NOW THE TRUTH CAN BE TOLD
| August 22, 2002
So if you caught 30 Seconds To Fame, now you know: I didn't win the $25,000. Alas. But I had a total blast, and I felt like I made a good showing, which was my only goal going down there.
Thanks for all your emails of the "You wuz robbed!!" variety. The general consensus among you seems to be:
1) I wuz robbed;
2) What was up with that guy in the suit?!?; and
3) I should have worn a halter top.
I'll have a video of my 00:30 up soon.
If you don't know what this 30 Seconds thing is, see my earlier story
30 SECONDS: YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED
| August 19, 2002
So I'm going to be on national TV this Wednesday night. Lots of y'all have emailed with questions; I'll try to answer them all here.
The show is called 30 Seconds To Fame
. It airs this Wednesday, Aug 21, at 8pm (7pm Central), on FOX.
It's like a cross between The Gong Show and Star Search. 25 acts each get 30 seconds to do whatever they want. Whoever the studio audience likes best wins $25,000.
So you'll see at least 30 seconds of me vocal-percussing
, and maybe more (I'm not allowed to tell you how I did).
Many of the acts will be on the weird side -- folks lighting themselves on fire and such (see my earlier story
) -- but friends of mine who've been watching the show say it's surprisingly compelling and (unsurprisingly) brisk.
I myself don't have a TV, so I will be catching the show at the Little Shamrock
, a cozy little neighborhood bar on 9th and Lincoln in the Inner Sunset. Join me, won't you?
BE AN ADULT LITERACY TUTOR!
| August 14, 2002
I just signed up to be a literacy tutor through Project Read
, the adult literacy program of the SF Public Library. Anyone want to do it with me?
The Library estimates that 80,000 San Francisco adults -- one in every five -- have some difficulty with basic reading and writing. Project Read provides free one-to-one tutoring, workshops, and ongoing instructional support to thousands of these adults.
The next set of tutor training classes starts just after Labor Day, so call right now -- (415) 557-4388 -- to sign up.
If you don't live in San Francisco, you can find other programs
all over the Bay Area.
And of course, your donations
-- either through individual contributions, United Way drives, or your business donating its services -- are vital to the program's survival.
LICENSE TO KILL TIME
| August 13, 2002
For your puzzling pleasure: this fiendishly twisty James Bond puzzle
, which I was commissioned to create as a pre-game hint for the upcoming YABA Treasure Hunt
. Have fun.
Registration for the Hunt is still open, so sign up now!
TAKE STUFF FROM WORK
| August 7, 2002
Just returned from a fundraiser for 826 Valencia
, the student writing lab run by Dave Eggers et al. It's a wonderful organization, infused with equal amounts of unflagging dedication, love, laughter, and goofy verve.
They need big gobs of money, of course, but they also need equipment: Apple hardware and software, office equipment, reference books, office supplies, and so on. So check out their site
, then stop in with that old dictionary and a stapler, hmm?
MY ANIME DEBUT
| August 6, 2002
I'm going to be in an anime! JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
, the hugely popular Japanese animated film series, is being released in America by Super Techno Arts
I play Dio Brando, the immortal vampire supervillain. The kind of guy who'd just as soon rip off your head and inhabit your body as look atcha.
The 13-episode, 6-DVD set is slated for release this winter.