Flyin’ with a Rappin’ Filmmaker

Tonight I flew to Nashville and sat with Ricky B, a Nashville-based filmmaker and rap artist. I don’t usually talk to people on the plane, but we spent the whole time talking about his film projects (independent movie trailers, editing) and his music. He had been in Raleigh/Durham working with Kurtis Blow.

I also talked about my photography, blogs and podcasts. He is someone who is benefitting by New Media, especially things like YouTube, but he really didn’t know much about podcasts.

Watch his music video, which he also directed, below, or go to YouTube.

Podsafe Music Live

Anyone in or near Nashville on February 20 should head to the Edgehill Studios Cafe for this live music event, presented by CC Chapman of the Accident Hash podcast, and featuring:

Matthew Ebel
David McMillin
Geoff Smith
Codaphonic
Kevin Reeves

Here’s a promo.

Boy, 6, Abruptly Leaves School Without Coat

OLATHE, Kan. — On one of the coldest days of the school year, a 6-year-old walked outside and headed for home, and no one at the school knew about it, KMBC’s Peggy Breit reported Tuesday.

Continue on the kansascitychannel.com

Makeshift Ice Scraper

I was on a business trip to Nashville and I woke up to a 25 degree morning. My rental car was covered with a hard frost. Since I have a garage at home, it has been a long time since I had to scrape a car in the morning before I could go anywhere. Rental cars in Michigan contain ice scrapers, but not those in Tennessee.

I opened my wallet to find a scraper. I have used a video card in the past, but this time I used my Costco card. It has the thickness of a regular credit card, but no magnetic stripe, just a bar code.

It Was 20 Years Ago Today

Actually it is coming up on the 40th Anniversary of Sgt Peppers, and the News and Observer wrote an article about Baby Boomers and created this illustration. Click to go to a flash version to identify the people.


NYC Public Art: Sleepwalkers

A new public art project called Sleepwalkers by Doug Aitken was unveiled in NYC last week. It is presented by Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Creative Time, a public art organization.

Aitken produced 5 parallel short films that each feature a single actor waking up and starting their day. They begin “walking in their sleep,” but are energized by the excitement that is New York City. Actors in the films include Donald Sutherland, Tilda Swinton and Cat Power. Follow the link above for a trailer and more information about the project.

Each evening through February 12, these films are projected on the sides of buildings surrounding the MoMA outdoor sculture garden. It runs through February 12.

Sing it Bob

Online comedy show, The Post Show, asks the question, What if Bob Dylan wrote every pop song from the last 35 years in No Direction, Period.

Go Jaguars

A new high school is being built just down the street from us, and they just announced the mascot and the colors. The Carrboro High School Jaguars will be purple, black and white. Even though my kids won’t go there for 6 and 8 years, they were excited about the announcement.

Principal Jeff Thomas said he was pleased with the selection. “It gives some thematic unity with the Chapel Hill Tigers and East Chapel Hill Wildcats,” he said, referring to the district’s two other high schools.

T-Shirts and hoodies are available now. Download PDF to order.

Best Blogs You are not Reading

Don’t worry, neither am I.

This list is from www.fimoculous.com. I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile.

If My Life Was a Movie, What Would the Soundtrack Be?

Blog Tag linked from CC Chapman. Leave a comment or send a link if you play the game.

How to Play:

1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question below, type the song that’s playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the nextbutton
6. Don’t lie and try to pretend you’re cool …

Here are mine:

Opening Credits:
Exit – U2

First Day At School:
She’s Mine (Keep Your Hands to Yourself)- John Lee Hooker

Falling In Love:
Slippery People – Talking Heads

Breaking Up:
Sons & Daughters – The Decemberists

Prom:
Ravens – Patti Smith

Mental Breakdown:
My Boyfriend’s Back -The Angels

Flashbacks:
Oh, My Pregnant Head – The Flaming Lips

Getting Back Together:
Double E – Neil Yong

Wedding Scene:
American Pie – Don McLean

Final Battle:
Cosmopolitan Homesick Blues – Right Profile

Death Scene:
Sugar Baby – Cordelia’s Dad

Funeral Song:
The Sun in California – The Autumn Defense

End Credits:
You Got Lucky – Tom Petty

Finale:
Groaning the Blues – Eric Clapton