I posted this picture up on Facebook, thinking that no one ever pays attention to what I do on Facebook, and mentioned that it was from a film adaptation of one of my stories. It got a lot of attention, so I'd like to say a little more before your imaginations all start going wild and my long lost relatives start showing up, looking for a share of all my Hollywood money.
Back in February, I talked to a couple of pretty cool independent film guys known as Smoking Duck Productions who were entering Ridley Scott's short film competition. They were wondering if I would write them a script. I couldn't for two reasons. First, I'm always far busier than I'd like but I was especially busy at that time. Second, the deadline was March 31, so it wasn't something I could put off until things slowed down,
I could, however, take a few days to throw together a treatment based on an existing story and, if they liked it, allow them to use it. Long story short, they liked it.
SPNN came out and taped our December show. I haven't watched it all myself so I don't know what all was cut out, but it seems like it's mostly intact. Enjoy.
On a side note: We've now had musical guests Jeremy Messersmith, The Dirty Curls and Jonah the Destroyer on our stage. I hope we get to keep this musical guest thing up, as I'm downright giddy over who might join us next.
I rode downtown during half time to grab a pair of tickets to the season finale before they sold out. Parked my bike on the sidewalk outside, like you do, and then got talked into staying for the second half. (It didn't take much to convince me.) Christian Erickson got a picture of my Honda, parked outside.
I stood in the back, where I could see a lot going on. Among the things I saw, Rhett Miller singing Tom Petty's Free Fallin', along with Janey Winterbauer, Tim Meadows and John Munson's band. That was pretty cool.
Sharon Stiteler was up in one of the balconies with Joseph Scrimshaw, and their respective spouses Bill and Sara. After the show, while I was milling around talking to some folks, she called us and took a picture when we looked. Also pictured are brilliant musicians Jeremy Messersmith and Christian Erickson, and Vanessa Messersmith, who owns Blacklist Vintage and provides the wardrobe for the show's hosts.
Perhaps you've heard me mention this "Wits" program on MPR, of which I am so fond, from time to time. Tonight is the season premiere. Sadly, they aren't streaming video tonight. They are, however, doing audio.
Ideas for green parking lots, by Eran Ben-Joseph, via Warren Ellis. So much of our sprawling suburban landscape is made up of these, it's a pretty good idea to find some secondary and tertiary functions for them.
Maybe permeable surfaces to allow trees to grow. Trees which then help scrub the air around all those idling cars. Vast canopies made of photovoltaics to provide both shade and power. These are the ideas that keep me feeling less doomed...
Fertility clinic can screen their embryos not only for diseases and gender, but also for completely benign characteristics such as eye color, hair color, and complexion. The Fertility Institutes proudly claims this is just the tip of the iceberg, and plans to offer almost any conceivable customization as science makes them available.