Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Haikus for Today

New water cooler.
Wish it would have arrived clean.
Bleach is unpleasant.

Fire drill. Go downstairs.
Stand outside like morons and
go right back inside.

John has closed his door.
Why won't he answer his phone?
John is out to lunch.

It is December
seventh, two thousand and ten.
We'll only get one.

"This water tastes bad."
"The water cooler is clean."
"Nevermind. Tastes good."

Friday, September 3, 2010

Launchpad McQuack is a shoebill

I’ve been doing some research, and I’ve come to the conclusion that Launchpad McQuack is a shoebill. They both have large, confident beaks and are handsome. The proof is in the pictures.

LaunchpadMcQuack Shoebill

Thursday, September 2, 2010

San Francisco map for futuristic travel (from the past)

If you ever go back in time to the days of 8-bit video games - and everything else in the world is 8-bit also - use this map... but only in San Francisco. (This can and will happen TO YOU.)

Thursday, August 26, 2010

You Will Be Missed: The Dial-Up Internet Connection Sound

A fond farewell to things that are gone or leaving contemporary life.

Dial up modem better
The Dial-Up Internet Connection Sound

It was that twinkling, polyphonic intonation of electronic correspondence that seemed to come from another world. The digital grappling hook thrown over the castle wall of technology. The tender shout of a loving robot to the information superhighway! Ah. The dial-up internet connection sound!

In our present-day lives, hearing the dial-up internet connection sound is sadly uncommon. Come to think of it, it was occasionally an unpleasant sound (I'm sorry, loving robot!). However, it holds a sentimental value in my heart, not because it sounded like an early 1980’s video game, but because of what it promised.

It was around 1994 that I first remember using the internet. TV, movies and my dad’s magazines all told me that the internet would change the world as we knew it. What binary excitement! My dad bought a modem for our computer, and we were off! ...Slowly.

In truth, it wasn’t until 2000 – when I began using Google – that I felt the internet could be used to its full potential (for more than just stealing music and downloading games that contained viruses). Of course, by then most people were using faster internet connections, like DSL and cable, and dial-up internet was already becoming a thing of the past.

Oh, the bittersweet irony! People like me only began to appreciate the full spectrum of the web when the one who first delivered it – the dial-up internet connection sound – was rotting away under a stack of old envelopes and scratch paper somewhere on a computer desk in a middle-aged aunt’s basement.

Perhaps someday, when that middle-aged aunt dies and her nephews return to gather up her belongings, they’ll find the dial-up modem. It will blink sleepily under a layer of dust and let out the most beautiful sound. The nephews will listen nostalgically and one of them will say with fondness, “I remember when Auntie almost caught us looking at naked pictures of Pamela Anderson.”

To which the other nephew will reply, “Do you think the pictures are still in the modem?”

And then they’ll smash open the modem with their aunt’s pink hammer, destroying the modem forever, because these nephews– like almost everyone – have no idea how a modem works.

Dial-Up Internet Connection Sound, you will be missed!

Click here to hear that sweet sweet sound! (
It’s angelic until about halfway through.)

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Things from today

This morning is when I cleaned the bathroom. Here is a paradox… Cleaning the bathroom is gross, so I don’t do it very often. But, if I did it more frequently, it wouldn’t be so gross. SOLUTION: Purchase a disposable bathroom.

I went to Master Wong’s Foot Clinic in San Gabriel, CA today. It seemed to be Master Wong’s daughter who massaged me. She felt like the gracefully aging daughter of a regal Chinese master. Then she answered her cell phone and carried on a conversation while rubbing my neck. Master Wong would not stand for this. (He would probably do something very honorable, like burn incense in a stone hut, as a show of disapproval. That’s what masters do.)

I watched The Bourne Identity. Now all I want to do is stab bad people with a pen and have a laser implanted in my hip.

Taco Bell sold me a crunchy (formerly called “hard shell”) taco today. At first, I was worried when some of the grated cheese spilled off the taco and onto my passenger seat. I thought something like, “Oh no! Food got on my passenger seat!” Then I remembered fast food cheese isn’t food. (UPDATE: I put the cheese in my gas tank. So far so good.)

Tonight is Parmesan Sage Pork Chop Night! Check your calendar and throw it away! It's too special to be printed on a crummy old calendar! (Slaps his knee and smiles with mouth open.)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

10,000 Days: And a maniac for every one of them

Yesterday, I made an unfortunate discovery. I realized that I missed celebrating my 10,00oth day of life! Sadly, it was just 59 days ago. March 30th. Damn you, March 30th! Damn you right in the “th”!

What a boring date it was. Day 10,000. I looked in my emails to see what I was up to on March 30th. As it turns out, I emailed my director a lackluster comedy sketch (I write comedy sketches for a sketch comedy group in Hollywood) and emailed a bunch of scanned images to myself as part of my office job. *Yawn*.

I didn’t even know this big day was coming! Had I known, I would’ve spent the day doing all of the things I love!

Here are some ideas I thought of in the past thirty seconds…
-Light 10,000 sparklers in a really dry library
-Write about it on my blog
-Dance until it hurts
-Yell facts at people out my window
-Rename my car
-Drink a Miller High Life Light (10,000 times)
-Make a rare and unusual sandwich
-Pull the fire alarm at my job as a means of celebration
-Write a really sad acoustic guitar song about it
-Invite 10,000 of my closest friends to join me on a gay cruise ship that I’m not going to go on

Oh, readers! If you are lucky enough to have not yet enjoyed your 10,000th day of life (or any other day-based milestone), take advantage and enjoy it! Click this link to see your day-age!

May ALL your days be milestones!

Friday, April 30, 2010

You’re not a single lady, buddy.

I wanna meet this kid when he’s a teenager.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Overheard in TV World

Female Supervising Producer, explaining a cut to an Editor: That probably goes better with battery acid than purple baby poop.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Overheard in TV World

Production Assistant (shooting at a hot dog stand): I've got to say this is not my first wiener time-lapse.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What I Learned: “The Hike”


This past Saturday, I hiked the Temescal Canyon Loop. And you didn't! Unless, of course, you are Chris Rock. In which case, you most certainly did hike the Temescal Canyon Loop, because I saw you in your blue Adidas track suit, white Kangol hat and giant headphones.

Anyway, in case you’re wondering, the Temescal Canyon Loop is in Topanga State Park, which is in the Santa Monica Mountains, which is just west of Los Angeles, where I live. I wrote that all in one breath!

The following is what I learned from the hike, in no particular order.

1. I love being near flowing water in nature. I technically already knew this, but it’s always a pleasure to re-learn it. There was a modest waterfall along the trail and my two hiking compadres (girlfriend and dudefriend) and I took off our shoes and socks and walked in the beautiful, chilly nature-pool. (Reminder: We don’t swim in your toilet, so don’t pee in our pool.) Deeelightful.

2. Lone hikers are scary. I keep thinking they want to push me into the canyon.

3. Smog is good. When we reached the peak of the trail, the fuzzy haze of the smog made the ocean, the piers and the rich people’s houses below look like some beautiful scene from a long-forgotten dream.

4. Obese people should wear shirts while sweating in Temescal Canyon.

5. Sometimes my girlfriend is right. On our ascent up the mountain path, the three of us clambered up a steep, dangerous and tunnel-like passageway in the brush. Our first problem was mistaking it for what a California camping website called "a moderate, gently sloping, family-friendly hiking trail". My girlfriend knew the whole time we were on the wrong path. BUT, we made it, didn’t we? Didn’t we, Honey?

That’s all for now. I may have learned more from this hike, but I forgot it after the test. No matter. Until next time, happy trails!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Computing News

Fanfare trumpeters

The rumors are true. I have amazing news! (Drum roll) After hemming and hawwing, dilly-dallying, and doing other things that can be expressed with a pair of words that begin with the same letter, I have finally purchased a new laptop! Rejoice! It's the first one I've ever bought and, so far, it works like a charm! (I'll probably put it on that charm bracelet I've been meaning to buy.)

Now that I have my own computer, I will no longer have to bother my roommates to use their computers or go to the stinkin' library where gross people in sweatpants grease up the keyboards with their fingers and drool on the mouse. From now on, I will be doing the greasing up and drooling... on my own laptop! I'm such a grownup!

Why did you buy a computer, QMC?
-Freelance work in the TV industry often - if not always - requires a laptop computer.
-Creative writing. Mainly comedy sketches and bloggy bloggertons.
-Strong need to feel like a grownup.
-Impress my girlfriend.
-Had too much money lying around.
-Needed the warm yet heartless touch of something on my lap.
-Wanted to make a big purchase to spur the economy out of recession.
-If I didn't buy it, who would have? Some jerk? I may have just saved this laptop from a bad home.
-Felt like blogging about getting a new computer.

In closing, I'd like to set your mind a ponderin'... What brave new heights might I soar to now that I am fully equipped with a quality laptop? Stay tuned!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Overheard in TV World

Female TV Producer 1: You bought a 600 dollar pair of boots?!
Female TV Producer 2: (Pause) Yeah.
Female TV Producer 1: The ones with the buckle?
Female TV Producer 2: Yeah.
Female TV Producer 1: Oh. That's a good buy.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

One-Day Weekend

It is finally Saturday, which is my Friday. I've been working 12 hour days, six days per week, with a 30-60 minute drive (each way) to work and back. I have about 1 hour of free time per day, which I spend getting ready for work and getting ready for bed. This work probably makes up for my brief lapse of employment. TV is hard work! But, I'm having fun, making a ton of friends and business contacts and learning a lot.

Tomorrow will be pure pleasure.

Saturday, February 20, 2010