Saturday, May 29, 2004

Join Me!

I just finished a book called "Join Me!" written by Danny Wallace. It was a quick read and an amazing story.

It's the true story about a guy who accidentally started a cult. He's an Englishman who was bored and mixed with a recent family member passing away, decides to put an ad in the paper that simply says "Join Me!" and asks people to send him a photo of themselves. And that's it. He doesn't say what they're joining (and he actually doesn't know himself) and is surprised to find that people begin to join him and his undetermined cause.

It's a humorous and entertaining ride to see people jump on board and watch Danny scramble to figure out what exactly it is he's asking people to join him in doing. I highly recommend it. Again, it's a really quick read (I'm not a fast reader and I sped through it in 2 days) and very uplifting as well.

On a side note, I finished importing all of my movie soundtracks into my iTunes. Now, with only soundtracks and comedy albums, I have 1703 tracks (4 days of music).

Now what.

Friday, May 28, 2004

Funny Ha-ha

I've finally finished importing all of my comedy albums into my iTunes. I had a lot more than I thought. 599 cuts, 1.5 days worth of non-stop hilarity. Very cool!

Today I begin importing my soundtracks. Lights. Camera. Action.

Catching up

Last night was the first Poker Night in a long long time and it was really good to see and catch up with some of the guys (it was a rather small Poker Night...only 5 of us).

Poker didn't start until 7, so Gabe and I met Chico at Gotee at 5:30 when they closed, I had the PS2 in tow, and we played video games at the office for a bit until it was time to drive around the corner to Jeff's house and begin the festivities.

I did pretty well for most of the night...won a couple of "big" hands (or at least big hands to me) but by the end of the night, I had whittled it down to my usual small stack of chips and decided to go all in on the last hand just because I didn't feel like counting out any change. I lost, but I didn't mind. It was a good night.

Afterward Chico and Gabe and I went to the movies to see "Envy." Ugh. Poor Ben Stiller. I mean, I'm glad that he's able to work and stay busy, but he needs to learn how to say "No" once in a while. Such a big steaming hunk of crap I have not witnessed in a long long time. I actually considered walking out a few times, and if you know me, you know that I don't walk out on movies. But "Envy" was as big a pile of dog crap as ever came out of Hollywood. It actually only made me mad. Why aren't people paying ME millions of bucks to write movies? I can write bad movies, too, if that's what they're looking for.

Tuesday, May 25, 2004

Filling in for Jesus

The audition today was one of the quickest I'd ever been to. They were looking for someone to stand-in for the Jesus that had already been cast, so basically either I look like the guy already cast or I don't.

They had me go in, take off my shirt, hold my arms out to the side like I was on a cross and then turn to the left and then turn to the right and that was it.

So who knows. They had me stand there for a long time and I am proud to say that my arms didn't twitch or move. I was rock steady baby.

Indie Comics

Indie comics annoy the heck out of me.

You know those "cool" indie magazines that every city has...a lot of times it's the city's paper that lists all of the happenings for the weekend or what have you (here in Nashville, it's "The Nashville Scene"). And toward the back of the paper right before the ads for bi and lesbian couples they have a page of comics that are too cool for me. The main character is usually a triangle with a beret and a little bug sidekick that go around doing nothing and making remarks about it, pretending to be deeper and more insightful than it really is. Usually it's barely even a cartoon because each panel is crammed with so many words, there isn't any room for the artist left to draw in.

Like they'll be at the grocery store and Triangle Head says "Hey do you know that the gorvernment is watching everything we do?" and the bug will say, "It's true." And then a guy who looks like a cartoon from the '50s will pop his head in and say, "That's right folks! The government hates you but now I have Brill Creme!" and in the last panel Triangle Head says "But the beaurocratic sense of development sure can't compare to the investigative crack journalism I see everyday on my local news affiliate!"

These things don't annoy me because they're comics yet aren't funny or interesting or because they are so presumptuous. It's not the fact that it's not even really a comic but a rant (and I don't mind rants...that's what THIS is...but the fact that they are trying to disguise their rant as a comic is insulting).

I think the fact that annoys me the most is that I know they are getting paid to draw and write bad comics.

No fair.

Monday, May 24, 2004

My hairy chest

I got a call from my agent. They are sending me to an audition tomorrow to audition (I believe) for the role of Jesus. HA HA HA. I'm not sure what it's for, but I do know it's a photo shoot. The same company is also wanting me to do a voice-over audition where I have to read some Bible passages. One of their stipulations, though, is that the person has to have a hairy chest.

So that's what I learned today. Apparently Jesus had a hairy chest. Groovy.