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Moving the Motion Picture (House)

I happened across a story about a guy who was giving away his two screen motion picture theater, located in Houlton, ME, a quaint and charming town just this side of the Canadian border. To claim it, you had to write a 250 word essay on why you wanted it. The market value to purchase the theater is $350,000, and the place actually looks pretty neat, just based on the stuff they showed.

The concept of writing an essay to get a movie house, no matter where it was located in the USA, seemed intriguing but, of course, there is a catch: a one-hundred dollar entry fee. And there was a secondary notation: money refunded if fewer than 3,500 entries were received by January 31.

You don't have to be a mathematician to know what's going on here. This guy wants his $350K for the sale of his Milk Duds, but he apparently can't get anyone to pay it out flat. So, create a contest, get 3,500 people (or more!) to enter, get your pricetag (or more!) and hand over the keys to whomever you want.

Actually, they are apparently attempting to be fair about it: the essay may not have a name attached to it and after the first round of judging, the top essays will be ranked by a panel of three independent judges, presuming the 3500 entries are received.

Still it feels like getting rid of a white elephant to me, despite the fact that it's a contest, and it really isn't a "giveaway," if you have to spend 100 bucks for the entry fee. Plus, what's the deal on property tax if you "give" the place away as opposed to selling it? I guess that's for the courts to decide.

I applaud the person who thought to try this concept and it would be great for a local to win it, since they presumably care about this old theater and have attended many movies there, over time. But, for the rest of us, relocating to one of the northernmost points of the forty-eight contiguous might be a lot more trouble than it's worth.

The other little nagging element that all of this raises: I wonder if more and more people are going to try similar things to move their real estate off the market if they can't get their pricetag? Would this constitute a lottery, and would it actually be legal if suddenly everyone from New York condos to Malibu Beach Houses started doing it? And would someone hire me to write their essay?

#SOTU v. #GOPDebate v. #DemDebate

It was a big political ball o' wax these past 7 days, what with President Obama giving his final State of the Union address, The Republicans having their... 84th? Debate and the Democrats gathering to hash and hashtag it out with their own debate.

I want to make a brief note of pride that the first "social media" vlogger that asked a question of the Democrats was chescaleigh, who was a guest on my talk_show blog way, way, way back in the day. Since then, she has exploded on YouTube, does a web series for MTV called "Decoded" and has been making appearances on everything from Anderson Cooper to The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. In some ways I feel like I discovered her, but she would have (and really did happen) without me!

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As I Responded in davesmusictank Entry...

davesmusictank is a really great go-to for anything musical that typically isn't "popular." You have lots of outlets for that stuff across the internet, all of them playing the remnants of One Direction or the latest soap opera set to song lyrics of Taylor Swift.

But we all were taken aback when the announcement about David Bowie came. He had just released a new album, "Blackstar" on January 8th, his 69th Birthday. Bowie knew what was going on though. He had been secretly fighting Cancer for 18 months, not cluing anyone in the public eye that there was a problem, and going ahead and shooting videos for the tracks on this newest effort.

I think those of us who are familiar with his music and more importantly, what he was trying to say with his music, could write volumes about it. But, I think I can't better sum up a performer, a career, a life better than I did in RIP David Bowie, Dave's tribute to him. Therein, I simply stated:

Bowie leaves a shockingly vast void in the fabric of both rock music and pop culture. The fact that his final album was just released Friday and that it appears just as cutting edge and unique as all the rest of his documents is a true testament to a performer who didn't have his finger on the pulse of the world, but rather had his finger on his own pulse and pulled us in to the beat of his heart.

His musicianship is unquestioned, but his acting ability was very much underrated, and his performances there were endlessly watchable.

This was a tough one to take.

Twitter Expansion

Twitter made it official this week that they were going to permit "longer tweets." If you're familiar with how twitter works, you know that the standard tweet permitted was 140 characters. There actually was a rationale for that number: they wanted the tweet to be able to fit inside a single SMS (Short Message Service) message, which has a limitation of 160 characters.

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The Metaphorical Meaning of "Face The Raven"

Note: if you are a viewer of the BBC series "Doctor Who" and have not seen the episode "Face The Raven," you may want to avoid reading the analysis below. in the immortal words of River Song...

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Hate, Made Colossal and Rebranded "Comedy"

Believe it or not, there are some ground rules for comedy. I know it doesn't seem like it these days, especially if you read Facebook or Twitter, but I like to believe that most people in the professional world of making people laugh know and understand that there are certain things you do not do if you are trying to engage an audience, to make them laugh and to make them think.

I"ve dealt directly with comedy a goodly amount...Collapse )
One of the things I need to do more of and have promised to do more of and will do more of is photo posts. I remember when photo posts HAD to be under a cut because the bandwidth would really slow down scrolling the friends page. I don't *think* that's an issue any more, but I'll still post under a cut for multi image entries.

Today was supposed to be a really big juggling day for me, but that's not what happened. Bryant Park had just hosted the final Monday Night Movie on the lawn for the summer, "Back to the Future." so we were not going to be on the lawn, and I knew that before I even arrived.

But, as it turned out, a regulation size Tennis Court was set up right on the lawn, at the opposite end of the movie screen, or right by where the jugglers normally congregate, complete with a mini bleachers for invited viewers to sit. As Grand Slam fans would certainly know, next week is the start of the final Major event in the Tennis world for the year: The US Open, held annually at Flushing Meadows Park's famed Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Queens.

This was really a promotion for Tommy Hilfiger, who is using Champion Rafael Nadal in a new series of ads for his new line of underwear. If you haven't seen them yet, or the bare-chested Nadal standing in his spanking brand new Tommy underpants, you surely will during the next two weeks, if you tune in for the tourney: hence the hashtag - #TommyxNadal.

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Just For Fun Caption Time!

This is a challenge, since there's a lot going on, but is there a phrase or sentence that really sums up this photograph?
Though I have taken a step away from politics, at least as far as my job is concerned, the landscape of what is being seen on the current scene compels me to examine where we currently stand. Obviously, the 2000 Pound Gorilla in the room is Donald Trump.

A lot of people I know believe this Trump candidacy is going to eventually run out of gas, will shrivel up and blow away, will not survive any serious scrutiny and will vanish as an amusing sketch from a season of Saturday Night Live that wasn't very good.

I'm not of that group. In fact, I think Trump could win the nomination, and might prove to be a formidable candidate against whomever the Democrats put up.

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Foot Friday - "Sneak" and "Sleepy" Feet

There have been some stories in the media, mostly local newscasts and such, but occasionally some national scandal, about some guy stealing a woman's socks or shoes. These sorts of events help to make guys that have a foot interest seem weird by association.

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Foot Friday - "Ugly" Feet

It's been over nine years since I've posted anything about feet in this journal. But now, I sort of have to, just to preserve some of my material from another discussion group. For almost 15 years I had been an on and off participant on a message board that dealt with foot interest/foot fetish. It covered a lot of ground and it was, for the most part, a pretty good place to gauge what people (mostly men but occasionally some women) thought about the topic, and where people would post photos and videos of what they thought were attractive feet: Celebrities, catalog models, wives, girlfriends or themselves. Most of my participation there was in the discussions of various topics.

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The Rank Fakery of LiveJournal

True confession: Sometimes I like to read through my mrkilborn journal. I have to admit, I did some of my better comedy writing just pretending to be a talk show host that no one remembers or cares about now for a bunch of anonymous people who were also pretending to be stars. It was ideal for what I was doing at the time. Maybe I could have put that sort of effort into writing a novel or screenplay or something. Probably. I probably should have! (I am now.)

I am a bit proud (if I can use a Kilbornism from that era)...Collapse )

The Rent Actually *IS* Too Damn High

The rabbit head is aloft because this piece was inspired by an article in Playboy about the cost of living in the USA.

Let"s be real about it. Living has become insanely expensive...Collapse )


As a fundraiser for both Advocacy and Artistic organizations, I've had some really interesting moments along the way. I've had the chance to have conversations with people I know you know, or at least have heard of, and that's typically enlightening, engaging and even sometimes fun.

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A Dream...

What is a dream, exactly? Is it a vision of the future, a kind of precognitive view of something that is going to happen? Is it a fantasy of something wished for, despite the near impossibility of that event? Is it the brain's musing after you ate some food that gave you a sensitive stomach or something you drank after taking some medication that caused an interactive reaction?

A dream is nebulous, undefined, easy to ignore, or even forget, in the day-to-day demands of our working world. You have this vivid experience, filled with a sense that it is actually real while you're experiencing it, and then you wake up. Oh. It was only a dream.

I think that some people would be surprised to learn that the speech that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. wrote to deliver from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963 did not have any reference to "A Dream" in it. This was something that hit him in the moment. Call it divine inspiration, call it a pastor's thought, call it the brilliance of one of the best orators of the 20th Century. The "I Have A Dream" speech didn't have a dream in its final draft.

But, and I think this is easy to say with more than 50 years of hindsight after that brilliant speech, that that word, "dream," was the word that may have slowed the forward progress. That distant wish, that imagined scenario, dreams aren't meant to become "reality." Dreams get put away. We don't live our dreams. So thinking that a dream is "real" is a very easy concept to dismiss, especially if it's a dream you don't like or want.

This isn't to be critical of one of the most famous American speeches ever delivered! We have made a lot of strides because of that speech and because of the efforts of people that supported Dr. King's view. And of course we have advanced from Jim Crow to the Voting Rights Act to desegregation and affirmative action. We have a black president. Certainly the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is assured.

But what if he had said, "I Have a Mission?" Granted we knew he had a mission, but suddenly, the concept that was offered as a "dream" is actually the end result of the work that everyone would participate in to make the country and the world a better place, a safer place, a friendlier and happier place.

It is so easy for people, especially the people that want desperately to maintain the Status Quo, to use whatever available options they have to continue to do so. A dream is a loophole, a way around, a dancing, distant non-reality that we may or more likely, may not reach. The longer the dream gets delayed, the less those that want it will pursue. And the Status Quo wins, yet again.

The comparison, both in timing and in delivery, is in John F. Kennedy's speech about space travel, which he gave at Rice University on September 12, 1962. The notable quote: "I believe this nation should commit itself, to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to the Earth."

President Kennedy stated it was a goal. It was clearly not a "dream." And it was specific, it had a timetable, it was simple and clear.

To be fair, Dr. King didn't have the power of the US Government to help with millions of dollars, or a sympathetic nation that wanted to achieve that task after he was killed. Still, the wording is an element that helped to make what President Kennedy wanted, real.

Our days of dreaming are over. It is time for a mission to value every life, that people are precious no matter their skin color. It is time for a goal to understand we are all the same, despite the outer differences and that we need to help and support each other. The task now is to communicate, to work, to strive to make the world a place where humans can live, worship, marry, live their lives in peace and harmony.

Dr. King would have wanted nothing less.
I am the first person to have shown a completed film from New York Film Academy. In essence, that makes me the first graduate of that school. The year was 1992, when I wrote, storyboarded, cast, shot, edited and screened my film, "Somebody's Fool," at Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Center, the location that NYFA occupied in its first couple of years, before moving to their own building, the former Tammany Hall on Union Square in 1994.

Since my class was the very first class, concessions were made. Tuition was a fraction of what it is today, but so was the curriculum: we had thirteen weeks from start to finish. Neither faculty nor students knew exactly how things were going to progress. And we all understood that going in. But the positive was that everyone in that inaugural class was offered the basics of how a film comes together and we all worked collectively as each other's support, from gaffers to actors. Why we didn't try to team up and create a production house of our own is one of many sad questions I will never be able to answer.

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I understand how and why horror movies captured the imagination of most Americans. World War II ended and the biggest monster of them all, Adolf Hitler, was vanquished. Then a bit later, the Cold War began and we started to consider the first ventures into space (and the possibility of seeing and meeting others from other planets). Horror stories of varying sorts began to happen more and more frequently at your local drive-in, movie house and on your late, late shows, right before the end of the broadcast day.

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The Cos of Bad Behavior

Bill Cosby has been a fixture on television since the mid 1960s. A Temple University graduate. A Navy man. A stand-up comic with millions of records sold. The first African-American with top billing on a network TV drama ("I Spy"), frequent guest and then guest host on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." There were all those commercials for those genuine American products: for Jell-O. For Kodak. For Coca-Cola. and, of course all his own shows, His first sitcom: "The Bill Cosby Show." His Saturday morning cartoon: "Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids." His Variety series: "Cos." And his later work, "The Cosby Show" and "Cosby."

Throughout his career, both on stage and off...Collapse )

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