Monday, November 23, 2009

Superstar of the Week is Danny MacAskill

Stunt cyclist, Danny MacAskill of Edinburgh Scottland, was recently put out of commission after suffering an injury which required hospitalization. The daredevil, known for pushing the limits of human ability with his treacherous stunts, was out taking a walk when he tripped over a curb and broke his collar bone.

BBC News

Monday, November 16, 2009

Superstar of the Week is Daniel Baldwin

Wait... what?? Who? Is there really such a person? Superstar of the week has featured many people from celebrities, to news makers, to random people from Google searches. Even puppets and household appliances have been featured. Never before has an imaginary person been featured for Superstar of the Week, right?

Well, believe it or not, Daniel Baldwin is in fact a real person. He is the brother of Alec Baldwin.

You mean that crazy religious guy who stars in B movies and reality shows?

No, that's Steven Baldwin. This is Daniel Baldwin.

But why feature Daniel Baldwin? What has he ever done? At least The Count provides kids with educational entertainment, Don Polinski is some Canadian park supervisor, and the Kenmore washer and dryer set gets your clothes clean. What has Daniel Baldwin done to be featured?

He's Alec and Steven's brother.

We know who they are. Who the hell is Daniel?

Look, you don't have to actually do anything to be Superstar of the Week. All you have to do is exist. I could feature this piece of paper in front of me if I wanted. That doesn't do anything either.

Sure it does. It has provided you with a place to scribble notes and e-mail addresses and has the potential to serve as a paper airplane or waste-basketball.

But Daniel Baldwin breathes and eats. That's something.

Well... that's true.

So it's settled. Daniel Baldwin: he eats and breathes and now he's the Superstar of the Week.

Friday, November 13, 2009

The Return of the Cort and Fatboy Show

Three weeks after the firings from the infamous radio station, the Cort and Fatboy Show podcasts have returned. The show contains all the familiar features and accompanying sound bites, including "Fatboy's Dirty Laundry" and "Cort's Backstage Blog." As well, the regular guest spots have returned, including Aaron Duran, Byron Beck, and Mike Russel. The only difference is that the show is now deplete of regular interruptions from a crappy and repetitive music selection.

If you like podcasts, visit for a dose of "daily mediocrity". Livestreaming is weekdays at 2pm and recordings are uploaded at 3pm. Subscribe via iTunes, RSS, or Miro.

Go here to read what I wrote about the firings.

As for the Rick Emerson show: Rick Emerson still has his other show, Outlook Portland. Old episodes can be seen on the station's YouTube channel.

Sarah X. Dylan and Greg Nibbler have started their own podcast, Funemployment Radio.

Tim Riley is blogging away.

And J-Dubb can be seen via his YouTube channel...

Okay, that last one doesn't have anything to do with anything. I just wanted to promote myself.

Monday, November 02, 2009

Superstar of the Week is Mary Strey

Mary StreyMary Strey of Wisconsin has performed her citizenly duties. On the night of October 24, 2009, Mary called 911 to report a dangerous drunk driver. The driver was shortly arrested and removed from the roads, making the night that much safer. Who was this drunk driver? None other than Mary Strey of Wisconson.

Hear the recording of Mary Strey reporting herself to the 911 dispatcher.


Superstar of the Week Reformat

So, every week during the summer/fall time period, I choose a random person (or inanimate object as in some cases) to feature as the "Superstar of the Week." Basically, I post a picture of the person/object, and that's about it. One thing I've been noticing this time around is that it really waters down my blog in between real posts; especially if I go a week or more without posting anything else.

I started Superstar of the Week when I began this blog as sort of a humor piece... featuring random people for no apparent reason. But then, after the first couple months of blogging, my frequency of posting began to decline, and Superstar of the Week went by the wayside for awhile.

In using Blogger's blog search feature, I've found that the typical blog seems to only last a couple of months. There are a lot of long abandoned ghost blogs out there, and mine had the potential to become one of them. But I decided to stick with it, and I brought back Superstar of the Week a couple of times after long droughts just to show that this blog wasn't dead yet. Eventually, it just became the tradition to bring back the Superstar every summer and let it go by the way in the winter.

Superstar of the Week also came to serve as sort of a filler. In the beginning, it was more difficult for me to think of and articulate ideas to blog about, and this served as a lazy way to show activity on this blog in between real posts. In the last couple of years, however, blog posts have been pretty regular and a lot more outspoken (take this "quick note" on Superstar of the Week for example).

I feel like Superstar of the Week sort of gets in the way of the real posts now... not to mention the joke has run its course. I thought about just doing away with it altogether. I would still have Superstar of the Year and do Superstar of the Week as well as the other weekly features for Halloween week. But instead, I've decided to let Superstar of the Week evolve... From now on, my challenge for Superstar of the Week is to actually write something about the person I'm featuring, turning Superstar of the Week into an actual blog post. I'm guessing readers will appreciate this, as well.

And so, without further adieu, Superstar of the Week this week is...