My Personal Invite to The Gangrene Film Festival: Apollo 13 on Sept 14 2012

Hello my dear friends with connections to Utah.

It is time once again for me to do a quick personal plug for our annual Comedy Short Film Festival (www.gangreneproductions.com & www.facebook.com/gangrenefilmfestival). It is less than a week away (at the Ed Kenley Amphitheater in Layton, Utah on Friday, September 14th) and I would like to encourage you to attend for a multitude of reasons (several of which I have bullet-pointed the last couple of years on Blogmaster2000.com and on Facebook and will now copy and paste and update where necessary):

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#ComposerCondoms – July 2011 (Failed Meme Creation Attempt)

Every once in a while I try to tackle the big wide social world all on my own and create a meme. I have failed to have any kind of impact whatsoever. Every single time. Here is my personal favorite attempt that gained zero notice on Twitter, and only made a little blip on Facebook when I reposted it to a Fan Page I administrate there for a local weekly comedy show that I produce.

If you are inspired by this one, then I invite you to pile on in the comments. I mean, only if you want. I mean, I don’t care. I am good if you don’t want to. It’s no biggie… Honest…

I have arranged these back into the order in which they were originally tweeted:

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The Current Top Five Nerdiest Things In My Life

(Originally posted on Blogmaster2000.com on 1-24-12)

I no longer consider myself a full-fledged nerd /or a full on geek. At a certain point life just kind of takes over and those things that dominated our perception of ourselves lose some of their traction, as our very own Craig so aptly explained previously.  Right now, I tend to refer to myself as a Reformed Geek. Life has staged an intervention for me and forced me into its own 12 step program that has curtailed my dogged determination to be fully immersed in nerdology.

All of that does not mean that I no longer have any Geek tendencies, though. My former massive nerdishness still resonates strongly with my more nostalgic side and I keep my gauntleted hand in the water just to stay connected to that past part of me. That is why I thought it might be interesting to put together the following list of the current Top Five Nerdiest things in my life.

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Walk the Line – Movie Review (***)

(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 3-9-06)

I am disillusioned. There is a reason that I do not, as a rule, enjoy Celebrity Biographies. They all follow the same template; difficult childhood, sudden extreme fame with unimaginable privilege, followed closely by seduction and addiction, then the hurt and damaged relationships with those that cared and, finally, redemption through true love. Compelling, eh? VH-1 had a great multi year run recounting this same formula. I know this story backwards and forwards. I believe that I am absolutely jaded enough to expect it to pop up around every corner. But, really, if I am so jaded, why didn’t I see it coming in Walk the Line?

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Hairspray – Movie review (***1/2)

(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 7-29-7)

Ok, I will admit right up front that I am only passingly familiar with the original John Waters movie on which the Broadway musical (and thus by extension this film version of the musical) was based, and even though I can hold my own in a casual film geek conversation that involves John Waters movies, I really can’t pull off an in depth critical conversation of his filmography. I have no real excuse other than to say that during that period in my life when Waters was making his cross over from truly independent film to more mainstream type fair I was busy watching independent foreign horror and martial arts movies (not much different than what I do today). Having said that, based on how sweet and fun the story was for this movie, I might go back and revisit the whole Waters’ oeuvre.

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The Flaming Lips at the Palms in Las Vegas – 9-16-07

(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 9-22-07)

It is funny how the Flaming Lips just kind of snuck up on me. I had never heard of them until the release of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots in 2001, and even then I only came across them on accident when the album was being streamed online by AOL in pre-release. The title completely caught me off guard and made me smile, which isn’t always an easy thing to do. And really, that in a nutshell has pretty much been my whole experiences with the band ever since – continually doing something that catches me off guard and makes me smile. I think I connect mostly with their music for their alternately goofy and wise lyrics and for their seemingly endlessly restless searching nature. And now I am a fan – as big a fan as I can be of anything, anyway…

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Fearless Freaks – Movie Review (***)

(Originally posted on i-Pocalypse.com on 6-6-05)

The Flaming Lips are a bit of an odd man out group in the music world. They are one of those groups that have literally been around forever (since 1983) in one form or another. Fearless Freaks, a documentary by Bradley Beesley, follows the group from their youth through the various incarnations of the group to their signing with Warner Bros in ’91 through to the release of their CD Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots.

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