Thursday, November 29, 2007

99MB Revolving Door: jazz performance: Art Pepper

My friend Don LaVange told me about this video. Cool stuff. I'm going to play with text a bit more on this blog. Thanks Ashley.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Una Vida Mejor

Here is the first trailer for the film that Marissa and I worked on as editing supervisors, associate producers, and boom operators. The film has been submitted to thirteen film festivals so far. Check it out!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Kurt Vonnegut: Rules for Writing Fiction


Kurt Vonnegut

Eight rules for writing fiction:

1. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things -- reveal character or advance the action.

5. Start as close to the end as possible.

6. Be a sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them -- in order that the reader may see what they are made of.

7. Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.

8. Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To heck with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.

-- Vonnegut, Kurt Vonnegut, Bagombo Snuff Box: Uncollected Short Fiction (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons 1999), 9-10.

How to Write a Paper in College


  1. Sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a well lit place in front of your computer.
  2. Log onto MSN and ICQ (be sure to go on away!). Check your email.
  3. Read over the assignment carefully, to make certain you understand it.
  4. Walk down to the vending machines and buy some chocolate to help you concentrate.
  5. Check your email.
  6. Call up a friend and ask if he/she wants to go to grab a coffee. Just to get settled down and ready to work.
  7. When you get back to your room, sit in a straight, comfortable chair in a clean, well lit place.
  8. Read over the assignment again to make absolutely certain you understand it.
  9. Check your email.
  10. You know, you haven’t written to that kid you met at camp since fourth grade. You’d better write that letter now and get it out of the way so you can concentrate.
  11. Look at your teeth in the bathroom mirror.
  12. Grab some mp3z off of bit-torrent.
  13. Check your email. ANY OF THIS SOUND FAMILIAR YET?!
  14. MSN chat with one of your friends about the future. (ie summer plans).
  15. Check your email.
  16. Listen to your new mp3z and download some more.
  17. Phone your friend on the other floor and ask if she’s started writing yet. Exchange derogatory remarks about your professor, the course, the college, the world at large.
  18. Walk to the store and buy a pack of gum. You’ve probably run out.
  19. While you’ve got the gum you may as well buy a magazine and read it.
  20. Check your email.
  21. Check the newspaper listings to make sure you aren’t missing something truly worthwhile on TV.
  22. Play some solitaire (or age of legends!).
  23. Check out
  24. Wash your hands.
  25. Call up a friend to see how much they have done, probably haven’t started either.
  26. Look through your housemate’s book of pictures from home. Ask who everyone is.
  27. Sit down and do some serious thinking about your plans for the future.
  28. Check to see if has been updated yet.
  29. Check your email and listen to your new mp3z.
  30. You should be rebooting by now, assuming that windows is crashing on schedule.
  31. Read over the assignment one more time, just for heck of it.
  32. Scoot your chair across the room to the window and watch the sunrise.
  33. Lie face down on the floor and moan.
  34. Punch the wall and break something.
  35. Check your email.
  36. Mumble obscenities.
  37. 5am - start hacking on the paper without stopping. 6am -paper is finished.
  38. Complain to everyone that you didn’t get any sleep because you had to write that stupid paper.
  39. Go to class, hand in paper, and leave right away so you can take a nap.

Monday, November 05, 2007

Saturday, November 03, 2007

The Shock Doctrine

This video is interesting to me on a few different levels: One, I'm interested in the ideas contained in the video and, more specifically, in the book. Two, I'm fascinated by the idea of short documentaries to introduce books (this has amazing implications). Is this the way to reach people who need motivation to read? Three, it's amazing to me that Alfonso Cuaron put together this video (the director of Children of Men, Harry Potter 3, Solo Con Tu Pareja, etc). What an interesting way to communicate such important ideas!