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GoPro Fusion vs. Ricoh Theta S — In the Thunderdome, which camera would win?

Four years ago, I was selected to participate in the “Spherical Report 360” initiative — a collaboration with CNN and camera manufacturer Ricoh. As a participant, I received a Ricoh Theta, which at the time was one of the first one-shot consumer 360 spherical cameras on the market.

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RIP Peter O’Toole

Today an old friend from whom I hadn’t heard from in years reached out via email to say that upon hearing the news of the passing of Peter O’Toole, he had to chuckle at my verbal parry with the actor many, many years ago when I was a teenager. The story went something like this: […]

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RIP Armen Mirzaian

Halloween 2010 Earlier today artist and animator Armen Mirzaian was laid to rest at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills. He had been killed in a car accident only a week before. Armen was once a co-worker of mine on a project I did a few years ago. While I didn’t know Armen very well outside […]

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (1948) Max Fleischer Studios & Jam Handy Productions

While Rankin-Bass gets all the love for their classic 1964 stop motion version of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer“, the above featured animated short by Max Fleischer Studios was actually the first telling of the original story as written by Robert May in 1939. May, a 34 year-old copywriter for the Chicago based department store […]

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Namaste, Rik Sharaj

I’m utterly shocked and deeply saddened to hear yet another friend has passed on into the light this year. While Rik Sharaj may have gone on to become one with Shiva his music will forever live in my heart. Namaste, dear Rik. At every full moon I will remember you with joy and I will […]

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The Art of Clément Sauvé

The comic book art and animation community suffered a tragic loss on Wednesday when Clément Sauvé passed away at the young age of 33 after a struggle with cancer. I met Clément only once and worked with him if however briefly on “G.I. Joe Renegades” last year but in that short time came to recognize […]

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“A Table is a Table” – A Short Film starring Jack Danahy

To my great sadness today I discovered that actor Jack Danahy, a friend and colleague, passed away some time over the holiday season due to complications of lung cancer. Jack was quite a conversationalist and it was through our mutual fascination and enjoyment of butoh that we connected.  But it was his love of evolutionary […]

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Hollis Hawthorne A Year Later

A year ago this week my friend Hollis Hawthorne fell into a coma as a result of a motorcycle accident she suffered in India. Her progress has been slow but steady and both her friends and her family have been blogging about it and documenting every milestone. For instance, recently her friends blogged as of […]

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Rest In Peace: Martin Bosworth

I first met Martin Bosworth (aka @martinboz) a year ago this month at the L.A. Tweetup, a face-to-face social networking meetup for Los Angelenos. So in a weird way it seems fitting that I learned of his recent death on Twitter. Bosworth was a managing editor at the consumer advocacy site ConsumerAffairs.com. He also posted […]

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Ukulele Underground’s Huntington Beach Jam

It was a super wet rainy day for a meet up with Aldrine Guerrero from Ukulele Underground who’s here in SoCal to attend NAMM. Since I don’t play the uke (and have no plans to) I thought I’d just come to see his live show on Tuesday at DiPiazza‘s in Long Beach. But then I […]

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