Saturday, September 29, 2007

for reverend greeeeeeen

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I got to see Animal Collective on Thursday. They were good. We were pretty far back (we got there just in time after Extraordinary Rendition lost in the Dual Duel) so we didn't get to see the strobe light-theatrics of the show that well. Their performances of "Peacebone" and "Fireworks" were worth the price of admission alone. They filigreed the latter so beautifully that they doubled the runtime without losing any of the awesomeness. I'm tired from 24Live. I'm doing one more show. Phil Mitchum forever!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Ditka is the Worst

So lately I've been listening to sports radio. Don't ask me why, I guess because my Gamecocks are doing pretty well so far and I want to hear about them. I've noticed, however, that talking heads on sports shows like to supply a lot of superfluous information.

An example:

The Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts are playing today. The Indianapolis Colts are a good football team. Peyton Manning does great things with the football. Tony Dungy is a great football coach.

Do they think we're too stupid know that we're listening to a show about football, and that we lack the basic NFL background knowledge that the Lions are from Detroit and the Colts are from Indianapolis? Casual listeners usually don't settle on 620AM when they're browsing through the dial.

Friday, September 21, 2007

The World's Best Shower/Bathroom Singer...

The World's Best Shower/Bathroom Singer...

It is fun to use Photoshop.

Sorry I'm in a Bad Mood, Blog

You should listen to Akron/Family.

I have a feeling I'm late to this band, but I like them. They were in Raleigh on the 17th. I hope they come back.

This Fuck You Friday Brought to You by Monday Through Thursday



Also:

1 and 2 redacted but they are about my stupid waking hours.

3. FUCK YOU FOR YOUR STUPID PARKING DECISIONS, SOUTHERN RAIL DOUCHEBAG RESTAURANT
4. FUCK YOU FOR BEING DISAPPOINTING AFTER PREVIOUS EPISODES HAD ACTUALLY BEEN PRETTY GOOD, PENULTIMATE AND PENPENULTIMATE EPISODES OF WEEDS SEASON 1. FUCK YOU FOR ABANDONING RELATIONSHIPS FOR MORE POT PROCEDURAL AND OH MY GOD ISN"T SUBURBIA FUCKED UP I ALREADY WATCHED DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES AND IT ROOTS A COCK REAL HARD
5. FUCK YOU, PRINCIPAL OF JENA HIGH SCHOOL FOR SAYING THAT NOOSES ARE A HARMLESS PRANK ESPECIALLY FUCK YOU I HOPE YOU DIE FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU FUCK YOU

Thursday, September 20, 2007

28. Post on Blog

At work (I am here now) I have a list of administrative tasks that need completin'. When I complete a task, I cross an item off of the list. For the last three days I have added items with no crossing out. I am seriously considering adding stuff to the list just to cross it off.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Being Insane and a Douchebag Still not Illegal in the United States

Okay, so this kid is obviously a little insane (Skull and Bones conspiracy? Whatever.), but I'm glad he fought back. I don't have complete context, but did he get arrested for asking a question?

Monday, September 17, 2007

And Now You're Even Older

My friend Jon McClelland just had his birthday. In our senior year of college, some Posse dudes carried him around the Horseshoe in a chair. Well, we attempted to.




Only sort of related: Several months later Posse member Erick raced co-Posse superathelete Ben in the shallow fountain in front of Thomas Cooper library.

Robert Jordan Died

Glad I didn't start the series.

That's cynical, I know, but I feel bad for the people who have invested a ton of time in these books.

Monday, September 10, 2007

Things That Are Exciting

1. The mustache I had for a few minutes on Saturday:



You'll note that I didn't wear it in public, but shaved it off immediately. Can you imagine playing a ComedySportz for Kidzzz show (or being alive and a member of society) in that thing?

2. The fact that, after a three-week hiatus, I'll be back playing Deep in the Blue Season 2 with The Durham Three.

3. The list of five "must read science fiction books" I'm compiling for Monica. It currently only has one set member: Gateway, by Frederick Pohl.

4. Comedy. I'm working on more stand up, I have a few other peripheral projects floating around, and I'll be playing in the D.S.I. CageMatch Dual Duel on September 13:



You should be there. John Loftin and I are playing together in Extraordinary Rendition. We previewed our show last night and it went really well.

Friday, September 7, 2007

Fucking Swedes

I'm fast coming to the conclusion that The Knife's "Heartbeats" ranks among the most perfect pop songs of all time. I don't really have a good criteria for that, but I don't get tired of listening to it, or any version of it, for that matter. So here are some versions:

The Knife's:


I also think this is a killer video.

Jose Gonzalez's:


Gorilla vs. Bear has a haunting teen-girl-choir version here.

Finally, a different take on the song (okay, so it actually uses Gonzalez's version). This might be NSFW if you work at Focus on the Family or Marvel:

Joe Stanton: The Stand-Up Show


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Originally uploaded by joe stanton
Last night I did stand-up for the first time. I thought it went pretty well: I used fortune cookies and I had a list of jokes with "THESE ARE MY JOKES" written on the back. This is a picture of me looking at a Martha Stewart holiday magazine* with her dressed as a "Glampire" on the cover. I didn't do a proper "joke" about it, I just wanted to show it to the audience. I spent seven bucks on that bit, and it actually worked out kind of well.

It was, firstly and foremost-ly, great fun, and I can't wait to do it again.

*A Halloween issue, thank god, and not Christmas.

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Dan Savage Thinks I'm Gay

I wrote a letter into Savage Love and Dan Savage printed it! I unfortunately didn't feel the need to clarify that I'm not gay*, so he assumed I was (the letter was about the Larry Craig brouhaha). Other than that, he gave a typically hilarious and incisive answer to my question.

Read it here (I'm CASH).
*I swear!

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

You Can't Take the Sky From Me

On Sunday night I danced to music made by tesla coils.

I think that statement sums up my experience at Dragon*Con 2007. I had a shit ton of fun, spending four days basking in the collective enthusiasm that's the best part of the con. Of course, the costumes were great, and I had a great time just people-watching, but I also had an amazing time at the events. Highlights include:

1. Hank Reindhardt, a 73-year old arms expert, brutalizing a couple of pork shoulders with a Viking broadsword.
2. Learning that the creative teams of Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Squidbillies are mean when they aren't high*. They're still funny, though.
3. Learning that I need to get in shape.

The full set of pictures are posted here.



*This doesn't apply to Unknown Hinson, who was being mean as a bit. Doc Hammer is cool, but he was in the audience and not on the panel.