Things that go bump etc.

April 27, 2011 § Leave a comment

Tonight I’ll be in (on?) Staten Island shooting a short horror film.  In honor of horror, a short list of things that scare me:

  • Horror films (yes. I’d so much rather make them than watch them)
  • Bugs, especially big ones, especially flying ones.
  • Home Intruders (like, someone breaking into my house, especially if I’m home at the time)
  • Rubbery whole-face masks (sometimes they merely creep me out, it depends on the mask and the context)
  • Sleep No More (I think.  I’m kind of afraid to go see it . . .)

Lamb

April 25, 2011 § Leave a comment

Easter at my house is an, essentially, secular affair.  This year my mom, brother, husband and I gathered at my mom’s house with my mom’s two dogs, my brother’s dog and our new dog for a low-key afternoon with some delicious crepes, some nice wine, and the traditional Lamby Cake!

This year’s cake looks a little more forlorn than usual – the sadly tilted blue eyes, the slightly inclined head (“Don’t eat me,” it might seem to say) – but I promise you, it was as delicious as ever.  So are the leftovers in my ‘fridge.

Summer!

April 22, 2011 § Leave a comment

I am so excited for Summer.  Here are my plans:

Hooray!

Now, back to work . . .

Physical Fitness for Dummies

April 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

I downloaded a free app for my iPhone called 100 Push-ups.

It’s so simple its genius: the app trains you, over the course of 6 weeks, to do 100 push-ups.  That’s it.

I’m only in week one but I really love it and here’s why: it’s my ultimate fantasy of goal attainment.  The app tells me what to do (whatever number of push-ups in a set, how long to rest in between sets) and if i just do what it tells me, I’ll reach my goal.  If only everything in life was like that!!

Here’s the website which is chock full of info and will get you to the app (you can do the program off of the website, sans app, if you want).

Broadcastr

April 19, 2011 § Leave a comment

On Sunday, I participated in a walking tour (of sorts) up 2nd Ave. from Houston to 29th, listening to the New York Neo-Futurists’ contributions to the new (and exciting!) Broadcastr app.  It was a beautiful day and it was cool to have the shared, albeit simultaneously solo, experience of walking up 2nd in a loose group, listening to the same content.

“Wait, What?!” I hear you say.  “What’s Broadcastr?”  Well, if you click on the link above, you can find out on your own.  My take is: Broadcastr links audio content and location so that, wherever you go, you can hear content related to that place.  It’s international and it’s a free app for your iPhone.  I’m sure it’s more . . . visit their website.

The Broadcastr content is available all the time which means that if you want to go do your own 2nd Ave. walking tour, you can go and listen to some (or all) of it any time you want.  You can also listen NOT walking up 2nd avenue, I believe, by finding the NY Neo-Futurists under “featured” on the app but . . . that’s not as much fun, since the content speaks directly about each block up 2nd Ave.

This gave me the great feeling of being a tourist in my own city and I’m looking forward to the next time I AM a tourist and firing up Broadcastr to see what the locals have to say.

Stories

April 12, 2011 § Leave a comment

I was poking around the internet, as one does, and stumbled across this project from Penguin called We Tell Stories.  I can’t find an official blurb on the website, but it seems as though Penguin commissioned six contemporary authors to create stories in new/digital forms – there’s one based on google maps, a choose-your-own-adventure style, a mad-libs type fairy tale, one that’s a blog, one that’s written live – in response to an existing, traditional text.  A “classic.”

As someone who thinks more and more about different ways to tell stories, I’m enjoying it . . .

Check it out.

The Dog

April 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

If you saw Laika Dog In Space, you heard me sing in a Punk Rock fashion about wanting a dog.  If you didn’t see that show, just trust me when I tell you that I have wanted a dog for a VERY long time.  And not quite two weeks go, I got one.  She’s a pip.

 

We're working on house-training

 

Name: Fanny Brice (because of the actual Fanny Brice who I know about from her work in radio, not from the movie Funny Girl . . . if you wondered)

Age: 4.5

Breed: Japanese Chin

Weight: 12 lbs

Occupation: Formerly a breeder in a puppy mill, Fanny Brice has now retired to a life of leisure as a kept puppy.

Hobbies: Sniffing things.  By “things” we mean EVERYthing.

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