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Salman Khan started as a hedge-fund manager upon teaching his 7th-grade cousin the basics of math via Yahoo Doodler, was inspired to create more “lectures” and post then on Youtube.

Thus has started a movement of going to “Khan Academy” and learn concepts that still stump students during homework.

Khan Academy is a non-profit and covers Math, Biology, Physics, History and Computer Science.



When a Connecticut couple decided to get married at the Mystic Aquarium, home to a very expressive Beluga whale, they chose to do it in front of Juno’s tank.  When the mariachi band started up, so did Juno.

Today  was an impossible feat; I was a sound man on a commercial shoot involving a toddler and a puppy.

Before I get into it, the story: A man sits on a park bench with a puppy and a toddler. An attractive woman walks over.

Oh my, Is this your puppy?

Why, yes it is.

And this is your kid? Are you his father?

Well, not really…

His uncle…?

Close…I rented him.

Rented him?

And sensing her negative reaction…

No, of course not! You can’t just rent a kid to pick up women!

The woman of course is weirded out and leaves, and the man tries to convince the toddler to take $20. The toddler ends up taking $100.

Happily I didn’t have to plan nor produce this short “film” but enjoyed watching the director and producer (also the mother of the toddler) cull the best acting performance from a 2 year-old who only wanted to run away across the park. It was cute during the first hour….3 hours went by…


Since I was the sound guy, I had a free pass to not get involved, but secretly decided that combining toddlers with pet animals was a no-no. The puppy was adorable and sensing an impending allergic reaction (I didn’t really, but that would really suck), didn’t pet the puppy (but wanted to take it home). For various shots crackers were used get Roark to approach the camera (Roark simply took the crackers and offered them to the puppy). All in all, a good day’s work in the sweltering sun, a happy client and $ in the pocket.

It all brings to mind how my own parents tried to whore me out to  commercials, with zero luck. My ADD was is full swing and taking orders from some strange man was well, strange. That was my first and last Coca-Cola commercial audition.

On Thursday was a shoot in Rockland County for a series of cooking videos with Jamie Gellar.

Armed with her assistants Tamar and Hadassah we shot 7 (7!) cooking videos, all of which centered around….dough.

The task: with a one large mound of dough make as much as kosherly possible. (Mound? I’m not sure about that word but hey..).

Jed was on hand to keep me from tripping over my own wires.

In news that struck me as cool, GizMag (my source for all things futuristic) posted an article about Aphidiodea, an architecture firm building eco-friendly structures using shipping containers. This is great for our society going green, especially with new reaily available materials.

“Because they are sturdy, waterproof, transportable, and perhaps only a little bit smaller than some low-rent apartments, disused shipping containers have become very popular for conversion into low-impact buildings.”
It also begs the question: how are we redesigning shipping containers now? More pictures below.

The floorplan…

The method of construction….

There are only 3 car classes left and everyone was hurrying to get in the paint booth. Our fenders require many coats of primer before being actually painted with color; I finished with primer today.

Here I’m sanding my fender. I’m wet sanding because the grit on the paper is rated at 320 and the paper needs water to stay together (that’s the scientific explanation).  I joked today that my fender looked like a dolphin when it was wet; two people laughed. I think there are crazy fumes in that place.

Here I’m in the paint booth. This is the second time and I’m less scared of the paint gun than before. You have to hold it 8 inches from the fender and spray in controlled movements. The teacher says “impersonate a robot”, and I can’t get that stupid Short Circuit “Johnny 5” robot out of my head. Yes, below is a picture of Johnny 5 as The Pope. Imagine a robot Pope spraying a car fender?

Today I edited the photo-shoot video down into 4 minutes from 20 hours of footage.

The last company I worked for full time had me editing fashion videos (I got quite bored filming in the tent during Fashion Week. People were always going “OMG, can you take me? Do you get to meet models?” No, and no. Filming this photo-shoot brought all that back, and editing it put me further into the “vanity vortex.”

Here’s the first cut; they’ve already said they want something “faster and flashier”, so we’ll see how it goes…

fter I was done editing I went to the gym, my second session of fitness; every morning I’ve been riding the bike and watching an episode of “Community”- the length of one show is my workout. This started when I met you, so my hormones have been in full bloom since.

“Retro Fitness” is this huge gym complex next to the Glen Cove train station. It’s $20 a month and seems like a “Walmart” of gyms. With its McDonald’s color scheme (even the machines are red and yellow!) it has to be a chain that’s stomping everybody…and it’s nearby!


I never thought of blogging until that movie “Julie & Julia.” 

It was a good movie, with blogging and food, with the woman (“Julie”) obsessively cooking and driving her husband crazy.

But she diligently updated her blog about cooking everything Julia Child ever made. I became hungry and desired to cook French food.

Growing up I watched my mother bitch and moan about how my father never helped out, and how Sri Lankan food took a year and a day  to prepare.

How does food that takes so long to prepare became a staple in Tamil culture? Who’s awake to eat it? Maybe the American fast-food culture makes sense!