December 31, 2007

At the cinema show...

At the movies. Nerds together, watchin a movie...

November 13, 2007

Chairs at Cheesecake

Just an artsy BW at Cheesecake's front patio. They just looked so forelorn yet relaxing...

(compare this pic with the snowy one up top...)

Andrea (Betty Boop) on Halloween

Andrea magically changes into Betty Boop for Jennifer West's awesome Halloween party. I was Popeye.

September 7, 2007

Me at the Rome old clock tower

Me and the clock. Rome, Georgia. Yea, I'm making sure that I look good... and I was getting "ate up" by mosquitos...

Old Town Clock, Rome, GA

Old town clock. Artsy angle. Rome, Georgia. Built in 1872 site of one of the first elementary schools in the town. It was at the very top of a small MOUNTAIN only 3 blocks away from "downtown" Rome. So, I got my excercise today.

Old Havana Cigar Co.

Cool little wine and cigar store in Rome where the festival had a party. Pipe tobacco reminds me of my great-uncle...

Blue Wall. Rome, GA

I forgot what building this was but the whole brick building was painted baby blue... interesting choice...

The Desoto Theater, Rome, GA

The Desoto Theater in rome. The headquarters for Rome International Film Festival this year. Built at about the same time as The Alabama Theater here in Birmingham.

In early 1928 O. C. Lam, the owner of Lam Amusement Company, laid plans to construct a new movie theater in downtown Rome, Georgia. Lam wanted to build a movie palace -- a luxurious theater modeled after New York's Roxy. Lam purchased a section of prime real estate on the main street of downtown Rome for $50,000.
The building's exterior and Georgian interior stylishly housed a number of recent movie palace innovations. Designed as a "talkie" theater, it the first venue in the South to be designed and built for sound pictures. Rome's new house boasted a Vitaphone sound system. And, the theater was heated and cooled by an innovative blower-fan air conditioning and tubular boiler system. Additionally, the theater was equipped with state of the art fire safety equipment. Fitted with many exits, the theater could be emptied in two minutes.
Lam named his new movie palace for Hernando DeSoto, who was thought by many historians to have passed through the area that is now Rome in 1540. The DeSoto was completed at a cost of $110,000 and opened in August of 1929. The theater seated 1,500, making it one of the seven largest movie venues in Georgia at the time. The theater was an instant success and the pride of Rome. The DeSoto was one of the main sources of entertainment for Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama for the next fifty years.

Me walking around Rome

When in Rome... you must take cheesy pics of yourself in a store window with your cell phone.

August 21, 2007

Grandpa Bill Documentary official selection for 9th Annual Sidewalk Film Festival!

We got great news yesterday! After waiting all weekend for the email it finally came in...
How I Get Down... (The True Story of Grandpa Bill)" has been accepted as an official selection in Birmingham's Sidewalk Film Festival!Check out the new website and stay tuned for screening dates and times. While you're bored you can go to the GPB Myspace page (link above) and watch the two trailers. The first one is a teaser trailer and the second one is the new official trailer. Also the official GPB blog lives there so check there for more techinical stuff and the latest news on festivals.
Well we've got tonz of work to do now... look for posters popping up around town as well as a few surprizes if you come to Sidewalk this year. BTW the dates for Sidewalk are: September 28th - 30th. So go ahead and plan to take off that weekend. It'll be worth it believe me!

August 5, 2007

Mountaintop camera 5

Mountaintop camera 5

June 23, 2007

Narnia 3 starts pre-production

Apted to direct 'Narnia' sequel
'Dawn Treader' starts shooting in January

Disney Pictures and Walden Media have tapped Michael Apted to direct "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," the third installment in the series. Mark Johnson will produce along with Andrew Adamson, who directed the first two.
Returning cast members include Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley and Skandar Keynes.
"The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," the second in the trio, will be released in 2008. "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will begin lensing in January for a release on May 1, 2009.
Recent directing credits for Apted, who's prexy of the Directors Guild of America, include the soccer doc "The Power of the Game" and the feature "Amazing Grace" (for Walden Media sister company Bristol Bay Prods.).
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" saw worldwide grosses totaling $738 million.

March 30, 2007

Wahlberg to star in Shyamalan film

Wahlberg to star in Shyamalan film
'Happening' set to happen June 2008

Mark Wahlberg has been set to star in 20th Century Fox thriller "The Happening," which M. Night Shyamalan will direct in August in Philadelphia.
Fox has carved out plans to release the film with a day-and-date worldwide bow on Friday, June 13, 2008.
"Friday the 13th has very distinctive, global connotations, which make it the ideal launching pad for this frightening thriller," 20th domestic distribution president Bruce Snyder said in a statement.
Wahlberg will play a man who takes his family on the run when a cataclysmic natural crisis threatens to end the world.
Shyamalan set a spec deal for the spooky apocalyptic pic at the studio earlier this month (Daily Variety, March 7).
When he made the deal, Shyamalan brought back his "Unbreakable" and "Sixth Sense" producer Barry Mendel to produce with Sam Mercer. He also brought with him a co-financier in India-based UTV, which committed 50% of the film's $57 million budget, with Fox distributing worldwide except in India.
When Shyamalan made his deal with Fox, he'd already been making inroads to get Wahlberg aboard the film.
"Mark has a unique blend of charisma, humanity, authenticity and skillfulness as an actor," Shyamalan said, "all of which coalesced at this moment in his career, making him the perfect person to take on the role of Eliot Moore, the science teacher at the center of this event."
The actor, who just opened in "Shooter," is also getting in the ring with Matt Damon and director Darren Aronofsky on Paramount film "The Fighter."
Pic is the third that UTV has recently co-financed at the studio, after the Mira Nair-directed "The Namesake," and the Chris Rock starrer "I Think I Love My Wife," both distributed by Fox Searchlight.

March 8, 2007

Super-Close Google Maps Zooms

Super-Close Google Maps Zooms: "Super-Close Google Maps Zooms

Holy moly that is a close up zoom of a camel (see my screenshot above) – and it works for other place on Google Maps too! Yes, it turns out that you can zoom in much more deeply onto Google Maps by doing this:
Select a location and switch to satellite view
Zoom in as far as you can, and click “link to this page” at the top right
Now replace the “z” parameter in the URL with a higher value, e.g. 20, 22, or 23, and wait. Some locations will now show more detailed imagery
The French Ecrans website and Geotrotter have more on this.
What fun images can you find? Please post screenshots.

Playing water ping pong.

It seems he’s looking into the camera, actually.
This is a rare zoom level 23, almost (already?) creating privacy issues people joked about earlier.

Nobody’s in the Googleplex pool.

Relaxing at the beach.
[Thanks Frank Fuchs!]
Update: Some of the images are from Google’s Australia Day 2007 fly-over snapshots and already show this detail at level 19. This is however not the case with the desert image, and the Googleplex pool..." » iTunes for Weapons of Mass Destruction? » iTunes for Weapons of Mass Destruction?:
"iTunes for Weapons of Mass Destruction? Posted on Wednesday 7 March 2007

I came across from a friend that in the End User License Agreement for the popular music player software iTunes from Apple, that there is a strange clause stating that the software may not be used for the production of weapons of mass destruction. My current version of iTunes (6.x) needed updating to 7.1 so I thought it would give me a chance to investigate to confirm this, and it indeed did say that.
An exerpt from the EULA is below:

10. Export Control. You may not use or otherwise export or reexport the Apple Software except as authorized by United States law and the laws of the jurisdiction in which the Apple Software was obtained. In particular, but without limitation, the Apple Software may not be exported or re-exported (a) into any U.S. embargoed countries or (b) to anyone on the U.S. Treasury Department’s list of Specially Designated Nationals or the U.S. Department of Commerce Denied Person’s List or Entity List. By using the Apple Software, you represent and warrant that you are not located in any such country or on any such list. You also agree that you will not use these products for any purposes prohibited by United States law, including, without limitation, the development, design, manufacture or production of missiles, or nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.”

Strange, eh? See for yourself if you don’t believe me. Their official EULA can be found in PDF format at the following link:

So, who is the first one willing to breach the EULA to make their first weapon of mass destruction using iTunes?

March 4, 2007 - Stargazers Take in Lunar Eclipse Across World - Science News | Current Articles

I got to see this tonight at the Summit / Cheesecake parking lot! pretty cool... Lasted from about 6:10 - 8ish (I got too cold.) I snapped a few pictures which I'll post here when I get them... There was about 5 cars parked around for our little viewing...

Josh - Stargazers Take in Lunar Eclipse Across World - Science News Current Articles: "Stargazers Take in Lunar Eclipse Across World
Saturday, March 03, 2007

March 3: The moon during an eclipse as seen from Germany.A dark red shadow crept across the moon Saturday during the first total lunar eclipse in nearly three years, thrilling stargazers and astronomers around the world.
Partly visible on every continent, residents of Europe, Africa and the Middle East had the best view of the phenomenon, weather permitting.
About a dozen people gathered at the Croydon Observatory in southeast London to watch the start of the eclipse.
'It's starting to go!' said Alex Gikas, 8, a Cub Scout who was studying for his astronomy badge. 'I've never seen anything like it before. I'm really excited.'

The eclipse was clearly visible, thanks to clear, crisp weather in southern England.
Lunar eclipses occur when Earth passes between the sun and the moon, an uncommon event because the moon spends most of its time either above or below the plane of Earth's orbit."

March 3, 2007 - Swiss Troops Accidentally Invade Liechtenstein - International News | News of the World | Middle East News | Europe News

Too funny... You guys might notice its about half serious here... I love weird stuff. Liechtenstien is one of the smallest countries in the world. They have no army and they struggle each year to get up enough people for a national soccer team...



The Principality of Liechtenstein (German: F├╝rstentum Liechtenstein) is a very small, doubly-landlocked country in Central Europe, bordered by Switzerland to its west and by Austria to its east. Mountainous, it is a winter sports resort, although it is perhaps best known as a tax haven. Despite this, it is not heavily urbanized (in the way that the Principality of Monaco and Gibraltar are). Many cultivated fields and little farms characterize its landscape both in the north (Oberland) and in the south (Unterland). Not only is it the smallest German-speaking country in the world, but also it is the only German-speaking country besides Luxembourg to have a Royal head of state. - Swiss Troops Accidentally Invade Liechtenstein - International News News of the World Middle East News Europe News:

"ZURICH, Switzerland — What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.
According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers from the neutral country wandered more than a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.
A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story, but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.
'We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem,' Daniel Reist told The Associated Press on Friday.
Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.
Interior Ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. 'It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something,' he said.
Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington, D.C., does not have an army."

Bush visits school devastated by twister - Yahoo! News

Bush visits school devastated by twister - Yahoo! News:
"Bush visits school devastated by twister By DEB RIECHMANN, Associated Press Writer
34 minutes ago

ENTERPRISE, Ala. - On a mournful mission, President Bush climbed over piles of concrete, roofing, insulation, broken glass and textbooks Saturday that littered Enterprise High School, battered by a tornado that killed eight students.

Down hallway three, lined by blue lockers, he went in private, the corridor where the students died and scores more were trapped in Thursday's storm. The president also saw the wing — now just rubble — where students had hunkered down as the tornado approached.
'Today I have walked through devastation that is hard to describe,' he said, standing with students, one of whom had a tear running down her face. 'Our thoughts go out to the students who perished. Thank God for hundreds who lived,' he said."

March 1, 2007

Blogger on Ice -

This is a broad human rights violation... Please read this and visit the site. This is one of the freedoms that we in America enjoy, yet take for granted; The freedom of speech. In most other countries this is what happens when you dare to voice your opinion....

Blogger on Ice -

"Blogger on Ice
Once again Egypt's Hosni Mubarak shows zero tolerance for a secular democratic dissenter.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007; Page A18

THE BUSH administration has tolerated Egypt's brutal crackdown on domestic dissent and the broader reversal of its democratic spring of 2005 in part because President Hosni Mubarak argues that his adversaries are dangerous Islamic extremists. It's true that the largest opposition movement in Egypt is the Muslim Brotherhood; how dangerous it is can be debated. But what is overlooked is that Mr. Mubarak reserves his most relentless repression not for the Islamists -- who hold a fifth of the seats in parliament -- but for the secular democrats who fight for free elections, a free press, rights for women and religious tolerance.

The latest case in point is a blogger named Abdel Kareem Nabil Soliman, who was sentenced to four years in prison last week on charges of religious incitement, disrupting public order and 'insulting the president.' A brave and provocative 22-year-old student, Mr. Soliman first achieved notice with postings that denounced riots in Alexandria directed at Egypt's Christian Copt minority. He said the brutality he witnessed was the result of extremist Islamic teachings, in part by his own university, Al-Azhar, which he called 'the other face of al-Qaeda.' He compared the prophet Muhammad to Israel's Ariel Sharon. And he said Mr. Mubarak was a 'symbol of tyranny.'"

A Christmas 2008 gift for Trekkies - Yahoo! News

News for nerds... Hey, I'm excited!


A Christmas 2008 gift for Trekkies - Yahoo! News:
"LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Captain's log: December 25, 2008.
Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas Day 2008 release date for the 11th 'Star Trek' feature, to be filmed by 'Mission: Impossible III' director J.J. Abrams. Shooting will begin in the fall, Paramount said Tuesday.

The screenplay, from 'M:I 3' scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to follow James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock during their Starfleet Academy years and into their first space mission.
The previous film in the series, the 2002 box office bomb, 'Star Trek: Nemesis,' was directed by Stuart Baird, and starred Patrick Stewart.LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Captain's log: December 25, 2008.

Paramount Pictures has set a Christmas Day 2008 release date for the 11th 'Star Trek' feature, to be filmed by 'Mission: Impossible III' director J.J. Abrams. Shooting will begin in the fall, Paramount said Tuesday.

The screenplay, from 'M:I 3' scribes Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, is said to follow James T. Kirk and Mr. Spock during their Starfleet Academy years and into their first space mission.
The previous film in the series, the 2002 box office bomb, 'Star Trek: Nemesis,' was directed by Stuart Baird, and starred Patrick Stewart."

Test Tube Aliens: Gadget of the Week - Popular Mechanics

Test Tube Aliens: Gadget of the Week - Popular Mechanics:

"Test Tube Aliens: Gadget of the Week
Finally, a toy that invites children to explore the nature of cruelty. In fact, Electronic Test Tube Aliens ($15) are either the most cynical and ill-conceived toys on the market, or the world's first truly existential toy. The story is simple: There's an alien invasion on, and you get to be a collaborator by taking care of a Wi-Fi-enabled, battery-powered alien adoptee. Three of the aliens are good and three are evil; whether yours is good or evil has no bearing on how your creature will behave, since these test-tube babies can't fight each other or really do anything. Except die. In fact, that's their specialty.
Each alien comes in a white egg ..."

Panoramic Photography, Boing Boing: Black Rock winter snowscape photos (Burning Man site)

Boing Boing: Black Rock winter snowscape photos (Burning Man site): "Black Rock winter snowscape photos (Burning Man site)

Image: cropped detail from a stunning panoramic photo of the Black Rock Station on a sunny, wintery Nevada day -- well, actually, today.
Snowy Gerlach in February, the opposite spot in the calendrical cycle from those sweltering weeks when the desert is chock full of hippies.
JPEG Link (it's a really large photo, 11726 x 504 pixels), and here's an index page with more beautiful panoramic photos of the same site, during other seasons. Photos credited to Ghost Dancer.
It's really a lovely place, with or without beglowsticked humans. (Thanks, Wayne Correia)"

February 28, 2007

Andrea posin'

New Andrea pic for my phone. We were eatin' at Salvatore's tonight and we sat out on the patio and discussed smells at grandmother's houses... - Academy threatens YouTube - Academy threatens YouTube:

"Academy threatens YouTube Site removes unauthorized Oscar clips

Web surfers will no longer be reliving the magic moments of the 2007 Oscarcast via YouTube. The vid-viewing site complied with a Tuesday request from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences to remove all unauthorized clips of the kudocast.
Several segments of the show, including host Ellen DeGeneres' opening monologue and musical numbers featuring Will Ferrell and Beyonce, had been among YouTube's most-viewed content this week.
Ferrell's musical lament about how comedies never win Oscars, sung with Jack Black and John C. Reilly, had racked up more than 250,000 views on YouTube before it was replaced with the message 'This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences.'
Ric Robertson, exec administrator for the Academy, said the organization had its content pulled 'to help manage the value of our telecast and our brand.'"

Online addict dies after "marathon" session | Tech&Sci | Internet |

Cmon people! Go outside or something. I can see these stories getting more and more common as technology advances. Humans are lazy by nature... Read on...

Online addict dies after "marathon" session Tech&Sci Internet

"BEIJING (Reuters) - An obese 26-year-old man in northeastern China died after a 'marathon' online gaming session over the Lunar New Year holiday, state media said on Wednesday.
The 150-kg (330-lb) man from Jinzhou, in Liaoning province, collapsed on Saturday, the last day of the holiday, after spending 'almost all' of the seven-day break playing online games, the China Daily said, citing his parents.
Xu Yan, a local teacher, said the 'dull life' during the holiday prompted many people to turn to computer games for entertainment.
'There are only two options. TV or computer. What else can I do in the holiday as all markets, KTV and cafeterias are shut down?' the paper quoted Xu as saying.

View SlideshowChina has seen an alarming rise in the number of teenage and young adult Internet addicts in recent years, despite attempts to restrict minors from cybercafes and limit online game playing times.
About 2.6 million -- or 13 percent -- of China's 20 million Internet users under 18 are classed as addicts, state media have reported."

Emily's blog on writing

My friend Emily wrote this little blog about her writing last night. I thought it was good enough to share with anyone into the arts, entertainment and writing. Great advice!

ars faux-etica Current mood: frustrated

I.this is what i just hate seeing in my department: people trying to justify their depth through vague references and carbon copy poetry. your literary worth is not measured through how many contests you win. you're always learning, so always be willing to learn. listen to what everyone has to say, even if it isn't helpful. you'll still learn from it. just don't be everyone at once, don't be your friends, don't be someone else's siamese twin. people shouldn't be saying you're the same person as someone else, or that your writing is just like so-and-so's. it disgusts everyone when you obviously can't be yourself.


III.people that aren't willing to learn and change in art drive me absolutely up the wall. improve or get out. it all goes back to the mathemetician that doesn't do his problem the same way expecting different results. stop writing fanfiction; nobody respectable actually writes it. stop writing about vampires or romance novels; it's not what you're here for. if you must write about something you don't know, research the fuck out of it. there will always be someone combing over the details, willing to call you out. there will always be a grammar nazi. fucking deal with it--better your classmates than an agent or an editor who will just send your shit back with a useless rejection letter.

IV. assume that nobody cares and it's your job to make them. do critique; it doesn't matter how shitty yours went. in addition, read every critique sheet, even though you know the person has nothing helpful to say. maybe you'll be surprised, or completely disappointed. you're not in a classroom of scholars; deal. yes you'll have to do a ton of stupid exercises. just do them. just read everything given to you. just keep it all, put it in a notebook. later when you're a senior you'll wish you still had all those handouts; you'll want to go back to all the basics you skipped over and refresh your memory.

V. burnout is just a lie. you either have what it takes or you don't.

VI. i'll be writing for the rest of my life, regardless of what happened in high school.i enjoy every fucking second of it.


February 27, 2007

The drain on the back dock.


Sky with plane over The Summit

Sky at evening from the back door of Cheesecake. That's a plane right above that light pole. Check out some of my real photography stuff on my FLICKR site

January 25, 2007

January 3, 2007


I took this last night with my new Motorola KRZR K1m cell phone.

1.3 megapixels of "ridiculous" beauty right here... I hope she never stops looking at me with those eyes. I guess you can tell I've fallen. And an angel has found me and picked me up.

"I can see a lot of life in you.
I can see a lot of bright in you.
And I think that dress looks nice on you..."

- Sufjan Stevens, (from Seven Swans)