Good Works Tour

Greetings from San Francisco (again) by wisedog

Greetings Good Works Fans! Wisedog here with a rare update. I know, we never talk any more. It’s awful.

I’m writing this from high above the snow-covered Sierra Nevada Mountains on my return trip home, after a great day of Good Works Stuff. I spent most of the day yesterday in transit to San Fran (10 1/2 hours on 3 planes. It was awesome, but I admit I missed the van.) But once I arrived in the beautiful City by the Bay, the shades went on and I cruised this hip town in style!

First, I got to go to a reception at the Cartoon Art Museum, where I showed our finished product of The Good Works Tour movie to the attendees of the 2009 National Conference on Volunteerism and Service, including our friends at The Good Works Tour casually hung amongst the brilliant works of cartoon, animation, and comic book art displayed in the museum, as I chatted it up and exercised my networking muscles.

The Good Works Tour hanging in the Cartoon Art Musem!

It might be a little hard to make out, but that's the Good Works Tour (right) hanging out with Mel Blanc (top left).

It was great to meet-up again with many of the friends GWT met at Volunteer Match when we passed through last summer. We’d like to thank Robert at VM a million times for inviting us to come to the reception, setting us up in San Franciscio, and for the great connections he helped us make.

I met a lot of fantastic and dedicated people last night, many of whom are doing fabulous things and really helping their communities, and the world through their work. It was an honor to be counted in their presence, and to have our project and our film noticed.

Personally, I was just super stoked to have OUR cartoon [spoiler!] hanging in the Cartoon Art Museum, right next to Mel Blanc, Daffy Duck, and four familiar hobbits for the evening. And it was totally awesome that The Good Works Tour was displayed in the same museum as this:

From the Warner Brothers Collection.  HOT

From the Warner Brothers Collection. HOT

The Cartoon Art Museum had a massive and very comprehensive exhibit on Watchmen, and I got to totally nerd out for a little while.

Afterward, I meandered around the corner to the very chic and sincerely cool 111 Minna Gallery where we presented a screening of the film alongside their usual Sketch Tuesdays. If you were there, you know how awesome a time it was! Otherwise, you totally missed out. Thanks to the great folks at 111 for being so accommodating.

True to Good Works form, I must also thank my friend Rachel for her hospitality for the evening. It helps to have good friends in far places.

All in all, I had a wonderful time, and it felt a wee bit like I was back on the road for one more day!

Thanks for reading, and please keep checking back, to find out when the Good works Tour is showing their film in YOUR area, and how you can soon acquire your very own DVD of our much-hyped motion picture!


Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair… by wisedog
August 19, 2008, 12:48 pm
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Good morning from San Friggin Francisco!

It is a foggy, overcast day. I’m totally stoked.

Yesterday, after leaving James’s awesome aunt and uncle in Carmel, we cruised Northern California to visit his cousin Lisa at Cal State Fresno.

Afterward, we spent the afternoon in emergency-mode, as we scrambled about to replace the faithful GWT camera.  James’ baby started making noise that we just didn’t like, and threw a tantrum whenever we tried to rewind. So, to conclude, we have a new camera.  Remember seeing “Forrest Gump” and thinking how awesome it looked?  No?  Me neither.  But, that’s how the rest of the Tour will appear.  In HD.  Maybe.

In any case, today, we’re working with Meals on Wheels in San Fran, and then hopefully meeting up with the folks at, with whom we’ve been working from just about Day 1 to connect us to non-profits.

Thanks for reading; collectively, you are more awesome than you can possibly imagine.

– Wisedog

Finally a new video! by jamesintrocaso
August 17, 2008, 2:06 am
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Hey all,

So for our last day in Los Angeles today, we finally present our Las Vegas video. Look forward to more videos from LA tomorrow as we do two good works for the SPCA and Dorothy’s Kitchen. Check these places out. We’ll be spending the night with my Aunt Maria and Uncle John and I’m excited to finally be out there and visit them after 22 years.

Today we visited our good friend, Mike Casey. He’s out here in Orange County, CA to stay for what seems to be a very long time, and I have to say that he is an outstanding human being with a great love of life and that while he will be missed quite badly by us Collingswoodians, we know that he’s going to make a big impact in the legal world and be a truly amazing human being. We’ll be visiting him again.

Finally, THE NEW VIDEO. Wisedog did a great job with this one, Good Works Fans. It is a must see! We’ll be home in three weeks and we’re hitting the country hard before we do.



Idle, but still Wild by wisedog
August 16, 2008, 5:22 am
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Good evening, GWFans.  I have to say, if New York is the city that never sleeps, then L.A. is the city where everyone else in the US is asleep before you are.  Am I just bitter about the time difference from New Jersey?  Probably.

But, in any case, to reality.  James made phone calls all morning, like most mornings, and now our trip home is just about planned out through to Pittsburgh.  This bums me out, idealogically speaking, but we’ll end up getting more done this way, so I can’t really complain.  For details, you can check out our Google Map, and see where we’ll be making our stops.

Tim brought the camera to Siggraph today to document a little bit of what he’s been doing all week, in an effort to prove to us that he hasn’t just been sitting in the Redondo Beach sun, and bringing home digital graphics technology souvenirs coincidentally.

Tomorrow, we hope to meet up with our good friend Mike Casey, who seems to have permanently relocated himself in Mission Viejo (that’s “Old Mission” for the gringos, especially those who aren’t willing to let a little thing like grammar get in the way of naming their cities.)  According to most accounts, Mission Viejo is as safe as Camden is dangerous.  So, good for you, Mike Casey.

In admittedly unrelated news, we keep falling asleep before we get anything done at night, usually, and I’m left up to type anything at all on the blog.

Lucidly dreaming of you,
– Wisedog

Big Sunday, Wake Up in the Late Afternoon… by jamesintrocaso
August 14, 2008, 4:36 am
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Hey all,

Big ups to the GWT crew today. Timmybones continued his amazing volunteer experiences at the Siggraph Conference and did a good work by getting rides home for all his homeboys in our van.

Meanwhile, the Wisedog and myself went to an organization known as Big Sunday to help them out with some lemonade they had. These guys organize a huge act of kindness each year, working with tons of non-profits, churches, schools, businesses and more to make one weekend a HUGE event. The idea is that ANYONE can help his or her fellow humans. A very GWT idea. This year of their 50,000+ people helping out in the City of Angels on their chosen weekend, some lucky kids ran lemonade stands to raise money for various children’s charities. They had left over lemonade that they want to get to a food bank, but they don’t have the time to call food banks and haul the lemonade over there. Enter GWT with their Millenium Minivan. Zach and I picked up the lemonade and will be taking it to a food pantry soon. Look for more details about that and a video soon to follow.

Today Zach and I also visited our good friend, Alida. She’s just moved to LA and needed help transporting and carrying furniture purchased from IKEA, a place to which I had never been until today (and I still have yet to go inside). She seemed happy to have our help and we wish her tons of luck as she begins her graduate studies and earns her PhD.

Today – lemonade! Tomorrow – aiding the blind! Whoosh!



PS Today we got called Superheroes and it made my year.

California Dreaming by timurian
August 13, 2008, 3:45 am
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Hey Guys!

So, being in the same place for a couple of days in a row has become a strange sensation. The pace we set going across the country on our way here enabled us to see and do a lot; being able to say we’ve touched both oceans is almost funny to me. This is the farthest the white van has ever gone.

I’ve been spending most of my days at the LA convention center volunteering at SIGGRAPH, the world’s premier computer graphics conference. AKA I am geeking out 24/7 over here. It’s great. Not only is it a good professional experience, but I get to experience first hand a lot of what the volunteers we interview talk about. One of the most common answers to “Why do you volunteer” is that people like the sense of community. SIGGRAPH most deffinitely has that, the organization is run by industry professionals and their brute labor force consists of 420 college age volunteers like myself.

Yesterday I attended a keynote by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar and Disney Animation. He posed the question of whether the success of a movie is more dependent on the idea on which the movie is based, or on the people who execute the idea. His conclusion was that it’s the people, because any project is made up of thousands of little ideas and actions brought forth by people compounded on top of one another to form a greater whole. One of the greatest parts of being on the Good Works Tour is contributing to the ideas that form the work of others, and being part of something that is bigger than any one person. Everyone of you that read this are taking part in the Good Works Tour idea, and I hope you find it as exciting as I do.

We still have a few more days in LA – I have much more geekin’ to do, but I’d urge you to take a look at our map and see if you have any suggestions for Good Works / Places to Rest / Relatives that would feed us on our route.

Keep on rocking,

Tim “Watches more animation then a 5 year old” Urian

LA Today by jamesintrocaso
August 12, 2008, 12:45 pm
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Hey everyone,

So yesterday was pretty cool. Tim went to the convention and volunteered and will be there all week. Zach and I are trying to book the rest of our journey and are doing well. Look forward to GWT working with Meals on Wheels, Habitat, Food Pantries, Art Galleries and so much more on their way back and while in Los Angeles.

Yesterday I was feeling a little sick, so Zach and I didn’t really leave the planning zone, but we did hit up the beach in the afternoon for an hour or so, just so we could touch and see the Pacific Ocean. It’s big.

Tomorrow Zach and I will be doing more planning and editing of videos. Tonight, we’ll present a NEW VIDEO of our work in Las Vegas with memory loss patients.