Endings . . .
At the beginning of October, I talked with my editor at The AV Club about my column The Games of our Lives.
"I think I'm running out of jokes," I said. "There are still a ton of games, but I've done almost one hundred of them, and I'm just running out of new and different ways of looking at them."
"Do you want to end the column?" He said.
"I think I should," I said, "because I don't want it to turn into The Simpsons. I'd much rather end it while it's still really good, instead of forcing myself to keep working at it when I feel like that particular creative well is nearly dry. I think I should finish out this month, and then we should send the column to a farm upstate where it can have more space to run around and it can play with other columns."
He agreed with me, confirmed that I have an open invitation to pitch anything I ever want to the AV Club, and that he would keep me in mind as a writer if anything new came along. (That's how I got the job writing Games of Our Lives in the first place.)
Beginnings . . .
Early this year, around Spring, I think it was, I got a call from Kevin Rose, who I have been friends with since we worked together on Tech TV back in the good old days before G4 bought it, fucked it up real good, and then shot it in the back of the head behind a dumpster after taking a dump on it and leaving it to die in the rain as the camera did a slow, stylized, Sin City pull back into an ultra-hot close-up of Miho.
Kevin was doing all sorts of things with Diggnation and was getting ready to launch a new TV network on the Intertubes called Revision 3. Would I be interested in being part of it?
Hells yes I would.
A few weeks went by, and I got a call from another mutual friend of ours, David Prager, who I'd worked with several times when he was a producer on The Screen Savers. David was looking for a new host to add to a show called In Digital, and wanted to know if I was interested.
"Who do you have already?"
"Jessica Corbin and Hahn Choi."
"Really? Cool! What's the commitment?"
"Two episodes a month."
"What would I do?"
"Check out gadgets and tech stuff, and talk about them."
"Can I do something more than just that?"
"Like some geeky segment, like if Andy Rooney was a geek and not a dick? Something that's more than just reviewing, I mean."
"Yeah, I think that could be pretty cool."
We had a meeting, worked out a small pile of details, and I came on board. I haven't talked about it here before now because we only had one episode completed, and because it was sort of rushed out as a pilot, I wanted to wait until we had at least one more episode completed.
Well, now we do.
This is the show I was talking about on Monday where I said I sat funny in the chair and looked like a big fat bitch, so be sure to keep your eyes open for that. It's a whole lotta fun. My "if Andy Rooney was a geek and not a dick" segment hasn't found its way into either of these shows, yet, but I'm sure that will be coming along very soon; I just have to write them, and if you've followed my blog over the last two months or so, you may have noticed that I've been doing quite a bit of writing and creating and I'm starting to feel a little, uh, "creatively winded." I need to slow down and walk a little bit so I don't pass out, but I have some ideas building, and they should burst out of me like an alien from John Hurt pretty soon.
I'm really excited to be part of In Digital and Revision 3. I believe that online networks like R3 and Channel 101 are way out on the bleeding edge of where television is going. It's specific, it's on-demand, and it doesn't play by any of the traditional rules that make so much of existing television a big old pile of crap. It's really cool to be part of something like this right at the very beginning, especially since I believe so strongly in the philosophy behind the network.
There are more exciting things in my future, but I can't talk about them until some contracts are signed and some other stuff is taken care of, but I'll talk about that stuff in all good things . . . (part two).
Please let me know what you think of In Digital if you watch it. I'm very interested in your feedback.
 I don't think I ever mentioned it, but I talked with TechTV an awful lot about co-hosting TSS with Kevin. It would have required a move to San Francisco (this was before they moved down to Los Angeles, and all that unpleasant G4 trauma happened,) and we could never really find terms that made me and the network happy, so we broke up, but totally stayed friends.
 I should have pointed this out earlier, but I have quite the potty mouth in this episode. Episode 7 (the newest one) is nice and clean, though.