Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Podcast, YouTube updates



I ran into a girl at an establishment the other night. I won't say where we were, but we were both drinking. She said to me, "I love your podcast! I listen to it all the time!" That was odd to me for two reasons: 1) It's always weird when people compliment me and 2) I haven't recorded a podcast in months.

Why haven't I? I initially took a break because of two reasons. The first was because I had a great idea for a show and the person I wanted to talk to backed out. That was a little discouraging. And then I was a few weeks away from getting my license back and decided to wait for that so I could go drive and interview people. Then, through a loophole in the system, I had to wait another month. And that depressed me. And I just didn't feel like talking about anything.

And I don't know if I have felt like talking about anything of substance since then, to be honest. I've had my moments. I've had a thought pop into my head in the shower or driving down the road and I would think "That's clever! I should expand upon in podcast form." Or, something would happen and I would want to talk to somebody about it and get their view. But, I just didn't.

The closest I came was a few months ago with the armed guards at the recruiting center. After all the commotion I caused on Facebook, I figured I would talk to them and get the full story. And as we all know by now, they decided against talking on the record with me. So, there went that.

My biggest concern is that I don't want to half-ass something. And before anybody who has ever worked a job with me starts to chime in, allow me to clarify: I don't want to half-ass anything I actually have a passion for. Pizza and waiting tables and that month I worked at CVS were not passions of mine. Journalism. Talking to people. Broadcasting the truth. Those are my passions.

I was burnt out. Depressed. Anxious. I was all of that weird stuff that nobody likes talking about. Drinking heavily as well. I'm at the point in my life where I sort of halfway-acknowledge that vice. So I wasn't as creative as I should have been.

And I didn't want that to show in any creative endeavor of mine. So I didn't express myself through that medium. I do those blogs that I call "Unfinished Works" where I started to do something and then couldn't finish it. You could almost call those blog outtakes or something. And I didn't want to do that with a podcast.

There are people who really like what I speak into a microphone or the questions I ask somebody. And I didn't want those people to think "He used to be really good at that." So I didn't do anything.

I think that's about to change. I have been getting the itch to start podcasting again. I still listen to a lot of podcasts regularly. I still think I'm really good, as good as or better than some of the people I listen to. Why shouldn't I go back to doing it?

With everything, you need a plan. And I've been slowly working on that plan. Expanding my YouTube channel has been a big priority of mine lately. It's the unofficial home of my podcast and random videos of me (mostly digging my car out of the snow last year). I want to make that more of a multimedia hub of content.

I've been developing a YouTube show of sorts. I've told a few, close friends about it and they all think it's a good idea. And the reason that hasn't become a thing yet is because you can't half-ass something like that. It has to look good and worthy of being watched. And what that mostly means is that I need to make my bedroom look like it's not really my bedroom.

So, that's where I'm at. Ideas. Planning. Plotting? Development. Good stuff will be happening. I'll keep everybody updated.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week



This week's "Norm Macdonald Clip of the Week" is from one of Norm's comedy albums. He takes a look at the origin of the Marvel superhero group "The Fantastic Four." Norm imagines what it was like when the group decided on their names. Basically, they are all named after their powers: The Thing, Invisible Woman, and the Human Torch. With one exception... The guy who can stretch his body is named Mr. Fantastic. Norm looks at the awkwardness of the other members realizing that.

Norm wrote it out and has other people voicing the characters, with himself playing Mr. Fantastic. It could be a Saturday Night Live sketch; it's in that same style. Norm used to write for the show back in the day, in addition to performing. He most notably recently wrote the hugely popular Celebrity Jeopardy skit from the recent 40th anniversary SNL episode.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Early September, late Wednesday thoughts



So, this is 29? It's not too bad; not much different than the last few years. I came up with an idea to write an article looking at every birthday that I can remember and what I did on them. I might get around to writing that. Spoiler alert: the last several years weren't that interesting.

I had a dream that I found a lot of iPods buried in the ground. Different generations, different sizes. They all had cases on them and had full battery power. Is there any symbolism to that?

I have a couple different ideas of things to write. I just need to muster the necessary energy to make it happen. They're both somewhat satirical. I'll give more information as it becomes necessary. One is going to look at the plight of the homeless and the other will raise issues about guns. You know, nothing too big.

Speaking of guns... I don't know if the people are still guarding the recruitment center in Princeton. I think the center actually moved. I don't believe it's at the Kroger plaza anymore. I think it's over by the Dairy Queen and the Princeton Times.

Speaking of the Princeton Times, they printed that gun article that shows up when you click on the link in that last paragraph. A couple newspapers printed it and said something to the effect of "Awesome! We can't wait to print this." I got a reply from the Princeton Times that essentially said "We don't agree with this in any way, but we're printing it." It was the most popular article on their website for a week.

I received a Facebook message from the Editor-in-Chief telling me that this guy who runs a Facebook page called "Respect Our Flag" had posted a bunch of stuff about me and the newspaper. She mentioned that this guy liked to post stuff about people and then hide it from them or take it down a day or so later.

I went to the page and found stuff about me. I was busy, so I took a screenshot and sent it to some friends. I went back later that night to check it all out, but I was blocked from seeing it. This is my screenshot:

I asked some friends to go look for it, but they couldn't either. So, I don't know if that's a thing anymore or not. 

I have a lot of books sitting around that I need to read. And no, not all of them are professional wrestling related. Although, George "The Animal" Steele's autobiography is sitting in my room waiting to be looked at.

I started reading "Orange Is The New Black" a while back. I had watched a few episodes during a "Netflix and Chill" session last year with a friend. The book started out awesome, but I sort of lost interest when I could start recognizing secondary characters from the TV show in the book. I might come back to it.

That's all for now. I'll return with more at a later date.