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Saturday, March 31, 2007
Twittering the front page
A story I wrote about Twitter is on the front page of today's paper. (Yeah, I know. It's a little late in the day.)
Friday, March 30, 2007
Alarming biological news
It turns out I'm made of brown cotton candy.
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Things I'm obsessing over today
- Unmasking the person posting as Stephen Colbert on Twitter. I got confirmation from Comedy Central that it's a fakeyfake. Posing as someone else on the Internet? My God. When did we lose our way?
- Girl in a Coma. This trio played ALS last night and we all became instant fans. Good things do come out of San Antonio!
- I'm trying to figure out the disparity between the perfectly good pricey coffee I make at home in my coffeemaker and drink on the way to work and the coffee they serve at Jo's, which just tastes like it comes from beans harvested on some goddamn paradise planet. What am I doing wrong?
- How behind I am on the T-H.com CD, LCP scripts, posting some photos on Flickr and really anything else that has to do with actual not-for-work writing. Also, the last few weeks of jokes I wrote for ALS were, upon further reflection, not so hot.
- Whether I still like Gwen Stefani or not. This week has been a trying one for my opinion of her.
- Why every story I write for the Statesman ends up too long. Is it because I type too fast?
- Robin Quivers' cats. I don't like to call animals ugly because, you know, who am I to judge all God's creatures, right? But holy jeez! These cats are da fug.
- Amazed at myself for bringing my lunch every single day to work for the last two weeks. I must have saved, like, at least a dollar or two.
- I was all freaked out because we built PJ's computer upgrade successfully (after a few scary moments when it wouldn't start up) and then he was getting really high CPU temperatures. But he and my dad reseated the heatsink, and voila! Dual-core overclockable goodness at about $250 total. I'm relieved we didn't have to take the whole thing apart and re-do the processor/heatsink Arctic Cooling.
- Still wondering why TiVo didn't record 24 this week. Bad TiVo!
- Remembering fragment from last night: Rico came up and snuggled and I was rubbing him on his back and around his head and he drooled all over my hand. I vaguely remember getting up to go wash my hands and then eating a banana while half-sleeping and surfing my RSS feeds. That's rock star livin'!
- People on the Digital Savant comments are making me wonder if I have to write a post explaining HD-DVD and Blu-Ray, which I thought I already did.
- Big uptick in activity on Videogamey. Wondering why that is.
- Stayed up late playing God of War II last night. My heavens. So awesome. So huge. So epic. I climbed out of Hades! On the second level of the game! And took down Colossus! It is insane.
Rejected Almost Late Show finale jokes
Almost Late Show is ending its first season with tonight's episode, 10 p.m. on ME Television. Only one rejected joke this week to share. We'll be recharging our batteries and stocking up material the next few weeks for the second season.
The city of Round Rock will be using red light cameras this fall to catch people who are running through the lights. The ACLU is opposed to the cameras, which they say violate privacy. Also opposed to putting them on the red lights: Roxanne.
Friday night highlights
My Friday Night Lights story ran as an XL cover story in today's paper with really fantastic big photos by Larry Kolvoord. The online version of the story is here and you can see some of the photos from the set visit that Larry took here and some of the ones I took in this photo gallery.
The only interview I didn't get to work into the story was with the very cool actress Connie Britton, but I'm hoping we'll be able to fit that in somewhere closer to a DVD release of the first season.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
New Smallville recap is up, the last one till mid-April:
Not Very Mortal Kombaaaaat! -- Clark tracks down an internet pay-per-view service where Kryptonite-fueled death is on the navigation menu and the click-thrus are actually kill-thrus. And because of what happens when you die while fighting, biologically, it's truly tracking down an IP address, if you get what I'm saying. Had enough of the internet puns? You should also know that Lana's pregnancy doesn't end well, rendering her whole storyline kind of pointless. Like that's anything new.
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
A stroke of Valenti
Jack Valenti, former head of the MPAA, suffered a stroke last week. The stroke was Rated PG-13 for adult situations, violence, language and brief nudity.
Where I've been
I'm taking a little break, even as things are crazy-busy at work. I was worried for a little while that I wasn't doing enough, and now I'm overwhelmed with stories I'm working on and it's taking a lot more mental energy than I was expending before. Which is good. Awesome, in fact. I'm really happy at work right now and that's directly due to being busy-busy.
Went to L.A. last week with the LCP and we did a performance at the Comedy Central space at the Hudson Theater. It was a good set, but the audience was very small, much smaller than I expected. A big mail-out we did may not have gotten to the people we were targeting and, for my part, I was trying to keep the gig low-profile because I thought it was industry-only and that we were trying to make sure we filled the seats with the people we'd mailed. As it turns out, I needn't have worried about that. Would have been nicer to just have a big crowd like last time. Live 'n learn.
I took some photos I'll be posting to Flickr as soon as I get a chance. Mostly I've been swamped working on stuff for Digital Savant and a Twitter story for the Statesman. I wouldn't say I'm obsessed with Twitter, but doing a story about it has forced me to really try to be in that space and understand it. I got to talk to the creator of Twitter today and he seems unsurprised by its popularity, but nevertheless overwhelmed with the huge task of just keeping the thing running and growing.
I've had terrible sleep patterns the last week, so last night I forced myself to go to sleep before midnight. I should know better by now, but it makes a big difference on how clearly I think just having a decent night's rest. That's almost impossible for me when I travel, so coming from L.A. really zombified me for a few days.
My brother's birthday gift from me was a computer upgrade and I'm trying to find time to do that for him. The parts are in. I just need to pick up a power supply from Fry's and put the thing together. I'm excited, really. I left my own upgrade to the experts last time and I missed the experience of putting it together myself. Now it's just finding a free night when we can do it.
The CD project, ridiculously late, is still happening. Expect a post this week. This time I really mean it.
Big news from me soon.
If I haven't said it lately, or to the right people -- I'm incredibly happy right now, maybe as happy as I've ever been. I don't coddle to emotions like contentedness or satisfaction very well. I've always taken it for granted that I can just stop and be for a little while without stressing about what's next or what I'm not doing. I'm trying. Really. Seriously. To just be here and be aware of how fulfilled I am at this moment.
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