So, about me: A definite night owl. I like to hang out in coffee shops or late-night restaurants having intelligent conversations and listening to those who have something to say. I like going on yearly road trips across the U.S. and Canada when I can. I read and collect antiquarian books and magazines and like a wide variety of musical styles, mostly rock, but also 1920's-era jazz and pop, a bit of swing, big band, disco, classical, older R&B and soul, and old-style country, as well as other genres.
What I've done: I've wasted years in idle pursuits and in laboring away to make and keep other people rich. I drafted what was to have been the first part of a novel from 2001-2002, self-published a photography chapbook in late 2003, was a regular attendee and two-time fill-in host at an open mic held at a local record store from 2002-2004 and later the co-operator of a successor open mic from 2010-2011, acted (very) briefly in an aborted independent movie production called tOUCHED, and once wore a black jumpsuit and mask and ran out in front of people under a strobe light as an actor in a haunted house.
More about me: Early in 2007, temporarily free after a three-year stint with corporate America, I decided it was time I did something creative for a change, hence this website.
Miscellaney: I oppose infant circumcision and other medically and ethically unjustifiable procedures. I work with totally amateur video capturing and editing as a hobby and would like to work on and put together a shoestring video project down the road. I like spicy foods, retro gaming review videos, silent / classic movies and films, Star Trek (NOT the J.J. Abrams reboots or the Enterprise television series), and prefer cold weather over hot.
Other things I've done: I helped run the Lost Art Open Mic from May 2010-June 2011 and was the driving force behind a performance CD put out to promote it in late 2010. I have made video and sound recordings of local poets and musicians. I have visited or passed through 41 of the 50 U.S. states and six Canadian provinces on various road trips. I have taken tens of thousands of photographs of mostly local rock bands since 2007 using both film and digital cameras. I have put this website together.
Whom I'd like to meet: People with integrity. People with interesting things to say over late night coffee. If you are one of these people, drop me a line.
Alex Pangman Canada's Sweetheart of Swing, a jazz singer I've followed since 2000, and whom I had the pleasure of meeting in Toronto in April 2014.
Angelika Theater The place to go for art house, indie, and foreign films.
The Internet Archive (archive.org) The premier non-profit digital library of books, motion pictures, music, software, and archived web history.
AtariAge A retro gaming site focusing on the Atari systems, and my original introduction to retro gaming on the PC.
Bootleg Zone Fantastic online reference for bootleg albums, including track listings, descriptions, and scans of artwork and packaging. It also includes an entire section devoted to The Beatles.
Cinemassacre Productions Home of the Angry Video Game Nerd, Board James, and various horror-themed movie reviews.
DFW Coffee Group Take it from the group's own description: "We're a comfortable diverse group of people who like to meet, have lots of conversation, relax and enjoy a cup of coffee at different fine establishments in the DFW area."
DVD Beaver Reviews and comparisons of DVD and Blu-ray releases. Notably, this site features comparisons of different releases of films across regions and manufacturers.
Dynamic Range Database A repository of dynamic range ratings for thousands of album releases, geared toward audiophiles.
Emmeline A consummate performer, pianist, singer/songwriter, and former host of open mics at the Crown & Harp and at Half Price Books. See my interview with Emmeline and the Lost Art Open Mic for videos I made of her.
First Monday Trade Days in Canton A Texas-sized flea market, located about 60 miles east of Dallas, which takes place the weekend before the first Monday of every month.
Half Price Books A favorite place for used books, movies, and music.
happycow.net Great online resource for locating vegetarian, vegan, and veg-friendly restaurants and food stores.
Lost Art Open Mic The open mic I helped run for thirteen months in 2010 and 2011.
Lucky Dog Books A favorite place for used books, movies, and music, and also my first employer.
Mad Swirl "The whole mad swirl of everything to come" begins here.
Premiere Video Video rental heaven for those looking for foreign and other items not carried by the big box rental chains.
Project Gutenberg Online resource with over 49,000 free, downloadable ebooks.
The Reservoir Lounge Toronto's signature club for live jazz.
The San Francisco Silent Film Festival If you're in the San Francisco area, you should check this out. How often do you get to see silent films on a big screen? They also offer a few items for sale, most notably DVDs of films from Chinese silent film great Ruan Ling Yu.
Scat Jazz Lounge Scat Jazz Lounge, located near Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth, is the swanky jazz hideout I've been looking for in DFW.
sfdebris.com Reviews of (mostly) science fiction related programs such as Star Trek, Doctor Who, and Battlestar Galactica.
silentera.com I'm an unashamed aficionado of silent films. Here you can find information on dozens and dozens of silent film releases on DVD, VHS, and Blu-ray, as well as a database of silent actors and film preservation status.
The Silents Majority (archived) The Silents Majority website was the premier silent film website at the turn of the 21st century before it went down. See it archived courtesy of archive.org's Wayback Machine.
Ten Can Riot Ska/punk and good times at their finest.
Tomcats West The successor to the classic Tomcats Deep Ellum location (R.I.P. 12/2007) and the later Skillman Street Pub, located in west Fort Worth. A good venue for live, local metal.
With These Words One of my favorite groups of musicians in the Dallas area, and personal friends.
yesasia.com My source for all my southeast Asian video CDs, VCDs, and DVDs.