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on interstellar and the illusion of time.

i saw interstellar last night and it’s a great movie. not perfect by any means, but it’s sci-fi and even Neil DeGrasse Tyson is okay with the ending.

many of the theories in the film are explored in the embedded NOVA episode, “The Fabric of the Cosmos: The Illusion of Time” which has quotes from physicists that sound like they could be buddhist monks – e.g. “everything that has ever happened or will happen – it all exists.” and from an NPR story on the show, “Our days certainly seem numbered. We long to know if this countdown to darkness is real, or simply the trick of a more limited perspective.”

for even more Deep Thoughts About Time, give a listen to the Radiolab Time episode and remember that all of this has happened before and all of this will happen again.

day 3352: first screening in the treehouse movie theater!

First showing in the tree house movie theater!

a few weeks ago while i was hanging christmas tree lights for ambience i suddenly realized that i had built the treehouse deck perfectly to show movies on our house!

there was space for about an 11 foot screen. and as if by magic the “throwing distance” from the deck to the house is such that the it’s the perfect distance to project onto the space. so obviously this was something that HAD TO HAPPEN! SOON!

day 3352: first screening in the treehouse movie theater! II.

i quickly procured a projector and decided to test it out by playing star wars episode IV. i was just testing and i didn’t think it was going to look great without putting up a screen so i wasn’t even intending to watch the whole movie. but it looked so awesome we decided to sit outside and watch our first movie in the trees!

day 3352: first screening in the treehouse movie theater! III.

while you can see the lines of the siding, after a few minutes of watching you quickly didn’t notice them. that said, i have plans to build a screen which will make the experience even more excellent! it’s hard to see on the photos but resolution of the image is a.maz.ing! i hooked up the insanely affordable and great sounding cyber acoustics computer speakers we have in the house which made it even more like being in a theater, EXCEPT WE’RE IN THE TREES!

watching movies on the treehouse deck is, without a doubt, going to be a regular thing.

day 3339: odin and pushkin enjoy their first ( and maybe last ) drive-in movie.

day 3339: odin and pushkin enjoy their first ( and maybe last ) drive-in movie.

we’re lucky enough to have a drive-in theater nearby in richland center wisconsin and decided to take odin and pushkin to see turbo because, sadly, the theater might be closing soon.

at the end of 2013 films are no longer being distributed, well, on film. and it costs about $70,000 per screen to convert to digital projectors. the starlight website says they are going to start a fundraising campaign soon, but it seems a bit late in the game. next weekend is their last showing for the season and if they don’t raise the money they won’t open next year.

i hope they raise the money and we’ll certainly kick in some to help because it’s a whole lot of fun to lay on the ground on a blanket and catch a movie!

i thought the movie was funny and cute, but odin said he’s seen better :-)

day 3103: odin shows off his lego millennium falcon.

day 3103: odin shows off his lego millennium falcon. I.

like a lot of kids his age odin loves lego and while he hasn’t seen the star wars movies, he somehow seems to know a lot about them and really likes the millennium falcon, so he was super excited to have gotten the lego ship as a gift for christmas from his grandparents.

while it isn’t the 5,000 piece star wars ultimate collector’s millennium falcon ( which can be had for $3,000! ), it’s still a large 1,500 piece set and i thought it would take him a few days to put it together.

as usual, i underestimated him. it took about 4 hours :-)

day 3103: odin shows off his lego millennium falcon. II.

in honor of putting together the grand ship, we decided to right a wrong and watched episode IV: a new hope so, you know, he could see the inside of the ship in the movie ( he loved the movie ).

day 2702: the muppets!

day 2702: the muppets!

ah, who amongst us of a certain age doesn’t have find spot in their heart for the muppets?

and so odin and us went to the theater to see the new muppet movie which has great reviews on rotten tomatoes ( trivia: this is only the second movie odin has ever seen in a theater ).

it ended up being a very cute, goofy movie. not perfect, but recommended.

although there were lots of meta, insidery jokes odin really enjoyed the movie even though he hasn’t watched much of the original tv show or any of the other movies. i heard loads of laughter from folks of all ages through the whole movie.

side note, whenever i hear rowlf the dog i always think he’s channeling tom waits. i mean, it’s totally obvious, right?

except for the fact that rowlf first made his appearance as a muppet in 1963 when tom was still in high school and well before he recorded his first demo album. so it’s entirely possible that tom waits is actually channeling rolf!

here’s rowlf covering “warm beer and cold women” off of nighthawks at the diner.

the 25th anniversary of ferris bueller’s day off

on the 25th anniversary of ferris bueller’s day off ( seriously, it’s not on netflix instant?! ) i present two different visions for a sequel. the first the first 12 pages of ‘ferris bueller’ sequel script where he’s made a small fortune with his personal motivation program and the comedy short ferris bueller’s last day off. anyone think either is funny? bueller? bueller?

update: as of february 1st 2013 it’s now on netflix instant!

narration scenes from “The Joys of Ridesharing”.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". I.

some scenes from filming “The Joys of Ridesharing” movie which is a fun video encouraging folks to use the the rideshare van at work. you’ve already seen a scene from me “playing” the part of the “lonely guy” riding in his gigantic car all by himself trying to catch up on his reading.

and now, in an internet exclusive ( take that TMZ! ), here are a few images of us filming the narration scenes which will humorously tie together all the footage. the scenes were filmed in and around driftless books in the forgotten works warehouse to give it a masterpiece theatre vibe.

it was a whole lotta fun helping put this together with macon luhning and mister koppa. as you might imagine it took us more than a few takes to make it through some of the surreal scenes.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". II.

there’s always some interesting reading in general metaphysics. you can tell when i’m standing around getting a little bored while mike and macon are rehearsing dialogue.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". III.

more standing around pondering interesting scenes between the scenes at the forgotten works warehouse.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". IV.

macon and mister koppa making comedy gold.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". V.

just finished with my “lay on the floor and roll mister koppa into the scene on a ladder” duties and notice the more things change the more they stay the same ( published in 1968 ).

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". VI.

the “tricycle and elevator” scene where mister koppa descends in the elevator, flings open the door and somberly states, “driving by yourself can make you lonely. make you sad.” this was the hardest scene to film and keep it together. there are a lot of outtakes that end with one of bursting into uncontrollable laughter. my sole job was to stand off to the side and help mike open the elevator door while sitting on the tricycle.

rumor has it that if you view the finished movie you can see my disembodied hand flinging up the door.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". VII.

it’s not every day you can get a shot of a man on a tricycle in an antique elevator, so i savor the moment.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". VIII.

spontaneous scene set-up.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". IX.

spot the secret message in this scene?

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". X.

mister koppa opening the scene with “my mother, my self an electric fire accompanied by me playing a sappily sad piano tune in the background.

narration scenes from "The Joys of Ridesharing". XI.

the final scene with more than a few allusions to mister rogers’ neighborhood.