Category: "In the News"

This Things I Believe

I know you're probably disappointed I stopped posting 90210 recaps. It was making the watching of the show way less enjoyable and more stressful. Also it made it so after an episode or two I was worn out and the whole point of watching 90210 is to relax and binge. So that's that, I guess. I also got a new job. I am a Computer Specialist at a magnet school in San Bernadino. It's pretty sweet. I get a real summer vacation. Maybe I'll write some more blog stuff then. Phil and I are working on a few different projects. We're currently writing a script for a short film that will be released sometime this year so stay tuned for more on that. There's always Radio BrendoMan and Pop Sickles. We'll be doing some convention appearances later this year including Comic Con Palm Springs and hopefully SDCC.

This Sunday, May 22nd, we'll be up at Mountain Room Escapes in Big Bear. We'll be doing a room escape, a live BrendoMan All-Stars performance (yes, really), and a live recording of Radio BrendoMan. You can enjoy all this for the low price of $10 at the door. Just hit us up if you plan on attending. It's going to be awesome!

posted by | 05/18/16| 05:36:00 pm| In the News, I'm a Big Geek, Podcasting| 2 comments »

Remember When...

Remember when most of this site's authors were fundamentalist Christians? We were Bible college students, pastors, and missionaries. Now we're mostly skeptical of religion and mostly politically liberal. I know that's an oversimplification. We've always been a group with diverse beliefs. But it's been fun to see the changes we've all gone through. For me, the conversations I had on this site were a big part of that. I've just reread some of the posts about politics from 2003-2004. Those conversations may be happening more on Facebook now, but I'm very happy that I've been able to stay in touch with Brendan, Brian, Henry, and Dave.

posted by admin | 04/08/15| 08:24:00 am| Site News, In the News, Bizarre| 2 comments »

R.I.P. Alex Chilton


I was sorry to to hear the news that Alex Chilton, frontman for the band Big Star passed away. While they were never super huge, Chilton and Big Star influenced a generation of bands including R.E.M., Wilco, and The Replacements. I got into them after hearing Elliott Smith's cover of the song "13," featured in the video above being performed by Chilton and Big Star. He will definitely be missed, but the music will definitely live on.

posted by | 03/18/10| 08:35:55 am| In the News, Tunes| Leave a comment »

R.I.P. Corey Haim

My two favorite Corey Haim movies are probably Lucas and Dream a Little Dream. I know folks frequently cite The Lost Boys, which I enjoy, but I think Haim showed something in those other two films that we really didn't get to see often. It's a shame he's gone.

posted by | 03/10/10| 08:48:00 am| Movies, In the News| 1 comment »

R.I.P. Roy E. Disney

I was saddened to hear the news that Roy E. Disney died today. Roy was the son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney. He helped save the Walt Disney Company from a hostile takeover in the mid-80's and along with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg helped usher in the Disney Renaissance of the late 80's and early to mid 90's, both on screen and in the theme parks. Oddly enough he also helped oust Eisner in the 2005 Save Disney campaign that ushered in Bob Iger and the purchase of Pixar, which has lead to another renaissance both in animation and in the theme parks. For these things alone any fan of animation or of Disney in general owes him a debt of gratitude. I had the pleasure of speaking to Roy on a few occasions as he was a regular visitor in the park and, like his uncle, was always kind and courteous to the cast members. He will definitely be missed.

posted by | 12/16/09| 03:15:26 pm| In the News, Disneyland| 1 comment »

Link of the Day: 2012 Infographic

Getting tired of hearing crazy 2012 talk around the office? Print this out and give it to your local wackjob.

Found via Reddit. In other news, I think I'm starting to like Reddit more than Digg, mostly because the stories on Reddit seem to appeal to me more and it seems less like a competition.

posted by | 11/20/09| 09:53:59 am| In the News, Thoughts and Ideas, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »

R.I.P. Captain Lou Albano


Man, 2009 has been a really bad year for 80's icons. Earlier this week I had heard Captain Lou Albano was in hospice care and today I was rather shocked by the news that he had passed away. Yes, he was 76 but it seemed to have happened rather suddenly. Even if you weren't a wrestling fan, who could forget his performances in Cyndi Lauper's various videos? And let's not forget the Super Mario Bros. Super Show!


You will be missed, Lou.

posted by | 10/14/09| 02:06:38 pm| Movies, In the News, TeeVee, Tunes, Sports| Leave a comment »

Celebrate St. Brendan Day

Forget Columbus, it's all about my namesake, St. Brendan. If you're wondering why, I'll let this post explain:

You see, nearly a millennium before Christopher Columbus’s famed trip on the Niña, the Pinta, and the Santa-Maria, St. Brendan got the moniker “Brendan the Voyager” for completing a rather impressive journey that took seven years. According to the extant sources, St. Brendan went looking for the Garden of Eden, but may well have stumbled across the New World in little more than a leather-clad boat sometime between 513-530 CE. In fact, some even claim that Christopher Columbus himself was inspired by the monk’s journey, and is reported to have written in his travel log before leaving on his historic trip, “I am convinced that the terrestrial paradise is in the Island of Saint Brendan, which none can reach save by the Will of God.”

Yeah, that's right, Brendan the Voyager. While it's still highly speculative whether or not Brendan made it to America, he sounds like a pretty interesting fellow.

posted by | 10/12/09| 10:15:14 am| In the News, Thoughts and Ideas, Linkworthy| 4 comments »

WTF of the Day: Jumping Great White Sharks in SoCal

Okay seriously, I've never been that scared of sharks but after seeing these pictures and reading the reports, I don't think I'm ever going in the water again.

On September 28, 2009 Steven DaPena was surfing between Dogpatch and Old Man's at San Onofre State Beach. It was 10:00 AM and he had been on the water one hour. The sky was clear with an estimated air temperature of 68 degrees Fahrenheit. The sea was calm with an estimated temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The water was about 8 feet deep over a sandy ocean bottom with 15 – 20 feet of visibility. No marine mammals were observed in the area before or following the encounter. DaPena reported; “About 6 of us had seen what appeared to be an 8'+ White Shark breech completely out of the water about 200 yards out from where we were surfing. About 30 minutes later my friend John said he saw what appeared to be the same shark swimming right beneath us, moving South to North very slowly. About 5 people decided to get out of the water at this time. The White Shark was at least 8 feet in length, with a substantial girth and a white underside and grey top.” Please report any shark sighting, encounter, or attack to the Shark Research Committee.

If I saw an 8' shark jump out of the water while I was surfing, I'm pretty sure I would crap myself. Props to Steven for not doing that. Or maybe he did and just didn't include it in his report. I'm pretty sure someone witnessing that did.

Found via Digg

posted by | 10/07/09| 03:43:01 pm| In the News, WTF of the Day| 1 comment »

WTF of the Day: Petition for Polanski Release

So in my previous post about Roman Polanski's arrrest Kyle wanted to know who was defending him. How about an insane amount of directors whose work I love. Holy crap, seriously guys? Really?

We have learned the astonishing news of Roman Polanski's arrest by the Swiss police on September 26th, upon arrival in Zurich (Switzerland) while on his way to a film festival where he was due to receive an award for his career in filmmaking.

His arrest follows an American arrest warrant dating from 1978 against the filmmaker, in a case of morals.

Filmmakers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world are dismayed by this decision. It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him.

Yeah, raping a 13 year old girl is a "case of morals." You know, I usually think liberal Hollywood gets a bad rap, but you guys are just making yourself look bad. As Kyle said in his comment, and I firmly believe as well, if this was some normal dude who raped a girl 30 years ago, plead guilty, fled the country, and was finally arrested, you guys would be on the streets cheering and screaming for his blood. This is absolutely ridiculous behavior from these folks who I normally respect and they should be ashamed of themselves. Am I wrong here?

posted by | 09/30/09| 03:45:21 pm| Movies, In the News, Rants and Raves, WTF of the Day| 5 comments »

On Polanski

Much is being said today about the arrest of Roman Polanski stemming from charges placed against him in 1978 when he plead guilty to having sex with a 13 year old girl that he drugged at a party.  I'm a little suprised by the amount of folks coming to his defense.  Yes, the woman no longer wants to press charges.  That isn't the issue here.  Polanski plead guilty to a crime and then fled the country.  Then there's the folks who are saying he deserves a break because he is a Holocaust survivor and his pregnant wife was tragically murdered.  I'm not going to deny that those are horrible things that I can't even imagine happening to me.  However, that doesn't excuse someone from the consequences of their actions and in this case they are pretty darn horrible actions.  I mean, I might have had some sympathy for the guy if he had actually faced a court of law, but he didn't.  HE FLED THE COUNTRY.

I don't usually get up on a high horse like this, but for some reason this case just really bothers me.  However, I am a huge fan of Polanski's work.  I have always stood firm on the belief of separating the art from the artist.  It is a very slippery slope when you start judging the personal lives of folks like that.  I know people who won't watch Polanski's movies but they'll watch Woody Allen movies.  Or a multitude of other folks who have commited horrible acts.  People, including actors, filmmakers, and the like, all do horrible things.  Once again, that's not the issue here.  I think it really is a matter of justice, plain and simple.  Maybe I'm wrong.  Feel free to post your comments on the issue.

posted by | 09/27/09| 06:18:47 pm| Movies, In the News| 2 comments »

R.I.P. Doctor Klopek

I know this is a little late but I've been a tad busy. Henry Gibson was pretty awesome. While I dug him in Magnolia, The Blues Brothers, and a bunch of other stuff, I will remember him most fondly for his appearance in The 'Burbs, one of my favorite 80's comedies. Also Mary Travers died of Peter, Paul, and Mary fame. My only awareness of them though is from the reference made to them in an episode of Saved By the Bell. I guess that is kind of sad.

posted by | 09/18/09| 05:02:06 pm| Movies, In the News| Leave a comment »

R.I.P. Jim Cunningham

Holy crap you guys, Patrick Swayze died. It is a sad day indeed.

posted by | 09/14/09| 06:01:43 pm| Movies, In the News, Donnie Darko| 1 comment »

So Long Mr. Hughes

Today started off great. I decided to go with my roommate Curtis and check out a unit at the place he's moving into. He was getting one last box out of his car and I was just fumbling around on Twitter on my phone like I normally do when I was hit with the bombshell: John Hughes died. John freaking Hughes. The man's films had a pretty profound impact on my life, especially when I was in high school. Even though they were made for folks in high school ten years before me, the influence was still very palpable and I think it's still lingering around for future generations.

I think the first Hughes movie I watched in theaters was actually Uncle Buck, which came out when I was 9. It's also when Hughes' career direction was starting to change toward family friendly movies. I discovered Ferris Bueller when I was in Jr. High thanks to a lazy substitute who just happened to have the video in his briefcase and from then on I was hooked. My sophomore year of high school I watched Some Kind of Wonderful for the first time and it quickly became my second favorite movie of all time.

That brings us to today. Hughes opened the floodgates for me to so many other great teen angst comedies and influenced so many of my favorite filmmakers, Kevin Smith being one of the more obvious. When I heard the news about John's death, I kept thinking about a quote I had read of Kevin's in an L.A. Times article from last year about how much of a recluse Hughes had become:

"He's our generation's J.D. Salinger," says Smith, whose film "Dogma" shows its heroes, Jay and Silent Bob, on a pilgrimage to Shermer, Ill., a mythical town that only exists in Hughes' films. "He touched a generation and then the dude checked out. If it weren't for him, I wouldn't be doing what I do. Basically my stuff is just John Hughes films with four-letter words."

I always dreamed of the day Hughes would come back, sickened by some of Hollywood's poor excuses for teen comedies these days, showing us all how it's really done. Perhaps it's for the best that now that won't be happening. We have the movies to remember him, to remember a time, to reflect on our own memories. Now I'm just bummed we never got the Hughes' approved special editions I'd been longing for for so many years. So long, John. My fist is raised to you today, Bender style.

posted by | 08/06/09| 06:44:44 pm| Movies, In the News| Leave a comment »


Is it wrong that I'm more shocked that TMZ scooped all the major news outlets? Perhaps.

I'll always remember him as Captain EO.

posted by | 06/25/09| 05:24:01 pm| In the News| 2 comments »

Congratulations Henry and Meredith!

Henry Reed Imler born at 5:55pm today. 7 lbs 13.5 oz, 20.5 inches.

I guess this makes him the first Junior Member of the LOD.

posted by | 06/22/09| 07:27:18 pm| In the News| Leave a comment »

Don't Panic

In addition to being Memorial Day, today is also Towel Day. Hope you all have a good one.

posted by | 05/25/09| 12:18:01 pm| In the News, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »

Goodbye Hair

Last month:

Windy Desert

Last night:

The beard is gone



It was fun while it lasted.

posted by | 05/22/09| 05:54:32 pm| Random, In the News| 6 comments »

Happy Birthday Luis!

Luis turns 26 today! I can't believe that when he first started commenting here he was a 19 year old kid full of hopes and dreams. This site wouldn't be what it is without him, and for that we salute you!

posted by | 05/06/09| 08:15:09 pm| Fun, Site News, In the News| 1 comment »

I Also Forgot to Mention...

April 10th marked our 7th birthday (blogday?) here at I cannot believe it's now been over 7 years since that fateful first post. A lot of things have come and gone since then but it's nice to be able to say we're still here. Almost 7 years ago to the minute was the first Eric post, which is also quite the milestone. Big ups to all you readers, commenters, and folks who have posted over the years. While it's probably true I would still be doing this if I knew no one else was reading, it helps to have you around.

posted by | 04/15/09| 02:15:04 am| Site News, In the News, I'm a Big Geek| 1 comment »

Best Early April Fools Joke Ever

UC San Diego sends wrong e-mail to rejected students | L.A. Now | Los Angeles Times

UC San Diego Admissions Director Mae Brown said this morning that an ?administrative error? was responsible for a bogus e-mail that went out to 28,000 students congratulating them on their admission and welcoming them to the campus.

The applicants had been denied admission by the university earlier in the month. Someone accidentally sent the e-mail to the entire applicant pool of 47,000 although it was intended for only the 18,000 students who got in, Brown said.

I feel bad for those kids, but that's pretty damn funny.

posted by | 03/31/09| 03:42:55 pm| In the News, Funny Stuff| Leave a comment »

WTF of the Day: Mayor of Los Alamitos' Racist Obama E-mail

Los Alamitos Mayor Resigns after Sending Racist Obama E-mail - LAist: Los Angeles News, Food, Arts & Events

A watermelon is only a watermelon until you depict it in the front lawn of the nation's most power man, who happens to black. "No Easter Egg hunt this year," read the subject line of an e-mail with this photo attached. It was sent by Dean Grose, the mayor of Los Alamitos, a small city of 12,000 people east of Long Beach.

Wow. I knew there were some whacked out folks here in Orange County but this is pretty ridiculous. If you're a public official, why the hell would send this kind of email to people? I mean, you shouldn't be sending an email like that at all but what did he think the result would be?

posted by | 02/27/09| 07:05:52 pm| In the News, Disturbing, WTF of the Day| 1 comment »

Neil Gaiman Responds to Kindle 2 Audio Controversy

Neil Gaiman's Journal: Quick argument summary

My point of view: When you buy a book, you're also buying the right to read it aloud, have it read to you by anyone, read it to your children on long car trips, record yourself reading it and send that to your girlfriend etc. This is the same kind of thing, only without the ability to do the voices properly, and no-one's going to confuse it with an audiobook. And that any authors' societies or publishers who are thinking of spending money on fighting a fundamentally pointless legal case would be much better off taking that money and advertising and promoting what audio books are and what's good about them with it.


Neil Gaiman is pretty awesome.

posted by | 02/26/09| 12:22:16 pm| In the News, Books, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »

WTF of the Day: Parents Complain About Woman With One Arm

One-armed presenter is scaring children, parents tell BBC | Mail Online

A disabled CBeebies presenter has been the victim of a disturbing campaign after parents complained that she was scaring toddlers.

They claimed that host Cerrie Burnell - who was born with one arm - is not suitable to appear on the digital children's channel.

Miss Burnell and co-presenter Alex Winters took over the popular Do and Discover slot and The Bedtime Hour programme last month.

It's stories like this that just make lose a bit of my faith in humanity. I don't even know how to respond to something like this in civil way.

posted by | 02/24/09| 04:49:57 pm| In the News, WTF of the Day| Leave a comment »

WTF of the Day: Buyer Beware at Circuit City Closeout

Customers Burned In Circuit City Closeout Sale - As Seen On NewsCenter 5 Story - WCVB Boston

Customer Gina Reis paid $1,100 for a big screen Samsung TV at the liquidation sale, only to get it home and discover it was completely unusable.

"It's shattered from here all the way up, and then on the other side as well," said Reis.

When the couple took the set back to the store ... "They said, 'Sorry, your problem, not ours," Reis said.

Wow, that is a bummer. If they're not letting people inspect the merchandise before purchasing it, that's pretty damn shady. It sounds like they aren't even inspecting returns at this point and some of them are making it back out onto the floor. If you can't open the box, maybe you can at least give it a little shake.

posted by | 02/23/09| 01:15:21 pm| In the News, I'm a Big Geek, WTF of the Day| Leave a comment »

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