You've read the book... now watch the (2-min) movie!'s right; it's not just the big Hollywood movies that get their own fancy trailers - now it's books like Shaking the Family Tree, too! The 2-minute video is now available on YouTube right here.

Many of the *real* people featured in the book are also in this film, as well as many of the far-flung places I visited during my research.

Huge thanks to the geniuses at Madhouse Muse for making this lovely film, as well as Matthew Meschery and Billy Bouchard for their contributions to the audio and music. It's so great to have talented friends.

Hope you enjoy it!

The Lemon Juice Robber; or, "We're not very good at knowing what we don't know."

Good old Errol Morris. His ongoing series for the NY Times exemplifies the benefits to simply following one's tangential interests to their strange, winding, sometimes banal conclusions. In this (5-part!) series he investigates the Dunning-Kruger Effect, which describes the depressingly common phenomenon in which incompetent individuals believe themselves to be much more competent than they are - because they lack the ability to comprehend their incompetence.

I'm not going to name names here, but if you've ever wondered why certain apparently dim public figures keep on charging ahead, convinced of their own brilliance... well, that's the Dunning-Kruger effect. As Morris puts it, "knowing what you don't know... is the hallmark of an intelligent person."

All my movies, Sweded.

If the title of this post means nothing to you, please find two hours to watch the criminally underrated film, Be Kind, Rewind. Directed by Michel "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind" Gondry and starring Mos Def and Jack Black, the movie is... beautiful.

"Sweded," incidentally, is a term coined in the film referring to the "remaking" of films using the lowest of budgets and techniques. What karaoke is to commercial music, Sweding is to feature film.

Be Kind, Rewind inspired an entire Sweding culture. Check it out here at If you thought Memento was hard to follow the first time, try the Sweded version. Its directors admit they've never actually seen the original.