SINE ZEN NON  (NothingWithoutZen) 

A KevCarrToon   © 2012  JBPinc  P.O. Box 1549  Hollywood  CA  90078  USA

[Key: actr (Kevin Carr) - SZN actor / KC (Kace) - SZN director / RK (Rev Kev) - SZN writer / JBP - Jest Blessed Productions]

NOTE: the SZN “back-up blog” is on blogspot at that’s


actr:  We never did get to try any Dutch fruit brandy, alas.

KC:  I like Coach’s “buddy, can you spare some positive change” audio callback right after that.

RK:  That was my real horoscope at the end of this clip - from the day I finished the first draft of the script, about a year before we filmed in ‘Dam.

actr:  I like the Shakespearean Actor Man callback at the very end.

<--  A picture of our other birthday boy does, however, and that’s the American politician of the Democratic

persuasion, Willie Lewis Brown.  Willie served over 30 years in the California State Assembly, half of them as its

  Speaker, and afterward was the 41st mayor of San Francisco - the first African American elected to that office.

<--  Birthday wishes going out today to American film director, producer, writer, and actor, Shelton Jackson “Spike” Lee, whose production company, 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, has produced dozens of movies since 1983.  Lee's films have examined race relations, urban crime & poverty, and other political issues, but he does not appear in SZN.

Springing into the world on this date in a year when it was the first day of Spring, Robert W.  “Stayn Young” Stayner.  Big Rob appears at the very end of our movie, explaining why forgetting the Tao is a good 

JBP:  That clip uploads here on the SZNblog on 4-20 next month.

KC:  Rob can also be spotted on the HllywdFrngeFest page -

actr:  ...And in 4-20 Poker From Hell, of course.

[The director and actor look at the writer expectantly]

RK:  He was born on the cusp of Pisces and Aries, which represent fire and water, thus making steam.

KC (after a pause):  That’s the best you got?

RK:  Hey, this “blog as DVD commentary” gig ends in a month.  Take it or leave it.

actr (alarmed):  What does he mean, “ends in a month?”

KC:  Don’t worry, you’ll be back as the Once & Future Ken by then.

actr (relieved):  Thank goodness.  [Pause]  Wait, I’m back as the what?

JBP:  Those clips start uploading around 4-22, if not before.

Remembering today the German writer, artist, and politician, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.  He left behind a truly impressive body of work: epic and lyric poetry. prose, verse dramas, memoirs, an autobiography, literary and aesthetic criticism; treatises on botany, anatomy, and color; and four novels!  In addition, more than 10,000 letters written by him are extant, as are nearly 3,000 drawings.  Needless to say, a Goethe quote made it into our movie.

RK:  ...My Goethe joke was deleted, however.

Zenbo explains that after a string of well-paying voiceover jobs, he tried to “give something back” by recording for the blind, befriending the sightless engineer who ran the sessions.

KC:  Have we been pointing out the cash register sounds whenever money is mentioned in these scenes?

actr:  I’d like to point out that Thomas had a good idea making me go down that slide in this one.  I objected at the time, because it came out of nowhere, but I’ve since realized how nicely it breaks up all my character’s talking-head stuff.

RK:  I’d like to give credit where credit is due: I came up with the sound engineer character Zenbo

refers to, but his idea of what vision was came from my mother-in-law, via the Braille Institute.

actr:  That’s the gifted comic actor, Bill Bonham in this pic, with the cane, BTW, from an improv

show we did with members of the famed Committee up in San Francisco.

KC:  Also, a quick shot of my favorite young Cub fans on “you’re blind!” -- >

RK:  Thank you, Kace, for adding back in the Zen of Baseball clip.

Birthday greetings going out today to American actor, director, poet, singer and photographer, Leonard Simon Nimoy, best known for his role of Spock in the original Star Trek series - named by TV Guide as one of the 50 greatest television characters.  Nimoy chose the role of the half-Vulcan, half-human Spock over one he was offered around the same time on the soap opera Peyton Place.  

There are forged signatures by Leonard Nimoy in two different places on the original lobby poster for SINE ZEN NON (NothingWithoutZen).

Happy birthday to American film director, screenwriter, producer & actor, Quentin Jerome Tarantino, a filmmaker whose work is often characterized by nonlinear story-lines, satirical subject matter and an aestheticization of violence.  Filmmaker and historian Peter Bogdanovich has called him "the single most influential director of his generation," but, of course, both PB and QT have said similar things about the genius behind SZN.

Also remembering today the English rock & roll singer, lyricist, bandleader, artist, and actor, Ian Robins Dury, who initially rose to fame during the punk and New Wave era of rock music in the late 1970s.  Zenbo wasn’t really familiar with his work beyond Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, but BW was a big fan.