Wednesday, December 15, 2010

With paper airplane in hand

More Schwartzman gold: "Quiet! Your mother and I are trying something in the other room." Plus, his lion face is fantastic.

Hi, I'm Jason Schwartzman. Welcome to my bed.

There's no doubt in my mind that Jason Schwartzman is someone I'd like to party with. Best comment on this video: "i wish jason schwartzman would introduce me to his mustache. intimately." — lucyvolcano

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Blue Ridge Mountains

The Fleet Foxes are great, in the sit-down-with-a-cup-of-something-hot-and-just-listen sort of way. Best heard in the winter.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Boss is coming; be cool!

Back at the Star we'd tell each other to shut up and "Be cool; be cool!" when we spotted an editor coming our way. (We also once speculated on the viability of an inter-office raid.)

Now that I'm my own boss, I have to figure out new ways to have fun around the office, so I've been generally bossing myself around — which often leads me to dawdle and steal supplies from work just to spite me. I've also realized the comedic potential of personal-info headlines. Case in point: "Local self-employed man spends most of day bossing self around to keep up appearances."

Here's another wonderful mental image: While at home, I've also been shouting, "Let the great experiment begin!" all day. Of course, most people somehow delude themselves into thinking this might help them be productive, but...but it might work for me.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Here's a spin-off of David Mitchell and Robert Webb's hilarious sketch, Numberwang. Mitchell and Webb are the evil British comedic duo also responsible for Peep Show, a fantastic series about two mates who are detritus, except they also win at times...albeit the most minor ways possible. It's filmed from the actors' points of view, so it takes some getting used to, but it's worth the time investment. Anglophilia helps too.

Best part is, there are six whole series and part of a seventh waiting for you. Lucky you. Except, in some cruel twist of British programming, there are only six episodes person season.

Also check out Das ist N├╝mberwang for the "Great Escape" reference.

Murder in the City

Monday, December 6, 2010

I'm taking my talents to North Shore*

We're Chicago-bound.

Monster/Brother and I are making the big move to the Windy City. He says he's going for "work," but his tweets would indicate that the only real work he's doing is trying to win us NBA Jam for our apartment. Speaking of which, housing plans are still finalizing, but we've got our eye on a couple of good locations including a place just down the street from a new-ish Brit-style gastropub with a brew called "Two Brothers' Bitter End."

Perfect, right?

As for me, I'll be cannonballing into the world of freelance magazine writing. After working at newspapers in Kansas City, Mississippi, Columbia and Joplin, it's time to get on with the 'zines. Problem is, there aren't a lot of staff writing positions, so I'll be cobbling projects together. (I just hope I won't be making soup from vitamin tablets or filing features from my iPhone. [Although it wouldn't be the first time.])

Until the move, I'll be suckling from the parental teat for food and shelter for a couple weeks or three while I try to line up revenue streams and regular clients. Things are already taking off, but I'll try to keep the business-speak to a minimum for interest reasons as well as contractual issues.

There's a lot to be figured out though: everything from LLC vs. sole proprietorship to tax management for self-employed dummies. Better start Googling.

Oh, and remember that one time I said I'd be jump-starting this blog? Well, recaps of Argentina, Mississippi and Kansas City are coming. Hey-oh.

*Thanks, Lebron.