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Anachronisms – End of the Day for March 31, 2014

March 31st, 2014 Comments off

End of the day LogoOh it seems like this week and weekend have lasted forever. It was filled with work and theater and book readings, some more work and now a nice, quiet house with everyone else slowly drifting off to bed and leaving me to tippitty-tap out today’s note. Django Reinhardt and related music (courtesy of iTunes Radio from almost 100 years ago spills Hot Jazz gently from the speakers of my state of the art Macintosh.

Click a link to play this music as you read the rest of tonight’s essay, to get a bit of the feel currently here in the office. Listen via iTunes Radio or Pandora.

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Django Reinhardt

Anachronistic as it is, it is the music I wanted to listen to at the moment. Energetic but something totally different from my day-to-day pop and country listening. That was one sign that tonight was one for winding down, winding up projects and easing into sleep in a few hours.

I do love all the music services available these days. I’ve always been more of a radio listener — getting a variety of music instead of listening to complete albums or one artist at a time. I use these services to match my mood, my work and the current century I feel I am living. There are times when I feel I am living in the entirely wrong decade, generation or even millennium. Perhaps it is my small town upbringing, but there are days I can imagine living in New London, Ohio just after World War I, using horse and carriage to visit friends for tea or dinner in their lovely Victorian mansion on Main Street. That said, I can also imagine myself living on another planet in the far future, so I guess it really doesn’t always qualify as nostalgia. Maybe just a sense of being out of step with our times, my place in the world or the attitudes that surround me. Perhaps there are times when I just want to be somewhere (or some time) else. The online radio stations help me escape into whatever world I want to visit whenever I want.

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Victorian Home in Bedford, Ohio

Of course, life was typically even more difficult in the past and I am sure I would chafe at the limitations of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness living their would entail. I have always said that the trick to creating a better present is to take the best of the past and leave the worst behind. Maybe that is why I am always using the Internet for tasks that might have just as easily existed back at the turn of the century My newspapers and magazines are now blogs. My music comes from iTunes, Pandora, Spotify or a host of others instead of a Gramophone. I still read books in print, as well as on Kindle and my email will be the only “papers” i leave behind when I am gone.

For me, the present is always more of a state of mind than an actual place in the time-space continuum. In fact, as is demonstrated by tonight’s musical selections, it can range from one extreme to another in any given 24-hour period. 

 

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Photo: “Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows” Book Signing at Diesel Bookstore, Malibu

March 31st, 2014 Comments off

Our friend, Ken LaZebnik, held a book reading and signing at Diesel Bookstore, Malibu for his latest book, Hollywood Digs: An Archaeology of Shadows. He was joined by Kathy Kohner Zuckerman, whose childhood journals led her father, Frederick Kohner, to create the book and film character Gidget.

In Hollywood Digs, veteran film and television writer Ken LaZebnik unearths shards of film history that have rarely seen the light of day. Here is the romantic and tragic saga of Jock Mahoney, legendary stuntman and Hollywood’s thirteenth Tarzan; F. Scott Fitzgerald, toward the end of his life, living in a cottage on the Encino estate of film butler Edward Everett Horton; Micky Moore, who spent eighty-four years in the industry, first as a child actor with Mary Pickford and later as the fabled second-unit director of Raiders of the Lost Ark. More than sixty duotone photographs include two large galleries by Hollywood master Leigh Wiener. They accompany the author’s deft and idiosyncratic portraits of Hollywood luminaries including Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Milton Berle, George Burns, and Harpo Marx. Ken LaZebnik gives readers an insider’s look at how Hollywood works, sharing his own experience of success and failure. He excavates hidden histories of the famous and near-famous. Told with wit and compassion, Hollywood Digs finds treasures amid the dust.

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Watch a slide show of the complete photo album here

Capture your “content” and share it! Please! – End of the Day for March 30, 2014

March 30th, 2014 Comments off

End of the day LogoAfter an extremely busy day yesterday, we were all pretty tired this morning and got off to a rather slow start. Thankfully nothing required us to get up an moving — until we discovered that a friend was holding a boo reading and signing at Diesel Books in Malibu. Being that he is a very good friend of ours and I need little excuse to go to Malibu on such a beautiful day — we cleaned ourselves up and headed down.

As I usually do, I took along my cameras — both still and video — and figured I could capture a bit of the reading to share here on the blog and YouTube. I do this because I don’t believe in throwing away “content” that other people might enjoy. If I am going to enjoy an experience then it is a good possibility that others will, too. They might not be able to come to the event otherwise due scheduling or, more likely, because they live at great distance form where the event is happening. Why not share the fun when it takes relatively little work to do so?

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You’ll be seeing the results of today’s event in a few days, but as always, it makes me wonder why more people — especially creative people — and businesses — especially bookstores — don’t make more of an effort to share their events in whatever way possible. For me, taking few pictures, grabbing some video — even with a smartphone — is far preferable to doing nothing. Events, once passed, are lost if you don’t do something to capture them. More importantly, everyone NEEDS to be capturing their content because this is the media you will use in selling the current book, song, movie, etc and also the media you will use to sell your NEXT book, song, movie, etc. If you don’t capture this content, you are crippling yourself, your sales, your promotion and possibly even your career.

It is so easy to capture and share content these days. We really don’t have an excuse for NOT capturing it. OUr smartphones take 1080 HD video and record CD quality sound. Our point-and-shoot cameras take pictures far better than anything in the past. It is the “will” that is lacking. Most of us have still not realized the deep importance in capturing our content. We don’t make it an automatic part of our life and work. We let things happen and then let them go without ever realizing the value these events carry for our future.

People often ask me why I go through the effort of capturing content for other people. First, I gain value from the content by sharing it online, on my blog and YouTube. The subject the event also gains value from increased exposure and the chance that an audience will stumble upon their book, music, etc and find they that they like it. Third, I also do it as a way of showing (and hopefully) convincing others of the value of capturing their content. It is “Real World Example” of how to capture it, how to package it and how (and why) to share it. By providing a good example, I hope to bring others along with me on this New Media journey.

The next time you are involved in a creative project, an event, a fundraiser, whatever — please, please, please at least consider capturing the content surrounding the event. Share your photos via Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and others. Upload the video to YouTube and share it on social media. Send links to the content to everyone involved and ask them to share it with their friends, family and business contacts. I think you will greatly — and pleasantly — surprised by the results.

 

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Photo: “Hollywood Digs” by Ken LaZebnik – An Archeology of Shadows – Reading at Diesel Bookstore, Malibu, CA via Instagram

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Life gets busy sometimes – End of the Day for March 29, 2014

March 29th, 2014 Comments off

End of the day LogoJoseph’s high school production of West Side Story is in full swing this week and next and this has meant a lot of time at school as well as traveling to and from. We had a large group of friends in on Thursday night and another large group tonight, so I making sure to write up the this “End of the Day” a little early. The last 2 nights I have been so involved with finishing up the night that the writing never happened. In fact, it slipped my mind entirely. Oops.

This time of year also brings the added complications of weekend robotics matches along with everything else. Next Saturday we are back in Norwalk for a fighting robot tournament. Thankfully their won’t be a play performance as their was last Fall. That made for a very, very long day. I ended up catching a horrible cold the very next day and was out for a week.

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Tonight we are ushering at the show so we can see it for free (and to also provide a little parental support to the program) and it will also be a chance for me to take some photos with my good camera instead of the iPhone I did the quick snaps with on Thursday. I basically just wanted to see the show once without worrying about recording anything. The show is completely sold out tonight, so we will probably be standing the entire performance anyway. Ah, the work of a high school parent is never done! (LAUGH)

More photos to come in the next few days.

 

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Photo: Education — It is time to customize your education in the same way I consel you to customize your career. Look outside traditional academe. Career Opportunities Podcast at DouglasEWelch.com via Instagram

March 29th, 2014 Comments off

Books: Hollywood Digs: An Archeology of Shadows by Ken LaZebnik

March 28th, 2014 Comments off

Hollywood digs 

A new book by our long-time friend (and often co-worker with Rosanne), Ken LaZebnik. Ken is prolific television writer and producer, writer for A Prairie Home Companion and more! This book takes Hollywood history as its subject.

Ken LaZebnik at IMDB

“In Hollywood Digs, veteran film and television writer Ken LaZebnik unearths shards of film history that have rarely seen the light of day. Here is the romantic and tragic saga of Jock Mahoney, legendary stuntman and Hollywood’s thirteenth Tarzan; F. Scott Fitzgerald, toward the end of his life, living in a cottage on the Encino estate of film butler Edward Everett Horton; Micky Moore, who spent eighty-four years in the industry, first as a child actor with Mary Pickford and later as the fabled second-unit director of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

More than sixty duotone photographs include two large galleries by Hollywood master Leigh Wiener. They accompany the author’s deft and idiosyncratic portraits of Hollywood luminaries including Paul Newman, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Stewart, Judy Garland, Al Jolson, Milton Berle, George Burns, and Harpo Marx.

Ken LaZebnik gives readers an insider’s look at how Hollywood works, sharing his own experience of success and failure. He excavates hidden histories of the famous and near-famous. Told with wit and compassion, Hollywood Digs finds treasures amid the dust.”

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March 27th, 2014 Comments off
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On understanding others – End of the Day for March 26, 2014

March 26th, 2014 Comments off

End of the day LogoLife is filled with complications — most often of our own making. In many cases, these complications often arise from our lack of understanding of others. Now, to be sure, understanding other humans is difficult and fraught with complexity. Often, we can be unsure of our own motivations, desires and emotions. How are we even supposed to fathom those of others? Too often we seek to convince or control those around us. We are right. They are wrong. It is as simple as that. If they would only realize it, there would be no problems at all.

Of course, it is rarely so black and white. There are shades of grey in every situation. Trying to impose your concept on “right” on others only leads to more conflict and, in the worst case, deep bitter enmity. There are times in your life when agreeing to disagree might be the best solution. Constantly trying to convince another that there beliefs are simply misguided or even wrong, is a sure way to raise the hackles of anyone, no matter how close your relationship might be.

Now, of course, you may be right. You may have acres of research on your side, intellectual reason in your camp and even the might to enforce your beliefs. Still, when you seek to enforce instead of understand, you often raise their ire of others even more. I believe that rather than trying to enforce your beliefs, you need to bring others to your way of thinking slowly, gently, and with understanding. You can’t dismiss their concerns and worries, you have to help them dismiss them themselves. You can’t enforce. You can only cajole. You can’t ban. You can only communicate. Only then can real change occur.

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