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Production Problems

“Our worst fears lie in anticipation,” Balzac once wrote and that is how I feel heading into pre-production of any project I’m working on. I sit there and think about all the problems. I think that people won’t understand my work or worse: that they didn’t even read it. I think that my work isn’t … Continue reading

J’Accuse

I’ve been accused of a fair amount of things in my life. I’m always interested in these accusations because they are usually far more sophisticated than I could ever hope to be. Take a former boss of mine, who thought that I went home at night and devised plots to ruin her day. I wish … Continue reading

Entertainment Matters

The premise is pretty simple: a man decides to run for mayor as George Washington. He enlists the help of his good friends and fellow founders in an effort to get elected. The man is not the real George Washington, but he is counting on the ignorance of the populace and the apathy of the … Continue reading

Ignoring the Obvious

I don’t always pay attention when I’m supposed to and I hate following the rules.  Rules annoy me and I don’t say that to make myself seem like a badass I say that because rules actually make me angry.  This isn’t to say that I’m advocating for an anarchist world.  Quite the opposite in fact.  … Continue reading

How to Sell Out

When I’m watching a movie, television show, or any other type of media content I’m always surprised about the little things that are often not given full and proper consideration. Take the film Taken for example (get it: take Taken?) In Taken, Liam Neeson’s goal is simple: to hunt down and kill the evil sex … Continue reading

The Lessons of Lost Love

I didn’t used to think about what was gained from failed relationships. I never thought much good came from things that upset you. Then I began to realize that failure in relationships is like any other failure in life; some good must come of it otherwise it wouldn’t have been worth pursuing in the first … Continue reading

The Lessons of Civil War

Understanding the reasons behind secession and the reasoning of southern leaders following the Civil War is critical in any analysis of the Civil War or its’ aftermath because it shows how and why southern states actually left the Union and the reasons that they have had to adopt over the years to disguise their original … Continue reading

The Lives of Others

Nothing necessitates drama like the clear and present absence of it.  There are some people who constantly cry about the “needless” problems in their lives.  They bemoan the issues that confront them on a seemingly endless basis.  They loudly and persistently tell us that they wish the days of unending trouble could be put behind … Continue reading

What Hath 2013 Wrought?

I don’t know if it was something in the drinking water or perhaps some new vitamin craze that we’ve yet to be privy to, but Americans by and large seem very unhappy this Christmas.  Don’t let the holiday retail sales figures fool you.  People buy even more when they’re depressed than they do when they’re … Continue reading

What is our Purpose?

I believe I was born to achieve something.  What exactly it is that makes life worth living is open for debate.  I disagree with Schopennauer’s assessment that: “brutes show real wisdom when compared with us – I mean, their quiet, placid enjoyment of the present moment[1].”  While it is true that moments should be appreciated … Continue reading

Sharpen Your Pencil

There are many management specialists who insist that organization is the key to success.  I don’t dispute this, but I don’t think that organization in and of itself makes you more successful.  I think that it is the psychological effect of having a clean office that makes you want to be better at your job … Continue reading

Break Up Music

I was shocked to find that no one had put together a great list of break-up music.  It seems like there’s an incredible amount of love songs out there yet there isn’t that much to choose from when you’re going through a break up.  Anthologies haven’t been put together to help us through our moments … Continue reading

Writer Man

“Writer man!”  I hear echoed jubilantly through the corridor.  I know who it is but I hate looking around like I don’t know where I am or what I’m doing.  Never look like you’re lacking self-awareness.  That never comes off well. “Teacher man,” I echo back.  When the echoes converge we’ll know from the sounds … Continue reading

Remembering Mandela

There have been precious few people – at least in my lifetime – that one could chart their entire life through the events of that person’s life.  Nelson Mandela was one of those people.  I was six years old when Nelson Mandela was released from prison.  The years 1990 and 1991 seemed to flow together … Continue reading

What Matters

I am impressed by knowledge and the knowledgeable.  One subject is sufficient for me.  No jack of all trades are necessary, I’ll be fine with a master of one. The ability to break things down and make them understandable is greatly underestimated.  Find one who can make the hard things easy and though you will … Continue reading

The Learning Curve

I’ve always struggled in school.  It was always perplexing to my teachers just as it was to my parents but there was something about it that made everything very difficult to understand.  Looking back I can understand where the problem was rather easily because of what I know about myself now.  At the time however … Continue reading

Rob Ford is Amazing

Rob Ford is an incredible politician.  He somehow managed to keep his poll numbers up after admitting that he smoked crack, went on a drunken rampage where he detailed how he would murder someone, and then somehow managed to hit a new low Thursday morning by denying he had an affair with a policy adviser … Continue reading

A Sharper Pencil

The traditional definition of a pencil pusher is that of one who lives a rather monotonous and routine-oriented existence that seems devoid of all fun and spontaneity.  We don’t like being around pencil pushers presumably because the connotations of normalcy are supposed to be derelict in a society that values adventure.  Pencil pushers seem to … Continue reading

Ten Things I hate to Admit

If you approach me before my second cup of coffee expect a harsh reaction.  I’m not fully awake until I’ve been “up” for at least two hours.  Rarely does anything important get done before two in the afternoon in my world so adjust your expectations accordingly.  How you approach me and when you approach me … Continue reading

Hi There!

I love it when people talk about problems.  There’s nothing quite as uplifting as talking about the things that irritate and annoy us all.  Feel free to personalize this as well.  If my outlook isn’t positive enough for you please let me know because there’s nothing that I love hearing more than someone else’s opinion … Continue reading

Golden Years

I don’t remember exactly how old I was when we got him, but I do remember picking him out at the kennel that sat outside the breeder’s enormous farm in Palmyra.  There were enormous ears of corn that greeted us on the drive in.  The driveway was gravel and bumpy.  As we drove in I … Continue reading

How George W. Bush Became Voldemort

Much of George W. Bush’s second term in office was spent trying to convince the American public that George W. Bush’s first term had really been a success.  After fumbling opportunities to govern effectively by attempting to privatize social security, appoint his personal lawyer to the Supreme Court, and oh yeah, Hurricane Katrina the Bush … Continue reading

Fighting the Lost Cause

As many Americans do, I chose to spend my Memorial Day remembering the fallen by going to the movies.  When I walked through the lobby of the movie theater I was immediately drawn to the piano in the middle of the room both because I play the piano and because the man playing it was … Continue reading