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jun 6th 2009
I've started a task for myself, in which I will watch every DVD in my collection. Not in some random order. Not even alphabetical or chronological order. Instead, I'll watch them in such an order that each film must be connected to the one that follows it by sharing an actor or director.

For example: If I watch Schindler's List, I could follow it up with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, because both were directed by Stephen Spielberg. I could then follow Close Encounters with What About Bob? since both star Richard Dreyfuss.

If you'd like to follow along on the project, you can go to SixDegreesDVD.blogspot.com or click the Six Degrees of DVD Project link on my page at www.wapl.com

I hope you enjoy following along as much as I'm enjoying watching the movies and trying like hell to connect them all.
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may 28th 2009
I mentioned on the air today that I really wanted to see the movie Drag Me To Hell when it comes out this weekend, and that I haven't seen X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Terminator: Salvation or Star Trek yet, even though I really want to. But I did see Angels & Demonsthis week.

Then I got this email from listener Adam in Green Bay:
So, you chose to go to "Angels and Demons" over "Wolverine" or "Star Trek"? I think you lost some man points there. I've seen the two latter movies, and may see the former on disc. Not to sure, I was a huge fan of the book, and normally find it disappointing to watch the movies. Wolverine and Star Trek were awesome. You should really see them.

Thanks Adam. Yeah, I've lost some man points. But any guy who's married has probably had the same conversation that my wife and I had earlier this week:

Me: "Hey, let's see a movie tonight"
Her: "Sure, what's out"
Me: "What about Wolverine?"
Her: "Uh, no."
Me: "Star Trek is really supposed to be awesome."
Her: "I have no desire to see that."
Me: "Terminator Salvation?"
Her: [rolls her eyes]
Me: "How about Dance Flick?"
Her: "What??"
Me: "Just kidding. Angels and Demons?"
Her: "OK."

This is why my Netflix queue has over 200 movies in it. And why I probably won't actually see Drag Me To Hell this weekend. Oh well.
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may 5th 2009
Yesterday was the anniversary of Moe Howard's death. Moe, or as I like to call him, "The Angry Stooge," was the glue that held the other stooges together. Larry's the dumb one. Curly's the crazy one. Moe's the smart one... if that can be said of any of the Stooges. Moe always had the plan... the job... the scheme. Then the other two would get out of line, and Moe would have to smack some sense into them. Of course, then it would escalate until everyone was slapping, bonking, nose-grabbing, ear-twisting, and eye-poking each other to the point that everything fell apart. Simple but brilliant, every time.

Of course, it wasn't always Moe, Larry, and Curly. We can't forget the "Lesser Stooges" including Shemp (actually the older brother of Moe and Curly, and the funniest of the Lesser Stooges), then Joe Besser, then Curly Joe DeRita. Not as brilliant as Curly... but still damn good.
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apr 10th 2009
I'm a bit of a Simpsons fanatic. So I'm very excited that the US Postal Service is coming out with Simpsons stamps on May 7th. You can pre-order them now through the USPS web site...

My only hope is that there are future editions of the stamps with other characters... Moe, Barney, Apu, Burns & Smithers, Ralph Wiggum (his stamp wouldn't be sticky because he eats all the paste), and of course the stamp for Bart's pet elephant Stampy.

Click here for more info on the Simpsons stamps.
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apr 9th 2009

Ahh... Major League Baseball is under way. And my Cubbies are alone in first place (at least for a day). Nice to see the team win the first series of the season. Nice to see Soriano homer in each of the first two games. Not so nice to see Geovany Soto go down with a shoulder injury in the second game of the year. Hopefully it won't be too serious.

Should be a good Cubs / Brewers series at Miller Park this weekend. Go Cubs!
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apr 9th 2009
Happy 83rd birthday to Playboy magazine founder Hugh Hefner... and an excuse for a few pictures of Hef's past and current hot girlfriends.

The guy is well past retirement age, and still running the magazine. Plus, despite breakups with former "Girls Next Door" Holly Madison, Kendra Wilkinson, and Bridget Marquardt...


Hef has quickly rebounded to three new hotties, Crystal Harris, Karissa Shannon, and Kristina Shannon.

And YES, the Shannon girls are TWINS.

God bless ya Hef. Here's to many more years of living the dream.
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apr 7th 2009

One of my questions for Trivia Tuesday during the Noon Lunch Whistle today was about Owsley "Bear" Stanley - sound engineer for the Dead and perhaps the most notorious cook and distributor of LSD in the 1960's.

If you want to read a fantastic book about the history of drug culture in America, including some great info about Owsley, check out "Can't Find My Way Home: America in the Great Stoned Age, 1945-2000" by Martin Torgoff. Torgoff is one of the main faces you've seen on the VH1 documentary series, "The Drug Years," and his book is fantastic.
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mar 30th 2009
As much as I enjoy the Guitar Hero commercial with Heidi Klum dancing around in her underwear, it's nice to see Metallica kick some ass and blow s#!t up.

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mar 30th 2009
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mar 23rd 2009

Chickenfoot - the new supergroup with Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Joe Satriani, and Chad Smith - just posted two songs on their web site. Check out "Soap on a Rope" and "Down the Drain."

Click here to listen for yourself!
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mar 20th 2009
I'm dying for this Tuesday and the release of Pearl Jam's "Ten" re-issue.

Ten was one of those albums that I listened to over and over and over again, to the point that I was afraid the laser was going to burn right through my CD. That album plus the follow-up, Vs., made me a huge Pearl Jam fan. A band I played drums for in high school even covered "Alive" as part of our set list.

Now, there's the re-issue... something I usually don't get too excited over, especially if I already own the album. But PJ knows how to do it right for the fans: a remastered disc of the original album... plus a remixed version with six tracks that were never released from the original Ten sessions. That's the Legacy Edition that WAPL is giving away this weekend as part of our "Perfect Ten Weekend."

But I'm jonesing for the Deluxe Edition that also includes the DVD of the never-before-released MTV Unplugged episode that I remember watching when it first aired... still one of the best MTV Unplugged performances ever.

And if I somehow come into some extra money, I'll go for the Super Deluxe Edition which has the 2 CDs, the DVD, 4 LPs including a live Seattle performance from 1992, a cassette replica of the original PJ demo, and a replica of Eddie Vedder's old notebook from the era. Of course that one is $125 on Amazon.com right now... so I'll probably just stick with the Deluxe.

Enjoy the Perfect Ten Weekend, and be sure to hit the contest page to enter for your copy of the re-issue.
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mar 18th 2009
I don't get Twitter. (Sorry Ross Maxwell)

If you haven't heard of Twitter.com, it's just another social networking internet tool. If you've ever used FaceBook or MySpace, you're familiar with the concept - it's a one-line status update for yourself. Just a quick sentence or two to let people know what you're doing right now. It's just a tiny part of what Facebook and MySpace have to offer, but on Twitter it's the full package. Nothing but a status update.

"Elwood is on-air on WAPL."
"Elwood is blogging about Twitter."
"Elwood is drinking a Dr. Pepper."

Does anyone care? If they do, I'm worried about what kind of stalker they are and where I can get a restraining order.

And the only times I might actually be doing something interesting enough to Twitter about, I'd be too busy to actually get out my computer or cell phone to post anything.

"Elwood is skydiving."
"Elwood is wrestling a gorilla."
"Elwood is saving the world from the evil forces of the Legion of Doom."

Frankly, if you're doing anything worth telling the world about... the world can wait until you're done with it to find out. Meanwhile, just enjoy whatever you're doing rather than worrying about telling everyone that you're doing it.
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mar 5th 2009

Went ziplining today as part of a group excursion... I'm terrified of heights, but made it through. The trip down each of the 11 zip lines was incredible. It was the climbing up through the trees and actually getting hooked up every time that was a little nerve wracking. Roxanne "Nerves Of" Steele was also along for the trip and loved it too, despite also having a fear of heights.

We capped off the zip lines with a short bike ride to a cenote, or natural fresh water pool, where we swam, dove, and did more zip lining into the water. There are pictures from the cenote in the Day 6 gallery for you to check out, and we've got a DVD of the whole group on zip lines, bikes, and swimming that I'll try to post a little of on the site once we're back in Wisconsin.

Afternoon broadcast went great today... Be sure to check out some photos in the Day 5 gallery of Roxanne acting inappropriate in Playa del Carmen last night. Plus some photos of a restaurant called Alux, that's built into an underground cave.

Eating at the Japanese restaurant at the resort tonight, then it sounds like there may be another trip to Playa del Carmen tonight... who knows what could happen this time?
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mar 3rd 2009
Had loads of fun today on the catamaran cruise with the whole group. Drinking, snorkeling, watching listeners leap from the boat into the water, enjoying a couples' balloon-popping contest... loads of great stories.

Be sure to check out some of the photos from Day 4... and go to the videos page to check out video of the boat jumping and the balloon-popping winners!
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mar 1st 2009

Well, we all arrived yesterday without incident at the gorgeous Iberostar Tucan resort in the Riviera Maya in Mexico. The beach is incredible, the pool is huge, the drinks are flowing, and the weather is fantastic.

Looking forward to spending a little time on the beach this afternoon, then meeting up with all of the WAPL listeners that are along for the trip this evening during our welcome reception.

Tested all of our equipment yesterday afternoon, and everything ran smoothly. So we should be up and ready to go for our first broadcast on Monday morning with Rick and Len from 7-9am.
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feb 27th 2009

Having a rough time this week getting through everything that needs to be done before leaving for the WAPL International Incident. It's not just getting packed and prepping all of the station stuff for the broadcast, but it's putting together all the stuff that needs to run back home while I'm gone, and having everything done that's kicking off the week we get back. Plus, getting bills paid, running to the bank, making sure camera batteries are charged, memory cards are empty, iPod is properly stocked and charged, headphones are packed, DVR is set to record the proper programs while we're gone (and that there's enough memory to make sure everything gets recorded), returning phone calls, changing my outgoing voice mail at work, confirming prizes for WAPL's big spring promotion, yada yada yada...

It's enough to make someone need a vacation.
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feb 25th 2009
Andy's Back!

I've been following the NBC late night TV shifts with some curiosity. Leno's leaving The Tonight Show, Conan's taking over the Tonight Show, and Jimmy Fallon is taking over Late Night.

Leno's final The Tonight Show is on May 29th - not soon enough for me - after which he'll be moving to a 9pm prime time slot so NBC doesn't have to come up with any original programming anymore.

Frankly I saw this as the network spitting in the eye of O'Brien. "Hey, we're giving you the Tonight Show when Leno retires." And then in a Favre-like dick move... "Whoops, Leno's not exactly retiring - so we're still going to have him on before you every night... just earlier."

As for Fallon, he's a funny and creative guy. I liked a good portion of what he used to do on SNL. I'm just hoping that he's matured enough that he'll be able to go five minutes without losing it and laughing at his own jokes. We'll find out next week when he takes over Late Night.

As for Conan, I'm really looking forward to his new time slot when he starts up June 1, much in the way I was thrilled to see Letterman move up over a decade ago. And today I saw even better news: Andy Richter will be joining Conan as announcer for the show, much in the way he used to work on Conan's Late Night and probably a little of the Ed McMahon vibe from Carson's Tonight Show. Richter is hilarious and will definitely add to the show - I'm hoping they bring back the old staring contests.

For the last few years, I've had a solid late night schedule: Daily Show at 10. Colbert at 10:30 while flipping over to Letterman. Then Craig Ferguson's monologue, followed by the rest of Conan O'Brien. Now this will make it tougher for me to decide what to watch at 10:30... I still love Dave... but Conan with Andy is a powerful duo. And will Fallon have the chops to pull me away from Ferguson's brilliantly stream-of-consciousness monologues?

I'll definitely be staying up to find out.
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feb 20th 2009

Sammy Hagar's new Supergroup, "Chickenfoot," just released a new promotional clip... check it out.



The group is Hagar on guitar & vocals, ex-Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Joe Satriani. A new album is almost done and should be out this summer...

Get more on the story here...
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feb 18th 2009

God bless the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. And God bless the internet that allows me to check out the pictures without having to subscribe to the magazine (especially since they don't give you that cool football phone with your subscription anymore).

This is Julie Henderson. And she's naked. Completely, utterly naked. Yet, here I am, able to not only look at her nude picture for free... but able to post it for you on WAPL.com. Why? Because there's some paint over her nipples.

Which leads me to wonder... why are women's nipples taboo? It doesn't make any sense. Women's nipples are exactly the same as men's nipples... and we can show those off in public all the time. Advertising, TV and movies, on the beach, at Lambeau Field, wandering around in public, men can have our shirts off any time we want (although the lack of shirt or shoes may mean we are denied service at some stores and restaurants.)

Women on the other hand can't show their nipples. I'd maybe understand if it was the entire breast, but for some reason it's just the female nipple that some people find offensive. J-Lo with cleavage down to her belly button? No problem as long as the double-sided tape keeps the nipple covered. Breast augmentation surgery shown on E!'s Dr. 90210? It's ok as long as the nipples are blurred out. Madonna, Britney, and the rest want to wear next to nothing in every music video and on every tour? Fine... but when Janet Jackon's nipple appears for 2 seconds the world goes berzerk.

So my question is, if the rest of the breast is ok, why can't we free the nipple? I think it would make the world a better place.
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feb 18th 2009
Having dogs and cats is ok. Fish. Lizards. Hamsters. Fine. Chimpanzees? Unless you're Michael Jackson or you want to end up like this woman's friend... I'll stay away.

Get the full story here from CNN...
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