Monday, December 31, 2012

The Popcorn Trick and Fireside Chat Have an Alien (Podcast) Baby and It Is Awesome

  Long ago, and in a basement not that far away, there was a podcast called Fireside Chat. As podcasts go, it was, as the French say, très passable.

The Fireside Chat guys are real nice guys. Not terribly interesting, but again, real real nice.

They told us about this podcasting thing, then we pretty much perfected it.

As a favor to them, we invited them for a podcast summit. And as a favor to us, they taught us about shorter segments. And skits. And which animals should be larger.

And we recorded it using an iPad.

Check out the “OUR PODCAST” section on the right for details about getting the podcast via iTunes. Or you can download it directly.


A true Walken impersonator. “Your car is alive!”


Not racist at all.


What some people would do with invisibility: The Invisible Bicycle Helmet | Fredrik Gertten from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.

And what some other people would do with invisible girls.


This has nothing to do with the podcast itself, but we all watched it and laughed before we recorded it.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Links of Interest 12/21

Trailer for the movie This is the End. Try to get through the first minute (it's a not very good setup) for the actual trailer. Also - Michael Sera is dead!

So uh, Jack Reacher is in theaters.

Let's take a serious look at those Home Alone injuries.

An interview with John Milius. Don't know who Milius is? Check out his IMDb page.

There are some ridiculous looking pictures of nature in this series.

Take a look at some cool movie posters from 2012.

Jam of the Day

Elle King - Playing for Keeps

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Links of Interest 12/19

One man. One guitar. 100 riffs of classic rock and roll songs.

Don't forget as you watch this - all the footage was taken from a remote controlled helicopter:

Mammut 150 Years Peak Project: Trango Tower, Pakistan (6286m / 20,623ft) - RC Helicopter Sample Footage from Corey Rich on Vimeo.

The perils of winning the lottery. Money seems to be an addictive drug when you talk about staggering amounts.

IT took more than a SEAL team and the CIA to hunt down Bin Laden.

Probably not everyone's cup of tea, but I read John Dies at the End and loved it. So I am interested in this movie (warning - it's a little NSFWish)

Crazy detailed picture of Mt. Everest. Probably the next best thing to being there. Or maybe it's actually better than being there.

Jam of the Day

Woods, Bend Beyond

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The top characters I want to see return on the new Arrested Development Episodes

Being an Arrested Development fan, the news of its return coming in 2013 obviously made me feel good. So please, while everything on this list showing up would be an absolute wet dream come true, I'm going to be satisfied regardless.

Gene Parmesan
Only found in one episode, and a one-note joke (but oh what a one-note joke he is), I think he is my favorite inconsequential character in the Arrested Development world. And really, you can never go wrong with Martin Mull cameos.

A foul-mouthed puppet. What's not to love? I particularly enjoy Franklin's crass advances toward Lucille.

Carl Weathers
I will forever be grateful to Carl Weathers for explaining how to make a stew out of virtually anything.

Steve Holt
Steve Holt!

Bob Loblaw Law Blog
Tobias is right, it is a bit of a mouthful.

Barry Zuckercorn
The Bluths really never had much luck with their legal representation.

And just to get you in the right frame of mind, in anticipation for the show coming back, here are 200 quotes from the previous seasons of Arrested Development...

Links of Interest 12/18

Regardless of what side you're on when it comes to fracking, you should read this article.

I'll never shy away from a decent conspiracy theory. But when the conspiracy theory involves conspiracy theories, then my spidey senses really tingle.

Also, here's the episode the article refers to. Watch before they take it down!

For all you Instagram users out there - they're changing their terms, and it seems a little bit sketchy.

The making of The Blues Brothers.

Popular Mechanics is predicting the future!

Wanna play real life James Bond? Here's a great way to start.

Jam of the day: Can, Halleluwah

Monday, December 17, 2012

Links of Interest 12/17

Cool looking documentary about Sound City - a music recording studio that had a fairly significant relevance to popular music...

A story of a hacker, and our government's attempt to stop him.

Getting exercise for a cheetah.

So many lists this time of year: here's one talking about the best games for your smart phone.

Jam of the Day: Cody Chesnutt, Scroll Call

Friday, December 14, 2012

Links of Interest 12/14

Well this plan seems a tad excessive, no? 

These pictures from the sets of famous horror movies will most likely alleviate some of the fright you got from them. I particularly like the Alien and It ones.

For the obsessed Law and Order fan: a breakdown of every case.

You might think a time lapsed film of a cargo ship sailing form Hawaii to California wouldn't be fascinating. And you might be right, but we at least have one to base our decisions on.

Yeah, if you're a huge fan of eating beef, you might not want to dive too deep into this expose on the beef industry. Also, be warned - it's got pictures of dead things in it.

Today's Jam: Amanda Palmer, Do it with a Rockstar:

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Links of Interest 12/13

New Pacific Rim trailer. Honestly, it looks absurd. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.

I share this link not because I want you to contemplate what SNL skits would make good movies, but simply to show how awful an idea of bringing Saturday Night Live skits to the big screen is (honestly, the track record isn't great) as well as to specifically call out how awful the list is. Not to mention the suggestions the author puts out there of how to flesh out each one.

Let's cleanse the palate with some pretty pictures of snow.

Being inside the #occupy movement.

Ever hear of the Wilton North Report? Too bad.

Jam of the Day: An old standby. Cat Power, Willie

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Links of Interest 12/12

Happy "You May Think It's A Palindrome At First Glance But It's Not Really A Palindrome" Day!

Anyone can give you a list of the best movies of the year. How about the worst?

Real Dolls. Regardless of how sexy you might think they are, these pictures of inside the factory that makes them will drop it down at least a peg. Possibly two. (Possibly not the safest thing to view at work - though they are dolls)

If graphic designers were ever truly honest when looking for work.

NASA has released a statement saying we aren't all going to blow up on December 21. Depending on your views on NASA, this is either great news or terrible news.

Jam of the day: Kelly Joe Phelps, Talkin' to Jehova

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Links of Interest 12/11

In case you ever find yourself in this situation (and I won't judge), how to escape from zip ties.

Trailer for M Night Shyamalan's new movie After Earth. Looks like someone saw Avatar!

Corey Feldman talks about his roles. Read it just to hear him talk about:

  • How he and Robin Williams bonded during an episode of Mork and Mindy
  • How he feels Happy Gilmore is more of a comedy/drama
  • How he isn't the world's biggest Dennis Miller fan
  • And much more! 
Take a look inside the Moleskine's of some creative people!

A deep look into how The Walking Dead handles race (Spoiler Alert: not great).

Today's jam: White Denim, Burnished

Monday, December 10, 2012

Links of Interest 12/10

For those occasions when you need to jot something down but find yourself in handcuffs.

If you like road trips, this is the site for you - put in your starting point and your ending point, and then find out all the things you can see/do on your trip.

I like Errol Morris, and I respect his opinion, but I think he's wrong on this court case.

Freaks and Geeks was ahead of its time; find out just how much here.

Fan of Chipotle? Then this is a must read.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Links of Interest 12/7

I can't believe this exists. I made it through 51 seconds. That includes the commercial in the beginning I think.

Is the store Spencer's trying to tell us something about how they feel about women?

The perfect gift for that special someone that wants to walk around smelling like an 80s chain restaurant and shame.

Of treasure hunting, Osama bin Laden and lies.

It's never too early to start thinking Oscars.

Jam of the day: The Coup - "Magic Clap"

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

RIP Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck, gone at 91. I'll never forget my college roommate and I Bobby McFerrining his classic Take 5 that one of the local stations in Ithaca, NY would play when they signed off for the night...

Links of Interest 12/5

A pretty map showing you what the Internet looks like.

What a beautiful world we live in.

Oh, you know, just Frank (Francis) Sinatra and Willie Nelson speaking about the virtues of the American Space Program...

Just in time for the holidays - in case you have a Star Wars nerd you have to buy for.

Sure, it looks like you're taking your life into your own hands when you drive in Russia, but it also seems one of the few places left on Earth where you can truly feel alive!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Daily Links 12/4

David Mamet certainly has written some legendary films and plays. Read a little bit about what makes him tick.

Just in case you ever wanted to read about a town that makes fireworks.

The first minute of this Finnish skiing video is of the three dudes fucking themselves up - the next 4 minutes are of them not. It's worth it.

If you're a Game of Thrones fan, this breakdown, with all the principals, of how they made the Blackwater episode is pretty cool.

In the off chance that this blurb sells maybe one or two more books for him, I'm recommending the novel Confessions from a Dark Wood, by Eric Raymond. Difficult to describe, let's just say it's a modern take on the modern world, by way of modern economics. That I saw a lot about my industry in its pages made it engrossing for me, but the lyrical swordplay Mr. Raymond uses makes it a good read for anyone. Buy it here.

Don't like heights? You might want to skip these photos taken from ridiculous places.

Jam of the Day: Stubborn Love, The Lumineers

Monday, December 3, 2012

Daily Links 12/3

Strange disappearances going on in out National Parks...people found without their clothes, or sometimes with their clothes folded neatly right next to them. A Coast to Coast exclusive!

Awesome, awesome awesome storyboard art from many of your favorite films.

Not just a unicorn...a unicorn lair!

It's not just about Bigfoot. It's about purpose.

This. Is. AMAZON.

Admit it, you've always wondered what it would be like to see a blind person at a Rattlesnake Roundup.

Also, song of the day: Laid, Paid and Strange, Natural Child