Posts Tagged ‘Cyrus Gladstone’


Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Sunday, October 19th,  at 11:07am Pacific time Titus Jay  Gladstone entered our world at  eight pounds seven ounces. Titus is super cute as you can tell from the pictures. He is also super strong. Titus came out  with  eyes open and ready toTitus take on the world.  Mom Natasha, after thirty hours of labor, was  less sparky but in great shape. Dad Cyrus seemed the most in need of a  nap of the three as he took his birth coaching tasks quite seriously and was up most of the thirty hours with Natasha.

Titus is my first grandchild. Everyone tells you how attached you are going to be to your grandchildren and they are right. Titus and I only had an initial brief conversation with me doing all the talking, but I can already tell we are going to be great friends.  Titus has a really strong chest for a newborn, a strong grip and good control of his legs.  He smiles a lot, opens his eyes to look at you and seems to understand everything you say.  He prefers sleeping to talking but does emit little cries when he is passed from parent to grandparent.  We are limiting visitors for the first couple of days but that is more for the benefit of Cyrus and Natasha than Titus.  Titus doesn’t seem to have a care in the world. Good thing since the world has enough cares already.

It will be interesting to see how Titus contributes to the world.  He clearly has shown up with lots of knowledge, most of which no doubt he will forget as he is programmed to survive human interaction.  You can tell from a newborn that they are totally aware on a higher plane of everything that is happening.  They seem somewhat puzzled by having their small vulnerable human body, but other than that they are blissed out beings.  At least Titus is.

We welcome Titus to our family and our world.  No doubt he will be blogging and participating in all sorts of activities in just a few short years. Until then he can just lay back and relax and let his parents and grandparents spoil him with love.  Every  baby is a miracle baby.  How just two small cells can produce such perfect marvels is beyond comprehension.  We all have an obligation to ensure that the world that Titus and his peers grow into is viable and sustainable.  The really big solutions  will no doubt come from Titus and those being born at this time with great spiritual strength, but in the meantime the rest of us need to do our best to maintain the best of what already exists.  If a new born baby will not inspire us, nothing will.  Let’s continue to be inspired.

Way to go Titus!!!Titus 2


Monday, July 15th, 2013

Saturday was the annual member guest golf tournament at the Encinitas ranch Golf Course. I enter every year and three Golfing_Ontarioyears in a row I have been able to convince my son Cyrus to play as my guest. Cyrus only plays golf two days a year. One of those days is the week before the tournament and the other is the tournament itself. Cyrus might be a good golfer if he played regularly but he doesn’t so he rarely breaks 100, which, with par being 72, is not a great average. He does however hit the ball far and is a streaky but good putter.

On the second hole of the tournament he hit his driver out of bounds so we decided he would only hit his five iron from the tee on the remaining holes. He could hit his driver closer to 300 yards but probably out of bounds fifty-percent or more of his drives.  Since he can hit his five iron 200 yards and generally can keep the ball in play, moving to the five iron is not a big sacrifice.

Anyway, Cyrus was having a pretty good day, getting some pars on the long par fives which are easier for him because of the distance he gets with his first and second five irons on those holes. Unfortunately, around our ninth hole of the day Cyrus pulled his five iron out of bounds. This was a team competition and I was not too concerned as I had hit one of my best drives of the day right down the middle with no more than a seven iron to the green. I was expecting to make par or even a birdie so Cyrus, who had to re-tee, was unlikely to matter even if he took a seven or an eight.  I hit a very poor second shot and landed in the rough just short and to the left of the green. I was disappointed and focused on hitting a really good pitch so that I could save par. I executed my shot perfectly with my sand wedge, and the ball landed softly and rolled to within five feet of the cup for what I was sure would be an easy par.  Then came disaster. I looked at the ball and realized I had hit the ball of our competitors. Although I was able to put his ball back exactly in place and then hit my ball, I was assessed a two-stroke penalty. I was somewhat rattled and did not hit nearly as good a pitch shot and left myself fifteen feet from the cup and missed the putt for a five that, with the penalty strokes, would have to be recorded as a seven. This is a triple bogey and two strokes worse than the worst score relative to par I would have all day. In a tournament two strokes is usually more than the margin of victory. I felt bad for Cyrus and just plain stupid since hitting the wrong ball is really just a lack of focus. (more…)


Wednesday, June 19th, 2013

My son gave me a fun Superdad card for Father’s Day. Since my son just finished work as the stereographer responsible for the 3D postproduction scenes on the new Superman movie that came out last Friday,  the card was particularly appropriate.

Superdad photo

As a young boy I was a big fan of Superman. My dad used to share office space with the founders of DC comics, and as a six year old in 1955 I would, during the summers, often join my dad at work, pasting price-change stickers on books he published and doing other mechanical tasks. My dad would take my older brother and me to lunch often at Luchows, a famous German restaurant, or when he was in the mood for deli sandwiches (usually pastrami or corned beef) to Katz’s.  But the highlight of the day was five p.m. when the door would open to the DC comics’ office and we were given free access to as many comic books as we could carry. I liked Archie, Batman and some of the other comics, but my favorite was always Superman. I would have that comic read well before the hour-long drive home to Tarrytown was completed.

In those days the Superman TV show was also popular. “Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive…. Fighting for truth, justice and the American Way,” is ingrained in the memories of most of my generation.  There was something about mild mannered Clark Kent with his unrequited love for Lois, his stern boss Perry White, and the bumbling cub reporter Jimmy Olsen that kept your attention. We always knew that Superman would appear in the nick of time to save the damsel in distress and set things right. The crooks were almost resigned to their fates and they never really seemed that evil. I do not think that anyone ever died on the show, and I do not remember a single instance of cruelty or torture. Very mild compared to the headlines in any current news report. Mild compared to most of today’s movies and TV shows. (more…)


Friday, February 22nd, 2013

My son, Cyrus Gladstone, was the lead stereographer for the new 3D version of the Tom Cruise hit film Top Gun which was in IMAX theaters last week.  When Cyrus told me that he was a stereographer working for Legend 3D, I had no idea what that meant. I went to visit him at his office in Carlsbad, California and was treated to an incredible demonstration of  how Cyrus and his team of several hundred stereo artists were able to take conventional two dimensional films and create 3D versions that were equal, or in some cases superior, to  the 3D images  filmed with the latest  3D cameras. Cyrus happens to have an extraordinary eye for depth perception and has risen rapidly at his chosen profession. He is only 25 and his career trajectory has been meteoric. He was the top creative for Alice in Wonderland (the Johnny Depp, Tim Burton version) 3D as well as for Transformers 4: Dark of the Moon. Transformers was shot partially in 3D, but half of the scenes had to be shot in traditional two dimensions and thus the need for Cyrus and his team of stereographers and artists to create conversions that are seamless for the viewing public. (more…)