Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Saturday, September 26, 2009

UFOs sighted by Marines in Iraq

On the night of January 2nd 2008 a group of Marines on patrol in Iraq have a close encounter of the first kind with...?

2-6 Tetris From Russia With Love

This is the story behind the fiendishly addictive game, a tale of high stakes, intimidation and legal feuds set against the backdrop of Cold War tensions between East and West.

Director Interview

BBC Four: What was the attraction of this project to you?
Magnus Temple: I love stories where you look at something very specific but it says something about the general. You could make a programme about that time in Russian history but this reveals much more because it's about something surprising.

BBC Four: I'm not sure that many people will know that Tetris was invented in Russia...
MT: Exactly. Most people remember Tetris from the Game Boy but few know the context in which that came about and quite what a chance thing it was. I suspect that had Game Boy not been in development at the same time as Tetris was first getting popular then it would be just another obscure 1980s computer game.

BBC Four: This programme places it as a really interesting footnote to the Cold War...
MT: Very much so. To me, more than anything else I've ever looked at, it's really a game for its time. Everything about its development links so closely into that era's political and economic context. If it hadn't been for that moment in history Tetris would have been nothing. For a start it needed a certain level of technology to have ever been developed but it also needed that moment of political opening up to creep across the Iron Curtain and become a success in the West.

BBC Four: Despite those changes the documentary shows just how vast the gap was between the East and West...
MT: They were still very much stuck in the culture of the old ways. The institutions in the Soviet Union were only just being set up to deal with commercial enterprises. It actually took a few smart individuals such as our Mr Belikov. What struck me was how quickly they took up the game of capitalism and managed to play the different Western companies off each other in quite an audacious way. They were very open about the fact that basically, they were being complete sharks.

BBC Four: How did you approach structuring the film?
MT: It became very much the story of these four or five characters and that's very much the way we tried to play it - almost making them larger than life. You've got Robert Stein who almost became the fall-guy character; then there's Henk Rogers, who's the very smart, quick-moving American; you've got Belikov whose appearance is almost akin to a James Bond villain but ends up driving around San Francisco with his mate Henk Rogers. Finally there's Alexey Pajitnov, the guy who invented the game.

BBC Four: Considering the slightly shady business shenanigans that went on, was it at all difficult to get these people to talk?
MT: Alexey is a very unassuming guy. He likes the fact that the game is so well known but he's not really all that bothered by personal gain or fame. He had to be persuaded to get involved. You can imagine what it's like. He invents a game almost 20 years ago and it's the only thing people want to talk to him about even though he's still a professional games designer. He's had a lot of attention over the years but this was almost too much for him. Once he got into it I think he was very pleased.

Obviously someone like Henk Rogers was only too happy to talk to us because he becomes the kind of cowboy hero of the piece. Interestingly the same was true of Robert Stein. He doesn't come off that well from the wheeling and dealing that went on but was very open about his role. He has a very philosophical you win some, you lose some attitude.

Belikov was a much harder nut to crack. We didn't know we were filming with him until we got on the plane to Moscow and I'd had a lot of negotiations with his lawyer. The fear was that the government in Russia still has a lot of the same figures who were around at that time and for him to speak out about his role was a big deal - he was putting his head slightly above the parapet even now. He was tricky but once he said yes he was very open and friendly and told us the whole story. I'd imagined he'd be very guarded. Obviously his interview was in Russian so I hadn't a clue what was going but I could see from the translator's face that it was going very well!

Monday, September 07, 2009

Model Train Layout DVD preview "The Black Diamond Railway"

Visit www.toytrainsontracks.com to see more photos and video clips. This video is loaded with exciting model train action and construction techniques! See beautifully detailed scale engines, freight trains, and passenger trains from various manufacturers including MTH, Lionel, 3rd Rail and Atlas, operating on this magnificent 32' x 12' O-gauge hi-rail layout, The Black Diamond Railway. Learn about its design and how it was built so you can build and have a layout like this of your own! This video is in high quality widescreen format and is 73 minutes long. (more)

Saturday, September 05, 2009

CUPICtv Unexplained Phenomenon in the Air 3

Okay, I posted a series of videos that were test of CG FX for our upcoming CUPICtv series. Clearly in the description and the opening titles it states this. But there are idiots who don't read. I never said that these were real UFOs... If I had real videos of UFOs, I wouldn't post them in a stupid montage with production music.

Well here is video number three from way back February.

From the main description: More images of CG UFOs created for the upcoming CUPICtv web episodes.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Karl Rove Trashes Ted Kennedy on Day of Funeral?

Fox News made some effort to be respectful in its coverage of the death and funeral of iconic Democratic Senator Edward M Kennedy, but inviting Republican Karl Rove, the ultra-partisan advisor from George W Bush's Administration, to participate in the coverage was a mistake Fox News should have avoided as I show in this video.

The two short clips from Fox News in this video come from the Fox News program "Fox and Friends Saturday" which aired August 29, 2009, and which I could not find available online.

The photo of Sen. Ted Kennedy in this video as well as the text of Sen Kennedy's September 27, 2002, speech at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies titled "Eliminating the Threat: The Right Course of Action for Disarming Iraq, Combating Terrorism, Protecting the Homeland and Stabilizing the Middle East" is available at http://www.sais-jhu.edu/pressroom/mul...

And, finally, as always, you can find DOZENS and DOZENS more examples of Fox News bias on my Fox News bias playlist on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list...

Financial Assistance For Single Moms

Financial Assistance For Single Moms

Huge HO Scale Model Railroad Railway Layout - WFRV TV

A Sheboygan gentleman builds his amazing dream in the basement. A very detailed, scenic, HO scale model train set. Soo Line. Train stations from the Town of Dale, Neenah, and more...
railroads, electric, cities, bridges, horns, 1/4, full scale, engineer, expensive, hobby, track, hobbies, signs rail detail

Photojournalist: Mike Vandersnick

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Aborted Landing GE90 Engines Roar

An Air Canada Boeing 777-300ER makes her final approach to Heathrow Airport when suddenly the pilot aborts the attempt causing the GE90-115B engines to roar as the throttles are pushed to the maximum.

The reason the plane aborted the landing was because a Continental Boeing 777-224ER (N74007) hadn't cleared the runway in time either because it was too slow on approach or the Air Canada plane was too fast.

An amazing experience to be there almost underneath. We just hope our high definition, surround sound video lets you experience at least some of the thrill for yourselves.

Aircraft Registration: C-FITW
Aircraft Type: B777-3Q8ER
Manufacturer's Serial Number (MSN): 638

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All rights reserved.

Landing at New York JFK from Cockpit B747

Landing runway 04R at New York JFK airport. View from cockpit taken with Canon Powershot S80.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Radio X

Radio X from Crashland.Major Aluminumm-guitars,Bobby Scumaci-Synth/drums,Steve Taylor-vocals.

Big boobs=handy purse :)

Boobs. Okay, I had too... Sorry, I'll rename this blog, "FROM THE DIRTY MINDS OF INDIE FILMMAKERS!!!"

SXE Phil Theme Song | Typography | HD

This is an awesome intro/ theme song....

Dedicated to one of the most awesome YouTube-ers
Song: Spokesmayne
Animation: Jahanzeb Khalid

Show some DeFranco Nation love :P

if you want to download the song then go to Spokesmayne's video response and youll get the download link

i know i made a few spelling errors but ... 'Meh
made in After Effects CS3

Friday, July 31, 2009

Kim Jong Il Eharmony

Very funny eHarmony spoof... Kim Jong Il Eharmony commercial. Another Arowana Films presentation along with our two new collabs Peggy from Peachies.net and DPD from FRA. Edited by Peachies and fake blood by FRA.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

David After the Divorce

Parody of "David After the Dentist" YouTube vid. - footage of a guy immediately following his divorce.
My buddy David was PRETTY out of it after his divorce proceedings. Conceived by Adam Pally, shot by Chris Kula.

If you liked this, check out more hilarious videos at WWW.UCBCOMEDY.COM

Chad After Dentist

Try a Chad DVD, you'll like it: http://www.blamesociety.net/dvd.php

Chad Vader returns from the Dentist feeling very similar to David.
Directed by

Director of Photography
John Urban


Check out his star wars video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjI6T0...

Engineer of Chad's Voice

Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg

A montage video of Hamburg, Germany's Miniatur Wunderland... Awesome...

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Hello All,

As those who know me, know that I have been burning the candle at both ends developing the CactusPix Motion Picture Company, the CactusNews blog and CactusNews TV, keeping up a fulltime job, and dealing with serious personal life issues. Well, all of the hard work is paying off. I would like to say thanks to all who have given their support and words of encouragements. Also, thanks for your patience as we diligently and continuously work on CactusPix.

Although a work in progress, the new CactusPix site is up and running. Check us out by visiting http://www.cactuspix.com/

I proud to announce that have a few projects in the works and will be posting casting notices and crew calls shortly. These new projects will include a new short film, new CUPIC episodes, and a few industrials. Stay tuned!!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009


A couple on a long awaited vacation at a resort and a looming disaster that could possibly change their plans. Based on a story by Mike Sliwa.

Monday, April 13, 2009


Red Rider: Down was written during the summer 1981 and was set at the Army Air National Guard base just outside of McAllister. In 1986 the story was renamed Ghost Rider Down and was re-written to follow an Army Reserve pilot who is participating in a search and rescue mission. He is searching for an aircraft that went down between McAllister and Bedford. What he found during his search was beyond incredible

Rod Washington explains the actual story the started the CUPIC series.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Monday, March 23, 2009

Iron Man vs Bruce Lee

Iron Man fights Bruce Lee in stop motion...

Sky Motoring - Weekly - 3/20/09

Video Provided by Sky Motoring, Presented by InsideLine.com:

Earth Hour 2009

Official Earth Hour 2009 video. Earth Hour is on March 28th, 2009 at 8:30pm. More at http://www.earthhour.org

Support Earth Hour by making your own video and adding it to our Earth Hour Global group here:

Earth Hour images can be downloaded and shared from our flickr photostream, including Shepard Fairey Vote Earth artwork: http://www.flickr.com/photos/earthhou...

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Chris Matthews Says

MSNBC's Chris Matthews Says "Oh God" As Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal walks out to start Republican Response

Saturday, March 07, 2009

'Invisibility cloak' directs light away from eye

Call it what you will - the world's first 3D nanoantenna or an invisibility cloak - but a new metamaterial created by Rice University scientists could hide objects from human sight.

Friday, March 06, 2009


Sunday, March 01, 2009

Jason vs e-HARMony

Our parody of Jason signing up for an internet dating service is stll alive and well on YouTube... Be sure to stop by and to take a look...

Valley Metro Blog Video 3 HD

This is the third installment of the series of videos about the all new Valley Metro Light Rail system that opened on December 27, 2008. The shots in this video were taken from Tempe Town Lake and the parking lot of Park Central. This is the third in a series of 4 videos. This is an updated version of the the previous HD version.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Headzup: Michael Steele Can't Name A Government Job

New RNC Chairman Michael Steele states that no government in history has ever created a job.

See his actual comments here--

Download daily Catch and Release Comedy™ political cartoons to your mobile phone or iPod at http://www.headzup.tv

Friday, February 20, 2009


Saturday, February 14, 2009

GOP Economics

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Sunday, February 08, 2009

2009 PROJECTS!!!

In 2008, we were light on our indie projects, but worked on quite a few of what I consider videos for our services side of business, Some weddings, a few musicians, training videos, and a few for charity. In reflection, I think that we worked on three projects that I would consider fictional shorts; Jason vs eHARMony, CUPICtv and a yet to be edited remake of out 2004 short, "THE EMMISARRY."

Although we made over 20 clips for CUPIC, they were mostly shot interview style and recycled clips from previous projects and the upcoming docu-fiction project that has been in post for two and a half years.

We are planning a busy production agenda for 2009. We have a few projects going into production soon.

CUPICtv: We will be posting casting notices for our upcoming episodes of this project. We will have production details and notices posted soon.

We will have a few short film projects that will go into production soon as well.

Check out the 2008 projects…

See Jeremy Kirks's Jason vs eHARMony short by this link… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcr6ZwknUP0

Visit CUPICtv… http://www.cactuspix.com/CUPIC/index.htm

Saturday, February 07, 2009

The Daily Funny

Okay, this makes me laugh... Well, it's THE DAILY SHOW. What did you expect? Click the link and watch


ECON 101

Monday, February 02, 2009


Sunday, February 01, 2009


We all know what's at stake here, but, the political positioning and game playing is still afoot. When I hear the statements like, "we won't be pushed around," or "we need to show them we want our agenda to be added to the Stimulus," I get incensed.

When an idiotic conservative talk show host blatantly says, " I HOPE OBAMA FAILS," I then realize that we have a long way to go in this country. "His plan panders to the far left liberal agenda. The only people who will benefit from it are slackers who don't work and want a handout." Check this out… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4YcwI4NlKA

Rush, I agree with you. The wrong plan could benefit slackers. We saw that with the $700 billion bank bailout that occurred last fall. It was the biggest welfare payout ever, and slackers did benefit from it. No lessons learned, no remorse, no accountability, just countless Americans losing homes, countless Americans jobless. And the news gets worse every day.

You might remind me, "Rod, he's just a shock jock, whose job it is to stir up trouble for ratings." I agree. He has a right to his own opinion, and I'll save it for another blog entry.

When I get angry or riled up, I begin pace the floor and mutter to myself. Love ones ask me, "Ummm Rod, are you ok?" I answer with a yes, and proceed to tell them what's on my mind.

The same day of the republican shenanigans, we hear that Citigroup was about to purchase a new corporate jet. You think that would be bad enough, not even close, the aerospace company wasn't Boeing or Gulfstream, it was Dassault a French company. And no, this isn't a dig at the French, but with the current economic situation, to support the French economy with the bailout money that was given blindly to you from us taxpayers is beyond words that I can think without adding these characters, "@#%$" Check this out… http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/27/obama-officials-tells-cit_n_161202.html

Do you really think you deserve a bonus after begging the government for bailout money? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/01/29/obama-18b-in-wall-street_n_162305.html

Well, there may be hope of sanity for the GOP, the republican governors, I think that they get the point since they see the budgets for their states and see the ever mounting deficit before their eyes.

This should not be a Stimulus for bailing out financial institutions that have failed; this should be all about infrastructure. You know, the bridges, the power grids, the railroads, the highways that are crumbling before our eyes. Why is it that a little ice can blackout a few states at the same time? Why did a bridge collapse in Minnesota?

INFRASTRUCTURE… It is considered wasteful spending by the GOP. I can't comprehend why the very thought of infrastructure is so demonized by the GOP. Thank you Rachel Maddow, you seem to get it… and thanks for not letting one off the hook so easily… Check this out http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/28902483#28902483

They are pushing tax cuts, blah, blah… "We have to stick to our conservative principles." Where were your principles during the past eight years? You let this happen…

"But two of those years the democrats took the house." No. The new democratic house and senate were elected in 2006, but they didn't officially take their positions until congress reconvened in the next fiscal year, i.e., 2007. This banking problem, which is the catalyst of this economic collapse, began in 2006, and well before that; it is funny how some conveniently forget that fact.

I do agree with CNBC's James Cramer, who feels that the stimulus should be a lot bigger than it is. Infrastructure touches many things; the steel industry, construction equipment, materials, and a slew of other industries that would also benefit… and the one most important factor in all of this, jobs… we need people to feel secure enough to spend and buy goods. You can throw all the money you want at Wall Street, the auto industry, if it doesn't touch the people of this country, than you just might as well have flushed the money down the toilet… And since you are throwing our money around, can you loan me a dollar…

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Valley Metro Blog Video 3 HD

This is the third installment of the series of videos about the all new Valley Metro Light Rail system that opened on December 27, 2008. The shots in this video were taken from Tempe Town Lake and the parking lot of Park Central. This is the third in a series of 4 videos.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Wil Wheaton praises Sony's 1,000,000/1 Contrast OLED TV's

Awesome technology.... Clip Detail

This is an amazing new technology that will enable extremely thin TV's with a contrast ratio that is about 100 times greater than the best consumer LCD's or Plasma's on the market today, thanks to the fact that they have no backlight. An advantageous side note of this means they are extremely power efficient. With tested response times of up to 0.01ms, which far exceed today's best. They are much brighter, with more vivid colors than existing TV's too.

A few issues remain to get this technology to the mainstream, the big issue being the organic material used has a relatively short lifespan. However this issue is being addressed, and as of recently the 11" version just hit the world market for real. Though at $2,499 it is "very expensive", even if it's technically cheaper to manufacture than any other TV technologies.

Expect full sized OLED TV's to hit the mainstream market in 2011 or later. Expect 30" models to start to appear in 2009.

Friday, January 09, 2009


No real story here. But, you have to love this picture from Satan's Alley... It makes me laugh every time I see it.

Here's a link to the website... http://www.satansalley.com/

Wednesday, January 07, 2009


Video clips of the new Valley Metro light rail on Grand Opening Day, December 27, 2008.

Saturday, January 03, 2009


I don't know who voted this stupid law in, but be aware... They say that the law was voted in around 2006, but they delayed it going into law for three years. Look at your license plate and make sure that you are not in violation. If you are, than expect to pay $135 or more plus court fees.... Read the article...


I'm no law enforcement officer, and I do realize that this state has a ton of specialty license plates, but I can tell Arizona plates when I see them, and that is with the AZ covering frames on...

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