A day late but still interested in keeping my weekly log going. If nothing else this feature should keep my fingers nimble in typing.
It’s been a weird week for me. I can actually say that for the last seven days I’ve found myself not at the cinema and beginning to question why I obsess so much about going there. It’s not that I’m taking a break from movies, as much as I keep wondering why I’m not taking a break from my cinema. If you listen to my podcast (TUMP) then you’ve heard me and my cohosts over the years talk about our local cinema, Carib 5, and how much we hate it. Oddly enough my most recent complaints aren’t so much about their service — which I’ve come to terms with rather than saying it’s improved with in any way — but rather just about it’s location and how I constantly feel like going there. There isn’t a minute that I spend walking from the car park to the box office or in the opposite direction that I’m not accosted by all the things I hate about Kingston. That being: redundant security guards that don’t really do anything; or street vendors that don’t seem to realize I have zero interest in them; or beggars who have begun to recognize me — because I’m that one white guy they see every week — and begin to make me feel guilty directly about everything; or the occasionally other patron who can’t seem to figure out how a line works. Continue reading
Let me take a minute to skip the obvious “Of course it is” comment. Because it is. Or to be more clear it can be. Especially when criticism is what fuels art, as Birdman is. Birdman, as a film, is running on the fumes from many films and artists being criticized of things they have no right to be criticized of.
Alejandro González Iñárritu, the director and one of the four people who wrote the film sits atop his lofty heights to piss down over the rest of us schlubs that paid our [insert your local cinema’s ticket price] to watch flashing lights amuse us for 90 minutes or more. He says to us that we’re what’s wrong with art and not that art itself. Continue reading
Let’s pretend for a moment this is me… or something like that.
Last week a friend of mine called me up and asked me if I wanted to talk to him about podcasting. This friend is Nneko Branche and he runs the blog at Big Thinking Applied. His content mostly covers technology, business and how the two merge on a constant basis, but from time to time he will write how to columns and general what’s going on in the world of technology. This time around he took his magnifying glass at my world of podcasts. While I know I’m no expert I indulged him and we sat around chatting for a bit until he asked the question you’d imagine anyone would talking to me while taking a look at my setup “can we record?” and how could I deny him? Continue reading