Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Attention Jawbone Listeners and Readers

At the end of show 113, Nora made a plea to anyone who can help us get an interview with Food Network's Alton Brown. We weren't kidding around. If anyone can help us secure an interview with Mr. Good Eats, there may be some original artwork in the deal for you. Feel free to leave us comments and help us get an interview with one of our faves. Thanks. That is all.

An Oldie But A Goodie

This is how I feel most of the time when playing my level 52 Undead Priest in WoW. I can really relate to this kid. Thanks to young Brian for the link.

Guest Comic Stint on ELR

Today, I am proud to have a guest comic stint on Scott Johnson's Extra Life. The topic of my comic? Zombies of course. And the unfair treatment they seem to receive in the media. What with the brains and the eating and the chewing and the unholy screams. You can check out my contribution to the madness here.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Jawbone #113: Cravin' Raisins and Pork Chops

Tonight's show, we talk about the controversy regarding last week's run in with Denny "Blazin" Hazen and welcome the next best thing: Donny "Cravin'" Raisins. Donny drops by and talks about his next big rap song, his songs about snacking and more. Also, wrap up of show 112, lots of listener voice mails, soccer coaching wrap up and more. Plus, Jonathan Coulton's Thing A Week and music from Jim "Jimbo "Mathus. Please, enjoy this fun size Jawbone Radio!

ExtraLife Radio
Trypod Network
Manic Mommies
Big Show Radio

Jonathan Coulton | Til The Money Comes
Jimbo Mathus and Knockdown South | Voice Of A Pork Chop

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Caption This: 5-29-06

Happy Memorial Day everyone! Come celebrate this holiday week with a Caption This from Aaron in Queen Creek, AZ. Come up with something funny for this chick to say and you may be the lucky winner of a firm handshake and a meal from KFD. Enjoy!

Friday, May 26, 2006

VTAW: Famous Blue Raincoat

Famous Blue Raincoat
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.

This weeks VTAW (Visual Thing A Week) is Jonathan Coulton's cover of the Leonard Cohen song "Famous Blue Raincoat". I wanted to go even more sparse than this, but I didn't know if it captured the desperation (at least I think it's desperation) of the song. You can listen to the song associated with the image here.

What A Way To Kick Off A Holiday Weekend

Looks like the Blazin Hazen controversy threw us off more than we thought. After all the yelling, wailing and the gnashing of teeth over the cancelling of the interview, my co-host Nora suffered a bad case of laryngitis and is unable to do a show. Not to worry though, you can catch Nora this weekend on a special Trading Podcasters episode of Israelisms. Nora sits in for Charley's wife Carol, and while I haven't heard the interview yet, I'm willing to bet that it's a real hoot. Hopefully we'll be back soon with show 113.

That is all for now.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

If We Can't Get Blazed...

We can at least get Loituma-ized.

And if you can't get enough of this song, go here. And crank it up, man!

Link Dump: Round Up Of Random Weird Stuff Issue 4

The time has come once again for yet another Jawbone Radio Link Dump, sponsored by Drake's Fruit Pies, the fruit pie that makes you want to die.

This link dump has everything you'd want: robots, GWAR-like metal singers, DVD commentaries by fans and so much more. So let's get to it!

From Randy: The video for "Ray" by the band Millenicon. As Randy puts it, " You just don’t see enough of good music videos with airplanes fighting giant robots." We wholeheartedly agree.


For those of you who love seeing a lame dork jam out to his own music, check out this. Then check out this cartoon. Thanks Nephew Mark!

Also from Mark, today's weird experiment with sound waves is called Cornstarch Fingers. Oh, and who can forget The Family Guy Roll Call.


A few weeks ago, we posted a link to a fan-based DVD commentary by Jawbone Troubador, Jonathan Coulton for Raiders of the Lost Ark. Pretty cool idea, no? Well, what's even cooler is that someone has made software that let's you sync up the fan-based commentary with the DVD. Developer Steve writes: "Users simply download a commentary, then assign it to any portion of the DVD. From that point on, the DVD and commentary stay in sync -- even as you fast-forward and rewind the DVD. Cool stuff. "

Cool stuff indeed, you can check it out and download it (windows only for now) at

Incidentally, I'd like to be able to do a show like this in the future where we're commentating along with a specific DVD. Stay tuned for details!


From Wayne in the UK: These guys sang a pretty ballsy song for the Eurovision Song Contest -- kind of like American Idol in the UK only with bands, it would seem. The song proclaims the band is the winner of the contest, although they came in 6th place. Oh well, can't blame them for trying.

Also. if you're looking for a band that has a lot of spirit gum, prosthetic cheeks and fangs, Lordi should tide you over until the next GWAR concert. Just watch.


Also from Wayne, the Sci-Fi Spelling Bee.

That should keep you busy at least through lunch. Thanks for the links folks and keep em coming!

Congratulations to American Idol Taylor Hicks!

...and welcome to pop culture obscurity, Season 5 runner-up Katherine McPhee! Be sure to be on the lookout for Kath's new release this summer, a duet with none other than the Millenium Falcon co-pilot and everyone's favorite wookie, the mighty Chewbacca! Kalli Welpa, Solo!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Blazin' Refuses to Blaze Us

Bad news in Jawboneland, folks. For those of you who were looking forward to our interview with internet rap phenom, Denny "Blazin" Hazen, it looks like you're in for a disappointment. Denny's people cancelled the interview after hearing DJ Hojo's remix of his smash 80's hit, "Average Homeboy." Believe me, we are as sad as you folks are. Denny's right from our own backyard and it would have been great to have this average homeboy on the show.

Well, at least Kevin Federline still loves us.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

"Lost" Jumping the Shark?

According to one pundit, they are coming pretty close with this "alternate reality" game that has just started.
For me, Lost came dangerously close to jumping the shark when it tagged a Hanso Foundation spot with the URL, which was a less-than-subtle tie-in for Sprite. I say it came close because, by and large, the Sprite brand didn’t distract from what was going on in the game. And the subLYMONal site did fulfill its function, which was to provide a clue for game participants.
You can read the rest of the article here.

Monday, May 22, 2006

Caption This: 5-22-06

In keeping with the theme of celebrities gone wrong (i.e: Leif Garrett) here's this week's Caption This, featuring none other than the infamous singer George Michael. Thanks once again to DJ Hojo.

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Visual Thing A Week: Tom Cruise Crazy

Visual Thing A Week: Tom Cruise Crazy
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.

Chugging along with these Weekly Visual Experiments. Here is this week's Jonathan Coulton's Thing A Week, Tom Cruise Crazy.

Tom Cruise is a tough guy to draw. I did no less than 5 sketches of him to get to this point. Plus, it was tough finding decent reference material for the kind of face I wanted him to make. Regardless, here it is!

Touchscreen Computer Display

This is so Future-iffic!
As the manufacturer describes it "Heliodisplay images are not holographic although they are free-space, employing a rear projection system in which images are captured onto a nearly invisible plane of transformed air."
Check out the amazing video here.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Average Homeboy (DEMO)

This might be one of the funniest things I've seen all week. I think I went to high school with this kid. Thanks to Scott for the link.

DJ Hojo: If you are reading this, fire up your editor and create a mix from this for the show.

UPDATE: Check out the sidebar of the YouTube page. Someone has already cleaned up some of his demos and made em into real songs!

Duct Tape Podcasts Are Back, Baby!

As some of may know, from time to time, I produce other podcasts through my "real" business. (Yes, I do work for a living.) Last year, I started doing a series of podcasts for Duck Brand Duct Tape around their Avon Heritage Duct Tape Festival in Avon, Ohio. This year, we're talking about the festival and a whole lot more. The podcasts are roughly 10 minutes long and cover an array of topics, including some of the cool stuff that people have created with duct tape, including prom outfits. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. And if you dig it, please subscribe.

I owe a great deal of thanks to DJ Hojo and Podcheck Review's Scott Fletcher for their invaluable help on intros and such. (Incidentally, the first podcast is where you'll be able to hear the "rose for your sweetie" reference from show #112.)

You can check out the shows here or here. Enjoi!

Jawbone #112: Don't Go Poking My Trophy

It's May Sweeps! And Aaron from The Big Show sits in for Nora as we take part in The Trypod Network's Trading Podcasters Event. We play Dead or Alive, Marvel and DC and I also bring up some controversial areas including podcasters not getting along with one another, awful fast food stories and even more. Check it out and please accept our apologies.


Trypod Network
The Big Show
Scott Fletcher
RedBoy Podcast
Dead or Alive
Marvel Vs. DC
Manic Mommies

Sophia Ramos | Esperanza

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Augh! My Eyes! The Goggles Do Nothing!

Longtime fans of the show will remember the awful corporate mess of Jefferson Starships "We Built This City" rearranged to hail the Starbucks brand. Well, now this steaming pile of crap has video. Thanks (?) to Brian Ibbott for this ear and eye stinger.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Coulton Meets WOW

Man. My world keeps shrinking. Here is a video for Jonathan Coulton's Re: Your Brains acted out by The Undead and more from the World of Warcraft Universe.


Not only that, but I think the main character is an Undead Priest, which is my main character in WOW. (Just hit level 50 the other day, BTW, ding!) Nora hasn't seen this yet, but I'm sure when she does she will definitely think the world has gone plum crazy! Check it out!

The Musuem of Bad Art

As a counterpoint to the awesome artwork we feature on a near daily basis here at Jawbone, here is something for the rest of you. The Musuem of Bad Art, Art Too Bad To Be Ignored. Thanks to Monica for the link.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Dan Clowes Video Interview

This is a very cool interview with Daniel Clowes, creator of the graphic novel Ghost World. This is a must see for anyone who is interested in the storytelling component of comic art. Thanks to Chadfor the link.

Link Dump: Round Up Of Random Weird Stuff Issue 3

Once again, the Jawbone Mail Box filleth and once again, we have to dumpeth all over your lap. And since no one seemed to care about Bombay TV, I thought I needed to redeem myself. That's what I get for updating the blog before a dentist appointment. Anyway. Here are some of the cooler links that have come through to the top of the Nobby Annex recently:

Once again Tracy comes through with some awesome art links. Checky-checky:
Eatpoo: Sketches and Digital Painting by Roundeye
And more inspiration from Ken Wong. This guy is awesome.

More from Nephew Mark:
Don't Eat It!

Being a Mac lover who has looked on Ebay for my Powerbook and got was appaled at the scams, I can relate to this prank. Wish I would have done this. Hilarious.

Fat Mark's Editorial: "check out the salad fingers series, as well as the one called 10 different kinds of soup (if you get the chance) ....creepy...."

Cool Video Game Time: Fresh from E3 comesHellGate. There's even a podcast involved somehow.

From Matt:
A new WOW movie in the works? This is sad, but I would probably want to see it.

From Wayne in the UK:
The Worst Album Covers of All Time. Avert your eyes. They may burn right out of your skull.

What would a link dump be without a good Bigfoot link? Dennis from Santa Cruz sends us this: Friends of Sasquatch. Sure, I want to be friends with Sasquatch. But I think he wants something more.

And that's it for now! Keep the links coming folks.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Bombay TV

Check this out! Pretty neat stuff. It's called Bombay TV.Thanks to DJ Hojo for the link.

Monday, May 15, 2006

Last Night's Weird Survivor Finale Moment

I don't know how many other people reading this blog are fans of Survivor: Exile Island, but Nora and I have been watching it and we're big fans of the show. Last night was the big finale and it found Fighter Pilot Terry Deitz up against freeloading yoga instructor Aras Hausmanfredgensen and chesty Medical Sales Rep Dannielle someone or another. We were big fans of Terry through the entire show. He dominated in challenges and really did deserve to win the show based on his competitive spirit.

But he said something last night that made us think that perhaps there was more to his rivarly between million dollar winner, Aras and himself. The question that host Jeff Probst asked was about the father/son type rivalry between Aras and Terry. This is what Terry said.This will probably end up in the feed for our show and many people will be wondering the same thing we were wondering when we watched it last night...WTF was Terry talking about?

Caption This: 5-15-06

Happy Mid May to everyone! This week's Caption This is another one from DJ Hojo. Have fun! UPDATE: Danni from the Borderline sends me the story behind the pic. Kinda sad really. I am insenstive. See? If you don't check the blog, you miss half the show!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Jawbone #111: Yet Another Palindromic Show

Our New Jersey friend, Monica and Neil The Fat Guy join us in the studio for yet another palindromic show. We talk trading co-hosts, coaching soccer, KFC, Applebees, Lost and more. Also, thanks to jordy for the PWN image. WOOT!

Also, Happy Birthday to PJ, Monica's Dad and Welcome Baby Brendan! :D


John Hodgman
Hometown Tales Ebay Auction
White Castle
Trypod Network Trading Podcasters and the PR story.
The Bitterest Pill
Me and the Bean
Applebee's photo
Voice Candy
Chris Daughtry
End song by Dan Burke, covering First of May by Jonathan Coulton, recorded live in front of a library May 1, 2006. Credits: Ryan on guitar and lead vocals, Ehren on erhu and backing vocals.

Music: (Thing A Week)
Jonathan Coulton | Millionaire Girlfriend

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Friday, May 12, 2006

Old News...But Still WAY Cool

For those of you who haven't seen the hottest thing to come off the E3 show floor, check out the trailer for Nintendo's new system, Wii. All I can say is good for Nintendo. Sony and Microsoft look so stupid right now. Way to beat these guys at their own game. Woot!

First Yanni...Now...

Leif Garrett!!??
Former teen idol Leif Garrett received a 90-day jail sentence and three years' probation after deciding to bypass a drug-treatment program, reports the Associated Press.
Check out the story here.

Behold, The Midigun

More randomness from you guys. Here's a cool little weapon/instrument/rejected Wii controller (?) called The Midigun. Check out the demo. Thanks to our favorite nephew, Mark for this link. :)


What the hell was Hasbro thinking when they came up with this? Thanks to DJ Hojo for this distrurbing link.

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Code Monkey Music Video

This is pretty cool. The dudes over at Tra5hTa1k created a video for the Jonathan Coulton song Code Monkey. It was created using the site The Movies. That's pretty cool in itself, but what's even cooler is that some of my code monkey artwork (the blig blue monkey I drew for the T-shirt) made it into the video! Ok, so the video is cooler, but hey I can toot my horn a bit, right? Watch it now.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

From the Inside Out

Keeping with the art theme, here's a very cool art tutorial on how to draw a woman from the inside out. Thanks to Pete for this incredible flash animation.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Womb With A View

Continuing with more artwork from the Jonathan Coulton Karaoke Project. See more images here. And feel free to hire me out to draw for your next project.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Napolean Bonamite

How do people know I love this stuff? Thanks to Wayne for the link!


Who knew? Thanks to Mr. X for the heads up. Plus, make you own sign here.

Caption This: 5-7-06

Happy Monday, everyone! This week's Caption This comes from Chad at

Friday, May 05, 2006

Adam Hughes Five Part Sketching Video

Man! What I wouldn't have given for the Internets when I was a young lad learning how to draw. Continuing with the art-themed posts as of late, I was sent this collection of sketching videos from comic artist Adam Hughes. It's like Scott Johnson's Diary of A Cartoonist on steroids. Great insight into the whole process of drawing from concept to finish, plus it's just damn fun to watch. What you're watching above is part one of five. But definitely check out all of them. Thanks to Tracy for this incredible link!

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Jawbone #110: The Live Show

Tonight, for the first time ever, we do a LIVE show taking your calls and interacting with the audience. For a first time, It worked out pretty well. Listen in let us know what you think.


Me and The Bean
ExtraLife Radio
Dan and Julie Coulter
DJ Hojo's Mix Tapes
The Grey Section Podcast
Manic Mommies

Seek Irony | Tech and Roll

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Fans of Lost: Take Note

Whoa, if you are a fan of Lost, you'll definitely want to check this out:
Fans of ABC's Lost are about to find a slew of compelling reasons to pay extra close attention to the smash hit drama—even after the current season ends. The show's creative team, including co-creator Damon Lindelof and executive producer Carlton Cuse, have engineered a sprawling interactive challenge to keep viewers immersed in the Lost universe during the hiatus between the end of Season Two and the start of Season Three. Officially dubbed "The Lost Experience," the globe-spanning game will incorporate multiple media platforms (including online and television) and feature a distinct storyline outside the plot currently unfolding on TV's most mysterious deserted island.

Looks VERY cool. Check out the site here. Courtesy of

I Crush Everything

Ok, I never say this, but I am on a roll. Here is the latest "over-wagging" image for the Coulton Karaoke CD. It's for the song "I Crush Everything" -- a song about a Giant Squid. Over the top. Way over the top. But hey, I'm nothing if not prolific.

About this image: For years, (ever since I was about 18 or so), I've been trying to draw like one of my idols, Bill Sienkiewicz.I bought Stray Toasters and poured over the pages studying the lines and techniques, trying to mimic the style. It used to kill me that I couldn't paint like him. I fell apart at the bristol board and just gave up, disheartened. Flash forward to the digital age. I buy a Wacom, learn Photoshop and voila! I can draw!

Actually, it hasn't been that simple. It has literally taken me years to get this right. And for the first time, I feel I've done it. So, this is a total homage to one of the great masters of comic art and art in general. I am gracious for the inspiration.

Link Dump: Round Up Of Random Weird Stuff Issue 2

Once again, the Jawbone Gmail box fills with fun and excitement and once again it is time to do a link dump. Here ya go! Enjoy!

GUEST UPDATE: Robot Uprising author and Show #98 guest, Dr. Daniel Wilson looks like he's one step closer to having his book made into a movie. Look who has been tapped to star in it. Thanks for the link Matt!


Speaking of comic artists, I'm gettin' tons o' links to other cool ones out there. Check out these doodlers, courtesy of 700 Hoboes compadre, Ben (with comments from Ben):

Nate Lovett: "In my mind a very underrated artist. He's got a very Ben Caldwell like style. I keep making fun of the fact that he's going to be a huge success in a matter of seconds and we should all just thank the Intarweb for letting him slum with us. He's in Columbus."

Jeremy Dale "He's a long time friend of mine since the time when there was a Wizard School message board. He's currently doing his own book through Ronin Studios and has done some work for Image on Todd Nauck's Wildguard."

Loston Wallace "He is just a great guy and good friend. He's a pro comic artist who's done work on Elvira and other things for Image and DC (that I know of) and is currently working with Micah Harris on a book called Strange Passages. He's VERY knowledgeable and one of the most skillfull artist I know.."

Stay tuned to future shows with possible interviews with these guys!


From Tracy: Process Recess. Awesome art. Period. Check out the Dave Chapelle stuff.


Is Lost a repeat tonight? Check this site and find out. Thanks Steve!


DJ Hojo sends us some Spamusement! Now this is a great way to kill some time.


And finally, from the basement, Neil send us this link about an obese man seeking life-saving surgery. My question is, what is that part in front of him? Is that a pannus?

That should do it for now. Now get surfin. Also, REMINDER: The LIVE SHOW is tonight at 9:30 PM EST. If we don't take your call right away, please be patient. Just keep calling and we'll get to you as soon as we can. See you all tonight!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Get Code Monkey Gear!

Seems like I've been doing a lot of work lately for Jonathan Coulton. And I'm okay with that. After he lets you come upstairs up from the basement for food, he's actually a pretty nice guy. Now available due to popular demand is Code Monkey Gear with art and design done by yours truly. In my opinion, the blue monkey version is pretty sweet. It has a code version of the Jonathan Coulton Code Monkey song. It make great gift for special Code Monkey in your life. Go check out now.

Smoking Monkey: I'm A Mason Now

Smoking Monkey: I'm A Mason Now
Originally uploaded by jawboneradio.

Ok. I admit that I am going WAY overboard on these karaoke CD images. Way overboard. But I can't help it. I'm inspired. This is for a song called "I'm A Mason Now"and for some odd reason, this is my homage to werewolves. Incidentally, Dave Devries commented that he thinks my current work is looking like a cross between Ralph Steadman's and Gerald Scarfe. I wasn't familar with Steadman, but I love Scarfe. So I'll take whatever I can get.


Talk about a surreal moment. As you probably know, we here at Jawbone Radio are huge fans of John Hodgman, The Areas of My Expertise and the 700 Hoboes. Well, imagine my complete surprise to see Mr. Hodgman on the front page of! Mr. Hodgman plays the part of the PC in a humanization of Mac and PC. Amazing!

You can listen to Jawbone #88 for Mr. Hodgman's palindromic appearance on our podcast. And see all the ads here. Thanks to Blogjones for the link.

Jawbone: LIVE!

Just a reminder, the Jawbone Live show will be happening tomorrow night at 9:30 PM EDT. If you want to be a part of it, get a Skype account and add "jawboneradio" to your list. Oh, it would help to have a mic or headset to chat with us. We'll try to be on as close to the time as possible and if you don't get on right away, be patient. Looking forward to hearing from all of you.

Monday, May 01, 2006

There's Always Time For A Good Rant

I've been meaning to post this for a while now. It's a new site about ranting and raving called "Bitch About Tech." It's a pretty neat idea created by someone who shall remain nameless. And hey, after all, who can resist a good rant? Speaking of which, here is one of my favorites.

Caption This: 5-1-06

In honor of the First of May, here's a little sumpin' special for Caption This. Enjoy all! Get out there and bring your old lady or at least your favorite girl.

Bozo's Lament

If you haven't noticed, I am having a ton of fun experimenting with this upcoming Jonathan Coulton Karaoke CD. This one is for the song Bozo's Lament. In some ways, I think I'm going above what was expected of this project. But the way I look at it, he put enough time into the actual songs that they sound polished and professional. The least I can do is come up with art that fits it. Incidentally, this is some of the best damn stuff I've done in my entire life. Where the hell was the inspiration before? Jeez...

Happy First of May everyone! Get out there and entertain the world!