Friday Feb 12th: PowerPoint Karaoke with Double-Blind Improv!

PowerPoint KaraokeThis upcoming Friday (February 12th), PowerPoint Karaoke returns to Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville! This time, we will be joined by Double-Blind Improv! That’s two shows for the price of one!

PowerPoint Karaoke

What it is: Four improv comedians must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before. I’ll be slinging the slides!

 

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, February 12th
Where: Fantasy Fight Games Center, 1975 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN
How Much: the low-low price of only $8 for both shows! (Tickets are only $5 if you bring a Fringe Button, a CONvergence Badge or a receipt from the Fantasy Flight Games Center Snack bar!)

If you do the Facebook thing, you can RSVP to the event here.

FRIDAY! The Return of PowerPoint Karaoke!

PowerPoint KaraokeThis upcoming Friday (January 15th), PowerPoint Karaoke returns to life at the Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville! Join us for laughter and nerdery as we huddle together for warmth in middle of the bleak midwinter!

And, in case that’s not enough for you, we’re also doing a few rounds of Judging a Book by Its Cover, just as a bonus! You get two shows for the price of one! And this time, we’re using GAME ART!

PowerPoint Karaoke

What it is: Four improv comedians must each give a PowerPoint presentation with slides they have never seen before. I’ll be slinging the slides, baby!

Judging a Book by Its Cover

What it is: Comedy duos are presented with crazy game box art, and then have five minutes to tell you about the game. I bring the images, my cohorts bring the funny!

When: 7:30 PM, Friday, January 15th
Where: Fantasy Fight Games Center, 1975 W County Road B2, Roseville, MN
How Much: the low-low price of only $8 for both shows! (Tickets are only $5 if you bring a Fringe Button, a CONvergence Badge or a receipt from the Fantasy Flight Games Center Snack bar!)

If you do the Facebook thing, you can RSVP to the event here.

Arid January

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So, I decided to have a dry January.

Okay, maybe not exactly dry. Just arid.

Lemme explain.

Last year was rough. Really rough. Incredible things happened, but I was pulled beyond capacity.

And I was drinking a lot.

The two aren’t necessarily related. I don’t think I was drinking to get away from problems. However, I was drinking a lot because I was too tired to stop myself. I didn’t have the mental fortitude to say, “Yeah, let’s stop at one drink tonight.”

I was drinking 1+ bottles of wine by myself every time I recorded Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome. I was drinking 1+ bottles of wine at every movie night at my house. I was drinking at other events. I never got stumbling drunk because my liver is apparently supernatural, and I’d rarely have a hangover the next day, but that’s a lot of booze. That’s a lot of empty calories. That’s a lot more booze than necessary for enjoyment. That’s not drinking because I like the taste of beer and wine and scotch — which has long been my mantra — that’s drinking because it’s there.

And it’s been taking a toll on my body. My weight was skyrocketing in the latter quarter of last year, and I’m pretty sure it wasn’t all just stress putting pounds on me.

So, I decided to have a dry January, to see if my suspicions were right. To see if quitting alcohol for a while was harming me in more ways than expected. To reset my love of beer and wine and scotch.

Or, rather, an arid January.

Lemme explain.

I’ve never gone dry before because it kills me to be in a restaurant or at a party where someone has a beer or wine or food that I’ve never tried before… and I have to say no. New experiences are the oxygen I breathe. If anything was going to undo a pledge to go dry, it was going to be that. It was going to be me greedily eyeing a booze label I’d never seen before.

Thus, I’ve made a caveat to my pledge: I get to taste things. If it’s something I’ve never tasted before, I get to have a sip of it. Not a full bottle or glass, but a taste.

And guess what? That seems to work.

I actually lounged around at a tiki bar all last evening, had only one taste of a tiki drink, and spent the rest of the evening happy. (In fact, I learned something: if you need to be a teetotaler in a bar, there might be no finer place than a tiki bar. Those bartenders can whip up some great non-alcoholic drinks from their arsenal of fruit juices.)

So, what are the results of (mostly) not drinking for a bit over a week?

I lost four pounds.

Yeah, I was drinking a lot.

Here’s to another three arid weeks.

Butt-Numb-a-Thon 2015

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The BNAT 2015 audience during a break in the middle of the night.

Once again this past December, I was given the honor of joining the audience of the Butt-Numb-a-Thon in Austin, TX. For 24 hours, around 200 or so hardcore movie nerds and I indulged in whatever cinematic glory that Harry Knowles felt like pouring into our eye sockets.

Windy Bowlsby, Meghan Murphy, and I already talked at length about the sights and sounds of BNAT 2015 over on Xanadu Cinema Pleasure Dome, but I also like to create a yearly text-and-link list of everything we saw. Alongside the movies, we get a host of amazing vintage trailers, so if you would like to see a little piece of the Butt-Numb-a-Thon, you can click the links below and see it for yourself.

Also, I’ve created a full playlist of all the links below on YouTube, if you’d just like to marathon all the videos.

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Looking Back and Looking Forward

I sucked at keeping it together in 2015.

No, that’s probably not quite right, even though that’s how it feels on the first day of 2016. I sucked at keeping my brain together in 2015. On the outside, if I look at the evidence, there’s a lot I did in 2015 that should make me proud. The fact that I accomplished any of it while being sabotaged by my own personal issues is a wonderment. It’s weird that I can look back on all the stuff that happened in 2015 and only see weight gain, daily struggles with mental illness, far too little creativity, and way too much alcohol.

This is my first Tin Lizard blog post in over a year, which belies a year were I felt I was either doing too little of import or was doing too much to talk about it. I look at my computer records and see swaths of unedited photos and the sputtered sparks of once-promising projects. It’s like simultaneously looking at a year that didn’t happen and a year that was too full to have any sense applied to it.

Thus, to smack my brain back to reality, I need to list what I actually accomplished in 2015. I need to dump all the junk out of the box so I can sift through and find the keepers. Perhaps then I’ll be able to hash out what truly has been missing.

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