July 18, 2014 - Day 130
I figure I can get one more of these in before departing to Germany.
G Wait Time: 0 minutes (almost missed the train because held up by a bad swipe)
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Elevator Wait Time: 2 minutes
listening on Kindle Fire: A great interview with the…
I apologize for falling off the wagon on this over the past couple weeks. July 4th weekend started on July 3rd, and from then until today has been nonstop craziness. We rehearsed my play over July 4th weekend like crazy. My commuting all of last week consisted of nothing but thinking about the play, making notes on the play, and figuring out what still needed to be done on the play (like building a set!). Then the play opened on Wednesday the 9th, then I had two days of extra refinement, then we all came to my office to do stuff on Saturday, then had our second performance, then went to a diner, then to my dad’s hotel. The next day was super productive— chores, stuff with wife, down to the theater, our final production, bringing chairs back to my office (seen above), then over to Nick Douglas’ for our cast party. Monday I left for San Antonio, got back yesterday (lots of writing done and watched/took notes on the Dystopiapiapia show videos), and then today I had two separate interviews about Oculus Rift stuff. Whew!
All in all, productive commutes! Just no time to write about them. Next I’m off to Germany for the World Championship of Gameful Architecture, then when I’m back, closing on our house! All in all I’m feeling pretty good about my potential to get a lot done on long trips… that or sleeping at least.
Dystopiapiapia by Alex Coulombe July 9 @ 8:45 – Wednesday July 12 @ 6:15 – Saturday July 13 @ 7 – Sunday In this satiric take on our cultural obsession with dystopian female heroes, we follow the tale of Miley Cyrus, an …
Come see Dystopiapiapia tonight at the Times Square Arts Center! Also enjoy these promo videos.
"Dystopiapiapia" opens tonight in NYC. So excited! Now learn the anthem and sing along in this helpful karaoke style video.
New York friends! Come see me in “Dystopiapiapia,” a one-act play by my friend Alex Coulombe.
The play parodies sci-fi dystopias like Ender’s Game, the Hunger Games, Divergent, Avatar, Star Wars, and Labyrinth. I play Colonel Gotye, a vicious fighter with a (spoiler) brutal death scene.
Shows on Wednesday at 8:45, Saturday at 6:15, and Sunday at 7, at the Roy Arias Stage II, 300 W 43rd St, 4th floor. Twenty bucks at the door.
Tonight’s opening night! No time to write more.
My thoughts on San Francisco Opera’s performance of Madame Butterfly. Colored by other proximity opinions.
No rating, but still thoughts. This is the collection of plays put on by my good friend Danton Spina, including one by me and one by him.
June 25, 2014 - Day 117
Got home late since I got to work late yesterday, then worked on video projects until late, making me too tired to get to work on time, so I got to work late again which just keeps the cycle going…
G Wait Time: 3 minutes
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listening on Kindle Fire: Welcome to Nightvale. I’m finding more than anything, this podcast is excellent background noise. I don’t mean that it’s unengaging, but it puts me in a wonderfully free mindset that triggers thoughts on all sorts of things. The episode I listened to today elaborated more on the evil hum coming from the dog park. Also a horoscope.
reading on Nook:Silence of the Lambs— I love how quickly it gets things going. I’m not very far and basically Jack Crawford’s like ‘look, go talk to Hannibal’ and Clarice is like ‘um, okay’ then they have this beautifully surreal first interaction that so clearly sets the stage for the future relationship. You ever meet someone and know right away that they’re going to be an important part of your life? Fascinating.
My colleague Alexa and I traveled home together from San Francisco last night. Here’s what happened to each of us:
Alexa: She received a pat down because her clothes were ‘too baggy’, and her carry-on was rummaged through. She thinks something may have been taken but they didn’t tell her.
Me: Whizzed through, no problems, and realized after that I had accidentally left a full to-go container of miso soup in my bag.
Alexa: Has many allergies, and after looking through the entire airport food court, found the only edible things she could have were an apple and a bag of rice chips.
Me: I went to a place called ‘The Plant | Cafe Organic’ and had an excellent beet burger with a salad. Also ate my miso soup.
On the Plane:
Alexa: Before getting on the plane she told me that she prefers aisle seats because she hates asking people to get up for her. On the plane she ended up not only in a window seat, but next too a giant man who spilled over onto her seat and smelled like curdled milk. She was unable to move the entire flight.
Me: Despite the captain claiming a ‘full flight’, the seat next to me was empty. I tried to get a hold of Alexa to give her the seat, but was unsuccessful. Thus, I had far more room than I needed.
Sometimes I don’t understand this world.
June 20, 2014 - Day 115
So I’m not actually at work today, therefore by my own rules I don’t need to write a post at all. But both today and (gasp) yesterday evening had some pretty noteworthy commutey stuff, and I have decreed to myself that I shall hereby forthwith document said stuff. So this is more just talky.
Last night a short play of mine opened in Philadelphia. I left my office at 4:00. I hopped on the train at Penn Station at 4:30. I arrived in Trenton, NJ, then Philadelphia at 6:45. There was some confusion about getting to the theater, but we eventually found our way to 5th St. via the Market-Frankfurt Line and arrived about 7:45 PM. Hung out with some friends, and the show started at 8.
It was great.
The show ended about 9:30. We hung out and talked for a bit, walked to a bar and were graciously offered some free food by a friend of a friend, then we started walking back to the train station about 10:00. Being late at night, and Philadelphia, we didn’t catch a train until about 10:25. Emerging at 10:40 to catch a 10:45 commuter train, we found ourselves trapped in a parking lot outside 30th Street Station. I jumped over a hedge while Morgan and Liz ran to the other side of the parking lot, eventually finding their way out. We caught the train and arrived at Penn Station about 1 AM. Bed by 2:30.
I then woke up at 5:30 AM to catch a 6:15 car that took me to JFK, then somehow ended up in an ‘express’ security line that required no removal of belt or shoes or laptop or kindle or nook. Flight left early (everyone was onboard!) at 7:50, and I arrived in San Francisco at 11:15 AM (local time).
This was an important stretch of madness for me, because it helped confirm that I can in fact be productive on long commutes, even if I’m tired and stressed and would rather just be sleeping the whole time. Here’s what I did:
NYC to Philadelphia: reviewing footage from my Sims film, broken up with a little Age of Empires II.
Philadelphia to NYC: more Sims footage, plus footage from my superhero battle scene, plus talking with Morgan about Dystopiapiapia design.
NYC to San Francisco: reading pocket articles, sleeping, watching a Stephen Sondheim documentary, sleeping, a little Silence of the Lambs, then I couldn’t pull myself away from Wreck it Ralph. I liked it a lot more on this second viewing.
I kind of fell off at the end there, but all in all, not bad! The lesson I think is to never allow myself to be tempted by TV or movies… unless there’s an easy way to incorporate it while I work. Like a second monitor.
Oh boy… I think I just saw a glimpse of my future— taking the train to work, getting stuff done on my laptop while watching stuff on my kindle. We’ll see how that goes.