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I hadn’t been to Coney Island for the Mermaid Parade in a decade, so it’s nice to see that some things don’t change. Me and the lady rode bikes, got plenty of sun and sipped light beers.

For many guys, the event’s unbridled sexuality is reason enough to attend, but the expressed creativity and exuberance of New Yorkers is a gift for everyone. Costumes ranged from shrimp cocktail to the Sexcamaids marching band – with room for every water-themed pun in between.

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trumpeter from Brooklyn's own Hungry Marching Band

Why so serious? I'm always smiling.


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About 5 years ago I wrote a post about Black Nerds after having witnessed a couple hilarious interactions between some guys on their way into a McDonalds. It became a small-bore hit on the web. On monday an editor at the NYTimes got in touch, having read some pull-quotes from that piece and the rest as they say is history. Here’s my take on why social media helps one to watch basketball games better, with forays into the societal implications of such.

And if you haven’t been watching the NBA playoffs these past few weeks, well, shame on you.


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The horses were nothing short of regal. And there was certainly an elegance, the whiff of pageantry. The seamy side — the “edge” as one of our cohort put it — made the place that much more real. It was a day spent like few others.

And hitting a horse at 57-1 odds didn’t hurt one bit, not at all.

 


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That’s Mr. Pollard to you. Me and Jason have been friends and brothers in film for going on a decade now. But I always tease him because he doesn’t remember when we first met — a good 7 years before that back when he was a goofy 17-year-old and I was a goofy 18-year-old. Now he’s producing, editing, Sundance-ing. Real big.


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Though we shot back in July, this chilly winter is the perfect time to finally show of the video I shot for Thaddeus Clark’s Hi-8. I’ve had the album for months as well, and if you’re looking for your new headphone masterpiece, head on over to hellabasic.com and cop one for free. Trust me, it plays straight through.

I’ve also written a little break-down on some of the one-man-band filmmaking tips I used in the making-of over at No Film School. Be sure to catch the tussle in the comments section.


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Was in DC on a gig the last two weeks and got to check in with some family. Here’s the view from where I stayed. Not bad.

While that was happening, my interview piece on Khoi Vinh finally went live. Even got a write-up. Onwards towards winter.


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I sat down with Khoi Vinh, former Design Director of NYTimes.com, to discuss the subject that has made his work most noteworthy: the grid. And in his case the “g” almost deserves to be capitalized. The result is an illuminating conversation about Khoi’s plans for the future, first interest in the field of design, and even the grid’s complex relationship with emotion.


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Teaser for Hi-8 by Thaddeus Clark. Full video to follow soon.

There is the famous Godard adage about needing only a gun and a girl to make a film. But what about a Zipcar and a couple? There’s always sneaking into abandoned warehouses and the beach too.


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