Friday, October 5, 2012

Congratulations, President Obama, on getting beat up.


Yes.  I said it.  And mean it.  I'm not writing with my tongue in my cheek here.  Being quite serious, the best thing that could have happened at the recent presidential debates, did happen.  Obama got his ass beat.  And what the vast majority of political commentators seem to miss is that this is a good thing.

First of all, it's the first debate.  Like all good boxers know, you don't go out swinging full force on the first few rounds.  You let your opponent hit you so you can feel him out and learn from him.  Obama did just that.  Obama now knows that Romney does have the power of passion.  The problem?  Like many lawyers, Romney proved the extreme difficulty inherent in infusing emotional passion with actual facts.  That's why he stuck with passion and left out the annoying facts.

As a Chicano lawyer, this is a task I am often confronted with.  How to passionately convince a jury of twelve strangers to believe in my client's position using actual facts is something I am very familiar with.  It is hard.  Daunting.  Seemingly insurmountable. 

So difficult a task this can be that often times individuals need outside motivation to propel them to the level of skill needed to infuse passion with actual facts.  By choosing only facts as a first debate strategy, Obama has created his motivating catalyst of Romney in Romney.  Well played, Mr. President. 

"What the fuck are you talking about," right? 

Well, it's simple if you, much like myself, were raised getting beat up a lot.  When it comes to overcoming challenges and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, it's not the great family and friends that help you overcome those challenges, or the past success you have enjoyed.  It's the defeats.  It's the times that you lost and usually badly.

As someone who has gotten beaten up several times in my life, I can easily attest to the fact that most of my success was not from my past victories but instead from my total and humiliating defeats.  It's the defeats that force a growing pain that propel and push us to victory.  When preparing for trial or lifting iron much too heavy for my frame, I don't think about how great my woman is, or how fortunate I am to have my family and friends, I think about my defeats.  My losses.  The times that my arrogance from success caused my downfall.

Whether it was that guy in college who kicked me in the head while I lay bloodied on the streets of Isla Vista or the 220 pounds of dumbbell iron that ripped my groin, it's those defeats that pushed me to go beyond what I previously thought possible.

The same applies to President Obama.  By resting on his laurels and relying only on actual facts in the debates, Obama has created the mental apparatus necessary to overcome any impassioned lie Romney will attempt in the future.  Now everyone knows that, like Hitler, Romney is capable of exhibiting motivating passion that is based on complete lies. 

President Obama has now endured Romney's best punches.  And he's still standing.  But now, more motivated than he previously thought possible.  Obama has created a muse in Romney.  Now it's time to destroy.

Just like Rocky had to lose before winning, or Bambi's mom had to die, President Obama will redeem his loss.  Only now, the actual facts will be injected with passion not seen before.  A new fierceness will be evident.  And Romney will realize you can't buy the Presidency.  No matter how much money you spend. 

Saturday, September 22, 2012

5th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally - In Cinemascope!

Last weekend I filmed the 5th Annual Venice Vintage Motorcycle Rally.  Overall, it was epic.  Great times with good friends and beer.

Below is the video I edited together.


Sunday, August 26, 2012

Crist and Obama sitting in a Tree...

Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks.  Charlie Crist, former Republican Governor of Florida, has endorsed Barack Obama.




Asked about his recent endorsement, Crist stated, “I didn’t stand with our president because of what it could mean politically; I did it because uniting to recover from the worst financial crisis of our lifetimes was more important than party affiliation.”
Poor Mitt and Paul.  Right before the start of their new infomercial, the Republican National Convention.  
Added with the recent cancellation of the first day of the convention because of the weather, this adds further proof that god hates Republicans.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Barack Punches Mitt in the Face!

It's not quite the gratification of punching Paul Ryan in the face, but check out a new game called, "VOTE!!!" 

It's free and very fun.  I haven't played a video game in a very long time but after seeing that I was able to punch Mitt Romney in the face, I had to try it.  

On my iPhone 4S, the graphics are nice and fast.  And again, it's free.  Do it.  Do it now!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Check out Mars!

For anyone who wants to check out what the planet Mars looks like, has posted an awesome panorama of it.  

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Problem with Paul Ryan? Punchability.

Now that Mitt Romney has announced Paul Ryan as his running mate, I'm still somewhat surprised no one has mentioned Ryan's biggest problem.  Sure there is the budget plan he proposed that would essentially cut funding to the most neediest of our society for the sake of the wealthy few who really don't need government tax cuts.  And this is significant. 

But even more significant is that fact that Paul Ryan has a face that, to many average Americans, appears to be very punchable.  Yes, I said it.  And I mean this quite literally. 


"What the...what" I'm sure you're thinking.  "Punchability" probably sounds pretty stupid to most.  But as someone who spent three years as a bouncer at a punk rock club and head of security for the Associated Students Board at UCSB in my younger years, I can absolutely attest to the fact that some people in this country do have faces that your average, working-class American would like to punch.  Really hard.  And unfortunately for Mitt Romney, he has chosen an individual whose punchability is seemingly unprecedented.  

Sure Paul Ryan has handsome, even striking blue eyes.  And that's nice.  But just take a long look at his photographs and suddenly this unexplainable urge to punch him hard in the face emerges.  

Of course no one should actually punch Paul Ryan in the face.  That would be illegal.  And morally reprehensible.  But for whatever reason, I find myself not able to stop desiring the sensation of delivering a full forced, closed fist punch right on his chin.  Or maybe his smuggish looking brow.  Then seeing him buckle to the floor, dazed and confused, searching for answers or for security.

Clearly, this is yet another one of many missteps by the Romney campaign in not recognizing how Paul Ryan has a face that most American's would like to punch.  My fear, however, is that maybe this is playing right into Mitt Romney's strategy.  What if Mitt Romney deliberately choose Paul Ryan so that Barak Obama's working class upbringing would slowly brew and fester until suddenly, POW!  Right in the gut.  That would absolutely end President Obama's chances for a second term.  

Please Mr. President, don't punch Paul Ryan in the gut.  As advanced as our country is, many American's still have an uneasy feeling about seeing black people commit any kind of violence against non-black people.  Unless, of course, it is Denzel Washington against a super villian with a foreign accent.   

 Resist your urges America.  Don't punch Paul Ryan in the face.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Blackmagic Design Releases DaVinci Resolve 9 Public Beta for Mac, Linux & Windows

Today, Blackmagic Design announced the release of DaVinci Resolve 9 public beta.  This is the same version that Blackmagic will be releasing with the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  


Updates to the software include:

- Upgraded user interface, including automatic 3D eye matching, multi layering timelines, XML support plus more camera and file type support. 

According to Blackmagic CEO Grant Petty, "This is a major rewrite of the DaVinci Resolve software, and the workflow speed we can now achieve for the whole color correction process is simply stunning.”  “DaVinci Resolve has always dominated high end feature film markets, and with this new user interface it will be one of the world’s best looking user experiences. Now customers can focus on their creative work rather than struggling with cumbersome software feature sets.  DaVinci Resolve 9 will be great for new users, as it includes user interface elements that are common to other video software. Now it is fast, simple but still just as powerful. Our customers will love it.”

DaVinci Resolve 9 public beta for Mac,  Windows and Linux is now available for download from the Blackmagic Design website free of charge for all existing full feature DaVinci Resolve customers. DaVinci Resolve Lite public beta is available for both Mac OS X and Windows and is free to all users.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

New Blackmagic Cinema Camera footage released!

John Brawley  has recently released new footage of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera.  Footage looks very promising.  Interestingly, it was shot on Apple ProRess (HQ) and not RAW, yet the dynamic range is still amazing. 

Stay tuned for details.  I preordered my camera several months ago and it should be delivered in a matter of days.

God, I'm such a tech nerd. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, April 16, 2012

Black Magic Design announces a 2.5K RAW Camera for $3K!


I am fully aware April fools has past.  Blackmagic Design have a camera that has a 2.5K sensor, can do 13 stops of dynamic range and 12-bit RAW, Uncompressed files.

Blackmagic Design have announced the BMD Cinema Camera and it is just $2995. Well known Australian Cinematographer John Brawley had a very hands on dealings with the BMD Cinema Camera.


Download footage shot by John Brawley on the Blackmagic Design Cinema Camera HERE.

Briefly, this is why RAW matters:

 The first image is a typical DSLR.  The second is RAW footage.  And the third is color graded.

Go to Black Magic's website for more info.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Learn How to Light while browsing the Internet

Yeah.  I know.  The bold headed guy is scary.  But don't miss the point.  Virtual Studio Lighting has developed a pretty awesome application all within the browser.  It works best on Chrome, but Firefox should work aslo.

It basically teaches you lighting in a very practical way.  You can add various types of lightings and filters and it gives you instant feedback on how your subject will look.  It's also somewhat addicting so now all your time isn't eaten up by Facebook.

Give it a try.

Chicano Lawyer  

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Rejoice! Canon 4K DSLR will be announced tomorrow!

According to, Canon will be announcing their 4K DSLR tomorrow morning.

According to, "Canon are due to issue a press release ahead of NAB. What my source says about the new cameras is pretty extraordinary even in light of what Sony are doing with the FS700.
Canon will release a C500 for $25,000.
This is designed to be an Epic killer.
It is 4K at 120fps with EOS RAW via 3G HD-SDI. Officially certified raw recording deck solutions are being provided by Blackmagic and AJA.
At 60 fps EOS RAW from the C500 is 12 bit. This drops to a still impressive 10 bit at 120p.
The C500 also pumps out 1080p, 2K and Quad HD.
And now for the 4K DSLR…
Costing $10k. This does ALL-I, IPB and MJPEG 4K.
Both the C500 and 4K EOS DSLR have log profiles.
Another feature is that it has a Super 35mm crop mode (like the D800 with DX crop mode) for compatibility with cinema lenses."

Cinema 1D - 4K DSLR

Monday, February 27, 2012

Lawyers do jury duty too!

That annoying part of civil society has once again reared its snail-paced head at me, requiring me to miss work to sit in a large room and wait.

It's not that I hate jury duty. It's just that as a lawyer, jury duty means I will never get picked to serve.

This is not my first civil rodeo. Like several times before, I'm going to sit, answer questions from other lawyers who I'm fairly confident I could beat in an arm wrestling contest, and then I'll be given the boot. Too scared that a lawyer might help the jury to understand what they're doing.

It's like going to a dance and being rejected by everyone there. Basically, I get to re-live all the rejection of high school all over again. Awesome.

So since I had a court appearance at the same court I'm doing my civil duty, I decided to wear my nicest suit. "Since no one wears suits for jury duty," I thought, "maybe I'll get kicked off quicker." It's not working. I'm still here. Sitting. Waiting.

So that's my Monday. Sitting on my ass, waiting for the rejection. High School all over again.

Happy Monday.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Mitt Romney, a Chicano Sell Out!

News flash!

Mitt Romney could be the first Chicano President of the United States.  It's true.  According to NPR's article of the Romney lineage, Mitt's father, George Romney, was born in Chihuahua, Mexico, and eventually migrated to the United States like many 1st generation Mexicans.  Crazy, huh. 

Of course, he probably didn't have to compete in the great Chicano Olympics of swimming the Rio Grande or jogging stealthily across a barren desert.  But the fact remains, Mitt is 2nd Generation Mexican, making him a full-blooded Chicano.

It seems that Mitt's great grandfather migrated to Mexico from the U.S. when polygamy was banned in the U.S.  In fact, there's still a whole bunch of Romneys in Mexico.  Or is it, "Romni"?  Either way, it's clear that his anti-immigration stance make him a self-hating Chicano. 

All of Mitt's intended immigration policies, if President, would keep other, hard-working Romney-Chicanos - or "Rom-Chicans" - out in Mexico to deal with Narco war kidnappings, while he applies for a four year lease at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. 

This can not stand.  As red-blooded Americans, we need to do everything we can to help get the wife-surfer, Newt, elected as the Republican candidate for President.  It is only then, can Obama kick Newt's ass and get another four years.  This is not to suggest Obama can't beat up Mitt.  I'm just so tired of seeing Black on Brown violence.  Even if the brown guy is a Rom-Chican.

Chicano Lawyer 


Friday, January 20, 2012

Callista Gingrish = Stepford First Lady?

This could be our next First Lady.  A Stepford Wife.  Callista Gingrich.  Callista?  Huh?  Who names their kid, "Callista"?   

Newt.  What a joke.

Chicano Lawyer