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Friday, March 09, 2007
Awesome HDR photography
I had the pleasure of interviewing and writing about Trey Ratcliff, whose site Stuck in Customs features his amazing high dynamic range (HDR) photography. He's up for a Bloggie award this week and his photos are all over Gawker's Web sites so you may have seen some of them before.
The story runs in Saturday's Life & Arts section, but you can read it online and see a photo gallery of his work.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Blogging about writing about blogging
My big story about the Austin blog scene appears in print tomorrow, but the story is already online.
This was a very hard story to write mostly because it involved trying to boil down so many bloggers' experiences (even just locally) into one story of a manageable length that still tries to say something. I can't really gauge at this point whether I succeeded in that, but I'm happy to have this one behind me.
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Even more rejected Almost Late Show jokes
I got featured in a longish bit on Almost Late Show I came up with that seemed to go over really well, so if you get ME Television, please tune in Thursday night, 10 p.m.
Separately, here's some monologue jokes that didn't make it in:
Opening in theaters over the weekend was Black Snake Moan in which a sexually promiscuous woman is tied up with a chain. Al Quaeda film critics called it, "The Feel Good Love Story of the Year."
The weather system known as "La Niña" is expected to bring a drought to southwest Texas -- at least until we get some humidity from a second weather system: El Big Sweaty Gringo.
Critics are saying that a program from Pizza Hut that rewards school kids with pizza for reading books is promoting unhealthy eating habits. Also under fire is one of the children's books promoted in the program: Everyone Poops Easier When They Eat Really Greasy Pepperoni.
New York Timin'
I love to read Alessandra Stanley's TV reviews because even when it's an innocuous show that nobody's gonna watch, she's not above having a snit about how awful the whole enterprise might be, and take a few shots at weddings while she's at it.
Ms. Stanley has a lot on her mind.
I also read this story about New York City barbecue. Awww. It's so cute when the New York Times writes about barbecue. Kind of like when a little kid puts on grown-up clothing.
Bobbo and Meany explore, dramatically, Black Snake Moan in today's new comic.
Monday, March 05, 2007
The ideas of March
Take that, Barack!
I burned a copy of the 2006 Terribly Happy CD last night and, assuming it sounds good and in the right order as I listen to it a few more times, I'll be posting a track list and ordering information very soon.
Today is my brother's birthday. He's said before that I tend to make a bigger deal out of his birthdays than he does. It doesn't seem like that given that even though we only live 20 minutes apart, we rarely see each other. But we talk online pretty much every day while working on the comic strip and just gabbing about whatever.
I couldn't have ever known when we were growing up, with a nine-year age difference, that we'd still end up being so close. Maybe it's because of that age difference. I don't know. I just continue to be surprised by him, by the things he knows and the man he's become and how funny and kind and smart he is.
My friends who meet him always come away saying, "Wow, what a cool guy" and then trying to suss out the differences between us. It can't have been easy to be my brother -- I was always off somewhere doing something, involved in this or that, blindly devoted to my friends and my little projects and my constant need to move forward and resist looking back. I guess I still do that.
Which is probably why the birthdays are when I do look back and get a little nostalgic and look his way and see not just this grown-up person, but my baby brother in his crib, looking up at me.
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