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The Theory of Everything #film #movie #music

I’m a huge Wes Anderson fan. He’s the guy that made such great movies as Rushmore, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zizou, the Royal Tenenbaums, and Moonrise Kingdom. I’m not a fan of the Oscars, seeing it as a one big political mess. Nevertheless, when Anderson finally got the recognition he deserved with the Grand Budapest Hotel, I couldn’t help but watch the Oscars hoping this fantastic cast, crew, and Anderson himself would sweep them. I was disappointed when, among others, the best actor Oscar didn’t go to Ralph Fiennes.

Now I’m angry that the Theory of Everything didn’t sweep. Eddie Redmayne was incredible as Stephen Hawking. He reminded me of Kevin Spacey in the final scene of K-Pax. Spacey’s character was unable to communicate with others due to his mental condition, yet Spacey, acting his ass off as always, gave a single facial expression that conveyed about a page of dialog by itself. Redmayne’s task was similar, and he pulled it off remarkably.

If you haven’t yet seen the movie, do so. For now, enjoy some music from the film.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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It’s Certainly Easier to Dance to It #music

Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.
— Ludwig van Beethoven

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Hey, Hey We’re the Lawyers! #law #ip #realestate #music

People recognize intellectual property the same way they recognize real estate. People understand what property is. But it’s a new kind of property, and so the understanding uses new control surfaces. It uses a new way of defining the property.
 Michael Nesmith

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Chris Squire, Bassist for the band Yes, Dead at 67 #music #rip #yes

Picture from press release on Yesworld.com, the Yes official websiteAnother week, another death in the art world that strikes a chord.

Over the weekend, Chris Squire, bass player for the legendary band Yes, died. As a dopey teenager in the 80s, I was greatly influenced by Squire, especially his work on Yes’s 1971 album, Fragile. I wasn’t the only one. Squire was recognized by his peers as one of the best rock bassists ever to pluck a string. If you listen to rock music, and you think you don’t know his work, you’re greatly mistaken. His influence over the genre is undeniable.

Sadly, Yes remains one of the notable snubs from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Perhaps this year Squire and his band-mates will get their due.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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James Horner, Oscar-Winning Composer, Dead at 61 #music #movie #rip

James Horner

R.I.P., James Horner

At my age, I’ve come to expect personalities important to my childhood to disappear. One of those personalities just passed away. Among many others, Horner wrote the soundtracks for Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1983), which were two of my favorite movies as a teenager (Wrath of Khan is still one of my favorites). Additionally, while I was much older when Braveheart and the Devil’s Own came out, I still listen to that music today. If you want to see his full list of credits, you’ll have to Google him. The list is just too long to post here. I’m sure you all have your favorites, even if you don’t realize it.

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Christopher Lee, 93, Has Died #acting #music #christopherlee

Last Sunday, June 7, Christopher Lee died in not-so-merry-today Ole England. Listing all of Lee’s accomplishments would take weeks, so I won’t try. Instead, I’ll remind you one of Lee’s lesser-known creative contributions: music. Here’s an example of Lee’s work.

R.I.P.

For a list of other public figures that died today, click here. Among them are fellow musician John Entwistle of the Who (2002) and mathematician (and then-under-appreciated international hero) Alan Turing (1954).

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Rob Bodine is a Virginia attorney focusing his practice on real estate and intellectual property law. He’s currently Virginia counsel with First Class Title, Inc., a Maryland title insurance and settlement company. Rob is also a licensed title insurance agent in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.

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Starving #Artists

Social media (at least, my stream) is loaded with articles from, or in support of, artists that complain when they are asked to produce their art free of charge in exchange for exposure. This request is no different than that made in many other industries. It’s common in business; it’s called an internship. While artists may have to pay for paint or other supplies, they don’t have to pay for professional clothing, monthly subway passes, and mandatory social outings, so the expenses are largely a wash. Perhaps the fact that artists don’t get this point is why they’re “starving.”

Maybe this will teach them a lesson (though admittedly there are differences). An article published today on Business Insider (UK) talks about David Choe, and graffiti painter who was contracted to paint Facebook’s offices in 2005. He wanted $60,000; he was offered stock instead. So while he was paid for his services, it wasn’t in a form that could pay the rent or put food on the table. As far as Choe knew, this Facebook thing wouldn’t amount to much, so he should have expected nothing more than exposure. For his efforts, he’s now worth $200,000,000.00.

Though your results will certainly vary, this is how the real world works, even at the smaller scale. Only when you’re in a position to command payment will people want to pay you. Maybe you don’t like the world works and want to change it. Fair enough. The point, though, is that you’re not special or being discriminated against. Everyone pays their dues. Food for thought.

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