28 April 2008

The danger of squirrels

A week ago I noticed this story about a vicious squirrel attack that resulted in the death of a dog in a distant part of Russia.
"The little beasts are agitated because they have nothing to eat," one man said.
Keeping food from this critters can lead to desperate measures.
If Phil saw this attack he would have brought a gun and showed these squirrel who was boss.

24 April 2008

Making creative environments

I'm writing from the city of EP. I am here for a conference of sorts about creativity. I am lodging at the Hyatt Place, a posh place which I will upload pictures. I got a night as a steal on Priceline.com. Thanks, Captain Kirk. The hotel also happens to be perched above my former collaborator's, Kevin Myer, workplace, KMSP. He's the creative force behind the Emmy winning Intramural Glory web mockumentary.
And this brings us back to the creativity conference. No, I'm not hawking Intramural Glory DVDs. I'm here to gain understanding on how to create environments which nurture creativity and art.
Here's two freebies of insight from Ron King, who I might add looks a bit like Rob Bell but doesn't have Nooma videos nor played in an Indy band.
  1. Don't be afraid to let others run ahead of you. You may feel threatened but ultimately it will be beneficial to cultivating uninhibited expression. Plus you don't want offense getting in the way .
  2. No fear of failure. Take risks will be valuable to quest to making creatives feel comfortable in creating. Don't get hung up on order.

21 April 2008

Pille strikes again

Former bandmate and RD, Keith Pille, made news on MPR about a month ago. His Nowhere Band web comic has been creeping through the velvety undergrounds of Twin Towns. I think I mentioned it a while back. Pretty funny.
Anyways MPR caught hold of him and did a segment about a month ago. You can see/hear it here.
In the interview Keith gives away why his former band Red Hay broke up plus you get 2 current pictures- mind you they are rare. Keith is pretty camera shy. The only photos I got of him make him out to be a R.E.M.'s Mike Mills in the Monster era. While we are on R.E.M., they just put out another album recently- ACCELERATE arrived on the scene like 2 weeks ago. It was weird because I read about it in the Financial Times. Stipe looks old yet agile. I digress.
Nowhere band has yet to incorporate any incidents of Keith's experience with Mr. Willie or Studly Party Tonight. Both bands were assembled just for a band contest at college. Studly Party Tonight was a very hasty band. I think we only practiced once or twice before we did the show.
Read Nowhere Band.

16 April 2008

Look for my new releases

Busy on nearly all fronts. I am fortunate that I have a video editor to handle all the footage I shot. I have revamped an old adage- if you get it, projects will come. A thus begins the humble return to the videomaking enterprise.
Anyways, just want to send out the alert that Outsourced Prayer and Department Store Jesus will be coming out this month sometime. I had a decent premiere of these projects a few weeks ago. I was surprised to see how long they were (~15 minutes each). I had another showing in Forx of the Department Store Jesus. Haven't had many comments about them. I will be making cuttings of these for distribution through the usual places on the web. A few un-cut versions of the DVD exist but heaven knows where those are.
More projects are in the mix. I looking at bringing back an old character from the Kevin Myers' Show days. In fact I have been toying with the re-emergence of Mark Time, Private Eye. I had a rough script about illegal Pez trading. It was only average. I think Mark Time might also be a someone else's character (possible Firesign Theater).
If anybody wants to make a film/video, feel free to make it known to me.
Slan.