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Thursday, May 07, 2009
Return of some monkeys
It's not a secret that I really love working with my brother on projects and it was making us very sad that because of the work we were doing on "Trailers Without Pity" last year, mostly just getting it off the ground, we had to give up doing our comic Space Monkeys!.
By January, we were getting a lot more comfortable with our video schedule, so we started talking about bringing Bobbo, Meany and the rest of the crew back.
This week, we've posted our first new comic in eight months. New strips will be regularly appearing on the comic site. We've got some other new ideas related to the comic we plan to roll out this summer, but first on the agenda is just getting back into the swing of producing two comics a week, at least.
We've very pleased to be reunited with our monkey crew. We really missed them.
And speaking of relaunches, Glark has brought back the best T-shirt storefront in the world, Glarkware. I think about half the T-shirts I wear these days come from Glarkware. And you know how sexy that makes me.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
The third-to-last Smallville episode, "Beast," is about Doomsday and Chloe and, to a lesser degree, Oliver being a douchebag to everybody. Here's the TWOP recap:
Chloe's Choice -- Davis gets worse as he tries to control his Doomsday impulses, so Chloe does what any hero's sidekick would do: she agrees to run away with the bad guy even as Clark begs her not to. Meanwhile, Jimmy begs for "car" money and Oliver lectures everyone about their morals.
Swine flu, job Web sites and travel tech
The last two weeks have been a blur of project after project and I've finally gotten to the point where I'm about to shut down. The summer begins for me as soon as Smallville ends and there are only two more recaps left to do. I'm also taking some vacation time next week. Even so, there are freelance things that keep popping up and I'm trying really hard not to let them intrude on my time off, but that's going to be almost impossible.
Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to only have my day job to worry about. I don't really remember a time in the dozen years I've been here that that's happened. I've always had the comedy troupe or recaps or some other kind of extracurricular work to fill out my schedule.
But having a kid and wanting to have some measure of free time in my life has made it a lot harder. Summer's usually my catch-up time, but I have a feeling that I'm going to have to make some big changes in the fall to avoid getting this burned out again.
Anyway, here's what's new.
Last week, it really, honestly seemed like we were all going to die of swine flu for a minute there. My personal panic started when the school district in New Braunfels decided to shut down until May 11 (our daycare followed suit). That's when it really began to feel serious.
I drove to work that day and saw a parade of police cards followed by a huge military vehicle. It was probably unrelated to the flu, but still freaked me out a little.
On Twitter that day (this was last Wednesday), people were just starting to freak out. It was a weird, weird day. I ended up writing a story for the Statesman about the online reaction to the swine flu crisis and the media backlash. I can't tell you how many messages I read that day comparing swine flu to the number of deaths per year that "regular flu" claims. Not the point, people.
Our kid's daycare is still closed and even though all the hysteria has died down, it certainly doesn't seem like it's over yet. People in Texas are still a little freaked out, or at least they were last week.
The other story I had in the paper this week was a column for Tech Monday about several new job sites that have launched in Austin over the last few months.
And lastly, yesterday's All Things Considered segment was about travel technology. There was so much information we were only able to fit a small portion of it into the on-air segment, but I added more links to things we found on the newly designed, relaunched All Tech Considered blog.
That's it for now. More stuff to come very soon.
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