June 25th, 2008 UK are holding a machinima contest – submit a video for “Bacteria” or “Todd the T1000” and possibly you will win a laptop, some type of Sony camera thing (I’m too lazy to look it up), or a Thing a Week Box. How can you not enter?

Rules and prizes and such can be found here.

This Evening

June 23rd, 2008

Big old Darin Strauss book party happening tonight (Monday) – Darin will read from his new book More than it Hurts You, Hodgman will read from his new book More Information than You Require, and I will trot out a few of the same old songs because I have no new book or anything. But there will be free wine.

Monday, June 23
7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

58 W. 10th St.
Lillian Vernon Writers House
58 W 10th St, New York, NY, 10011
(Between 5th and 6th Avenues)

Still Alive on Carillon

June 23rd, 2008

OK, you win:

Big Big Show

June 22nd, 2008

New York: I take back everything I ever said about you. Saturday night was the best show in recent memory, and while it certainly has something to do with the Kristen Shirts Ukulele Army, it is hard to ignore how amazing the crowd was. I haven’t played in NY for some time, so I was a little hopped up to begin with, and some kind of crazy rock juice feedback loop made me feel all crazy and rock juicy. Many thanks, I promise I won’t stay away as long this time.

Random Rules

June 20th, 2008

For those of you who are wondering what’s on my iPod, I’m the subject of today’s Random Rules in the Onion AV club. I like this interview format very much: I put my iPod on shuffle and we talk about what happens. Kind of terrifying because I’ve always felt a little subconscious (blarg: I mean self-conscious) about sharing my taste in music, ever since 1982 when a neighbor kid asked me what bands I liked and I panicked and said “Um, Air Supply?” Fortunately nothing really embarrassing came up. Though I fear that I may have said too much about Billy Joel and Paul McCartney and how they’re not as good as they used to be – what if I meet them in person and they hate me because they read this interview?

Please do not forward this link to Billy Joel or Paul McCartney.