Two Free Things

December 19th, 2006

The first, a small token of appreciation and Christmas-y good feelings: over at Quick Stop Entertainment there’s a live version of Christmas is Interesting as performed at Johnny D’s in Somerville last week, featuring the delightful backing vocals and shaker chops of Paul and Storm. Quick Stop are the people running the Code Monkey remix contest, as I know you remember well, the results of which should be available very soon.

And here’s the big present you open last: I know not why (perhaps it is “promotional”), but iTunes is giving away the audio book version of The Areas of My Expertise by John Hodgman. In a deal we made long before he was famous, for every copy you download I get two mouth kisses from John. Go easy, would you?

30 Responses to “Two Free Things”

  1. Glenn says:

    Offer not available outside the US, aopparently.

    I mean the download, not the mouth kisses. That’s between you two. (And maybe your wives.)

  2. Mike says:

    Sorry JC! I just happened to notice the free download while browsing through iTunes on my own and couldn’t pass it up. If I’d known about the mouth kisses…well, I still probably would have downloaded it, but with more guilt than glee.

  3. Phineas says:

    The best part of this audiobook (other than the content which we alreday love) is that under ‘genre’ it is categorized as ‘Self Development’.

    Because it so is.

  4. Len says:

    Hey John! I have the mistletoe over here, buddy and I just downloaded your book. Pucker up, buttercup!

  5. Matt says:

    I mentioned this to Hodgman before, but when I went to Borders to pick up the CDs, I was searching around and couldn’t find it. I finally found it tucked neatly in the Non-Fiction section. Later I went back to buy a copy for an x-mas present and found that they’re continuing to stock it in the same section.

    Hmmm … I’m almost afraid to ask, but if downloading it gets you two kisses, what does actually purchasing it (twice) get you?

  6. [...] The Book recording also features music by Johnathon Coulton, of Code Monkey Fame. Here is his post on the subject. Johnathon was nice enough a while back to let us play Code Monkey on our show, which is cool. [...]

  7. Gle3nn says:

    I previously purchased the book and the chalk. When I discovered there was an audio book version I could have had instead, I was quite put out. Thankfully this offer came along before I did anything permanently damaging to myself. Thank you very much. You have saved Christmas!

  8. craig says:

    free stuff! cha-ching! this rocks :-)

  9. Batshua says:

    Downloaded!

    …Mm, slashy goodness!

    (Just kidding! Don’t kill me!)

  10. DaveW says:

    Can’t say I care much for Christmas is Interesting, but I did pass on the free audio book info to the whole office; better break out the ChapStick and get ready.

  11. Andrea says:

    This is excellent! And I always wanted a copy of the John Hodgman Intro Song. Sweet information!

  12. VentureBlog says:

    New Marketing Gurus: Tariq Krim and Jonathan Coulton…

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  13. VC Headlines says:

    New Marketing Gurus: Tariq Krim and Jonathan Coulton…

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  14. minimo says:

    >two mouth kisses from John.

    Are you sure this isn’t a plug for your next Internet venture, Jonathan?

  15. Melina says:

    I actually looked you up after listening to the free download I randomly decided to get. I enjoyed the theme song :c) Sorry to hear I have contribute to the kissing, but it was worth it on my end :cp

  16. Shannon says:

    Sorry Jonathan. I just downloaded the free audio book yesterday. What if I tell other people about the free download? Extras for being referred? Be careful.

  17. HellZiggy says:

    Pucker up, babe!
    I already downloaded it this morning so you’ve got two free kisses coming from John!

  18. Scott says:

    Free video from Johnny D’s, free audio from Johnny D’s, blah, blah, blah. How am I to get the respect and adulation that I deserve if no one has any record of my contributions to Chiron Beta Prime?

  19. JohnBoze says:

    That’s fricken awesome! Found this on my own, then came by here to harass you…

    Found the free download, went to Amazon, saw your image there, and I gotta say, listening to you I never saw the beard.

    You seem to sing in a cleanshavenish way…

  20. That’s fricken awesome! Found this on my own, then came by here to harass you…

    Found the free download, went to Amazon, saw your image there, and I gotta say, listening to you I never saw the beard.

    You seem to sing in a cleanshavenish way…

    erm…

    huh.

  21. JohnBoze says:

    Double post?

    Nah, I’m not even sure who that other guy is…

  22. Wow it’s like the Little Gray Books Podcast, but very very long…

  23. JohnBoze says:

    You use WordPress.

    Hodgman uses Blogger.

    Huh.

    I suppose this once more disproves the conspiracy theories where you and Hodgman are both elaborate personality constructs of John Flansburgh…

  24. Jess says:

    Is there some kind of exchange system worked out? Like, if 10 people download the book, you can bypass ten mouth kisses in exchange for letting him slip you the tongue?

    (Apparently Hodgman is the homoerotic aggressor in this scenario. Wonder what that says about me.)

  25. JohnBoze says:

    Relax, apparently you’re just really into tweed…

    The tweed scene may seem too deeply counterculture to you, but really I hear they’re the next Furries…

  26. Andrew says:

    Are you still wearing your extra large hands?

  27. GrumpierThanThou says:

    I can at least vouch for Scott’s “message redacted” as having been eminently plausibly robot overlordy.

    Listening to the Christmas is Interesting mp3 makes me want the whole Somerville show. The YoogleTube audio via little camera microphone isn’t very spectacular, did the whole thing get committed to tape?

  28. GrumpierThanThou says:

    (As I recall, Paul & Storm did say that the show was being recorded, though perhaps only the things they were involved in..?)

  29. Free stuff are just great! Thanks for posting.

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