Sunday, August 31, 2008

Photos: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

The front porch

Starbucks, anyone? Titter hee hee har titter snort fart.

Gogin is divine. Like a Wendys double.

Feet is divine. Like a Wendys double.

A ceiling.


The Met
You can "pay what you want" for admission at The Met and the place is so huge you can go back several times and see new stuff. Here are my pics from yesterday, on my trip with some friends. Afterwards, we went to a real French restaurant where I drank coffee and ate free bread all night.

Palin publicity stunt will be short-lived

Photo source

I agree with the thoughts of Dave Winer on the nomination of Palin by McCain:
"It's a PR stunt designed to draw attention from the press away from Obama. It will do that, but not for very long. Obama is a fantastic organizer. They will get the votes, and gimmicks won't convince very many people to vote Republican even if it does fuel punditry and political blogging. But even the pundits will decide at some point, finally, that this country needs leadership more than gimmicks. She's not a serious candidate for vice-president. Choosing a president is a serious thing. That's the only point the Democrats have to make to dispose of this."
And to add to this, I think there's something unsettling about choosing someone from Alaska, a palce rich in natural resources, at a time the country needs them. It seems like it could be the start of something nasty.

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Photos: flowers

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli

Photo Credit: Mark Baratelli

New York City on a Saturday

Me stopping and seeing pretty stuff on a Saturday

Kareoke: Rainy Days and Mondays

Mark Baratelli - 1 Kareoke Moments: Rainy Days and Mondays
Found at bee mp3 search engine

This is from 2007 and is ridiculous. I love it.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Ashford and Simpson and Crystal Gayle!

The fall season at Feinstein's at Loews Regency has been announced. I don't know what that is, really, but I assume it's a Cabaret space in New York City. Two shows caught my eye:

Ashford & Simpson (Sept. 9-20)
They're at every awards show in the audience, the camera always pans to them at least once in the evening, and they are till dressing like it's 1985 and "Hah hah hah hah hah hah hah HOT!"I would love to see these two in concert. What are they going to sing? Can they still sing? I just imagine them boney and smiley and covered in dangly shiney costumes NOone would wear except Ashford and Simpson.

Ashford in their heydey

Crystal Gayle and Laura Bell Bundy, Oct. 28-Nov. 1)
First of all, I am so curious about Laura Bell Bundy now. It seems like Legally Blonde (according to my uber theatre-geek friend Christian) ruined her voice while doing the show and somehow put her in a different, lower category of performer than she was on her way to becoming (she opened Hairspray and performed Glenda in Wicked). Now she's singing country with Miss Hair herself, Crystal Gayle? Why? How random is that? I mean, if they're friends and all that's cool. Perform with your friends. But from the outside, it looks sooo random.

Crystal Gayle. Ashford and Simpson. Mmmmm....

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cell Phone Corn Popping

This looks fake to me. The first one STINKS of bad acting. If I am wrong, then YIKES!

Turns out it is a fake after all....

Thank you Wanda Wisdom for the tip!

On The Media episode: Challenging the Convention

Yesterday I listened to this episode while walking around NYC (I highly recommend you subscribe to this show if your a media-observer like me) and agree with the idea that we do not need 15,000 reporters covering this Democratic convention. Nothing will happen, they could be elsewhere, and all this while news (and newspapers) are going to pot.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Bodegas: other people think they're weird, too

I've always thought bodegas, the tiny, cramped, dirty shops lining more sidewalk real estate than Starbucks could ever hope to capture, were weird. Apparently, I am not alone. Funny video.

An open letter to myself

SoHo NYC, last Sunday. A guy hitting milk cartons across an intersection
Video Credit: Mark Baratelli

Dear Mark,

This is an email I've been meaning to send. Sorry it took so long.

If you don't exercise, you will gain weight. Shut up and get on the treadmill and eat whatever the hell you want. And never, ever discuss this topic again. The case is closed.

Someone else's success is a good thing. It has nothing to do with you. Clap.

Don't drown the small fish. Let them drown themselves and go learn how to swim from the big fish.

If you don't look for a job, you won't find one. This might be a good thing. Or a bad thing.

If you think you're not qualified for a job, you just don't want to do it.

People who treat you with disrespect reflect poorly on THEMSELVES. Nice people don't act mean, even to mean people. It is not how much you are loved by others, but how much you love others. Screw what the Wizard of OZ says.

If you don't have supportive people in your life, find them, make them, create them, draw them. You need them. And they need you. And put time for this in your calendar or you will forget tomorrow.

Nobody can do what you do. And if you try to imitate someone else, you will suck. And if you think you HAVE to be like someone else, you will suck. You should be good, and trained, and knowledgeable, but you are not a mimic. If you are not good, and trained and knowledgeable, either get training or take what you can get. But don't copy.

Just because you exert effort towards a goal doesn't mean you will get it. I won't get it. I will get it. I have no control.

Just because you sit on your ass doesn't mean you won't get what you want. You plant the seeds, you go lay on the couch, and stuff happens or it doesn't. But YOU keep going and planting those seeds.


Mark Baratelli

Just Stand Up...To Cancer

Thank you, Fox News!

Stand Up and Laugh
"'Just Stand Up' (is) a charity single recorded by 15 all-stars - Mariah, Beyonce, Mary J Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Sheryl Crow, Melissa Etheridge, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, Leann Rimes, Ashanti and Ciara, in anticipation of the September 5 "Stand Up for Cancer" telethon. The record was produced by Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and L. A. Reid - their first collaboration in 20 years. "Just Stand Up" (started getting) airplay around the country August 21st, and debuts officially on iTunes on September 2." (Text Source)

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Video: Dancing in public

No idea what it is, but I filmed it. New York City
Video Credit: Mark Baratelli

First saw it across the street. New York City
Video Credit: Mark Baratelli

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Golf Guy

Golf Guy
In SoHo, I came across this guy hitting empty milk cartons taped shut across a street corner. He attracted a crowd. Every time someone interrupted him (a car parked or a person walking in front of his trajectory) he'd politely retreat a few steps behind himself and stand with his back against the wall. Every time (and it was always some rich white) person interrupted the show, I'd growl and wonder why this person was so oblivious to the street art.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Nails on a Subway

Why even bother with the stylus...

...when you have them attached to your fingers? She was sitting two people away from me and I felt like I had to document my finding.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Jesus Christ Superstar non-equity tour: Ted Neeley

The new non-Equity tour of "Jesus Christ Superstar" is staring Ted Neeley. Wow!

MoMA: Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling

Beach house
I went to the MoMA exhibit "Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling" and took some photos.

The exhibit, to me, sucked. There was one room with stuff in it. The topic was fascinating: constructing home that can be packed and shipped to a location, then constructed with ease. But the exhibit didn't make it pop for me.

The thing that was so built up, to me, was the construction of homes next to the museum. They were empty and soulless. You walked through them without anything pointed out to you. Like walking through rental apartments on display.

Glad I went, though.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Ed Shepp: performance artist

Ed Shepp

View more photos and video in my flickr set dedicated solely to the one, the only... Ed Shepp.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Brett Helquist, Bernadette Peters and me

Author of Lemmony Snicket book series, Brett Helquist, pretending to not be posing with me while posing with me. I sang an improvised song (John DeHaas on piano) in the same show he and an improv group performed an Armondo Diaz at the 2008 San Francisco Improv Festival. July 27, 2008.

Bernadetter Peters, me and light
A photographer ruins my photo with Bernadette Peters at her San Francisco Q&A and book signing. July 27, 2008.

Bernadette Peters, book signing
Bernadette Peters doing her Q&A. July 27, 2008.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Photos: deYoung Museum

I finally got the deYoung Museum photos and videos uploaded. Here's a preview.

Metroblogging Flickr Groups: Beware

I came across a site called Orlando Metroblog that had linked to a podcast episode of mine, an interview with an Orlando Sentinel editor. I was happy with the blog post. See below:

And then I saw it: a flickr badge with my photos inside it... right next to ads. It appeared to me that they were making money off content of mine without my permission. See below:

I read their terms of use for bloggers and if this is how they treat bloggers, I shouldn't be surprised they'd treat flickr-ers the same way:
"You agree not to assert any ownership right of any kind in the submission (including, but not limited to copyright, trademark, unfair competition, moral rights, or implied contract) and you waive the right to receive any financial or other consideration in connection with such submission including, but not limited to, credit. This means once you send us something we own it and and publish it if we so choose, and that you can’t send us something and then complain if or when we use it. If you are very nice we might say 'Thanks.'"
I wrote them an email based on the knowledge I had at the time:
Photos from a flickr account of mine, which are all labeled as "All Rights Reserved," are currently being displayed on your site without my permission. The photos are inside a Flickr widget on the homepage and subsequent subpages.

On these same pages, there are display ads. You are (a) stealing my content and (b) deriving money from my content.

My flickr account:

You need to contact me.

1. How long you've been displaying my content?

2. How much you intend to pay me for the use of my content, starting from the very first day you began displaying it without my permission, next to display ads which you are profiting from?

3. If you wish to display my content after today, you need to offer me a financial deal to do so. If you are uninterested in paying me to use my content, then I am asking you to take my content down immediately.

Either way, I am owed compensation.
This was their response:
"Mark Baratelli wrote:

The photos are inside a Flickr widget on the homepage and subsequent subpages.

Hi again Mark-I just noticed this line, that widget shows only photos that have been put into the Metroblogging (Orlando) Flickr group. As you know, only the owner of a photo on flickr can do this and by adding a photo to a group you are giving that group permission to use the photo. Additionally, flickr widgets can be used by anyone and flickr makes sure they are within fair use limits. If you do not want your photos to show in that widget, please remove them from our flickr group and do not submit them in the future.

Thanks so much for your time.
Ok. I'd forgotten I'd joined their flickr group, but it neevr occurred to me that when joining, I'd be knowingly making them money with the photos in my flickr account. When you look at the group, it doesn't appear that it's connected with any external website, nor does it appear obvious that your photos will appear on their site, next to ads. Well, I don't know if it was there when I signed up or not (I don't remember) but at the very bottom of the group page, it does indeed say "Photos by the Metrobloggers in Orlando.". See below:

Since they don't feel the need to share it, I will: If you add photos to this group, they're gonna put ads against them and make money for themselves and not give you anything. Even if the rules of use for the badge are on flickr's site somewhere, and if they do indeed say that this Metroblogging blog can do this, I think it's just good business to share that upfront, so people can make an educated choice about whether to join the group or not.

Flickr: me all over the net

I've recently had two occurrences regarding my flickr photos and other people.

Amityville House?
Yesterday I finally looked at the traffic source of one particular photo of mine. One source is a message board for fans of the 1980s movie, The Amityville Horror house. As of today, 66 views came from this message board. But 71 views came from plain old Yaho search.

This day was not a highlight of my life, Pueblo, Colorado
The first message board to link to a photo of mine was, gulp, for people who had a fetish for men with shaved heads. This photo of me got 300 hits. I am not placing judgement on anyone, but it's hilarious to me that (a) over 300 people viewed this terrible photo of me (b) who have a fetish for shaved heads while the photo was taken on a terrible day, hence the expression of horrible on my shaved head.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Rude Cook on Today Show

Wow! What's more shocking than how he treats his hosts is the face Kathy Lee makes after her not-so-snappy comment. And would he talk that way to Oprah?

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Photos: Chicago

Me in the bean

Here are some new photos I uploaded from my second trip in June to Chicago. Parks, fountains and skyscrapers. Pretty! One big recommendation if you want to visit: check out the hostel downtown. It works out to about $35 a night to be in the heart of downtown. Subway is a block away. 20 minutes from the improv theatres, a block away from the big ass park next to the river, and the hostel gives you a free continental breakfast (it's totaly crappy, but includes free coffee)

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

A tired tiny actor in a big city

I feel tired. It's 7:42pm and I've been guzzling caffeine and hauling a laptop around the city since morning.

10:30am Some theatre in FL decided to not see non-equity auditioners at the Equity office.

11am: A Jim Henson show at Goodspeed saw non-equity. I got in sang, and left.

12:00pm: lunch at Dallas bar-que in Chelsea. Their Spinach salad with chicken is the largest salad I've ever been served. Their drink service is new to me: $1.50 for small diet coke, $2 for large in a Margharita glass (!!!), neither comes with refills.

1:00pm: walk to Whole Foods for the low-carb snack bars. Super cheap so I buy two.

1:30pm: walk to Esparks at 8th and 26th-ish to kill time before my 6:30pm audition in midtown. Tag/title my San Francisco photos, answer email and have a wonderful phone call with Beth Marshall.

4:30pm: walk aimlessly in Chelsea, wondering what to do for 2 hours. Stop on street corners and stand, wondering where to go, really! I walk down to 14th and eat a small plop of tuna at a food bar place while reading my Sidekick.

6pm: Ride the A,C,E to 42nd, get coffee and take the elevator to the 14th floor of this building I hadn't been in since 2004. I wait half an hour then change back into my walking clothes. I decided I'd waited long enough. I was tired, the day was long and I was in a children's theatre rehearsal hall. Of course, right before I board the elevator, Ed's friend Mark calls me in. Oops! Embarassing! I sing and read. I don't know how to act! They had me sing a ballad after my first crazy song. I then did 2 reads and was outta there.

7pm: I then got frozen again. Where do I go? How do I get home? I calmed down and headed toward the heart of tourist town, where the train is. I walked and saw Ruby Tuesday? Do I go out to eat twice in one day? Yes. They have a cheap all-you-can-eat salad bar and I am hungry. Cheap and healthy dinner.

8:30pm: Now I gotta get on the train(s) back home. About a 45 minute treck. With the laptop, feels like more. Poor me! Ha!

Sunday, August 3, 2008

In between Greeley and the next thing

Between, Greeley Colorado
This photo of mine taken in Greeley, Colorado shows how I feel these days.

I'm in between events, life and jobs. I'm jumping from one building to the next and am in slow motion. When I get to the other building, I'll look back on these months and see in hindsight how short and really not bad they were, but right now they feel long and that bad. Boo blues.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Guido Beach

I've started reading Gawker again after 2 years, and found this funny video. I'm doing my part as nameless blogger number 456,001 by sharing it on my own blog that nobody reads.

Bash'd:maybe not right for me

Saw Bash'd last night at the Zipper Theatre for free with Ed. I have an appointment to audition for the show next week. They're looking for an understudy.

After seeing the show, I don't know if I'm right for it. I don't think I can DO what the show requires the actors to DO: Rap for 60 minutes while switching between multiple characters and maintaining realism and a story line? Kiss a man onstage, and not have it be a joke? Wear pink angel wings?

I just don't think I'm right for it.


I skipped an EPA for "Young Frankenstein" this morning. It feels wretched, like skipping a job interview. Instead, I played online all morning, fixing up this blog and updating the Orlando Arts Blog's myspace profile. This blog turned out nice. The myspace profile? Not so much.

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