The End of 2011

This week’s episode brings us to the end of At the Buzzer content for 2011. It’s been an interesting year. We started out with just an idea of putting together a podcast, then recorded the first episode in February and built the website in early April. Okay, the website was all me. But you get the idea.

Since then, we’ve gone from sporadic episode updates to every other week, and have been consistently posting a new episode each Thursday for a while now. The website got more hits in November than the first four months of its existence — combined. Numbers are also up on our Facebook page and we’ve gotten enough ratings on iTunes to have an average (of five stars, no less!).

I’m expecting things to continue to get bigger in 2012.

  • Posts will continue to be consistent — if there’s one thing I hate about websites, it’s when content is only posted sporadically or the producers go on a months-long hiatus.
  • We’re working to get better audio quality when we can’t be in studio because we’re in different cities (or states … or continents). I’m not thrilled with how mediocre the show sounds when we’re forced to use Skype. But I have plans. Oh yes.
  • Keep an eye out for new content as well — we’ll either be switching to a seven-days-a-week format or introducing extra posts during the weekdays. Stay tuned for more info on that in the weeks ahead.

As mentioned on the latest show, we’re taking the week off for the holiday, so there will be no posts from the 26th through the 30th. We’ll be back Monday-Friday starting Jan. 2, with another HD episode of the show on Jan. 5.

So merry Christmas, happy new year, and we’ll see you in 2012. It’s going to be a hell of a year before the world ends.



Taylor Swift and Besties

Dear Diary,

The existential quandary of all existential quandary, the likes of which I’m not convinced I’ve ever been faced with before. An earth shattering revelation have I unintentionally just now stumbled upon. If you had asked me who, if I had any choice in the world, I would want to be my best celebrity friend, I would have told you Steve Nash with nary a hesitation. But now, a new candidate has entered the fray.

Taylor Swift and I are destined to be best friends. Now, I know what you’re thinking, but my intentions are completely plutonic. I just think we’d have a really fun time together. It’s nothing original; I’m sure I share this desire with many an American teenage girl. But I can’t deny it. Continue reading Taylor Swift and Besties

At the Buzzer (12/22/11)

Episode 25: ATB Christmas Special — The guys run through holiday-themed headlines, marvel at the stupidity of mankind, and run through a slew of reader submissions in Buzz In. Also, Chris tells the story of the infamous Chicken Man, Dave pretends mail comes in bags with money signs on them, and Shaun decides to back down on his killing spree.


Secondary Segment — Buzz In



  • “Holly Jolly Christmas” by Burl Ives
  • “Champion” by KJACK music beds
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson

Losing at the buzzer

He dribbles up the court down by 1. Five seconds left, 4, 3, 2. He takes the shot! 1………..

A basketball game can’t end in any better way. The entire contest comes down to one final shot. I’ve been involved on the winning end of one of those in my basketball playing career, and it was a great feeling.

However, in the past week, I’ve seen 3 of those alone from Arizona State University. Continue reading Losing at the buzzer

Going the Distance 008: Fundamental Problem

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We actually made this comic before someone complained about this to us. Some folks have a hard time suspending disbelief.

In Going the Distance, our main character, “You,” has to manage to make his way to delicious cake. Sounds simple, right? But there are deadly spikes to deal with, and a host of other problems that appear each time. Let’s just say You fails more often than You succeeds. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a quest if You could just get cake whenever You wanted, would it?

For more background on the comic or info on how to submit your own ideas, click here.

Number One With a Bullet

Ah, bullet points. You’re a writer’s best friend. Can’t come up with a coherent column? Use bullet points! Then you can put together a collection of thoughts with no joining thread whatsoever. All you need is a stream of consciousness and halfway decent ideas and you’re set.

Hell, Bill Simmons has made a career out of this. So I don’t think I can take too much flack for dipping into the well once — after all, I’m knee-deep in Skyrim now, and those who have played know what a time sink that can be. So without further ado, here’s a whole bunch of holiday-themed bullets in the last post before the big day… Continue reading Number One With a Bullet

Words To Live By: Death Philosophy

This week I’m starting a new installment in my weekly blogs called Words to Live By. This week, here are some of my life philosophies regarding death.

I feel like falling to your death is not a bad way to go. If you can reconcile the fact that yes, you are going to die from this fall, and come to terms with it, you can actually sort of enjoy the moment. Some people pay upwards of 500 dollars for skydiving. You get to do it for free.

With that said, I would not want to die in a plane crash. Too boxed in. If I knew a plane was going down, I feel like I would try to escape. Open the hatch as the plane is free falling and jump out. Be free. It would be an unfortunate turn of events if the plane was, in fact, not going down. But I just move on instinct.

You can make an argument that being in a plane is no different that free falling. To which I say, if you had to die of falling, would you rather jump off a building, or jump off a building in a dark, windowless box? There’s your answer

I want to die in my sleep. So does everyone. But more than that, I want to have no idea I’m about to die. At all. I never want to hear the bad news at the doctor’s office, or hear that my heart will only hold out for 6 to 8 months. I want to go blissfully unaware and avoid all hard thinking about death.

Some people want to know. They want a chance to say bye. I don’t want that chance. My life should speak for itself, regardless of what my final words are. If I spend my entire life beating my children, then I tell them I love them at the very end, that doesn’t really do a lot of good. In that case, I recommend that they should not believe me. If I beat you, children, then I probably don’t love you very much