Thursday, May 31, 2007

The return of the light table

Microsoft came out with this new do-hickey (that's a technical term BTW, don't hurt yourself trying to say it) that's a table top touch screen PC today and that got me thinking (don't worry, it didn't hurt much), why not use them as light tables?

I remember the old days of taking a loop and marking archival sheets when a worthy frame came across my eye. And I remember leaning over a light table for hours sometimes trying to navigate the balancing act of the perfect photo package as one picture was moved here or there and another was slowly creeping in as a candidate.

It was fun and frankly I miss those days. There's something about holding the frame in your hand or freely being able to move images about and shuffle though a stack of slides on a whim.

I think that's why CDs are still around, I know that if I really like an album, I buy the CD (congrats Silversun Pickups, the last CD before you was... I think The Killers, before they blew up thank you) because I like the idea of having the booklet and artwork in my hands.

It's why I subscribe to a paper even though I can just read the same news in my RSS feeds, there's just something about holding that paper in your hands and turning the page, wiping the ink on your pants by accident, pulling apart those pages that are stuck together and the smell of the ink on that paper that I'll use to smack my brother with later. Maybe ePaper will replace this one day, but I'm in no rush.

Microsoft's table has got be excited, and I'm not much of a tech-head when it comes to these things, but it just brings up all sorts of old memories and new ideas. Just imagine Photo Mechanic on a table top device like this. I for one think that would be awesome!

Why not convince some Photo Editors to buy a couple and use them as light tables?

This adaptation for photo use gets me thinking, what else can we adapt?

How about a version of SoundSlides that outputs a video for iPods to download via RSS feeds?

In SoundSlides, it's nice to have the new Ken Burns push and pull and the ability to micro manage transitions, but how about expanding on that and giving us dissolves and pan moves.

This ones crazy, but how about memory cards that come loaded with scripts that behave like certain films stocks/looks: infrared, Holga, chrome, gelatin, etc. It's like buying film in the old days and industry-wide standards on a script will remove the ethical delemias that Photoshop introduces.

Speaking of Photoshop, how about a stripped-down photographer's version that won't cost $800 and doesn't come with all that extra stuff that only gets photographer's like Allan Detrich (read his piece in NewsPhotographer... it's an eye opener) and Brian Walski in trouble.

How about pimping out our cameras with built-in Wi-Fi for transmitting and turning that LCD screen into a touch screen to let us edit from the field and move pics around into various folders right on the stop. Got a great picture of #45 diving for a touchdown? Tag it for a selected folder and by the end if the game you've got your first edit already done.

That's just a few off the top of my head, let me hear some of yours.

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Portfolio always in flux

The last couple months I've been living and dying with my portfolio as I look through it over and over, change it up constantly and formulate game plans for future stories.

I've been thinking of what works and what doesn't. What editors will want to see and what they couldn't care less about. What will make me stand out and what will make me just another face in the crowd.

I'm still working on it, but I thought I'd share some of my tips and tricks.

Enter every contest there is
Whether you think you have a great collection of work or not, entering contests is a great way to think like a professional. And quite bluntly, if this is to much work for you, then you will never make it, because in this business no one is going to hand you a job. I have meet some great photographers and I've got a few of these people's personal cell phone numbers to call at any time I choose, but that does not mean that The Mercury News, Michael Grecco, the AP or Golf Digest is going to hire me just because I happen to be a nice guy who they can have a conversation with. I need good solid work to even be considered, and one of the side effects of entering contests is that you start shooting for the contest and

Don't be afraid to ask for help
You should have some like minded people in your circle of friends. Ask them to look at your stuff, listen to your ideas and generally help you sort things out. I often hit up my friends, mentors, teachers and even writers that I've met for advice and feedback on what I'm cooking up. If nothing else it gets me to think of stuff from another angle. Plus sometimes you need someone else to tell you that the picture that you love because it reminds you of a hard shoot or a that you had a great idea, is better forgotten.

Keep a best twelve wall
One thing that I've started doing that I find helps is keeping a wall of my best twelve in my room every month.

This serves three purposes:
  1. It forces me to re-examine my best work everyday and recognize where I need to improve.
  2. It helps me recognize when I'm shooting similar styles and challenge myself to experiment.
  3. I'll always know what my best twelve pictures are at any moment for contests.
Why twelve? Aside from that it looks nice, if I framed those 4x3 squares I could sell them as art, most regional and national contest are limited to two dozen singles.

Devour greatness
When I was younger, while my friends were looking at Nintendo Power and the latest version of an import tuner magazine, I was reading National Geographic at the library and grocery store just for the pictures. I was subscribing to Sports Illustrated mostly for the Leading Off pictures (and the NBA coverage... oh and Rick Reilly's column).

I was studying the great light painters of the Renaissance age. I turn to movies and study cinematography, and once flirted with the idea of pursing film editing. I've turned to music and music videos for editing tricks, storyboarding visual exercises (try closing your eyes and thinking of your video for a song next time you're in a quite place) and innovative camera work (plus, I believe half of multimedia is the audio experience and this helps reinforce the education).

I cruise the net for inspiration and using tools like Popurls, RSS feeds, and I am able to find much to keep me saying, "Damn, I gotta try that!" Plus today I'm having an easier time keeping up thanks be being surrounded by like-minded folks (what, connect with like-minded folks? That sounds like a tip).

Keep a journal
Seriously try it, it works wonders. I've been keeping a sketchbook/idea book/journal since I was 15 and it's done wonders to help me develop my style and projects (and it's also resulted in waking up at 3 a.m. and jotting down many an incoherent note). I like the Moleskine because of it's small size and sturdiness, but the guy inside of me who remembers what it was like growing up poor won't actually let me write in one. Long story short, I have many blank Moleskines and many many more filled in cheepie notebooks.

And now, here's some advice from people who actually know what they're talking about

Jim McNay relayed the advice of Sports Illustrated editor Jimmy Colton and offers up:
"Less is more. Don't feel like you have to send 20 because that's the limit. says Colton." Send as many good, strong, solid, speak-for-themselves pictures that you have....UP TO 20... Remember the portfolio and personal statement you send should be from your heart. They should reveal who you are."
And the folks over at the San Jose Mercury News second that opinion. During a recent visit with Dai Sugano and Richard Koci Hernandez (who says SJSU and SFSU can't be friends?) they loved referencing a story about the intern that got in on the strength of only five pictures (they misread it as five clips for writers as also meaning five clips for photogs). It's uncommon, but the point is, if you edit down to the strongest work and don't leave them anything to nitpick at, you'll be a strong candidate.

My former instructor Dennis Dunleavy gets a little more analytical with the process and focuses on the whole package, not to mention he drops in his trademark three-I's along the way:
"Although we tend to think of a resume in terms of words, we can also extend the idea to images in a portfolio as well. Your portfolio, in fact, is a visual resume. Every image that weakens a portfolio through poor technique, composition or ambiguous content sends a message to the viewer... The words and images that work in the resume or portfolio are those that shows not tell the viewer about your strengths, attributes and qualities. For me, the power of an image is in its ability to communicate universal human meaning with immediacy, intensity and intimacy."
Lastly here is some advice that has deeply resonated with me. Sol Neelman of the Oregonian offered me this in a recent e-mail:
"I think putting together a portfolio is one of the greater challenges out there for a photographer. I'm lucky to have some talented friends help me... Don't ever make excuses about your work when showing it to someone else. Hold your head high and realize that not everyone is going to get or like what you're trying to say. But don't let that stop you. When something strikes a cord of truth with you, embrace it."

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Asian Representations in American Cinema Developed for a Teenage Audience or Why Doesn’t Anyone Look Like Me?

In another life I spent more than a few years writing film reviews and essays of new and old, classic and infamous, good and bad films for various websites and any press outlets that would have me.

Recently I had the chance to revisit my old passion when it came time to produce a research paper in one of my classes in the Film department at San Jose State University. What follows is that research paper and given this past year of Rossie O'Donnel's incredibly flippant impression to the flame up around Don Imus (why are you hovering over his name? Do you really need a hyperlink?) to just tons of insanity, it's clear to me the topic of my paper is timely to the discussion and I thought it was an interesting enough topic to post here.

Asian Representations in American Cinema Developed for a Teenage Audience
Why Doesn’t Anyone Look Like Me?

Teens films came into their own in the 1950s but they’ve only become truly representative of the teenage cultural landscape until fairly recently, arguably making leaps and bounds at an accelerated pace in the last ten years with films like 2000’s “The Debut”, 2002’s “Better Luck Tomorrow” and ultimately culminating in 2004’s “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle,” the stoner comedy that did more to tear down conventional norms and dismantle stereotype then any other film before or since.

In this class we have, over the course of the semester, we have “analyzed how motion pictures have depicted teenage culture throughout history and in a number of cultural contexts,” however we have overlooked one major cultural context as we journeyed through the 1950s to today.

What has been lacking is any portrayal of Asian-American’s on screen. We did have “Crazed Fruit,” a New Wave Japanese film that looked at adolescence and coming of age, but it looked at growing up in Japan from a Japanese perspective and had little to do with American culture or the Asian teenager growing up in America.

For the most part, Asian characters have been caricatures of the real thing in films such as the Charlie Chan franchise, in subservient roles such as in films like “Short Circuit” or shows like “Happy Days,” diluted icons to be oversimplified and made digestible for a mainstream white audience such as in the film “The Karate Kid” or on the show “Kung Fu,” or they are walking stereotypes obsessed with sex, western culture and mathematics on shows like “Seinfeld” and films like “Sixteen Candles.”

As a whole, fully realized and developed representations of Asian-American teens, even Asian-Americans in general for that matter (how many times have we heard Jackie Chan complain of the offers he gets for roles or for that matter how many Asian-American’s do we see on screen that are not women on white men’s arms?), have not existed in the mainstream.

In what follows I will examine the portrayal of Asian-American’s in cinema and chart the progression of the portrayal of this culture in the larger subculture of teen films as defined in the class using 2000’s “The Debut”, 2002’s “Better Luck Tomorrow” and 2004’s “Harold and Kumar go to White Castle,” as examples to illustrate my point.

Just as the world was ringing in the new millennium a little film from a collaboration of ethnic filmmakers was setting out to promote and release their film, appropriately titled “The Debut.”

The story was a fairly simple telling of a pair of Pilipino-American teenagers coming of age in San Francisco and focused on one night in the life of high school student Ben Mercado (Dante Basco, of “Hook” fame).

Ben like many Asian-American’s was trying to assimilate in the MTV dictated culture that surrounds him and would rather play basketball, listen to hip-hop, go out with his friends and avoid at all costs his family’s traditional ways and cooking. So when his sister’s traditional coming of age Debut party comes around, it becomes one night of discovery and cultural battles that force Ben to examine who he is.

Pretty much a by the books story arc of alienation and coming to terms with who you are when growing up, but it was monumental for the progression of Asian-American’s on scene by showing that there are issues that Asian-American’s deal with that are just as important as the issues that Tom Cruise, Kid n’ Play and John Travolta dealt with in other mainstream films.

This film opened the door to the idea that Asian-American teens also deal with the same alienation and coming of age that white teenagers do and as it became the first Pilipino-American film it also proved through its grassroots campaign that there was an audience for teen films that included Asian-American’s in the discussion.

It was a small but important step in opening the door and open the door it did, because two years later newly established MTV Films was looking to sign their first film as a production house and distributor and selected Justin Lin’s “Better Luck Tomorrow” to lunch their label.

It was a bold move on the part of MTV Films and many questioned if they were making the right move, most famously the story goes that after its premier at Sundance, and just before MTV Films picked it up, many in the audience lambasted the director and producers for portraying Asian-Americans on the screen in such a light. Some wondered why they had to be shown in such harsh light and others questioned if it was ethical and even moral to show them in negative ways that were less than ideal and accused the director of being irresponsible to his culture.

One wonders if these same outspoken detractors would lay the same claims at the feet of similar films staring white teenagers, such as in “American History X,” or black teenagers, for example “Menace II Society”

As I’ve only hinted at thus far, the plot did cast Asian-American’s in a brutal light, by turning the accepted ideal of the Asian-American overachiever with a laser-like fix on college entrance exams and quadratic equations into a criminally fascinated and sometimes violent teenager on the verge of entering adulthood and fighting to define it on there terms.

The film harkened back to the violent Caucasian teenagers of rebellious 1950s teenage films like “Rebel without a Cause” and recast the players and moved beyond the stereotype to ask: Aren’t Asian-American’s just like everybody else? Why should Asian-American’s on film be any different? And isn’t this just as valid as any other teleplay of white or black teenagers?

“Harold and Kumar” built on the progress that “Better Luck Tomorrow” had made in turning the Asian-American stereotype on its head two years after that film had come and gone from theaters and the cinema’s collective debates. The film even managed to work in a reference to the previous film, when a bully taunts Harold (John Cho, who also stared in “Better Luck Tomorrow”) by referencing the title of that film.

Right from its first scene it is established that this is not going to be your average teen film with the introduction of white males that exit the film like any other comedy of this flavor, but then the camera doesn’t follow them, it stay on Harold. And it becomes a teen movie that for the studio will make money, but for the community will make stride, and while the characters may be two 20-something roommates on the road track to careers and midlife crisis, the audience is clearly the teenager.

It’s surprising to learn that it took two white men to helm the project and stick to their guns against studio pressure for ethnic casting for the leads, but regardless of that, “Harold and Kumar” was loaded with clever jabs at stereotypes, for instance just before the end credits, caricatures of a man in a turban and another in a traditional straw hat are shown on a wanted poster. In another scene the film “Sixteen Candles” is discussed, which has a very stereotypical portrayal of Asians and is cleverly contrasted, for those familiar with the film, to the Asian face we see in this film nearly 20 years later.

At another point, Kumar goes into a speech about the American dream and how it is their right and duty to get the food they seek and devour it in the name of every ancestor and minority that has struggled to be equal with the accepted mainstream majority. Harold and Kumar’s strife and desires are no less worthy of a film than the white men that peeled out of the lobby in the opening credits.

This attacks societies accepted norms of different people and causes an audience who has just spent nearly two hours with these characters to reflect and rethink their notions of what they think of Asian-Americans.

In many scenes the image of the studious Asian-American is turned upside down with wild parties and rambunctious exploits and in others the manly dominate white males are recast as weak effeminate men that puff their chest at any threat to their dominance.

At the time the film became a box office boon for the studio, but in hindsight, “Harold and Kumar” is more than another stoner film, like Cheech and Chong before them, Harold and Kumar challenged societies accepted norms and through means of easily digestible and packaged delivery got in people’s faces about what they believe and the stereotypes they carry with them about Asian-American’s.

These films collectively have gone a long way in putting Asian-American’s on the screen and giving these teenagers a familiar face and teen movies in general a more accurate representation of the current American landscape.

Today it is becoming more common to see Asian characters in films, if only in minor roles at the moment, but at least we are speaking now next to the white leads instead of just serving them lunch or waiting to fix their girlfriend’s computer before the big dance.

There is still a long way to go. As I have shown here, the truly milestone films have only shown up once every two years and since 2004 there have been no major Asian-American’s on TV or Film. Hopefully that will change as the idea of Asian-American’s in media become more of the norm than exception among studio project proposals and as young Asian-American teenagers of today go on to become the adult Asian-American consumers of tomorrow.

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Tuesday, May 08, 2007

What a crazy day I'm having

Sometimes you just have to sit back and say... wow... just wow.

I came in today to the internship and shot six assignments and produced a multimedia piece, so all in all, not bad.

But just looking it over, in the end it was one crazy day. A crazy racist lady wanted to know where I'm from. Which country actually. I offered up Canada but she didn't laugh.

I also got to walk around all over town today, up and down and up again many many times, which was a nice alternative to driving all over the place. But that doesn't mean I got to avoid driving all together and went to a softball game and spent 20 minutes trying to find a hole in the fence so that I could actually get near the game, and everyone I asked was no help.

One guy on the other side of the fence had no idea how he got there (what?!) and despite his 500mm, had no idea who was playing (what?!?!)

Eventually I made my way around, but not before one lady insisted that I take a certain path... to which I foolishly obliged and quelled my doubts - seriously I got to stop being so polite - of course it was a dead end and I had to back track. But once I got there... the game was delayed (of course) and it would only start 30 minutes before my next deadline (se la vie).

Then I ran into the usual "good karma" hippie beatnik speed heads downtown. Normally they find me very interesting and cool because they think just because I'm Indian I must have some deep spirtual answer to thier quest for the meaning of life. (Finally a place where my skin color is the cool thing.) To bad I wasn't in the mood as I'm growing tired of all the misconceptions folks have of my culture and how they buy into the manufactured image of incense and sitars... whoa whoa whoa!!!!

I'm starting to rant now... so I better go to bed now.

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Saturday, May 05, 2007

First rule of Journalism-- don't have a bias!

Wow... and they say they're fair and balanced.

Fox News apparently decided that the world was showering Kurt Vonnegut's memory with too much admiration and respect-- you know with all the ticker tape parades, national day of mourning and panicked children rocking back and forth in corners of rooms the world over. Clearly someone needed to step in and take Kurt down a peg. (A whole peg!)

Published the day after Kurt's death, the piece is anything but journalism.

One of the first rules of journalism is to keep your bias out of the story. The idea, the fundamental idea of journalism, let me qualify that, modern journalism is to let the reader/viewer/consumer make up their own mind. It is our job to gather the news and report it, not pass judgment on it.

There is an exception. The editorial and opinion segments, and if you're confused by what is Op-Ed and what is News:

Andy Rooney at the end of 60min - Op-Ed
A word from the station director on the local news - Op-Ed
The preacher that stands on a box in front of the school water fountain - Op-Ed

Jim Lehrer's News Hour - News
BBC Radio - News
New York Times front page - News

Since when do we behave like this?

What has happened is that as the news has become a corporate investment, it's become less and less a news product and more and more a consumer product. Fox News is a product that gives a certain audience the news of the day with a slant that agrees with their pre-conceived notions and beliefs.

The news channel understands that they can make more money (a built in audience means reliable ratings and advertising rates that can be counted on for quarterly growth) by taking advantage of human nature. We like it when others agree with us, it makes I feel good, empowered and smart. Fox panders to this and gives us the news from a view that matches our views. Naturally those that watch it feel that Fox is telling them the truth and others are "liberal" outlets that lie.

They aren't doing anything wrong really, it's cable TV and the public has no say over it, but I do take issue in what they have done to journalism. If Fox News called itself a news magazine like Dateline, Inside Edition or Access Hollywood then I would have no problem with them. That transparent title and image would make it obvious what they are selling, but as it is now, they're ruining journalism in the public conscious and painting pictures of liberal and conservative journalism.

Journalism is not and should not have a political affiliation. The history of journalism tells us that early newspapers were fronts for political campaigns, we've since then evolved into taking on the watch dog role and broke stories on local and national news of importance.

Stories that society has benefited from knowing. Stories like Watergate, the Iran-Contra affair, Walter Reed hospital and the Vietnam War coverage.

Do we really want to go back to political mud slinging and erode the trust we've built?

This is pretty disgusting behavior coming from anyone. When Ronald Reagan, widely regarded as the Republican poster child and constantly sub noted by the right as an ideal to aspire to (who if Mel Brooks was still makes movies I'm convinced would use his picture as a prop in every preppy high schoolers room as 80s movies used posters of Farah Fawcett... okay I'm tangential again!) passed away I didn't see CNN or MSNBC or any of the big four running smear pieces. What is this?

This is propaganda, and I am pretty sure even the talking heads at Fox News don't want to be thought of or seen as shilling propaganda.

Kurt isn't on the scale of Regan, but my point is, Fox is trying to make this a political piece. And in watching the piece it almost seems like Fox is celebrating this man's death. What gives? Regardless of my political slant, I would be appalled at this behavior, and if I was part of the audience Fox targets (I don't have cable) I would be insulted if they assume I would rejoice in a man's death. What's next, book burnings? (OK, cheap shot.)

And just how many times did they use the word "liberal" in that piece? And is "mumbo jumbo" a technical term? And the cliff notes version is "I was born"... as if that is all that matters? I don't want to jump to conclusions, but could Kurt's anti-war leanings be among the sources of their irk?

It seemes like Fox is celebrating the death of this liberal science-fiction novelist. Hey that's alright Rupert I rather have someone that has something to say and comes up with new ideas than someone who just complains and bitches and moans about everything and never has anything constructive to say.


Unpublished SHAdays:
*Newspapers will allege that you did something, TV News will want to to know what you had for breakfast, who you slept with last night and when your last rectal exam was. ... Oh, and they want to know why you did it

*Sometimes when I want less melodrama and spectacle in my life, I turn off the TV News and turn on the soaps. (zing!)

President Clinton gets into it

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I think I might like baseball... gulp!

The last couple of days I've been shooting a lot of high school baseball and softball games and I'm afraid I may like baseball now.

I always said I didn't like baseball because it was boring and slow and I hated sitting still and watching grown men spit and scratch and stretch and stand for hours on end. Whenever I tried to watch a game it often devolved into shouting at the TV, "stop stepping out of the box and swing!" "Why are the commentators talking about the weather!!?" "He's not going to steal second, just pitch already!" "Oh no no, not another commercial, no!!!"

Yes, I always said I couldn't watch a baseball game or bother to get into the game.

Well not always, did I say always? I lied.

There was a time when I was a loyal Giants fan, taking in the sport when it preempted afternoon cartoons after school and lamenting the results to my friends and opposing A's fans the next day.

During the Will Clark and Matt Williams and then later during the early Barry Bonds years I was into baseball, and I remember sitting on my sofa anticipating the start of the Giant's/A's 1989 World Series when we were hit by a 6.9 earthquake, but then something happened.

I lost interest, maybe I was growing up or getting bored or couldn't sit still or become more interested in soccer, street hockey and basketball to slowdown for baseball, whatever it was, I lost interest.

These last couple days I've become interested in baseball again, and for the first time since forever I caught myself thinking that maybe it was time I went to a game. Could it be the bug is back?

Shooting the high schools games juiced me up and I was having a blast just shooting. What a job, I (theoretically speaking) get paid to do something I love, sweet! I started to walk around the field and explore every angle, getting high and low and then shooting with both eyes open and finally anticipating the plays and running from one side of the field to the other just in case that player that stole third last time around tries it again. And the whole time I was having a blast, and I'm thinking, "I can't wait to do this in a professional game." Where the fields (the newer ones anyway) are built with photographers in mind and we're afforded the nicest spots.

Me? Having fun with baseball? I guess so.

I also learned that even at the high school level, it's all about the field in terms of how fun a game is to shoot. I've been on very camera friendly fields of dreams where every angle is begging for a Sports Illustrated Leading Off picture and I've been on fields that say this is a game that is played in a caged zoo and no one must get to good of a look or they'll turn to stone.

I wonder what thrills await me on the professional field. If it's anything like Nhat Meyers, Jeff Chiu and Marcio Sanchez say it is in the conversations we've had, I can't wait.

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Feels good to be appriciated, so this is what it's like

One of my recent posts was referenced in Columbia Journalism Review recently.

I don't really have much to say, except that it feels very good to be name dropped in an article in the premier higher education and professional journalism journal.

I've been getting a lot of new hits recently as a result and I'm going to try and take advantage of these new readers and write more often about more diverse topics in the sandbox of journalism. But right now, I need to finish up some contest entires, read up on internships, write a couple papers for classes and put a few more dents in my documentary project.

Oh yeah, I'll try and get some sleep in there to.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

We Believed all along

13 years, way too many coaches to remember (kinda fitting that Nelly is the only one that could put us back on track), too much drama, bad contracts (Mike Dunleavy? Seriously?), one monumentally disappointing first round pick (Joe Smith? Who?), one very atrocious new mascot (WTF is that thing?... No wonder fans prefer the throwback "The City" logo) and soo much heartache.

I was convinced for a time that the imploding Warriors could only win if I did not watch the Fourth quarter.

Oh the long painful journey it has been, but last night my faith was rewarded when we shocked the NBA and knocked out the West's number one seeded Dallas Mavericks. ESPN responded with "WHERE WE CONGRATULATE THE WARRIORS FOR MAKING US WATCH THE NBA"

I say, we believed it all along.

Introducing Mr. Baron Davis.

Listen to the sound!
NPR report

Would you like pepper with that crow?
Charles Barkley donned a Warriors "We Believe" during the post game report on TNT after repeatedly blasting the team as a bunch of "midgets" and characters that did not belong in the NBA Playoffs. I pretty sure 75% of it was an act, the former player (that never won a ring) has made a reputation for himself as a commentator that likes to rile peoples feathers, but he made for a good villain in the drama of being a Warriors fan.

Just for $#!+'s and giggles.
(Side-note: I want to keep this light-hearted, but notice how many people buy the dollar sandwiches? Is McDonald's targeting?)


One picture from Marcio
(As much as it's fun to boo Mark Cuban, it's hard to hate a man who is so much a fan of his team. If only our owner cared as much.)

An unselfish leader and a team that loves their coach (I haven't seen this since the 2004 Pistons)

Chris Mullen is THE MAN!
Whose in for a dozen roses? Scratch that, anyone wanna make a float for the Rose Bowl parade.

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Spider-man (because the fanboy in me just has to)

There are webs on the sides of buildings and run on red spandex in stores and that only means one thing. Christo is at it again, but seriously, Spider-Man is back and the fan boy in me is (sorta) excited again (although the reviews aren't looking great and surprisingly I don't find myself itching to see it today... hmm.)

I was talking to some friends about (4 a.m. conversations about journalism, do we know how to party or what?) where the good journalism is and one of the places I mentioned was "60 Minuets" and today I had some time on my hands and made my way over to their web site.

And wouldn't you know it, there's Stan Lee staring back at me and I figure, why not.

And after you're done with those segments, here's a ton of videos from Tenacious D riga-riga-scatting their way though the animated theme song to an awesome Lego funded short to a WTF? Japanese TV intro.


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