Category: Geek

As Seen On The Tonight Show: Boomer The Dog

Boomer The Dog

Last night on “The Tonight Show“, after destroying the Sixers for their losing streak, Jimmy Fallon discussed Boomer The Dog.

Boomer The Dog is actually a man from Pittsburgh named Gary Matthews who thinks he’s a dog. Yinzers, right?

Anyway, last year I had a chance to talk with Boomer, and it remains one of my favorite interviews of all time. Check it out.

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Amidala Had A Baby: 2Pac Was To Audition For ‘Star Wars’


Imagine a world where 2Pac was a Jedi. People around the Cantina, pour a little liquor out.

This from the NY Daily News:

The Force may have been stronger in Tupac Shakur than previously known.

Death Row Records’ former Chief Engineer Rick Clifford said his former collaborator was set to audition for a role in 1999’s “Star Wars: Episode I” before his death.

The New York-born Shakur was supposed to read for the part of a Jedi that later went to Samuel L. Jackson, Clifford claimed, but was gunned down in Las Vegas on Sept. 13, 1996. Shakur was just 25 at the time of his death.

“It’s sad because ‘Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green. who was on ‘90210,’ then he found out I was in some movies. So we always talked about his film career and stuff,” Clifford said in the interview with  posted late last week.

That makes all of this a bit better…




Check out the full exchange here.

Interview: Star Of Syfy’s ‘Bitten’ Laura Vandervoort

laura vandervoort

This is Laura Vandervoort. She plays a Werewolf in Syfy‘s ‘Bitten‘, she played Supergirl in The CW‘s ‘Smallville‘, she plays cards in her underwear.

Laura Vandervoort - Esquire Magazine

This morning, she presumably put pants on…stayed human…and called to talk about ‘Bitten‘ which premieres Monday Jan. 13th at 10pm on SyFy. Check out the interview below to go inside the heart and mind of a Canadian Werewolf.

Laura Vandervoort

Throwback Thursday: The Hunger Games


May the odds be ever in your favor today, on this the eve of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

I for one am very excited and looking forward to being the weird 30 year old sitting alone in the back of the theater. I’m considering bringing a bowl of Groosling Soup to make it extra uncomfortable.

From what I understand, the film picks up almost mid-sentence from the first, so you’ll need a little refresher.

No worries…here’s The Hunger Games Unofficial Trailer we put together last March for “Metro And Gordon Do The Internet” to jog your memory. Enjoy!


Also worth noting as you ramp up to the opening is the soundtrack released this week. Really the best of a sparse week of music.

The vibe is much different from the first “Songs From District 12 And Beyond“. The rustic train-yard vibe has been replaced by an indie superstar lineup. However the gem of the collection is still true to that formula…a beautiful song from The Lumineers.

Come for that and stay for The National, an aching song from Ellie Goulding, and a haunting cover from Lorde.

Happy 500: Here’s An Interview With A Guy Who Thinks He’s A Dog

Boomer The Dog

A couple of years ago as I was transitioning into a new phase of my career, I created In the time since it has served as a place to share with you some of my favorite things including the “Metro And Gordon Do The Internet podcast, the Phillies show “From The Phans“, my thoughts on music, and generally anything weird I thought you might enjoy.

In fact, the most popular post remains this video of people walking into stuff, because none of us are as smart as we think.

At this point we have reached our 500th post and I can not thank you enough for your time and attention. If I could hug each of you I would. Even the sweaty ones in the Pantera Hockey jerseys.

One of the cornerstones of this site has always been interviews, and there has been a lot. Authors, actors, bands, and everything in between. At least I thought…

It seems fitting that today our 500th post is an interview with Boomer The Dog. Boomer is not like any other dog, mostly because he’s not a dog. He is a 48 year old man from Pittsburgh. Wrap your ears around that one.

Check it out below, and sincerely, thank you.

Boomer The Dog

Vampire Weekend: One Lyric’s Journey Through Time

Vampire Weekend Step

I am nerded out for Vampire Weekend‘s “Modern Vampires Of The City” to come out on May 14th. I know…that’s the whitest sentence ever. What if I told you I was wearing a Lacoste polo and Sperrys as I wrote it?

There’s a lot of gems in the piece NPR did with them this week. Like for instance, the album cover is from the New York City smog problem of 1966 which you might remember from THIS Mad Men episode. Or that the band treats the three albums like a continuing story with the last track always meant to be followed by the following album’s first.

Someone just made my list of things to do that night.

But the real interesting thing to me was surrounding the song “Step“. Which if you haven’t heard it yet…LISTEN!

It’s a special song, that I can’t wait to come to me via a device besides YouTube. But I had no idea of its origins.

Bob Boilen: “Step” has its origins in a song by the Bay Area rap group Souls of Mischief.

Ezra Koenig: Souls Of Mischief I’ve always loved. I kind of associate them with the first time that I really started become a music fan as a young teenager. This song apparently was recorded around the time of their first album, which was called 93 ’til Infinity, but it never made the record and it floated around as a bootleg for awhile. I only discovered it five or six years ago but it always really stuck with me, especially the chorus. I didn’t know where it came from but they’re kind of like scratching somebody saying, “Every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl.” Slowly as I listened to this song, I found myself kind of writing this alternate song based on that phrase.

I see…

Ok, I can kick it, yes I can. Consider yourself added to the playlist. But wait…what? There’s more?

Ezra Koenig: Later we found out that that in of itself is a sample from a rapper called YZ. We didn’t know that at the time. This was kind of the inspiration to write this other song that became “Step.”

You can also hear how the vocal melody of our chorus kind of riffs on that saxophone sample that you hear on the Souls of Mischief song. We had to go clear the samples, and we had to find out where Souls of Mischief gathered all their pieces from. Like I said, that line, “every time I see you in the world, you always step to my girl,” comes from this rapper YZ. But that saxophone melody is actually a cover by Grover Washington Jr. of a song by Bread called “Aubrey,”

Wow. 1:25 mark if you will…


So that means that is this?

Breathe. You just got Inception’d by Vampire Weekend! May 14th countdown is on.