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[15 Feb 2011 | No Comment | ]
NOCCA

While shooting a short film in New Orleans, TG Harrington and I gave a talk at a local arts high school, NOCCA. TG showed his short film, MR. OKRA, which profiles a merchant who sells vegetables from his pick-up truck, as he drives through the French Quarter.
Following that, four students showed us their short films. Now, these students are aged 14-16. Their films were shot in HD, cut with Final Cut, effects created in After Affects. But more impressive than their fluid mastery of requisite hardware and software, was the …

Experiences, Work »

[28 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
Inspired Work

I had the privilege of teaching a class of college students recently. The job was simple—come in one week and provide an assignment, come in a few weeks later and review the work.
I figured it was best to make the assignment pretty challenging. So I decided to ask everyone to create an interesting banner ad for a pretty tough client.
Not surprisingly, the class was a bit intimidated. Also not surprisingly, one of the first things a bunch of them said was “banner ads suck”.
A quick look around the Internet would …

Experiences, Finding a Job, or Vice Versa »

[2 Apr 2010 | One Comment | ]
College?

Don’t go to college unless you want to be a doctor or something like that.
I always thought it would be a lot cooler to be under educated than over. Don’t be the guy who went to Harvard and now works at Starbucks. Getting a good job without a college education is easier than actually going to college. And you’ll look like a driven, no bullshit motherfucker for doing so. I went to Florida International University. I know. No one’s ever heard of it. My diploma has been useless for my …

Miscellany, Technology/Digital/Web »

[6 Nov 2009 | 3 Comments | ]
Q. What does ‘varicose’ mean?  A. Nearby

Is technology good for education? There’s lots of debate around this – I’m a huge advocate of technology. Love it. But I’m not yet convinced too much of it belongs in the classroom. It might be a little ‘old school’ of me, but you need to know the rules in order to break them. A good foundation of knowledge that you can own when there’s no electricity supply around for you to ‘research’ it.
One way to look at it is that we should teach our children how to master their …

Literature »

[30 Sep 2009 | 2 Comments | ]
Put down that paperback!

Why does ‘what are you reading’ always have to be a loaded question? When most people deliver those four simple words, they are usually dripping in subtext. In actuality, they are not trying to find out what particular book you are reading—they are trying to assess your intelligence. Or your sense of irony. And most likely, how good you are in bed.
Have you ever seen the look on someone’s face when you tell them you’re reading something by Dean Koontz? Or James Patterson? Or Dan Brown? You can smell the …

Work »

[22 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
Kumon… seriously

First, can you imagine naming your tutelage business Come On?  What, do they nag you into doing better?
Second, can you imagine presenting that logo design?   ”We’ve decided to literally associate your brand with apathy by using an indifferent facial expression on the character within the ‘O’ of your company name.”
- Chris Soskin
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Miscellany »

[21 Sep 2009 | No Comment | ]
We don’t need no education…

Our program for educating youth is hard.
Weakness must be hammered away.
In my castles of the Order a youth will grow up before which the world will tremble.
We want a brutal, domineering, fearless, cruel youth.
Youth must be all that.
It must bear pain.
There must be nothing weak and gentle about it.
The free, splendid beast of prey must once again flash from its eyes.
- Shannon McGlothin
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