler alert".

SPOILER: the three robots and the three mercenaries have no effect on the rest of the story.

The British cover (here) is vastly better than the American cover.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

Trois Things

The Legend of Turbo Cat. It's not just a legend.
Yammer is a Wave-ish product. You know, just because the launch of Wave was "bleh" doesn't mean they should have cancelled the project altogether. And that cancellation do make one skittish of Google products.
So far I have managed to avoid the Second Street Bakery in Jersey City, NJ. I don't know how much longer I can hold out. UPDATE: not long at all. The cinnamon buns are amazing. And they're two bucks.

Thursday, March 03, 2011

Help Wasting Time

I could easily spend way too much of my life looking at this slow-motion chipmunk.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Tapir says three things


  • My brother David recommends Tastings for wine and liquor ratings.
  • Alexa rates LinkedIn as like the 17th most popular website in the world. Does anybody seriously use it? I've given up and I just accept invitations from whomever.
  • Placekitten. You know, for when you want to put a picture of a kitten in place of code.