Butt-Numb-a-Thon 14 Prelude and Aftermath

Moose and I are at #BNAT14!I’m not exaggerating when I say that I’m still recovering from my trip to Austin. A lot went on, it was pretty much all awesome, and I had very, very little sleep.

I’ll tackle BNAT itself and the Open Windows movie shoot in separate posts (mostly because my notes are still hiding somewhere in my camera bag), but I have tales to tell/photos to show about the swirl of events that cropped up around BNAT this year.

You’ll probably notice that most of the items below are centered around eating establishments. That’s because you eat in Austin. You eat a lot. Continue Reading →

Review: Les Miserables (2012 Movie)


Before you ask: no, this wasn’t the secret film at the Butt-Numb-a-Thon this year. I just was lucky enough to be in the room with an Oscar screener during my recent travels.

The gigantic Victor Hugo book Les Miserables has had a long history of adaptation. Aside from the massively popular musical/opera that has been filling theaters since 1980, a film adaptation seems to crop up every couple of decades or so. This time, the musical itself has been turned into a film, which should be hitting theaters a week from now, on Christmas Day.

The opera, like the book, is a daunting project to adapt. The theater spectacle is a massive endeavor involving a large ensemble cast, 50 songs, a rotating stage, and something like 4 hours of runtime. The storyline covers several decades of French history. Performers are required to have tremendous talent both as actors and as vocalists.

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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.)

One More Round for Our Hobbit Swede

Around this time last year, Jerry Belich and I teamed up with several friends to swede the first trailer for The Hobbit. We had a lot of fun messing around with a video camera, and our final result went a little viral. If you know me personally, I’ve probably made you watch our video at some point or another. I also wrote about the whole experience at length at Mad Art Lab.

However, that was a year ago, and the full movie is finally hitting the big screens. Despite my misgivings about the film itself, I had a grand time watching it in Austin, because Jerry and I were giggling our asses off whenever something we sweded appeared onscreen. It was seriously one of the most delightful experiences of my 2012.

So, I figure that our little video deserves just one more push, to celebrate the arrival of the long-awaited film. Enjoy!

December 27th: PowerPoint Karaoke!

I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking that December 27th will just be another normal Thursday. Or perhaps you’re thinking that you won’t live to see the 27th, given that it comes after the Mayan apocalypse, Xmas shopping, and the premier of the new Tarantino movie. But assuming we all survive the next two weeks, December 27th won’t just be another Thursday! It will be POWERPOINT KARAOKE DAY!

That’s right! Once again, PowerPoint Karaoke takes the stage at the Bryant Lake Bowl, at 10 PM December 27th. Doors open at 9:30 PM! You can drink beer and eat food in the theater! Tickets are all of $7, but you can get one at $5 if you bring your Fringe button along! Tickets can be purchased at the door or online:


This month’s presenters are Dawn Krosnowski, Tom Reed, Sharon Stiteler, and Tim Uren! That right there is a reason to survive the apocalypse.

If you do the Facebook thing, you can add the event to your calendar here: