We are running out of time before we leave for the PME, and we have more work to do. But look! We have a new show. Only the best for our listeners! Check it out and enjoy!
IMPORTANT NOTE: For some reason, this show is not showing up in the feed. It's not finding the enclosure. I have uploaded this a few times this morning and I cannot get it to work. So for now, use the direct download link.
UPDATE: The show has been reposted. Let's see if it works. I'll be seeing the Feedburner guys at the PME, so I'll be sure to get on their case. Let's hope this works.
Got this from Mike "Spiff" Booth today, the king of Coulton/WOW/Machinima videos. Here is his tribute to the finale of Thing A Week:
"Now, as a WoW aficionado, I'm sure you of all people can appreciate how this video is different from my other videos. Apes, goblins, and night elf receptionists don't tend to interact much in the wild in WoW, so I couldn't just capture in-game footage for the video. No, I hand-composited each scene in the video using elements from the WoW Model Viewer, WoW Map Viewer, and the game itself. It took *forever* (I think I probably averaged maybe three seconds per hour of work), but I'm pretty stoked with the results. Hope you dig it too."
My family and I are going through a Weird Al reniassance of sorts lately. We just rented the Weird Al Show and his Ultimate Video Collection from Netflix. And we are eagerly awaiting his album Straight Outta Lynwood coming out this week. This might be a sign of how old I'm getting, but I've never heard the song that Weird Al is parodying. Chamillian? Or something? Anyway, I love the fact that if I do ever hear the song, all I'll think of is Weird Al's version. Thanks to Neil for the link.
So last week, Coulton had his concert in Second Life. A cool event to be sure. But I have to say, I'm not at all impressed with SL as an MMO. Now, I know it's technically free and hundreds upon hundreds of people use it. But I prefer my MMO's to actually "work" as opposed to floating around aimlessly, hovering over people I don't know, annoying them and eventually crashing into a wall, only to be banished to some area to which I have no prior knowledge of nor a map to guide me.
For all it's foibles, WOW is still a great MMO, and a wonderfully, immersive gaming experience. However, Tuesdays have become maintenance days for the game, which has annoyed many of their 7 million players. So how do good old fashioned Horde and Alliance players plan to fill the time? By planning raids on Second Life! Good times. Good times. I have not yet joined a raid party yet. I simply don't have the time. In fact, I've been trying to hit 60 with my main now for a good 2 months. One day, people. One day...
I saw this over at ExtraLife and I am hooked. To promote their dark chocolate line, M & M has created this very cool flash game. Can you find the 50 Dark Movies hidden in the picture? It's pretty tough. Luckily you can save your game. Go try it out!
PS: Don't spoil the puzzle by posting answers in the comments. :)
So, I'm surfing around this morning, really looking at the upcoming November battle between the big three game systems.
In corner one, we have XBOX360, Microsoft's formidable gaming box that has cemented a solid foothold for the big MS in the gaming world. In corner two, we have Sony's PS3, which has been fraught with bad press from virtually everywhere,delays and high price points all around. In corner three, we have Nintendo's golden boy and savior, the Wii that promises to put Nintendo back on top to reclaim their glory. And in corner four, you have us. The public, who suddenly are in a the middle of a competition that could rival any night-long MMO battle. (Geeky ref, yes I know.)
Look, I'm an old guy...or older, as the case may be. And while a decade ago, it would have been considered weird to have a guy in his mid 30's drooling over the latest video game technology, this demo makes up a good part of the gaming community. And although I am a dad and a genuine old guy, I am still fascinated by this battle. Will the Wii really deliver the same kind of excitement that I remember from my college days? (Remember, the SNES?) Will XBOX be left in the dust when no one cares about incredible graphics anymore? Will Sony be able to overcome their missteps and still remain relevant? Or should everyone just stick to playing Guitar Hero on the PS2?
I'm interested in hearing what you guys have to say. Enough of the conjecture and the specs and the endless stream of articles. What are you guys exicted to play if anything? Are any of you going to drop some coin on either the new systems? Or will you be waiting for price drops? I'm interested in hearing not from the hardcore gamers, because quite frankly I found I can't trust what these guys say. Gamespot gave the new Lego Star Wars Original Trilogy a 7.7 rating, but it's probably one of the most engaging enjoyable games I think my family has ever played. So I want to her from people who just enjoy video games as a fun occasional distraction. Because I think they are the mainstream gamers.
Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. Not only did Dan tell me about this, but on last night's episode of Wife Swap, they had the wife of the guy who actually started the day. It was a crazy episode to say the least. The entire family lived like pirates. Yes. Pirates.
Whee! It's another Jawbone Radio. And just in time for your morning commute. This week, we chat about our expectations for the upcoming trip the Portable Media Expo, more turkey talk, rooting for Asians and so much more! Join in the delicous fun.
Just kidding, but boy, I wish! This comes to us from Dan and our friends from Bollywood. And if that isn't enough, try out this link,..."it features an Indian Superman and an Indian Spiderman, except that Spiderman is a woman. They have some kind of atari laser sound effect when they kiss.".
Thanks to DarkMark for this heads up. The site e-zombie.com, that features my Zombie Alphabet and Dan Coulter's wickedly simple, yet amazing programming, has been featured in an article in the Dutch mag, Veronica. It will also be featured on their website this week and next. It just goes to show you that PEOPLE LOVE ZOMBIES. Even Dutch people.
Yes folks, it is true. I have in fact created a Jonathan Coulton Coloring Book. Not only does it contain references to all your favorite Jonathan Coulton songs, but there are also games, puzzles, and a jumble created by Nora herself. It's certainly a unique piece and something that JoCo and I have been chatting about for quite some time. So what are you waiting for? Get your grubby little hands on own copy today!
BTW, if you haven't heard, Coulton will be playing a virtual show on Second LIfe tonight. That's right! See a JoCo avatar sing your favorite songs! For more information, check it out here.
Here's a little piece of welcome back artwork for my friends, Derek and Swoopy from Skepticality. You may remember last year, Derek ended up in a coma after he suffered a brain aneurysm. He came out of the coma earlier this year and has been going through mucho therapy. And this past week, he returned to work! The only thing I can equate Derek to is Iron Man, hence the ref on his shirt.
Hey gang! My See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Eat Brains design at at Threadless. Go show your support and vote for it. If you do, perhaps they will print it up and many people will be zombie hipsterized by my artwork. Thank you all!
On tonight's episode, as a way to commemorate the completion of the project, we talk to most of the major contributors to the 700 Hoboes Project, Eric Vespoor, Ben Rollman, Dan and Julie Coulter and Marcus Parcus. Our apologies to Mike (HalcyonSnow) for not having him on the show. Due to the limitations of Skype, we could only have 4 participants in the conference. This means that Mike will have his own show in the future.
I know I am so behind on this stuff, but I just found out about Tilt-Shift Photography from Dutchboy last night, and I am totally impressed. These kids these days. With thier VW Golf leases and Tilt-shift photography...
Anywho, Tilt Shift Photography is a Photoshop trick that makes large objects appear as if they are miniature. If done properly, you can get some really amazing effects. You can read more about Tilt-Shift on Wikipedia, as well as see some incredible images done by Dutchboy himself this amazing photographer, Astro-Chimp.
I've been meaning to blog about this for a while, but once again, those crazy kids are keeping me up to date on what's cool. MST3K's Mike Nelson has a new venture called RiffTrax, which is basically purchasable downloads of commentrary tracks done by the RiffMaster himself. Tom Servo, Kevin Murphy, has also joined him on a few tracks as well. I love this idea and will probably check out some of the tracks for myself. Thanks to Bill and Dan for alerting me to this totally cool service.
Please let me show you what may very be the only known photo of me in the Nobby Annex that exists online. What is even weirder, the photo was taken by none other than Adam (aka Apelad) Koford from Show 125 and the 700 Hoboes Project. The photo above is also taken by Apelad and depicts yet another hobo sign (an H in Sunrays) not far from my home in Cleveland, OH. It is not the photo in question though...
I know what you're saying..."Enough with the chatter, bub! Just get to the damn Nobby Annex pic!" And so,here it is.
Also, for those of you who are curious as to how my artwork would look in say, your study, or den, I give you this photo from Greyanenigma. Now go out and buy some for your walls.
Tonights show, we pay tribute to The Crocodile Hunter, we call for a boycott of CNN on 9-11, more hoboes talk, metal lunchboxes, Mac woes and our view on the Portable Media Expo in September. Join us for some hot podcasting action!
Got this really cool link from Joe in LA. I think this fits right in with the whole Zombie Army vibe that's been going around like a sickness lately. If you dig this shirt, you can pick one up for yourself here. And don't forget my own "Eat Brains" design here.
From Craig in San Diego: This story about Applebees and a rather large tip.
"Applebee's fine cuisine gave this guy the entrepreneurial energy to accumulate a ton of disposable income, as well as improving his generosity and friendliness to boot.
Or it caused him to lose his family and his health, leaving his last opportunity for a small bit of joy going deep into debt for a barmaid, then kicking-off and stiffing the card company.
I guess it's all up to interpretation and your world-view.
With this image by El Sloth (who drew both the first and the 700th Hobo) the original 700 Hobo names have been drawn. Just in time for the new paperback of Areas of My Expertise out today. What a momentous day! Congratulations to all the artists who have contributed to the project. Raise your bindles high!
Only four of these to go. I'm savoring these. I spent quite a bit of time on this, more than I care to admit, but I love drawing them. Hope you enjoy this interpretation of JoCo's TAW 48: The Big Boom.