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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

WHAT TIME IS IT?...Coverage of Glenn on BreeFM

Glenn, live on BreeFM @11pm EST, Wednesday.

Glenn is feeling "amped" but he says he cannot dance. The "running man" went poorly. He struggled with the cabbage patch. The rhythm is just not there, but he does love making music.
After staying up for two days straight he finally placed an Amazon order for Xmas. His family might be getting some weird presents because of sleep deprivation.

We live in a day and age where the average consumer has 2-5 DVDs that remain un-opened. You would not do that with a CD.

Pre-OpAphid he was always in need of a distraction so he would get movies from Netflix and copy them right away. After OpAphid he cancelled Netflix.

"Just One of the Guys" was a fantastic movie. In "She's The Man" they did not really try to make Amanda Bynes look like a guy so its an OK movie.
Glenn's favorite thing is to do this radio show. He drops everything for it. It happens in real time and that's what is cool about it.
Glenn will read from his original drafts if we want him to.
We should have a steady burst of videos very soon. Then a break for Xmas. Then another burst. This is a hard time of year to keep up.

The five part Gemma video was supposed to be one video.

At this time of year it is hard to ignore people. There is shopping and also end of the year stuff. It is a challenging time of year but Glenn has been successful in getting a lot done.

Glenn feels like the community "gets him." We understand his work ethic. The path to finishing videos is difficult. He has been catching more colds than usual. It is hard working in an unstructured environment. He would probably be more productive if he worked an 8-10 hr day. When he is up for 30-40 hrs he goes home stressed out.

Being in business for yourself you never leave work at work. Your mind is always on. He could be exhausted and his mind could still be racing.

Glenn was a part of this community before OpAphid. He is always open to trying new approaches, so its useful to talk to other fans.
Xmas bonus: on the RedEarth88 channel: Sarah's original audition video will be released soon. Sarah loved the idea and wants to thank everyone in the community. She is "floored" by how hard core we all are:)
Trivia: Glenn was never Bat Mitzvah and has celebrated Xmas since is parents divorce. However if he had to pick a religion he would pick Judaism. It's old school. He also thinks Buddhism has a good philosophy.

We now have access to so much information. Glenn finds a lot of the biblical stuff interesting.

Glenn referenced the movies "The Prophecy" and "Dogma" as inspiring. Myths are very powerful.

We see the same thing in comic books. If you look at these epic stories they are powerful. Jesus was a cool dude. People who follow religions tend to distort things. He cuts Jesus slack because Jesus did not make it all about him. As religions came to form people were fascinated in the same way we are all compelled by great stories. As the word spread stories were probably embellished. Some of it seems arbitrary. All of the
Christian religions seem to stem from the same source material with a different take on it. In comparison the old testament has not changed.

Imagine people telling the story of Star Wars. Think about the stories 100 years later. They would sound more like "Flash Gordon". Just saying...

Who wrote the old testament? Moses! Exodus is the story of Moses. Imagine him as Robert Evan writing the story of his life. So probably after he wrote it he showed it to some people. They would think it was a bit egotistical. They might have suggested writing a back story and then introduce Moses in book 2.

Hundreds of years later someone came up with the idea of writing a sequel. The old testament was too confusing and hard to follow but they did like that "Moses kid" so let's introduce a central character to root for. They will love this "Christ kid".
Everyone has one bad relationship that they cannot believe they endured. Glenn talked briefly about his.
Does Glenn ever work on things that get abandoned? Glenn played a mashup:

"Glenn Rubenstein - Abandoned Super Secret Shameless Filler"

It might get used one day. This is what he was working on back in March when "the shit went down". It was a good concept but it was not quite there yet. He worked on it for 5 days. For now it stays unfinished. It was complex and layered. It was a precursor to the "Mashup of Doom."
Glenn has a ton of ARG ideas that he would love to do but at the same time its easy to get into puzzles for the sake of puzzles. He has read the complaints about LG15 where things have a disconnect from the story. He needs things to make some sort of sense.
Rachel does not see other videos. He is telling us what the rules are, and tries to stick to them.
Many series have taken their series and written them in comic book form. Glenn was asked if he would like to do that with RE88. Glenn would not do the Rachel story, but there are elements of the RE88 universe that might work.

He would like to do an OpAphid/Tachyon movie based on his original screen play.

He considered a comic book at one point 6 months before OpAphid. He likes to dabble but he needs to commit to things.

He would like to write "Runaways" as a comic book. If he had time he would parlay what little status he has into any Marvel story. This has been his life long dream.

Back in the day when Glenn was 9 years old Marvel had Star Comics. Spiderman was a pig. Glenn would make sketches of other animal paradys. He got a letter back from Marvel saying he should keep up the good work/creativity. He got a big poster. Cutting edge surrealist Glenn Rubenstein. This is when Glenn first learned to put things out there.

At 14, Glenn was writing for the San Francisco Examiner. He went on the 11 o'clock news to talk about games. It started when he wrote a letter to the Petaluma newspaper suggesting he should write game reviews. He sold a ton of games and found that parents would ask his advice and he knew a lot about it. His mom noticed that and suggested he write the paper to offer his services. Glenn was thinking he could get some free games. He called Andy Eddy who was editor of a video game magazine. Andy gave him some PR numbers and wished him luck.

See the "young Glenn" in action: http://www.archive.org/details/episode_946

The big thing that happened was that after writing for the Petaluma paper for a couple of weeks his mom suggested he fax a letter to a show where he could talk about video games. He struck up a friendship with Leo Laporte who is now a major dude in the technology business. He dubbed Glenn the "Vid Kid".

His mom saw an article in the San Francisco Examiner that was similar to stuff Glenn had written. Glenn gets his enterprising nature from his awesome mom. Glenn wrote the reporter who was impressed and invited him down to the Examiner. She introduced him to the editor in chief. The reporter then suggested Glenn pitch the Examiner what became a feature story. For many years the Examiner went out to Chronicles subscribers on Sundays so it turned out to be a pretty big deal.

Right before his 15th birthday Glenn was made a columnist for the Examiner. He learned to not be afraid about being ambitious about things. He became an expert witness in federal court in a game "Gennie" legal action. He testified that gamers would not be confused by "cheats to skip ahead". He prepped for 200 hrs. He was on the stand for one hour. Nintendo put on Howard Phillips as the counter witness. Glenn got paid $20/hr which seemed good at the time but later he discovered that expert witnesses typically get hundreds of dollars an hour.

They won the trial. When the verdict came down the judge cited Glenn's testimony as compelling. The fact that Glenn "was the audience" really helped.

It is interesting where things can lead if you just try them!!!!!!!!

By the time Glenn turned 30 he was tired of writing video game reviews. He was an editor of Game Spot. He worked at CNET. He did some consulting. He appeared on G4. He wrote for Sports Illustrated for Kids as a freelance gig. He no longer had a passion to be ambitious in the video games area.

Glenn started working on his screen play. He was inspired by "Loveline - How Adam Got Into Radio" in 2005 and it set the tone for 2006. Adam was 30 years old when he was trying to get into radio. Glenn heard that in Nov 2005 and he had only been listening for 3 months. He loved the slices of reality. He related to his story. It would have been easy to just take a job but it did not feel right. It made sense to start working on OpAphid. Has it worked out long term? Time will tell.

Glenn focused on OpAphid like it was his 24/7 ambition. It pays to put it out there!

He likes to think of the afterlife like "Defending Your Life" Did you overcome your fears?

If you have learned the basics do not be afraid to take it to a higher level. People can talk themselves out of things. It all starts when you don't listen to the voice in your head that says it is a silly idea.
Glenn has a constant sense that he owes the audience something. Next week Glenn will dance like a monkey.

Happy holidays from Glenn.
Previous stories from LG15 TODAY concerning Glenn's radio show on BreeFM: http://glennfmtoday.blogspot.com/

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Played @ Song Title
01:52:25 Kenny Loggins - I'm Free (Heaven Helps The Man
01:48:20 John Parr - St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)
01:45:20 Karate Kid - You're the Best
01:40:28 Van Halen - Dreams
01:35:23 Marky Mark - The Touch
01:25:11 Rush - Tom Sawyer
01:13:04 Loveline - How Adam Got Into Radio
01:08:22 David Lee Roth - Just A Gigolo
00:22:46 Glenn Rubenstein - Abandoned Super Secret Shameless Filler
00:17:33 The Juliana Theory - Were At The Top Of The World
00:15:13 Loveline with Will Arnett - Voiceover Work
00:12:09 Mitch Hedberg - Oatmeal
00:08:53 Mitch Hedberg - Cookies
00:06:05 Queen - Flash
23:12:15 Glenn @ BreeFM Intro
23:09:22 Beastie Boys v Debbie Gibson - Shake Your Love-Rump (Glenn Rubenstein Train Wreck)
23:05:21 Young Black Teenagers - Tap the Bottle
23:02:29 Plus 44 - Baby, Come On

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the notes, as usual, mmbot! ( I cut out during the discussion of Netflix )


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