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June 3, 2015
by John Cabrera
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Pre-Gilmore Girls Reunion Panel Post

It’s been almost two years since my last post… dang!

So much has happened in that time! The most significant of course being the fact that Google Glass (the subject of my last post) has long-since joined the ranks of oh so promising technology like the Segway, the Zune (and who could ever forget those potato chips back in the late 90s that gave you severe diarrhea).

Okay, maybe that isn’t the most significant thing that’s happened.

Lots of other stuff has happened too.

I wrote scripts for two studios. And now I get to wait years to see what will happen with them… if anything. Ah, the sweet life of a screenwriter.

I went to France for the first time to premiere my series H+. When will the rest of Europe see it? No clue. But I met some amazing new friends there, and I’m eager to go back.

And I got engaged! Yep, Cabrera’s gonna be a husband (wow, that word still sounds really weird)… husband to a beautiful girl and my best friend. And I’m really excited.

But this post isn’t actually about what has already happened… it’s about what lies ahead. A wedding, yes… a few more projects on the horizon (with some amazing new colleagues in Europe… sadly none with the title H+2… more on that in another post).

But you guys know, dang well, what this post is about… you read the title…

GILMORE GIRLS REUNION!

Whoa whoa whoa!!! Stop!! Stop screaming!!! Hold on!! Let me clarify!!

Sorry. I should have led into that a little differently.

First off… no… I have no idea if there’s going to be a reunion show, season or film.

That is the number one question I’ve been asked since the show went off the air in 2007… followed by “how was working with Lauren?”

And while I can speak somewhat to the second question (She’s great… but we didn’t have many scenes together). That question about a reunion show is one I simply can’t answer… because I don’t know, nor would I likely know before it hit the press if it was going to happen. Most of you would know before me. Heck, some of you knew I was going to write this post before me.

So… let’s try this again…

GILMORE GIRLS REUNION… PANEL… AT THE ATX TELEVISION FESTIVAL!

Eight years since the show went off the air, our cast is coming together for one night to talk about those awesome years. Now, like I said, if you’re a Gilmore fan, you know this already. If you’re a Gossip Girl fan (or you really loved the movie Gone Girl) well… then you might be at the wrong blog post. But I am right now, as we speak, packing my bags for a three day Television extravaganza.

And it actually isn’t just Gilmore Girls for me. I’ll be hanging with several other close friends in TV.

My buddy Joseph Sikora will be there representing the show Power. You may know Joe as the red-headed, bearded biker on last season’s True Detective… I know Joe as my old College roommate who listened to a LOT of Ska music during those years. Not sure if he still does. I’ll ask him.

Also from Power, my buddy Lela Loren. She played one of the lead roles in my series H+ a few years back. And several others.

But reuniting with my old bandmates in Hep Alien… man, that is going to be one serious trip. And I can’t friggin wait.

So, I don’t want to make this post too long. I’ll save a longer post for after I return. But I wanted to let you know that I’m going to be sharing as much of my experience with you guys as I can. I know there are so many fans who wish they could be at the event. I think EW will be live-streaming it, so you should be covered there.

I’ll also be posting photos on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In fact, Keiko and I have already talked about Periscoping some live video over the course of our three days there. So if you don’t have Periscope on your phone, download it now! Tune-in to our twitter feeds to find out when we’re going to be doing it (Keiko’s Twitter, Todd’s Twitter and My Twitter)… in fact, you might even hear about some other surprises these old bandmates have planned while they’re there. That’s all I’m gonna say about that. 😉

And I’ll see y’all in Austin!

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.