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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Ravens – Patti Smith

Mental Breakdown:
My Boyfriend’s Back -The Angels

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

Groaning the Blues – Eric Clapton