Archive for September, 2010

Gratitude

Posted in General on September 30, 2010 by davidruttenberg
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I learned from reading a recent post that a friend is going through a very rough time of it lately.

The details saddened me; and while I will reach out and lend a hand, it gave me pause to think about the following quotation:

After sleeping through a hundred million centuries, we have finally opened out eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, bountiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn’t it a noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked – as I am surprisingly often – why I bother to get up in the mornings.”

– Richard Dawkins

Would you agree?

Why do you get up in the morning?

Tantrums and Tiarras

Posted in Studio News on September 29, 2010 by davidruttenberg

I have nearly finished the entire DVD Documentary of one of my heros, Sir Elton John.

If you are a fan, I reckon you will be astonished with the clarity, authenticity and creativity for which this deliverable has been produced. Unlike every other documentary, in which the title subject “mugs it up” for the camera – T&T is replete with honesty from start to finish.

Of particular interest to me is a small section in which David Furnish asks a question having to do with the plausibility of the E.J. catalog disintegrating, whereby no more records would be sold, no one would play any of the songs on radio any longer, etc. etc. The star, of course, dismisses this as an “impossibility”. Later, in the commentar/discussion section of the DVD (shot more than a decade after the original was produced), E.J. comments how this has nearly become a reality with the near evaporation of the music industry, and how the public procures (ne: steals) music from the composer/performer.

Amazingly, his diversity (e.g. film, theater, and most of all live performance) has kept him busier and in great stead despite the pitfalls of our business.

I highly recommend viewing this and I feel more invigorated for having done the same.

Grief

Posted in Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 by davidruttenberg

It has been brought to my attention that more than one of my dear readers has grown weary that I have not mentioned their name(s) in recent post. Whether it is a case of posting envy, avoidance on my part, or sheer and simple oversight, I should like to apologize to the parties that I may/may have not offended.

For fear of making myself more of a target, or perhaps digging myself into a larger hole, I shall not name any names (please see photo to the right, however)! Too, please permit me to apologize in this most public forum for not profusely thanking you for all of the great tuna fish, bagels, salad, chips, dip, football game watching, beer camaraderie, and loving kindness….

You know who you are. And now every one else is wondering else who you are too.

And I know I made you feel badly.

Please permit me to apologize not only here, but the next time we are in one another’s midst. I promise to take care of a certain part of your appendages in a non-threatening and supporting manner. Please know that both your spouse and mine must be present.

And at that point – if not by the end of this post – we shall be, how shall I say – “even Steven.”

Hopefully we are now…as my friends in Clearwater say: “clear”.

xoxoxo

Netflix v. Vudu or….(Get a Clue WalMart)!!!

Posted in General, Uncategorized on September 27, 2010 by davidruttenberg
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I’ve been a huge fan of vudu for over a year now. If you’re unfamiliar, it was one of the first “high quality” on demand IP movie services out there. Very reliable and superior quality.

Walmart recently acquired Vudu not too long ago, and like many users, I expected a slightly improved business model from them (i.e.: “all you can eat”, reduced pricing, etc.) due, in part, to their market/consumer augmentation and rolling-up into the giant Walton organization.

But this did not happen. Instead…while the quality and pricing remained consistent – they clamped down on their programming (no more adult, NR, and related movies), et. al.

Meanwhile, I’ve been getting bombarded with mail from Netflix. I have successfully ignored it for about 6 months. Until this last weekend.

I decided to go for the 30 day trial, and I must say, that I am extremely impressed. Things I enjoy include:

1. Extremely fair pricing.

2. Rapid delivery.

3. Accessibility across a wide variety of platforms (e.g.: DVD, iPhone, Computer, Wii, et. al.)

4. Good library and decent quality.

5. Wonderfully integrated website.

And while I doubt I’ll get rid of my ver 1. Vudu box, I am wondering if I will continue watching movies from that provider. With Netflix’s $9/month all-you-can-eat fee/program and with Vudu charging $9 to own a movie (sometimes as low as $4 to rent), I’m thinking Vudu may be heading the way of Blockbuster Video.

What’s up Walmart/Vudu? Get it together or be prepared for your swan song. Your motto is “save money live better”.

Guess what…we’re not saving any money using your product.

Soul Power

Posted in Studio News on September 26, 2010 by davidruttenberg
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Just finished watching this documentary. I highly recommend it.

http://www.sonyclassics.com/soulpower/

Date Night With My Daughter

Posted in Uncategorized on September 26, 2010 by davidruttenberg
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My wife had the night off (it was richly deserved).

I worked a long day…three sessions.

Our daughter did too (weekend ballet lessons, a long playdate visit to the “local” nature center, and then her first violin lesson).

So to cap off the night, my daughter and I went on a date. Dinner and dessert (her favorite sub sandwich and a chocolate cookie). Nothing special about the food…just a nice time together.

Reminded me of the MasterCard television commercial:

“Priceless.”

So the morale of the story is…stop and smell the roses.

And a delightful time was had by all…

Posted in General on September 25, 2010 by davidruttenberg

Thanks to our “new” friends, the Weiner family for rolling out the red carpet last night. We dined on sumptuous food, drink delicious wine, talked and talked and even had chocolate “Bubbies” (e.g.: boobies, breasts) for desert.

Best of all was the company, the atmosphere, the relaxed vibe, and the authentic, positive and superlative caring spirit that Katia, Corey, Noa and Liam — oh yes….and Mocha…provided. Now if we could only get Phoebe out of the bubble chair!!!

We can’t wait to return the favor and wanted to tell the world what a great time we had!

Thank you Weiner family. Hug and kiss to you all and licks to Mocha too!