2012: a creative call to arms

19 01 2012

this came to me this morning on the bus en route to work.. a creative call to arms. this year, every year – this moment, every moment:

in times of chaos, creativity reigns.

it’s the rawness and purity in the primal outreach of your soul. it is this that will heal you – the release.

expression without pretense.

is it art for art’s sake?

rather – art for your sake – which is inextricably linked to all our sakes.

feed your spirit with openness and expression – and the outer and inner worlds will respond in kind.

if it’s one thing we should take with us through 2012 – it’s to listen to the silence between the walls of our heart, the space inside our veins –

what is calling to you when you take the time to listen?

POTENTIAL – of the infinite variety.. the kind that allows you to do anything you want, at any moment.

everything else is noise.

this year – break all the rules, theirs and yours alike.

take the leap – because wings you never knew you had will keep you floating.

there is just no other way.

– da leopard





4 Things I learned from switching over to a Mac

9 12 2011

if only I could

Trying to make money doing .. well anything is getting harder and harder. The last thing I wanted to worry about is industry standard bullshit, but unfortunately I had to give in. As a video editor it practically doesn’t matter what level of skill I have, if I’m not running on Final Cut I’m doomed to be rejected over some software segregation that has embedded itself in the minds of people who know absolutely nothing about editing. In any case, I finally broke and got a Mac. Here’s what happened.

(p.s if anyone has any simpler solutions to these problems please feel free to share them)

1. How in the motherfuck do I burn a cd?!

As Mac pushes to kill compact disk, I think they’ve made it intentionally harder to even deal with one if you still have a cd drive. Back with my PC if I wanted to burn some music, I put in a blank disk, go to my trusty Windows Media Player, go to our drop my tracks and click burn. The End. It took me 20 minutes to find out that in iTunes you first have to make a playlist (which is probably one of the most unnecessary things I’ve heard of in my life) then magically the option to burn appears under File>Burn Playlist to Disk. That’s because it would be to difficult to have that option when I go to the album…. alright.. fine. So say I want to make a data disk, in Windows I pop in the disk, open it, drag my files and click burn… end of story. Not here. Now from the desktop I have to go to File>New Burn Folder, add my files then Burn. In both cases I have completely unnecessary folders left over that I have to remember to delete or else I’m left with extra garbage taking up space.

I’ve yet to find out how to get a data disk or even an audio cd to run on a PC let alone how to change the Artist name in bulk in iTunes.

ONWARD! »»





THE THREAT TO FREE SPEECH ON THE INTERNET IS REAL

16 11 2011

as if there wasn’t enough to be furious about…


the big dogs are threatened by us. the fact that EVERYONE IS MEDIA. EVERYONE CAN CREATE. EVERYONE CAN SHARE, to MILLIONS & MILLIONS OF PEOPLE via the internet. business models are changing. old methods are becoming obsolete. WE CAN DO IT WITHOUT THEM. as a result – and does this come as any surprise? – THEY WANT TO CONTROL US.

TODAY CONGRESS HOLDS HEARINGS ON THE FIRST AMERICAN INTERNET CENSORSHIP SYSTEM.

(yes, you heard that right)

THIS BILL CAN PASS. IF IT DOES INTERNET & FREE SPEECH WILL NEVER BE THE SAME.

SPREAD. THE. WORD.

SPREAD THIS WEBSITE: AMERICANCENSORSHIP.ORG

(THE HOME BASE – TONS OF INFO, ARTICLES, SEND AN EMAIL TO CONGRESS, GET HTML CODE TO CENSOR YOUR SITE FOR THE DAY TO SPREAD AWARENESS)

THIS VIDEO:

IMAGES LIKE THIS (found on Fight for the Future’s FB):

EDUCATE YOURSELF WITH THIS INFOGRAPHIC

WAKE UP. WAKE UP. WAKE UP.

ps: special thanks to TUMBLR for being the first place i heard about this – thank you for purposely faux-censoring your users and keeping the protect the net link in your header to WAKE THEM UP. (wordpress, what’s your excuse?)

– da leopard / SNT MGMT





Ark Music Factory Top 5 Videos

26 04 2011

Though none are as famous as Rebecca Black’s Friday, these videos are – well if anything they are far, far worse. Friday is so fun to make fun of, these are mostly sad…. ok they’re fun to laugh at too.

There’s something about talentless tweens with their parents’ $$$$ that just makes for a spectacular fail.

#5 Hooked on You by Devon Fox

Ok unless you’re on X Files or in a video game, you can’t have ‘Fox’ in your name (isn’t that the same intro to Friday?)

Second of all when are these prepubescent boys going to realize that until they grow hair on their balls, they are going look and sound like women, and other than closet lesbians their fan base is primarily sick dirty old men. Who wants to appeal to that?!

America has lost its masculinity….. anywho

#4 Danika, I Don’t Need you Boy

Ha she looks like Stevie Wonder in the intro!

Ah saved by the rapper guy with lines like “his element of surprise is not in front of you or your back, you gotta watch your back, like kryptonite.” I mean why is this guy wasting time with kids when he can make his own music right? *sigh*

ONWARD! »»





RIP – Nothing Toxic

8 03 2011

My favorite – gore/accident/gratuitous sex clip/referrer to even more fucked up sites – site is dead. I don’t know why.

click to check an archive snapshot

The site’s Facebook page only offers an apology for the abruptness, but no reason. This site just put up an entry on Nothing Toxic. I assume NT’s untimely death somehow has to do with Break.com (the url links there now). I always thought there was a connection – NT would load with a link something like “connecting to media.break5.com.” Break uses something like “media.break4.com”. What sucks is that there is no way that Break will lower its censorship to provide the level of gore and depravement that the viewers of Nothing Toxic enjoyed. (The same shit happened when boring ass Liveleak took over ogrish.com or when College Humor killed AllDumb.com). All Break has to compare is bullshit Tru TV clips that have bullshit commentary from some comedians that hardly anyone knows or cares about.

Don’t you see… this is why people like clips on the internet, so we don’t have to have drawn out, voiced over nonsense.

We want to watch what we want to see, and get it over with as soon as possible – and on to the next video!

Now what? There’s always theYNC but that’s a little too extreme, or mental zero… if you’re into racist fucks being fucks.

It was a good run Nothing Toxic, thanks for 5 years of rotting my brain, and Back to the Future references in your video descriptions. You went out unexpectedly, like many people have done in your vids. You’ll be missed.

I wonder if rotten.com updates anymore.

-E

UPDATE

Break’s lame attempt to pretend like they’re gonna host vids like Nothing Toxic

Yeah each “category” just links to the video in the thumbnail

UPDATE 10-27-11
As far as I can tell Nothing Toxic is absolutely NOT back. Their Facebook hasn’t been updated since May when they were promoting some lame Break videos

BUT if you want a new site other than what is listed in this article, check out STOP RESISTING, the internet’s premier Police Brutality site!





When do you REALLY become a New Yorker?

26 02 2011


I saw an article about “how do you know when you become a New Yorker?” and as entertaining it was, I was all like “yeah but… I KNOW what it takes.” So here’s the logic, if you wanna be one of us, WE gotta let you in. That’s opposed to meeting whatever standard set up by some people born in Montana or something.

So here’s what you gotta do to be one of us:

1. You understand that ALL OF THE BOROUGHS make up NYC, not just Manhattan. (arguably Staten Island)
2. Paradoxically we call Manhattan ‘the city’
3. Most importantly, most New Yorkers don’t actually live in Manhattan – rent is too high, driving and parking here is a bitch – that is unless you’re our rich ass boss, then of course you live in the city.
4. #3 DOES NOT include Hipsters, in Williamsburg – I would argue against them but they’re just not worth anyone’s time, they just don’t count.
5. Understanding #3 and #4, Manhattan is just our mall. It’s only good for a job, shopping and going from Brooklyn to Queens because the G train sucks.
6. PIZZA, any real New Yorker knows that brick oven bullshit is just a ploy for wannabe New Yorkers living in Manhattan to think they’re getting something authentic while the rest of us DON’T get ripped off and get regular pizza on nearly any street corner. Because…
7. The best pizza is every pizza. Except for a hand full a shit spots, it’s all the same and it’s all good. It’s as if there is one unified pizza making consciousness. Sure some places are better than others, but in the end it’s better than Manhattan burnt ass dry, sloppy-chopped-pepperoni-trying-to-look-home-made crap. But mostly…
8. New Yorkers don’t give a shit, good or bad, the bigger slice, the better pizza.
9. But enough about pizza, you DON’T refer to directions in Manhattan as going North, South, East or West. That is an ultimate telltale sign that you’re not from here. New Yorkers go “this way” or we might say “go that way” or maybe “I have no idea, let’s walk this way… if the numbers go lower, we’re going the wrong way.”
10. You skip at the movies
11. You have never been to (or will never go again) to New Years at Times Square
12. You couldn’t give a shit about Times Square since Virgin closed
13. You view the people who come here and live in Manhattan as tourists anyway. Those fancy big windowed apartments are just glorified hotel rooms for your migrating ass to stay in until your job relocates you to some other city like Chicago or some shit.

Conclusion: when by these standards, you dislike outsiders, you are a New Yorker. This could take 1 day until never if you think merging with the standards of fake ass New Yorkers makes you a New Yorker.

Born and raised baby!
-E





XBOX FAIL

28 01 2011

Yeah Kinect’s cool, and custom soundtracks are pretty cool too, good way to get rid of those whiny emopunk bands on all the racing games.

-E