1. History of Trip Gruver in five words, more or less. First: self-aware. Then: successful. Unfortunately: distracted. And then: enlightened. Presently: determined 2. Why commercials and media production? Why not Trip Gruver: Vatican assassin? If those are my only career choices, I definitely chose the right path. Plus, violence has never been my thing. 3. How long have you been working as a professional media guy? Pretty much since I was 12 years old. Directing Super 8 action/adventure films, including 1/24 scale model cars careening downhill filled with gasoline and firecrackers. Then putting lots of ketchup on my “dead” friends.
4. If Trip Gruver were to bust a mid-life career change, what would it be? I have never thought to do anything but commercial production. However, being a stunt man would work well with my love of fast cars and motorcycles. But my scars from many mishaps remind me to keep that as a hobby.
5. What’s the inspiration behind the Trip Gruver haircut? It’s my brand and that’s what I do. I am my own client! Also, at my age I’m happy to have hair.
6. Good point. Fill in the blank. “911, can you send an ambulance? I was executing an orangutan when my sausage hanger and my doppelganger went loco.”
7. Choose one. Money, fame, power, happiness or ontological paradox Ontological paradox so then I can time travel to acquire money, fame, power and happiness
8. Blood sport or blood sausage? Blood sport? Again, not into violence. Blood sausage? Not my taste. Think I’ll opt for a Bloody Mary
9. Worst job ever? Working at a pet cemetery to get through college. I’m not kidding.
10. Name one thing no one knows about Trip Gruver? That I read IND Monthly. Oops I guess my secret is out.
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OCT 1 Bobby Jindal is sure doing his best to court the far right; this post on TIME magazine says he'll be over in Oklahoma today to stand beside the billionaires who own Hobby Lobby while they announce a Bible "museum." In Washington D.C. (Wonder if there will be an exhibit on Matthew 19:24?)
OCT 1 Blogger Ian McGibboney is taking a look at the penalty call that is causing a stir. During a Monday NFL game, a player for the Chiefs executed a Muslim prayer gesture following a touchdown. The NFL has announced that the call was wrong, but Ian's not so sure.
OCT 1 Looks like hoards of whining college students and (extremely unflattering) satire can make a difference: The Advocate reports here that lease talks have reopened for Highland Coffees, a coffee shop near the north gates of LSU. Earlier this week, dismay was unleashed when the paper reported that the shop would be closing because its landlord had other plans for the space.
OCT 1 Blogger Mike Deshotels is outlining the flaws he sees in the so-called "Value Added Model" of teacher evaluation. It basically seeks to pay teachers according to how their students do on tests. (Sure hope they don't start using that model for doctors!) He's got a lot of information here, not just about the plan but about the people involved - and their history.
OCT 1 Columnist Jim Beam breaks down the difference between ISIS and ISIL, along with origins of each group and what has been reported about them over the years. It's a good clear primer if you're one of those continually confused by the names being thrown around.
OCT 1 Blogger Tom Aswell brings us up to date on the latest mess surrounding the Office of Group Benefits, which handles health insurance for state employees. It ain't pretty, and it has left Tom pleading for anyone who might be remotely competent in the Division of Administration to get in touch with him.
OCT 1 Look out! Some enterprising individual, who knows how to register a domain, has pulled off a stunning bit of hilarity here. Not long ago, blogger Lamar White Jr. gave us a post on Louisiana Family Forum, and how it is not a charity but is instead a tax shelter for a lobby. If you go to the interwebs and type in "louisianafamilyforum.com" you will find Lamar's story. Heh.
SEP 30 Here's another story that makes Louisiana look backward; blogger Manny Schewitz writes about a church that won't allow AA to use its facilities because those boozers might track in some gay. Every time he sees one of these, as he calls them "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" type of stories, he always starts wishing: "Please don't let it be Louisiana... Please don't let it be Louisiana..."
SEP 30 This post on PoliticusUSA, an extremely liberal blog, takes aim at Bobby Jindal's disingenuous attempts to play both sides against the middle on the evolution/creationism issue. Jindal is "dutifully serving his Koch masters" on the climate change issue as well, blogger Rmuse writes.
SEP 30 Ever wonder what goes on in a football locker room following a game like Sunday's embarrassment? Here's a post on ESPN about the "reality check" the Saints had. Among the comments: "Right now we're not a very good football team."
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