1. Another paper placed in the “Why I Love Spam Comments” File is this comment caught in my spam queue:
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The post that comment was submitted to? “STEELERS TICKETS, BITCHES.”
It’s like they’re not even trying.
2. We watch Galavision news in the morning via Primero Noticias. Gives my husband a chance to catch up on the news in Mexico and gives me a chance to realize how little Spanish I understand when they talk so damn fast. Today, they featured a snippet of a news interview with President Obama and BAM! There is KDKA’s Jon Delano’s face on the Mexican news.
Notice they blurred out the KDKA logo. Thievery!
3. Who knows what’s going to happen with the Buccos of Suckitude this year, but this is a nice thing to hear from Clint Hurdle.
“How long will it take? That’s the one thing I’m not going to get caught up in. The people who judge the job I do, I can’t control that. But what I can push forward is the message, I can push forward practice, I can push forward the intent and the focus, and I believe my doing that will get the results.”
God, I so want this to be the freaking year.
4. The 96.1 Kiss Morning Freak Show Burgh Brackets are up and let me just remind you that two years ago, I won that shit.
This year, the matchups are just fantastic with Jeff Jimmerson taking on llamas. I’m calling it now that Brent Johnson’s Left Hook is taking it this year.
5. Tomorrow I’ll be at Pitt-Greensburg taking part in a writer’s festival panel and you’re asking yourself, “Doesn’t she usually turn those down?”
DO I EVER!
I said yes to this before I realized it wasn’t just me talking for twenty minutes to a classroom of web writing students.
“The Art and Craft of New Media,” a panel presentation featuring Pitt-Greensburg bloggers and professional blogger Virginia Montanez (“That’s Church Blog” and “The Burgh Blog”), will begin at 4 p.m. in the Coffeehouse. Singer/songwriter Bill Deasy will offer a talk on songwriting, followed by a performance and book signing at 7 p.m.
6. The Knitting Lady sends me emails from time to time because she knows how much I appreciate the Sexhair.
Here’s a recent one she sent me.
She also sent me this one of Tyler Kennedy holding her knitting. Another player to add to her growing list of Pens who have taken pictures with her socks. LOVE IT.
7. Creative Nonfiction mag is seeking Pittsburgh-based illustrators to submit artwork for the cover of the upcoming summer issue!
The artist chosen will work closely with CNF editorial and design staff to create 8 to 10 original designs to be featured on the cover and interior of the magazine.
Interested artists should email a resume and three low-resolution jpeg samples of their best work to information[at]creativenonfiction.org no later than March 31, 2011; a link to an electronic portfolio is also preferred.
It’s open to students and pros alike, so I’d love to see an AIP student submit their work and win.
8. Finally, I have a new Five Questions for … up at the Magazine’s site, these five for Jim Shearer. So you understand my process, I often ask my subjects (BOW DOWN, SUBJECTS!) way more than five questions and use some of the answers to write my intro material. Sometimes, choosing which five questions to feature is TOUGH WORK, especially when one of the Q and As that hit the cutting room floor this time was this one:
If someone you’ve just met and who has no idea who you are asks, “What do you do, Jim?” what’s your answer to that question?
If prodded, here’s the order: “I work in the media; production; television; I host the VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown; and, oh yeah, I also host two web-shows called: Yinz Luv ‘Da Guins and Yinz Luv ‘Da Stillers. Wait, what? Have I met Lady Gaga? Yes.”
I’m far from a television star, but over the years whenever I tell people that I work in TV they get all excited. I have friends that are lawyers, and doctors, and teachers, and I feel that their respective jobs should elicit a similar, enthusiastic response; but they rarely do.
This may be filed under T.M.I., but one time when I was getting a testicular exam, a doctor asked what I did for a living? I told him I worked as a host on TV.
With my testicles in his hands, he looked up at me and said, “Oh like Carson Daly, right?”