Monday, June 30, 2008

10 MPH

Saturday night I watched a documentary called 10 MPH which is a documentary film directed by Hunter Weeks and starring Josh Caldwell with his Segway HT, the two-wheeled electronic scooter.

This film, which takes its name from the Segway's average speed, documents Caldwell's 100-day, coast to coast journey across the United States riding the "Human Transporter". The trip started in Seattle, Washington on August 8, 2004 and ended in Boston, Massachusetts on November 18, 2004. 10 MPH has had a favorable reaction at screenings and film festivals and has won several awards.

10 MPH
follows the progress of Caldwell as he rides a Segway scooter across the United States from Seattle to Boston, stopping at many places along the way to interact with people. The film focuses on showing the dynamic nature of the US countryside as well as documenting the stories of people Caldwell and Weeks encounter along the way.

10 MPH shows Caldwell, Weeks, and other members of the crew but also provides footage of the people they meet, both helpful and rude. For example, Caldwell and the crew are stopped by an Illinois police officer (an absolute prick and embarrassment to law enforcement) who admonishes them for traveling at 10 MPH on a road with a 45 MPH speed limit. The filmmakers also document their struggles, from the technical challenges of maintaining the Segway's batteries to the production challenge of losing a producer part way through the filming process.

Dissatisfied with their average corporate jobs, filmmakers Weeks and Caldwell formed a production company, Spinning Blue, in Denver, Colorado prior to beginning production of 10 MPH. They have discussed their lack of training and experience in the film industry, lack of investment capital to make the film, and lack of film industry contacts as challenges at the beginning of the process. Rather than pursuing traditional channels of film making, Weeks and Caldwell used the Web to raise funds and promote 10 MPH. They conceived the idea of making a film before knowing what it would be about. Shortly thereafter, a friend gave them the idea of making a film involving a Segway.

In 2004, Weeks and Caldwell purchased a Segway and decided to film a documentary about traveling across the United States at 10 miles per hour. Caldwell actually rode the scooter while Weeks directed and managed the film footage. Weeks and other members of the production crew followed Caldwell in a car with the film equipment.

They used a Sony PD-150 to capture 180 hours of footage. Post-production occurred back in Denver after the Segway journey with involvement from other members of the Denver film community

I enjoyed the film but I don't know that I recommend it to everyone as I am a bit of a documentary geek and eat this stuff up. If you do enjoy a fun "ride" though, watch it if you can find it.


Friday, June 27, 2008

You know what's really sad...

...You n'a pas d'idée combien j'ai voulu vous parler. Je suis juste trop malade et trop fier pour laisser des choses sont faciles avec nous. have no idea how much I wanted to talk to you. I'm just too sick and too proud to let things be easy with us.

(((03))) (photo by hai.chiizu)

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Ne pas m'emballer dans

Don't box me in

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Calme, vous ne pouvez jamais apprendre

"Good will, like a good name, is got by many actions, and lost by one."

- Lord Jeffrey
Still, you may never learn

Monday, June 23, 2008

He would have hated you...

George hated lazy people as much, if not more than I do and actually talked about abbreviations too.

Maybe try writing out "Rest In Peace" when someone you claim to respect passes away. Writing R.I.P. (or the even lazier RIP) is just so disrespectful and shows nothing but common laziness. Grow up, try writing something for a change and if you just HAVE to abbreviate everything, here's on for you to figure out. F.Y.A.!!!

George Carlin (05.12.37 - 06.22.08)
Shit, Piss, Fuck, Cunt, Cocksucker, Motherfucker, Tits

Thursday, June 19, 2008


I posted these rehearsal pics of my band EYE on TorqueZine and have been getting some nice feedback on them so I thought I would post here also. I took these with my phone so, imagine what I might do with a camera.


Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Celtics, bitches!


Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Steal This Blog

"Revolution is not something fixed in ideology, nor is it something fashioned to a particular decade. It is a perpetual process embedded in the human spirit."

- Abbie Hoffman (1936-1989)

Friday, June 13, 2008

Juin, le treizième de vendredi

Sagittarius (11/22 - 12/21)

You'd better make some more room in your life for new ideas and new people -- because they are going to be coming at you very fast, very soon. So get cleaning, and toss out those old feelings, old ideas and outdated philosophies whose time has come and gone. Update your attitude and get with it -- things have changed in your life, and they are only going to continue. If you keep thinking the same way you thought ten years ago, you'll miss out on some major opportunities.
June, the thirteenth of Friday

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


I want to wish the very best to my friend Morgan and her new husband!!! Thanks for sharing your wedding pictures with me and I hope the road ahead of you both is wonderful and exciting!!!

Here's to the prettiest, here's to the wittiest, Here's to the truest of all who are true, Here's to the neatest one, here's to the sweetest one, Here's to them, all in one - here's to you.

Monday, June 09, 2008

Sommeil : Une Nécessité, Pas un Luxe

Since some of you insist on being wreckless with your health and the possible safety of those around you, I decided to share YET ANOTHER article on the issue of habitual and sometimes self-imposed sleep deprivation written by Dennis Thompson, a writer for the HealthDay Reporter. In other words, there is a REASON that this is being written about and MAYBE you should listen and take it to heart.

- SUNDAY, June 8 (HealthDay News) -- The pace of life gets faster and faster, and people try to cram more and more into every minute of the day.

As things get more hectic, sleep tends to get short shrift. It's seen as wasted time, lost forever.

"For healthy people, there's a big temptation to voluntarily restrict sleep, to stay up an hour or two or get up an hour or two earlier," said Dr. Greg Belenky, director of the Sleep and Performance Research Center at Washington State University Spokane.

"But you're really reducing your productivity and exposing yourself to risk," Belenky added.

That's a message doctors are trying to spread to Americans, including the estimated 40 million people who struggle with some type of sleep disorder each year.

Before Thomas Edison invented the light bulb in 1880, people slept an average of 10 hours a night. These days, Americans average 6.9 hours of sleep on weeknights and 7.5 hours a night on weekends, according to the National Sleep Foundation.

"The group of people getting optimal sleep is getting smaller and smaller," said Dr. Chris Drake, senior scientist at the Henry Ford Hospital Sleep Disorders and Research Center in Detroit. "When a person's sleep drops to six hours or less, that's when a lot of things become very problematic."

While experts recommend seven to eight hours of sleep each night, the amount needed for an individual can vary.

But lack of sleep affects a person in one of two ways, Belenky said. First, sleeplessness influences the day-to-day performance of tasks.

"The performance effects are seen immediately," he said. "You short-change yourself of sleep, and you see the effects immediately. You can make a bad decision. You can miss something. Have a moment's inattention, and you're off the road."

The longer-term effects of sleep deprivation involve a person's health. Doctors have linked lack of sleep to weight gain, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, depression and substance abuse.

"Hormones that process appetite begin to get disorganized," said Drake, who's also an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral neuroscience at the Wayne State University School of Medicine. There's a decrease in the amount of leptin, an appetite-suppressing hormone, when a person gets too little sleep. At the same time, ghrelin -- a hormone that stimulates appetite -- increases with a lack of sleep.

Too little sleep also interferes with the body's ability to regulate glucose and can cause inflammation leading to heart problems and a rise in blood pressure. "There's a stress response to being in a sleep loss," Belenky said.

The types of people not getting enough sleep also break down into two groups. First, there are those who make the conscious choice to go without enough sleep.

"It's sort of part of the culture," Belenky said. "People pride themselves on getting little sleep. You'll hear people bragging, 'I only need six hours a night.' So there's a macho element here."

On the other hand, there are people who are suffering from sleep disorders. These disorders include:

  • Insomnia, an inability to go to sleep or stay asleep.
  • Sleep apnea, or breathing interruptions during sleep that cause people to wake up repeatedly.
  • Restless legs syndrome, a tingling or prickly sensation in the legs that causes a person to need to move them, interrupting sleep.

Someone suffering from any of these problems should visit their doctor or see a sleep specialist, Belenky said.

Sleep apnea, the most prevalent sleep disorder, can have particularly serious long-term effects if left untreated. "You're waking up out of sleep to breathe. You can't sleep and breathe at the same time," Drake said. "It's a risk factor for developing major cardiovascular health effects."

Some people who have trouble sleeping will resort to mild sedatives like Ambien and Lunesta.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently asked the makers of these sedative-hypnotic drugs to strengthen their warning labels. This action followed reports of dangerous allergic reactions, as well as a host of bizarre behavioral side effects that include sleep-driving, making phone calls, and preparing and eating food or having sex while asleep.

Drake and Belenky both consider sleeping pills to be fine for the short term if taken properly.

"Sleeping pills are a temporary solution," Belenky said. "If you're upset about something or have situational insomnia, or you're trying to sleep at the wrong time of day because you've traveled across time zones, they are effective."

But, both doctors noted the pills will do nothing to help a chronic sleep problem. "They don't address the pathology of their sleeplessness," Drake said.

The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers these tips for getting a good night's sleep:

  • Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Avoid exercising closer than five or six hours before bedtime.
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol before bed.
  • Avoid large meals and beverages late at night.
  • Don't take naps after 3 p.m.
  • Relax before bed, taking time to unwind with a hot bath, a good book or soothing music.
  • If you're still awake after more than 20 minutes in bed, get up and do something relaxing until you feel sleepy. Anxiety over not being able to sleep can make it harder to fall asleep.

More information

To learn more, visit the National Sleep Foundation.
Sleep: A Necessity, Not a Luxury
(((03))) (Painting: "The Sleep of Endymion" by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson)

Friday, June 06, 2008

Que Vous n'Avez pas Su de la Terre de Milieu

I didn't know this, which means you didn't either...

From The Hobbit Movie Blog:

- Two films are planned. One is the based on "The Hobbit" book and the other fills in the gap from the end of The Hobbit and beginning of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
- The estimated budget for each film is $150 million and will be filmed together.
- The planned release dates are December 2011 for the first film and December 2012 for the second.
- Peter Jackson will executive produce the movies but will not direct.
- Guillermo del Toro, of Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy, is directing the movie. He was handpicked by Jackson.
- The films are expected to be written by Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens who wrote the LOTR films.
- del Toro has indicated that he is hoping to get Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Ian McKellen (Gandalf) and Andy Serkis (Gollum) to reprise their roles.
- Pre-production is expected to start soon despite not having a script do to time to construct sets, props and so forth.
- Just like with LOTR, the films will be produced in New Zealand with WETA doing the effects.
What You Didn't Know from Middle Earth

Thursday, June 05, 2008

Oh, remercier dieu

I was really hoping you wouldn't understand me today,
That you would make me feel worse,
I was hoping you could kick my while I was down,
Break my heart even more.

I was hoping you wouldn't be there for me,
That you wouldn't be my friend,
You didn't disappoint.
Today, of all days...
Oh, thank god

Quatre Ans au Jour

Given what day it is, today's blog will be random. I may add to it as the day progresses, I may not. But, I will blog...I must. The following is what I've been burning my retina's with.

Last night I watched an episode of The Truth Behind the Sitcom Scandals titled "Lost in Space Forever" about the 60's TV series Lost in Space. This was peculiar since Lost in Space was neither a sitcom, nor was the focus on any scandals (unless you count "The Great Vegetable Rebellion"). And, although the information page said the first air date was 04.03.08, it was quite obvious that it was pretty old as it had interviews and appearances by Jonathan Harris who passed away in 2002.

The show was fun to watch and featured a lot of outtakes I'd never seen as well as scenes from the pilot and mini-bios of the stars themselves. It airs on the Biography channel and if you have a chance to watch it, it's a great way to waste an hour forgetting about anything remotely realistic or important.

I also started on the first 2 episodes of The Riches, season 2. I didn't have satellite for the 1st season, but seeing as how I pretty much dig everything Eddie Izzard does, I set my DVR for the 2nd, let it run through and have been putting off watching all 7 hours worth until now. I've gotta say....JESUS! What a great show. If you have a chance, watch it...season 1 is on DVD now and I will totally be needing that as well as 2 when it's finally released.

And speaking of DVD, I just got The Black Donnellys Complete Series on DVD. There were 13 episodes filmed and only 6 aired. One, "God Is a Comedian Playing to an Audience Afraid to Laugh" due to content and the last 6 due to ratings. And of course, given the moronic US population and their penchant for making a dip-fuck like Tyra Banks famous as well as rich, it's no wonder they didn't watch The Black Donnellys as it was 1) good and 2) required thought and an IQ bigger than 4, both of which are the opposite of what the viewers of any and all things Tyra have and/or require. But I digress....sort of.

I've found myself checking out reality shows like Ax Men, Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers and that ilk. They're pretty cool and at times really make me appreciate my quiet job. Although, I really wouldn't mind the scratch these guess collect.

Movies I've been digesting are: Saw III (good, not great), Scanners (Cronenberg = Brilliant), Knocked Up (you wouldn't think so, but I loved it)... and I have many films yet to watch on the DVR. Some to watch again, some to sample for the first time. North by Northwest, Delicatessen, Bottle Rocket and Mystery Train are all on deck. I heart DVR! What would I do without it? Have a life?!?
Four Years to the Day

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

L'Agriculteur d'Astronaute

It's been quite a long time since I've watched a movie that made me feel as good at the end as this one did.

The Astronaut Farmer, directed by Michael Polish and starring Billy Bob Thornton and Virginia Madsen was a gentle movie, speaking more at times to the majesty of the successful marriage and effective parenting as it does to the follow-through of one's dreams.

The film's premise has the family, especially the wife, pushed to extremes of what she will do out of love, faith and loyalty to her husband and the marriage, which allows for the suspension of disbelief along with the other sci-fi elements.

This is an extremely heart warming film. The sense of family portrayed by the cast is endearing to the point it's almost overwhelming.

I recommend this movie to anyone who, despite the world's constant insistence to the contrary, believes in hope when and especially if it's accompanied by love.