Friday, October 17, 2008

Sanctuarium! SANCTUARIUM!

Ahhhh....talk about a rough week.

Times are tough...hopefully better news tomorrow? Later this week?

Bah...who knows...somebody throw me a bone!!!
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Working on a couple of fundraising ads in the morning...maybe hear them in rotation soon? Maybe not? I prefer to keep things ambiguous. Or maybe I don't control what plays on the air? Yeah, that's probably more like it. Good times.

Umm...sports thing...supposed to be starting soon...

Interview I did a couple of weeks ago is supposed to be airing next week, Wednesday the 22nd, so I'm told, between 7AM and 9:30AM...but again, that's up to other people...

Oh, check this out: Audio-Visual
It's the podcast directory of a new show over on sister-station CHUO, hosted by Tina H. I met her earlier this summer when recording an interview with her boyfriend, Dom Pare. From what I remember, this is her second stint on CHUO, so make sure to catch it, either live on Wednesdays at 12 to 1 PM, or on the site whenever.

Plug tunin' out,

-JS

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Wawawa....what!?!

This blog is the shazbot.

So many people are reading it, I'm going to have start counting with my toes to keep up with the readers.

Oh, so Absolute Comedy, here in Ottawa, a couple weeks ago. Was a good time for the most part. I went out with a completely brand new 5 min set...

A guy got angry at me for going over a minute and a half (I can't help it, there were too many standing ovations). It didn't bother me that he got upset, or that the manager chick got upset, because I was totally in the wrong, and I apologized right away.

And I told the guy that 3 or 4 times.

It's funny when you admit you're wrong, and people still aren't happy with your admission. No, they need to have a temper tantrum and keep telling you you're wrong, while you admit you're wrong, and then they get even more pissed off because you don't feel bad about it.

Like the other day I rode my bike to class, and I got to the bike rack, and I'm locking my bike, and some random guy says to me "Hey, you like the smashing pumpkins?" and I said "Yeah, sure why not...1979." and he replied "Hmm...well you're not really into them...people who really like them don't say 'sure why not'..." and then I got pissed..."Well I guess I hate them then." He got all flustered...what the fuck do you want man!?

People are weird. Even when you tell them what they want to hear, they still aren't happy. Especially if they can tell you don't mean it.

Anywho...the rest of the night went alright. I was super tired, but the crowd is very kind there because the club has been built so well, and promoted so tirelessly. Really it's a treat to do stand up there.

Oh, I have it on tape, but since my computer got wiped out, I lost my video editing software, so I'll have to get that re-installed, and then I'll upload another installment of my "Where Laughter Goes To Die" series.

Well apart from that, there's some fun stuff going. Sumitted two pilot episodes to CKCU of the Last Laugh. The program director said there may be a spot opening up in a couple weeks...but that was two weeks ago, so it doesn't look so great. I really have to find the time to finish off the last two interviews. Maybe those will impress more? In any case, now it looks like January 2008, when shows either get renewed or canceled.

Actually, supposed to be recording another interview this week, and will probably be cutting it up for morning play. So at least something I'm involved with will get to air within the next two months. That would also make 5 half hour episodes of the Last Laugh...all that work...

Oh, and actually, I'm putting the finishing touches on a radio ad for Carleton Raven's basketball tomorrow. Submitting it on Tuesday...so I guess I might have an ad in rotation too.

There's actually some really exciting news (for me) coming from the radio station, don't want to get into it right now, since it's so late, but I'm really stoked. If everything works out, I might be getting on the air in another format/style. That's all I can say for now.

So, another piece of history in the books.

Psychology midterm tomorrow...wish me luck!

Saturday, June 7, 2008

It’s summertime...it’s summertime....hey!

It's lettertime it's lettertime HEY!

Who remembers Video and Arcade Top 10? How could you not? YTV, crazy camera movements, kids yelling, Timex watches...

My personal favourite was the mailbag segment of the show. It always went a little something like this:

'Hey Video and Arcade,
My name is Joey, I'm 9 and I have an N64 and a gameboy...and my favourite game is MarioKart.'

And then the fat guy would inevitably read off the cue-card:

'Great letter Joey, we're gonna give you a copy of Diddy Kong Racing for sending in that letter...also you'll be getting this amazing Video and Arcade Top 10 t-shirt...keep on gaming!'

First of all...the letter Joey sent in...not great. Secondly, I highly doubt Joey is 9 years old...to be honest, the only people who watched this show were 30+ year old men who lived in their folk's basement (I was watching too, simply because I aspired one day to be 30+ years old living in my parent's basement).

What kind of segment for a TV show was that? The kid brags about how he already has video games...and they send him (or her...but let's be honest, girls don't play video games willingly) ANOTHER game.

I always felt bad because I couldn't even send in a letter to get a game since I didn't have a system while I was growing up (I also had both my hands blown off during the Korean War, but more on that later). I may not have had my hands, but I did have Video and Arcade Top 10, where I got to watch other kids enjoying video games...if only I could have a been a home partner...then I too could have been a 'winner'.

Just a little trip down memory lane.
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Anyway, what's going with the myspace/youtube/blablabla?

Well, I'm working full time during the summer, but two days ago I just got my brand new Canon HV30. Today I walked down to Vistek on Bank Street and picked up some miniDV tapes.

So what does that mean to you? Well it means that I'll be able to start shooting and editing some stuff fairly soon. I'm gonna make due with what I have, and gradually pick up some more equipment (shotgun mic, video light, extra battery, lens, kitchen sink, ballpoint pens...you know, the basics) as I go along. Right now I'm trying to find a way to get a stereo output from my unidirectional handheld microphone...also trying to find a way to dampen the sound, as well as possibly getting a mic cover...

With that being said, I do hope to get out there and shoot some footage, I'm thinking of starting off with a segment about the Ottawa Poet.

We'll see what happens. For now, the myspace/youtube setup won't change much...hopefully I'll hit up godaddy soon and get myself a cheap site due to some real bloggerin' on.

Also hope to hit up Absolute Comedy for some Pro-Am night standup, and start volunteering at the community radio station...busy busy.

Big plans, and the summer is already 1/4 of the way done...maybe I'll manage to post another blog on myspace before the end of the year...wouldn't that be remarkable?

Good times...

PS: Video & Aracde Top 10

Keep on gaming!