Monday, August 22, 2016

Gawker Has a Posse


GAWKER.COM
January 2003 - August 2016

Don't know if this will become a dead link soon but this is the final post on Gawker:

GAWKER HAS A POSSE.

I was a fan of Gawker. It was one of my daily websites. Refresh-multiple-times-a-day websites.

Back in their old commenting system, I was even a starred commenter, which was something that meant something for a time.

It's kind of amazing and horrifying that they pissed off a billionaire who actually managed to get them shuttered.

I'm glad that some key Gawker Media sites like i09 will remain in operation. Gawker was a fucking institution. And then Hulk Hogan had sex with Bubba the Love Sponge's wife... and Gawker took the bait of that video footage...

Who would have thought that HULK HOGAN and BUBBA THE FUCKING LOVE SPONGE would have become the demise of Gawker?

It's just sort of crazy to think this website's gone. Gawker's been around since around when I started this blog!

(I know I don't update too regularly but this blog has been around for a FUCKING LONG TIME!)

Saturday, August 13, 2016

The Aborted Rage-Quit


This is a picture I took on my way home from work last night. It's our production, shooting in Brooklyn.

Going into work Friday morning, I was convinced I might have to rage-quit my job.

It's weird when you find yourself braced for an argument that never materializes.

There's this one dysfunctional core in the team I've been working with...

(Oh!, Malice!, but what if she READS this??)

[She's NOT going to read this. NOBODY reads this. YOU'RE not even reading this right now!]

... and for whatever reason, I was convinced she was going to lay out some unreasonable demands on Friday, and I found myself readying for an argument. I even found myself playing out this imaginary argument in the shower that morning. Preparing to QUIT if I had to, figuring out how I was going to make it through the rest of the year without a job.

I was heading into the Thunderdome that day.

And nothing happened.

She was on good behavior. Everyone was.

There were no blow-ups. No incidents. Even at the very end of the day: nothing.

I had this odd sensation of dazed relief as I wished everyone a good weekend and walked away from the department last night, job intact. Because of the shooting schedule, everyone else in the department had opted to get a free meal at craft services, and they were all eating at their desks. ON A FUCKING FRIDAY NIGHT. What was wrong with these people...?

I walked to the subway, stunned that I had a job to go to at the end of the weekend.

August. Can I see this through to November?

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

It's Always Raining in New York City


The view outside our office windows at Steiner Studios last night.

Right before the never-ending deluge:


This week -- starting today -- our little season 1 show is getting audited.

The files are a mess. The person who taught the clerk how to file does NOT know how to file. And these files look like garbage.

This should be fun.

Monday, July 25, 2016

GUNS N' ROSES: NOT IN THIS LIFETIME


Saturday night, I saw Guns N' Roses featuring Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan perform on a stage together.

3 originating members of the rock band.

I have seen Axl perform as GNR with other musicians.

I have seen Slash perform the music of GNR with other musicians. This is my first time seeing these people play together on one stage.

Reunited as older men, they perform these songs they wrote when they were young and stupid and filled with aggression.

Some video I shot of the opening and closing:


Guns N' Roses: Not in this Lifetime Tour Clips from MPH on Vimeo.



It was Slash's birthday but aside from a tossed off comment from Axl, there were no special birthday surprises.


Duff sported this Prince symbol on his bass, though there was no big musical Prince homage.

It was pretty spectacular, all in all. The band got on stage right on time and played the hell out of their set. I'm so familiar with GNR shows, there were no huge surprises, but it was just sort of awesome to FINALLY see these people on one stage.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

NJ Transit Train Fuckshit


Spent the night at friends' house in Jersey to see a reunited Guns N' Roses (more on that to come).

Went to hop a train back to the city Sunday morning and these two fucking slowpokes took so much time buying their motherfucking tickets at the motherfucking ticket kiosk that I had to get on the motherfucking train without a goddamn motherfucking ticket.


And when you buy a ticket ON the train, they charge you an extra motherfucking $5!

So this fucking stupid trip back home jumped from $10.50 to $15.50 because THESE SLOW FUCKING ASSHOLES!!!

For this... I want the entire world to burn.

I AM AN ENGINE OF HATRED.