Monthly Archives: November 2011

Essay | The Frail Bliss Tornado Vs Gloom And Doom

A true tale and appreciation of my mighty Special Olympics’ hero.



Special-Olympics-swimming hero

© photo by Gregory Mancuso

It’s not hard to get buried in a heap of frustration in these gloom and doom days. You can be frustrated your career isn’t advancing fast enough. Or your career disappeared and you’re forced to take a job that you wouldn’t even call a career. Maybe you’re frustrated about your investments not performing well. Or your cash flow could be nonexistent and getting more nonexistenter every week for that matter.

And you can always round up the usual suspects lurking in your life even in the best of times. Creative frustration, relationship frustration, or what relationship? frustration, weight,  looks, the traffic, and the kids and on and on.

When frustration hits a fevered pitch, whether in the mundane or life altering category, it may help you to think of the woman in this picture as I do from time to time. I encountered her years ago when I was covering the Special Olympics. Continue reading »

Photography | Light comes out at night

Photographs of Los Angeles nightscapes.

los angeles photographerBasically, photography is a medium that captures light reflected off a subject. When moving light itself is the subject, sometimes an almost magical transformation occurs. This has always fascinated me. Sometimes the resulting creation is both abstract and hyper-real at the same time. If that even makes sense?

Here are a few of my favorite light sculpting images from a shoot I did for the LAX business district.

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Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso shot this photo of the LA airport business district at night - 1

Los Angeles corporate photographer Gregory Mancuso shot this photo of the LA airport business district at night – 1

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Video | Masters Of Camouflage – nature’s best camouflage artists strut their stuff in this remarkable video

A marine biologist captures nature’s finest underwater camouflage artists performing their almost magical transformations in this intriguing video.

Video of nature's camoflage mastersWhen marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video he started screaming. Hanlon, senior scientist at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, studies camouflage in cephalopods–squid, cuttlefish and octopus. They are masters of optical illusion.

These are some of Hanlon’s top video picks of sea creatures going in and out of hiding. Cephalopods have several impressive tricks for blending in with their undersea surroundings: they can change color, pattern and even the shape of their skin.




Websites | AllMyFaves – ultimate homepage & one-stop-shop for all your online needs

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Movies | Inglourious Basterds – the script and intriguing tales about the production, director, writer, cast

Tarantino’s INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS script received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay. And I found Tarantino to be a most gracious fellow in person.

Screenplay Inglorious Basterds Quentin TarantinoINGLOURIOUS BASTERDS is a 2009 war film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino and starring Brad Pitt, Christoph Waltz and Mélanie Laurent.

The film tells the fictional story of two plots to assassinate the Nazi Germany political leadership, one planned by a young French Jewish cinema proprietor (Laurent), and the other by a team of Jewish Allied soldiers led by First Lieutenant Aldo Raine (Pitt).

Inglourious Basterds movie trailer

Quentin Tarantino director of Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino photo by Gregory Mancuso

Development on INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS began in 1998, when Tarantino wrote the script for the film. Tarantino struggled with the ending and chose to hold off filming and moved on to direct the two-part film Kill Bill.

After directing Death Proof in 2007 (as part of the double feature Grindhouse), Tarantino returned to work on INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS.

The film went into production in October 2008 and was filmed in Germany and France with a production budget of $70 million.     Continue reading »

Recipes | Domino’s Pizza – with how-to video

Here’s the secret recipe for a delicious Domino’s pizza and how-to videos for the recipe, and for tossing pizza dough, and making stuffed crust.

Dominos pizza recipe Top Secret RecipeThis Dominos hand tossed pizza recipe allows those who love the pizza chain’s signature taste to recreate it at home. While Dominos does not advertise their exact recipe or technique, this recipe comes close to what you would get from your local Dominos pizza delivery. This is a template for a basic cheese pizza which can be topped with a variety of ingredients.

Dominos changed the recipe for their pizzas at the end of 2009, and the new style is reflected here. Most consumers seem to prefer the “new and improved” Dominos, and the national chain has seen profits grow since making the switch.    Continue reading »