The Art of Charm

I was out in Los Angeles for a few weeks earlier this month and had a fantastic time. From the left we’ve got Johnny, AJ, and Jordan. The power-house team behind The Art of Charm. I’ve worked with these guys for over 3 years now and it’s been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had and I’m looking forward to many more years.

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James Doohan gets his star

With the recent death of Leonard Nimoy I was feeling a bit nostalgic for the time I got to see James Doohan get his star on Hollywood boulevard. It was a quick ceremony and hot as hell but it was the first time I’d ever seen any of the original cast in person. Sadly Nimoy and Shatner weren’t there but those that were, were awesome and funny. James died about a year after these photos were taken and it was the only time I ever got to see him in person. I tried to go to a convention he was speaking at but his health issues forced him to cancel so these remain my only memories of seeing Scotty in the flesh.


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Winter in San Francisco

As winter drags on here in Downers Grove I’m drawn back to the good old days in San Francisco when we were building JPG Magazine and having a great time. I shot these back on February 26th, 2008 while we were out for a lunch walk to the ferry building and if memory serves I think we had tacos. I’m seriously over this winter. It’s time for Spring!

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Sex Nerd Sandra at NerdMelt

This was a post I wrote back in 2011 for and wanted to save it for posterity :-)

2 weeks ago, friend of the blog Jordan Harbinger from The Art of Charm invited me out to see him talk on the Sex Nerd Sandra podcast at NerdMelt. The NerdMelt space is technically in the back of Meltdown Comics on Sunset but the theater is a 3-way collaboration between Meltdown, Chris Hardwick and Geek Chic Daily where they basically film live podcast tapings. As a long time fan of the Nerdist podcast I was excited to go.

The theater is in the back of Meltdown so the first thing I did was put my head down and stare directly at my shoes as I made my way to the back to avoid any impulse buys before I even got to the show. I’m terrible in comics shops and never make it out without my bag being heavier and my wallet extremely lighter. The theater also doubles as an art gallery which is nice since it gives you something to do when you get there too early and desperately don’t want to step foot in the store and spend all your lunch money for the week.

I do have a few complaints about the theater but not many. The damn bathroom door wouldn’t close which some twat had to figure out in the middle of the show by repeatedly slamming the door which was partly the theaters fault for having such a shitty door and the twats fault for being so twatty. There was also no AC or fans which made it a bit too hot. PRO-TIP: Sitting by the door in the back definitely helps. Lastly the chairs were really crappy and after sitting in them for 2 hours straight really put a hurting on the old ass parts. Definitely not enough to keep me from coming back but something they should really fix. Especially that bathroom door!

The podcast taping actually ran for 2 hours total and was a really good time. Besides Sandra and Jordan they were joined by comedian Dave Ross who is a seriously funny guy. You really have to check his stuff out. It was a sex podcast but sadly no one was having any so they just talked about it a lot. As far as podcast tapings go I was a little more sober than I usually am (I’ve only ever been to Diggnation tapings and you tend to never remember those) so it was pretty cool to actually remember the whole thing the next day ;-) The panel shared advice and funny as hell stories that I definitely encourage you to check out. The mix of humor along with the sex and relationship talk make for a great combo. All in all it was a great time and cheaper than a movie. You can check out the episode here and the NerdMelt calendar here. Go grab some tickets and catch a show!

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