I’m A Genius, Chapter CXCVI, Boke MCMLXXI

This is one of those heroically-stupid ideas that I feel compelled to encourage, with a link: “The Nothing Show” is an improv MP3 in which two performers read Tweets from two separate people. Episode 3 features the Tweets of you-know-who. I don’t know if I can say “I thought it was funny” without sending the…

Tenor, Prop Comic

Dreamed last night that I was in a diner having lunch with Luciano Pavarotti (from his “Yes, Giorgio!” era, I think). The owner must have known we were coming because as a gag, they filled all of the booth’s various table dispensers — salt, pepper, sugar, hot chili flakes — with grated parmesan cheese. We…

The Un-Ethicist

Gawker.com runs one of my favorite online columns: The UnEthicist. It’s technically a parody of Randy Cohen’s “Ethicist” column that runs in the New York Times. The original is sort of an academic twist on the classic advice column. Instead of asking “I spilled red wine all over the carpet during a party at my…

WGA Strike

Honest to God…on top of all of the other reasons why the producers and networks are being jackasses, I have to wonder: do they really think they’re going to win a PR battle against highly-creative, well-motivated people who suddenly have all the free time in the world? This video will open your eyes to two…

CBS Early Show

Kewl: I’m gonna be on th’ tee-vee again. Tune in to the CBS Early Show on Saturday the 24th (probably during the first hour of the show) where I’ll be talking about cool photo software that lets your $250 point-and-shoot act more like a $1500 digital SLR with a $3000 lens. I think I’ve got…

‘Tis The Season

It’s the start of the holiday season. This means that I can’t go to the pharmacy to buy Q-Tips without being assaulted by generic holiday tunes like “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year.” I have a theory about this song in particular: I think it was written by a really intense evangelical Christian.…

Green is a good color on me…

My pal Phil Plait (not necessarily better known as the Bad Astronomy blogger) has just finished taping a segment for “Mythbusters.” My ego was desperate to find some way to diminish the holistic awesomeness of this. When, for instance, Phil was quoted in a comic book written by Gail Simone, it quickly came back with…

Ideas Gone 404

Amazing. On the last MacBreakWeekly podcast, Chris Breen was introduced as the writer of Macworld’s “Mac 911” Q&A column, which led me to claim to be the author of the magazine’s “Mac 404” column. “People send me their questions,” I said, “and I don’t answer them.” Well, guess what: Yes, according to the domain record…

Jazz Odyssey

Oddly enough, I like it when a computer screws up and the reason turns out to be “Andy Ihnatko is a moron.” Because I’ve been dealing with Andy’s bonehead mistakes for years now and I’m usually pretty good at unraveling them. Fixing a piece of boneheaded hardware or software is the sort of task that…

Pretty In Pink

I wish I had time to run the entire Universe. I know that you do, too, dear reader, and I can only apologize. But God stuck me with the day-to-day operations of just .023% of all of Creation while He vacations at His timeshare in Tahoe, and honestly, I’m already going nuts with just that…

Moving Along…

And here we see one of the advantages of using WordPress as your blogging platform instead of a homemade AppleScript app. I’m on the Acela train, about an hour from NYC (first-class car, thank you very much) and lookit me: I’m blogging. I went and installed a special iPhone plugin that served a cool mobile…