Archive for the Cool stuff Category

Get some free Nightmare Fuel!

Posted in Cool stuff, Jerrod's writing with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 24, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Rob Callahan put together a podcast as a Halloween treat to everyone. It’s called Nightmare Fuel and offers the following stories:

Rob Callahan reads Poe’s “The Conqueror Worm”
MontiLee Stormer reads “I Do This Because I Love You”
Jerrod Balzer reads “Wolf Plugs”
Mark McLaughlin reads “My Friend the Electrical Lint Squid”
Allegra Lingo reads “Lit Up”
Rich Ristow reads “50 Percent Cabell County Whup Ass”
Rob Callahan reads “The Names Have Been Changed to Protect the Survivors”
Wonder Dave reads “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Homophobia”
Mark McLaughlin reads “The Further Adventures of Lizzy Borden”
MontiLee Stormer reads “The Suicide Bar”
S.D. Hintz reads “The Rot of Autumn”
Rich Ristow reads “The Graven Idol’s Godheart”

Check it out!


Angry Cats Sound So Weird

Posted in Cool stuff, Life, Robin Balzer with tags , , , , , on October 19, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Okay, not only did this video about make me piss myself, but it reminds me of a funny story:

When Robin and I were still in Florida and just dating, she lived with/worked for an elderly couple living in the middle of an orange grove.  One night, while I was working night shift at a nearby hotel, she called me up, scared to death.

She said there were these horrible sounds coming from under the house, like screaming demons or something.  I asked for more detail and she likened them to really spooky kids.

My first suggestion was owls.  When I was 12, there was a period where owls would gather near my bedroom window in the middle of the night and yell like kids.  I knew what it was, but the noise would get into my dreams and turn into all sorts of scary monsters.

Nope, she was sure they were under the house, not next to it.  I asked her to mimic the sound, and then I echoed it to make sure.  She said, “That’s it!”  So I told her there were cats fighting under the house, so don’t get too worked up over it.

Relieved, she hung up to go back to sleep.

And… that still wasn’t it.  When she got up the next day, she told the elderly couple about it, and they said it was the peacocks that stroll through the groves from the neighbors’ place, and perch on the roof (not under the house, but I can see where it would be hard to tell) to make a bunch of noise.

But seriously, if you woke up and didn’t know what was making that weird sound, regardless of what it was, I can see how someone would jump out of their skin from it.

Rape from parrots must be stopped!

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , , , on October 4, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Because I can’t stop laughing:

Virtual Echo from Dollhouse

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , , , , on October 3, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

During last night’s Dollhouse (which was awesome), they advertising a free software download that puts Echo on your desktop in various personas.  I immediately downloaded/installed it and it’s fun!


At first, it only gives a few versions of Echo, but if you go into Settings and click “Download Videos,” you get the full 11.  There’s also a neat-looking feature that requires a webcam, but I don’t have one so I’ll have to pass on that for now.

Echo might come out and shoot a hole in your screen, or slash it with a knife, leave a bomb, spill champagne all over it, lots of cool stuff.  There’s even one that tells you to get back to work (might come in handy).

Questioning my sanity

Posted in Cool stuff with tags on August 13, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Okay, so I’m totally into metal/hard rock/goth/80’s/oldies/classical/industrial – NOT country, pop, hip-hop, rap, etc.  Insane Clown Posse is a big exception because I love those guys, but they’re kind of their own thing.

So why did I love this Britney Spears video when I came across it recently?  I don’t know.  It’s got a dark edge to it, and I dig strings.  Or am I just losing it?

You’re gonna love my nuts

Posted in Commercials, Cool stuff with tags , on August 12, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

I laughed my ass off with the commercial, and this remix rules!

Finally! The State on DVD today!

Posted in Cool stuff with tags , , , on July 14, 2009 by Jerrod Balzer

Yes!  Before there was Reno 911, there was The State on MTV, starring much of the Reno 911 cast as well as the upcoming Michael & Michael on Comedy Central.

It was one of my favorite shows during the 90s.  It’s got some of the most memorable skits, like the Inbred Brothers, $240 worth of pudding, Doug, topless Martha Stewart show, the sideways house, and the one with the Rosemary (you’ll see).  I could go on…

I’ve heard there were some issues with the music so there will be some re-dubbing, but I don’t care.  The show is finally available!  Woohoo!

And… I’m too broke to get it .  I’m just thrilled that it’s at least out there now 🙂