Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Working on low belt

When I first joined my college glee club, I signed up to be a second alto, because I felt most comfortable there.

Later when I got a voice teacher, she switched me to first soprano, because my high notes were louder than my low notes.  Since, then, whenever I have had voice lessons, teachers have worked on my mid range or my high range, but never my low range.

YET, when I look at casting notices, they are always asking for an alto belt.  Now I've finally figured out, I think, how to do a low belt.

Here's an attempt https://chirb.it/4s61nz

Still working on that high belt.  Here I'm switching to legit when I get to about g4.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Thoughts about Israel

Yeah, I feel very conflicted about Israel.

My dad came here as a refugee from the Holocaust; however, even though his ancestry was Jewish, he was not Jewish.  He was Lutheran.  My mom was a WASP.

I’m not a Jew.  If I were in Israel, I would be not the same religion as the government.

I believe in separation of church and state — that the government should not establish any one religion.  That a government should be the government of all the people living there.

Jews were only about half of the people killed in the Holocaust. The others included gays, people with disabilities, Eastern Orthodox Christians, Gypsies and Armenians. Similar mass murder occurred under Stalin (20 million people), under Mao (28 million people), under Pol Pot (2 million people), in Turkey (1 million Armenians), in Rwanda (800,000 people) — even here in the Western Hemisphere the population of Native Americans declined by 90-95% (130 million deaths) due to European invasion (combinations of disease and oppression)-- not to mention the horrendous history of slavery.

I know that fear that says I need to flee to a safe place.  I understand why Israelis feel the way they do — the fear, the anger -- but there is no safe place.

Still, these Muslim countries that want to push Israel off the globe are no better — generally worse.  They engage in wholesale oppression of everyone, especially women and religious minorities. Israel is comparatively much more democratic and religiously tolerant — despite all the bad press that they get.

No one is trying to push the Muslim countries off the globe.  Who are they to try to push Israel off?

And, recently, Israeli scientists announced that they are going to have a cure for cancer within a year.  If they succeed, if Israeli scientists manage to cure all cancer, won’t we be glad that there was an Israel?

In fact, no one has clean hands. There are virtually no countries without appalling histories of human rights violations.  The human capacity for oppression seems unlimited. 

And where is there uncontested territory in this world? Certainly not here in the USA.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

spoofer posing as hacker

Please note the following misleading scam message.  I am posting this, because I suspect others have received the same and this one is a bit insidious

If you're new to scams, please note that just because a person is apparently sending from your e-mail address does not mean that they have actually hacked your account.  They can be spoofing your e-mail address -- which they can do without hacking.

I know they did not hack my account, because this e-mail does not appear in my outbox.

I also know they have not hacked my account, because I have not watched any adult videos.

abarschall@falati.com <abarschall@falati.com>
To:abarschall@falati.comFeb 24 at 3:16 AM
This account is now hacked! Change the password immediately!
You might not heard about me and you are probably surprised for what reason you are reading this particular letter, right?
I am ahacker who openedyour email boxand all devicesa few months ago.
It will be a time wasting to attempt to contact me or seek for me, in fact it's not possible, considering that I directed you this message from YOUR account that I've hacked.
I've started malware software on the adult videos (porno) website and suppose that you have spent time on this site to have fun (you know what I want to say).
During you were watching these "great" vids, your internet browser started out functioning as a RDP (Remote Control) with a keylogger which granted me access to your monitor and network camera.
Then, my softaquiredall information.
You have entered passwords on the websites you visited, and I intercepted all of them.
Needless to say, you'll be able to change them, or perhaps already changed them.
Even so it does not matter, my program updates information regularly.
What actually did I do?
I got a reserve copy of the device. Of all files and contacts.
I got a dual-screen videofile. The first screen shows the video you had been observing (you have got an interesting taste, ha-ha...), and the 2nd part displays the video from your own camera.
What actually should you do?
Well, in my opinion, 1000 USD will be a realistic amount of money for our small secret. You'll make your deposit by bitcoins (if you do not understand this, try to find “how to purchase bitcoin” in any search engine).
My bitcoin wallet address:
15y9WjrC2pGKvrxZWugeHXZNv1nbDvbNzw
(It is cAsE sensitive, so copy and paste it).
Warning:
You will have only 48 hours to make the payment. (I have an exclusive pixel to this e-mail, and at this point I understand that you've read through this email).
To tracethe reading of a messageand the actionswithin it, I installeda Facebook pixel. Thanks to them. (Everything thatis appliedfor the authorities may helpus.)
If I do not get bitcoins, I will undoubtedly direct your video files to each of your contacts, including relatives, co-workers, etc?

Another thing that can be useful is to get the raw message header for the e-mail message -- if you're reporting the e-mail.  In Outook, you can look for "message details." In Yahoo!  they call it raw message. This was the raw message for this spoof.

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Friday, February 22, 2019

Updates for January and first half of February

Recent acting activities
  • "Sleeping Ugly" continued into January. 
  • an indie movie 
  • booked my first reasonably highly paid commercial. 
  • joined a short form improv team called Cherub Improv that does charity shows and workshops in hospitals and nursing homes. 
  • I've been to a few improv mixers as well

I got some new, slightly quirky headshots. Here's a link to those


I also opened an art show in the Borough Park Library in Brooklyn. It's gong to be there until February 28, then move to two other libraries in Brooklyn. If you're interested in my art, here's a link to some pix


I just realized that my single can be streamed on spotify -- duh.  I should have realized this sooner.  Warning: the lyrics are quite sociopathic


I wrote this single back in 2014.  At that time, I was participating in a Villain Contest for Jaguar, based on their 2014 SuperBowl commercial.  Originally, they said I should write a villain song, tho later the rules actually said I only had to name an existing villain song.  I hoped that if I won their villain contest it would make it easier for me to book the kind of villain roles that I dream of booking -- comparable to Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars.

I didn't win the villain contest, but then I realized I could use this song as a piece to use to audition for villain roles in musical theater.  I had a friend arrange it.

I'm working on a music video for the song, which I hope to take to festivals, but that's going slowly, due to SFX issues.  My current fantasy is that the song would be picked up by someone who is writing a musical --to be used for the villain character.  Some people have said they think it sounds like Disney Song. That would be amazing, if Disney bought it.

photo of me with Cherub Improv


Thursday, January 31, 2019

Penultimate Diversity Jam at UCBeast

The improv community is trying to promote diversity by having diversity jams. I attend from time to time, for age diversity.  There aren't too many active improvisers who have white hair.

Sadly, the theater called UCB East, aka "The Beast," is closing. Apparently, UCB is choosing to concentrate its resources at the Hell's Kitchen location, which I haven't yet visited.  I've done several class shows and jams at The Beast. It's not very convenient for me, coming into NYC on MetroNorth, arriving at GCT, but it's been a major part of the NYC improv scene for a number of years.

The penultimate Diversity Jam at UCBeast was January 27. I was there.  Here are some set photos that include me on stage.







Thursday, December 20, 2018

December 2018 updates


I’m going to be in the Christmas Alumni Show of A Sketch of New York December 21, 22, and 23, at the Producer’s Club, 358 w 44th St, NYC.  There are three teams every day.  I’m in the *middle* team, which means 7:45 on the 21st and 22nd and 2:45 on the 23rd. 

These are all *new* scripts — and I wrote one of the sketches in my show.

Agents, casting directors, artistic directors, and anyone with casting authority can get in free by leaving a business card.  If you stay for all three shows, you’ll see a lot of actors, who have been selected from the basic show to reappear.

Also here’s a video of me performing in a concert on the 9th


I also completed Musical Improv 101 at UCB.  I've taken this course at the Magnet, but not at UCB before.  Eric Gerson was great.

I'm going to be having an art show in Brooklyn in January

Movies seen recently:

Spiderman: into the multiverse
Aquaman