Disembarking In Order

Planes disembark in an orderly manner and I’m not sure how.

When a plane lands and finds its gate, folks file out row by row, each waiting for those ahead of them to collect their things and go. It’s an anomaly in an otherwise asynchronous society in which unabashed self-concern is a daily vitamin we feed ourselves.

Planes ultimately disembark with order. But next time your plane lands, pay attention to that split second immediately after the “ding” of freedom. You’ll see passengers, like caged animals, jump up, rip their bags from overhead and turn for the exit… before recalling common courtesy and tribe mentality.

They ultimately remain standing at their seat and wait their turn to file out. With order.

Redeye Flights Life Lesson

In planning, it sounds amazing. I board a flight close to midnight, fall asleep like any other night, and wake up on another part of the globe. Teleportation. Perfect.

Only… things don’t always work that way, do they?

Instead, sometimes you can’t sleep in the plane and by 3pm the next day you’re wandering a foreign city like a zombie, or falling asleep in meetings, in cabs, on subway trains.

Life lesson reminder : If something seems too good to be true… it probably is.

But I’ll keep taking those chances.

And I’ll keep taking those redeyes.

Whatever Works

Back in 2009 I wrote a post about how all my best ideas come to me in the shower. It made me think about how many of these gems just disappear somewhere between the rinse-repeat and the toweling off… and how i needed to change that. I even solved my own problem, discovering that waterproof notepad are apparently a thing.

Well, I’m happy to say that I’ve finally got one – a waterproof notepad, not a big idea. I can’t believe it took me 4 damn years. That the lesson here. If you ever discover something that helps you ideate, or create, or think more clearly… do it. Maybe its driving at night; waking early and hitting snooze; Whatever it is. Get it, buy it, repeat it often.

Attention Film Schoolers!!

Something you may not know about me is that I went to film school. In fact, I went to what is widely accepted as the #1 film school in the world… USC School of Cinema. I was a Film Production major. I say this not to brag (because it really hasn’t done me much good in my chosen career path) but to illustrate that it’s fair to assume i received the best education one could get on the topics of all things film. Well, i was recently introduced to a screenwriting book called Save The Cat by screenwriter Blake Snyder. I’m admittedly late on the uptake with this one, as the book was published in 2005. I hope you’ll accept my not having worked in the industry those past 6 years as my alibi here.

I feel like an old fogey saying these words, but…. “when i was your age…” we learned screenwriting from old men and old books, and we learned it as a seemingly scholastic exercise. Blake Snyder’s book turns the process on it’s ear and shows writers not how to write a script, but how to write a script THAT MIGHT HAVE A SNOWBALLS CHANCE IN HELL OF SELLING!!!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

What a novel concept… teaching new or struggling writers how to take their hobby (that’s what it is if it doesn’t pay your bills yet) and give it a chance of becoming their career. Save the Cat tosses out the taboo term “high concept” but replaces it with vehicles and techniques that really get you to the same thing… simple and sellable. Snyder focuses on crafting a perfect logline because the elevator pitch is just as important (if not more important) as the script itself. In an industry and city where the writer may be a valet, and the producer might be the guy with the claim ticket, the 10 second pitch has unexpectedly changed more than a few lives.Movie Trainspotting (1996)

Most importantly, Snyder kinda makes the process easy for you. If you’re committed, have a semblance of an idea, and have Save the Cat, i think you’ve got a shot.

Can One Person Make a Difference?

We’ve heard this question asked and answer 1,000 times in different, equally trite, ways… with romanticized examples and all.  If I donate that $0.66 cents a day, I will make a difference in the life of a child.  If I turn the lights off when I leave a room, or ride my bike instead of drive, I will be cutting down on some energy use and pollution emissions and therefore playing a role.  So yes, it’s indisputable that one person can make some sort of difference; how much of a difference, or how influential that difference is… now that’s debatable.

I think about this kind of thing a lot – but when I do, I’m usually thinking about the ‘difference’ that one person can make in the energy or perspective of people and things around them.  I think about how laughter is contagious.  How hearing, saying, or even reading the word yawn has the ability to actually make you yawn.  (sorry if you’re yawning right now)(damn. I just did).  Anyway, I came across this silly video that’s quickly become viral and is flying around the web because it’s of a guy in tight shorts dancing like a stooge by himself… and a couple other guys who quickly followed suit (probably in attempts to subtly mock the first guy).  Regardless of their reason for joining, the 1 dancer becoming 3 grabs 3 times the attention.  The 3 become 9… and the 9 becomes 81 (or hundreds. but you get the idea).  Point is, stuff like this is about energy.  There’s nothing more powerful than it, and nothing is more contagious.  That said, positive energy is the most influential and invasive kind… whether that’s a smile, a compliment, an unconscious whistling, or a guy in tight, short shorts having a solo dance party.

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The Idea Machine Will Get You Clean

I get the whole cleanliness and personal hygiene thing… but I should really shower daily, if for no other reason than because my shower is like an incubator for genius ideas.  I just took a little 5-minute rinse and came up with a couple zingers that just might change my life.  I don’t know if I have a magic shower, but I swear, if my little studio had a bathtub I probably would have cured cancer by now.  Someone get this post to Pfizer and the rest of the pharmies… it just might behoove them to install a tub in my place and get me on payroll.  Maybe even buy me a house with several tub/shower combos.  I know for some people it’s the can, or the car.  That would make things so much better for me, cuz: A. I spend way more time in those places than I do cleaning myself; and B. yall don’t have to go online right now and buy The Droodle – Waterproof Notepad for $14.95 plus $3 per replacement pad boite de viagra prix.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Toothpaste Tube Psychology

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This morning, in the midst of the standard wake-up rituals, I began thinking about toothpaste tubes and our relationship with them.  My interest was sparked because my current Crest Fresh-mint with Baking Soda & Peroxide is nearing its final days of life.  I squeezed a couple times and yielded almost nothing.  Mindlessly, and by experiential habit, I laid the tube flat on the counter, grabbed my little black comb, and ran the backside of it along the tube from bottom to top.  Apparently, this is my method.  If you had asked me yesterday “hey Jeff, what do you do when your tube of toothpaste is on its last leg?”, I would not have had a decent response.  Hence, the mindlessness of ‘my method’.  But this got me thinking, as many random, generally irrelevant things often do… what does this say about me?  And of course I take it one step further and wonder – what do our toothpaste tube habits say about us as a people in general.  I’m sure a psychologist could give you an educated and reasonable take on this (and maybe I’ll ask one. I have enough in my family), but here’s mine…

I’m thinking to myself  – what compels us to expend any real effort at all to keep this tube of toothpaste on life support?  Is it a concern with general wastefulness and the environment?  Well maybe, I do consider myself pretty conscious in that department. But I use a trees worth of paper on an annual basis and don’t bat an eye, so I don’t think that’s it.  Is it thriftiness? A tube of toothpaste can’t be more than a few bucks and I think I usually grab a new one when I see one of those Albertsons Member Special “3/$6.00” signs.  That’s not it either.  After careful consideration, I think I’ve come to the conclusion that we do this out of laziness.  For whatever reason, we would rather drag the tube along the edge of the counter top, roll it up into a little taquito, or massage the paste upward inch by inch with our tired thumbs… than just go snag a new one off aisle 5.  And have you seen that you can now buy a ‘toothpaste roller’ or ‘squeezer’?  Thanks to modern technology/ridiculously bored inventors, these new-fangled, handy contraptions can help get you that extra drop of minty freshness.  Are we seriously doing this?  At least the comb method and the taquito rolls required some creativity and resourcefulness when those methods were originally discovered.  When you think about it, it’s probably more about a culture of procrastination than a culture of laziness, because all this tube wrangling requires far more energy than a trip to the drug store.  This is an anomaly, and it’s enough to make your head spin.

What I haven’t yet tackled (but certainly plan to) is deciphering what your individual method of toothpaste cpr means about you.  It’s really akin to the neverending psychological mystery of the toilet paper folder vs. the toilet paper crumpler.  And yes, I will be tackling that one too. Just you wait.

Welcome to the White House…

No, this is not my personal letter to our newly elected President (though I will likely write one of those in the not too distant future). The title of this blog is the official page title on the brand new Whitehouse Website that popped up online within minutes of Barack Obama’s swearing in on Tuesday. “Welcome to the Whitehouse” are the words being said to the American people, and to people all around the world who can just as easily access the new site from the world-wide web… and these words are being said by our new President and his entire administration.  I’m straight-up giddy about what this really means, so it’s probably coming out fluffier than I’d like – but the bottom line is that we are being granted access into the daily life of the president and the ongoings of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave cherche viagra., from the press room to the oval office.

What this means is transparency, openness, a clear line of communication and collaboration between our elected officials and those who empowered them.  And for those who may not have empowered these particular officials with your vote, you are being given a daily account of what actions are being taken, what decisions are being made, and how the President is handling the office.  If you want to complain, you can do it by the minute.  If you want to praise, you can do that too.  Point is, Barack, who made a concerted effort to set his politics apart from a ‘politics of fear’ and disassociation from the people… is walking the walk in that arena from day one.  Hell, he’s running.Watch Justice League vs. Teen Titans (2016) Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download


On the ‘Contact Us’ page, it states “President Obama is committed to creating the most open and accessible administration in American history.” Here are few aspects of the new website that blew my mind, and should blow yours too:

1. The President will do a weekly video address each Saturday; 2. A blog coming right out of the White House, that has thus far been updated multiple times a day;  3. Proclamations. One already issued by the President was posted within hours of it leaving his desk;  4. Executive Orders. Will be posted as they are issued, for the public to read and understand first hand;  5. Nominations & Appointment. Many made before taking office are listed. Future ones will be as well;  6. An ‘Agenda’ section lays out all the issues and states Obamas stances and objectives.

This also exemplifies the importance of utilizing modern technology and embracing cultural changes, so that our government stays current and relevant to the people it leads.  Our new president has gone on for weeks with his staff about wanting desperately to keep his blackberry, in order to maintain a grip on reality of ‘normal’ daily behavior, and a connection to the outside world.  For safety reasons, this may not happen unless they can get him the spy-proof smartphone they’re now looking into… but his perspective shows that he’s inside the head of the everyman, and empathetic to their viewpoint.  We have all been looking at the White House from the outside-in, feeling somewhat disconnected, maybe frustrated, and sometimes confused and unaligned with the decisions coming out of it.  Whether people agree with those decisions or not, a better understanding of and comfort with those decisions can be reached if we are allowed to participate more in the process.  That’s exactly what this new website means.

In short, i think this dude is super legit.