Posted by: cannedcumulus | August 2, 2009

The Ocean Breathes Salty

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Posted by: cannedcumulus | July 24, 2009

Social Networking Sites and the Death of the Best Friend

With the booming expansion of social networking web sites, worldwide populations are being defined by their online persona and are signaling an interesting social shift: the death of the best friend as a societal norm.

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Posted by: cannedcumulus | July 15, 2009

Vinyl Forest Shoot

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Posted by: cannedcumulus | June 6, 2009

A Start to the West Kennebunk Summer

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Posted by: cannedcumulus | May 13, 2009

“Dead Weight” Premieres with a Bang

After a semester of hard work, I finally present to you my first short narrative film.  Enjoy:

Entitled “Dead Weight”, the film is set in the harsh post- apocalyptic world, where a young man named Drew must struggle with the balance between survival and responsibility to others as he journeys south to find what he is looking for. John Sullivan and Kate Costello star in this short student film directed by John Velasco at Marist College.

Posted by: cannedcumulus | April 7, 2009

Some People…

…never have anything except ideas.

Go do it.

—Local Chinese fortune cookie proverb

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Illuminating! © J. Sullivan 2009

Posted by: cannedcumulus | March 30, 2009

“I Love You, Man” surprises and entertains

This weekend, I was shopping at the local Poughkeepsie Galleria with my girlfriend and we decided to go see if any movies were playing we would like to see.  Walking into the movie theater to see the times, we looked down the i-love-you-man-cliplist.  The prospect looked bleak until Sarah said she heard the movie, “I Love You, Man” was good.  I said I hadn’t heard anything about it, wasn’t it just another J. Apatow knock off, etc. etc.  I looked it up and Rotten Tomatoes had given it an overall score of 80, with top critics giving it an 84.  Intrigued and convinced, we punched our tickets to the show.

The movie absolutely cracked me up and was an extremely nice surprise.  Coming in with relatively low expectations, I was blown away by the humor which was… well, funny.  Although most of it came from repetition of elements and jokes, such as Rudd’s leprechaun voice, inability to talk coherently, and “slapping the bass,” it still had a good deal of laugh out loud moments for me, as well as some truly enjoyable buddy chemistry between Paul Rudd and Jason Segel.  The plot turns were relatively predictable but the novelty and charm of the movie was in its simplicity.

While not a groundbreaker in terms of storytelling and plot twists, I would heartily recommend going to see this movie with your best friends.  I Love You, Man is a lighthearted and simple comedy that will have you smiling and enjoying their company for hours afterwards.

Posted by: cannedcumulus | March 26, 2009

First look at “Where The Wild Things Are” in action!

411px-wherethewildthingsare“And now!” cried Max, “Let the wild rumpus start!”

Finally, after much controversy and rumors of possible reshooting and artistic meddling, the public has gotten its first view of Spike Jonze’s cinematic rendering of the classic children’s book, “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak.

And wow, does it look amazing!

Right now, the trailer is exclusively on Apple’s movie trailer site.  I recommend a viewing immediately.  If the trailer is any indication of the full movie, it looks to be an incredibly creative and genuine film, a fitting tribute to the absolutely classic children’s story.  I applaud the playful look of the wild things and the exploration of the themes of hope, fear and adventure.  In addition, I think the choice of the Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up” was a perfect fit for the music.  Here are some of the stunning Read More…

Posted by: cannedcumulus | March 23, 2009

Views from the Taconic

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Posted by: cannedcumulus | March 17, 2009

iPhone 3.0 Wishlist


Today at 1 PM ET, Apple is going to announce the features of their iPhone 3.0 software.  While it seems that the new hardware will not be announced yet, I decided to make a wish list for what I want to see in it even if some aren’t what people are saying is going to happen.  So without further ado… my list:

MMS- I want to get funny pictures from my friends whenever I want.  I also want to send funny pictures to my friends whenever I want instead of e-mailing it to them!

SMS with the tilted keyboard like in Safari- When I bought the iPhone, I was flabbergasted when this was not included.  I want my phone to have a real full size keyboard!

Copy/ Paste- Just because it might be handy.iphoneconcept06

Background apps- So sound from one like Pandora or Ambiance doesn’t go off every time I have to do something else requiring an exit.

32 GB capacity (at least)- Because my 8 GB can only hold less than 1/4 of my music.

Video chat- So that I could not only talk to my friends, but video chat with them.

Data plan optional phone- I read an article mentioning the rumour of a phone that could leave out the data plan, letting you access the internet only through wi- fi.  While this decreases some of the mobile awesomeness of the iPhone, it also is much cheaper which could make some interesting decision making possible.

So there you have it, my most wanted features for the next iPhone, hardware and software.  We’ll see if any of them come to fruition today at 1 o’clock.

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