Corpus Christi Time Lapse
November 26th, 2010 | View Post
Since we've been sitting around my parent's house in Corpus for the Thanksgiving holiday, my sister and I have been experimenting with her new camera. I downloaded the software that lets us hook it up to my Apple and so we can control the camera with much more granularity than the camera otherwise allows for.

She and I setup my computer and her camera on the front porch while we had dinner and let it take a picture every 20 seconds for an hour or so. Once the sun had completely set, I took all of the images and stitched them together in iMovieHD.

The result was a really nice high-definition sunset.


Hank on the Treadmill
September 20th, 2010 | View Post
I was at Dreux's house earlier today and saw the most amazing thing: his Boston Terrier, Hank, actually enjoys walking on their treadmill. It was one of the funnier things I've seen.

Anyway, I shot some video of him doing it and stitched together a little movie.


World Trade Center Mosque Commentary
August 24th, 2010 | View Post
I'm fucking exhausted of listening to all of the bullshit that's being spewed left and right about this whole mosque debate. On the right we have a bunch of bigoted assholes, with absolutely no respect for legal process or property rights and all of whom appear gravely confused as to what this war is allegedly for that we're fighting. But on the left, we've got a bunch of hipsters trying to advocate for the rights of a group that they couldn't disagree more with. And I'd be all for that if their view was at least consistent. But I guarantee next time some other close-minded conservative group needs help, they're not going to be there. This is fashionable protesting in my opinion and is just ludicrous.

I tried to make my writings on the matter a bit less opinionated.



Full text of the video clip below:

Over the past several weeks I have been quietly enjoying this debate over the "World Trade Center Mosque". To me personally, this is nothing more than a property rights issue and provided the organization legally owns the land and conforms to the local building codes, they're completely within their right and there are no certainly complaints from me.

While I'm in no way surprised at the reactions coming from the right, I wish I could say that I was surprised at the reactions coming from the left and wanted to explore this confusion.

I know that the poetic diction of Keith Olbermann and Rachel Maddow is mentally invigorating, but they're both paid to appease an audience and you're not a "news commentator". In short, this mosque is a complete contradiction of the left's own guiding principles.

Let me very quickly illustrate what I mean.

Islam is a western religion just like Christianity. It uses arbitrary rules to control its congregation and promises a bountiful afterlife if these rules are adhered to. Meanwhile, it basks in its own wealth and just like other churches, has virtually no regulatory oversight, and pays absolutely no taxes in our country.

So let's consider some basic social issues. Much like its common Christian counterpart, Islam is openly against any freedom of abortion, condemns any form of promiscuity, and strongly opposes homosexuality - in some cases even to the penalty of death in other countries.

You may have recently read how a Saudi Arabian court, under non-secular Sunni Islam law, sought to medically sever a man's spine in retribution for him paralyzing another man two years earlier with a knife. This is the same non-secular system of government that justifies the stoning of raped women in the name of honor. And mind you, this is not mob rule. This is religion, affecting government, attempting to carry out unspeakable acts against other human beings, all in the good name of God.

Let's consider some financial issues. Think about all the poor starving children, diseased nations, and uneducated African villages that could benefit from a 100 million dollars worth of charity. I know you believe they should be helped, but I guess it's better that a few thousand people practice religion in comfort than a few hundred thousand get the chance at basic survival. Of course, this is very consistent with the thinking of western religion, for example: the Vatican.

Also, do you have any idea what the tax revenue on a $100 million dollar building in the financial district of Manhattan is worth? Since this is a Mosque, presumably it’s nothing. Which is unfortunate considering social services such as food banks, homeless shelters, and public HEAHTLCARE centers are in dire need of funding.

Let me be clear. I have absolutely no prejudice for Muslims at all. Rather, I have contempt for anyone - Christian, Jew, Muslim, or otherwise - that would use their faith to interfere with the lives of others while wasting money on divine opulence.

So, my argument is not suggesting you should or should not give your support to this building. Rather it is suggesting that the only reason you ARE giving your support is because of the age-old proverb that "the enemy of your enemy is your friend". Basically that just because the political-right is opposed to this Mosque, you naturally support it.

Where is your compassion for the Christian right lobbying against gay marriage? ...or condemning abortion? ...or wanting to ban contraceptives? ...or, the list goes on. The simple reality is that like it or not, you do not agree with one SINGLE philosophy that this organization has to offer.

Imagine the wonderful irony that would exist if Christians and Muslims ever figured out that they opposed the same social ideologies that liberals fight so hard for. My guess is that you'd be far less willing to support them then.

That's not to suggest you should be out there denouncing their plight, but it sure seems strikingly hypocritical to openly support it.

To conclude, you simply can't have it both ways. You can't openly condemn one religion spreading their ideas against social norms, but then turn right around and speak in favor of an otherwise identically conservative religious ideology attempting to do the same thing, just because it happens to be in the minority.

Thank you.

Umami Burger - Culinary Heaven
June 3rd, 2010 | View Post

Matt "Woody" Woodson enjoying his Umani Burger
Although I've never attended a Fellowship of the Bun meeting, I have been keeping close tabs on the group and would like to share my experience of an absolutely fantastic burger I found in Los Angeles.

The name of the restaurant is Umami and, although I believe the original is somewhere on La Brea, I dined at the newer location on Hollywood Blvd. in the southeast part of Los Feliz (near Silverlake).

Hands down, this is perhaps one of the most delectable burgers I have ever tasted. Starting with the bun, the bread is lightly toasted and has just the right amount of "fluff" to it. Best I can guess, it is a semi-sweet type of bread and maintains its consistency throughout the entire meal.

All burgers in the restaurant are prepared medium-rare and, in light of this, I can only assume part of their perfect taste is an extremely high grade of beef. The burger is incredibly juicy but somehow not at all greasy. It is topped with cheese, sun-dried tomato, caramelized onions and a light homemade sauce.

From start to finish, this burger is perfect. Although side items are sold a la carte, the sweet potato fries only add to this all-around perfect meal. They are lightly salted and, from what I can tell, also have a hint of brown sugar and/or cinnamon added.

I'm not a huge fan of the restaurant itself. It has a very LA-ish vibe, and by that it is trendy, overly pretentious and a bit pricey. But if you can set that aside, the burger will not disappoint.

Expect to pay about $16.00 - $18.00 for the burger, fries, drink, tax and tip.
Johnny Taco Artwork
March 15th, 2010 | View Post

Me with the real Johnny Taco (he's on the left).
I've been working on a small project out here in Los Angeles called Johnny Taco with a friend of mine, Manny Ruiz. Basically it's a mobile restaurant idea that only sells breakfast tacos since the breakfast taco is evidently not sold in Los Angeles. If you're from Los Angeles and you say to yourself, "isn't that the same as a breakfast burrito", it's not.

Anyway there is a guy by the name of Jamie Oliff who painted all of the artwork at the Dresden and I asked him if he would do the artwork for us. The idea was to have a caricature of Johnny from the Dresden holding a taco. I like where he's going with this.

As a side note, I added in all of the restaurant-esque stuff.


Johnny Taco in all of his glory


The Famous Fisher-Lyons Cherry Pie
February 28th, 2010 | View Post
Since Liz works late at the Dresden sometimes, I thought I would make us a delicious cherry pie using the recipe that my friends, Grant and Ashley Fisher, taught me. And since the house was empty and I didn't have much else to do, I thought it would be especially fun to make a "how-to" video for the internet as well.


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