Thursday, June 21, 2007

Run Ralph Run

Kinda making me a little bid giddy to read this. One of my favorite things in political theater is watch the left fight.

Pardon me while I get some popcorn.

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Powerlines Have Floaters...

I saw a treehouse on the outskirts of the farm.
The power lines have floaters so the airplanes won't get snagged.
Bells are ringing through the town again,
Children look up, all they hear is sky-blue, bells ringing

R.E.M "Driver 8"

John Day Deer

Serene scene from the end of my Saturday fly fishing trip on the John Day River. Needless to say, the seven hours before this rank as the worst fishing trip ever. Though, the first five hours of the trip (30 fish to the boat between the two of us) was fine.

Friday, June 15, 2007

We're #1

Really shouldn't be any surprise that a liberal city like Portland (note, I don't live in Portland proper, and that is intentional) would be #1 in terms of people who commute by bike. But what is Minneapolis #2? Sank, please explain how you guys can be #2 with such crappy weather 50% of the year...(come on, take the bait....)

Read the stat in the Oregonian yesterday, but too lazy to find the link.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Where Does Your State Rank?

Where does your state sit in terms of gross domestic product? If it were a nation what would it be? Find out.

Oregon = Israel

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Hillary Clinton

It'll be interesting if the two recent books, both by mainstream journalists (Gerth and VanAtta of the New York Times, and Carl Bernstein of Watergate fame), have any impact at all on Hillary's popularity among the Democrat base. So far, polls have shown that they really haven't.

Here's a look at some of what is in those books from Byron York.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Redneck Rut

I went fishing on the Sunday of Memorial Day with my friend Jason. We were meeting a couple other buddies up at a small river that flows into the Clackamas River. They'd been up there all day but we were just breaking away for a few hours in the late afternoon. After a snafu with trail choice and getting the wrong frequency on the walkie-talkies, we connected up with them as they were coming back to the campground where we all parked. We met them about a half mile from the campground.

We chatted as we walked back, Jason in the lead, me second, Geoff third and Scott last. As we rounded a little bend in the trail, about a quarter mile from the campground, Jason stopped and said, "Well, there's something you don't see every day." I looked up and across the river and saw a naked woman. My initial thought was "Cool! Skinny dippers..." but before I could even finish that thought I noted that in fact the woman was bent over a rock and a guy was giving her a little somethin' somethin', if you know what I mean. And both were buck naked as jaybirds.

Now, we've had some nice weather around here lately, but that Sunday it was 50 degrees and overcast with slight drizzle every so often. And the snow melt made the river mighty cold.

We all looked at each other baffled by the sight and then moved on. Later I mentioned that what we should have done is applauded when the guy finished. The couple had a four-wheeler parked further up on the bank and we figure that they drove in a ways, thinking they were far up the river when in fact they were a quarter mile from a full campground.

As we reached the car I commented that it was in fact spring. Jason replied, "Yep, the redneck rut."

I've been hiking since I was 10, so 27 years. Logged many miles, seen many remote places in Oregon. I've also fished actively for 12 years now, floated many rivers, been many places. And I've, seriously, never seen what I saw that Sunday!

O Canada

Happen to catch the beginning of tonight's Stanley Cup hockey game on NBC and Alanis Morissette sang the American and Canadian national anthems. Since they are in Ottawa the Canadians just let 'er rip when they sang along to O Canada. It was impressive. Then, near the end, she did the coolest thing, she stopped singing and held out the mic so the crowd could carry the song by themselves. I was sweet, even this cynical American got goosebumps.

Saturday, June 02, 2007

The Placement Firm: First Look

Here are some stills from, The Placement Firm, the short film we are shooting. We have one more day of shooting to go and then start the task of post-production. Since the film takes place in the future, we have several special effects to insert, which will be fun challenge. Three of these images have been altered with a color treatment, the others have had no color correction done.

Tom, the engineer, pauses for a smoke break on his way to meet his escort inside "the wall."

Kate talks to her assistant on her communicator device as she arrives home from work. A holographic image of the assistant will be floating above the device. Devon actually mocked this up early this week and it looks pretty sweet. (If you were at my home, you could see it...)

After changing her clothes, and before leaving the house, Kate takes the chain holding her wedding ring from her neck and hangs it on a photo of her and her husband Ryan.

Kate and her backpack prior to leaving.

Tom rests after dropping down off the rope hanging from the wall. (Image color treated)

Tom yanks the rope down from the wall. (Image color treated)

Tom meets Kate, who will escort him inside the wall. She tells him to be quiet or border security will hear them. (Image color treated)

Once in the woods, Kate stops to give Tom several things he'll need.

Kate giving instruction to Tom.

Uh, oh, here comes border security...

You'd be scared, too, if someone was shooting at you!

Preparing a dolly shot from the bedroom shoot. (Pic above of Kate and her backpack).