Category: "Linkworthy"

Radio BrendoMan Kickstarter

Hey there everybody. I guess this is my first post here of 2013. I find myself posting things I used to post here on Facebook instead. I don't know how I feel about that. I do have some plans for this blog this year. I will probably be posting more long form stuff here and maybe some of my writing projects that I am working on.

The reason I am posting today is to alert you to the Radio BrendoMan T-Shirts Kickstarter that Phil and I launched last week. We already reached our $500 goal and will be posting some awesome stretch goals soon. I would highly recommend checking it out. Also please give the show a listen if you haven't yet.

What's going on with everyone on this side? If you're not on Facebook, you probably aren't aware that I have lost 36 pounds since December 30th and I am on track to lose much more. I will detail that sometime on here. I also successfully migrated Radio BrendoMan off of Podbean and we are now hosting our files at Archive.org. I learned a lot through this process and also plan to share what I learned sometime soon. I've got a lot of irons in the fire right now though so I can't promise any timeframe.

posted by | 02/13/13| 09:39:00 am| Site News, Linkworthy, Podcasting, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


My Brother, the Comedian

I have always been very proud of my brother Carson. He has been a stage actor for the past several years and is pretty fantastic. He's also one of the funniest people I know. He is now doing stand-up comedy in Portland. You can find out more at his website, which I was happy to create for him. If you're in Portland, definitely check out one of his upcoming shows!

posted by | 08/09/11| 04:29:00 pm| Site News, Linkworthy, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


Shameless Plug: Great Photo Retouching

My friend Grace is an awesome graphic designer and a Photoshop wiz. She is now making her services available for affordable photo re-touching and restoration. You can check it out here. Grace made the awesome brendoman.com logo that you have seen on this blog for the last 9 years and that is just a hint of her expertise.

posted by | 03/11/11| 12:16:00 pm| Linkworthy, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


Better back up that Gmail

So some Gmail users lost all their mail over the weekend. I'm thanking my lucky stars it wasn't me, as was Lee Matthews at DownloadSquad:

When the news first broke of Gmail losing a small chuck of its users' inboxes, I had a rather terrifying realization: For nearly 8 years, I've been using Gmail as my only message store -- putting all my eggs in one basket, so to speak. If you use Gmail, you're probably now thinking the same thing as me: I really should have a backup.

The article gives helpful instructions to create a backup using hotmail, which is what I'm going to do since I already have a hotmail account. It also gives instructions on how to create a backup using a desktop email program and gives links to programs that will do the job for you. I highly recommend choosing one of these options and doing it. The few minutes you spend will definitely be worth it in the event that all is lost.

posted by | 02/28/11| 11:08:00 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy, Anything Else| Leave a comment »


Derick Armijo Is My Hero

For those who don't know, Derick is my co-host on Pop Sickles. He also started a new movie blog yesterday and proceeded to write the greatest thing I have read on a blog in a long time:

To paraphrase a quote from NO STRINGS ATTACHED of all places "Some people live like there are no such thing as miracles, and some people live like everything is a miracle". SCOTT PILGRIM is a miracle. Movies like this aren't made, and in this movie making climate probably won't ever be made again. In terms of that quote, this is a movie about the former learning that the latter is true. If there's one thing I resent about my generation is that it exists only to point out how everything is terrible and how smart they are for pointing it out. But I never subscribed to any of that malarky. Life is beautiful and filled with amazing people and surprises. It's worth fighting for. It's worth improving yourself for. We fight these battles every day and there's nothing routine about it. It's epic. It's worth exposing your inner uselessness for. Perhaps it isn't as bad as you thought. Is it ever? SCOTT PILGRIM is sure begging for some of your love, but you know what? It loves you right back, you stupid asshole. You're going to ignore that? Please die, then.

Yeah man. Yeah. Check out Picture Start With Derick Armijo for more good stuff like this.

posted by | 02/10/11| 10:50:00 am| Movies, Linkworthy, Anything Else| 1 comment »


RPG Blogroll

This post is serving two purposes. First, I just noticed that you can make blogrolls or your folders and tags from Google Reader by going to your settings and then the folders and tags section. Second, some folks have been asking me about what RPG blogs and other resources I have been subscribing to and this is a very easy way to list those. So here we go!

To make it even cooler, you can make pages featuring the latest posts from those tags, such as my RPG blog page and then other folks can subscribe to the feed for that page. It's kind of insane how many different ways there are now to aggregate and consume content. I think Johnny 5 would have flipped out over RSS and all its potential uses.

posted by | 10/19/10| 11:40:25 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: instantwatcher.com

I am a huge fan of Netflix Instant Watch and instantwatcher.com makes finding the good stuff on the ever improving service even easier. You can easily check out what's new, what's popular, and what is about to expire, a feature I have found invaluable. The feature I use the most though is its listing of HD titles. I recently switched over to streaming on my PS3 since I let my Xbox Live Gold subscription expire and I haven't really looked back. Streaming on the PS3 isn't quite as streamlined as on the Xbox but it's a cheaper option and cheaper is good.

posted by | 04/29/10| 10:01:57 am| Movies, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: Google Reader Play

If you're not using Google Reader to keep up to date on everything, you're missing out. I'm still surprised when I find out folks still check tons of sites every day manually. I don't know what I would do if I still had to do that. Now there is a cool new feature of Reader called Google Reader Play that uses your subscriptions and things you mark as "Like" in Google Reader to present a slide show chock full of pictures, articles, videos, and other assorted awesomeness that you will enjoy. It seems to be an even more intelligent version of Stumbleupon.

Speaking of Stumbleupon, I've been meaning to write about this for awhile, but it has become completely unusable for me thanks to the friend shares feature. In my Stumble heyday, I was adding everyone as a friend who asked since I figured that was a good thing to do and I didn't see any reason not to. Then they added a sharing feature where friends could send articles to their friend's toolbars so that the next time they hit the Stumble button, they get the shared article. I get so many shares now that I can't actually Stumble. Every time I hit the button, I get a shared link from someone that is usually something lame and/or some kind of spam. There is no way to turn this off. As far as I can tell, there isn't even an easy way to remove people from my friends list. Is anyone else experiencing this?

posted by | 04/14/10| 01:31:27 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy| 1 comment »


Congratulations to Bagged & Boarded!

A couple years ago I was riding to Disneyland with my friend Matt and he played a podcast he had recorded with our friend Jesse. It was going to be released on Quickstop Entertainment, which is now known as FRED. It was one of the funniest podcasts I'd ever listened to, one that definitely catered to my interests and sense of humor. Last week Matt and Jesse recorded their 50th episode. The content is completely NSFW, the subject matter varies so much I can hardly keep up, but that's what I love about it. Also, since episode 23 they've let me yap away for a couple minutes every week. Here's to you, Matt and Jesse. I couldn't even come close to 50 episodes back in my podcasting days so I definitely salute you.

posted by | 03/31/10| 09:59:03 am| Movies, I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy, Podcasting, Comics| Leave a comment »


Awesome Shirt - Trouble at the Banana Stand

Fans of Arrested Development might want to check out today's Shirt.Woot. If you buy it today it is $10 with free shipping.

posted by | 01/28/10| 12:06:10 pm| TeeVee, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: Pee-Wee Herman Show Set Pics and Show Review

Just to follow up on my review I posted of the show, Best Week Ever has some awesome set pics and a glowing review of the show. Seriously, just thinking about it right now makes me want to go see it again.

posted by | 01/22/10| 01:35:08 pm| TeeVee, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: Donate Games

I read an article in the paper (yeah, those floppy paper things with printing on them we used to read in Social Studies) about Donate Games, an organization in Dana Point that is pretty awesome. They accept donated games from all systems, which are tax deductible, and sell the games on their site for a reasonable price. All money collected goes to raise money for research for rare diseases. You'll probably get more out of your tax deductible receipt than you'll ever get from Gamestop and it's for a good cause. I just bought a few DS games I've been looking for that are usually a tad on the expensive side or just plain hard to find. Check it out!

posted by | 01/11/10| 03:20:16 pm| I Love Video Games, Linkworthy| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: Download More RAM

The next time someone in your family is pestering you because their computer is "acting weird," just send them to this site. I can honestly see it having a sort of placebo effect.

posted by | 01/07/10| 03:23:15 pm| Linkworthy, Funny Stuff| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: Immunet Antivirus

I'm not going to lie. I'm getting a little annoyed with AVG. I've been using their free antivirus since 2001 and haven't had any viruses or other issues since I started using it but I'm getting a little annoyed by their increasingly intrusive nagging for their paid version and their browser hijacking safesearch or whatever it is. This Download Squad post about cloud-based Immunet Protect definitely piqued my interest as it doesn't require definition updates and it has an extremely low footprint. Has anyone tried this out? If not Immunet, what other free solutions have you tried and had success with?

posted by | 12/11/09| 10:38:39 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy| 2 comments »


Watch the New Wesley Willis Documentary Free at Pitchfork

Pitchfork is offering the new Wesley Willis documentary, Wesley Willis's Joy Rides: It's a Rock You Mentary free to stream on their website right now. It's pretty awesome. Longtime readers of the site will know that Wesley is kind of an icon for us and we got to meet the legend in person during Spring Break St. Louis in the spring of 2002. I don't know about you guys, but I still tell that story to folks. Drop the bomb...

posted by | 12/10/09| 03:01:52 pm| Movies, Tunes, Linkworthy| 1 comment »


Deal of the Day: Arrested Development Complete Series DVD Set

If for some insane reason you don't already own these or even more insane you haven't seen the show, now is your chance. Today only Amazon is selling the complete series set for $28.99. It makes a great gift! Not for me though, seeing as how I know what a good TV show is and have owned it for quite some time.

posted by | 12/07/09| 09:07:28 am| TeeVee, Linkworthy| 4 comments »


Google Launches Public DNS Servers

I just read the announcement that Google has launched Google Public DNS and I am pretty excited to try it out. I am currently using OpenDNS at home since having some serious issues with Time Warner's DNS servers last year and I have been extremely pleased. I may decide to keep using OpenDNS after trying out Google, but it's nice to know there are options out there and that other big internet companies are seeing the importance of DNS. David Ulevitch, the founder of OpenDNS, has written a really well thought out response here. I went to high school with David and he is a very intelligent guy and really knows what he is doing so this is definitely something I will keep my eye on. In the meantime, all you have to do to get started using Google DNS is change your DNS servers in your connection settings to 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4. I can already see that Google doesn't have some of the more advanced features that OpenDNS has, but that could change in the future.

posted by | 12/03/09| 11:03:02 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy| 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 »


Google Wave!

So I got into Google Wave on Friday. I need some more people to Wave with because here is what a Wave I sent to Henry looks like:

It does look cool but you can tell it's still in the growing stages. I am really looking forward to using it to collaborate with Phil on Brax and some of the other various projects I am working on at any given time. If you're looking for an invite hit me up here or on Twitter. I have 9 7 0 29 left. The caveat is they don't get sent out right away so I have no idea when you'll actually get a Wave account.

Update: All my invites are gone for now. I'll update this if I get more.

Update 2: I have 29 invites now!

posted by | 10/26/09| 03:43:24 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy| 7 comments »


Link of the Day: Look at Me!

I'm on the front page of the Long Beach Comic Con website:

BrendoMan: Now available for all your pull quote needs.

posted by | 10/20/09| 02:42:31 pm| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy, Comics| Leave a comment »


Link of the Day: Check Your Favorite TV Shows' Survival Status

Wondering if your favorite new show is on the bubble? This site can give you a pretty good idea and appears to be updated on a regular basis. Unfortunately that appears to be bad news for Parks and Recreation, which is marked as "Endangered." This saddens me greatly because I feel the show is really starting to hit its stride, just like I predicted when it first started. I was happy to see that Community is in the OK category as I had heard some reports to the contrary. That still might be the case, but for now, I'm going to believe this site. It uses colors!

posted by | 10/15/09| 04:00:10 pm| TeeVee, Linkworthy| 1 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 »


Link of the Day: AudioBoo

Somebody sent me an email the other day asking if I would ever do a podcast again. I was rather honest in my response, saying that I was frankly too lazy. Podcasting is a lot of work if you want to do it well. That's becoming less and less of a fact now, especially with services like AudioBoo. AudioBoo is both a website and an iPhone application. The app lets you record up to five minutes of audio and upload it to the AudioBoo servers straight from your iPhone. You can also listen to the most recent recordings of others straight from your phone. From the site you can actually create a profile (which is necessary to use the iPhone app to record podcasts), follow people whose podcasts you like, and subscribe to automatically generated podcast feeds for individual users, recommended podcasts, or even the entire AudioBoo community.

If you're looking for interesting people to follow on AudioBoo, you should of course start with me. I also recommend webcomic authors Scott Kurtz, Brad Guigar, and Kris Straub. Another great thing about the site is how easy it is to get your recordings out into the world. You can easily have it automatically post your new Boos to Twitter and other social applications. I already mentioned the automatic podcast feeds and iTunes links. Finally, it is easy to embed the audio files themselves anywhere you wish. For example, here is my latest Boo that I recorded while riding The Haunted Mansion last week:

Pretty cool, huh?

posted by | 08/09/09| 11:51:08 am| I'm a Big Geek, Linkworthy, Podcasting, Disneyland| 1 comment »


Link of the Day: MadMen Yourself

I'm a Madman

Make your own here. I seriously can't wait for the third season to start on August 16th. I would have to say of all the shows I am currently watching, MadMen is definitely in the top three.

posted by | 07/28/09| 11:53:45 am| TeeVee, Linkworthy| 1 comment »


Free Brax Stickers!

Brax Sticker

I know you guys all want your very own Brax The Alien Rocker stickers and now you can have them. You can find instructions on how to request one at Brax's blog. There is also a pretty good chance we will have them at Comic-Con so if you can find us wandering around we will be happy to give you one.

Speaking of Comic-Con, I am eagerly awaiting the programming schedule which is supposed to be posted today. Now I can plan exactly what I'm going to do but then end up only doing about a third of those things. Good times!

posted by | 07/09/09| 12:47:23 pm| Linkworthy, Comics| 1 comment »


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