Archive for October, 2011

Internet Plus Fanboy Equals T-Shirt
31 October, 2011

Larry Miller holds the LMDS RFC T-shirt

Larry Miller holds the LMDS RFC T-shirt

About a year ago I read “THESE ARE COMICS. Rugby players drink half as much, are twice as neat and not nearly as promiscuous.” in a blog entry (a.k.a. “clog”) from Larry Miller. Being somewhat experienced with both, such a bold statement caught my attention. It takes quite a bit to best rugby players in drinking, filthiness (pun intended), or promiscuity.

Of course, I saw an opportunity to get excited and make things. Since Larry had made the crest of the Larry Miller Drinking Society available as digital images, I fired up Acorn and got to work. A few fortnights past I shipped to him his very own Larry Miller Drinking Society Rugby Football Club T-shirt.

I waited (impatiently) but podcast after podcast came and went without a mention. Ten days ago I could stand it no longer and sent an email to the show, asking if Larry liked the T-shirt. A week ago I received a response suggesting I check out that week’s show.

I kept checking every hour until the episode was available for download. Lo and behold, there I was as the boy tenor. (It’s a running gag on the show.) He even uploaded a photo of him holding the T-shirt aloft. I was so happy I squealed like a little schoolboy.

Or at least like a boy tenor.


Who’s Weird Now?
23 October, 2011

I remember sitting in my cousin’s room and listening to Al Yankovic‘s songs on the Dr. Demento radio program. I forget the specific songs but it seems like it would have been “My Bologna” and “Another One Rides the Bus”. So I have been enjoying Yankovic’s work for over three decades now.

Thus it was with no small amount of pride that I watched my kids discover Al for themselves. As part of a school assignment, my eldest wrote him and asked for a signed photo. I was a bit anxious because I had no idea where the request of a kid would fall in the to-do list. Sure, he might have an assistant who handled things like this. But this is a Grammy-winning musician who probably has important things to do.

I need not have feared. Some weeks later a signed headshot of Al arrived in the self-addressed stamped envelope. We framed it and now it occupies a position of honor in my eldest’s room. The kids have subsequently attended a Yankovic concert and are even bigger fans. As a parodist, he might not get the accolades, but Al is awesome, not weird, in our house.

8 October, 2011

I doubt that I am the only person to think of this, but it felt fitting to name our Apple TV “steve”.