This week in self-promotion

I was going through some old posts last night, and discovered this post wherein I predicted that Arcade Fire tickets going for $1000 would be “the straw that broke the camel’s back for scalpers.” Now, ignore for a moment that I meant “nail in the coffin” (I do love a good metaphor and/or cliche) and consider all the Police tickets that were going for face value last month on Ebay, Craigslist and the like thanks to scalpers (both the professional scalpers and the unprofessionals who took advantage of their season ticket privileges and flooded the secondary market). Can I call it or what?

Anyway, I pitched in on TOC‘s gambling issue this week. I spoke to an expert gambler named John Patrick, who gave me some valuable tips on playing mini-baccarat (2nd item), which I immediately squandered at the Harrah’s casino in Joliet (6th item). Still, if I can manage to find a $5 table the next time I’m in Vegas, I’ll give it another go. Click through those links for the full story, and be sure to check out the 2nd page of that “Beginner’s Luck” story, where you can see an illustration that is clearly meant to be me in my sharp-ass blazer.

By the way, if you ever want to have the easiest, most entertaining conversation of your life, ask me for Mr. Patrick’s number. He and I talked for about 45 minutes over the phone, and I am pretty sure I said less than 250 words the whole time, but it was the most fun I’ve ever had interviewing a source. Never was I so sad to have so little room in a piece for quotes.

Speaking of disappointments, I reviewed the TV series Voyagers! in last week’s issue (last item). Holy crap, is that show way better in my memory than in reality. With respect to plot and acting, it’s Knight Rider bad (hey, I love Knight Rider too but come on: there’s more ham in that show that your average slaughterhouse), but it does retain a ridiculous charm, even if it has production values on par with a couple of the short films I was in during college.

Finally, the archive of my appearance on Outside the Loop radio is up. I sound much more coherent here than I did on Rachel’s show last month.

Please keep in mind that I am available for your next birthday party, bar mitzvah or quinceaƱera.

9 comments for “This week in self-promotion

  1. Tim
    August 9, 2007 at 12:06 pm

    What? Only 20 episodes in the Voyagers series? I used to watch that show all the time. My 7 year old memory fails me again.

  2. August 9, 2007 at 2:05 pm

    I was so excited when I got the chance to review it. And then…yeah. I thought it went on longer as well, but I also thought it wasn’t so cheesy looking.But I have to say, I really enjoyed it, despite all that. I won’t be surprised if it ends up in my DVD player again.

  3. Rach=)
    August 9, 2007 at 6:59 pm

    Knight Rider Scott? KNIGHT.RIDER?!?! Really? The Hoff and a talking car? Oh well, I shouldn’t judge, I own “Saved by the Bell” DVDs. Yes, plural, as in more than one season. :-p

  4. Tim
    August 9, 2007 at 7:48 pm

    How can one compare Knight Rider to Saved by the Bell?! Kight Rider kicked ass.

  5. August 10, 2007 at 12:43 am

    Yeah, Knight Rider ruled, Saved By The Bell drooled.

  6. August 10, 2007 at 4:37 am

    Someone around here needs to not be getting all high and mighty about SBTB since someone has a girlfriend who has the goods on him.Just sayin’.

  7. August 10, 2007 at 4:59 am

    No need to spell it, OK? We’re all adults here.

  8. Sara H
    August 10, 2007 at 6:15 pm

    While Knight Rider does rock, I recomend all adults watch it again and try to remember why apparently it is impossible to remember it as it really was šŸ˜‰ MacGyver, still cool after all these years!

  9. Ken
    August 15, 2007 at 2:54 am

    Hey! One of those student films you did in college was mine! Don’t make me post the screengrab of that “awesome” haircut you had.Upon re-examining some episodes of <>Knight Rider<> (for research purposes only, of course), one of the points they continuously made was that Michael Knight did not, in fact, exist. <>Every<> episode makes mention of this fact, drilling it into our head that Mr. Knight is a renegade, so you better watch out.

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