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Saturday, November 17, 2007
I promised earlier to tell ya what's up, and now I can do just that. The first thing is that, unless I'm cut out for talking gibberish, I'll be on NPR's All Things Considered on Monday talking about OS X Leopard. I went to the Austin KUT studio to record two segments with Michele Norris and the first of them is the Leopard one. The second should run sometime in the future, not sure when.
First off, none of it would have happened if Sars hadn't put in a good word for me. In case you didn't know, Sars has been extra awesome lately. She's clearly in the service of benevolent otherworldly forces.
I don't know if the NPR thing will continue -- the person I've been talking to had some nice feedback for me the day after I recorded the interviews and he's open to ideas I have on tech coverage. We'll have to see. It was a nice excuse to finally buy a new Macbook, anyway -- I'd been planning on getting one after OS X Leopard came out and it gave me a few days to play with the new operating system before the interview.
I was incredibly nervous and Michele Norris is incredibly smooth and silky (quiet, you. I'm talking about her voice.). I couldn't see her because she was in Washington. We spoke over an ISDN line, which made the experience even stranger.
I've performed comedy in front of hundreds of people on stage and I've been on TV before, but this is NPR! Smart people listen to this! I needed to sound, like, erudite and shit. I started to feel like maybe I could do this. And then Michele's voice came in through my headphones and she stepped right up to the (remote) mic and said, with no hesitation, "Peter picked a peck of..." and I went, "Oh, SNAP! I have no idea what I'm doing!"
I needed to just relax, and I was so focused on what I was trying to say, that I'm not sure I sounded very natural. Also, and I am absolutely not exaggerating here, I said the words, "Chester Cheetah" in the middle of the interview. No joke. I'm worried that overall I sounded something like this:
Michele Norris: What's the difference between Mac's OS X Leopard and Windows Vista?
Omar: Daaaaaaah, I think, uh... that the Leopard is pretty, and... daaaaiiiiii it's named after a kittycat so it's like... gaaaaaahhhhfurry.
Michele Norris: What are some of the new features in Leopard that people are excited abotu?
Omar: When baaaaaaaaaaahhhhh you uh you turn on the computer, it goes DING DING DING and you won the lottery.
Michele Norris: My guest has been Omar Gallaga who writes --
Omar: Daaaah, my name rhymes with GOMAR!
Michele Norris: -- whose name rhymes with "Gomar" and who writes for the Austin American-Statesman. Thank you for talking to us, Omar.
Omar: Michele! Michele! Michele! Your voice, it sounds like flowers. Haaaaaaaaa.
So, I got that going for me.
Today in the newspaper, we started a feature that I'll be doing around once a month on Austin-based Web sites. It's called "Masters of their Domains." One of my editors asked me the other day, "Is that like the Seinfeld episode?"
I wasn't really sure how to answer that, so I said, "Yeah, but... you know... it's not about that."
We're taking it back, people. We're cleaning "Master of your domain" up, family-style.
The other new thing going on is that we're relaunching the Latino Comedy Project Web site with some new features. The most exciting of them, for me at least, is that we're now doing a cast member blog called "Puro blogiando" that we hope people will find funny.
Check them out here. I've got two entries up already and will be writing there on Mondays. As if I don't have enough sites to update. Should be fun, though.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Recaps of Smallville and How I Met Your Mother are up at TelevisionWithoutPity.com. This Thursday's Smallville is the last one before a break and then one more episode in December, then a break until next year.
I've Got The Power! -- The deification of Lana reaches even more absurd heights as she absorbs all of Clark's powers and goes all black leather on us. Clark starts to wonder, after seven seasons of us yelling at him, whether this is really the right girl for him.
And the one for How I Met Your Mother:
Shattered Glass: The Sitcom -- Loud chewing, incessant singing, abuse of the word "Literally," being a know-it-all and high-pitched catchphrasing. Can these friends survive each other's fatal flaws?
Monday, November 12, 2007
Click here for the Flickr.com version.
Some low-fi Photoshopping on the weekend.
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