Monday, August 25, 2014

Is That All there Is?


 In last nights episode of  "The Leftovers."
Recap here.

 Kevin Sr. advises Kevin Jr. to stop seeking more...
Telling him and I'm paraphrasing-"This is it so cut the crap."
This yearning, this buzz of existential discontent  spikes I think for most of us from time to time.

From James Wood at the  New Yorker: Is That All There Is?

And of course Peggy Lee:



Later,
Paul Parducci

Friday, April 18, 2014

Robot Danger?

 Are we playing with fire?
Will the geometric expansion of Memory and Logic Programming create a future conflict between Man and Machine?
 Here are a few things to look at to get the wheels turning-

Two AI "Chatbots" having a conversation:





 Steven Omohundro's :

ROBOT UPRISING

Later,
Paul Parducci

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Channeling Continues: No Dearth of Speakers From the World of Spirits


Since stumbling upon Jane Roberts who began the Channeling Craze way back in 1970 I find that I can't get enough of the fact that there are a huge group of people (Some would say) making an excellent living talking in a funny accent and presenting more or less the same scientifically unproven (ie; in magnetism two positives always repel each other) Law of Attraction formula.

Anyway here is (a modern Channeled Spirit?) Bashar:


Later,
Paul Parducci

PS: Comments Welcome

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Candy Darling Can't Swim

 One of the most Famous and Tragic Personalities to emerge from Andy Warhol's Factory
Was the self-created Classic Movie Star Candy Darling.

 Here is Candy in an Interview:



Highly recommended is the Tragic, Fascinating and Well-constructed Documentary "Beautiful Darling" from James Rasin.
(I just watched on NetFlix.)
Here is the Official Trailer:


The title of this post highlights what I consider to be the marrow of the sadness of this short driven, complex life.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Bang! Bang! The "Mafia" Video Game Series


For an overview here is the Mafia VG Wiki
 I am  really proud to  be part of this nerve-rattling Crime Netherworld.

I got the chance to work on Mafia 2 doing a bunch of Gangster Voices under the direction of the great Jack Scalici.
Here we are in the Booth.
Actor Paul Parducci and Jack Scalici in the booth for  Mafia 2
Gamers love this one and for good reason. It is loaded with great characters, excellent dialogue and a robust period world.
Here 's a Review Boatload from MetaCritic

Mafia 3 is being prepped now so I have my fingers crossed!
 (No better way to work off stress then spending a couple hours a day getting to play a real bad guy.)
Here is probably the best place to stay up to date on all things M3
Have a Great Day-
And Don't Rat on Your Friends-
Later,
Paul Parducci

PS: I will ever be grateful to the  Very Stand-up Guy Brian Bloom for recommending me for this job!

Sunday, February 09, 2014

My Brother Jim's New Book is Out!


 Hey All-
If you are a Fantasy fan or interested in becoming one then
read my Terrific brother's Fantastic new book!

"The Magic of Morekind is a new novel which will take you from all you have known on Earth to all the hopes and dreams which one might achieve, if they are lucky enough and brave enough, on a new world. A world of myth and magic, of love and pain, of sacrifice and hope. Welcome to Morekind, where the hearts beat strong and where the adventures challenge them. Welcome to a world very different from the one you have known."

The Magic of Morekind is available exclusively on Amazon in the Kindle store.  You can get it right here.
http://www.amazon.com/The-Magic-Morekind-James-Parducci-ebook/dp/B00I70Q58Q/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1391887759&sr=8-1-fkmr1&keywords=agic+of+Morekind



Read it and add to your world.
Later,
Paul Parducci

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Banana Post or "The Only Banana Resource You Will Likely Ever Need."

Confession-
I love Bananas.
High in Fiber
Low in Calories
Rich in Potassium
They are in many ways a perfect food.
But I'm not the only one.
Here is a veritable avalanche of links to some of the best Banana Information on the web.
From Food Matters.
The Great Folks at LIVESTRONG.
From Huffington Post we have unusual uses for Bananas.
From one of the most famous names in BANANADOM.
WISEGEEK has something to say on the subject as well.
And from Underground Health.
Finally from MDHealth.
Okay then at this point you are well on your way to being a world class expert in the uses and benefits of this noble yellow fruit.
I wish that you all Top Banana status!
Later,
Paul Parducci

Sunday, January 26, 2014

"The Happiness Two-Step" or Follow These Two Steps and You Will Be Happy

Having reached the Half-century mark I have learned many things the hard way.
At this point I am confident in offering the following:



THE SECRET TO HAPPINESS

ONE: FORGET ABOUT WHAT YOU WANT.

(If you are even remotely like me-you don't even really know what it is. The best I have been able to muster is a strong suspicion based on the constant programming foisted upon me by the materialistic society I live in.)


TWO: DO YOUR BEST TO BE OF SERVICE TO OTHERS.

People around you right now are in pain. They need comfort, hope, help to the restroom, a ride, a sandwich... the list goes on and on. No matter where we are in our own struggles we are in better shape than others in some way.


Of course a Spiritual attitude helps with both of these steps. But even if you don't believe in a Higher Power-(An overlying All-knowing Force of Love and Law.) These two steps will work.

And by "work" I mean they will bring you PEACE.

And PEACE = HAPPINESS

God Bless-
Later,
Paul Parducci

Friday, January 24, 2014

Paul Parducci: The Naked Truth!

I was listening to KFI here in Los Angeles the other night and they had the excellent Actor/Writer Fred Stoller on talking about his new book- which I will link at the bottom.

Fred was discussing the life of a perennial Guest Star in Hollywood. (Something I have some experience with!)

It takes great courage and candor to discuss the actual workings of a career in this business where most of the time Brand Management is the top priority.

In any event Fred's take on his work inspired me to do a little reflective thinking. I'm usually the kind of guy that's always looking forward.("What's Next." Is my Motto)  My career has never overly impressed me. But I do Love to Act and still get a kick out of being on sets and working in front of the camera. (And Hope of course springs eternal! I will  get to my experience with Pilots in another post.)

Although I've been lucky enough to have worked frequently, many times with interesting parts in association with very talented artists, I always felt that this kind of work-a-day Hollywood stuff was kind of boring. The life of a Character Actor (And I'm proud to call myself one) is more a life of usefulness to projects rather than  being the heartbeat of a project itself. (I'm seeing at this point that I will have to explore this  at length in another post also or we'll be here all day. See I already think you're bored.)

Anyway-at one point Fred mentioned Guest-Starring on The Naked Truth this is a show I Guest-starred on as well, playing one of my mainstays a bully named Doug Keller.  (So I went to the script pile I keep in the corner of my office and pulled out my script from somewhere near the bottom.) Flipping the pages brought back  fond memories of this experience not the least of which was meeting the fantastic character actor Norman Fell  and working with the charming, beautiful and whip-smart Tea Leoni. The episode was also directed by Robby Benson. (Who I found to be unusually gifted in getting to the kernel of scenes-not easy to do in the fast-paced world of Sitcoms.)

I have enclosed a pic I had snapped with Norman as well as the cover and cast page from the episode I Guested on.

Here is Fred's book.
Later,

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Aeschylus: On Gaining Wisdom

“He who learns must suffer;
and even in our sleep
pain that cannot forget
falls drop by drop upon the heart,
and in our own despair,
against our will,
comes wisdom
by the awful grace of God.”
― Aeschylus


Considered the father of Tragedy

PS: He also said:
“Better to die on your feet than live on your knees.”

Later,
Paul Parducci