Category Archives: Nifty Stuff

Big Fun Logo Funtime!

big-fun-radio-funtime-iconSo, tonight there’s this new thing at the Bryant Lake Bowl: Big Fun Radio Funtime! It’s the first of several new shows pouring out of the new Fearless Comedy Productions folks, whereupon local comedy people make an old-timey radio show in front of your eyes and ears. I am told that there will be live foley. LIVE FOLEY RULES.

Though I am not directly involved in the show, I wanted to announce it because a) I’m pretty sure it will be awesome given the people involved, and b) I designed their logo! Yay! (Though I still have to convince them to let me add a little color to their logo. Hmm…)

Anyway, the show rolls onstage at 10:00pm tonight, with doors opening at 9:30pm. Since it’s at the Bryant Lake Bowl, you can eat good food and drink good beer in the theater. And it’s only $8 at the door! Show up and be entertained!

Meghan made me adorable!

One of the many amazing people I’ve met through Butt-Numb-a-Thon is artist Meghan Murphy, the pink-haired madwoman behind the Kawaii Not webcomic. She is a creator of unreasonably adorable visual arts as well as a film geek and a generally nifty person.

Every once in a while, she offers custom avatar design, so you can sport an unreasonably adorable image of yourself on the Internet. I finally had some cash to spare when she opened up one of her avatar offers, so I splurged a little.

Behold, this is me as Queen of the Road, by way of Frankenstein’s navigator from Death Race 2000:

…and here I am as Queen of the Lizard People:

In real life, could be buried in an avalanche of puppies and still not be this adorable.

If you envy my adorableness, Meghan is running a $20 custom avatar offer right now. (And if you reach this post after the offer closes, just watch Kawaii Not for week or two. Her avatar offers re-open pretty frequently.)

MCBA Springcon: Nifty Costumes and LEGO Bricks

On Sunday, I attended at the MCBA Springcon comic book convention. Usually, I either have a table there, or I wander around taking photos. This time, I mostly just chatted with people I knew.

I do miss being more involved with the MCBA shows, which happen twice per year in St. Paul, MN. The MCBA are fantastic to work with. Even if you’re just a first-year peon in the comics industry, they’ll give you a table for free, they’ll give you a free steak dinner on Saturday night, and they’ll treat you like a pro. Great folks.

Despite my limited engagement this year, I did manage to snap a couple photos.

First, I happened upon Damon and Yancey. I love happening upon these gents, because they are always so well dressed…

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…and so photogenic!

I also snapped a few images of the TwinLUG LEGO display, which involved a carnival, knife throwers, aliens, and cow abductions. Full gallery below. Enjoy! LEGO Robots Walking a Dog

Seriously, I don’t know everybody.

The following conversation happened on Twitter last night, whilst I was distracted by a lovely little movie named Whale Rider:

fesworks: I’m apparently following @MarkWaid, just realizing who he is, but don’t remember how I came to follow him. I blame @chebutykin… Somehow…

wdonohue: You can almost always blame @chebutykin for this sort of thing. Has anyone done ‘Six Degrees of Melissa’ yet?

fesworks: I decree that Melissa’s New website should have a search program to calculate the 6 Degrees of Chebutykin.

kelvin_hatle: That’s called Google Earth.

Yeah, yeah. I know. I have this reputation that I have met everyone on the planet. For the record, I have not met Mark Waid, and I don’t know why Fes is following him. I don’t think I’m even following Waid on Twitter. (That said, I do like his comics work. Go read Kingdom Come, kids.)

The conversation did get me thinking, though, as it would actually be possible to implement a 6 Degrees of Chebutykin tool, using the official movie-to-movie rule. It wouldn’t be an interesting tool, as it would merely be the 6 Degrees of Trekkies 2, as that is the only film I’ve been in. And I was only in that because I was chatting with the cameraman, and he liked my glasses.

Yet the cabapility of playing the game exists, because The Oracle of Bacon exists. This site uses the IMDB to calculate the shortest path between two listed actors. You can’t use directly it on my name, because I’m not officially listed in the credits of Trekkies 2 (as I am onscreen for all of two seconds while I say, “I like the Borg”). However, you can always stick Richard Herd’s name in the box instead of mine, as he’s also in Trekkies 2; just add 1 to the results.

(For the record, I also have never met Richard Herd. I just wound up in a movie with him.)

Anyway, there are far better ways for everyone to use their time. This is just my convoluted way of pointing everyone to The Oracle of Bacon, which is one of my favorite completely-trivial-yet-awesome things on the web. You, too, can use it to chart a path between Spongebob’s Patrick the Starfish and Wernher von Braun. (Yes, I have done this.)

And do you know what the extra dumb thing about this post is? I have never actually watched Trekkies 2.