The Service Loop

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The power cable on my laptop bit the dust last year, but it wasn’t the transformer that failed; it was the thin cable that connects the transformer to the laptop. From reading the (really angry) reviews of this power cable on Apple’s online store it became obvious that it was a design flaw and not Continue reading

Last to Pledge

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This morning my mom handed me a bunch of old paperwork from my undergrad days at Georgia Tech. It was full of schedule requests, class schedules and fee requests. I even found a scrap of paper that had my username and password to the lumbering mainframe computer system. I still remember being fascinated with the Continue reading

Thoughts About Sarah’s Legacy

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It was a week today when the news of Sarah Jones’ death began spreading around Atlanta. I didn’t even know the girl’s name last Thursday. A lot has happened in just a week – now it seems that everyone knows Sarah’s name and at least something about her life.

The Slates for Sarah page on Facebook skyrocketed into a very powerful and emotional movement in a very short amount of time and the people who have run the page have been diligent and loving with the project. A friend who works on Homeland tracked me down in Minecraft to tell me that my blog post “Sarah was all of us” had been posted on his wall multiple times (I couldn’t even hide myself from this tragedy in a video game). Every morning I wake up to find new posts on the slates page from all over the production spectrum, from tiny insert slates to Continue reading

5 Years of Cardboard*Con

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Cardboard*Con has been featured in the March 2014 issue of Atlanta Magazine. Pick up a copy today!!

It was a crazy idea to put on cardboard boxes and run around a sci-fi convention back in 2004. It was a crazier idea to do it again in 2005 as ghetto stormtroopers and to crash so many long-cherished costume contests with our whacky brand of earnest all-cardboard dedication. It was yet a crazier idea to found an all-cardboard science fiction convention back in 2010 but look at us… it’s been 5 years of Cardboard*Con and we’re on the path to legitimacy, what with a mention in the “Must-Do South” March issue of Atlanta Magazine and inquiries from other media outlets. Am I proud? Absolutely! But better than that I’m glad to have met so many of you imaginative people who have picked Cardboard*Con as one of your creative outlets. I look forward to seeing you folks on Saturday night!!

Sarah was all of us

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Dolly grip Tripp Pair has been handing out little stickers that say “Stop and Care” for several years now, and he’s been so very earnest about it. He has meant it with every fiber of his being and I saw him sharing #stopandcare on Facebook again this morning and was moved to write about something that’s been on my mind.

This past Thursday a young woman named Sarah Jones, a member of our local film community, died on the set of a movie shooting in south Georgia. She was hit by a train. We all hold the strong suspicion that she died due to some very bad decisions made by the people producing the film, but that suspicion has not been confirmed by criminal investigators (not yet, anyway). While the final assignment of blame is still under investigation, Atlanta crews have been mourning the loss of their friend and of a bright young woman whose lifetime of cinematic adventure ended far too soon.

So many people have written about Sarah and shared stories and photos and clippings about her. I appreciated the Continue reading

2014 Film Georgia license plates coming

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For the 4 of you who still read my blog (thanks Mom!!)* this is a note to let you know that I’ve updated the artwork for my Film Georgia license plates and just picked them up from the printer today. I’ll still be selling the 40th Anniversary plates until they’re gone so this is sort of a “preview” of the 2014 plates. If you know anybody that needs one please send them to: filmga.drewprops.com.

* my 83 year old mom doesn’t knowhow to FIND my blog

The Etiquette of Drivetalk

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If you’re a single-person commuter like me, one of the first things you think of when you get behind the wheel of your car is “Who could I call right now?”. It’s not that I don’t like listening to the radio, or that I don’t have any music to listen to (I have more than 5,500 songs on my iPhone), it’s just that it’s more fun and productive to actually talk to another person.

Miles and miles of tedious highways fly by quickly when you’re enjoying a good conversation with a friend, but there’s a very real downside that emerges when you finally arrive at your destination because that’s when the reality of your relationship is laid bare to Continue reading

This Clown is on Fire

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In case you missed it: this past Thursday a towering clown with a “golden voice” stormed YouTube with a cover of “Royals” by 16 year old singer Lorde, ringing up 1.5 million hits in only 3 days and propelling the mysterious artist known only as “Puddles the Clown” into the spotlight.

As the rest of the world scrambles to pierce the mystery of the colossal crooning harlequin we here in Atlanta already know the fool’s not-so-secret secret identity: his name is “Big” Mike Continue reading

Earth Offline: What If We’d Stopped at AOL?

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I sometimes wonder what life might have been like if personal computers hadn’t progressed much farther than the giant boxes from the early 90s and if AOL was the height of our Internet sophistication. I call this alternate future “Earth Offline” and it actually wasn’t Continue reading

Siri Goes “Bonk!”

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For the last week or so I’ve been trading messages with my friend JD about the new movie “Gravity”, as we both share an interest in a sci-fi sub-genre referred to as “hard” science fiction (fictional stories which adhere to real-world technology and physics while avoiding the temptation of using inexplicably “magical” technologies). I’ve also been upgrading to a new smartphone all week and a few days ago I had a bit of a technological Continue reading