Friday, December 30, 2005

"When I was a painter"



I paint a lot and vlogging opened a portal for this.

You have to look at different galleries to find out what suits your artwork and I would rather make art. There are a lot of them in New York City and finding one is not a problem. Sitting down and showing your work is not that big of a deal, just make sure it's something one can hang. I'm against pinning work on the wall. It's OK if you're in art school critique or if your big name status requires it. Going straight to pinning stuff on a gallery wall seems a bit too overboard for a starter like myself.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

FDNY Chicken



There is a dish at the firehouse, that everyone, at one point or another hated. One particular recipe is called Keith Gough Chicken. It's named after the guy who made it alot. I asked him if he came up with it but he told me someone had taught the recipe to him.

It's very simple to make.

What I'm demonstrating here is the recipe but I'm substituting turkey drumsticks and thighs for the chicken halves.

You start with a casserole pan. This is a one pan recipe. Just one thing to scrub in the end.

You fill it up with carrots. I used organic baby carrots here. You then throw in chopped potatoes. I'm using organic russet.

You put the washed turkey on top and pour your marinade over the whole thing. I used a bottle of Steve's Italian Salad dressing. Add salt, pepper and oregano.

Cover with foil.

Now cook in the oven for 2 hrs at 350 degrees farenheit. Yeah if the alarm goes off and the fire engine has to go on a call, this dish can be left cooking. No stirring involved.

About 45 minutes into cooking time, you can remove the foil so the skin gets nice and browned.

All the fat pretty much cooks down into the carrots and potatoes and in the end- you got yourself a nice greasy fatty meal. Yum!

Sometimes if the whole crew and fire engine gets sent to a different firehouse, say to fill in for another company, you have to bring your own meal. The casserole dish is perfect for these occasions.

I didn't improve much on the Keith Gough Chicken. I'm quite sure the guys will still moan and grown with my version of it. Bon apetit.

Sand Mandala



Happy New Year To All

Some Buddhists, not all, practice sand painting. These meditative aids, called mandalas, symbolize a particular cosmology. This mandala was completed in one week. It is a practice in patience for the monk.

Buddhists believe in impermanence, much like Christians believe in heaven after death. This ceremony involves the creating of the mandala, destroying it, and throwing the sand in a river. The river is supposed to spread the act of blessing to the oceans and thus the world.

So in the New Year, I hope I only create helpful things, at least things harmless and not harmful.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Baking Bread



Baking bread at home.

I moved out of this St. George, S.I. apartment. From the hill we had a great view of Lower Manhattan. I'm back in Manhattan once again.

Vlog Militia Man



Vlog Militia Man
Boxing, contact karate, and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu are essential physical pursuits for men and women. These will definitely protect you from an unarmed opponent.

When it comes to multiple attackers- balance is crucial and the ability to lay in effective damage to your opponent. You may have to back away but it is essential to damage and immobilize at least one attacker.

Keep in mind what's in their hands- ice pick, knife, bottle. You get into a knife fight, expect to get cut. You have to back up in this case and bring something heavier- like the cops. Don't rule out guns. Watch out for listless packs.

Unarmed hand to hand combat out in the streets- bring them on anyday.

As for people who know nothing and pretend to hold cell phone conversations while walking home alone, I suggest you carry on your conversation with a can of mace or pepper spray. A cellphone won't stop a rabid dog or animal. A can of mace may even buy you the time you need to go on your escape route. Have some change to throw in their face as a distraction or a bogus wallet to throw away from your planned escape direction.

Evading is not bad, you have to come back and mash them.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Carp Caviar Entry Redux



The director's cut entry from me. It clocks at 2 minutes 20 seconds. The footage is from 1998 and Autumn 2005. I wanted to show the busker in relation to the buildings above ground, as if he had them as audience. You can see the trains running and summer leaves on the trees.

Carp Caviar entry


The entry from lil' ol' me. This clocks at 55 seconds. The footage is from 1998 and Autumn 2005. I wanted to show the busker in relation to the buildings above ground, as if he had them as audience. You can see the trains running and summer leaves on the trees.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

My Revlog Post 2



Practicing Revlogged

The original is here. I used the violin from Ryanne Hodson's
Dec. 19, 2005 post for the sound.

My Revlog Post 1



The Cruel Suprise Birthday Party Revlog

The original is here.

The sound is from Miller's Crossing. I added footsteps and played around with the echo and reverb.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Wired



Never grew up? "...when I go, spread my ashes, all ages show..." One more Alice Donut video installment. I have to work a 24 hour shift starting today. The usual. I'm going to ride my bicycle to work (10 miles round trip) and avoid congestion. I drive a 2005 Prius Hybrid but only half the time to work. I need it to get out of town (Long Island beaches, upstate). Right now there's a strike, the mayor is pitting the working masses against the transportation union. The mayor got a judge to fine the union if they do strike. As of today, the strike started in Queens.

The union TWU 100, claims the MTA keeps two books. One book says they're over and the other says they're under. The MTA raised fares this year opposing TWU 100. TWU 100, had claimed there was a surplus and raising fares weren't necessary. This last month, MTA announced a temporary lowering of fares for the holidays.

With manned token booths closing and conductor-less trains, I'm not easily appeased by a temporary holiday reduction in fares. Getting around NYC, I use mass transit a third of the time. The other ways are one third bicycling and one third driving the Hybrid Toyota Prius.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Vloggers Meet



The Apple store held a vloggers event. Ryan Hodson and Jay Dedman led a group to do a vlog demonstration.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Nixon Speech Excerpt- "United for Peace"



Nov. 3, 1969. "Let us be united for peace. Let us also be united against defeat."

"All Tomorrow's Parties"



Alice Donut cover of VU song. I want Ant to cover Robyn Hitchcock's "Linctus House" in the future.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

How Vlogging Helps Me.

I guess it serves as a notepad to get ideas down right away. My audience used to be family and relatives, mainly home movies on DVD. With vlogging, the audience went global. This interweb thing is amazing. The cheap technology on Mac OS X helps greatly.

Writing, editing, and production is much easier now. My next photo/video project deals with impermanence, the passage of time, and age. I have to start with myself as a subject and branch out. My last home movie on DVD (79th Macy's Day Parade) is nice for giving to family and relatives, friends with kids, and all the clips are available from my vlog archive.

I talked to Jamal Shabazz in Nov. 2005 at a book signing. He said mental and physical preparation are important before approaching your subject. Jamel Shabazz has his subjects' rapport and you can tell by his photographs. Not only did he take their photographs but he talked to them first, gave them pictures, sat down and shared with them. He is a NYC retired Corrections Officer.

That's not the first time I heard of someone using your pictures to show people on the street before taking their photographs. Bruce Davidson is quoted in the NYT doing the same thing for his Subway photographs series. He introduces himself and then takes their picture. It makes perfect sense. People usually don't like strangers just taking pictures of them.

Pres. LBJ Christmas Messege Excerpt



Pres. LBJ Christmas Messege Excerpt

If you listen closely, Presidents have wise words. It's up to the individual though to commit to the actions. Fortune cookie says "Long journey begins with a single step".

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Christmas NYC



Handel's Messiah is one of the tunes featured in Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange. This is a spin off the music. Times Square is cleaned up but amidst threat levels.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

"Buckets, Forks, Pocks"



"Buckets, Forks, Pocks"

"Freaks in Love"



"Freaks in Love"

Alice Donut



The next few posts are Alice Donut performing my favorite songs. I've never seen them in Europe or Brooklyn but I have gone to their shows in CT, NJ and Manhattan in the last 15 years.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Santa Claus on 34th St.




Santa Claus, concluding the windy 79th Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Kennesaw Mt. GA & Shopping Mothers




Kennesaw Mountain, GA HS Marching Band and the Shopping Mothers.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Beach Boys




The Beach Boys riding a 50's float, following marching bands and parade balloons.

Mr. Potato Head



The ubiquitous Mr. Potato Head.

Super Grover



Super Grover and friends.

Dora the Explorer & NYPD Marching Band



Dora the Explorer, the NYPD Marching Band, and Fireman Balloon.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?



"Isn't it rich? isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late
In my career?
And where are the clowns?
There ought to be clowns.
Well, maybe next year."

NYPD Motorcycles



The NYPD motorcycles - all that leather and Harley exhaust makes the freaks flee and run. I'm glad I'm a fireman.

My next few posts will be from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm using iMovie 4. I'll have all the parade footage edited and authored into a DVD. It will make a nice suprise for grandma, a Macy's Thanksgiving Day DVD. Very G rated.

Monday, November 28, 2005

Juggler



Juggler act from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 24, 2005.

My next few posts will be from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm using iMovie 4. I'll have all the parade footage edited and authored into a DVD.

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Happy Thanksgiving



Children from Camp Broadway performing for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Nov. 24, 2005.

Great song, nice choreography- they got everybody cheery.

My next few posts will be from the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I'm using iMovie 4. I'll have all the parade footage edited and authored into a DVD.

Tuesday, November 22, 2005

1 thing happening , Oct 24. 1999

From the crypt-
Before 9/11- life seemed uncomplicated to me. In the late 80's I went to a Free Nelson Mandela march down Park Ave. I also hung around people who smoked weed but that's besides the point. When I served in the military, NATO and the UN gave us medals for going to Bosnia and being peacekeepers. It really felt great.

When I returned to NYC, I attended a counter demonstration against the KKK.

"Prayers are not as effective as action."- The 14th Dalai Lama.

This is NYC keeping it real.



KKK visits NYC, Oct. 24, 1999.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

My Visual Archive Post



Video archive by Mefeedia

Almost a perfect day.

I didn't get to take the last headshot I was supposed to photograph at my firehouse but I did get to go to Node 101 today. I visited their NYC location and spent 3 hours with Jay Dedman. This guy, along with the people at Freevlog.org are extremely generous with their know-how in getting a video blog up. They are so dedicated to advancing video blogging and they hold nothing back.

Afterwards I attended a book signing at K&M Camera's 385 Broadway location. The following photographers were scheduled to appear: John Cohen, Larry Fink, Arthur Frank, Danny Lyon, Joseph Rodriguez, and Jamel Shabazz. Jamel Shabazz has his subjects' rapport and you can tell by his photographs. Not only did he take their photographs but he talked to them, gave them pictures, sat down and shared with them. He said mental and physical preparation are important before approaching your subject. "Love is the Message".

I'm moving my videos to my own server and I should get around to having a video feed by the end of this month. I have to contact my host during business hours via phone to resolve URL issues. I normally share home movies and photographs with family and friends using DVD's I snail mail to them. With a server up, I can share hi-resolution video and photographs without having go to the post office. It keeps my costs low and I can have the content updated quickly.

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Very busy, various little things.

I burned 12 out of 16 vlog feeds from my documentary. They were originally MP4's from a dvd, now I have the majority of them in mov format after importing and compressing thru iMovie. The picture aspect are funny now though for some arcane reason, they all look like they are stretched heightwise. Not a big deal for me. I used Handbrake to rip the unencoded DVD's into MP4's. Using Freelog.Org instructions, iMovie turned the MP4's into MOV's. I found out it won't import anything bigger than 2 GB unless it's cut up with Quicktime Pro. Maybe I'll get Final Cut Express. I'm happy with iLife 04 and Panther.