Archive for the ‘Videos’ Category

OK, this is kind of an annual tradition for me — going to the Spoutwood Farm May Day Fairie Festival in Glen Rock, Pa., and making a video where I talk to the attendees about politics. I first did it on a whim before the 2008 presidential election, when I covered politics as a newspaper reporter. It went over so well that I started doing it every year. The folks who show up at the festival have a great sense of humor and are always willing to play along. This year was no exception.

I take a certain pride in imagining that this is the only entry in the entire blogosphere the includes both “Twig the Fairy” and “Federal Election Commission” as tags. Enjoy.

If you’re in the York, Pa., vicinity this weekend, Mike Argento will be making a couple of appearances to promote his book, “Don’t be Cruel.” As I’ve mentioned here before — if you find Carl Hiaasen a bit too dry and academic, this is the book for you. I lifted the following from Argento’s Facebook page:

“Book stuff this weekend: Saturday, I’ll be at Bookland on South Queen Street in York signing and whatnot. The store is at 2114 S. Queen and I’ll be there from 11 to 2. (Bookland has about the best magazine selection in town. So there’s that.) And on Sunday, from 10 to 1, I’ll be at the Spring Pennsylvania Music Expo at the Continental Inn at 2285 Lincoln Highway East in Lancaster. If you need to pick up a copy of Shatner signing Metallica covers, this is the place to be…”

And since he mentioned Shatner …

Thanks to my buddy Doug for forwarding this to me. This guy explains how local road signs actually include secret codes, which FEMA, NATO, and (Surprise surprise!) the U.N. use to identify the location of detention camps or helicopter landing sites or something. To me, this perfectly encapsulates what a lot of conspiracy theories are about: pattern recognition gone haywire. That’s the great thing about the Internet. You can get the full explanations — which are weirdly fascinating from a purely anthropological standpoint — without having to sit next the twitchy guy dressed all in camouflage fatigues at your local redneck bar, whom all the regulars know to avoid.

Merry Christmas from William Shatner

Posted: December 21, 2011 in Videos

So William Shatner and I were hanging out at my apartment, knocking back a few heavily spiked eggnogs, when I asked if he’d be willing to record a holiday greeting for my friends. He assented. Bill’s swell that way. Here ya go!

Old-time strongman Chris Rider

Posted: December 14, 2011 in Videos

Recently, I paid a visit to Chris Rider of Thomasville, Pa., who is one of the strongest men in the world. Here’s a video I made. I try to keep my videos at under five minutes. But soon I intend to post another video that will show some more of the feats of strength he demonstrated for me. Damn! My jaw is still bruised from the numerous times it hit the floor. In addition to the feats you’ll see in this video, Chris drove a nail through a board with his hand, rolled up a frying pan and bent a really heavy adjustable wrench. And by the way, Chris informed me that they’re called “feats” not “tricks.” “Tricks are for clowns,” he said. So I’m calling them feats. Because Chris is not on my short list of guys I want to piss off. Anyway, here’s the video. Watch and be amazed.

The Church of Elvis, Scientist

Posted: December 3, 2011 in Books, Videos, Writers

Kinda defies description. Just watch.

Here’s a video of my trip to the historic Farnsworth House in Gettysburg.

Video from a couple of years back

Posted: November 6, 2011 in Halloween, Videos

This is from a 2009 Halloween party. And … ah hell. There’s no getting around it. It’s just adorable. (By the way, I can tear a phone book in half. No kidding.)

Mike Argento book signing

Posted: November 4, 2011 in Books, Videos, Writers

That’s 7 tonight at the York Emporium, 343 W. Market St.,York, Pa. To give you an idea of the kind of insanity you’ll be dealing with, here’s what happened last week when Mike was at the York Book and Paper Fair in West Manchester. Come for the signing, stay for the awesomeness that is the York Emporium.

Costume — Part 2

Posted: October 26, 2011 in Halloween, Videos

Apparently some people couldn’t quite make out what was going on with the costume from seeing it head-on. So here it is from a slightly different angle.