Alrighty then... it's my first video entry!
I recorded everything this morning, but didn't post until the afternoon so I could transcribe the audio. This way, anybody who might be deaf or hard of hearing will be able to follow along. This has the side-benefit of also helping out those people who can't play movies on their computer, or those terrified at the thought of having to watch me on video (and who could blame them?).
You'll have to forgive the crummy video quality, because it was recorded with my mini iSight camera with crappy lighting. While you're at it, you might as well forgive the bad audio and horrible graphics as well. This video is total crap, and should be avoided at all costs.
But if you're a glutton for punishment, look behind the curtain...
A video transcript is in an extended entry...
TRANSCRIPT: Dave's morning answers to the "How Well Do You Know Dave?" quiz.
I was going to be lazy and do my first video blog from bed... but I smell funny, and should probably take a shower first.
(SINGING AS MADONNA) "Like a Virgin... touched for the very first time..."
(SHAMPOO BOTTLE CRASHES) Oww!
Today I'm going to smell especially good because I'm using Waffle Cone Shampooooo.
Since Today is Monday, and Monday's usually suck, I've decided to wear my lucky Joe Boxers. They're really comfy, and a happy penis means a happy Monday.
(SINGING) "Milk and cereal. Cereal and Milk. Cereal and Milk."
And a banana so Ms. Sizzle doesn't yell at me.
Okay! Now that all that's out of the way, I guess it's time that I start answering all those questions that I put up on Saturday.
Okay, this is "How Well Do You Know Dave." It was an idea I stole from Hilly's blog.
First question. My dream vacation... A) Touring Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam. B) An icebreaker cruise from South America to Antarctica. C) Exploring the Amalfi Coast in Italy. D) A trip through Australia. I actually wouldn't mind doing any of these things right now, but the on that most interests me would probably be going back to Thailand. When I was there the first time several years ago, it was a life-changing even for me, and to go back and maybe see a little bit of Cambodia and Vietnam would be a dream vacation.
Okay... question number two. My biggest pet peeve... A) People clipping their fingernails in public. B) People making crunching noises while eating in annoying TV commercials. C) People who let their kids run wild and unsupervised. Or D) People who smack their gum while chewing it. Again, all of these things bugs the crap out of me. But probably the one that's bothering me the most right now is people who smack their gum while chewing it. I was in Spokane last week and eating at David's Pizza (which is one of my most favorite places to eat). And I'm standing in line when all of a sudden this gum-smacking whore comes up behind me, smackin' away. And it's like, come on lady... people are trying to eat here.
Question number three. No matter how bad I'm feeling, doing this one thing will make me feel happy every time... A) Painting a scenic picture. B) Bitch-slapping ramdom idiots at the grocery store. C) Watching the last 5 minutes of the movie "Millions." Or D) Eating a bowl of chocolate pudding with graham crackers. Ummm... all these things in theory would make me happy. But I have to eliminate "B" because even though I talk smack in my blog and draw violent cartoons, in real-life I would never commit violence a person. At least I hope that I wouldn't. But painting a scenic picture, that would be great. I rarely have time to do it though. Eating a bowl of chocolate pudding is always a good thing, guaranteed to put a smile on my face. But probably the thing I most like to do when I'm feeling down is watch the last five minutes of the movie "Millions." It's a brilliant film, really uplifting, and those last five minutes... I don't care how bad your day is, after you see it you're feeling much better.
Question number four. My DaveToon sidekick of Bad Monkey is based on... A) Robert, my motorcycle-riding friend. B) Max, the homicidal rabbit from "Sam & Max." C) Curious George. Or D) Calvin from "Calvin & Hobbes." Now, Calvin is my favorite comic strip character of all time, but he's a lot smarter and craftier than Bad Monkey will ever be... so let's get rid of that one. Curious George had a big affect on me as a kid because I read all the books over and over again. And that's probably where my obsession with monkeys came from. Robert my motorcycle-riding friend... he does a lot of the crazy stuff that Bad Monkey might do, but it's actually the other way around. Bad Robert was named after all the Bad Monkey cartoons that appeared in my blog. So the real answer is probably "Max, the homicidal rabbit from Sam & Max." Not a lot of people know about Sam ∓ Max... it's kind of a cult comic book thing. But it was a cartoon and a video game, and Max and Bad Monkey are both insanely crazy but absolutely adorable and lovable at the same time.
Question number five. The first blogger I ever met in person is... A) Jenny from Run Jen Run. B) Jeff from Geekable. C) Kazza from Kazza the Blank One. Or Kevin from Kapgar. These are all the earliest bloggers that I met, but the one that I met first would be Jeff from Geekable. I was working in Milwaukee, and heading over to Detroit so that I could visit the new Hard Rock Cafe there, and I remembered that Jeff lived in the Detroit area. So I gave him a call, we had a great lunch at the Hard Rock, and it was the first of many bloggers I would meet. And hopefully I'll be meeting many more.
Question number six. The total number of webfeeds I read, and how many of those are personal blogs. A) 188. B) 227. C) 362. Or D) 390. The answer would be 362, with 256 of those being personal blogs. That may sound like a lot, but not everybody posts every single day, and it doesn't make it that difficult when you have a feed reader that you're using. But it is an awful lot, and explains why sometimes I don't have a lot of time to comment on everybody's blog as much as I would like to.
Next question. The traits I most admire in people are... A) Honesty and Intelligence. B) Conviction and Compassion. C) Bravery and Strength. Or D) Hotness and Charisma. Now, as easy as it would be for me to answer "D" (especially with people like Elizabeth Hurley in the world) that would be a pretty shallow answer. Bravery and strength are definitely admirable traits. There's people who have to face unbelievable adversity in their lives every day, and for them to get through it on the merits of their bravery and strength is something to admire. Honesty and intelligence... always a good thing. But I think the thing I admire most in people is their personal conviction and compassion. People who are able to balance the two is kind of a rare thing in this world, and for people to be able to hold on to their beliefs, yet be able to help out people who believe differently than them is something I really admire. And there's a lot of worthwhile people in the world doing just that today.
Question number eight. The person I'd most like to beat severely with a baseball bat. Obviously a hypothetical question, because I don't advocate violence of any kind towards anybody. But, if I were to want to beat somebody, would it be... A) Jared Fogle, the Subway Sandwich Whore. B) Doug Morris, CEO of Universal Music. C) Ann Coulter, who is evil incarnate. Or D) Pat Robertson, which is a hate-preaching bastard. Doug Morris is the guy who got up and called all iPod owners thieves... even though I own an iPod and don't have any stolen music on mine. That makes him kind of a douche-bag worth beating. Jared Fogle is just an idiot. He gets up in these commercials, holds up a Subway sandwich with no cheese and no mayo... then holds up a Whopper with triple beef, triple cheese and extra mayo, and tries to compare the two for nutritional value. And it's just not a cool thing to do. He's pretty much a whore paid to say whatever Subway tells him to say, and for him to get up and try act like he's helping people is pretty lame. Pat Robertson is one of those people that really drives me nuts. He professes to be a man of God, but all he does is get up and preach hatred towards people who don't believe like he does, which is definitely wrong. But the big winner here (or loser, depending on how you look at it) would definitely be Ann Coulter. She's just a woman that will say absolutely anything... no matter who it hurts... no matter what the consequences are... and she just doesn't care. She just wants to sell her books and say these outrageous things and we don't really need that in the world right now. We've got enough problems without people trying to divide us and trying to set us against each other. And I'm always curious about how Ann Coulter can get away with wearing a crucifix, because you'd think with someone as hellaciously demonic as her, it would just burn through her skin or something.
Okay... the travel guru I would most likely use as a resource for planning my trips. Is it A) The Travel Channel's Samantha Brown. B) "1000 Places to See Before You Die" author Patricia Shultz. C) Famous travel writer and TV personality Rick Steves. Or D) Brilliant travel storyteller Bill Bryson. I can pretty much eliminate Rock Steves. I'm not a big fan of his stuff... he may be okay for a first-time traveller or someone who doesn't travel that often, but he's not really my speed. Really like Bill Bryson. Brilliant storyteller, and I've gotten a couple ideas from him. The "1000 Places to See Before You Die" book is a good resource, I've gotten some ideas from there. But a lot of the places she wants you to go are like hotels and things, which is not really my thing either. The answer here is The Travel Channel's Samantha Brown. She's got a brilliant show, she's smart, she's funny, she's cute, she has an amazing passion for travel. Every time I see one of her shows, she makes it out to be someplace I wanna be too.
Last question. My greatest phobia would be... A) Fear of hospitals. B) Fear of insects. C) Fear of snakes. Or D) Fear of heights. Not afraid of snakes or lizards. I actually like snakes and lizards. It's not a fear of hospitals. When I was a kid I actually liked going to hospitals because when I grew up I wanted to be a doctor (unfortunately, my medical career was put on hold when I found out I was afraid of blood). Ummm... a little bit afraid of insects... they're kind of creepy-crawly and that second Indiana Jones movie really put the fear of insects into me. The big one is fear of heights. Seems like no matter where I go there's always some tall structure like a cathedral or the Space Needle or the Eiffel Tower or something like that, and I have this paralyzing fear of heights. I go ahead and do it anyway, but it is definitely not my favorite thing. And, now that I think about it, insects are probably not my favorite thing either. I don't care how cute you draw them, they're still creepy and crawly.
Alright. That's the last question. Thanks again to Hilly for coming up with this great idea, and I'll see you all tomorrow at Blogography.