Sunday, May 31, 2009

Edwards Theater Uses Cheap Projectors and Blind Projectionists?

I saw a movie this morning. Fun times with the family, OK movie, horrible image quality. First it was out of focus. Then it was in focus (after I notified the customer service rep), but still looked crappy. Most likely the theater is just using a cheap-o projector and some teenager to run it. I love the movies, but rarely have the chance to go to the theater. In fact it had been quite a while since I had sat in a theater. After today I'm not very motivated to spend $20+ to watch a movie in a theater again when it looks 100 times better on my HDTV (thank you Blu-ray). You would think that the film industry would be trying to find ways to add value and make themselves relevant in our modern age. Instead, they are using cheap projectors and overpriced concessions to keep people away. Oh well, I like my recliner better than a theater seat anyway.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Walking Around Discovery Lake

I love to get outdoors and be around nature. That can be difficult with a busy work schedule. Fortunately, we have a nice little pond near our house where we can watch the birds, see people fishing and just enjoy the view. My favorite part is seeing all of the families out for a walk. I shot this video at the end of December using the new tripod that I got for christmas.

Discovery Lake from Brandon on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Where have all the people gone?

Why is it so hard to think of things to write on a blog? Is it the long days staring at a computer screen at work? Is it the hour or two of horseplay with a toddler? Is it the hour or so of mindlessly watching the television before turning off my brain and heading to bed? I love reading and thinking and talking with other people. But when it comes time to share my thoughts with the world, I freeze up.

I wonder if it is a result of my social reality. Other than professional relationships, I live in a cocoon. My wonderful wife and son fill my life. But outside of ourselves, we often feel isolated. Most interactions with other humans take place through a computer or on a TV screen or on the phone. Frankly, most interactions just don't happen often at all.

I recently started working in Encinitas, right in the village. During my lunch breaks I started riding a bike through town, watching all of the people as I go. The hustle and bustle, the comings and goings. People actually walk, rather than drive. It's precisely what I feel has been missing from my life. The casual human element. The sense of community that comes from the physical interactions of humans. You don't get that in cars. You don't get it on the computer or on the phone. You get it standing next to someone at a crosswalk, or waiting in line at the taco shop, or watching the waves crash on the beach from the top of an ocean cliff.

I doubt I am the only one that feels this way. And yet, so many of us go about our lives, content to pursue fortune, fame or possessions, all the while missing out on the people around us. Sadly, I will likely go right back to my usual routine the moment I have finished writing this post, alone in my office...

Friday, February 6, 2009

New Job

I recently moved on from my last job and have taken a position as an Online Producer for an advertising agency in Encinitas. I am currently helping to launch several corporate websites for international companies in the golf industry. I learned a lot in my last job, but this new opportunity was too good to pass up. I am very excited and think this going to end up being a great long term career move.

One of my favorite things about my new employer is that we are located right next to the beach. So, on my lunch breaks I often walk down to the beach and watch the waves break. It is so relaxing and helps me stay balanced and focused throughout the day.

Sunday, December 7, 2008

More Surfing Fun

Over Thanksgiving weekend, we visited the central coast where Lianna's grandparents live, While there, I snapped a couple of nice photos of the surf.
Also, this weekend we had a nice swell with great conditions. I grabbed a couple of shots before heading out into the water. Fortunately, the waves were as fun to ride as they were to look at.