Friday, February 3, 2012

Only Luv Can Make You A Player.

Well a lot has happened in life since my last post.

But short of giving you all a lengthy update on life, for now I'll just post Madonna's new crazy music video and save the real blogging for later. This is a hilarious music video...the last thing I ever thought I'd say about one of her videos!

She'll be performing this at the Super Bowl on Sunday, along with three other "old" songs. Don't know if that means classic hits like "Like A Virgin" or more recent oldies like "4 Minutes." Chances are good she'll do "Vogue" though. Fascinating stuff, I know. Even more fascinating is her surprisingly fun repartee with all the folks at the NFL:

So yeah that's about it for now! In a few days I'm sure those last two links won't work anymore. Or maybe they will. Only time will tell.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Rosie is cute sometimes...

This post was supposed to have been published like, i dunno, four years ago or something. The date on the original was December 11th, 2007. For some reason the post never got published, and stayed buried for years as a "draft." Now it will finally see the light of day. Too bad it isn't more interesting!


This is an embed from Rosie O'Donnell's blog. Usually she talks for like, extended periods of time and gets kinda political. If you're into her politics then it's cool, but if not's not. Anyway, I thought this was a particularly tame and cute little nugget of Rosie-dom for you all to see and remember she exists and is not always the angry and/or misunderstood pundit she's recently appeared to be. We all have bad days and good days after all.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Remember That One Time On The Beach...

Well here we are, enjoying nature's splendor in lovely Naples, Florida. I have such fond memories of us coming here nearly five years ago when we were working at the Naples Dinner Theatre, and even more fond memories of coming to the beach quite often when my family lived in Pensacola, land of the powder-fine, white sand beaches.

It must be said that nothing compares to being able to swing by the beach to watch the sunset. Not even going to the movies, apparently, which had been the plan for tonight until we realized it had been too long since we'd come here.

Thanks for the beauty, God!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Back At The Theatre For "42nd Street"; and Feeling Great!

There are really no words to properly express what a gift being involved with Jake's show has been.

For the past few weeks, I have been lucky enough to not only watch Jake work his butt off as Billy Lawlor, but to be running one of the spotlights on the weekend. What that means is that in-between my FIVE DAYS off per week looking for work online and posting to my blogs, I have something much more invigorating to do with my time. I've never really run spot before aside from one rather unsuccessful stint (literally ONE, as in for one performance) doing it in college - for the touring production of "Steel Pier" - during which I was repeatedly reminded by the very bored SM that I was following the wrong girl. At $6 an hour they couldn't really have expected much more from me. Besides, for that one night a random chorus girl in the back row got to dance in a superbright spotlight while the lead basically danced in the dark. I'm sure she really enjoyed it. ;)

Aside from having the chance to hone my neglected talents as a spot op, however, being involved with "42nd Street" at The Naples Players this summer has been an enormous blessing. I've felt privileged to watch as many young kids who'd never tapped before - and some big kids, too - learned the original choreography and polished it continuously until opening night, when the roar of the amazed and appreciative crowd erupted the second the first tap hit he floor.

One upon a time (5 years ago), I started work on a documentary about summer stock. The primary lesson of that experience, and the main thrust of the finished film, was that when someone is truly passionate about something, there is almost no limit to how much work they can put in to make it really special. Doing a "job" that reaps its own rewards is an amazing way to live a life.

Most people would never think of suffering blisters, bruises and the multitude of other ailments that constant rehearsal in a tap-heavy show can bring, because they don't have a deep passion and a love for theatre. But pouring your heart and soul into something you believe in - or even spending time around other people who are - can do wonders for inspiring and lifting a person up. When the curtain came up on Preview night, I felt like I was the one making my debut. When the exultant faces of the cast beamed during bows, I'd be lying if I said I didn't shed just a few tears.

So although I'm not actually in "42nd Street" insofar that I'm not onstage, I feel endlessly grateful for having volunteered to be on crew, because the experience has been deeply gratifying. I feel refreshed, inspired, exhilarated, YOUNG!

It's been a great gift for the soul.

PS - The curtain goes up in just over ten minutes, so break a leg, Jake Hanson, and thank you SO much for allowing me to be a part of this experience! I love you. ;-)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Ruminations on Blog-World

This morning I continue my attempt to reaffirm what the point of this blog really is for me. I feel as though there is an obvious confluence of ideas and talents which I have to offer, and that a good idea is staring me in the face, and yet I can't seem to get it out there.

I have been writing to this blog now for nearly 4 years, the same amount of time Jake and I have been together! Actually my first proper post to the Blogger page was on October 9th, 2007, three days before our first date (we went to see "Across the Universe"). So after FOUR YEARS of blogging about random topics that interest me like theatre, television, film, music and tech, what has it all been for? I feel fairly certain that my friends and family have enjoyed keeping tabs on me that way from time to time. I also get something out of it, which is that putting thoughts and opinions down into words and putting them out into the ether for mass consumption can be good for the mind...and certainly the ego. But now I suppose what I'm looking for is a more mature form that this can take - a thesis, if you will, to guide my future blogging.

I'm still not sure what that would be, although I have a few ideas. A blog I started two years ago and quickly abandoned, "The Big Gay Sci-Fi Blog," seemed to have promise. It was all about sci-fi and gayness...and unfortunately there is less to talk about there than one might initially think. So I'm back to the drawing boards and hoping for clarity in my digital life. One thing I AM clear about, however, is that re-branding my blog as simply "tinkerTenor" is a dumb idea. It's been "The Tinkerin' Tenor" for four years now, for crying out loud. So I'm putting the "the" and the "in'" back.

My not-so-lofty goals for today (in reference to this blog) are to firm up the aesthetics a bit with different colors and a slightly modified backdrop, and to re-christen it back to its original name. Apart from that, most of my day will probably be spent reading or sitting in a corner somewhere and thinking really hard about what else to my blog.

Gee - is there an audition coming up soon or something? ;)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

New Layout, New Ideas

The Artist Formerly Known as TTT
Well, new blog posts about...about a million different well overdue. Just don't expect them all at once. I'm pacing myself.

I started to realize a few days ago that this blog, "The Tinkerin' Tenor," covers a huge gamut of my interests, and that that may be both a good and a not-so-good thing. So I've decided to take some steps to better organize my thoughts here, and in service of that end I've decided to merge my Madonna blog and my Sci-Fi blog into this blog, creating one big blog of all my interests in one place.  Eventually I hope to refine the sort of content I create here, and figure out the purpose of it all.

In honor of the new design and the new outlook, I took a long hard look at the screen name I've been using for the past few years. "The Tinkerin' Tenor" comes from a Star Trek: Voyager episode entitled, "Tinker, Tenor, Doctor, Spy." And that episode title was really a take on a classic spy novel entitled "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," by John le Carré, which has apparently been adapted for both radio and television, and will soon be given the silver screen treatment yet again in the UK. I suppose the main thrust of the title is clear, and in a way I am not unlike Voyager's Doctor in my attempts to be a digital jack-of-all-trades. I have a passion for video editing, blogging, video manipulation of all kinds, music, theatre, TV and all sorts of other such nonsense.

So after a lot of thought on the title, I realized that it really does suit me quite well, and I'll be happily keeping it. But to streamline things a bit and to more clearly pay homage to its original source, I'm shortening my online moniker from "The Tinkerin' Tenor" to simply, "Tinker Tenor." In a way that verb followed by an apostrophe always sounded a tad silly in my head anyway, so now perhaps people will think of me more as a tenor who is also, at times, a tinker...and not some weird tenor that is always "tinkerin'" away on something.

Soon I hope to further integrate the ambitions of the beautifully-designed but quickly-abandoned "Big Gay Sci-Fi Blog" from 2009, and to refine the look of this site. I have a lot of material with regard to music and writing and some pieces of my own which have never seen the light of day, and I'm thinking it may just be time to put them out there for all to see. So stay tuned, and I promise to keep updating as often as possible.

Cheerio, then!

Monday, June 27, 2011

YouTube Just Upgraded Me!

Today I got notice from YouTube that I can upload videos longer than 15 minutes in length! That means that full-length videos of documentaries and other works I've produced in the past may finally find their way onto YouTube.

It's certainly good news, but up till now I've been hosting videos like that on my Vimeo page, and if I were to host my major projects on YouTube, I feel like I'd want a different user name than my general-use "TinkerinTenor" ID...but doing that would most likely mean I'd have to start at the beginning and only upload short videos. I suppose all this just boils down to the fact that form now on my VLOGs will be a lot more long-winded than they were before...let's hope not, though.

Nook "Simple" Touch - Video Demo of Highlighting Fail

I know I mentioned this in my first post about the new Nook, but I thought perhaps I would post a video of the actual phenomenon here.

When highlighting large blocks of text that start at the top of the page, the Nook Touch sometimes (not always) misinterprets my touch input and behaves strangely, making the process nearly impossible. You'll notice in the video below, the first time I attempted to highlight the top paragraph there were no problems with highlighting, but instead I encountered a different bug altogether - rather than highlight the first word of the top paragraph the device turned back the page instead. That was slightly irritating, but not the bug I had intended to demonstrate. (My overall view of the touch interface thus far is that these sorts of bugs are first-generation-software-related.) On my second attempt to recreate the highlighting bug, I was successful...if "successful" is really the proper word for getting a device to fail.

Check out the two bugs here:

The only way to fix this is to change the font size or something and thereby get your Nook to re-paginate the offending paragraph so that it's not at the top.

It's my assumption that these bugs will be addressed in forthcoming software updates, and I very much hope that they are! This is an annoying bug that I'll need them to fix soon if I'm ever going to switch back to B&N for my eBook reading.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Anyway, Guggenheim...YouTube's CC Not Ready For Primetime (or daytime for that matter) I was taking a look at my recent Plaid On Tour upload, and noticed the little "CC" icon along the bottom bar. I'd never tried to use the "automated closed captioning" service before, so I gave it a go.

Now in Google's defense, the concept of a computer using speech-recognition to accurately transcribe audio into text, LIVE, from often poorly-articulated YouTube videos is....optimistic at best. Probably an exercise in futility, actually, but I give them kudos for trying. Needless to say the experiment, thus far, has failed. I will admit I was initially impressed with the words that were properly transcribed, and it's quite possible that with further development and more carefully-spoken and well-recorded sources, the feature might work much more reliably.

But for now, the "Transcribe Audio" feature is more useful as a means of easy entertainment. Check out the video below, my first ever VLOG of a VLOG, or VLOGVLOG, for an idea of how unsuccessful the transcription went.

Plaid Boys Get Some BBQ in Somerset, Kentucky

My most recent addition to the slow-to-catch-up "Plaid On Tour" vlog series is here.

While performing in Somerset, Kentucky, I rolled my ankle a bit. It turned out alright, of course, but at the time I felt the need to VLOG about it. Well, that and my fascination with Sonny's BBQ...and Ben & Jerry's. So basically this one is about my unhealthy relationship with food, and eating after 10pm.