Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Bruges, Belgium "The Venice of the North"

Founded by Vikings in the 9th century and rightly called the Venice of the North Bruges Belgium is one of my all time favorite places on the planet.
Here is a photo I took there.
Paul Parducci
PS: History

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Deal or No Deal

While flicking around Friday night I stumbled upon "Deal or No Deal." This is a Fantastic show!
Watch it!
Here is an interesting link.
Paul Parducci

PS: I always enjoy Howie Mandel, he is a truly unique talent and he has just the right touch as the host, Bravo!

Thursday, March 23, 2006

Patrick Henry

On this day in 1775, American Patriot Patrick Henry gave his famous speech to the Virginia House of Burgesses. In attendance were Thomas Jefferson and George Washington.

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!"

Powerful words.


Paul Parducci

Monday, March 20, 2006

Sandra Tsing Loh, Mother on Fire

This weekend I saw the very tight one woman show "Mother on Fire" written and starring the very talented and honest Sandra Tsing Loh.
Except for what now seems to be the obligatory Red State vs. Blue State commentary ie: at one point Sandra asks the audience to identify their political parties (I am sick unto death of Partisan Blabbering) the show is a very amusing and intelligent essay on Parenting in LA. In addition to Tsing Loh, the show also evidences excellent direction by David Schweizer and Bart DeLorenzo as well as a very useful and well-designed set by Jerry Buszek.
It is playing through April at the 24th Street Theatre here in Los Angeles
Paul Parducci

Friday, March 17, 2006

The Saint Patrick-Nigeria Connection

Happy Saint Patrick's Day Everybody!
Here is a picture I took in Ireland this past July at the monastery at Glen du Loch.
Besides being the patron saint of Ireland, he is also the patron saint of Nigeria.
Be Happy and Be Safe!
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Wall Drug Store

This is one of those great things everyone should know about:

Wall Drug Store

Here's a picture I took this summer in Amsterdam.
Paul Parducci

Monday, March 13, 2006

Crossword Puzzle, The Movie "Proof" and Roast Chicken

I had a weekend that approached perfection.
Including: A Crossword Puzzle, My wife's fantastic Roasted Chicken and the absolutely brilliant film "Proof" with Home run acting by Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anthony Hopkins and Hope Davis based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Auburn and wonderfully directed by John Madden (Who we should be hearing more about, this guy is great!)
Have Fun Everybody!
Paul Parducci

Friday, March 10, 2006

What's behind the Curtain? Fibonacci Numbers

They say an Italian mathematician Fibonacci first discovered these numbers and described them in his book "Liber Abaci," in 1202. But there was also an Indian Mathematician Pingala who mentioned them in 500 BC. I don't want to start an international incident over this so lets move on.
Fibonacci Numbers occur repetitively throughout nature.
Textism has a fantastic and brief Flash animation on them.

Have a Great day!


Paul Parducci

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The Third Law of Planetary Motion, Sitcoms and Scandinavian Hamburgers

On this day in 1618, the near blind German Mathematician Johannes Kepler (Or as I like to call him Mr. Ellipse) discovered The Third Law of Planetary motion:
The squares of the orbital periods of planets are directly proportional to the cubes of the semi-major axis of the orbits.
Newton later used this law as support for his Theory of Gravity.

And on this day in 2006 I am going in for a sitcom meeting!

Here's a nice overview of all Kepler's Planetary Motion Laws.

Also:Bergen, Norway is a beautiful city with a fascinating museum dedicated to the Hanseatic League as well as (along with most of the rest of Europe) a McDonald's.


Paul Parducci

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

The Job of Acting

I am an Actor. It is what I do, but it is not all I am.
I view acting as a job like any other.
Where some people work in the Upholstery Business, I work in the Story Business.
It is my opinion that my job as an actor is to tell the story inside my head.
(Spencer Tracy described acting as learning your lines and concentrating, I could go along with that as well.)
I read a great piece on Acting by the sometimes grumpy always fantastic Anthony Hopkins that I have included here.

Have a Great Day!


Paul Parducci

Monday, March 06, 2006

Today I have a Tummy Ache!

Went to Disneyland yesterday, had fun.

But I must have eaten something not quite right because I acquired a world-class tummy ache that has extended into today.
I'll get back with you all tomorrow!
Paul Parducci

Friday, March 03, 2006

It's a Star-Spangled Day!

On this day in 1931 The Star Spangled Banner was named the Official Anthem for the United States of America.
This is the original manuscript from Francis Scott Key.

On this day in 2006 Paul Parducci got all his 2005 paperwork done!

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Paul Parducci: America's Favorite Hothead

Drawn by my friend Russ Reiley, Comedy Revolutionary and Illustrator (1960-2004)
This is a picture of us from a million years ago. Russ you are missed.
Paul Parducci

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Next: Audition for the Nick Cage movie "Next"

Here I am early this morning prepping for my audition at Sony for the upcoming feature film "Next"to be directed by the outstanding action-meister Lee Tamahori with a script by Gary Goldman starring Nick Gage and Julianne Moore and hopefully...Paul Parducci!
Have a Great day everybody!