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Now, if only the Republicants could start...

This bit of news has helped bring me out of my slog malaise...

During his first presidential campaign, Bush -- who promised to be the "education president" -- once asked: "Is our children learning?"

On Wednesday, Bush seemed to answer his own question with the same kind of grammatical twist.

"As yesterday's positive report card shows, childrens do learn when standards are high and results are measured," he said.

The White House opted to clean up Bush's diction in the official transcript.

Bush is no stranger to verbal gaffes. He often acknowledges he was no more than an average student in school and jokes about his habit of mangling the English language.

Where did they find this guy? I'd be embarrassed if I were Harvard or where ever it was Shrub "went" to university.


From one end of the fence to the other

And it's all green

OK, ok, just got to get the fingers going a bit. It's strange. Unlike the last filmatic adventure, I am pretty much bored to tears on this one. The projects are similar in scope, making a film for less than a million, but very different beyond that. For example, "Shoot First" is a western, taking place in the open ranges of 1860, gunfighters, horses, dust...this one is a more modern thriller taking place in the woods, a rather small bit of woods, just a bit outside the studio owned by the film company. Yes, the second one is much more likely to be done for the prescribed cash. In that, it goes to say that in order to achieve a film for this kind of cash, it has to be done in just a few days. Film Two, shall we call it "The Sycle," is geared towards this end. Not many cast, no extras, controlled locations...all of this make the job of the 2nd AD, me, pretty...smooth.

On the other hand, shooting a western, complete with period everything (costumes, props, guns, buildings) in just three weeks is a bit more of a challenge...especially for the 1st AD. I guess what I am getting at is that I am pretty bored...but that's ok.

The odd thing is, even tho I have time where I am just sitting in front of the ol' computer, I'm still not doing anything creative. I think it has something to do with being on someoneelses dime...

Well, we go to camera in a week, so I have a feeling this will all change. I bet I get pretty busy in the next few days...at least I hope I get pretty busy in the next few days...


The Long Walk Home

Thanks God I can use a plane

Yes, on the way back. Currently in Atlanta International Airport having a 420 Sweetwater Pale Ale and digesting, yes, get this, digesting fried Macaroni and Cheese. Well, the choosins here at the airport are pretty slim, at least as far as places that provide a place to sit with enough space to throw down a laptop, so I sit at TGI Friday's. And they had fired Mac and Cheese. Well, considering it could be my last meal in the US for quite some time, I had to go with it. I mean, the Czechs like to fry stuff, don't get me wrong, but I have never run across this curious dish before. And, yes, it was pretty much mac and cheese, except in deep fried nuggets. Now, if I could have gotten some green chili on that...

Well, I probably wouldn't be in Atlanta.



Fading Away...

Just before the shooting

Well, time just keeps on ticking by, even when there is no reason to pay attention.

I am getting used to all of the free time. I have taken Nick's advice and been eating a lot of chili. Hmmm...Chili


ANd then there was none

Films over, well, at least the part I'm most actively involved in. Now comes that time where the body is still revved, and the mind still rolling in overdrive, but the days are suddenly empty. A void where once was a catered (usually) 15 structured hours. Now I have to actually decide for myself what I'm going to eat.




No rest for the wicked

For whatever reason I just can't sleep. Tomorrow is the last day of the shoot, day 18 of 17, and for some reason I just can't drift off into the shadows of sleep. Could it be the worries of the first wrap of my first job as the first AD? Did we get all of the scenes? The photos? The inserts? Do we have what we need for a solid story? I think so, I really do, and yet I just can't sleep. Could just be one too many PBnJ's.



This boss stuff can be a real pain in the tush

Well, on the good news side of the fence, provided anyone still stops by here to see that nothing much has changed in the past few days, that trend will soon be over. Tomorrow is day 13 of 18, meaning the show is nearly over. We have a few small problems to overcome before that day, however. Horses and locations being the most difficult. It's hard to do a western without these elements, but we might just have to try. I'll give you the rundown next week, after it's all over.


We just might make it...

Tired, job going OK, tired...



The Way the World Turns

Right to left, as I see it

So, once again things are getting interesting, heating up, coming to a boil, snapping shut and clamping down, veritably varying. I have recently just landed my first job as a 1st AD (That's El Numero Uno to some) on a feature film being shot back in NM. It should be...an adventure.

The film is a western, according to the director, pasta stylz. It seems we will have around 17 days to shoot the bastard, and in the shooting, we shoot a lot of bastards. Hope he likes his Spaghetti with lots of Sauce.



This could be interesting...

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How's that for marbles?


Mars Needs Your Money!

This is the worst time of the year. Not because of the heat, or the sunshine, or anything like that, but because the days are already getting shorter. Sometimes by up to 6min a day, and it shows. It is a reminder of the times to come, the long nights, the grey days, and the lack of daylight.

In some ways those days are pleasurable. There is no reason not to head out to a local subterranean watering hole and while away the darkness. There is not as much daytime to try and fill with doing stuff stuff. There is no feeling that you have wasted important hours by sleeping late...but there is the grey. Always grey.

If you ask me, the best way around this is a good, quality fireplace. Surprisingly enough, there are very few places here that have one. There are a smattering of bars and restaurants, but, if you compare to the per capita side of things, there are very few with this warming ambiance.

Not sure what the point of this is, today a fireplace would be pretty miserable - unless it were next to a quality air-conditioner. Today is beautiful, sunny and warm, but not overly so (unless one is next to a roaring fire). There is a bit of a breeze to help keep it cool - a quality summer day.

Sure feel like I'm wasting it sitting inside writing short scripts.



Next week on Lost...

The Czech - Slovak Superbowl

We were stood-up today, mes amis. Yes, our trusty guide, Miguel, did not show; and, try was we might, we could not find the Cesko-Slovensko Superbowl today.

There were no roaring crowds, no drunken media circuses, no strangely painted fans, nothing of what one might expect for an event of this regard. Of course, we might have been in the wrong part of town, and there was a garbled communique from Miguel, perhaps intentionally mis-translated to keep us from the real goal by some sort of Czech Football Pureist. Perhaps it's even next Monday, and not today at all. For now, until the uncertain whereabout of Miguel are certainified, we have no answers. Just a bit of heat stroke from wondering around in this ungodly 36 degree heat. Well, we don't have that now since we are in a bar, a nice dark cool bar, having a couple of brews. Unfortunatly for us, there is a reservation at 6, which means we are back out into the heat.



Gonna get me a Shotgun

Ah, you guys know the rest...

Yup, that's my car. Another car that will one day be famous for being in a movie...or so they say.



Back in Bowl

When free time just isn't free

I tell you what!

But that's about it for now. The air is very heavy today. I haven't had time to check and calibrate the instruments, but I can feel the additional weight. I can't say if it's gravity that has turned itself up a notch, or if the air molecules have gotten physically closer recently, combining themselves and pressing in around us with a little extra verve.

For me, there is only one way to deal with such an occurrence, and that's coffee and cake. So, here I sit in the Kavarna Pavilon (you may well remember the apple pie cheesecake from before) doing just that, having a coffee, and some cake. Once again, the cake falls into the mighty tasty category. Layers of chocolate and forest fruit, with a lovely marzipan icing to boot. A truly delectable treat for at least 4 of the senses (although it could be argued that the cake sounds good too).

While I enjoy this treat, I am also conduction an Experiment of Crazy Proportions! I am not at liberty to discuss the experiment just yet, but the results should be deemed sharable rather soon, like in a couple of hours or so. I will be sure to let you know how things turn out.

Now, I'd better get back to my cake, the folks at the next table have been eyeing it rather greedily




And badder then ever

Back in the land called "Prague."

To start with, I had myself a good sleep, well, after watching what seem to be the last few episodes of Trailer Park Boys, a show proving Kanada is way ahead of the rest of the free world and at the same time leaving one amazed that it's actually on TV. Well, sleep some came, and then, before long, the morning. Not too long after that came the afternoon, which is where I am right now. Sunday afternoon. And a nice one at that. Well, at least according to the weather thingy over there to the right. I have yet to venture out the door and into the world, but that's OK. I have lots to do right here in the old homestead. Lots to do, lots to do today.

To begin with there is the strategy on how to become the champions of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival next year. Yes, later in the day there will be a creative power meeting to get the next project off the ground. Can't talk about that too much just yet, still lots to get taken care of. There is also some personal projects that have been on the back burner for far too long. Time to quit waiting for the OK to come in from the Flogging Molly camp, and get the Pirates sussed. There is the underground Phone Film Phenomenon "Paper Ball Fight" that needs to be edited into its 3 different episodes, and of course the Phone-u-mentary about the first batch of Home Brew created by soon-to-be mega star of Homebrewing, MaK. And don't let me forget the Norton Sucks Video! Yes, plenty to do.

So, I'd better get right on that...after a bit of catching up with my neglected faithful reader that is.

Hello Faithful Reader! How are you doing?



When silence is not a virtue

Try somewhere else

Sorry mon ami (ma amie) for the lack of attention, been even more mobilized than normal, and in the depth of the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Attempting a nearly real time update and review on the old phone which can be found here. Stop by and see what's the haps, and perhaps even tell us what you think about the mess I am making of being a reporter.




Not too shabby

dem som boats
I'll have two schooners please.


It's all in the wrinkles

but could use a good ironing

OK, so still working on the mobile styles for this here Fuego's Place. Coming along, coming along. Still battling the phone as far as actually getting the template, with all of the HTML gibberish in the right place, to open up easily for me to send. It seems I spent the time to create two wordy messages, only to find the phone was expecting to send them as text messages, and not the prescribe e-mail we have all come to expect. This, mon ami, could be the success story. I will let you know.

Working on the next "project," this time a bit more personal. It should be completed as early as today, and is called "The Battle of Santa Fe." More on that later.

Prague is wonderful right now. I don't know how regularly you compare the weather with New Mexico (very easy to do over there at the top right) but it's been beautiful here for the past couple of weeks. Perfect timing not to have a job. Now, if only wee had an ocean...

I'd better get this in the mail, many other updates to get done today, lot's to do. Lots to do today.


Experiments in Mobility

Could this be the answer to the 'Fuego's Place" woes?

For some time now the posts here have been, as they say in the parlance of our times, infrequent. Other Fuego slogs have been trumbling along, while this one waits quietly in the dark to be updated. the difference? Mobile Technology. The Slog over at Opera, link to be inserted, or click on the photo at the top of the page, and Jerk's Slog both allow me to update them on the run, from my phone. I have not figured out how to make this happen here at Fuego's Place. that is, until now.

The new and exciting method of madness? Although not quite as easy as the others, it will still work better than hauling out the big ol' Asus warrior in order to type up an episode. Now I will simply email myself the episode as typed on the phone, discretely and easily,with no major influx of equipment hogging up the table or my backpack; and when back in the relatively safe confines of my abode, transfer the email to the Slog. Easy Peasy.

So, dear reader of mine (and I'm not including myself here) I hope you enjoy the first Mobile Fuego's Post as much as I.


Another Brief Respite

But lots to do, lots to do today.
Hopefully I will have more time later this week to come up with more tantalizing and captivating blurps for this here slog.
Until then, feel free to check out some other very exciting places.


Yet more proof

Hey, Our good friends at Symantec keep making the headlines! Once again, the headlines show us what a great company Semantec is! Read on, my good friends, and then lets get started on installing Linux!

Who Killed My Computer? Part 1 Categories:
Microsoft Windows, News & Events Tags: Microsoft, news, Symantec, update, Windows

Ever have a dream where everything seems to go in slow motion? You really have to do something, go somewhere, escape a threat - but you can't move. That's what happened to my main computer earlier this week. Programs didn't launch, menus didn't open, tooltips didn't appear. When I bashed the Ctrl+Alt+Del keys it took several minutes for Task Manager to appear, but at least it offered a clue. Svchost.exe, the Windows process that hosts those all-important Windows Services, was gobbling 99% of CPU cycles! Task Manager doesn't tell you which service in particular is guilty (thanks a lot, Microsoft!), so I blindly killed the offender. Hallelujah! The programs I had tried to launch earlier all blinked into view and the system came back up to speed. Fixed.

Or was it? Little things about the system didn't work quite right. Suddenly I got no sound, and Outlook's appearance changed. Worse, I lost access to the main PC Magazine network drive. Norton Internet Security 2007 flashed me with error messages. When I rebooted in hopes of clearing up these problems the slow-as-molasses nightmare was back.

About this time I heard from Larry Seltzer, PC Magazine's Security Watch columnist. He had installed Norton 360 on his wife's system and was quite impressed with it... until it rendered the system unusable. Aha, thinks I, it must be the same thing that happened with my NIS 2007! But I was wrong. Yes, Symantec killed Larry's computer, but Microsoft killed mine. At least mine came back to life eventually.

Well, it seems to me he got off pretty easily. Perhaps his journalistic connections got him through the normal service center nightmare (usually leading to no help, and messages about how they have changed the address due to too much email, probably mostly legitimate, and won't tell you what the new address is!).

So, if you are considering buying Norton, or anything from Semantec, first get yourself a press pass and a job as a journalist at a high-ranking computer magazine, so that when you have a chance at getting some service out of those bastards when their programs go horribly wrong.


Sometimes there are better things to do than work

It has been an interesting day. Spurts of manic busy followed by hours of doldrums. During one of those listless periods, I investigated some links on other sites that I had not visited for quite a while.

One such site is Songs to Wear Pants To. I requested a dong about bubbly water and staples. I'll post it here should it ever get made.

What songs did you request?


When Life is like an Onion

I read the following headline and thought somehow the Onion had managed to get one of their articles printed in the Yahoo news service:

Cheney: Iraq remains a dangerous place
BAGHDAD - Vice President Dick Cheney said Wednesday that Iraq remains a dangerous place...

Wow. Some pretty deep insights there. No wonder he's the vice president. I suppose he has to at least appear to be even Dumber than Dubya (that would be a great name for a Broadway show - "Dumber than Dubya" bringing Leslie Nielson and Matthew Broderik back to the stage!).

The rest of the article can be found here.



But what if there is no end?

The column to the right has become a daily source for interesting and useful information for me in the last few months. Like when Cheereos were introduced, or Saint Twinkee Day for example.

This latest bit of news is quite startling, however. I know that folks like Elvis, Hitler, and quite possibly Margaret Thatcher had escaped the clutches of Death, but had no idea that Machiavelli had done the same. One really has to wonder just what means he used to have no end.


It just takes a Minute, Man

I was stoked to find out that these guys had actually made some videos before D. Boon died in questionable circumstances.


Which side of 55 are you on?

fi yuo cna raed tihs, yuo hvae a sgtrane mnid too Cna yuo raed tihs? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

i cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in waht oerdr the ltteres in a wrod are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is taht the frsit and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it whotuit a pboerlm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

Whadduy spose Shrub'd do?
Probably just stare at the creapt


As Eloquent as Ever

No wonder Iraq was such a success!

More wisdom from the man in charge:

_"Politics comes and goes, but your principles don't. And everybody wants to be loved � not everybody. ... You never heard anybody say, `I want to be despised, I'm running for office.'"

_"The best thing about my family is my wife. She is a great first lady. I know that sounds not very objective, but that's how I feel. And she's also patient. Putting up with me requires a lot of patience."

_"There are jobs Americans aren't doing. ... If you've got a chicken factory, a chicken-plucking factory, or whatever you call them, you know what I'm talking about."

_"There are some similarities, of course" between Iraq and Vietnam. "Death is terrible."

_"I've been in politics long enough to know that polls just go proof at times."

As he has before, Bush told the story about how his first presidential decision was to pick a rug for the Oval Office, a task he quickly cast to his wife. He told her to make sure the rug reflected optimism "because you can't make decisions unless you're optimistic that the decisions you make will lead to a better tomorrow."

Later, when he talked about his hope for succeeding in Iraq, Bush said, "Remember the rug?"

I can now say I am glad that I'm not a Harvard Gaduate!


Great Day in the evening

It's day 9 of 13...with no break. The worst part? It's not even day. Night shoots. The only thing this job has going for it is the money. We had a good week last week, with working on Easter (the Monday following Easter is a Bank Holiday here) and then working seven days in a row meant a pretty good invoice for the week. Still not sure if it's all worth it, tho.


Yet More Proof that

Norton Sucks

Just ran across this article:

Symantec has patched a security hole in its Enterprise Security Manager tool that allows attackers to take control of infected machines.

The Cupertino, Calif., company cautioned users in an advisory that all versions of ESM, except version 6.5.3, are vulnerable to a remote code execution attack. The problem, officials at the anti-virus vendor reported, is that the ESM agent remote upgrade interface does not authenticate the source of remote upgrade requests � a vulnerability that can be exploited to launch malware via a specially crafted upgrade request.

"The ESM agent accepts remote upgrade requests from any entity that understands the upgrade protocol," according to the advisory. "The ESM agent does not currently verify that upgrades are from a trusted source. An attacker with knowledge of the agent protocol could deploy a piece of software that allows the attacker to control the host computer. The ESM agent runs with administrative privileges."

And they make security software? Why would you ever want to verify an upload? That seems silly for a security product. They make it about as well as they support it, it seems.

This just in! This just in! This was Blurp number 300! Fitting it should end up being about my arch enemy Norton, made by Symantics, who SUCK by the way!


Kinda Depressing

But good to know

You have a 59% chance of surviving a zombie outbreak

You would do pretty well, maybe killing a zombie or two along the way, but you would end up doing something retarded and be a part of the living dead

Zombie Survival Test
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

I suppose I should learn to use a flame-thrower.


Happy Twinkie Day Everybody!

How will you celebrate?

Just read over in the "This Day in History" section (over in the right column, amazing stuff over there folks) that the Twinkie was invented on April 6th, way back in 1930. That's 77 years of delicious Twinkie Goodness.
This information came as a bit of a surprise for me, so I don't really have any plans to celebrate. That, and I just started a new job. So far (after one night) it seems OK, but there are lots and lots of stories circulating around the crew. Basically, the Director is just as incompetent as the director on the last project I worked on (don't remember the code name I used, so I'll use the name the Czechs used) Psycho Devet, except it's got a budget of like 60 mil. Last night went quite smoothly, so I thought the stories must be exaggerations. The genuine surprise of the crew as to how well things went leads me to believe that there is more to come...
I digress! This a piece about Twinkies, not me! So, perhaps the caterers will have a special Twinkie dish for us tonight. I sure hope so.


Lots o' stuff to tell

But not much energy

Found some sort of planet with the new telescope. Tried just shoving the camera lens into the slot where the eye-piece goes to see if we could get a photo. We did. A black frame, but a photo none the less. Not one that shows the planet, of course. I think it's Mars, but hard to say. The Universal Positioning Technology was hard to calibrate on the balcony, limited frame of forever, and lots of light pollution to boot. Moon is coming up soon, the lil' scope is better suited for closer objects...hopefully.

I was about to write that we will be spending the weekend in Moravia (Easter Weekend is big in these parts - and we have been invited by the Mayor!) when I remembered that I got a call today. It looks like I might have a job...starting tomorrow evening. As in night. I suppose if I pack the telescope...it does give me a reason to stay up and listen to the Sharks game I suppose, if I'm going to be on nights all of a sudden.
Pretty sure I had more to say, but staying up has worn me out. I can't wait to put the 'scope to the test.
Photos coming soon...I hope...


As if Taxes weren't bad enough...

We get philosophy multiple guess tests

Tough Question
Can I have fries with that?

I don't know that I have ever run across a test where you pick the rest of the question before you pick the answer. I have to admit, I was, and to a small extent, still am. Can't even figure out the "Self," let alone the nature of "Other." Hope the rest of this tax thing is easier. I'd rather take AP tests while suffering from mono!


Summer in Prague

Well, OK, Spring

Mount Marmotte
From here to Eternity

Even though the trip to France is over, and time is now being plied into various personal projects (I can count this Slog as a "personal project," even though it is much more accurate to say it is a "bonified method of procrastination") here in the fine city of Prague. This photo is not Prague. Perhaps I can find one, I'll check out what the old phone has been up to in the last few days.

Yes, personal projects. Script breakdown with a twist. "Just what is that twist," you might say? You might even say, "If it ain't broke, don't break it." Not very likely that you would say that, but, then again, I don't really know all of you all that well. It is entirely possible that one of the two of us who read this Slog would say that. Meanderers! The twist is that it's a script that I had a large hand in writing. Normally when I am breaking down a scrip, it's something that someone else has done, much easier to make fun of the script in those cases. Now when I make fun of a mistake, or something that doesn't make sense in the script, I have to take it personally. It really is causing quite an internal personal conflict. Fortunately, I am a strong person, and take criticism, no matter its form, quite well.

Why do this to myself, I might ask? Well, there is someone out there looking for the money to shoot the script, and he needs to be as well armed as he can. A breakdown and schedule are helpful when trying to convince people with money, but no film experience, that we have the experience their money needs.

Feel free to leave your contact info here on the Slog if you would like your money to be used by seasoned film veterans to re-invent the thriller. We only need a couple million...


"It's all for one when y'er out there on the ice."

Uh, that old guy in Aliens vs. Predators, I'm no good with names.

One giant step for man
A long way down
Aside from the fact that everything hurts, it has been a good time here in France (AKA: Freedom). The weather has given us a bit of everything (well, no rain...yet) so conditions have been on the side of the good and the bad. Cold, mostly, has been the name of the game. Fog is right up there too. Cold and fog. It did snow quite a bit, and yet somehow there is no fresh snow. Wind, did I forget to add wind to the list? Yeah, ok, Cold, Fog, and Wind. Really, Snow should be on that list too. Cold, Fog, Wind, and Snow, with some sun thrown in there to keep things interesting.

Ok, ok, it's not as bad as it sounds. We have had a couple of days of great snowboarding. Yesterday, where we had a wonderful sunny morning (still cold, mind you) with some of the freshy fresh waiting for us. Ah, yes, the freshy fresh. Too bad most of it was blown off by the wind. Still, there was powder to be had, and we did a good job of having some.

Good ol' MaK has come a long way this week as well. I have to say that it sucks only being able to hit the slopes once a year, and then all at once. Trying to pack a year of boarding into a week when your body is used to sitting in front of a computer or walking to the bar (sometimes I walk to other places too). Well, I suppose there is only one option: ok, two options: Move to a place that has a ski area near by, or spend next winter working at a ski resort.

Anybody want to make a ski film?


What a difference a day makes.

Yesterday in the Alps
Wingin' it in France
Yeah, just when yer getting used to Spring Conditions, a blizzard comes in.

Nope, not flyfishin, in the Alps. "Francousko," as they say where I come from. Really, I'm tired. No joking around, mes amis ("mes amis," when translated into English, means something like: "Mel, kiss my grits"), not trying to be funny. I am one tired puppy. I gotta do this stuff more than once a year.

Oh, yeah, the "day makes" thing. Today was a blizzard. Friggin Blizzard. Looks good for tomorrow, new snow, partly cloudy, and COLD!
I hope the beer is doing allright.


Finally off the Bus, click here for the full story.

Bus?  What bus?
Bus? What bus?

It's been a topsy turvy little while...


The day the water boiled

Yes, I spent a good portion of my day filling up the bath tub with boiling water. An interesting fetish you might say...I say "Death to the Beer Destroying Microbes!" and "Send me Bleach!" Well, this way I can be sure there will be no bleachy taste to the beer.
Things went pretty well, for the most part. I am confident that the bottles are sanitized, if not sterilized. That's right, these bottles won't be having any babies! The only time there was a problem was due to a steadicam malfunction that sent the camera (aka my phone - we are making a cel-doco on the process) hurtling towards the water. Luckily, at that point, there were more bottles than water and the phone escaped a full submersion in boiling water. I am not sure, but I believe that would be bad.
So, tonight we bottle! I hope it goes well, I am sure looking forward to having some of that beer...in a few weeks.


There can be..only one

If Jerry Seeger were Czech
"Writing for me is medicine" says writer Petr Sabach
AKA: Czech Jer

I was sitting in the contemplation chamber leafing through a magazine we picked up on our trip to Humpolec when I ran across this photo. I bet he even wears glasses but took them off for the photo! Well, seeing as I was in the contemplation chamber, I contemplated this for a bit. Could there be a Jerry in every country? How many of these imposter Jerries are there? Could they all have the same impact on San Diego sports teams? So many questions, so much to contemplate. Unfortunately, the chamber was no longer a good place to sit and think, it was time to head out into the fresh air to get some serious thinking done on the matter.
Well, it's not happening. I'm all contemplated out for today. Perhaps a bit more fiber, and I'll finish up this lil' blurp.


Cheerin' for the Home Team

A night in Humpolec

Blarny for Bernard
Bernard in the Blood
For those of you who have never been there, Humpolec is really quite a nice town. For the rest of you, it is a mystery and shrouded in secrecy.
First and foremost, Humpolec is where they make Bernard Beer, agreed by many to be superior to all of the other Czech Brews, which are in turn considered by more to be superior to any other beer in the world. In other words, it's pretty damn tasty beer. Why, it's even better than Gambrinus!
Humpolec is still more than just the "Place where Bernard is Brewed," it is also the place with the "store that sells all the cool Bernard stuff one could ever need" and the "cool restaurant that served fresh and tasty Bernard, but is full so you need a reservation if you plan to be here later than 6" and the "other cool bar serving Bernard and a small room for 400kc that's empty." Yes, even in the middle of winter, Humpolec still has it going on!
There was also a great building there for a pub / beer garden kind of thing. Unfortunately, it is still about 90km from Prague, and not quite on the highway (just a couple of KM off, so not too bad). That, and it didn't really look like the place was for sale (it also didn't look like the place was being used, either). More than anything, it started the investment wheels again. Working in the film industry has it's advantages, but, for the most part, it does consist of long hours working on other people's ideas. Why not spend that time working on our own ideas? Well, from what I know, that generally leads to even longer hours...and bigger headaches.
Recently, we have been presented another opportunity to invest in a pub / restaurant, here in Prague. It seems like a good idea all in all. It's established, near some good "trade routes" (the highway leading out of Prague), has a nice garden for the summer, and tasty food. So, the last little while has been spent thinking about it, finding out if we are financially trustworthy, and planning. Still don't know what we are going to do, I really don't want to work in a restaurant all day, every day, and most of the night too...


And the Whiner is...

Well, as I am sure some of you must know, the Oskars have once again revealed to us how shamefully wrong we were about what makes a good movie. Yes, the Scorcher finally got his Statue and Bag of Goodies after ripping off Andrew Lau's film "Infernal Affairs."

HONG KONG (AFP) - The Hong Kong director of the gritty gangster flick that Martin Scorsese adapted as his Oscar-winning hit "The Departed" heaped praise on the man he said inspired him to make films.

"It is an honour to have been able to help Martin win his first and long overdue Oscar," said Andrew Lau, whose 2002 film "Infernal Affairs" provided the story for Scorsese's movie set among the gangs of Boston.

"He has always been my hero, his films were why I got into making films," Lau told AFP. "I really appreciated that he mentioned my name in his winner's speech -- that was very kind."

You tell 'em Andrew!
I worked with Lau on "the Flock," which, hopefully, will someday be released. Lau is awesome. He knows what he wants, he knows what is important, and he knows what matters. Gere and Danes sometimes had trouble with the fact that there were the actors, and, therefore, the acting was up to them. Suddenly there were not being coddled, and had to do their job. They didn't like it all that much, but, to their credit, still did a solid job. (Note: due to my limited knowledge of the circumstances, Gere's involvement in Lau being fired during post production will be glossed.)
Yeah, well who the hell is going to say that the Scorcher is an asshole? I mean, he made the film a hit for Amerikans, film Gods! Definatly not me, I'd never say Martin is an asshole. Well, not very often.

I do have to say that this year's "Hollywood Annual Self Salute" (H-ASS) awards did give out a few prizes to folks that I have worked with, and I am glad they have received the recognition they deserve.
Best Make Up or whatever they call it at the awards: David and Montose. I worked with them on Hellboy, and they were making the coolest shit. All of the strange items there in the FBI offices were their creations, that, and Korenen. I loved going to their workshop, it was always a look into another world (including the breasts used in Almadovar's "Male Education" - nice work indeed!). Congratz!
Plus, Navarro won for best Cinematography. On Hellboy, he was always professional, and gentlemanly - even when I tried to invite myself to his hacienda in Mexico. Once again, congratz.
Listen guys, you may have won the Oskar, a step in the right direction, but true success is seen and measured by winning the Duke City Shootout. Once you have done that, well, perhaps then we can talk.


Barman Novelist

Jerry Seeger hard at work
Working hard...in his new Kafarna?
Here we sit, "working" away (personally, I am procrastinating pretty heavily, as I have been for the last couple of weeks) in a small bar called Cafe Mia. Mia has just informed us that she wants to sell the place, not because business is bad, but because she is too young to have her days eaten up by working a small, dark barrette.
The place is quite nice, personal and quiet (at least in the middle of the afternoon), down right cozy. My man Muddled has a friend who has expressed interest in buying some sort of Cafe / Kafarna type thing. Could this be the place? Hard to say, but it could work...with a few additions.
First off, a fireplace is in order. I don't know what sort of building codes are in place here, but it should be possible to get a fireplace in. It might have to be one of those gas burning fakes, but, on a cold winter evening, that is way better than nothing! Some sort of TV would be needed for those times Hokej comes on, or, depending on the cliental, "Who Wants to Be a Czech Superstar."
The one remaining thing would be something to make this place stick out from the rest. Now, remember, it's quite small. Two rooms, four tables, a couple of stools at the bar, and a toilet. There is some sort of space behind the bar as well, but that is, my friends, secret space. NO one is allowed to know what goes on back there, and that will still be the case when Muddled and Pal buy the place. I have already suggested that there be a rock stacking theme. People walk in to see a strange pile of odd shaped rocks in one corner. Their confused gazes soon find the gallery of photos on the wall behind the pile: Stacks of World Renowned Stackers, complete with autographs. After a few beers, it all becomes perfectly clear, and the patrons are happily stacking away! Evening fun at U Haldu Kaminek.
There could even be league night, team events, rock stacking conventions...boy, the more I talk about it, the more excited I get! I can't wait!
OK, who wants in?


Now You Gotta Believe!

NM orders 500 talking urinal cakes

Just when I thought there was nothing else I would have to try and believe, I read this:

SANTA FE, N.M. - New Mexico is taking its fight against drunken driving to men's restrooms around the state. The state has ordered 500 talking urinal cakes that will deliver a recorded anti-DWI message to bar and restaurant patrons who make one last pit stop before getting behind the wheel.

"Hey there, big guy. Having a few drinks?" a female voice says a few seconds after an approaching male sets off a motion sensor in the device. "It's time to call a cab or ask a sober friend for a ride home."

Transportation Department spokesman S.U. Mahesh said the urinal cakes are a way to reach one group that's a target of state safety campaigns. Men commit about three times as many drunken-driving infractions as women.

The devices, manufactured by New York-based Healthquest Technologies Inc., were invented by Richard Deutsch. He said there's no other device like it on the market.

"The idea is based on the concept that there is no more captive audience than a guy standing at a urinal," Deutsch said. "You can't look right and you can't look left; you've got to look at the ad."

Public awareness campaigns in New York, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Australia have used the devices, as have commercial advertisers.

In New Mexico, the device uses the state DWI slogan "You drink, you drive, you lose."

Some Albuquerque bars installed the devices this week, and the state plans to distribute them to Santa Fe bars and restaurants as well as establishments in Farmington, Gallup and Las Cruces.

The state spent $21 for each talking urinal cake for the pilot program but will ask bars and restaurants to pay for future orders if the idea catch on, Mahesh said.

The cakes have enough battery power to last about three months.

I remember when we went to Washington DC in 8th grade someone bought the game "Battleship" for their peeing pleasure - this seems to add a new dimension to the whole thing.
I sure would hate to be the guy who has to change the battery on those bastards!


As if that was hard enough to believe!

Now this:

Albuquerque tops fittest city list

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Albuquerque's mayor says the city has a lot of options to keep people fit � everything from gyms to hiking and biking.

And because of those options, "Albuquerque is a very fit city," Mayor Martin Chavez said.

New Mexico's largest city was listed as the fittest city in the United States in March's issue of Men's Fitness magazine, up from a 13th-place showing last year.

"Albuquerque is turned on, and recognition like this just fuels that phenomenon," Chavez said. "Nothing succeeds like success, or I guess you could say nothing is better than fitness."

The magazine's nonscientific survey of 50 cities listed Seattle as No. 2 in the most-fit rankings, followed by Colorado Springs; Minneapolis; Tucson, Ariz.; Denver; San Francisco; Baltimore; Portland, Ore.; and Honolulu. It's Top 10 fattest cities are Las Vegas, Nev., up from No. 2 last year; San Antonio, Texas; Miami; Mesa, Ariz.; Los Angeles; Houston; Dallas; El Paso, Texas; Detroit; and San Jose, Calif.

"This is not a scientific list; this is a commonsense list," said Neal Boulton, editor of Men's Fitness. He said he puts out the fittest and fattest lists each year for one reason � "to motivate folks to look at simple things in their lives they can do to be healthy."

America is always going to be a fast-food nation where people have long commutes and busy lives, he said. But instead of a soft drink during the commute, they can choose water; instead of a fast-food snack, they can eat almonds, he said.

His survey examines lifestyle factors in each city: fast-food restaurants per capita, availability of gyms or bike paths, commute times, how much television watching Nielsen records, federal health statistics on obesity-related injuries and illnesses.

"I can draw attention to the way we're living," Boulton said.

And he wants the lists to be a call to arms for mayors and governors.

"There's a consciousness among mayors that they can motivate the population and go beyond the PR.," he said. "It's more than just having a mayor run the marathon. That doesn't motivate people. What motivates people is starting a Fit City program. ... It takes action."

Chavez points to the neighboring state of Colorado and its largest city, Denver, as doing a good job of marketing indoor and outdoor recreation.

Albuquerque is beginning to tout its recreation as well, particularly 10,678-foot Sandia Mountain on the city's eastern flank and the cottonwood forest, or bosque, that runs along the Rio Grande through the heart of the city.

"Our mountain is right here if you're a runner, a hiker, a mountain biker," Chavez said. "We have a marvelous bosque that runs through heart of city. ... I've always thought we had more assets than they do, but we haven't developed those assets. We're doing that now."

Albuquerque also is beginning to develop recreation-related jobs, so recognition as a fit city brings an economic advantage, he said.

"Less tangible, but no less meaningful, is the way people see us: 'We didn't know about that about Albuquerque.' ... Those things change the way people see us, make us more investment-worthy and friendly," Chavez said.

Albuquerque � where about 40 percent of the population is Hispanic � has plenty of Mexican restaurants, a cuisine not known for its low-fat content.

Chavez said the traditional American diet is high in fat, "not just Mexican food but every good food."

However, nearly every restaurant offers some heart-healthy menu items, and Chavez said fit Albuquerque residents choose those.

"All Mexican food is healthy," he joked. "That's my story and I'm sticking to it."

Now I think I've seen everything...


Good News from the Land of Make Believe!

AKA: Clovis

Team Believe in Me
Do you still Believe?
I received this email the other day:

Dear Believers,

We're very pleased to be able to share some good news about the theatrical release of BELIEVE IN ME.

The movie is going to be released theatrically by IFC Films, beginning in March and April of this year. The strategic plan is for what's known as a "platform release" -- initially focusing the effort and resources in a few select cities for maximum impact and attention, and then, with success in those markets, gradually expanding to more and more communities across the country. Following the theatrical release, we expect that the DVD of the movie will be available in all the usual places in early fall, but don't have any specific info on that front at this time.

Following is a list of the markets where BELIEVE IN ME is planned to open in Phase 1 of the theatrical release. Most of these initial markets will open in March. New Mexico will follow in April, with plans in the works for a VIP Sneak Preview in Clovis.

Success at the box office is key to the ability to expand the theatrical release beyond the initial markets ... i.e. selling out the initial screenings in the initial markets, and aggressively spreading great word-of-mouth about the movie so that more and more people go to see it.

We'll be in touch with you closer to the actual release with information about specific opening dates and theaters in each city, any local pre-opening events, and ways you can help spread the word to friends in these communities. For now, you can send people to www.believeinmemovie.com -- over the coming weeks, there will be increasing amounts of information on the site about the movie, including the trailer, select still photos, where it will be playing, etc.

+ Bentonville/Rogers

+ Indianapolis

+ Des Moines

+ Kansas City

+ Lexington

N E W M E X I C O (in April)
+ Albuquerque
+ Clovis/Portales
+ Other cities TBD

+ Raleigh
+ Durham
+ Chapel Hill

+ Oklahoma City
+ Tulsa

+ Knoxville

+ Austin
+ Lubbock

This has been a long road, but we're proud of everyone's work on this film, and are very pleased that it will finally be arriving in theaters. Thank you for your patience...we look forward to seeing you somewhere or other during this process.

That is correct! It is finally going to make it out on the big screen! Now, for my personal reasons, which means it's a good reason for all of us, this film needs to be a success! So, tell everyone you know about it, and let's see if we can't fill some of those theaters!



It's in there!

So, after several very difficult weeks, the latest Seeger Bros. Masterpiece is in the hands of our Hollywood agent being shopped around to the studios...or whoever else will listen. Only time will tell our fate now. Who is to know what sort of lifestyle changes a success of this epicness will lead to, but I'm thinking about how I've always wanted a house in the Hampton's, and racehorses...ah, the list just keeps getting bigger! I have to stay calm, however, like my financial advisor recommended, don't spend all the money just yet...
Next round is on me!


Prague all gussied up

White Coated Praha
Prague all gussied up
I love Prague in the snow! Something about the white on the dark Gothic Architecture, the whites and blacks so close to one another, keeping each other warm. Ah, yes. Winter! I am realizing that my winter muscles are in sad shape after so long without using them. I have walked many miles since the snow first fell, but not today. The snow balancing muscles are sore, and insisted on taking the day off. Well, who am I to deny my tired legs a little R-n-R? Only a short walk today, and I took the elevator down.
Tomorrow, of course, is another day! So get ready legs, we going places!
Well, tomorrow is here, and with it more snow. Not the same intensity as the storm that brought us the last dump, but enough to ensure that my legs will still feel the burn of keeping me from falling down on my not so well padded lil' rump (all that walking keeping that thin in shape, I tellz ya!). I hope it goes well, since I don't really want to fall. Not that I have anything against the falling, it's just that I don't like it when I do it. Mostly because of the embarrassment. That's usually the worst part, unless one breaks something, that would suck too.
Debate in air this morning: should we join our pal and go to the European Film Festival Marathon tonight. Hard to say, tonight is so far from now, especially considering that it doesn't start until midnight.
Might just have to wait and see what the snow does...


Well, it's about time!

Finally got some SNOW!

The photo above is, as clearly labeled, not Prague. I have yet to get out adventuring in the snow today. We have about 6 inches (as from the window into the Hive Courtyard) and it's still coming down. I haven't been to Fuego's place yet to check the temperature, but coldish is probably about right.
That means I will get to use my cool bitchin new Timberland Jacket. Whoo Hoo! Bring on the Cold! Of course, I haven't worked up the energy to actually go outside as of yet...



sung to the tune of "anticipation"

Is brining me down.

It's time to crank in to full throttle, high gear word spewing. Coming in towards the finish, no trains between me and the end of that tunnel now, just the distance to cover. Landing gear is town, and we coming in smooth, weapons systems are locked, and our guns are hot! Look out world, it's gonna be fast, furious, and it sure ain't gonna be pretty.
And by the looks of things right now, those fingers are still not warmed up. Gotta get the blood flowing into the ends of those suckers. Whip 'em around, get them all swollen and puffy, up in a frenzy, and ready to assault the keyboard with the full might of their bery being. Yeah, it sure ain't pretty.


There are those who would call it the "Third Act."

And then there's the audience...

Just about on the final stretch, the last few pages are all that are left to bring us home. Right now the maker and the breaker of the whole project is that it has to be one damn good looking carpet. Calling all weavers, calling all weavers...need really good custom carpets.
Of course, we could always change the carpet to a giant stuffed tortoise. Calling all weavers, and tortoise stuffers...
Anyway, by the end of the week, the first draft should be pretty well finished up, ready for an intense round of scrutinizinz. Soon after that: Look out Bollywood, here I come to show you how a musical should be made!
Until then, lots to do. Lots to do today.


Year of the Slacker

Just too bad there's no time!

Well, just about recovered from a visitor who came from the mother country. It was a good time all in all, but now I am suffering from Guest Lag, and cannot get back onto the regular schedule. The whole "Day/Night" thing is beyond my grasp right now. When I finally did get to sleep last night, the dreams came and kept me from being peacefully asleep.
The only one I really remember was I came running inside (this is in the Old Country) from the back yard and was heading into the parents room when the cat stopped me and said, "do you hear something?" I froze, and looked around. It seemed as if someone had very recently been looking through their closet.
That's where I woke up. Don't know if there was anyone or not, and not sure whose talking cat it was. That really should have struck me as strange there. I was just grateful that it had given me the heads up on the intruder. Perhaps the cat was the intruder...hmm. Dreams tend to raise more questions than they answer.
Finally, after many months, I am unemployed. I would enjoy the whole "freetime" thing a lot more if I didn't have so much to do.
Ah, well, as the French say, "That's Life."


I have been here this year?

Not sure...so happy 2007!

Took a side trip to Killkinny - nice place all in all. Rumored to be the home of the idea behind the major hit South Park. Not yet substantiated. We will be looking into this possibility while we are here.
Drank in a Bar founded by a convicted Witch. That was back in the 1200's. Still just a baby compared to the bar we were in last night. They've been drinking there for over 1100 years.
That's a lot of beers served. If only they had kept the prices the same...


If you don't like the weather...

But here they really mean it!

Chillin at Murty Rabbit's
An evening at Murty Rabbit's
I am watching a tree across the street, and I find it really amazing how much the sucker can bend without breaking! Yes, you guessed it, it's very, very windy outside. Right now it's sunny across the street, but not on our side...oops, now it's raining across the street, and on our side. Now I can't tell if it's raining, or the wind is blowing water out of the river and along the streets of Galway. Personally, I love weather, and we have been getting quite a show here. It's sunny again, but there still seems to be rain going sideways past the window. Eat your heart out, California!
Heard some interesting music last night, by a group of old men wearing Pink Shirts. It was pretty good, but not quite what we were looking for. Going to try a new strategy on getting into a bar with more traditional music for tonight - we are going to go 9 hours early. The place is pretty small, and it told to have some of the best sessions of local music. Should be an adventure. As usual, I am very tired here on New Year's Eve. Going to have to try for a 2nd or 3rd wind to ring in the New Year. Good Tunes and Irish Coffees seem to be in order. I wouldn't mind a nap, tho.
Last night we ended up in a place called Murty Rabbit's. Great atmosphere, no crowd, an accordion and a flute playing traditional tunes, nice! Just needed a fireplace. Might have been one, actually, don't recall. Was thinking this would be a good place to ring in the New Year, but it seems they are planning to have a DJ. No one is sure why. I asked, and was told it's because they have space. Who knows, might end up there anyway.
Go Murty Go!


The Emerald Isle

We've been here for a few days now, and I have to say I'm glad we came! The main reason we headed out was to see an old friend of ours (well, that and to travel to Ireland) who was going to be spending X-mas in Donegal (pronounced Don-y-gal). So we headed out, and we are here. Bonnie Donegal.
News Flash: This just in! It's been a few days, very full one at that, since the first paragraph was written. It seems that the internet is not as common here as in some places, so the posts have not been often in the posting. The other thing holding me back from getting some wordage is the fact that I have been driving. Hard to type and drive at the same time, especially when one has to drive on the wrong side of the road.
Christmas in Sligo
Christmas Dinner in Sligo
We have been to the Slivovice Cliffs, some of the largest in Europe. I don't think they are really called the Slivovice Cliffs, but who's counting? As long as you have a couple of bottles of Slivovice with you, you are welcome to call the cliffs what ever you like.
From there we headed North! To the land of Finn MacCool. Very impressive indeed! Researching the legends of Finn led me to a local, Prague Giant - Miki MacGulas. Still doing research on that one, no photos yet. I will have to wait until I get home to really delve into it.
Currently, we are in Sligo, the town that is never open, and always full. We spent a good part of X-mas day looking for some sort of place to have a snack, but, alas, even the Chinese restaurants were closed here. We did have the fortune of finding a place just north of town that was still open. We had a lovely Indian X-mas dinner! Quite tasty indeed!
Today, we are heading to Galway, where we will give back the car. This will be both a good and a bad thing. It has been nice having a car to get around, and we have certainly covered a lot of distance, all the way from Cork to Bushmills, and back to Galway (by the time we are done). I am looking forward to not having the car to deal with, tho. Of course, there will be more dealing with luggage...but that's the way it goes sometimes.
OK, time to get ready for the trip to Galway!
There is a Mo-Slog with more frequent updates.



Diky Panu Bohu!

Yes, we made it. Done, wrapped, it's over! Thank the powers that be! Finally I don't have to get up on Monday for somebody else's work! (I do, however, have to get up on Monday to drive from Cork to Donegal, Ireland. But that is for me, not some other jerk).
Need script ideas for a suspense piece.
Gonna finish up the paperwork, and then have some beers.

If you want to come to the wrap party, it's at Dinitz, na Porici 12 (across from the Ibis Hotel, next to the 'Y'), so come on down, drinks are on the production!


Only one day to go...

Tomorrow marks what we call "Day 28." For those of us who have been pretty heavily involved with the other 27 days are quite happy about this event... Day 28. We quit throwing on the "of 28" some time ago, it just wasn't necessary. We all know the count.
Tonight we shot the Mexican Standoff of the film. Since I am still sworn to silence, I can only say that in our Roschambeau, lighter beats hammer. It seemed to take forever! Painful hours clocking into the early morn.
Yeah, Day 28.


The Cursed Snowboard

When I came back to Prague at the end of the summer, I made the decision to bring back my snowboard. I had no plans to return back to the states for the winter season, and I had so much fun in the Alps last year that I decided the board in question would be much more use on this side of the ocean.
This story just came up on my Yahoo home page:

Dozens of schools were closed in eastern Colorado and northwest Kansas, along with many courthouses in eastern Colorado.
The lumbering storm dropped more than a foot of snow in the state's southwestern mountains Tuesday, with 19 inches at the Wolf Creek ski area and 17 at Durango Mountain Resort.
"We've been waiting for a big storm to hit so this was the best early Christmas present," Durango Mountain Resort spokeswoman Loryn Kasten said.
The broad storm also spread rain across parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska on Wednesday, with snow in western Kansas and Nebraska, where police reported vehicles sliding off I-80 in the Nebraska Panhandle. Ice accumulating on branches and power lines also caused power outages in the area.
The storm rolled into Colorado from New Mexico, where roads around the state were still snow packed and icy Wednesday. Numerous schools opened late or remained closed.
Up to a foot of snow fell at higher elevations of northwest and west-central New Mexico on Tuesday, and snow and sleet closed sections of I-40 across eastern New Mexico and in the Texas Panhandle.
Albuquerque International airport was closed for several hours Tuesday as snow covered runways. (Click here for the full story)

Well, put that together with the winter we have been having here in Europe (warmest since they started keeping records five or so hundred years ago) and we see the connection. Those of you in Colorado and NM should be glad I have discovered the powers of the Cursed Black Board and pray that I never bring it back to that side of the ocean again...


The Horror!

Hey, we are in desperate need of scripts for Fon Films! The combined creative energy here in AD central is falling quickly towards the negative...we are being sucked dry by hours of nothing to do, yet no energy either. We've got the Norton Contest (I have to admit that I was happy to see a worm targeting Norton!) and there was something else...oh, yeah, we Can't do "Gleaming the Paperball," we need ideas for the "Prince's Paperball" instead. Casting really screwed us on that one.
Let me know. Ideas can be left in the comment section down below.


Probably need to wait

Until it happens

For those of you who had the chance to read the last post before I self-censored it...it hasn't happened yet. There were those who need not be in the know, and involved in the 'process' as it were that did not need to know what was really happening...at least not until it does. After yesterday, I am surprised that it hasn't happened. Accusations flew, fingers were pointed (seemingly wrongly), more fingers pointing back, people yelling at producers on the phone...the usual.
As soon as it happens (although today went ok, he might just survive) I will be able to put the last slog back up. Until then, keep looking for the secret link!
Hopefully I will get that set up soon to.


Those were the days...

I have to be more careful...It's at the bottom.


Big Day...really Big Day

Monday, of week two. Not getting any better. At least the Exterior location is furnished, back to the studio. We've also used up most of our extras as well (not that Otomat 9 had many of those in the budget).
Director has done a good job of alienating himself from the very people he needs to depend on in order to make a goddo film (people like the DoP). A long, 6 day week slipping into nights didn't help much either. And tomorrow is only day 9...and it's a Tuesday.


How many of you are there?