“… have some tacos to cool off.”

So, today, I took a bus from Philly to Scranton, to meet up with my dad.  We are preparing for our trip to Louisiana. Today is also my dad’s birthday. In continuing efforts to entertain my father, I thought, for fun, we’d go to a late lunch at this place called “Quaker Steak and Lube”. Ok, before you get to thinking this is the cheesiest lunch plan on the planet, especially for so important a day: hear me out. Quaker Steak and Lube was featured recently on the Travel Channel’s “Man vs Food” (excellent show). The host, Adam, had to eat their most insane hot wings. I thought : this is great idea! What better way to celebrate with my dad then to try climbing Everest! (seriously, though, my other thought was “Dad’s going to get a great laugh”).

I can’t tell you how nervous I actually felt, leading up to the arrival of the basket. Dad had “hot” (3k Scoville Units — measure of hotness). Atomic = 150k units. I ate the first three with zeal and they were delicious!! Then came the pain, chased by lots of milk. As I ate, and Dad gave me the play by play on the sweat pouring off my forehead, I reflected that the worst part was the dual concentration of ignoring the pain, and abating the nausea building in my stomach of the 2 massive glasses of whole milk swirling amid hot sauce (and the pudding I had for breakfast – not a good way to start the day).

Pain upon pain. The heat was only in my lips, tongue and throat, but it was so intense, that the rest of my body actually shivered with cold! Beth, our waitress, was incredible, sympathetic. She had to try all of the sauces, as part of her hiring, so she understood. At the end, she brought me a small cup of chocolate sauce which she said would take down the edge. I wasn’t crying. (maybe tearing). I was tough. Still a man. Still had my deep voice going. She was right about the chocolate helping.

Then Dad said the phrase which locked in my mind. “Well, for dinner, you can have some tacos to cool off.” Probably any third party will think my dad crazy with a line like that. No, Mom just had dinner planned, and Dad was just reminding me, but the delivery made me laugh so much the resulting afterglow in my stomach was slightly frightening. It subsided, as did the pain. “Boy,” my father said, as he does when imparting wisdom, or when he is too embarassed to pronounce my name, ” eating that was a really stupid idea.”

Old Boy Soundtrack, Japanese Humor, The Sultan’s Elephant

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It’s late.  For some reason, most of the day, the waltz theme to one of my favorite movies, OldBoy, has been play through my head.  I’m embedding a link to a guitar rendition of this tune played by this young guitar prodigy who’s rendition of California Dreamin’ is also worth a listen:)

On another note, I’m slowly working on learning the Japanese language.  At lunch, I checked out these videos of Japanese humor.  I thought they were rather compelling.

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Oh, and somehow I came across this video

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It’s from a performance piece in Europe called The Sultan’s Elephant.  

 

 

 

 

Old Boy Soundtrack, Japanese Humor

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It’s late.  For some reason, most of the day, the waltz theme to one of my favorite movies, OldBoy, has been play through my head.  I’m embedding a link to a guitar rendition of this tune played by this young guitar prodigy who’s rendition of California Dreamin’ is also worth a listen:)

On another note, I’m slowly working on learning the Japanese language.  At lunch, I checked out a video of Japanese humor.  I thought it was rather compelling.

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Andrew’s Facial Tick

 

 

Allright.  Sometimes, I just doodle around.  This is one of those things.  Last night, my brother and I were working on one of our last shots for a film project we’ve been working on.  This is our friend, Andrew, the star of the film.  Between takes, he was goofing off for the camera.  This morning, after backing up the captures, I looked at this shot and thought I’d have a little fun with it.  It’s by no means refined, it’s just a “doodle”, but I thought you might enjoy.  It’s heavily inspired by Andrew Kramer’s work at videocopilot.net.

IBC – Day 3 – Pictures from the Streets of Amsterdam

Taking a brief break from the show floor before returning for the closing 3D movie presentation.  Thought I’d upload some of the pictures I’ve taken the past two nights.  There are a lot more to sort through. 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Death Penalty

No one and no entity should have the right to determine if a person has the right to live.  Life is a human right, it is not a gift given by man and therefore, should not be a gift revoked by man.

I’ve debated for a while whether I should open up my website to more personal discussion: including opinions and politics.  In a business context, I would never discuss these things, however, I want to create content for this site on a daily basis, and what better way to do it than make this a site about things I care about and want to discuss.

The Death Penalty.

This is one of the ultimate travesties and hypocrisies of the U.S.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m going to start this discussion by saying I love my country, I am deeply appreciative of what she stands for and the opportunities she provides.  I am very privileged to be a citizen of the U.S.  Part of that privilege is the ability to critique my country.  The death penalty is an unfortunate blemish from a violent adolescent past that should have been abolished with the country’s ascension to adulthood.  I have never lost a loved one to violence.  I do not know what that experience is like, nor could I or would I ever want to imagine that feeling.  I am deeply sorry if someone affected by violence reads this article and is offended or upset by my writing.  That is not my intention and it is certainly a concern of mine as I decided to write this article.

As a champion of human rights, it is counterproductive and frankly offensive to our international relationships to insist on the “private business” of executing our prisoners.  The recent case of José Ernesto Medellín in fact brought forth several areas of contention including the American justice system vs the World Court (aka International Court of Justice founded under the U.N.) as well as state vs federal powers.  In this case, the eventual result was Medellin was executed despite international protest and a ICJ determination that an unfair trial had taken place.  Soon after, our President attended the Olympics and, among other items, called for human rights reforms in China.  It greatly hurts our ability to argue for human rights when many of our friends in the U.N. call on us to end our own “barbaric” practices.

If there were one thing I wish our country would learn it would be the humility and respect to listen, understand, and learn from our fellow citizens of the world.  I feel that too many of our populous, and therefore our representatives, are ethnocentric: not willing to acknowledge the diversity or advancement of thought in other cultures.  We would do well to stop talking and listen for once.  There are civilizations in this world much older than we who have experience and wisdom on which we can draw.  There are also countries, younger than ours who have come to a conclusion we are not willing to acknowledge.  I wish we would open our minds to the possibility human rights and the balance of life vs justice is not a political issue, it’s not a statistical issue, and it’s certainly not an economic issue.  Before anything, human right / the death penalty is a moral issue. 

The taking of life, in any form, negates free will: free thought cannot exist without life to sustain it.  The taking of life eliminates any possibility for reformation of the heart, mind, body, or soul.  The taking of life does not deter crime.  The taking of life is just that : a destruction of the most heinous kind.  No person or group of persons should have the authority to condemn to death.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

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I need to start forming a habit of updating this blog at least every other day.  :)

The past few days, I’ve been occupied editing footage my brother and I took for our next project, as well as watching the Olympics.  I’m also kicking around some ideas for a series of webcams…

Anyway.  I wanted to jot something quick down.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince has been pushed back until next summer.  As a fan of the films, and the books, I thought I’d put up a link to the trailer from Apple’s Quicktime site.  Looks like it will be great when it comes around.

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