Blind Drunk Attention Crash, Episode 2

Posted in Blind Drunk Justice on November 5th, 2010 by bl1y

This week Namby Pamby is sick so there won’t be a new Blind Drunk Justice, but we are comin’atcha with another episode of Blind Drunk Attention Crash, or AC/BD if you’re in the camp of Ben Corman OF AttentionCrash.net.  This show was actually recorded back before Halloween, but of course with being out of town, and then drunk, and then recovering from being drunk, and then recording the last BDJ, I’m only just now finishing this one.

Check it out, should be moderately enjoyable. In this episode, Ben and I discuss tornadoes, whether we’d rather be House or Wilson, who we’d go gay for, and why people can’t get fired for just plain sucking at their job.

AC/BD Episode 2

And as a special treat, he’s Ben’s comedy routine:

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Blind Drunk Attention Crash, Episode 1

Posted in Blind Drunk Justice on October 18th, 2010 by bl1y

Check it out children, in an effort to further secure my domination of the podosphere, this weekend I teamed up with Ben Corman of AttentionCrash.net, and famed host of Attention Crash Radio, to bring you our first crossover show, Blind Drunk Attention Crash for the Team BL1Y folks, or AC/BD for Team Corman.

In our first episode we discuss History Channel hiring practices, Bill O’Reilly v. The View, Brooklyn Space Program v. The View From 100,000 Feet, private space flight, the fact that I can get by just fine sitting in silence, and also that I’m likely to have a drink anyways to cope with it.

Blind Drunk Attention Crash, Episode 1

Here’s a video of ol’ Fuckface:

And a more inspiring video from the point of view of an amateur space probe:

And, in case you forget the recipe for the official show drink, the Perfect Nothing, here you go:

1.5 oz sweet vermouth
1.5 oz dry vermouth
Serve over ice

Also, you can serve it in our distinct Team BL1Y or Team Corman styles:

Team BL1Y: Add a generous dash of bitters.

Team Corman: Add a Dorito garnish.

Finally, I’m sure this drink has some more well established name, if you know it, feel free to hit up the comments and let me know.

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Pod People

Posted in Uncategorized on October 18th, 2010 by bl1y

Those of you familiar with the podosphere know that it’s pretty much impossible to have a podcast that doesn’t involve me in someway.  I’ve appeared on Here’s What to Think with the Philadelphia Lawyer, Doc Rob, and Donika, hardly a week goes by that Attention Crash Radio doesn’t talk about me, and NPR is considering bringing me on for A Prairie Home Companion when Garrison Keillor finally kicks it.

So, it should come as little surprise to you that yours truly was a guest on the Down By Lawcast, the internet’s second best legal humor podcast.  Go check it out and learn what many of us know all ready: washing dishes does not prepare you for a job as a prep cook.

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Billable Hour Factory Line Worker

Posted in Uncategorized on June 10th, 2010 by bl1y

Last week the ABA Journal ran a story about community pages automatically created by Facebook which drew text from the job descriptions in people’s profiles.  Quite a few cast a glum light on the legal profession, with perhaps “Slave” at Skadden Arps being the most telling.

The ABA Journal then posed a question to its readers, “What poetic, alliterative, & not-so-nasty words would you use to describe your position at your firm?”  And, as usual, when they posted this week’s question (about dress codes), they also ran last week’s featured answer:

In case the text from that screen shot is too small to read, it says:

Posted by BL1Y.com: “I used to list myself as a ‘billable hour factory line worker,’ because that pretty accurately describes life as a junior associate at a big law firm. You’re not there to produce great research or polished memos; you’re there to produce billable hours. But, since the economy happened, I’ve changed my job title to ‘welfare queen.’ “

It’s about time my licorice wit got some recognition. (And not just from the amazingly talented comedian Ben Corman, who kindly linked to yesterday’s post about not having it all.  Be sure to take a jog over to AttentionCrash.net, read his comedy, and listen to his radio show with Dr. Rob.)

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New Attention Crash Podcast

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7th, 2010 by bl1y

(Just because I know I’m on Ben Corman’s RSS feed, so he’ll see that I’ve posted this here…)  Jog on over to AttentionCrash.net and listen to the new episode of AC Radio (ft. Dr. Rob).  Good show, good way to keep yourself from being terribly bored on a Monday afternoon.

And, if enough people post that they listened to the show…um…I don’t know, I’ll do something fun.  I guess, when you post that you listened, post what you think your collective prize should be.  Maybe I’ll take your suggestion, but maybe not.  Who knows.

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Ladies, Please

Posted in Dumb Ideas Girls Have on May 24th, 2010 by bl1y

Back in March, a story appeared over on Life @ 160 titled The Worst Thing 160 Has Ever Done, in which he describes black mailing a girlfriend into having sex with him.

Then, a little while ago, Ben Corman of AttentionCrash.net discussed the story on his radio show with Dr. Rob.  During the discussion, Corman contrasted 160′s story with the writing of Tucker Max.  Corman said that 160′s piece lacked the sort of self-aware remorse that Tucker has.  While Tucker does a lot of really terrible stuff, he is sure to convey that he’s aware of just how rotten it is.  160′s story lacks this self awareness.

But, in another post at Life at 160, 160 defends his story, noting that while the story isn’t self aware of its depravity, 160 himself is, and that he thought that the self aware writing style would have taken away from the piece.  And then Corman responded on his blog.

So, expert on everything that I am, I decided I’m going to weigh in.

In my senior year of undergrad I took an upper level fiction writing seminar.  Throughout the semester everyone wrote three short stories, and would be in the hot seat on three separate occasions.  When in the hot seat, everyone else in the class (who had read yourself earlier) would discuss it for about 30-45 minutes.

And you were expected to sit there and shut up.

You could answer basic factual questions.  Is the character named St. John supposed to be an allusion to Jane Eyre?  What does “contrariwise” mean?  What you could not do was defend your work against your classmate’s opinion.

Someone thinks the story drags at times, don’t respond.  Someone doesn’t like your word choice, keep quiet.  Someone thinks the story is pointless drivel that should be relegated to nothing more than a footnote in a Candace Bushnell novel, make a note of that.

Not only is it unseemly to defend your writing style, but it’s also a sign that your writing isn’t very good.  If you have to make an argument for why your writing is good, that means that the argument isn’t contained within the writing itself.  Your writing should speak for itself, and shouldn’t rely on having you following it around explaining it or defending it to critics.

Also, the first line in the “About” section of your blog should not be:

Life at 160 is a strange lifestyle-ish blog with a very slight legal slant. If we had a counter, it would read in the millions (seriously).

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