Now I get to tell jokes about having a baby. Because I have a baby. Enjoy my lame jokes!
New set with some new jokes. Enjoy!
I wrote a few new jokes to sprinkle into the set. I am not sure what kind of camera the video guy used, but it seems to have added more than 10 pounds. Or I can blame the aspect ratio. Yeah, that must be it.
I had to do it. I was one of the few Blogger users still publishing via FTP, a method they no longer support. My options were to host on BlogSpot (eww!) or let Google manage my domain for me. Neither was an option, so I used WordPress’s handy-dandy import tool and Voila! A new template and the happy fuzzy feeling I get from owning all my own stuff. Please let me know if you run into any issues or broken links with the new site design.
So I am what you might call a fan of the rickroll. For Halloween I dressed up as Rick Astley and had an ipod with a speaker in my pocket. OK, now I sound like some sort of weirdo. Well, I am a weirdo. I started messing with Twilio‘s API (coolest thing ever!!) and came up with my happy-fun RickRoll hotline. Try it at (646) 863-9544. If you need a mnemonic, that number apparently spells “mint new jig.” Enjoy!
Video speaks for itself!
So the day finally came and I did my stand-up comedy routine at Caroline’s on Boradway. I think I did well and I had a great time. So great, in fact, that I plan on doing it again. This weekend. At Comix. Feel free to book tickets for $10 (they are $15 at the door) then call ahead to 212-524-2500 in order to get on my guest list. Should be a blast! I’ll post a video of the performance at Caroline’s when I get it. I have also been invited back to Caroline’s on June 16th, so I’ll get details on that soon. Laugh hard!
There, I said it. It’s true. Sometimes America sucks. It sucks to travel overseas and feel embarrassed to be American. Yes, I feel proud to be American, but it is an overabundance of pride that gets us a lousy reputation. It is sort of sad when you meet someone in a foreign country and they are shocked that an American could actually be a person they would want to know. I was in my corner store this weekend and I told the clerk that I thought it was cool that they had Saudi money taped on the wall. He was amazed that I knew it was Saudi because I could recognize King Faud. Are we really so solipsist that people are floored when we acknowledge something beyond our borders?
But I digress, this was not the point of this post. I began thinking that America sucks because we are so litigious. We took our dog to the beach yesterday. Actually, we drove our dog an hour to a beach, illegally allowed him to set foot on the boardwalk, and then hustled him off the sand when he illegally jumped onto it. We looked for a beach that allows dogs for about an hour. None to be found. I asked a cop and he had no idea if such a thing existed. He also confirmed my suspicion that it is due to fear of lawsuits that dogs are not allowed. This is not an irrational fear. If the media is to be believed, Americans sue at the drop of a hat. And for you non-dog-loving folk out there, they also ban kites at nearly all of the beaches. You can’t fly a kite at the beach for fear of litigation.
I am not going to go into the whole debate of whether we are too litigious and whether that is good or bad. You can read fun stuff on that here, here, here, and here. These links are a pretty wide spectrum of ideas, I try to include all sides.
No, what I want to do is propose a solution. In a book I am reading, Nudge, the authors propose an optional “no-sue” clause for doctors and patients in order to discount medical care and prevent overly-cautious medicine. My proposal is similar. At my beach, let’s call it Liberty Beach (oh, I loves me some jingoism!), there will be a huge sign: “Warning: You are entering a no-sue zone. Alcohol, dogs, kite flying, nudity, radio playing, and any other activity that does not physically harm the beach or other people is expressly allowed. By entering, you waive your right to sue. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere. Jerk.” Sure, there have to be some rules. People are largely stupid and pathologically lack personal accountability, so you have to police it a bit. But the idea is simply that as a condition of entry, you accept that shit might happen, as it tends to do. And that you are OK with that. I would gladly exchange my freedom to file a frivolous lawsuit for the freedom to take my dog on a beach. That just sounds like good economics to me.
I have no doubt that this is likely a complete fantasy and 99% infeasible. Most people are not intelligent or self-aware enough to accept complete freedom, they need rules. The rest are libertarians. However, it would be nice to live on Liberty Beach and play fetch naked while drinking, listening to a radio, and flying a kite without fear of the sight of my naked ass causing millions of dollars worth of emotional distress and/or pain and suffering. Again.
A few weeks ago I blogged about a cheat I developed for Boggle (or Scramble, whatever). Well, I guess I will post the link. It was a fun little project at the time, and hopefully you will enjoy it, too… for recreational purposes only. So here is my Scramble and Boggle Cheat. Enjoy.
I also developed and honed a program a few months ago to pull potential geographic modifiers for search keywords out of a database of zip codes. It was helpful for a few things I was doing at the time and a friend requested the link. I figured I would post it here as well. You can check out the GeoTerm Generator here. Should be self-explanatory.
Geez, one would think that my life is actually interesting lately. I am planning another paintball excursion, but this time with bus charter! Check it out here.
I am also going to be doing a 5 minute set of stand-up comedy at Caroline’s on Broadway on May 18th at 4:30. Book early! Call 212-757-4100 and book the 4:00 show on May 18th and mention that you are there to see Ammon Brown. Please show up at 3:45 PM. I may do a few open mics between now and then to warm up, so I’ll update this as necessary.
My brother is also moving back to NYC next week, so this is shaping up to be an awesome summer!