Saturday, February 18, 2012

My Strain Travels: New York Sour Diesel

Sharkey here!  So in my last post I posted about the different types of weed I have tried; and how I am working at trying as many different types of weed that I possibly can. Well this time we got New York Sour Diesel and Sour Grape. Yay 2 more "flavors"

First I am going to talk about New York Sour Diesel. NYCD, as they call it, is the baby of Sour Diesel and some Afghan Indica. I liked it. It was earthy and has a pretty good high. For me, it wasn't as smooth as the Grape Ape. It made me cough a couple times and burned my throat a little, but the high was worth it. The top reasons NYCD is recommended is because its potency and its effect. Most people have commented that it makes you feel euphoric. Medically, the strain is great for stress, anxiety, and pain. My only downside NYCD is the dry mouth and eyes. This has definitely left me with more cotton mouth than my other strain travels. I make sure to have water with me, for sure. I do recommend at least trying this strain though, because the high was pretty damn good. The bud looks AMAZING! It is long and lean and full of crystals. Breathtakingly beautiful!

Stay tuned the next few days for my other blog about Sour Grape. yum

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Craig Ferguson: Great Late Night or Greatest Late Night?


I think my show is probably closer to Pee-wee's Playhouse than anything else I've seen, and that is an aspiration.”
-Craig Ferguson (2009)

So maybe greatest late night is a little bit of a stretch, but The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson is definitely a show to watch. Craig Ferguson hosts his late night talk show more like he’s hanging out at home than on a national television show. It is this sense of informality that is most endearing and sets guests at ease quickly.

The history of The Late Late Show in a nutshell… From 1995-1999, the late night talk show was hosted by Tom Snyder, who ran it like an intimate interview show. Snyder was a veteran newsman instead of the usual late night comedian. After he left in 1999, Craig Kilborn took over The Late Late Show hosting duties. The show reformatted to match other late night talk shows and included clips from Kilborn’s The Daily Show days. In 2004, Kilborn left and series of guest hosts took over until Craig Ferguson became permanent host in 2005.

I will say right now that Craig Ferguson is not for everyone. His comedy relies heavily on the random and somewhat strange, with a good deal of cursing. The show starts out with a two minute cold start which features Ferguson talking to audience members, performing skits – sometimes with puppets, sing and dancing, or some other comedic bit. After the most catchy theme song on late night television, Craig begins his monologue. Unlike other hosts that come out and tell jokes, Ferguson comes off more as a comedic rant than the usual old stand-up routine.

In 2010, there was an addition to the Late Late Show family. Geoff Petterson became Craig Ferguson’s sidekick and the very first robot sidekick in late night television. Designed by Grant Immarhara of the Mythbusters, Geoff is an animatronic robot with electric blue eyes and a metal mohawk. The duo work off each other like an old married couple, which is convenient as they were married in Las Vegas for Geoff’s one year birthday.

Geoff is voiced by comedian Josh Thompson. Josh is one of the best impersonators you will ever find with a wit and ability to think on his feet that is unseen anywhere these days. The best moments on The Late Late Show come in the form of Craig and Geoff’s banter, which is mostly unscripted.

Craig Ferguson has no delusions about who he is, and often makes jokes referring to himself as the ‘immigrant in the basement’ of CBS. This attitude gives way to a more open and laid back feeling. The interview portions are very entertaining because of the laid back attitude. Guests come in and feel relaxed and tend to seem more honest and real. The downside of the interview portions is that the guests tend to be lesser stars or newbies, but that does mean they are any less entertaining.

Craig Ferguson himself is almost an inspiration. A recovering alcoholic of fifteen years, Ferguson managed to straighten up his act and become a successful entertainer. One of his proudest moments is when he recently became an American citizen.

The bottom line is this, The Late Late Show is silly, crass, with a lot of sexual innuendos and jokes.  The budget is pretty low compared to other talk shows, so some of the bits do seem cheesy. Luckily, the humor overshadows most of the money issues. The Late Late Show runs like a buddy comedy between Craig Ferguson and Geoff Peterson, and that relaxed feeling does come through in the appeal of the show. The humor is not for everybody, but as Ferguson mentions often, he knows his demographic (the stoners). I DVR it every night and never miss an episode and urge everyone of you to give The Late Late Show a shot. Unique programming like this does not come along too often anymore.

Friday, February 10, 2012

If Only I Could Afford Sasquatch Tix

So I have lived in Washington state for about three years now, give or take. There are many reasons I was excited to move out here, with escaping the Midwest topping the list. Music and culture were also on that long list.

Since moving out here, I have never actually been inside the Seattle Art Museum, just the lobby and restrooms. There have been no plays or theatre performances in my time here. What kills me the most, is the lack of music experiences in my life. Forget about the EMP Museum in Seattle, or any of the billions (it seems) of different musical fests going on. I have never even been to concert in the last three years!

Woe is me, I know. The one concert festival that really makes me upset I'm broke is Sasquatch. For those of that don't know yet, Sasquatch is a four day concert festival held at The Gorge Ampitheatre in George, Washington. This area is perfect for camping, and if you want to see this awesome show you will be shelling out over $300 for a four day pass. Then you throw in extra fees (parking, camping, gas, etc...) and this is a pretty pricey show.

What do you get for all this cash? Headliners include Jack White and Beck. I like Beck, but the real push here is Jack White. The man is talented as all get up and this is supporting his first ever solo album. Have you heard the new single, Love Interruption?

I really like it. It has the bluesy sound we have come to expect from Jack White, but reminds me of The White Stripes era. What do you guys think?

The rest of the Sasquatch 2012 lineup can be found at their official site. Bands of note so far are Tenacious D, The Shins, The Roots, Silversun Pickups, Feist, Of Monsters and Men, fun., Grouplove, and so many more.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

My Strain Travels

Sharkey here! As most of you know I am pretty new in the stoner realm, so I am trying to learn as much as I can. I didn't realize there were SOO many different strains of weed out there! Its crazy to me! However it leaves me like a kid in a candy store wanting to try everything at least once!

I have tried purple kush, afghan kush, and most recently grape ape. Grape ape is the bomb! If you have never had it you have to go find yourself some. Grape Ape is a higher potency than the others I have had recently, so the effects last longer. I like it because it is really smooth. I have yet to cough from the grape ape like I have from others. Other people have said that it knocks them out, but I haven't had that problem with it. Since it is good for anxiety, muscle aches and pain, I was excited to give it a try. I have been super stressed lately with a lot going on and this really relaxed me and made me feel at peace.

I would be content to stick with grape ape the rest of my life; but in the spirit of things, I will still be branching out and trying new strains. I will let you know what else I come across but in the meantime - Go get you some Grape Ape!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

February Contest: Zombie Prize

So for the month of January our free giveaway was a copy of the horror ebook Fresh Flesh by Todd Russell. The lucky winner is Tad Kelson. Congratulations Tad! In keeping with the free spirit this month we are giving away a special edition Zombie A.C.R.E.S magnet for your car or your fridge if you so desire!

This is a very limited edition not even in print yet. This has only been seen at ZomBcon , and on one car driving around the state of WA. Entry into the giveaway is free. Just use the widget below to enter up to SIX times for the February giveaway. After entering, make sure you visit Thank you and good luck!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Video of the Day | Car Crash

Car Crash
Sharkey here. Watching Tosh.O today and saw this viewer choice video. I have seen those family stickers that people put on their vehicles EVERYWHERE these days and so I think this video is pretty inventive. It really made me laugh so I am posting it as Video of the Day. Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Video of the Day | The Walking Dead Alternate Intro

The Walking Dead Alternate Intro

After coming across this video I knew I had to use it for Video of the Day.  I LOVE The Walking Dead and this is pretty inventive. I can’t wait for the new season to start next month. This should hold me over for at least a couple days! Enjoy!