Caine’s Arcade

Is it wrong for me to be jealous of a 9 year-old?  Ha ha.  I’m kidding of course
…or am I 🙂

When was the last time you went to an arcade?  Chances are you can’t even remember.   As a child I went all the time, well whenever my parent’s would give me some money anyway.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, X-Men, and the Simpsons were my favorite games, aside from ski ball of course.  Arcades now reside in the world of nostalgia for many, as the home gaming consoles and Angry Birds have taken their place for today’s generation.

Today I ran across a great short documentary called Caine’s Arcade, a story about 9-year-old Caine Monroy from L.A.  who founded his own arcade in his father’s auto parts story.   Oh, did I mention its made out of cardboard.  Directed by Nirvan Mullick, Caine’s Arcade is a touching story about the power of one young child’s imagination.  Nirvan also happened to be Caine’s first customer.

I could tell the whole story for you, but I encourage you to take 10 minutes and discover the joy of this film for yourself. If I still lived in California I’d be a frequent patron of this fine establishment, if only to be reminded of my own childhood days spent at the arcade.

Like Cain’s Arcade on Facebook and be sure to support a Scholarship Fund that has been set up in his name!

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MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL: Kids Swede Movies (We Don’t Give A Frak) – YouTube

I found this video hilarious.  It’s like that “Be Kind Rewind” movie from a few years ago but better…because it’s done by kids.

Also, this scene from Monty Python is one of the greatest.  Enjoy!

MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL — Kids Swede Movies (We Don’t Give A Frak) – YouTube.

An Oldie but a Goodie

Every once in a while I’ll post something from my creative past.  It could be awesome. It could be awful.  Either way I just thought it would be fun to share.

When I first started messing around with photoshop, I didn’t really know what I was doing.    I had used Photoshop and similar programs in college to make title graphics or some other image to use in a video production, but I shied away from creating something original.  At the time I was really big into video editing, so I seldom found use for an extensive knowledge of graphics.

So in my post-collegiate life I began tinkering with Photoshop as a means to simply be doing something creative.  What soon followed was a realization that I could get the same satisfaction creating a picture in Photoshop as I did when editing videos in college (and post college).  I found a new creative outlet which,  funnily enough,  started out as merely something to do and soon became a significant part of my “artistic portfolio”.

The three children pictured below are some of my nieces and nephews.(Emma, Lois & Josh)

Here’s the story.  It was Christmas 2007 and I was broke.  Looking to my newly discovered, and equally rudimentary, skills with Photoshop I created these three pictures as a framed set.  Sadly I do not have a picture of the final gift.  My sister-in-law loved it which was a great confidence boost for me, as this was the first time I had ever “designed” somebody a gift before.

It wouldn’t be the last.