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by Christopher Grant Harris

Monday, 6 March 2017

Daaaaaaaaaaaaang

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Daaaaaaaaaaaang.

Yeah, that’s me, I’m the guy who got a Nintendo Switch on launch day (I pre-ordered it).

Let's SWITCH things up in here. GET IT? SWITCH!?

Let’s SWITCH things up in here. GET IT? SWITCH!?

So. Yeah. I may not be very productive for a while. Or I might be (even) more sleepy that usual. Bonus: I can bring this thang to bed and play there!

Categories: Life, Video Games.

Friday, 3 March 2017

8-Bit Misfits: A Documentary About ME (and a couple other people…)

It's Me! On your screen!

It’s Me! On your screen!

Y’all know I’m in a band, right? RIGHT!? It’s called The Crazy Boy Floyds. I’ve mentioned them before.

If you’re interested in hearing a li’l bit about the LONG and humorous history and process of this band, one of the members (Geoff) put together a li’l documentary about it. You can watch it here and now! DO SO:

There, that was only 6.5 minutes of your life you’ll never get back. You’ll hardly miss it! Though you may wish I hadn’t vocally re-created the first song I wrote.

Right, Geoff?

"Right, dude. Dude."

“Right, dude. Dude.”

Anyhoo, if you want to listen to more, CBF has a handful of songs available for FREE on our bandcamp page, conveniently arranged into four albums by subject matter:

Four Times Four Songs of Fun!

Four Times Four Songs of Fun!

Seriously, this musics is a tonne of fun to both make and listen to. Like I said in the documentary, I’m getting a new(er) computer sometime soon and I’m gonna load it up with Schism Tracker and get some good Gameboy samples all loaded up (as well as my regular CBF samples), then I plan on spending the rest of the year making musics for everyone! I’ll keep you updated-ish as to my progress. <3

Categories: Music, Videos.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

New Official Music Video for Electric NoNo’s “Blue Planet”

YesYes

YesYes!

Electric NoNo is releasing a new EP next Friday to be entitled Rain City Blue, but today they released the first official music video from that album, for the 1-minute punk-pop gem of a song called “Blue Planet.” STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING AND WATCH IT HERE:

Wow. Even though it’s only a minute long, director Jeff Larson and the Cortese brothers sure did pack a tonne of awesome in there. They apparently spent nearly a year animating the video!

Psychedelic YesYes

Psychedelic YesYes.

Speaking of EP release, Electric NoNo is having a release party on March 10th to celebrate these new-fangled musics they’re putting out. It’s on a Friday night, so you should go!

Details:
Electric NoNo Record Release (Faced Book Event)
Friday, March 10th 8:00PM
@ Sunset Tavern
5433 Ballard Ave NW, Seattle, WA 98107 (map)
$10, 21+

Oh, oh dear. NoNo, guys, NoNo.

Oh, oh dear. NoNo, guys, NoNo.

I’ll be there! SO CAN YOU!

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Music, Videos.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

“Of the Month” March 2017

Comic Book of the Month:

Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat

A superhero starts a temp agency that matches super-powered people to jobs other than fighting crime. Hi-jinks ensue! Along with Ms. Marvel and The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat forms a triumvirate of fun, funny, optimistic, and kick-ass female-led comics from Marvel. Hellcat is seriously a joy to read each month, with Patsy’s searing optimism and amusingly convoluted back-story (she was once the star of teen romance comics about 50 years ago, and at one point she died and went to Hell under the influence of a depressing villain (but she got better), and she has an ex-husband who’s a sorcerer) serving as fodder for great comedy. Writer Kate Leth gives each character an excellently funny voice, and the art is vibrant and cartoony without being un-relatable. These feel like real people. Extreme people in an absurdly extreme world, sure, but real enough that you really do care for them. Seriously, pick up Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Hellcat (and toss Howard the Duck in there while you’re at it) and you’ll have a great time every month.

Restaurant of the Month:

Mizuki Buffet

An inexpensive, all-you can eat buffet with an entire wall of fresh sushi, within walking distance of my work? Uh-oh, that’s trouble! Seriously, the lunch buffet is only $15 bucks, and you can easily eat $40-$50 worth of sushi for that much money. And if (for some unfathomable reason) you get sick of sushi, they have two entire other walls full of other Asian (and some non-Asian) foodstuffs. Bonus: if my team at work meets or exceeds our monthly goals, our manager treats us to lunch here. That’s fantastic motivation.

Tabletop Game of the Month:

Get Bit!

A very fun, small game where you play as a bunch of robots swimming away from a shark, who will devour a limb off of whichever robot is in the back of the line at the end of the turn. The last robot with at least one remaining limb wins! Each player plays a numbered card to determine their place in the line, but if two or more players play the same number they get stuck and have to watch as all the other players swim ahead of them. A great deal of the fun is that the robots and shark are all actual pieces, with movable parts (and removable limbs for the robots). It’s such a simple idea that my three-year-old daughter figured out how to play almost right away. And she giggles quite a bit when she makes the shark eat a robot’s leg. They played this game on Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop a couple of years ago, so you can actually see how it goes here (Get Bit starts at 19:30):

Categories: Of the Month.

Monday, 27 February 2017

New Official (Animated) Music Video for Open Mike Eagle’s “Dang is Invincible”

Daaaaang...

Daaaaang…

An excellent track from Open Mike Eagle & Paul White’s 2016 album Hella Personal Film Festival has been made into an excellent animated music video by animation collective Doulzia. It is so excellent that it actually premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim at about 1:30 AM on Sunday! Holy crap!

What’re ye waitin’ fer!? Watch this imaginative, symbolic romp through social anxiety here/now!

Daaaaaaaang.

Categories: Music, My Famous Friends, Videos.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Swim With the (Funny) Fishes at Fools Play This Saturday!

Fools Play on February 18th!

Fools Play on February 18th!

Fools Play Improv returns to its fishy Olympia venue, the South Sound Estuarium, this Saturday, February 18th! Join me and some other Fools for the funnies in this very unique space. Just take a look at a photo from a recent show:

Me and Cap'n Josh! (My jeans are really that purple in real life)

Me and Cap’n Josh! (My jeans are really that purple in real life)

Details:
Fools Play in Olympia (Faced Book Event)
Saturday, February 18th 8:00 PM
@ The South Sound Estuarium
309 State Ave NE, Olympia, WA 98501 (map)
All-Ages, Only $5!

Fools + Fish = WINNING

Fools + Fish = WINNING

Categories: Concerts/Shows, Fools Play.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Happy Valentimes 2017 (Goodbye, Winter Beard)

It's Time. Ladies.

It’s Time. Ladies.

A new video in which I transition from my mighty Winter Beard to my more sensible Spring Beard.

For the Ladies.

Categories: Life.