Song of the Open Road – Walt Whitman

I edited this after driving around Oregon for a week just before my twins were born. I animated the footage to really let the words settle in. This poem is as relevant now as it was the day Whitman wrote it. There’s the line Out of the dark confinement! out from behind the screen! where he…

Three Years in Shelburne

Three years ago this weekend, we moved from the beaches of Delaware to the hills of Vermont.  There hasn’t been a moment of regret for me despite the long winters.  The mild summer makes all the effort worth it, plus we’ve added in some winter sports to our activities list.  I created a video of…

Once Upon a Trailer

Big week for trailers.  Once Upon a Time in Hollywood drops theirs with Brad Pitt delivering deadpan as only he can, a Bruce Lee clone and a dancing Leo. Even Uma’s daughter makes the cut, so apparently, they buried the hatchet. If Pitt didn’t have leading man looks he’d be a legendary character actor. Tarantino…

Nelson Bench Showdown

The Original George Nelson’s 1946 classic. The Nelson Platform Bench is sold by Herman Miller.  Here’s the definitive description from the Herman Miller store: Equal parts seat and surface, the Nelson Platform Bench emerged from George Nelson’s Fortune magazine office to join his first Herman Miller Collection in 1946. Made with polished chrome or ebonized…

The Reason Why Beto will Win

I’m into politics, but not publically. I’ve worked on television ads for members of both parties and think I can provide a fair assessment. I don’t like Trump. When I worked in a competing casino as a marketing manager I couldn’t fathom how he couldn’t make money in a hot market. I’ve remarked that either…

Triple Frontier can’t overcome a lazy script

I’ve been pretty hyped for Triple Frontier since it’s trailer debuted a couple months ago.  A heist film starring Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Oscar Issac, and Pedro Pascal?  Sign me up. It’s Oceans 11 with double the machismo. Netflix doesn’t need nor do they care to make 10/10  films when 7/10 or even 5/10 get…

Your Best Parenting Age

As a parent, you’ll learn you have a parenting sweet spot. A year in your child’s life where you feel like you’re made for parenting. Like a 3-point specialist in the NBA, every shot you take goes nothing but net. Could it be the first year of your child’s life? Sure. For me, it was…

The Anti-Blockbuster

With Captain Marvel this weekend and a mix of other Marvel, DC and blockbuster films heading our way this summer it’s a good time to remember that the film and tv screens are the same sizes no matter what’s showing on it.  I personally love small films that feel familiar and don’t always have the…

The Hidden Netflix Links all Parents Need

Netflix Hidden Kid Categories:  Netflix is tough to navigate and nearly impossible with two kids breathing down your neck with vastly different tastes. Fortuently there’s help. Netflix divides their library into some 70,000 subcategories including thousands for kids. Most are too narrow to be helpful. If you are like us and have spent countless hours…