Category: "Fun"

Nine Months, One Week

That is how long I was unemployed. It was pretty much the most stressful nine months and one week of my life. But somehow I squeaked by and found a great job. After applying for literally hundreds of jobs and only getting one interview, my friend Jeff was able to score me an interview at his company and now I am a Jr. Technical Support Analyst for a company that makes internet filtering appliances. So far it's going great. For all those of you who are looking for jobs, I highly highly recommend networking with your friends and family. In these difficult times, that seems to be the best method to get a job. Thanks again to everyone for all the support and encouragement!

posted by | 09/08/09| 06:31:33 pm| Fun| 4 comments »


Link of the Day: Sincerely, John Hughes

I just read this amazing blog post and the cynic in me immediately called BS. But then I thought about my own run-ins with famous folks that people would probably never believe. I also read the whole thing a few times and now I honestly think it's true. If you're too lazy to read it, it's a post by a woman who exchanged letters with John Hughes for a couple years and in 1997 received a phone call from him after he pretty much disappeared from the world. It gives a couple answers many of us die-hard fans have been seeking. What happened? Alison writes:

We talked for an hour. It was the most wonderful phone call. It was the saddest phone call. It was a phone call I will never forget.

John told me about why he left Hollywood just a few years earlier. He was terrified of the impact it was having on his sons; he was scared it was going to cause them to lose perspective on what was important and what happiness meant. And he told me a sad story about how, a big reason behind his decision to give it all up was that "they" (Hollywood) had "killed" his friend, John Candy, by greedily working him too hard.

This both broke my heart to read and kind of made me smile, knowing that he chose to leave it all behind for noble reasons. I spent quite a few years thinking the guy just took the money and ran. The last couple years, the more I thought about it, I began to think that wasn't the case at all. As Kevin Smith said, the dude made his mark and then he checked out. That's actually kind of awesome when you get right down to it. Big props to Alison for posting this, I'm sure she's getting bombarded by doubters and other folks. For me, I'm extremely thankful she wrote it.

posted by | 08/07/09| 01:08:49 am| Fun| Leave a comment »


Pete & Pete Now

Via Old School Nick

Forget Saved By The Bell, I think Jimmy Fallon should focus his efforts on Pete & Pete. Michelle Trachtenberg would be the only one remotely hard to get. Also, I'm pretty sure it would be way more awesome. Little Pete is actually in a band now so he could reunite his band and sing that "Nobody Knows" song for reals. Big Pete looks almost exactly the same. They would just have to find Ellen. Maybe that could be the episode, looking for Ellen.

posted by | 07/30/09| 09:35:56 pm| Fun| 4 comments »


Breaking it Down Again

Saturday night, the wife and I went to see one of my favorite bands ever, Tears For Fears, at the Oregon Zoo Amphitheater. It is a great venue, and they allow you to bring your own food in. It was a sellout, so I am glad we got there early!

We had great seats, and I was able to go down close for some pics.

Tears For Fears!

No disrespect to the talented and creative Curt Smith, but Roland Orzabal IS Tears for Fears IMHO. I almost cried like a little girl when he came out.

Roland

A highlight for me was that they played Woman in Chains which is my favorite track. They also did the original version of Mad World. I like the Gary Jules cover, but it was refreshing to hear it played as it was originally written.

Funny story of the night: We got there way early, and while we were waiting in line for the gates to open, my wife and I took turns holding the place in line so the other could go check out the zoo or whatever. The zoo was just closing, so there were a mix of concert-goers and people just there for the zoo. I walked up when they were doing sound check just in time to hear Roland and Curt warming up. Two young teen girls approached me-

Teen 1: Excuse me, do you know who this is?
Me: Yeah, it's Tears For Fears.
Teen 2: (feigning recognition): Ohhhh! Tears For Fears!
Teen 1: They are SO OLD!
Me: (sigh)

posted by Kirby | 07/14/09| 10:35:49 am| Fun, Tunes| 5 comments »


WTF of the Day: Possible Buffy Feature Film (But No Whedon and Co.)

Seriously...

"Buffy" creator Joss Whedon isn't involved and it's not set up at a studio, but Roy Lee and Doug Davison of Vertigo Entertainment are working with original movie director Fran Rubel Kuzui and her husband, Kaz Kuzui, on what is being labeled a remake or relaunch, but not a sequel or prequel.

Yeah, because the last Buffy film did so well. I'm not going to lie, I actually like it, but not for the reasons people were supposed to. It would be kind of awesome if they brought back Paul Reubens. Honestly, I doubt much will come of this. I could be wrong though.

posted by | 05/25/09| 08:56:51 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


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 »


Announcing The BrendoMan Minute on Bagged and Boarded

Folks seemed to enjoy my appearance on Bagged and Boarded last week so Matt offered me a weekly segment, which started this week. If you have any ideas for topics or a question you would like answered, feel free to comment or email and I will give you a shout out if I use it.

posted by | 04/23/09| 12:12:02 pm| Fun| 1 comment »


Comic-Con Hotel Woes or Why I Hate Travel Planners

So this is what I looked at for over an hour this morning when I was trying to get a hotel room for Comic-Con. You see, if you want to get a hotel room for a decent price you have to wait until the blocks of discounted rooms open up, which happened to be this morning. You have to use a service called Travel Planners. Several thousand other people are trying to do this at the same time. This year they created a new system that would place people in a waiting queue in the order they arrived and they would then proceed to the reservation site once a spot was open. Or so they said.

I logged in at exactly 9 AM. I was in the queue. After a couple minutes, to my joy, I made it to the reservation system. I selected my hotel choice, entered my contact information, hit next, and nothing happened. So I waited. It sort of looked like it was doing something. Eventually it did do something. It kicked me back out to the queue, where I was presumably at the back of the line again behind who knows how many thousands of people. Needless to say, I did not make it back in to the reservation system. I sat there staring at that screen of false hope for a few minutes and then began to call the phone numbers offered, only to get a busy signal.

An hour later I was getting a little tired of staring at that screen that warned me that if I refreshed or hit back I would end up at the back of the queue. The sound of countless busy signals rang in the back of my brain. I went outside to clear my head, still hitting redial on my phone every 10 seconds. Then it happened. I heard a human voice. I wanted to jump for joy. He asked for my hotel choices and my information, which I gladly gave to him. He then warned me that he was not actually the person taking reservations. He was only taking people's information, which would then be expedited to the actual reservation people in the order the information was taken. So basically it was the offline version of their marvelous new queue system. He told me they would contact me with verification sometime soon.

Several hours later I finally received an email saying my reservation didn't go through because the hotels I requested were already full. I went back to the Comic-Con site only to find out that there were only 5 hotels left available and they were all a considerable distance from the convention center and pretty high priced to boot. So that just sucks, especially since I had made it in. I should have a room. To add insult to injury, I checked various hotels sites and sure enough many of the hotels I requested to stay in still have rooms available during Comic-Con, just at astronomical prices, which I guarantee you someone out there will pay. So now I have to wait, like a little lapdog, and hope that someone will back out of their reservation and that the mass of people in front of me waiting for that spot choose not to take it.

Sorry this is such a long rant, I'm just not looking forward to sleeping in my car for a week. Thank you Trip Planners.

posted by | 03/19/09| 07:25:59 pm| Fun| 6 comments »


The Annual Where Is Eric Post

I'm doing a website for class about brendoman.com so I've been going through some old posts and things. By my calculations it's been 1 year and 4 months since Eric's last post. I know he's commented since then, but it's always nice to hear from the guy in post format. I feel like a bad friend because I've only hung out with the dude twice since I moved back out here. I guess that's just how life is sometimes, I know, but hopefully I can do a little better than that.

posted by | 03/16/09| 07:39:28 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


Happy Pi Day!

It's that time of the year again! I won't be around to celebrate though as I'm headed up to Paso Robles to go camping for the weekend. Enjoy your Pi!

posted by | 03/14/09| 12:01:00 am| Fun| Leave a comment »


Iphone post!

So I got a really good deal on an iphone and I really dig it so far. I haven't found a blog posting app that works with b2e yet so I'm just using safari. I will try posting a picture. Nope. Hopefully I can get one of these apps working.

posted by | 03/13/09| 06:15:00 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


My First Dreamweaver Project

Crazy 4 Cult 2

So I've been taking a Dreamweaver class with Phil and we just had to upload our first major project to the web. I figured I'd share it. It's nothing special and it uses tables, which I'm not a big fan of. The assignment was to create a site inspired by the work of Piet Mondrian. I figured that since it was a sort of artsy assignment I would use an art show as my subject, which is why I chose Kevin Smith's Crazy 4 Cult art show. I'm really enjoying the class and I'm beginning to like Dreamweaver more and more. I just hope we get to the CSS side of things soon.

posted by | 03/10/09| 08:40:10 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


Happy Square Root Day!

In addition to Pi Day this month we also have Square Root Day! That's pretty awesome. Props to Neatorama for reminding me of this epic occasion.

posted by | 03/03/09| 08:20:33 pm| Fun, Random, I'm a Big Geek| Leave a comment »


Show Review: Son of Heatwave @ Plush

Son of Heatwave @ Plush

Sorry about the crappy camera phone picture. I really need to start remembering my camera when I go to things like this. Phil and I met up with our friend Jed at Plush Cafe in Fullerton on Friday night to see our friends Son of Heatwave. Formerly known as Piltatope, these guys have a retro sound but make it very much their own. They have great keyboards, which I always dig. They didn't get to play for very long but they played my personal fave, "the is in Christmas," which we featured on our pop.vox.christmas volume 2 compilation. Brax also was in attendance and has his own thoughts on the show. I highly recommend checking these guys out the next time they play if you live in the Orange County area.

I was very impressed with the remodeling Plush has done to their venue area. It used to be much smaller and pretty cramped. It's still on the small side but there is a lot of seating. There's also a full bar and kitchen and the prices are very reasonable. Also on the bill were The Steelwells, a pretty good folk/alternative band, and Tony Lucca, a former mouseketeer turned singer/songwriter. Yeah, that's right, I saw Tony of MMC fame. He was also on that short lived show Malibu Shores with Kerri Russell. His music was pretty decent. If you're into Jason Mraz and acts like that, you should definitely check him out.

Overall it was an excellent night of free entertainment. It's easy to go into hermit mode when you're unemployed so it's always great to get out. It seems like there's a real scene starting to build in Fullerton and hopefully that will continue.

posted by | 02/09/09| 08:20:05 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


Question

Since Guns N' Roses Chinese Democracy is actually being released, is there a chance that we may actually see Duke Nukem Forever released someday?

posted by | 10/22/08| 04:32:17 pm| Fun| 2 comments »


Finally...

Me and Wil

After many attempts, I finally met Wil Wheaton at Comic-Con. He's one of the reasons this blog exists, a talented actor, and an amazing writer. If you haven't checked out The Happiest Days of Our Lives yet, I highly recommend it. I read the whole thing in two sittings. I also got a copy of his limited edition chapbook, Sunken Treasure, which I'm also almost done with. Thanks again, Wil, for being so nice and chatting it up with me. When I told him who I was he said, "You look exactly like I thought you would!" which made Phil and I chuckle. Even though I didn't get to meet Paul Reubens, meeting Wil certainly made up for that and then some. You can check out the rest of my Comic-Con pics here.

posted by | 07/29/08| 07:50:50 pm| Fun| 2 comments »


Phelps on Carlin

Westborough Baptist Church responds to George Carlin's death - The charming folks that brought us "God Hates Fags" and disrupting military funerals are back with their thoughts on Carlin. I'm not sure if I should laugh or cry.

(via Friendly Atheist)

posted by admin | 06/26/08| 07:02:25 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


That would crowd my list up something awful

In memory of one of my favorite comics of all time, GC, comedy central has put up a video tribute.

Check it out.

George Carlin Video Tribute

posted by Hundiejo | 06/24/08| 09:51:45 am| Fun| Leave a comment »


Happy Birthday Brendo!!!!1

28 years ago today the planet earth became a little bit more brendoish. Raise a glass for the man, the legend, the one and only: Brendan Creecy.

posted by admin | 06/18/08| 12:00:01 am| Fun| 3 comments »


How many countries can you name in five minutes?

I got 55. Here is the link because b2e doesn't like how the site's link was formatted.

http://www.oneplusyou.com/bb/view2/countries

I was surprised I even know that many lmao.

posted by Luis | 06/10/08| 09:55:16 am| Fun| 6 comments »


Game of the day: XSketch

XSketch is an online multi-player pictionary game. It's pretty fun.

posted by admin | 05/02/08| 07:24:33 pm| Fun, Flash Games| Leave a comment »


New York, New York

Next stop, NYC. I'll be in town until Monday evening. Follow me on Twitter for the latest updates from the Con. Also, I might finally get to meet Luis, which will be awesome.

posted by | 04/17/08| 05:06:08 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


Bad News

Well, that was a short tour of duty. After 2.5 weeks they're already sending me home because of my sexual orientation (bisexual). I'm getting chaptered out and receiving a dishonorable discharge.

Damn. Land of the free? Home of the brave?

posted by | 2008-04-01| 05:52:30| Fun| 4 comments »


Busy Weekend

Tonight Justin and I are going to see Cold War Kids, which should be pretty sweet. Tomorrow we leave for our annual camp out at Justin's parents' farm in Paso Robles. Needless to say, posting will be sparse the next few days. Hope you all have a good weekend.

posted by | 03/27/08| 12:55:42 pm| Fun| Leave a comment »


Happy Birthday Jeri!

I just wanted to wish Jeri a happy birthday. I always feel bad that we don't hang out as much as we should, but she's a great friend. It's always good to know that there's people who "get" you out there and Jeri is definitely one of those people. Hope you have a great day!

posted by | 03/07/08| 11:10:46 am| Fun, Site News| 1 comment »


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