Jaynes Your Way

Here are my thoughts about films, life, and what not. If you don't like them I'll give your money back.

Brooklyn Half Marathon

27 May, 2010

The Results are up on the NYRR website.

As you can see Zac destroyed me, but he's run several more half marathons than me, though he is 9 years younger than me. I also like that if you look at his overall place, and his place with in just males it appears that only 3 women ran faster than him whereas I had 900 run faster than me. That won't do.

Here is Zac's trophy

Though he had trouble getting up from the subway. . .

And, I like this picture just becuase it is literally a trashcan full of gatorade.

And then you can admire my very nice legs in this picture. Mmm.

Viacom opens vault to Netflix

24 May, 2010

Looking through last week's releases on Netflix Watch Instantly, I think Netflix and Viacom came to a nice little deal. (Disclaimer: I was an intern at Viacom, but this isn’t shilling because I like most of these shows) Last week Netflix added over two hundred items to the Watch Instantly option. Three fourths of the new items were full series from the Viacom owned channels like: MTV, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon. The ladder two channels make up most of the new content. I guess they read my earlier post asking companies to push all content to Netflix. While this is good for me in the short term, it could become costly if the only way to watch this content is through online services. For now though I'll gladly pay Netflix 16 dollars a month to stream all this TV since A) we don't have cable B)  we don't buy DVDs and C) We rarely go to movies since they literally cost that much per person in NYC. I’d never buy the DVDs of Hey Arnold, but I would like to go back through them now that I live in Brooklyn.

Here's a list of some of the seasons that got released last week:

SpongeBob Square Pants Season 1,2
Strangers With Candy Season 1, 2, 3
Chappelle’s Show Season 1, s
Reno 911! Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Viva La Bam Season 1
Laguna Beach Season 1
Stella Season 1
Drawn Together Season 1, 2
Beavis and But-head Season 1,2
Patton Oswalt: No Reason to Complain
That’s My Bush!
(I refuse to properly  list Carlos Mencia. . .)
(Or The Hills. . .)
The Sarah Silverman Program Season 1, 2
Brian Regan: Standing Up
South Park 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
The Amazing Johnathan ( Love this guy growing up)
The Upright Citizens Brigade Season 1, 2,
Demetri Martin. Person.
The Roast of Flavor Flav
The Fairly OddParents 1, 2,
Lewis Black the Root of All Evil Season 1, 2
Brian Regan: The Epitome of Hyperbole
Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew
Roast of Bob Saget
Christopher Titus: Love is Evol
Angry Beavers Season 1,2
Hey Arnold Season 1, 2, 3
Ren & Stimpy Season 1, 2, 3
Rugrats. . . I remember when that first came out
Live at Gotham Season 1, 2, 3
Premium Blend Season 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Also, I apologize for the loss of productivity this post will inevitably cause in your life.


Running gels

20 May, 2010

It's three days before my first half-marathon. I've been "training" for a solid seventeen weeks. If you read my initial post on starting to train I was primarily concerned with trying to drop some of those post Christmas lbs. Initially I was cutting calories, but once you start running 20-30 miles a week that just isn't an option. I've started to use gels on the the longer runs. I picked up a box of Clif Bar shots from amazon since not many stores sell gels in the city. Normally, you can find them at tri/running stores. Decided to just get the Sam's style pack of them.

I love Clif Bars anyway and thought these would be a good on the go snack. They aren't too bad, but they are no Chocolate Brownie Clif Bar. Mmhmm. I'll take one about half an hour into a run that lasts longer than an hour. The little packet offers a boost of carbs AND it has the added benefit of caffeine. Not a lot of caffeine, about the amount in a cup of green tea, enough to keep the engine reeving.

I'm going to take one or two of these pre-race, and then maybe one or two more during the actual race. Luckily all the water stations will have Gatorade too so I don't have to worry about carrying a lot of calories with me.

Washington Square

18 May, 2010

A beautiful day at Washington Square Park with my rented 50mm f/1.4 lens.

RSS Changed

17 May, 2010

Changed the RSS title because I am not really a film snob anymore. . . If you want to subscribe to the new feed the link on the left works or you can click here.


14 May, 2010

With graduation having just whizzed by, I've been forced to consider my future plans. As a nasty byproduct of contemplating that really unanswerable question, you have to consider what is a success.  How will you be successful? Do you want to be successful? Success is a strange noun. Its definition is always changing and it means many, many thinks to different people. The definition of success means a favorable outcome, but the OED does not give us a clue as to what it is that is favorable. If only. . .

I was lent a copy of Although Of Course You End Up Becoming Yourself by David Lipsky. The books is a transcript of Lipsky's journey with David Foster Wallace while researching an article for Rolling Stone on DFW and the recent acclaim and success associated with the recently published novel Infinite Jest. Wallace is in the midst of touring the country promoting his then recently released tome. Lipsky accompanies Wallace to 8 various book signings all the while asking questions, which Wallace responds very candidly. I read this the other day and it stuck out:

[Wallace]. . .And I think that the ultimate way you and I get lucky is if you have some success early in life, you get to find out early it doesn't mean anything. Which means you get to start early the work of figuring out what does mean something. And the biggest thing that I like about what's going on, to be totally honest--and see, you're being very good, 'cause now I'm starting to like you, and so I'm saying this stuff, and it may sound crazy. I really like that this doesn't, that this isn't that big a deal to me. That it like--it's nice.
Are you trying to be successful for other people, or are you doing what you want to do for its own sake? I fortunately still get the opportunity to ask myself these questions before I start down a set path. Though like everything in my life up until this point, I know it won't be a set path, but full of tangents, setbacks, and mountains. Read the book if you get a chance and see how a genius also grapples with the specter of success.

Tisch Salute

11 May, 2010

Some of my colleges

Up coming week(s)

09 May, 2010

All right, I got lazy over the past two weeks, but we've had guests, and more are on their way. I feel like for the next few weeks I will be posting a lot of pictures since we'll be out enjoying the city more. It is nice to finally have good weather, though the high is in the low 60s today. Brooklyn is green and lush with life so its time to get out of the apartment. As an appetizer here is a picture from lunch at Buchon Barkery with Russell and Renee.

(This was Russell's)

I rented a 50mm 1.4 lens from Adorama for the weekend and experimented with it. Good for portraits and food shots, but I don't like the zoomed in feel. I like wide angles. New York is too big to try and squeeze into a tight frame. Wide angles for all!