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Nov 13

Making monotonous jobs fun

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Die Hard: With a Ventilation Duct

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Bruce Willis


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Oct 11

Anne Castellon is…

“a rebel with a trash bag”

“…donned a hazmat-type protective jumpsuit and gloves, inflated a small boat and rowed out into the [Petaluma’s Lucchesi Park] pond to begin collecting floating debris.

Within a few minutes, she was told by a city employee that she wasn’t allowed in the lake. When Castellon said she wasn’t coming out, the person said she’d call police.

Two officers arrived at Lucchesi about an hour later and left after about 15 minutes, never approaching Castellon. Lt. Tim Lyons said no city laws prevent floating on the algae-filled pond, or even swimming if one wanted to.

After a couple of hours, Castellon, her husband, Albert, and her brother, Walt Bagley, had amassed several large garbage bags filled with all manner of flotsam and jetsam…”

[via the press democrat]

Thank you Castellon family.


22
Jul 11

Ze Frank is…

Inspirational, spontaneous, hilarious, insightful, and has helped make the world a more relatable place. He’s the kind of person I’ve always wanted to be more like. An intellectual without the arrogance; the wit to disarm naysayers; the will to execute ideas that are less than perfect. He’s always doing something interesting though I usually only catch it when it bubbles up through the thick filter layer atop my everyday “stuff” stream.

Ze is revisiting his show, “The Show”, likely because it epitomized a time of great change for him and pretty much made him famous. Though odds are, he’d have attained said fame one way or another. Of “Brain Crack” an episode from July 11 ’06. He elaborates on the concept articulated in song form. Tho, apparently the prolific use of fuck turned people off, which actually surprised me. One of my favorite bits, which I wish upon myself to seriously take to heart:

Execute as quickly and faithfully as possible. What I like about this is the quickly and faithfully pull in opposite directions. The first reminds you to act without delay and the second tells you to try not to cut corners.

When I started the show I decided to put this into practice as much as I could. I tried not to leave concepts in my back pocket for future shows, but rather to get them out on the day I thought of them. This what I meant when I said I leave in mortal fear that I have run out of ideas. Because I did. Each day. It never really got easier from an emotional standpoint. It was always terrifying. But I did develop a voice inside of me that could yell over top the terror and tell me to stay the course. You can sort of see this process at work in a lot of episodes. Many ideas, lots of them could have been ridden longer to stretch time or for diminishing returns in laughter or thought, but instead they are pushed off by the next few in line.”

I was an avid The Show watcher, unfortunately I didn’t write much about it. Thanks again, Ze, for having and continuing to be brain crack.


22
Jul 10

Bill Murray is…

Comic genius, selectively reclusive, wildly successful Hollywood/media ignorer, Bill Murray’s unique approach to life is admirably light-hearted. A rare glimpse at what makes him tick, on a personal level, is available in this interview with GQ. Here’s a couple of my favorite bits:

Bill:

“…how you get the comic pitch. Well, obviously a lot of it is rhythm. And as often as not, it’s the surprising rhythm. In life and in movies, you can usually guess what someone is going to say—you can actually hear it—before they say it. But if you undercut that just a little, it can make you fall off your chair. It’s small and simple like that. You’re always trying to get your distractions out of the way and be as calm as you can be [breathes in and out slowly], and emotion will just drive the machine. It will go through the machine without being interrupted, and it comes out in a rhythm that’s naturally funny. And that funny rhythm is either humorous or touching. It can be either one. But it’s always a surprise. I really don’t know what’s going to come out of my mouth.”

GQ:

“Is the third Ghostbusters movie happening? What’s the story with that?”

Bill:

“It’s all a bunch of crock. It’s a crock. There was a story—and I gotta be careful here, I don’t want to hurt someone’s feelings. When I hurt someone’s feelings, I really want to hurt them.

I got into it one night with a bunch of younger people [at SXSW] who were like, Oh, I love Peter Venkman! I grew up with Peter Venkman! We got to talking, and the more we talked about it, the more I thought, Oh Christ, I should just do this thing.”

GQ:

“Everyone says Danny [Aykroyd] is the nicest guy on the planet.”

Bill:

“Danny is…Canadian. [laughs] No, he’s the only one I see much of. He’s great. And I owe him…”

Who you gonna call?