The Midnight Brew

Good conversations at the best virtual diner on the Internet.

The Midnight Brew is a podcast hosted by Cailean Babcock out of Osaka, Japan, at the best virtual diner on the internet. Episodes feature interviews with inspiring individuals from around the world, as well as discussions about creativity, art, movies, current events and culture. Released every other Friday at midnight Japan Standard Time.

Filtering by Category: Overclocked Imagination

Biting the Bullet

I decided to bite the bullet and share this. The only reason I haven't shown this to people until now is 1) the "royalty-free" music I used had some serious strings attached, and 2) remastering the audio to eliminate said music required jumping through some hoops.

Still, it's good to let the world see this and appreciate the effort that EJ Bennett and I put into it. It won the first and only movie contest we entered it into (The one and only "Gaijinpot LOL Movie Contest"), and it was enough of a resume for him to go on to become a line producer for NHK New York.

As for me, I got a trip to Tokyo, a free iPod, and a chance to interview for a job with the Gaijinpot guys.

Remember, folks: it's not about the price of the camera or the size of your lens: it's about the story, and your ability to work with other people in order to make it a reality.

Breaking the Winter Ice

I've broken the "winter ice" - the post-winter vacation holiday slump (that, to be quite honest, I can't afford to indulge in anymore). Two Midnight Brew episodes out and a slew of promises and announcements for the coming year.

The most significant of those is the announcement that i've quit my day job. Since August 2002, I've been moonlighting (sunlighting?) as a teacher in Osaka, Japan, and indulging my creative side as a part-time hobby.

Not good. This leads to stress and irritation caused by the pent-up frustration of not doing what really makes me happy. Granted, that describes a whole bunch of people, but here's the thing: I spent ten years living the dream. This isn't new stuff for me. Instead of a second act, I'm simply going back to what I already know how to do.

The tricky part, of course, is getting paid for it.