Check out the above video if you haven’t already. The philosophy is one I find myself attracted to.

I don’t believe that people should prioritize work as much as they do. I’m grateful that my job is with Tina, and that when we work, we’re together.

I also believe that when I’m with family and friends, they are the priority. It drives me nuts that when we are visiting my family for short periods of time that we’re not the focus as much as I’d like.

I don’t believe in the afterlife, so this is the time I have with you. Close the lid on the laptop. Put down the cell phone. Let’s talk about real things that we think about.

I know. I expect a lot.

Anyway, check out the video.

I saw this it many places, but TYWKIWDBI was the only one I saw that included this description:

Narration by Alan Watts.

Watts felt forced to decide between the Anglican Christianity he had been exposed to and the Buddhism he had read about in various libraries, including Croshaw’s. He chose Buddhism…

Watts’ fascination with the Zen (or Chan) tradition—beginning during the 1930s—developed because that tradition embodied the spiritual, interwoven with the practical, as exemplified in the subtitle of his Spirit of Zen: A Way of Life, Work, and Art in the Far East

He attempted to work out a blend of contemporary Christian worship, mystical Christianity, and Asian philosophy. Watts was awarded a master’s degree in theology in response to his thesis, which he published as a popular edition under the title Behold the Spirit. The pattern was set, in that Watts did not hide his dislike for religious outlooks that he decided were dour, guilt-ridden, or militantly proselytizing—no matter if they were found within Judaism, Christianity, Hinduism, or Buddhism…

As part of his growing popularity, Matt Stone and Trey Parker—creators of the animated series South Park—have also contributed a video tribute by animating some of his lectures.

Via Boing Boing.

Lighting for film noir


Last night, Bill and I worked with an actor in the studio and were able to work with our new lighting setup.

That was after a long day of shooting for Tina and me. We shot a family out in the suburbs, and I had a ton of photo editing to work on.

But the studio stuff is my favorite, and I can’t wait to work with it more.

The above shot is from our shoot last night. And as you might know, I don’t name our talent here at this blog. But I felt confident when working with him that he has a great future ahead of him.

I’ve been looking for inspiration for this kind of lighting, and I found work by James Weber. Be sure to go over and check it out. You won’t be disappointed.

It’s not all safe for work. There are no egregious nudes, but there’s an occasional nipple, male and female.