Sharknado Thrive!

Entertainment is awesome these days. Lost are the days when I’m flipping through channels, wondering what I want to watch, because I have NO MORE SHOWS to catch up on! I watch a lot of shows, it’s hard to keep up. Right now I’m really into:

Blood Drive, Twin Peaks The Return, Preacher, Rick And Morty, Game of Thrones, Last Week Tonight, Animals…as of right now, that’s it. It’s all I’ve had time for, along with work and my other interests and my podcast, etc. Life.

There is a HUGE group that loves Sharknado. I’m not talking about BAD sci-fi, in general, just Sharknado. There are 5 of them now. They are all bad. It’s watching something to have a shared negative experience together. It’s fine, it’s just not for me. The Sharknado movies, specifically, are dumbing down the world.

We’ve been slowly led into an entertainment oblivion. Phrases like “But it’s fun” and “It’s just a movie” and “It’s SUPPOSED to be BAD” are gonna give rise to paragraphs sans contraction, sentences sans sense, and people who don’t know what “sans” means.

Idiocracy is real. Mike Judge saw it coming 10 yrs ago. We see it creep into our lives with all the Google Homes, Alexas and whatever the fuck Apple is calling theirs.

Smart home. Get a SMART home. It’s hackable. Have you seen Mr. Robot? ALL their hacking is possible. All of it tracks. Lady had a SMART home, turned into a Shart home.

To those who’ve told me “Just don’t watch it” I agree. I’ve been the person saying “Just don’t watch it” cause no one wants to hear shit-talk about something they truly love.

Horror made poorly, for laughs, is fine. Sharknado is where I draw my personal line. Watch it, love it, enjoy hating it. I’ll be over here, watching things I love. Things that make me genuinely laugh, not laugh because it’s bad.

“That movie looks SO bad…I must see it.”

“That movie looks SO bad…I’ll sit this one out.”

Choose this day what you will consume. I’m gonna keep making/writing/watching cool shit.

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I DON’T KNOW

There are consumers, there are creators, there are both, and then there’s the “I don’t know.”

Creators make things. Creators are usually consuming some kind of entertainment while creating their own content.

Consumers ONLY consume. “I’m living a safe life. I love my shows, I hate my job but, hey, that’s life right?

No dude. You don’t have to work a shitty job and then die. Creators cannot stand a job like that. I’ve had 26 jobs.

The “I don’t know.”

When was the last time you said “I don’t know.”? Do you remember when it was? Do you know that, if you don’t know the answer, and you just say “I don’t know” it’s OK? Did you know that? You probably didn’t if you’re someone who hates to be wrong. Someone who HATES not knowing the answer. Do you know who ELSE didn’t have all the answers? Einstein. Mozart. A shit-ton of other famous geniuses, I don’t know. See how easy that was?

CHALLENGE: Have a conversation with any human. When a topic comes up and you’re not sure of the answer…say “I don’t know.” Test your friends. Who NEEDS to be right? Who is REALLY uncomfortable to talk to because they always have their own opinion on things that they’re not 100% certain of.

Why did I write this post? Will anyone read it? Will anyone respond to it? Will it get me more followers on any of my social platforms? Honestly, I don’t know. I don’t know if anyone reads my blog. These are missives and ideas I have; opinions are individual. Influence is a choice. If you choose to accept this challenge, thanks. If you respond to it, double thanks! If you read this and still don’t want to do it, that’s cool. I don’t know your life. I won’t pretend to know that anyone had the time to read this, much less act on it.

I don’t know.

Sincerely,

Doug

Preacher s01e05 – Judge Not

I wrote this PREACHER spec. Read it if you’ve seen the show. If you haven’t…watch the first 5 episodes, then come back and read it. Really though. Watch Preacher.

 

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A Podcast is in the Works

For about 4 years now, I’ve been listening to podcasts. I started with one or two, branched out to seven or eight, then realized I couldn’t keep track of (and catch up with) all of the amazing podcasts out there.

I started (and continue) with Sklarbro Country, SModcast, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, and Professor Blastoff.

Sklarbro Country gives me the comedy I need from these twins, and all of their guests. I learned about SModcast when I was listening to WTF with Marc Maron (I haven’t been able to catch up with WTF, and I don’t know that I’ll have the time to in the future. What he does, and has done, though is amazing). I heard about Jay and Silent Bob Get Old from SModcast (that was an easy pull). I heard about Professor Blastoff on an episode of Sklarbro Country (since listening to these 4, I’ve also loyally listened to the Nerdist Writer’s/Comics Panels and You Made It Weird with Pete Holmes!).

The poddening awakened something in me. Do I want to entertain? Yes. Do I have stories to tell? Of course (who doesn’t?). Do my friends and I have great back and forth chemistry when talking about anything? Yeah. Yeah we do.

So I set out to make a podcast the likes of which have never been seen (heard). The Nerd Trifecta!! We recorded a lot of our conversations and I edited one of the episodes (for content, language, etc…that, took, forever). https://soundcloud.com/thenerdtrifecta

My attempts at the continuation of The Nerd Trifecta were soon thwarted by the feigning interest of my good friends Josh and Tyler. And so, The Nerd Trifecta became The Nerd (De)f(un)cta.

My spirit would not stay broken. Here I stand (sit) a couple years later, still getting the gumption to spread my word thoughts and brain ideas to the world. Another good friend, who goes by the name of Angela, has an awesome sense of humor, about a thousand stories, and we’ve never actually met in person (which makes the relationship a little more worthy of a podcast). We decided (with a little persuasion from my end) to start our own podcast: You And Me And Thoughts And Talk.

This would consist of me and her having Skype calls (recorded) and at some point being in the same room as one another, talking about thoughts and other talk. The thing with podcasts is that, if you don’t have a lot to say about one thing, you can say a little bit about a lot of things. No restrictions? No problem.

We have a few episodes in the can. I edited one together (taking out about 4 minutes that she didn’t feel comfortable with, which is totally fine), and it’s still about 45 minutes long. This will be the first episode of You And Me And Thoughts And Talk, or, YAMATAT.

Just a couple days ago, Angela decided she doesn’t want to do a podcast anymore. This will not stop YAMATAT. She’s fine with me carrying it on and doing whatever I will with it (ya know, podcast stuff), and so I will!

I’ll be hosting the same podcast, but I’ll talk with a different friend/colleague/acquaintance each time (there may, or may not, be return visits. What podcast DOESN’T have return visits??).

I’m done with this one.

Follow me on:

twitter @dougathan
Instagram (see twitter name)
YouTube www.youtube.com/moqboy

And a site will be up soon to contain YAMATAT. This is going to happen. Be ready. Prep your computers, ready your phones, cause your ears are going to get blasted with some comedy echoes. Did we shout into a canyon to get the effect? OF COURSE we did.

Online “Dating” At Its Worst

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If you’re anything like me, you’ve delved into the online dating pool. There are hundreds of thousands of people, “looking for love,” “super down to earth,” who “love nerds,” but what’s the success rate?

I don’t know. This entry is kind of a rant.

Girls say some suspect things on their profiles: “I love and honest, nice guy.” “I like going out, but I’m also down to stay in and just cuddle and watch movies.” “I won’t respond if you send me just a ‘hey’ or ‘sup’ or whatever.” “I’m new to this!”

I’ve written a lot of messages. I’ve gotten my profile viewed a lot. Out of maybe 100 sincere messages, I’ll get 2 or 3 back.

Guys are stupid. We want certainty. We want a response. No response is a form of a response, but I guess it cuts a little deeper than “You’re not my type,” or “No thanks, not interested.” Upfront is better. Because guys are stupid, we’ll think things like, “Maybe she didn’t read it yet,” or “Maybe if I send a second message, she’ll like THAT one” (that actually happened to a married couple I know. She didn’t respond to him until his second message). So maybe that last example isn’t a good one of how dumb guys are.

This wasn’t meant to be an analysis of how guys/girls respond to messages and profiles. This is more to talk about the types of dating sites that are out there, and what they offer/don’t offer.

The stigma is gone, folks. The more we live our lives online, the more normal (or, “mormal”) it is to find a significant other on the internets.

Some sites are free. These sites are open to anyone and there are very few restrictions on what one can do. If you want to add albums-worth of pictures, or be in the “promoted” lists, then you’ll be paying a price. If you just want to browse, send messages back and forth, and hopefully form an emotional/aesthetic bond with another person…these sites are for you. They include (and I may be forgetting some, or just not know they exist): OkCupid.com pof.com evow.com ldslinkup.com

And then there’s the paid site. These sites are more “exclusive” in that if you’re paying for it, you’re probably gonna take it very seriously. Some profiles should be taken with a grain of salt. I remember meeting girls off of myspace (when that was still a thing) and sometimes the reaction was “Ohhh…you looked better on myspace.” This happened to so many people that there were T-shirts made saying something similar. Girls, if you’re photogenic…great. If you’re not…don’t change the angle until it’s absolutely perfect just to take a profile picture. Don’t wear tons of makeup, and don’t take pictures where you’re far away from the camera.

Okay, where was I? These paid dating sites can get kind of pricey. And you’re taking a risk. At least with Netflix and hulu you know exactly what you’re getting. These dating sites (that I can think of right now) are: match.com eharmony.com gk2gk.com christianmingle.com christiansingles.com ldsplanet.com

Do the sites that have a price-tag also carry a guarantee that you’ll find someone? No. Do they have a “higher quality” of people because they can/want to afford to pay the monthly/bi-annual cost of the site? No.

So what is the difference, really? Besides cost/non-cost?

Really…this is me asking, anyone who reads this, for an answer. What IS the best dating site? Is there a free option? Couldn’t they just use ads if it’s a paid site?

Oh yeah, and there’s this one called soulgeek.com where you can find like-minded geeks. This one is credit-based. Be careful what you do around the site. You might get charged for doing something you didn’t even know would cost you anything. Once I went into the “Chatroom” to see if there was anyone on, and to see what it was all about. I got charged 10 credits for that!! That’s 10 days-worth of logging on, just for the free credit. You can buy credits, but I’m sure they go super quick, with the way it’s set up to not tell you what you’ll be paying for (man that was wordy).

Anyway, in conclusion?? I like meeting people in person. Especially if you’re already at a show of a band you both like. Or you’re both at the same museum. Or you hit her with your car. So much in common already!

Stand-up Comedy Apartment Shows

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I live in North San Diego County. I do stand-up comedy, and I was craving an open mic night that wasn’t 40 minutes away. I kept latching onto open mic nights that were close-by, but they would quickly slip through my fingers as they would close down and go away forever.

So then, I thought of something. Something great, something that no one could take away (unless I was told I couldn’t do it). I wasn’t going to ask for permission. The attendance might be low at first, but I knew this would turn into something awesome. I thought:

“I’m going to get OUR APARTMENT ready for a COMEDY SHOW!!”

I already had an amp, I quickly bought a microphone with a 1/4″ plug, now all I needed was seating. We had 5 folding chairs around the apartment. Our upstairs neighbor jumped at the opportunity to help. He collects scrap and other things people don’t want, to sell at the swap meet, and he conveniently had 9 chairs for us to use. With our 14 folding chairs, we’d prove to have enough to seat exactly the amount of people who would show up!!

A friend from work provided an outdoor heating torch-lamp-device (like the kind on fancy restaurant patios) and he also brought some lights to light up the stage.

I spread the word at work and I spread the word to as many comedian friends I could think of.

With a week of promotion time on facebook, the show was about to begin. 7 pm, sharp! Well, we didn’t start till 7:45. We waited for the cavalry to arrive, and they did. We filled up all the seats, we utilized the crap out of that outdoor heater-lamp thing, and there ended up being three comedians including myself.

We filled an hour of time, brightened some people’s night with a stand-up comedy show they otherwise wouldn’t have been able to see. Another great thing about this comedy show…it’s on Saturday nights. That first week was such a success that I’m going to put it on every Saturday night. I’ll be performing every Saturday night, along with whichever other comics can make it out, so…this is happening.

If anyone anywhere is interested, here’s a link to the humble little facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Our-Apartment-Comedy-Show/1381061795469556?ref=hl

Enjoy! Support local and live stand-up comedy!

 

Comikazeeeee (2013)

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For years and years and years the term “Comic Book Convention” has been synonymous with the San Diego Comic-Con. Los Angeles has had little to say about it until 2011, when Stan Lee’s Comikaze was born!

I didn’t know about the ‘Kaze until last year, when I went up with my roommate and we met another friend there. It was pretty decently sized in 2012, and there was a lot to see. There was too much to see in one day, which was all we had time/money for.

2013 had so much to do/hear/see. There was a reunion of The Adventures of Pete & Pete. There was a Nerdist Writer’s Panel: Comics Edition. There was an Axe Cop panel, Elvira, Stan Lee, and even Lou Ferrigno (Yeah, I imagine the Ferrig is leaving conventions with a bag over his shoulder, hitching down the road to the next).

I ended up shaving my head, completely, for Halloween and Comikaze was, conveniently, the next day. I was Walter White…Heizenberg. It was my first time every doing a costume for any convention and the response was pretty amazing. I heard whispers as I walked by. People approached me and asked for pictures. I even waited in line to meet some people who were promoting their stuff, and they asked for photos with me. You can go ahead and judge the costume for yourself.

Dressing up was half the fun. The other half was the sea of nerds in a collective conscious of awesome culture. So many people don’t even know. When you tell someone that you’re going to a comic convention and they give a weird look…that someone is lost. These conventions are a convention in our freakin’ sweet melting pot of geek and jock alike. It’s a unifying group-think that lets us all be the same for a time. There’s no “king nerd,” just a bunch of nerds having a good time.

In conclusion: Stan Lee’s Comikaze was, is, and will continue to be a huge success. From brand new vendors who started their companies a couple months ago, to Troma celebrating 40 years of entertaining the crap out of people (sometimes literally). The next chance you get to go to a comic convention…do yourself a favor and go. It will be worth it.