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Hate Steroids – Happy Hour Todcast

by Tony Russo This week’s “Big Picture” was supposed to be anti-advertising but I’m two days past deadline and, frankly, I don’t have it in me. It’s not that I don’t really hate ad culture a lot, I swear I still do, it’s just I’m struggling putting together a cogent argument about why I hate them. It’s kind of like …

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Hoax – The Happy Hour Todcast

When I was on the old-people-in-politics beat for the Bayside Gazette, I had to cover a quarterly Town Hall meeting held by a member of the county government. I cannot impress upon you how much this sucked. At the last one I covered, the official, Judy Boggs, quoted Cicero, some bullshit about taxes and coffers and other nonsense. It didn’t …

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The Christmas (Creep) Miracle

Now I don’t wanna get all preachy, {{1}}[[1]]Of course I do.[[1]] but the faux outrage over the Christmas Creep is embarrassing even for Americans. Just so we’re all talking about the same thing, let’s define the Christmas Creep as the perceived or actual expansion of what is generally called the holiday shopping season. “Regular Americans” feel the Christmas Creep is …

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Irony is a Beard | Todcast

A new feature on the Todcast, “The Big Picture” is our newest foray into multi-media — an essay to accompany the Todcast. Comment below or #Todcast. For the last 8 months or so, I’ve been struggling with the urge to grow a mustache. I’m too testosterone-poor to grow a beard and not bald enough to wear a combination mustache and …

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You Can’t Prostitute Bad – The Happy Hour TodCast

By Tony Russo Although I’d rather watch a movie about it than have it happen to me, there is something to be said for the experience of being in the newspaper business as it slides into irrelevance. It is a lot like watching a character in a monster movie descend into a basement. Objectively, it isn’t going to end well …

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First! – Happy Hour Todcast

There is no question that the Internet makes things move faster, but its selectivity is what we’re here to speak about today. For instance, the troll trope of commenting “FIRST!” if they’re the first person to see a blog post was dispatched in a few years by social mores. It just became ridiculous to be the guy who posted “FIRST!” …

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Gentlemans Club – Happy Hour Todcast

Lets face it, I am just the pretty face of the Todcast, even thou you cant see me unless you watch the live recording. The todcast bears my name and and is features on my site, but the real work is done by Tony Russo. He has kept us focused, consistent, edited, timely, and a feature driven podcast that rivals …

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Screed Kills – Happy Hour Todcast

by Tony Russo I got a letter from Chuck Norris yesterday. It wasn’t addressed to me but rather was sent on his behalf by a syndicate that distributes columns to newspapers. That’s correct; Chuck Norris has a newspaper column. It is a political newspaper column. Feel free to begin stockpiling. In addition to being famous for being an action star …

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Whatta Ya Brewing?

Beer nerds unite at Xtreme Brewing When Doug Griffith changed the name of his business from Delmarva Brewing Craft to Extreme Brewing, he got a new sign but the brewer’s supply warehouse is no easier to find. So the fact that on any given Saturday the company gets the kind of traffic other retailers would love to boast has more …

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Biscuits, Gravy, and Rock ‘n’ Roll

I got promoted; kind of. My boss answered the phone and after yes-ing and no-ing a couple of times placed the caller on hold. “You’re the entertainment reporter,” he said. So now a strange woman keeps sending me CDs to review and I have half a mind to do it. The only thing that held me back at first was …

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