Monday, May 28, 2007
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Spring in Ealing brings out many little critters - including the squad of tiny lithe brand new squirrels in our back garden and this mini-flotilla of ducklings at Walpole Park.
Friday, May 25, 2007
The glitches, they have been defeated. They flee like Orcs into the woods, to be devoured by ... the woods.
So enjoy the triumph ...
Bask in the splendor ...
Try in the Splenda ...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Gallery2 Is Totally Dum
The software is working fine. I am not.
It should be worked out in a day or two. I hope, in fact, that by the time you read this it will be all sorted out.
Sunday, May 20, 2007
We all do. We all love to look at them.
I myself tend to like to look at moving pictures. But there are also non-moving ("still") pictures you can look at.
I take still pictures, you know. Or "take" isn't the best word really. Let's say, instead: "I make still pictures."
But I don't make as many moving pictures as I ought. All those years at the best film school in the world and hour after wretched hour of honing my screenwriting talents, and some days I feel like I'm squandering it all. But there's still time. Plenty of time. It's not like I have a baby on the way or anything.
But what I wanted to alert you of - or alert you to- what I wanted to alert you all about was that there's a new Neal Romanek Photos & Images Gallery up. At the time of this writing it's in a beta (i.e., test, with no money back guarantees) version.
These new pictures pages use open source Gallery2 software, easily uploaded to your web server. Gallery2 is quite configurable and allows for multiple photo albums by multiple users. Using Gallery2, you and your friends and their friends could all exchange images privately and no one would ever, ever know. Of course, you could do the same using Buzznet or Flickr or PhotoBucket - but it wouldn't be yours. All yours! And we like things that are ours. All ours. I'm not sure why, we just do.
This new Photos & Images Gallery is mine - all mine. And you can send e-cards! And, in so doing, spread joy throughout the world via images of the downtrodden and homeless of Hollywood Blvd, while at the same time serving me in my clever marketing strategy.
Another feature, soon to be available, is a Ratings System, by which you can rate each individual photo from 1 to 5 stars.
Did I mention you can send e-cards?
Check it out now:
Test fly it. Enjoy yourself. Let me know what you think.
Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Mike Carey on Comics Writing & Beyond
"Mike Carey on Comics Writing & Beyond"
Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Monday, May 14, 2007
Being a SCREENWRITER is like ...
- being an architect who draws up blueprints for elaborate and complex buildings and then goes door-to-door trying to sell them.
- training intensely week after week, year after year, for the Olympics with virtually zero possibility of ever even getting close to the Olympics.
- endeavoring to be a professional writer of Shakespearean sonnets.
- being an extreme obsessive-compulsive trying to organize a kids party - but less pleasurable.
- being the one who tells a president that his policies are unworkable and even dangerous, and knowing in your heart that when your warnings are proved valid, you will get none of the credit.
- being a mother in a society that says that swears that it treasures motherhood, but frowns on maternity leave.
- being the smart kid in class who deliberately messes up his life so he won't be socially outcast.
- a maker of elaborate and tremendously expensive Italian elbowpads that only 10 people in the world will ever buy.
- trying to observe every law in the Old Testament and still maintain an exciting and enviable lifestyle.
Sunday, May 13, 2007
Self Portrait At Johnie's
I think about Los Angeles a lot. To tell you the truth though, if someone said to me "You can't ever go back to the US again", I don't know if I'd be that disappointed.
I do miss bottomless cups of coffee, gigantic pizzas', huge breakfasts, Latino culture, Mexican food, The American Cinematheque at the Egyptian ... and, of course, bacon. Real bacon. Not "streaky bacon". But bacony bacon that tastes like bacon.
Ohhh, bacon ...
Johnie's is ... was ... a diner on the corner of Fairfax and Wilshire. It's food was never very good. I remember ordering some sourdough toast there once long, long, long ago and what I got back was - or it certainly seemed to be - white toast painted yellow with a butter substitute and sprinkled liberally with salt.
Still, an American diner - all that grease and bacon and bottomless cups of coffee ... and bacon.
Saturday, May 12, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Cats Of London
Dick Whittington had a cat, you know. And he was Londonish.
We brought our own cats to London. All three of them. They are called The V3 - because they lived on Vermont Avenue, and they were 3. Now they live on Windsor Road, but they don't want to bother changing all their stationery to "The W3", so they're just keeping the old name. You may read about the exciting adventures of The V3 In London at:
The V3 In London (http://v3london.blogspot.com)
But there are plenty of other cats here too. There's a black & white cat who sometimes traipses through the overgrowth in the front garden.
There's a grey tabbycat who goes in and out of the blue door directly across the street from us.
And there is a three-legged cat too who lives next door. He doesn't let his handicap slow him down at all. He scampers and chases with the best of them.
I think he may have lost the leg in the War. I know he draws a comfortable pension.
On a walk round the hood the other day, I was accosted by a white long-haired cat who had been sitting on the front step of a retirement home. He tried to sell me a subcription to the Workers Weekly, what with it being May Day and all. I reported him to the police and he was arrested. You can't be too careful.
The V3 are strictly indoor cats. We don't let them out because we don't want them mixing with the local rabble and getting funny ideas in their heads.
Take it from me, that's the last thing you need when you've moved to a new country - a houseful of cats with funny ideas in their heads.