Thursday, June 25, 2009


This isn't quite a content post, but it is directing you towards new Matt Novak-content.

As some of you may know, I am a fan of the web comic Freaks and Squeeks. I'm related to the writer, but that doesn't mean it's any less quality (seriously, go read his latest storyline, starting Wednesday June 3rd. Fun stuff.)(I'll ignore the panel on the 24th... unless he's going somewhere with that.)

Anyway, once a week Patric draws the strip live on-line, and while it is being drawn I co-host with him a podcast called simply, "Patric Draws". We've discussed a bunch of fun stuff in the past, including the big 90's music topic that was featured here a month ago. We have a couple frequently recurring features (and we're working on adding more, to provide better structure to the show), including a weekly top 5 that has proved somewhat popular.

Anyway, it's a fun little podcast, and you should feel free to check it out. You can also find it on iTunes if you're so inclined. This past week we discussed the RIAA and functional vs. dysfunctional copyright, Transformers, and a list of the Top 5 Robots of all time. Now if that doesn't at least interest you a little, well, I think you need to get some help. (If the robots is the only part you're interested in, I'll cop to the fact that it's at the end of the podcast.)

Go check it out!

Despite of my rage
I am still just a rat in a cage

Monday, June 22, 2009

A Pause

I think I'm going to be taking a little pause from blogging here for another week or so. Maybe a little longer (though probably not more than 2 weeks). I'm working on the next section of my novel, which is proving awfully tough. I'm also trying to devote a little more time to my physical fitness. And work is busy, as always.

I'm still going to be posting nearly daily at, and I'm actually going to be trying to step that up a little more, with extra posts, beyond the Hero Of the Win entries.

So worry not; I'll be back before too long. And who knows, maybe I'll have something I want to post tomorrow. But tonight I feel like I want to give myself a little break, and that's what the plan is for now. See you soon!

You may be King
You may possess the world and it's gold

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Stand Up

So it's been a while since I've posted, and it's going to be a while again, since I'm heading to Minnesota for a quick little vacation. I'm sure there will be stories when I come back. But to tide you over, I'm going to go ahead and put up the video of my stand-up comedy act that I performed about a month ago.

Mind you, it clearly won't be as funny over the internet as it was in person. And if you want to go ahead and have a couple drinks before watching it, that would probably help too. But it was a good time, and there's been enough requests, so I'll put it up.


You walked into the party
Like you were walking onto a yacht

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Question: Music Of The 90's

I'm working on putting together a compilation of songs from the '90's for one of my younger sisters who pretty much missed that decade musically, because of her age. Now I confess, I only really caught the second half of the decade myself, however, it seems to me that the mid-to-late-'90's were a high point in music. Maybe everyone feels that way about the music of their high school years, but I stand by it.

The problem is narrowing down the list of songs. I'm only making one CD, which means roughly 20 songs, probably a few less. Right now I've got quite a sizable list of songs to pick from. I'm gonna throw it out here, and I'd like people recommendations. Folks like Ben and Jeff and Mike, I'm expecting you to come through for me here. Other regular readers who have any insight into music from the '90's, your insight is also much appreciated.

Pick as many as 20 songs that you would include on a '90's album. They don't have to be ones on my list, as I'm sure I've overlooked some good ones. And I'm not going for just representative stuff (you'll notice there are no boy band songs), I'm going for the songs I think people who missed '90's music should make sure they hear. I won't do more than 1 by any single artist though, so keep that in mind. Some artists have multiple nominations, so pick between them.

Now, without further ado, the list of potential songs:

Alanis Morissette - Hand in My Pocket
Barenaked Ladies - If I Had $1,000,000/One Week
Beck - Loser
Billy Joel - River of Dreams
Cake - Sheep Go to Heaven/Stickshifts & Safetybelts
Chumbawumba - Thubthumping
Collective Soul - The World I Know
Corky & The Juice Pigs - The Only Gay Eskimo
Counting Crows - Mr. Jones/Round Here
The Cranberries - Zombie
Crash Test Dummies - Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm
Dave Matthews Band - Crash
Deana Carter - Strawberry Wine
Everclear - Wonderful
Fastball - The Way
Garbage - Special
Gin Blossoms - Follow You Down
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris/Name
Green Day - Basket Case/When I Come Around
Harvey Danger - Flagpole Sitta
Joan Osborne - What If God Was One Of Us
Lit - My Own Worst Enemy
Local H - Bound For The Floor
Macy Gray - I Try
Matchbox Twenty - Real World
Marilyn Manson - The Beautiful People
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - The Impression That I Get
Moby - Run On/Porcelain
Natalie Merchant - Kind & Generous
New Radicals - You Get What You Give
No Doubt - Spiderwebs
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Oasis - Wonderwall
The Offspring - Pretty Fly (For A White Guy)
Pearl Jam - Better Man
Prince - Pussy Control
Radiohead - Creep
R.E.M. - Losing My Religion/Night Swimming
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
Reel Big Fish - She's Got A Girlfriend Now
Santana - Smooth
Shawn Mullins - Lullaby
Sheryl Crow - If It Makes You Happy/Strong Enough To Be My Man
Simpsons Cast/Michael Jackson - Happy Birthday, Lisa
Sixpence None The Richer - Kiss Me
Smash Mouth - Walkin' On The Sun
Soul Asylum - Runaway Train
Spin Doctors - Jimmy Olsen's Blues
Third Eye Blind - Semi-Charmed Life
Tori Amos - Cornflake Girl
Train - Meet Virginia
Tracy Chapman - Give Me One Reason
Verve Pipe - The Freshmen
The Wallflowers - One Headlight
Weezer - The Sweater Song

Ok, there you have it. Advise away!

Tonight I'm gonna party like it's 1999

Monday, June 01, 2009

Wytheville Weirdness

Just a couple of quick stories from our short little trip to southwestern Virginia:

1. We decided to go out for a nice meal our first night in town. We asked the folks at the front desk what one of the nicer places in town was, and they first told us that they didn't eat at any of the restaurants around. That seemed odd. Usually hotel staff are a bit more helpful. Eventually we were able to coax a couple of suggestions from them. We headed off towards one, but changed our minds and decided to go instead to the Steakhouse.

We figured it was a steakhouse, and so we should at least look presentable. I'd been bumming around in shorts and a t-shirt, and we almost went back to the hotel to change, but instead figured we'd just check it out. I was glad we didn't change because even in shorts and a t-shirt I was significantly overdressed. You see, I had sleeves. And mind you, this was the nicest place in town.

2. At the restaurant there was this cute little boy. He had to be no more than 2. He was kind of noisy throughout the meal, which frankly we enjoyed immensely. It was dinner and a show. Eventually his folks got tired of him and tried to find something for him to play with. They came up with a cell phone. As soon as they handed the little kid the phone he began imitating all of the adults he'd seen use cell phones. That is to say, he put it to his ear and began yelling at the top of his lungs, totally oblivious that no one else cared about his call.

3. We went out for barbecue one night at a local joint that was supposed to be good. When we arrived I tried to order a slab of ribs, only to find out that they were out. This was relatively early on a Saturday night. Kind of strange, right? That was a pretty big sign that this restaurant was inept. Ultimately it turned out to be a good thing though, because they did have a sample size of ribs, and trying them I discovered that they were absolute crap. I was saved from the restaurant's ineptitude by the restaurant's ineptitude.

4. Driving through town we noticed a large building with two distinct signs on it. One said "Dollar General," while the other proclaimed "Super Dollar." There was just one parking lot, and one building, so we figured it had to be the same store, just with two different names.

Nope, it was two totally separate dollar stores sitting right next to each other, in direct competition with each other. Adding to the comedy was the fact that literally across the street was Family Dollar. Apparently this was the "dollar district".

We decided to patronize Super Dollar and Dollar General, to see how they compared. Dollar General was first on the list. Not much in the way of food selection, but it had some school supplies and off-label clothes. Including Wrankler brand jeans. That's right, knock-off Wranglers.

Next we stopped into Super Dollar. This was pretty much a grocery store, with generic everything. I saw a giant jar of pickled eggs. It was a big jar filled with eggs floating in some sort of orange water. Disgusting. The absolute highlight had to be the cereal aisle though. If you thought Wranklers were funny, then you need to buy yourself a box of Coco Krisp Ricies.

We decided to pass.

Anywho, it was a pretty fun trip in all. It's a beautiful part of the country down there, and it's well worth stopping to take an extended look if you're ever in the area. Virginia is a gorgeous state, and I'm glad we got to explore a little more.

I'm not the kind of girl
Who gives up just like that