Friday, March 24, 2006

Stupid Pencil

"Some dummy built this pencil wrong - the eraser's down here where the point belongs. And the point's at the top - so it's no good to me. It's amazing how stupid some people can be."

- Shel Silverstein

I love this muse - it's so apt whether I'm talking to a real-life dummy, or my misunderstanding of the situation makes me into the fool.

Thursday, March 23, 2006

$39 Dollar Experiement (and my 100th post!)

This is completely brilliant, funny and insightful. Check this out.

Meanwhile, this is my 100th post. I'm thinking that this isn't really a GOOD thing. It's simply a fact of the Mind Numbing Thoughts blog.

Yippee!

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Check It Off My List (sort of)

I read in the paper the other day that Brooklawn Productions had an open casting call for a feature film called Bobby Dogs. No acting experience necessary!

So after work tonight, I drove up to Fairfield and found myself sitting in a waiting room, waiting for a chance to audition for a movie. The woman asked me what role I was there to audition for and I drew a blank. I quickly scanned the list of roles and selected Slick Businessman. Thoughts of Alec Baldwin in Glengarry Glen Ross ringing in my head - I sat down at a table and started to read my lines.

I immediately knew I was in way over my head... I can't even imagine myself reading these lines in front of actual living human beings. I thought of all those horrendous American Idol auditions and having my audition show up on some blooper reel.
Hey Bob, check out this guy... HA! Let's submit that to America's Funniest Casting Calls!"
My name was called a few minutes later... and I stood up to face my fears. I walked into the audition room and looked around - met the director, some woman (I was about blanked out with fear at this point) and was told to say my name into the camera, and start reading my lines when they said "Action."

20 seconds later, I was in my car, on my way home, not sure of what just happened. It was a blindingly fast, terrifying experience - but one completely fulfilling and exciting. When this movie comes out - I can say that I was there at the beginning - making an ass out of myself!

Scrubs Commentary

I played along with NBC's fun experiment last night and downloaded Sarah Chalke's episode commentary.

It's really enjoyable (I'm a big fan of DVD commentary too) to listen along and get insights from the actors (like when Sarah pointed out Zach's stunt double carrying him during the crowd surf).

However (and it's a big however), it's near impossible to sync up the show and the commentary. The commentary has no markers and doesn't acknowledge commercial breaks. Also, I felt a bit silly with my laptop, lying in bed, trying to get all the pieces to work together. My wife was skeptical and fell asleep as usual halfway through the 2nd episode (a weekly occurrence).

I'd love it if NBC would broadcast a clean version on CNBC or make commentary with video available on iTunes. I guess I could Tivo the show, download to my PC and mix my own if I really wanted to. Totally not worth it.