Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Give us the bailout money

Got this in an email today:

The Birk Economic Recovery Plan
I'm against the $85,000,000,000.00 bailout of AIG. Instead, I'm in favor of
giving $85,000,000,000 to America in a 'We Deserve it Dividend'. To make the math simple, let's assume there are 200,000,000 bona fide U.S. Citizens 18+. Our population is about 301,000,000 +/- counting every man, woman and child. So 200,000,000 might be a fair stab at adults 18 and up...

So divide 200 million adults 18+ into $85 billon that equals $425,000.00. My plan is to give $425,000 to every person 18+ as a "We Deserve It Dividend."Of course, it would NOT be tax free. So let's assume a tax rate of 30%. Every individual 18+ has to pay $127,500.00 in taxes. That sends $25,500,000,000 right back to Uncle Sam. But it means that every adult 18+ has $297,500.00 in their pocket. A husband and wife have $595,000.00. What would you do with $297,500.00 to $595,000.00 in your family? Pay off your mortgage - housing crisis solved. Repay college loans - what a great boost to new grads. Put away money for college - it'll be there. Save in a bank - create money to loan to entrepreneurs. Buy a new car - create jobs. Invest in the market - capital drives growth. Pay for your parent's medical insurance - health care improves. Enable Deadbeat Dads to come clean - or else.

Remember this is for every adult U S Citizen 18+ including the folks who lost their jobs at Lehman Brothers and every other company that is cutting back, and of course those serving in our Armed Forces. If we're going to re-distribute wealth let's really do it...instead of trickling out a puny $1000.00 ('vote buy')economic incentive that is being proposed by one of our candidates for President. If we're going to do an $85 billion bailout, let's bail out every adult US Citizen 18+!

As for AIG: Liquidate it. Sell off its parts. Let American General go back to being American General. Sell off the real estate. Let the private sector bargain hunters cut it up and clean it up.

Here's my rationale. We deserve it and AIG doesn't. Sure it's a crazy idea that can 'never work.'But can you imagine the Coast-To-Coast Block Party! How do you spell Economic Boom? I trust my fellow adult Americans to know how to use the $85 Billion. We Deserve It Dividend more than I do the geniuses at AIG or in Washington DC. And remember, The Birk plan only really costs $59.5 Billion because $25.5 Billion is returned instantly in taxes to Uncle Sam.

Ahhh...I feel so much better getting that off my chest.
Kindest personal regards,
T. J. Birkenmeier

Monday, September 29, 2008

Ai Early On

Storyboards and rehearsal footage from Ai...earlier known as "The Shadow of Death".

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Kiss Me

Because I'm a robot.

Friday, September 26, 2008


Why do you frighten me?

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Reminder: Ai

Did you know you can buy the film right now? On DVD or Digital Download? If you get a chance to see it, review it on my FH2A page, become a fan on Facebook and stay tuned for more news about a related upcoming new samurai project.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

It's Rainy Outside

But sunny inside...

Tuesday, September 23, 2008


Don't vote McBush.

Sunday, September 21, 2008


The second film of my Death trilogy. Good primer on my filmmaking before watching Ai and my other films. Brought to you by my favorite video sharing site, Viddler!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

TubeMogul is the Best

TubeMogul is the best tool available to video content creators who want to distribute across a number of video sharing sites at once. I use it now for every video and easily track stats on all my videos daily. If you upload videos and want to track viewership, do yourself a favor and sign up to Tubemogul. Check out my profile!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008


So I was lucky enough to be at DIY DAYS in NYC and film the informal dinner that went down in the wine cellar of a fancy Italian restaurant. Stay tuned later this week for the official video with Faye Dunaway, Ted Hope, Lance Weiler and Arin Crumley.



Friday, September 12, 2008

Talk with your Audience


This is a chat room from the IndieFlix site where I can interact directly with people who see "Ai".

Support my film on IndieGoGo

IndieGoGo is one of the sponsors of From Here to Awesome and I'm trying to take advantage of their unique fund raising tools for filmmakers. Check it out and let me know what you think. I will be offering the limited edition blu-ray version of Ai on IndieGoGo later this year, just in time for Christmas, so stay tuned.

Monday, September 8, 2008

I saw a UFO in NYC

Don't believe me? Watch the video.