Danny MacAskill’s “Imaginate”

You may have seen this video already, as it’s been forwarded and shared on Facebook like salted nuts… It’s pretty amazing… And fun.

However, what may be more amazing is THIS video (http://imaginate.redbull.com/videos/episode5)… Episode 5. And I would recommend after you watch the finished project embedded above, watch how long the project and some of the stunts took… How many attempts and falls.

Pretty inspiring. Wanted to share.

– Quiche Out

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 4.04.44 PMThanksgiving is upon us again, and while I’ve been doing a better and better job practicing gratitude on a daily basis… And even though I don’t tend to go back home and surround myself with family… Thanksgiving still remains my favorite of all holidays, even though corporate America and super-sale seekers continue to infringe upon it with what used to be known as a single day, “Black Friday.”

THANK YOU…

Thank you. Thank you to all that have hired me. Thank you for all the casting offices that have brought me in. Thank you for the ONE MILLION plus views on YouTube. Thank you for the nearly 50,000 views on this blog… Thank you for all the likes on Facebook. On all the pages. Thank you for telling your friends. For yelling… “I know that guy!” when you’ve spotted me on TV.  Thank you for all your support. For all your help. For all your forwards. For all your referrals. For all of you that have introduced me to people. That have encouraged me. That have challenged me. Thank you to those that have spurred me on, insulted, turned me down, or even backhandedly slapped me with supposed compliments… Thank you for your motivation. Thank you to those that have taught me. Loved me. Liked me. Left me. Laughed with me. Thank you to those who have read my books. Heard me sing. Thank you to those who have come to live shows. Listened to Crazy Uncle Tommy stories. Thank you to those that have worked along side me. Those who showed up. Invited me. Those who believe in me. Who inspire me. Those who have told me I’ve inspired or taught them… Those who have written. Those who check in. Those who wished me a happy birthday. Who have subscribed to this blog. Thank you to all of you who appreciate life… Thank you to those who sparkle and make the world a better place. Thank you to all of you that breathe before honking… To those who lend helping hands when one is needed… To those that volunteer… Thank you for your hard work. Your humor. Sharing your talents. That smile of yours. The warm hello you once gave me. Thank you for looking out for others. For your selflessness. For that much needed hug. For the welcome. To those of you who have rescued dogs and cats. Yes… For all the good in the world I know and the world I have yet to meet… Thank you.

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

And to those of you, like me, who want to keep Thanksgiving simply Thanksgiving, and not a day of shopping for sales with crazy lines and frenzied ridiculousness… Stay at home. Stay at your friends’ home. Have an extra slice of pie… A song at a piano… Or a game of cards… Keep it a day about friends, family, food and simply giving thanks.

– Quiche Out

Yes, I’m Asking… I’m Asking All Of You

Is anyone else tired of newscasters making themselves part of the story… Tired of entertainment news being considered news with celebrity gossip making headlines… Tired of seeing what some idiot bigot or zealot writes on a receipt in order to stiff a waiter? Does anyone else find social media postings about how stupid humans are more depressing than funny… Pictures of people using things so incorrectly, or posting things publicly so clueless, it’s mind-blowing… Is any one else ready to scream at the top of their lungs when in a room of people all looking at their smart phones… Avoiding any potential actual conversation and connection?

Videos like this one, where a tiger cub “plays” with a child are super cute, but does anyone else look at this and see a tiger cub desperately seeking an actual physical connection?

You’ve by now heard of this horrific thing teens in some cities around the country are doing, where they try to knock out unsuspecting innocent people… Grandparents, homeless people, women… And these thug-morons claim that it’s a game they play because they’re bored. All I see are cowards trying to reenact video games, where characters run around acting without consequences, hurting others, as if they are a pebble in a puddle with no ripple effect. (I’m not posting a link to this, because I find it so disgusting.)

I distinctly remember the public’s reaction to… “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” from the movie “Network” when it came out in the 70s… And how revolutionary it all seemed… Where people in cities around the country would stick their heads out windows and scream, “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

Well… Now with all the bullshit social media, it’s like that’s ALL we do now… We all just stick our heads out windows and scream. When Twitter first hit the scene, one of my younger brothers described the new site to me as being some sort of virtual city where hundreds of people just stand on soap boxes, screaming for attention. We have all become so self-important, myself included.

Some of you read the novel, Sympathy For The Devil, where the main character, Mitch, has enormous disdain for gossip columnist and tabloids… Well, his actions and attitude mirror my own… If a TV station makes the news about the reporters, I turn the channel. If a network airs a gossip show or hosts on a radio station start to gossip… I turn it off.

I haven’t yet figured what to do about people’s public stupidity, or the “dumbing-down” of America, however, I can control my own “idioticy” by severely limiting the amount of time I spend on my own “smart phone” in public places. Keeping my eyes and mind open for actual experiences… And for the safety of myself and others, vow not to use it while my truck is in motion. I can promise myself to take an extra second to spell check before I hit send, or look something up quickly, and if I chose to use a word like “idioticy,” at least be aware that it doesn’t exist but in the urban dictionary… I can take a breath instead of hitting my car’s horn if someone isn’t moving on my time-table… I can pick up a piece of trash on the ground that I didn’t put there… And if a company, shop or state does something I don’t agree with I can stop putting dollars in their pockets…

I can’t stop horrific crime all over the world, or even in my own city, but I can keep my eyes and ears open to what’s around me… I can be ready to pull people off the track if they need it, or possibly offer a hand when I see one could be used… And not take it personality when my help is not accepted or appreciated. (Last week I saw a guy angrily bitch out a woman, for not thanking him for holding the door for her… And watched her try to justify her lack of appreciation… They both ended up looking extremely petty and both walked away angry.) And if I don’t feel I’m not able to help or it isn’t safe, I can offer assistance by finding help.

I don’t have answers, and if you read the monologue from “Network” below many of the issues we deal with now, humans probably have always dealt with… And may always deal with. But let me ask you… Besides posting something to social media… What can or what do you do? What actions do or can you take? What promises will you make to yourself and others right now? What, besides opening a virtual window and screaming at the top of your lungs, can you do, or at least make an attempt to do, more and more often?

And yes, I’m asking… I’m asking all of you.

– Quiche Out

Network (1976)

Howard Beale: I don’t have to tell you things are bad. Everybody knows things are bad. It’s a depression. Everybody’s out of work or scared of losing their job. The dollar buys a nickel’s worth, banks are going bust, shopkeepers keep a gun under the counter. Punks are running wild in the street and there’s nobody anywhere who seems to know what to do, and there’s no end to it. We know the air is unfit to breathe and our food is unfit to eat, and we sit watching our TV’s while some local newscaster tells us that today we had fifteen homicides and sixty-three violent crimes, as if that’s the way it’s supposed to be. We know things are bad – worse than bad. They’re crazy. It’s like everything everywhere is going crazy, so we don’t go out anymore. We sit in the house, and slowly the world we are living in is getting smaller, and all we say is, ‘Please, at least leave us alone in our living rooms. Let me have my toaster and my TV and my steel-belted radials and I won’t say anything. Just leave us alone.’ Well, I’m not gonna leave you alone. I want you to get mad! I don’t want you to protest. I don’t want you to riot – I don’t want you to write to your congressman because I wouldn’t know what to tell you to write. I don’t know what to do about the depression and the inflation and the Russians and the crime in the street. All I know is that first you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a HUMAN BEING, God damn it! My life has VALUE!’ So I want you to get up now. I want all of you to get up out of your chairs. I want you to get up right now and go to the window. Open it, and stick your head out, and yell, ‘I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!’ I want you to get up right now, sit up, go to your windows, open them and stick your head out and yell – ‘I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Things have got to change. But first, you’ve gotta get mad!… You’ve got to say, ‘I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!’ Then we’ll figure out what to do about the depression and the inflation and the oil crisis. But first get up out of your chairs, open the window, stick your head out, and yell, and say it: “I’M AS MAD AS HELL, AND I’M NOT GOING TO TAKE THIS ANYMORE!”

Gladiator vs Green Screen

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Probably going to regret posting this image on the Internet in front of a green screen, but…

Yesterday was the shoot day for my part in Warrior Showdown II (Gladiator vs Egyptian Priestess & her Mummies). Fans of the Internet show (WarriorShowdown.com) voted for who they wanted to see fight, and now people (you & others) will determine who will win… Yes, we shot both endings.

(Find out how to VOTE here.)

It was my first full green screen fight experience, and let me tell you all something… Choreographed fighting is weird enough, but fighting invisible creatures, which will be edited in later… Wow, what a trust exercise… “They’re going to be where?” “Where are they now?”

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Mummies rehearsing their action… Edward Gusts & Harris Markson (AKA: Ed Harris)

It was a ton of starts and stops, an exercise in concentration, hoping to match the flow which would be in an actual choreographed fight, say one you might do on stage.

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With director TJ Cencula working…

That’s not to say we didn’t have some sword to axe clashing, and some old school fake smashing… But there was a lot of one-sided fighting where stuff will be added in post production.

Work in front of a green screen forces you to put your trust in the director (who is also doing all the post effect work himself)…

You and I will both see how he wields the raw footage when the end product is finished.

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Natalie Hsieh Cencula, the Egyptian Priestess, and Wendy Wei-Ling Lee about to be taken for a ride…

Since the project is being done with a shoe string budget, many things had to be rushed, and very limited time disappeared quickly on set… Where it seemed as if the last 1/3 of the battle was shot in the last 1/8 of the day.

Regardless of the illusions, I walked out exhausted, and feel like a truck him me today.

I don’t think anyone came out with an actual bump or bruise, and lots of laughs and enjoyment was had. Overall, a successful day.

Now, with my job finished, I can only hope he got enough coverage to make it all work.

– Quiche Out

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Getting some costume help from Ken Dickason & Adam Conn.

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Impromptu Headshots

With a new short short haircut and a freshly dried spray-on tan, both for a project this week… [Tomorrow is the Gladiator Shoot Day (Did you VOTE yet?)]… This morning, a friend convinced me that I should take some quick shots, just to have. So, just after my exchange of text messages with her, I put some time to burn to use…

For those that have been following my professional journey for a while, you know it’s been a while since I’ve done any head-shots (either my own or someone else’s). So, today was more about re-learning, experimenting and ideas…

Anyway, here are 5 new shots from this AM’s impromptu shoot…

Which do you like out of the 5 below… And if you can answer why you like you like a certain shot or two, rather than why you don’t like a certain shot or two, that would be even more helpful.

– Quiche Out

Oh and for the record, I ended up going to a professional for my first spray-on tan, as I didn’t trust myself to evenly apply “a tan…” Because it will be on camera… For a project that someone invested actual money in… And FYI, since I’ve already been asked… Yes, the spray is slightly chilled, and the processes was slightly awkward, but enjoyable none-the-less.choice01-ALT-small CHOICE05-ALT-small Choice04-ALT-small CHOICE03-ALT-small Choice02-ALT-small

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Take Crazy Uncle Tommy with you – now FREE on YouTube

401750_10150460417613772_608925798_nThanksgiving, as you’re driving over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house, take Crazy Uncle Tommy with you… Take him along on the drive… As all you need is your smart phone and an mp3 input jack…

Now four of the Crazy Uncle Tommy stories have been uploaded to YouTube, and more will follow.

As some of you know, these stories were originally written and recorded for a friend’s radio station a few years back, under a different character name, but legal issues came up, and… Well…

So now, they’re under the name “Crazy Uncle Tommy,” as my nieces used to refer to me.  I’m not sure what “Crazy Uncle Tommy” is or looks like, the last character was a moose, but two of my nieces gave me the above frog a few years ago as a gift, so…

You tell me… What does “Crazy Uncle Tommy” look like when you listen?

The full album can be found at CD Baby or Amazon, but feel FREE to listen to them for FREE on YouTube. And please, share with your friends if you dig ’em.  Really, these are stories for you to enjoy, pass along, listen to in your car, share with your kids, nieces or nephews…

YouTube playlist: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqX1ZMrtiikwwuwZWBG6sEtwmFc34Ukz1&feature=edit_ok

Purchase FULL ALBUM: http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/CrazyUncleTommy
Like FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/CrazyUncleTommy

– Quiche Out