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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Beard Trustworthiness

I know this has been going around for awhile now, but this is the first time I've had a chance to post this. I'm not sure whether I'm happy or a little disappointed that I have the most trustworthy beard type. I guess parenthood really has taken the edge off. Someday I'm gonna let it go and become the Philosopher, though. Honest.

Beard Trustworthiness Index.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A few notes about the Apocalypse

So, as I've mentioned before, I'm currently working on a piece of apocalyptic fiction involving angels and demons and the mortal peeps caught in the crossfire of heaven and hell*. And since I've been spending a lot of time thinking (obsessing?) about the end of the world, which happens with me a lot around the ending/beginning of the year, my eye has been drawn to all of the apocalyptic talk about the economy and the social order here in the ole' US. It seems I'm not the only one thinking about the end times** so I figured I would let loose with a bunch of apocalyptic linky-dinks. Think of this as a potpourri for Armageddon, if you will.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Noble Three complete on ukulele

Noble Three has reunited once more to bring the masses a cover of The Beatles classic mid-sixties jaunt, "Paperback Writer." It was for the coolest project ever, The Beatles Complete on Ukulele, in which David Barrett records a cover version of all 185 Beatles original recordings, all complete with a ukulele track on each of them. Before you think this ridiculous, listen to some of these tracks and be amazed at the ingenius way Mr. Barrett manages to put uke in these songs.

Patrick and I decided to go with a faster song and slow it down to a bluegrassy swing. Mr. Barrett then took our source tracks and made it into a puff of glass. It's beautiful. I hope y'all like it.

You can read Mr. Barrett's hilarious and insightful essay, as well as listen to our cover version, here.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Now's a good time for a week-after-Christmas rant

Now that Christmas is over and we're heading into a new year I figured I would chat a little bit about a story I recently read in the New York Times about yet another humiliation modern writers have to experience on their way to publication, an evil thing called Pitchapalooza.

Now, the story is written from a "gee-whiz-look at the new-fangled way agents and publishing houses are creating to find new talent" angle, but I see this as the modern literary equivalent of gladiator sports, hundreds of writers duking it out in no-holds-barred combat to determine who gets the "honor" of an audience with a real-life agent. It's the lottery. From the writer's perspective they get a one in five hundred chance at maybe getting listened to; from the agent/publishing house perspective they get 500 chances at finding a hungry author they can exploit for the cost of renting out a small meeting hall.