Jesse Collins, and then some.

A blog dedicated to those who would rather be at the cottage.

Archive for June, 2007

The best 2 minute commercial I’ve seen.

Monday, June 18th, 2007

I used to believe that episodic tv could barely compete with the production value of 30-second tv spots. Commercials had $2 million for 30 seconds – an episode of a series had less budget to make 52 minutes. The only leg-up was story-and-character: time to develop was on the side of the series.

But 2 minute efforts like this show how much can be accomplished in 120 seconds. Brilliant.

Checking the Swells

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

I promised this post for last Friday but a new site launch for threw a bit of a tire-iron into the best laid plans.

Having said that I continue to be at once fascinated and terrified by surfing. The shot in the previous post of Greg Long beneath the massive wave captures it perfectly. It look s fluid and peaceful with foamy doom hanging literally over your head.

I will recount the story of Liam and I body-surfing (in very dangerous swells) on Maui a little later. I will save the tale of Carol and I watching some surfers on the Florida coast paddling for hours to get beyond the waves. I will spare you the description of the first time I saw surfers gathering on a beach on Kauai 25 years ago. But I’ll share a link with you:

For a land-locked old guy from Ontario, I can still get the vicarious thrill of waiting for the waves at the Red Bull Big Wave Africa site. The swells are only 4 feet today – no good for surfing. But the big one’s coming. And I’ll be watching.

One Day I’m Going To Take Up Surfing. Or Maybe Not.

Thursday, June 7th, 2007

I’ve always imagined that I would like to surf. Until I saw this.

Greg Long rides a wave in Dungeons, South Africa.

Greg Long Catches The Big One

Tomorrow’s Friday – and I’ll post a little more detail about this shot…

When I haven't been fishing, I've been looking at these on the dial-up: