Thursday, January 31, 2008

Jawbone #192: Hell Week

Identity Theft. The New Yorker. Hood on Head. Sickness. And the Superbowl. All on this episode of Jawbone. Enjoy!

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"You Know Who Likes My Cartoons? THE NEW YORKER!"

I can finally say that line from Seinfeld and have it apply. Yes, tis true. In light of all the awful stuff that has been happening around here (ID theft, sickness, broken computer programs and tech support, being hit in the head with a car hood, just to name a few things...) there are some good things that happened this week. I found out on Monday that one of my entries into the New York Eustace Tilley contest won. The art will be published on Monday on the New and there is a slight chance that I may make it into the print edition as well. I'll be sure to publish more info as soon as I know it. Whee!

UPDATE: Just got the news. I WILL be printed in the hard copy edition anniversary edition of the New Yorker!! Woot!

This Is Why I Love Local Commercials

Holy God. What were these people thinking?

This Kid Loves Rambo

Make sure you watch to the bitter end. Thanks Dan!

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

ID Theft and Fraud

Man, what a way to start a week. Turns out Nora and I were victims of fraudulent behavior last week. We'll most likely talk about this on the show as a main topic, but I was wondering, who reading the blog has been a victim of fraud or ID theft and what was the upshot of the whole ordeal.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Caption This: 1-28-08

Our Flemish friend, Knightwise, offers up this weeks Caption This.

Friday, January 25, 2008

How Did I Miss Her?

Some of you maybe aware of an intertubes star named Happy Slip. If you have, you're better versed than I am on internet celebrities. She's a Filipino/American gal who has made a pretty big name for herself doing impressions of her family (At least, I would assume they are her family). I have to admit, I hadn't heard of her until an Adrants story ran today. Apparently, the Philippine Department of of Tourism invited her over to visit the country. Pretty bold move. I just think she's funny and she reminds me of lot of some of the women in my family. Anyway, I'll try to get her as a guest on the show, but I doubt she'll have anything to do with us. Eh, so it goes. I find her videos pretty funny and I've subscribed to her YouTube channel.

Not Funny

Shame on Neil for sharing this with me.

Nerdcore Scientology Rap Video

Continuing with the theme of Scientology, listener Shawn sends me this video by band MC Lars that talks a little about Scientology and what it's about. It's by no means the authority, but it gives an overview of what the cult, I mean, religion is all about.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Jawbone #191: Meet Denny Povahnce

On tonight's show, we talk about my new alterego, Denny Povahnce, meeting the female Len, sickness, listener mail and more! Enjoy and bow before Denny!

The Heels | He's My Frankenstein

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What The Hell Is This?

A big doughy mass is blocking a sewer line in Maine. Weird thing is, it's right in front of a place called Sam's Pizza.
"We're not sure exactly what it is," Public Services Director David Jones said Wednesday. "We're just trying to get rid of it. We want it to stop clogging up our pipe."
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D-Day On A Shoestring

What do you get when you cross three, extremely talented graphic designers, 4 days and digital camera? You get a pretty convincing re-enactment of D-Day for a BBC special called "Bloody Omaha". Fascinating stuff, considering Spielberg used quadruple that for "Saving Priavte Ryan." Link via BB.

A Message From the Compliance Division

A few months ago, I posted a story about some spam snail mail I received that was marked as being from The Administrative Offices of the Billing Audit Bureau. It looked to come from an official place in Naples Florida, when in actuality, it was from New Hill Services in Denver, trying to get me to re-subscribe to the Inside Photoshop magazine. That story got Boing Boinged, and for a while I didn't get any correspondence from New Hill. That is, until about a week ago.

This is their newest tactic, this time from Eli Journals. I'm pretty sure New Hill and Eli are the same place, since they are trying to get me to re-subscribe to the same mag. Regardless, this is what I got in the mail:

Notice the government yellow color of the envelope, just so you know it's official, Here's a closer look at the envelope:

It's from the "Compliance Division" in Washington D.C. complete with a pic of the Capitol Building, so you know it's important. This is my favorite part though:

Isn't that true for all mail? Why is this correspondence from the Compliance Division so much more important. As it turns out, it's just fake invoice from Eli telling me to "ACT NOW" and "LOCK IN THE SAVINGS!" Once again, it looks like an invoice, but it doesn't claim to be one.

Anyway, here is the address of these junk mail artists. I just noticed that their address is in Philly, but their web address says they are from Naples, FL. Odd.

My advice to you is to never, ever, EVER subscribe to anything that Eli or New Hill is hawking.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The Joker Is Dead

Heath Ledger found dead in NYC. I wonder what will happen to the upcoming Batman film?

Monsterama 1000 Starts Today!

There's a new theme over at Monster By Mail that starts today. I'm calling it "Monsterama 1000" and here's how it works. I am very close to drawing my 1000th monster (and when I say "close", I mean about 50 away.) If you are the lucky person who orders the 1000th monster, you'll get an automatic 9 x 12 upgrade and an MBM fun pack! I'm taking orders now, so head on over!

Monday, January 21, 2008

I See This Catching On

Thanks (?) to Monica.

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

I Drew Tilley

Eustace "Big Daddy" Tilley
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.
The New Yorker Magazine is having a contest inviting Flickr artists to draw interpretations of their mascot, Eustace Tilley. There are a ton of cool illustrations which you can view here. And to the side my contribution, a tribute to "Big Daddy" Ed Roth.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

As Seen On Conan O'Brien...

MarcusParcus,a fellow hobo artist and all-around master of proliferation (matching only Adam "Ape Lad" Koford), had the distinct honor of having his artwork on national TV for all to see! This week, Conan O'Brien was taking suggestions from viewers on things he could be doing while riding a zipline. Well, tons of people wrote in and Marcus' artwork was displayed on the air. I don't even know if he knows that his stuff was on Conan O'Brien's show on Thursday night, but I just saw it on Tivo this afternoon and was amazed. "I know that guy!" Here's a link to a larger image of the art. Good work, Marcus!

Speaking of Conan, if you're a fan, you'll get a kick out of this.

Time For A Good Old Fashioned Drum Battle

Watch and be floored...

Friday, January 18, 2008

A Tribute to Stan The Man

Got this link today from my buddy Steve. I guess there's an art show where Stan "The Man" Lee and the Marvel Universe is being immortalized in various art tributes. There's some really cool stuff here. Checkout the whole gallery here. Excelsior!

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Jawbone #190: The Woman In Me

On tonight's show, Nora and I chat about our mounting woes, a little bit more about Rock Band, the fact that I may be a woman in disguise and the social network. How does Neil Gaiman and They Might Be Giants fit into all of this? Listen in and find out!

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Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Tom Cruise Is Tom Cruise Crazy

Found this today. It reminds me of a little song by Jonathan Coulton, "Tom Cruise Crazy":
"You have to watch this video. It shows Tom Cruise, with all the wide-eyed fervor that he brings to the promotion of a movie, making the argument for Scientology, the bizarre 20th-century religion. Let me put it this way: if Tom Cruise jumping on Oprah's couch was an 8 on the scale of scary, this is a 10.
See the exclusive video on Gawker here. And just for the fun of it, listen to Coulton's song here.

Potential Copyright Suit

I wonder how long before we get a cease and desist from this company, even though I'm pretty sure we were on the scene first. Even the logo is similar. I'm betting they were using the prowess of this site to make a few bucks. Damn them! Thanks to all Jen and Richard who sent this in.

"This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things"

I don't know who to fault more: the kid or the lazy art director.
"A leaflet extolling the elysian beauties of Thornham Walks - a 12-mile footpath network in Suffolk - has a picture of a young girl picking her nose."
Thanks for the link, Laura!

Monday, January 14, 2008

Continuing the Rock Band Love

Ok, so I am going Rock Band crazy. But I can't help it! This game rocks. Anywho, Richard in Savannah ( a regular caller on the show and The Perfect Podcast Listener) sent me this wonderful link to a Wired article about improving drumming techniques. Now, don't get me wrong. I understand that playing drums in a video game is not the same as playing in Real Life. But there are some basic fundamentals that transcend both styles. And if this guide helps you dominate "Ride The Lightning" or "LimeLight" than all the better! Plus, it will help you get to you that much closer to your Rock Star dreams. Enjoy the read!

Caption This: 1-14-08

Here's an interesting photo from Monica. Here's the full story. Have fun captioning it!

Looking For A Vocalist In Rock Band?

As you may or may not know, since the holidays, the video game Rock Band has transformed our home into a veritable performance arena with singers, bassists, drummers and the occasional roadie hanging out and causing mischief for all hours of the night. So, I've been pretty up on all things RB for the past few weeks. I guess you could call it my new obsession. (I know I'm not the only, either! I'm looking at you, Eye-Bott.) Anyway, I was cruising the RB forums and came across this pretty funny ad for a vocalist. I'd ask him to join our band "Best Dad", but alas, Nora is already the singer. Maybe if this guy can do bass, I'd consider adding him. Or if Nora for whatever reason would quit to band to go solo, I guess I can think about asking this guy. Viva La Internets!

Friday, January 11, 2008


I'm a sucker for this type of thing. Pretty cool stuff. Check out the rest of the gallery here.Thanks Paul!

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Holy Crap! What A Gift!!!

A few days ago, I was talking to my musical friend Paul of Paul and Storm fame and he told me to "watch my mailbox" as a group gift from himself, Storm and Jonathan Coulton was on its way. I was mildly excited thinking that it was going to be some camera phone pics from JoCo's cell phone or perhaps some original artwork by Storm.

Well, imagine my surprise when I open the mail today to find the print of "Death" by Moebius signed by the creator himself, Neil Gaiman! Gah... I have yet to have a chat with Paul about how this all came about, but I am going to frame this along with all the rest of my collected art soon. It by all means is a holiday miracle! Thanks guys!

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Jawbone #189: Stinkfoot

Fan favorite Neil joins us for tonight's show which includes vacuum cleaner talk, crazy smelling slippers, the writers strike, Rock Band and the Beatles, and remaining relevant in music.

Have you gotten your bit for show #200 yet? Good, because it's not for another 11 shows. So take your time and help us enjoy show 189.

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Listen To the T!

I think I found my mother's day gift. Thanks to Paul from P and S.

New Year Monsters

Back at it again for the new year with monsters and work and such. I've been pretty busy overall with regular work, but I was able to do this drawing and video for a new zombie podcast coming out in February. Enjoy the zombie art accompanied by Muse!

Monday, January 07, 2008

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Sweet Hindi O' Mine

Thanks to everyone who sent this in. How did you all know I loved Indians so much?

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Check Out All The Monster Bling!

Got this really cool photo from Monster By Mail fan, Bonnie today. Check out all those monsters! Plus, she's got some Len-designed Coulton garb going on there too! Thanks for sharing and if you have any monsters you'd like to share, go ahead and e-mail to me, I'd love to see them! And in case anyone was wondering, I am planning on doing something new with the monsters for the New Year. I just need to find the time. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Jawbone #188: You Look Like A Zombie

Woot! Its the first show of 2008 and just two (oops I mean 12) shows away from #200! On tonight's show, Nora and I discuss getting older, fat guy pants, Rock Band and preparing for the big 2-0-0. Also, I'm not 100% sure, but I think we'll be moving the show to Wednesday nights. Listen in and enjoy!

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Year Of The Dog

Talk about it at Videocracy

Hmmm...this song sounds vaguely familiar. I think it's the Macaroon song from last year. Thanks to Paul for the link.