Monday, November 30, 2015

7 Song Named "Hello" That Aren't Adelle or Lionel Richie

If you're really sick of hearing "Hello" by Adele and then having it followed up with the inevitable Lionel Richie follow up, then this is the blog post for you! Here's 7 songs you can listen to called "Hello," that aren't by either of them!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Indie Memphis 2015

This year, I was fortunate enough to take part in the Indie Memphis Film Festival. Not only did I have a short featured in the festival, my band also played before one of the films! 

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Flag

So, my original post was longwinded and softly worded. Since that one wasn't clear, I'll break it down.

The Confederate Flag represents a failed state based on the violent oppression of a group of people. They were tortured, slaughtered, and enslaved.

It became popular during the Civil Rights movement to fly the flag in the face of African Americans to remind them that they were inferior and threaten their lives.

It has no place in a government supported by our tax dollars. There is nothing stopping you from displaying or wearing the Southern Cross, but you would be an asshole to do it.

The flag is part of our heritage. It is an embarrassing, horrible, violent heritage that belongs in a museum to prevent future generations from enslaving others.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

The Wal-Mart Effect

This article was originally written in 2009 for my personal blog. Since then, many of my predictions have come true. Blockbuster and other specialty retailers have shuttered. Wal-Mart's hold on the economy is not as strong as it was back then, but it is still a juggernaut. Luckily, people are beginning to see the company's detrimental effect on the economy are fighting against it. 

We all hate Wal-Mart. 

We hate the over crowded stores, the under manned registers, the clutter, the dirt, and the freaks that are regularly on display. We hate the loud, annoying children running around, and the shopping carts whose wheels barely turn. Then why do we all shop there? The answer is obvious: IT'S SO CHEAP!

Wal-mart fills a couple of spaces in our daily lives. Number one: it's cheap. Most of us don't have that much money and we have to make it go a long way. Secondly, it's convenient. Most of us are also very busy. We work, we have families, we have a lot of shit to do. We don't have time to run all over town to 10 different stores to get what we need. We want to go to one place and walk out with everything we need. And what's wrong with any of that?

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rattlin' The Hocks

Last September, I was walking through some exhibits at the local fair with my girlfriend when my phone rang. Reception was kind of weird in there, and I lost the call before I could answer. A few minutes later, I checked my voicemail. Chad from Piano Man Pictures called to see if I was available to do sound on a shoot the next day. I had been doing a ton of shoots for the past several months, and I was kind of hoping for a break. Plus, the next day was a holiday, and I just wanted the day off. Eventually, I decided to help out, and I am extremely happy that I did.

The Grahams Website

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Sunday Author Interview: Lela Buis

Please introduce yourself. How long have you been publishing?

Hi, Richard. I'm Lela E. Buis and I published my first story in the science fiction genre in 1991. I've always been mainly a short story writer, though I'm now looking at doing some longer works and getting into the novel market. The end result of being a short story writer, though, is that I have a stock of old short stories, both published and not. Nobody much wants reprints, so in order to get these working for me, I looked at releasing some collections. 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

My Date With John Waters

As most of you probably know, I am both a filmmaker and a film fan. My tastes range from the classics to cheap exploitation. While my favorite director of all time is David Lynch, I am not sure that I would ever want to meet him. He seems to have his own M.O.: modus operandi. I don't know that we would be able to have an conversation in the same realm of existence.

One director that I have always wanted to meet is John Waters. I admit that I found him through his later work first. Some friends introduced me to the movie Pecker, which I found to be charming and quirky. It made me laugh, but I didn't think that much more about it.