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June 18, 2013
by John Cabrera
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GOOGLE GLASS : DAY THREE

Okay, so some of you know, I am a Google Glass Explorer (Beta Tester). I picked the device up on Saturday. And unfortunately, I haven’t had a fantastic experience with it yet. Because the moment I put on the device, I discovered… drum roll, please… I couldn’t read a single thing on the screen. Everything was blurry.

But I took it home anyway in the hopes that I might be able to get to the bottom of this. Did I need a better prescription? Was Google Glass designed only for people with strong vision in their right eye? Well, those questions led me to a Lenscrafters yesterday where I got a really thorough eye exam by a fantastic doctor there. She set me up with a slightly better prescription, and now I can sort of make out some of the detail on the screen. But more important than that, I learned something very interesting about myself…

I have a lazy eye.

Yep. Turns out, one of my eyes has been living rent free in my head for the past 30 years.

Now, this initial experience with Google GLASS has been absolutely exhausting. But it’s been extremely informative… and perhaps a bit fortuitous, as well. You see, I could have easily walked away from this by now. I could have given them back right there at the fitting. If I had, that would have been that. I’d have just gone about my life as I had been… never knowing the truth about this freeloader of an eye.

But I’m now very glad that I’m giving this a shot, and so I’m going to explain how, despite all of this…

Google Glass might just change my life

Now for those of you with a dominant left eye who read my G+ post about this and are worried that their experience with Google GLASS might be similar to mine… don’t worry. You can feel pretty safe knowing that the chances of you having what I have are super slim. In fact, of the 8000 beta testers in this Explorer program, I could easily be the only one with this.

I have Amblyopia in my right eye. That’s the inability to focus, regardless of how strong the prescription.

There’s about a 0.1% chance that a person will develop it exactly as I have (which is particularly incompatible with this prototype of GLASS). And I’ve never noticed it, cause my dominant left eye does all the work. It’s responsible for sending all the fine detail to my brain, and so with glasses, I see perfectly. I don’t even notice what the right eye is doing… which apparently is sitting around all day like a total cheeto-eating loafer.

The good news… this is fixable. Sort of… or at least somewhat. This would have been EASILY fixable if it had been detected when I was 6 or 7 years old. But at my age, it’s going to be a very tough road. But I’m determined to give it the old college try.

The even better news? I get. to wear. an EYE PATCH!

No joke. The doctor has put me on a regimen of about 3 hours a day of patching my good eye. Which if I’m gonna be honest, probably would have been a nightmare when I was 6 or 7, and now… well… it’s just flat out awesome.

Yeah, I’m gonna get that lazy sucker off the couch and out doing some exercise.

And guess what else. It turns out Google GLASS may be the best therapy of all. The doctor seems to think that using it will be a good focusing workout on that eye. So GLASS may be my savior here and an even more important part of my life than I ever would have thought. Because if I don’t get this eye in shape, there is a 30% chance that IT WILL START TURNING!!!!

Holy crap! I could become a totally nutty looking dude. It could point inward, making me cross eyed. Or it could turn outward making me look absolutely insane! Or down?!! Have you ever seen someone with one downward turning eye??!!! Okay, I have no idea if that’s actually possible, but I don’t want this thing wandering-off in any direction, that’s for sure.

So anyway, back to the eye patch. I want to get a really rad one. I’m already starting my search online. If you guys have any fun ideas or know of some good patches, let me know.

And if you want to follow my journey with GLASS in real time, find me on Twitter and Google+ where I’m posting photos, video, and other anecdotes.

More GLASSy-eyed tales to come. Stay tuned.

Is Google Glass supposed to be blurry?

March 13, 2013
by John Cabrera
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H+ and the Name Francis

Some of you may have already noticed that in H+ The Digital Series there is a repetition regarding the name Francis and its variations. But what you may not know (unless you’re REALLY studied up on the series) is that it’s actually become very serendipitous during the making of this series.

I suppose it starts with the fact that Cosimo De Tommaso’s sister is named Francesca…

Which definitely inspired the character Francesca Rossi and perhaps subconsciously Francis Peters.

Then we cast actors named Francesca Fanti and Francesco Martino completely by coincidence… as well as Caitriona Balfe who has a brother named Francis (which is particularly serendipitous if you’ve really studied this series well).

A few members of the H+ crew have the name (ie, Francisca Torres, Matthew Francis Wilson) which certainly wasn’t lost on us during the shoot itself.

So what’s up with this?

It’s a very Catholic name, that’s for sure… and H+ certainly has its fair share of Catholic themes. Clearly, we wanted to tell a story that looked at the two most prominent ways humans have been trying to understand their universe… science and religion. But we weren’t specifically looking to infuse it with these types of strange symbolic coincidences.

Most people who know me, know that I’m not religious. Not at all. But I was raised Roman Catholic and so I do remember a great deal from my youth. I’m sure there was plenty that ended up in this story that was an unconscious flashback to my upbringing in the Catholic Church. How could it not. Over the past 25 years, however, I’ve grown into a very analytic thinker… very skeptical of anything that can’t hold up to scientific inquiry.

And yet with the first Pope in history just now taking the name Francesco, a serendipity seems to persist surrounding our work on H+… a piece of predictive futurist fiction, after all. And it’s one that’s hard to ignore or explain other than saying, “it’s just coincidence, move on”.

But I don’t want to move on. I want there to be a significance.

That doesn’t have anything to do with the scientific method, though, does it?

February 21, 2013
by John Cabrera
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H+ Season 2 & Blogging… Starting up the engine

Hey there guys! It’s been some time, hasn’t it?

Yeah… I guess a lot has happened since my last post in July. And well… it’s clearly pulled me away from blogging in a major way.

I launched a series online this year that’s been going pretty well. Some of you may have heard of it. It’s called H+ (H+: The Digital Series if you dig on formalities). And it’s been a wild ride, to say the least. I’ve even picked up a few other projects along the way. I’ll talk about those in the coming week and months, I’m sure.

But yeah… busy year. Not a lot of time to just write for the hell of it.

And yet, I’ve really missed the blogging… writing for no other reason than to hear the clicking of my keyboard. It’s something I’ve been eager to start back up again for a while now.

So I’ve decided to hell with it, I’m coming back. And it feels right. I actually began blogging for the first time in 2008 as we started working on the script for H+ at Warner brothers. Now that we’ve begun work on H+ Season 2, what better time than now to return?

Some of you may also remember that this blog was really jump-started by a passion I had for writing about the TV shows I was watching at the time… and the occasional cartography that went with it. In fact, I’m sure many of you who have seen H+ can detect several of its influences.

I also talked a lot about social media back in those early blogging days, and that’s changed a lot since 2008, huh?

I told funny stories. Rants. Sometimes just straight-up blogging the depressing funks I was in (cause I like to keep it real). I shared stuff about the projects I was working on. Stuff you could see me in (I used to be an actor).

So yeah. You can probably expect more of the same. I’m just gonna stick with what I know. I even went back and reread my first post ever in order to get some inspiration for this one. So I’m really serious here.

Let’s see… I’m watching Breaking Bad right now and trying to catch up before Season 5-Part 2 starts (I’m on Season 3). I’ll likely blog the hell out of that show when it starts back up again. Game of Thrones for sure. Homeland. These are currently my jams.

My life has lots of weird things happening right now. A big turning point, I feel. So I imagine I’ll have some fun stories about my journey out here in La La Land.

And of course, I’ll also have a bit of sci-fi geekery for any interested parties… the kind of geeking some of you have seen here in the past. Only this particular sci-fi I know very well…

An H+ Community

You see, I’d also like to use this blog as a place for H+ fans to engage me directly about all things concerning the series. Many already do on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+… but I’d love to form a discreet little community for the series here. I think it’ll inspire us as we work on H+ Season 2. And in exchange, fans can expect insight into the series on a whole, our development process for H+ Season 2, and any other breaking news.

Now, for those of you who are happy to hear about the blogging return but not particularly interested in H+ Season 2 (or 1 for that matter), fear not. Any post dealing strictly with H+ will be labeled as such. And I’ll do my best to keep some variety.

So that’s about it.

Oh! Wait, no! I have to mention our great news! H+ won a Streamy this past weekend! Best Sci-Fi series on the web! Check out our acceptance speech below.

Talk to you soon.

July 23, 2012
by John Cabrera
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POST Comic Con POST

Two years of Comic Con in a row with a project I was promoting. That happened. Back in 2010 I didn’t think I’d see one Comic Con under those circumstances. But now I’m writing this post feeling… well… kind of like a Comic Con vet. What?

Some of you may remember my post from last year (hell, some of you may even remember seeing me AT the Con last year). Well this one was very different for me.

This year, I was there promoting the series. I know there were instagrams of me downing a few cocktails, and yes, I did party pretty hardy. But mostly I was there on a mission: to get this show on the radar. Not just teasing it like last year. We’re talking, on the floor shillin it, taking photos with random people (who somehow saw Brian Fuller under the hat and sunglasses… which, by the way, are prescription), signing frigging posters, panels, press junkets, you name it. I was this close to selling Sean Gunn to a group of teenage girls in exchange for helping me pass out fliers… but I was worried Warner Legal might have a problem with it… not selling Sean so much as the fact that the girls kept calling it HP.

H+ at Comic Con REDUX

Last year we were in the Indigo Ballroom talking to a room of like 2000. And let’s be honest, not really talking much about it. Just sort of talking around it.

This year, however, we were a part of the YouTube Fan Lounge, which probably saw about 5000 peeps over the course of the three days. We had a booth set up that was meant to be a testing facility for one of the important corporations in the series. Not sure how many people picked up on that. And I’m not really sure how many people actually subscribed to the channel after visiting the booth, but anyone who did got one of these naughty boys.

H+ Comic Con USB Bracelets

This is a one of a kind H+ collectible. This right here is gonna be mad worth one day, yo. It’s a USB bracelet, and it is awesome. I know you want one. Especially because there is a video on it we made especially for Comic Con. We shot it a couple weeks before the Con. And what was most exciting about that was knowing we can create more stuff like this for you guys throughout the run. Want to see that video? Okay… check it out:

Are you wondering if this video contains any clues? Have you seen the NYC style subway map I made of the island of Lost?

I have to say, aside from all the promotion, though, there were some serious highlights during the weekend.

Okay, so I’m gonna paint a picture here for you. Close your eyes.

Oh shit. Open them, you have to read this.

Oh shit, you can’t hear me. Okay, I’ll just wait.

So we walk into the IGN party on Thursday night, the first night of Comic Con (it was me, Jason Taylor, Sean Gunn, and David Rogers), I look up at the stage which is, like, about 30 meters away, and who to my wondering eyes should be freestyling? The RZA. I’m like, “is that the friggin RZA? That’s the RZA!” And it was the RZA. It was the friggin RZA.

Comic Con, man.

After that, I feel like something magical happened… cause it was just nonstop bumping into people I knew the rest of the night. The rest of the Con really. Including folks who I had no idea were even at Comic Con. It was as though the RZA had this magical power to bring people together. It was beautiful. I was expecting my mom to suddenly appear. How crazy would it have been if my mom had appeared onstage with the RZA. Close your eyes and imagine that. Oh shit, sorry open them.

The Good Stuff

The Wired Cafe was of course another highlight of the Con this year. Although, last year the theme was True Blood and they had blood inspired drinks. I didn’t go near the bar because of it. This year, however… Game of THRIZIES!! Three specialty drinks: White Walkers, Wildfires, and Ice & Fires (lazy name that last one). White Walkers were basically just vodka, so they were a good palate cleanser. The Wildfires, though, became my drink throughout the weekend, and they were delicioso… oh-so-good.

Anyone who has been to the Wired Cafe will tell you, it’s hands down the best party at Comic Con. For several reasons.

1) It’s every day.
2) It’s all day.
3) It’s free drinks all day.
4) If you’re staying at the Omni (which we were, both this year and last) it’s in your hotel. That means you can wake up and just go down there in your pajamas.

But best of all, it’s loads of free stuff… and like good stuff.

Last year I got a wooden back for my iPhone. Not a wooden case. I had the back of my iPhone removed and replaced with a beautiful piece of hard wood. I love it still, to this day, and hope Apple doesn’t change the iPhone design too much that I can’t put it on a future phone.

Comic Con 2011 Wooden iPhone Back

This year it was Nanodots and Bodymedia.

I am officially addicted to Nanodots. I play with the 64 dots I was given, like, every day… even though 64 dots is NOT ENOUGH. I can’t even begin to list all the unfinished masterpieces I’ve had to abandon. I need more dots. I was considering taking a hole puncher to a couple of refrigerator magnets just to finish this cobra I was working on. I should be getting a new set soon.

Bodymedia is a system designed to give you an understanding of your daily physical activity… so that you can adjust it if you notice something’s a little off. The armbands normally cost $200. But not at the Wired Cafe! I started wearing mine within minutes of arriving on my first day there. And boy is it accurate. I was wearing it for about 4 hours on that first day before checking the data. Sure enough. It told me that I had been standing around drinking for the past 4 hours.

I really dig it though. I’ve been wearing it a bit since returning. I’m especially fascinated (read: disturbed) by the feature that tells you how well you sleep. I don’t sleep very well apparently. Not quite sure how to adjust that, though.

We did a signing for H+. That was fun… but also a little odd, since I’m sure no one there knew what the show even was. Seriously, I think we could have signed left over snickers wrappers and people would have lined up to get them. The truth is, most folks were there to say hello this this guy:

Alexis Denisof signs H+ posters at Comic Con 2012

But one of my favorite things about the Con this year was getting to hang out with and meet some of you for the first friggin time! Again, thank you RZA. I met a bunch of folks this time… some of whom have been johncabrera.COMing it for years.

John Cabrera, Julia Fishwick, and Sean Gunn

Jules “Gitterbubbles” Fishwick, you are awesome. You nearly broke a rib when you hugged me, but man was it long overdue. I also got to meet Jennifer Felder, Courtney Klems, and although we’ve already met, it was nice to see Amrie Cunningham again. By the way, those are the sinister eyes of Sean Gunn peeping over our shoulders in the picture above.

It was great. Just all around great. I must have talked to a good 1000 people while shilling H+, and in the process I made some awesome new friendships.

New York Screening

After Comic Con, though, we flew directly to NYC for more H+ promoting. We did another screening of the series which was equally as exciting and very well received. I was, however, exhausted. I have no idea how movie stars do promotional tours that are more than just one city. How the hell do they survive that?

Anyway, this was our panel after the screening. I really wish we could have shown it in more cities before launch. I’m just so jonezing for you guys to see this thing.

H+ screening New York City 2012

I also got to spend some quality time with my family. Cousins on both sides of the tree attended the show. The coolest part about that was how amazing both those dudes are despite how different. They’re also grown men now, and most of my memory of them was from when they were just little guys.

My sister also lives in New York, and some of you know from past posts that she and I are really close… and that we have been cut off from each other for years while she was living in Greece. We actually got to hang out all three days that I was there, which was so good for me. So needed.

And hopefully for H+ too, because I gave her a bunch of flyers to hand out at Times Square over the coming weeks.

What?! That is a totally acceptable request of a family member.

By the way… um… can you please click on one of the links below thanks?