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Winter’s Summer Day

12 Feb

Dusk of Friday
Merriment begins.

Wine flowing,
Ego’s growing,
The night will have no end.

The moon’s half-lit glow
Sets the dizzy scene,
Of men
Children
Half-breeds,
A haze of lover’s dreams.

Time moseys by,
But is deceptively quick.
Suddenly its late,
And we agree —
Nothing ever goes as planned —
Then,
The night fades into obscurity.

I rise at eleven,
And the wonderous day begins.

It is a surprise,
A warm gem,
Amidst an icy year.

The brilliant shine
Of our brilliant sun
Draws the women outside.

I see in them
The Sun, Man, and Earth’s beauty.

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Sunday

29 Aug

It’s Sunday

The lord’s day

and the clock reads eleven.

The virgin Mary guides me

to the big rock candy mountain,

a destination of fate

of love

of–

something devine.

And he calls

at momentary perfection

completing the illusion

For,

I finally realize

like the precious stones

my own identity

is nothing,

without polish and discovery.

Ray of Light

24 Aug

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It happened today.

Through a mist of people she came;
like a dream she was before me.

and I can’t recall any words,
only eyes of melted-honey,
and her natural magnetism–
Oh, the life in her slender face!

Her candor wins me one-thousand times over.

Collegiate Dreams

23 Aug

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And we return,
and we begin again,
minds flickering what our future lay–

The nervous boy holding on to his past,
grappling his year’s supplies,
starved of esteem and demand–
Will it ever come?

The girl, bluer than the ocean,
weeping tears of unconscious hope,
angry at the world’s unjustness–
Her obsession, like any, will certainly pass.

And I — ripe with the knowledge they seek,
billow in solitude;
mind flickering what my future lay.

Insight:

11 Aug

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If you’re not constantly improving your trade, constantly striving to make your company’s stock price move higher — constantly making revisions so as to maximize shareholder value, then, you are not running a business at all.

And to the person it is no different;  constant revision is required in becoming a fulfilled man. We must let go of the things holding us back: old relationships, friendships, old mentalities — and push on! There is always something new to be learned, someone new for us to meet. Don’t be content — embrace change! — and think of yourself as an employee in the ever-changing business of life.

Check Out SoundCloud!

7 Aug

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SoundCloud, a file sharing Facebook application, helped me tremendously in bringing my mix, Saturn Blues, to the web. I was always weary of messing with websites for uploading purposes, but SoundCloud made my task easy — dare I say — enjoyable with its smart, interactive prompts and interface.

I was very impressed with SoundCloud; I feel it is a very useful, powerful, and dynamic social-networking plugin.

Find the SoundCloud Facebook app here.

and my mix, courtesy of SoundCloud, below:

***I highly recommend downloading and watching in the Itunes visualizer 😉

A Passage into the Creative? Steve Jobs speaks out.

7 Aug

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The Apple posterboy was recently asked about  his stance on moderated drug use; he had some interesting things to say.

Job’s comment here: http://digg.com/search?s=steve+jobs+marijuana

I could’ve guessed Steve Jobs smoked marijuana…

how do you think he came up with Visualizer?

Our Lives are Spent in Boxes

31 Jul

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We sleep in our “home-box,” we work in our “job-box,” we learn in our “classroom-box.” It seems life, nowadays, has us cubed-in, enclosed and withdrawn from the outside world; away from nature, away from others, away from our mother: Earth.

The reality of the matter is, people have become complacent that this is the way life should be spent — hurrying from one box to the next. They are told this is the right way to live, and they believe it. Being quartered off promotes productivity; companies and schools realize this. But I feel mankind has become disconnected because of this square obsession. In their boxes, people are so fixated on accruing wealth, knowledge, or success, that they forget the simple joys in life. They forget about simply living, and the entity that allowed for their boxes to be built: Earth.

I’m not advising you to sleep in a tent after reading this article, but I feel this caged lifestyle is wrong. Do you really want to spend your life in a box? Shackled by four walls. Step outside, enjoy your life with the Earth; and in doing so, prevent its destruction in the need to produce more boxes.

A Man Cave Special

25 Jun

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Blogging lost its priority during production of “American Heretic: A Message,” my newest short film and entry for the 2010 Telluride Film Festival.

I have come to the Man Cave for the film’s World Premiere!

It is a conceptual ride, open for interpretation. I think of it more as Art than Film. The following verse offers the best synopsis:

America must stop
Its fascinated gaze.
America must slow
Its patriotic haze.
America must grow
From slick and broken Mays.
“America must know,”
Three persons always say.
America IS pride.
Mighty, strong and brave!
America’d be wise
To curtsy on its way.

I’m open for any questions and comments surrounding my film.
Write me your interpretations!

WATCH IN HD here:

The Man Cave is Alive Again! Not So Sure About BP.

2 Jun

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It’s shameful how I’ve treated the Man Cave lately. More than two weeks have passed since my last post. Two weeks! And for that I am sorry guys. But I do have some good excuses, so please forgive me.

During my absence a barrage of activities have been going on in my life. My family vacationed to Collville, WA (Farthest-Town-From-A-Major-U.S.-Airport Capital of the World!), I began production of my film, and (I’ll admit) participated in some notorious Summer non-productivity.  But, as good as that all sounds, I’ll have to fill you in later. I came to WRITE! — Write some meaningful Man Cave stuff!

The specific issue I wanted to discuss was The British Petroleum (BP) Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

First, I want to emphasize the severity of this matter. Domestically, concerns have permeated into various market sectors. The restaurant, shipping, tourism and energy industries have all negatively responded to the now “Largest Oil Disaster In History” Gulf Coast spill. Oil residue was discovered at beach resorts across the Gulf rim, and was sadly televised washing into Florida’s tender marshlands. Shipping liners are having to circumvent expansive oil slicks, critically slowing down shipment time of essential products into the US. Restaurants have worries about the quality of  their ingredients as the fishing industry has now come under scrutiny. But the most heavily hit sector, bar none, is energy. And that is what I would like to talk about today.

Last week, President Obama called for an immediate moratorium to be placed on all offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Because of his announcement, companies with large exposure in the offshore drilling space (most notably Anadarko Petroleum and Transocean) began to experience significant market pressure. These company’s operations have come  close to a complete halt because of Obama’s initiative — drastically limiting their potential profits for 2010.  Investor response to this news sent some stock’s prices reeling. Understandably, instigator British Petroleum was one of the largest sliders, pulling back 38% in the 44 days since the spill’s discovery.

The President’s ambitious strategy was not the only event pressing oil equities lower. Failure by BP to adequately respond to the vast leakage and pollution seeping into the Gulf of Mexico also has governments, environmental agencies, and traders concerned. Over the weekend, British Petroleum was unsuccessful in the first counter-measure procedure, the  “topkill” approach. This method involved pumping a thick, mud-like, substance into the spill’s crevice. Earlier today, news broke that the second contingency plan, the “cap containment system,” has also failed. This was an attempt by BP to saw off the split portion of the petroleum pipe, create a level and hollow opening, then hopefully lower a cap over the opening to seal the system. Unfortunately, the saw-blade severed before it completely finished cutting through the metal petroleum pipe. The recurrence of failure has left engineers scratching their heads for a quick and effective solution. Interestingly, I saw that THE James Cameron was consulted to provide ideas for spill containment. Cameron was contacted because of his underwater filming/remote vehicle expertise, which he developed during the production of his film Titanic. Engineers believe his unique knowledge of the underwater environment could arise better methods of  counteracting the spill. I wouldn’t doubt it, after watching Avatar, I feel like this guy can do anything!

My real disappointment is the fact British Petroleum had no clear contingency plan prepared for an issue of this proportion. It is simply unacceptable for an established, blue-chip, petroleum giant like BP to not foresee and have a solution prepared for an underwater drilling accident. Strong companies have safety-nets (contingency plans) in place for almost every potential liability. It’s hard being completely prepared for any disaster of this magnitude, but, I feel in this specific circumstance, BP is at fault. They are in the deep-sea drilling business, its not the craziest idea that an underwater oil rupture might happen!

Owners of BP’s stock, I wish I could provide you with an optimistic outlook, but I don’t think the near-future looks too bright for BP’s shares. I think any proposed solution will be hard to implement at the extreme pressure and depth occurring at the spill’s opening (roughly 5,000 feet below the ocean surface). A guest on CNBC today claimed that oil might continue to pour out of the broken system until December! DECEMBER! Think about the quantity of pollution, waste, and lost revenue if another 6 months were to pass without mitigation! Scary.

Analysts speculate BP may lose upwards of $20 Billion trying to end the melee in the Gulf.