I bought this baritone in 2016 because it was affordable and I happened to have the exact amount of money in my PayPal account after selling a dumb Star Wars collectible lightsaber on Ebay that I had won in a Subway contest (I’d say ‘long story,’ but that is essentially the entire story). This guitar prominently features the much-maligned Antigua finish. And rightfully maligned, I say. It’s weird as hell. It can seem all right in certain lighting conditions, but in general it looks like baby puke mixed with burnt baby puke. All that said, it’s a fine instrument: good sound and a nice beefy neck. As a former bass player, I approve.
I’ve decided to mess around a bit and do some visual upgrades. Nothing too crazy. Continue reading
Brief notes on just about everything I watched from January to June 2018. Read more reviews.
ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (1976) – A good double-feature with 2017’s The Post. Hoffman and Redford play some sort of unlikeable dudes. At least in the ‘film protagonist’ sense. Colorful desks and chairs. Jason Robards is no Tom Hanks.
ANNIHILATION (2018) – Really beautiful design. The plot was really simple. I think I liked it.
THE ARTIST IS PRESENT (2012) – A dedicated and interesting artist I knew pretty much nothing about other than whatever broke through my social media bubble back in 2010. Overall a very good doc.
ATLANTA (s1 & s2) – Presented as a straight drama, making all the humor and strange surreal bits hit even harder. Really well done show. Donald Glover & Lakeith Stanfield are both killing it. The free piano episode is some amazing bizzonkers shit, for real. Continue reading
Broken Lines is now available for purchase. Please consider procuring a copy for yourself or a loved one.
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I am very proud of this dumb thing. I hope you like it.
Brief notes on just about everything I watched from July to December, 2017. Read more reviews.
A CHRISTMAS CAROL (1984) – If two beings were to represent the extremities of the talent spectrum, George C. Scott would sit on one end and that shite Tiny Tim would sit on the other.
AZIZ ANSARI’S BURIED ALIVE (2013) – A good set. ‘Dating in the city’ isn’t really my genre, but a good set.
AZIZ ANSARI’S MADISON SQUARE (2015) – Too many crowd polls via clapping.
ARE YOU HERE – It’s as if Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson and Amy Poehler all filmed their scenes separately, reading from different scripts, and then the Mad Men guy just sorta edited together a movie on his laptop. Terrible soundtrack.
ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (season 3) – is not as good as seasons 1 and 2. Continue reading
Scored a pretty classic Old Man Chair at Goodwill. Two dollars and fifty-four cents. Made in Gardner, Mass.
I’m very pleased to announce that my story Broken Lines is finally gonna drop early next year. This project has gone through (too) many incarnations in the last twenty-odd years (weird 1-page vignettes, then a comic I wrote and drew and never published, then eight issues of a comic/prose hybrid, then I rewrote the first six issues into a book, then I redid all of the art, then I threw out 97% of the art and turned it into an illustrated novel). Continue reading
Brief notes on just about everything I watched from January to June 2017. Read more reviews.
A SPECK OF DUST – Sarah Silverman’s latest Netflix standup special. The story about her sister in the bathroom is very moving.
ARENA – Space fighting on a space station.
ARRIVAL – Good science fiction. Went in with low expectations and really enjoyed it.
BABY MAMA – Sometimes I forget that Tina Fey is not Liz Lemon and I am sad when reminded. I think I saw this when it came out? Dead boring; bad acting, gave up twenty minutes in. Is there a baby in it?
BASKETS (s2) – Chip seems to be becoming less of the main character, and less interesting. I still laughed a lot, and Louie A. is great, but the show seems to be drifting a bit in a way I might not stick with. Continue reading
Recently, I received a tempting offer via email. What a wonderful business opportunity! A person named Ankit wrote me, representing a casino company. Ankit wondered: Could I write a minimum of 2 paragraphs relating to either fantasy football, online casinos or sports betting, while including a link to one of his company’s client’s websites? I sat and thought about it.
Could I write about fantasy football?
Do I have anything to say about online casinos?
Where do I stand on the issue of sports betting?
A lot of recent talk around ‘fake news’ focuses on blatant lying and overtly partisan bullshit. Those sites are usually grossly apparent to people with brains, so I’d like to look at a different sort of example – plain old junk news. This is a mediocre flavor of fake news — pseudo-news sites swiping content and adding a little commentary. I thought I’d do a little case study on a link that recently popped up in my Facebook newsfeed. Continue reading