How Do You Like Them Apples?

May 26th, 2005

Airplay people! Airplay! Ikea has been getting a workout on a few specialty/mix shows at various radio stations around this great nation of ours, and is actually showing up on the fmqb submodern chart, tied for #10 with Dropkick Murphys and The Aquabats. What does this mean? Who knows!

Stormtroopers, Booth Babes

May 19th, 2005

Here are some photos of us looking cool at E3.

I interview a storm trooper, he threatens me with a blaster
Hodgman poses with booth babes who hate him and everyone else

Podcasts are up

May 18th, 2005

The PopSci kids tell me they had a little trouble with the posting of our first show, but it eventually made it up there on Wednesday. Just finished the second one, and if all goes well it should be up tomorrow. Podcasting is time consuming, especially when you try to make it sound like radio. I think we’re doing good stuff though, and I got my picture taken with a storm trooper today, so I can’t complain. Do you know how loud it is on the floor at E3? It’s very loud. For an old man like me, it’s a little troubling. I think that the people who run this conference may want to consider making a rule that if you have a booth, you can’t turn your TV up too loud. I bet the Scrabble convention is nice and quiet.

E3 is Coo Coo Crazy

May 17th, 2005

So I’ve seen press briefings for Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo. I’ve had free hot dogs at the Microsoft party, and enjoyed a few delicious energy drinks, all the while toting my digital recording device and microphone around trolling for content. I must say, the PS3 looks pretty amazing. Xbox, yech, the system will be good and everything, but those Xbox people are gross. Something about their whole marketing technique really creeps me out – it’s more of an attitude thing. As if a bunch of robots from outer space came here, make a game console, and then put on pseudo-hipster clothes and tried to sell it to you, and using words like “radical” and “awesome” and calling you “dawg” the whole time. Nintendo: sheesh, those guys are crazy. Everything’s shiny and round and pretty colored, even the war games.

John and I will be leaving the convention center soon to go back to the hotel room and edit together our first show. Look for it to be posted late tonight east coast time. And please, spread the word. The more people who listen, the better we look.

PopSci E3 Podcast

May 15th, 2005

I’m writing from a hotel room in sunny California (which as you know I hate) where I have flown in order to podcast from E3 for Popular Science magazine. Who did what to the what now? Let me explain: E3 is the Electronic Entertainment Expo where all the makers of games, and players of games, and models paid to wear Lara Croft costumes come to party. As you know if you have been following every aspect of my life very closely, I have done a few podcasts with my friend John Hodgman that relate to our Little Gray Books show in Brooklyn. I have also done a little writing for Popular Science magazine. As it turns out, these two great tastes taste great together. John and I will basically spend a day interviewing people and walking around and talking about things we see, and then post the whole thing as an mp3 on the Popular Science website. There will be three half-hour shows, and they’ll go up Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week. These shows may also include some potential Popular Science theme songs, or fragments thereof, if I can stand to make them public.