Posted: 14th June 2013 by Rex Brown in humor, marketing, tech, video
Left Hand, meet Right Hand.
“There you are, your own number on your very own door. And behind that door, your very own office! Welcome to the team, DZ-015.”
My recent switch to AT&T Uverse had me feeling like a character from Terry Gilliam’s cult classic movie Brazil. Every step of the way we discovered a different department that operated some obscure nuance of the AT&T bureaucracy- yet operated as a wholly independent entity. The Uverse people can’t help you with wireless services, a traditioinal landline is another department, legacy DSL is handled completely separately and on and on.
I’m working on a new project called Forgotten Highways.
The idea is a series of documentaries about “the old roads” of America.
You know- those bumpy strips of concrete you see veering off your current route. Call them scenic roads, the business route, historic bypass, whatever. Every interstate owes its double-yellow stripes to a winding two-lane nearby that most people have forgotten. They’re everywhere and all it takes to find one is a tank of gas and a Sunday afternoon.
But it takes more than that to really discover these gems. You have to get off the Superslab® and meet people. In my opinion exploring the history of an old road can make for great video. Of course, maybe I’m biased.
This project is a natural evolution of Two Wheel Oklahoma. In fact, it will essentially follow the same format of that show. You’ll see a little more history, a little more Ken Burns-esque camera work, but the vibe will be the same. A couple of guys on motorcycles discovering treasure that’s hiding in plain sight.
Posted: 14th May 2013 by Rex Brown in cars, humor
Tags: Bilstein, Eibach, Koni, KYB, Ohlins
I’m not sure why a damp shock absorber would work any better than a dry one.
But apparently a wet shock works better. Proof of this can be found increasingly in the automotive press as references to “increased dampening” keep popping up. Or is there another explanation? Hmmm…..
A shock absorber is known as a damper in the UK.
So the action such a device might impart would be damping. Making an adjustment or calibrating a shock absorber might involve a change to the damping properties- not the dampening.
I’ve seen this gaff in numerous publications. And I’m talking about real magazines- not just personal blogs or Twitter!
Posted: 10th May 2013 by Rex Brown in tulsa, video
Tags: Movies, Osage County, Pawhuska
The first official trailer from a new movie filmed in Oklahoma was released today. It’s based on the play August: Osage County, written by Tulsa native Tracy Letts. The all-star cast is impressive. And the Ferrari racing along Highway 11 is also intriguing.
Judging from this trailer we could be seeing a homegrown movie on Oscar Night.
Look out Pawhuska- it might be tourist season up there!
Posted: 1st April 2013 by Rex Brown in aviation, humor
Tags: Airbus, Hoax, Richard Branson
This is one of the better hoaxes I’ve seen so far this April Fool’s Day.
Virgin Atlantic announced the unveiling of a new glass-bottom airliner.
According to the company’s news release the “aircraft will look identical to the standard Airbus A320 that is currently being used on Little Red’s domestic routes, but will have a clear strip made from aviation-standard glass in place of the traditional aisle. This ensures the aisle in the plane’s underbelly is completely see through, allowing passengers to look down directly as the plane makes its journey through the sky.”
Virgin Atlantic Launches World’s First-Ever Glass-Bottomed Plane