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The final, dramatic episode of Ken Burns Babyfur is now posted! Watch it, and then check out this playlist of every episode to relive your favorite moments! http://bit.ly/babyfur
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Made a new video in my favorite genre, character watches something horrific on a TV that I replace with something else.
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+Teresa D. Lee Do you have a link, I couldn't find the mashup when I tried searching
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GUYS! +Conor Lastowka and I have created the SECOND book in our potentially limitless series of books of Wikipedia-derived humor.  PROBABLY you'll want to order it? Less than $10 in paperback and a mere 99 cents on your Kindle!
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Insane theories about The Shining are hot right now, so here is my own personal one: http://lastowka.tumblr.com/post/47291585484/worst-rescuer-ever
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New episode of the [Citation Needed] Podcast is up!
Featuring:
-A very, well, "unique" recipe for oysters courtesy Mr. Nick Nolte
-Delve into the world of Cryptozoology when we track down Mexico’s sinister cheese-stealing El Nahual
-Gary finally pushes the Studio Executive to his bursting point when he pitches a movie called…Well, you’ll just have to tune in and find out

All this plus a very special guest appearance from Austin Tichenor of The Reduced Shakespeare Company
Download it here: http://citationneeded.tumblr.com/post/17769137894/citation-needed-podcast-episode-09
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I've uploaded four episodes of a mini webseries I've been working on, "Ken Burns Babyfur." A playlist of every ep so far is available here: http://bit.ly/babyfur
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A Christmas Boner/miracle!
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My novel, Gone Whalin’ is now available!

http://amzn.to/1bYuUwJ

One year, six months, eight days, 638 pages, 222,851 words, and 1,025,891 characters after I started writing it, my novel Gone Whalin’ is available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle. If you want to go buy it now and not read the rest of this, I will understand.

It feels good to be done. Once I got about 15% through the book, the main motivating force behind continuing to work on it was ‘wanting to be done.’ Oh, it will be a sweet feeling, I’d think as I secluded myself in my office to bang out a few pages over the course of several hours only to realize I had inched closer to being done by just a few hundredths of a percentage point and in the meantime missed out on weekends, birthdays, weddings, Spring, and Monday Night Football. But actually being done is as great a feeling as I imagined. At this point, Dean Bickerstaff would throw back his head and laugh triumphantly without removing his cigar from his mouth. (Read the book, it’ll make sense then.)

Why did I decide to to write a novel? The way I remember it, I had the idea that a whaling ship could be a funny setting for a book or movie, or five minute podcast skit. Potentially with somebody aboard the ship who had no business being there. After kicking around this idea in my head for a few weeks, I picked up Chad Harbach’s The Art of Fielding, which I believed to be about baseball, but which actually has a very strong Melville-undercurrent. (It’s good, read it.) I took it as a sign, probably the only time I’ve took something as a sign in my life. I jotted down some notes and in March 2012, started writing.

Also, in this essay I wrote about DadBoner in 2011, I noted that it was the longest thing I’d written since college, which struck me as a kind of sad fact that really needed fixing. (I blew it out of the water.)

What the hell is this novel about? Well, there’s a description of it on the back cover and on the Amazon page. If you need it summed in a sentence or two, it’s about a college student who starts waking up on a whaling ship in the 1800s every other day, the adventures he has at sea, and how his roommate and the dean of his college scheme to take advantage of him on the days he’s back in time. Most importantly, it’s funny.

I’m reluctant to give too much more of the plot away, but if you want a little bit more sales pitch than that, I can tell you that Gone Whalin’ is the best, funniest thing I’ve ever written. This last time, as I sat down to read it, yet again, going through it with a magnifying glass and hypercritical eye, what should be an altogether joyless exercise, there were many parts that still made me laugh. It has some ridiculous characters in it that I’ve grown quite fond of. It has passages where I still am not sure which part of my brain they came out of. It has 166 uses of the word shillelagh. And it has a scene where a dog in a sombrero and sunglasses drinks beer from a keg. You can read three chapters for free at gonewhalin.com if you want any more info before you decide to take the plunge.

I’ve written enough about this book and now that it’s out, I certainly don’t need to write any more, so I will just say: I hope that you will read it, and that it will make you laugh. Please let me know if it does.

That’s Gone Whalin’, available here: http://amzn.to/1bYuUwJ

PS: If you might be so inclined to repost this, write your own thing about it, review the book on Amazon, add it to Goodreads, take a picture of yourself reading it, give it as a gift, trick your book group into discussing it, or talk people’s ear off at a cocktail party about it until you’re asked to leave, I’d be forever grateful. If you need some time to read through it before you go staking your reputation on it, I understand. 

OK, it’s been a few minutes, did you finish it yet? What’d you think?
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Heckler ruins Terence Mann's Field of Dreams speech


Field of Dreams is one of my favorite movies. I've been to the field in Dyersville, Iowa. I've observed the bitter signs encouraging you to buy from one gift shop over the other, since the field (at one point in time) stretched over two different pieces of property. My end of college mix CD had the James Earl Jones speech on it. I've performed the speech with a live band backing me in New York City.

But as the saying goes, "insert footage of yourself mocking the things you love." So I did it.

People will come Ray.

*Bonus behind the scenes footage of the father teaching his young son to pitch on the baseball field ten feet in front of us while I chugged the beer while giving the finger omitted*
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Now I know why RiffTrax are so good.
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I went thru the Complete Far Side collection to find out which name Gary Larson used the most often. The results: http://conorlastowka.com/2012/01/far-side-names/
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I like hearing what other people use fir their "go-to" names. I use Carl and Gary a lot for males and Becky for females.
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It's a certified Christmas Miracle! A new episode of the [Citation Needed] Podcast is now available! Features time travel, Hitler, fish seeds and drunken miners leading around dangerous animals. So a fairly typical episode actually...

Go check it out! http://citationneeded.tumblr.com/post/14565719838/citation-needed-podcast-episode-08
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