Jun

Why are stand-up comedians so foul?

I recently attended a Flight of the Conchords show. If you haven’t heard of them, check this out (their stage is a little more elaborate nowadays). Two of the funniest guys I’ve ever seen, and they put on a great show. Unfortunately opening up for them were three separate stand-up comic acts – Arj Barker, Eugene Mirman, and Kristen Schaal. All three of them are very talented and have obviously worked at their craft for many years. But while their delivery and timing were very much refined, their subject matter was not. Each act predictably degenerated into obscenity-laden discourses and perverted soliloquies. Continue Reading…

May

Why LOST is the last television drama I’ll ever watch

TV

That’s not hyperbole. I don’t watch that much TV anyway, especially primetime dramas.

I didn’t watch the series premiere of LOST when it aired. In fact I didn’t watch any of the first season. In 2005 I was working at the company that was producing the DVDs for season 1. Often during my lunch hour I would watch TV shows or movies that we were working on since I had easy access to all files on our internal network. I had overheard many conversations amongst co-workers about LOST, and decided one day to see for myself what all the fuss was about. I was instantly hooked after watching the pilot, and mowed through the first season in a week or two. Same for my wife. We’ve watched the series faithfully ever since.

I had the island map from the interior door of the Swan hatch as my computer desktop. At work we had regularly scheduled meetings to discuss the previous nights episode. I got to program the season 2 Bonus Features DVD, which included a Connections feature that explored all the connections between the characters in their flashbacks through the first two seasons. I thought it was really cool that we got Francois Chau (Marvin Candle, Dr. Chang, etc) to host the disc. The island mythology was fascinating and the storytelling was unlike any I had seen before.

Turns out that all along it was the writers that were "LOST".

By the end of season 2, the mysteries of the island and its inhabitants were really starting to pile up on each other, and fans of the show were starting to get frustrated. I had one foot in that camp, but I kept the other planted in the LOST universe. I didn’t want to stop watching the best TV series I’d ever seen. I had faith in the highly acclaimed writers and producers that they had a plan. I enjoyed coming up with theories of my own and debating with others about theirs. All this was done with the belief that someday we’d get answers. Continue Reading…

May

Do call it a comeback

I’m officially off hiatus and in the studio! I finally decided to put aside a lot of other projects and get back to doing whats most meaningful to me – making music. And you’re looking at the new site. Blog style as you can see. A bit of a work in progress for sure, but I wanted to get something up while I’m working on the new album. Something more interactive and evolutionary. I plan on sharing some of the tracks here as well as documenting the creative process. I also might post other musings such as social commentary, movie/book reviews, etc. We’ll see.

I want to thank everyone for their support. I apologize for taking this long. While I haven’t released any new material in a while, I have been continuously gathering my thoughts and figuring out how to express them via beats and rhymes. I have a lot to say and I can promise that this album will be by far my best work. Here’s to the journey.