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Sunday Stop Light

To help promote A Dude’s Guide to Babies, Barry and I made a whole bunch of postcard-sized copies of the cover, with information about us and the book on the back, and many more business-card-sized promotional bits as well.

We’ve been making sure to give them to anyone who will take them. They’re scattered around at local grocery stores, in convenience stores, in comic book stores, and in schools. I’ve also created some car magnets featuring the cover so I can cover my sweet, sweet mini-van ride with them. A little mobile advertising to supplement the stay-still advertising where we’ve been placing the ads.

Basically, anywhere that will take them, we’ve left them. Even some that didn’t know they were going to take them.

I’ve taken to saying that I’ll give one of these to anyone who’ll stand still long enough for me to give it to them. It turns out, I’ll even give one to someone who doesn’t stand still, but doesn’t run away fast enough.

I was in the mini-van with the magnets on the side with Zippy the College Boy. We were stopped at a stop light. He said that there were two ladies in the car next to us who were looking at the car and giggling. I was getting a bit upset, thinking they were laughing at the sweet, sweet mini-van, when I realized what was going on.

They were looking at the magnet advertising A Dude’s Guide to Babies. I quickly rolled down the window and invited them to do the same.

I explained that it was a book I’d written with a friend. They laughed, said how wonderful. Then they said their neighbor had just had his first child.

The light was still red, but not for long. I grabbed a couple of copies and leaped out into the street.

The light turned green, but I made it to their car and handed over the cards, thanking them kindly.

They drove off, no doubt thinking it was a narrow escape from the crazyperson back there. I hopped back into my sweet, sweet mini-van and, to the accompaniment of many melodic car horns, drove away.

Yeah, I will do just about anything to promote the book. Why do you ask?

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Sunday Shyamalan: Real Genius

Here’s something I doubt you dudes have given much thought to. When you watch a movie, or just enjoy the trailer for it, do you ever think about how important sound engineering or music is to sustaining mood?

No, seriously, it’s something I want you dudes to think about.

For instance, there’s a dude on youtube who took the original trailer for a 1980’s brainiac comedy romp starring Val Kilmer and called Real Genius and, using only a different musical score and sound engineering, plust a couple of new screen cards (those things with words printed on them that normally get spoken by the deep-voiced trailer guy?), has turned the movie into something entirely different.

As you’ve probably guessed, he gives us the impression that this is Real Genius by way of writer/director/rapidly fading star M. Night Shaymalan. He’s the guy famous for the last-minute twists in his movies. You know the dude, who had a couple of great movies in Sixth Sense and Unbreakable and then took the express elevator to hell (and then made a movie about it called, no seriously, Devil).

Anyway, check this out. I would definitely pay to see this movie. It looks like a complete hoot.

Enjoy.


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On Your Mark, Get Set. . .

by Richard

This, dudes, this is the time.

This is the time when, for me, the real countdown toward Christmas begins. We’ve already purchased our Christmas tree and begun setting out the lights and ornaments. I have a feeling now is going to start a very long, long Christmas season. But I can’t worry about that. I’ve got plenty more to worry about.

Now is when I start getting worried about making sure to have purchased stuff for people I’ve not seen for a year, sent cards to people who’s names I barely remember, give, give, give and buy, buy, buy.

Of course, with the general belt tightening going on because of the move to help Sarcasmo begin learning to function as a human being, things are going to be a bit different around Casa de Dude this year.

We won’t be having any opulent parties in which it seems as if the whole world has shown up in glittering gowns, striking tuxedos and stretch limousines.

We won’t be giving out lavish gifts to dudes we meet on the street.

We won’t be showering out young dudes with riches beyond compare.

Not that we ever did, mind, but we certainly won’t be doing it this year.

Although I’m thinking of a certain class of present for most of the extended family this year, but I’ll be talking about that tomorrow.

Yeah, more on giftgiving. But this time, I’ll have some ideas on how to make giving pointless gifts a little less, well, pointless.

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