Independent Music at Gen Con 50

I had a huge surprise this year at Gen Con 50. Often, there are bands and musicians playing music in the hallways of the Indianapolis Convention Center, host of the Gen Con gaming convention. I stopped to watch one band from Nashville wearing crowns and cat ears. I was already a few minutes late for my next game since I stopped for coffee. I ended up watching the whole set of an independent band from Nashville, called… Big Chance / Canyon Spells / Daniel and the Lion.

From what I learned from the Google box, Canyon Spells is Jimmie Linville and Daniel Pingrey who have been making music since high school. Their collaboration is tight and has produced a lot of great music across many genres. Their set at Gen Con was tight, fun, and really entertaining. I have not heard a great new band in a long, long time, and this was a pleasant surprise at Gen Con, of all places. I am not sure where they are going or if they will get stuck with an identity crisis, but they have great song writing and performing chops. YouTube has many videos of their band performing A LOT, which is a sign of a great band. Bands need to perform as much as they can, book gigs, and travel to obscure gaming conventions to strengthen their craft. I hope they find their way into the mainstream. They deserve a shot.

Brain Candy Live!

Brain Candy Live is a touring show featuring Adam Savage and Michael Stevens (Vsauce). My mind is blown think about these two guys together and seeing them live. I am addicted to their YouTube channels. I regularly watch Adam’s one day builds on Tested and Michael’s Vsauce. It’s got what brains crave.

Becky and I are excited to see the show in Worcester, MA this weekend. It is going to be epic.

William Shatner at Boston Comic Con!

I had to. I just had to meet William Shatner. I saw that William Shatner was the guest of honor at this year’s Boston Comic Con, so I had to find a chance to meet him. Shatner is promoting a new memoir about his friendship with Leonard Nimoy. It is also the 50th anniversary of Star Trek. In my opinion, the original 3 seasons of Star Trek is some of the best TV ever produced.

Hans Scharler and William Shatner at Boston Comic Con

Shatner greeted us with a monologue about how he liked the Patriots because of Brady’s wife, but now he is a LA Rams fan. The Mayor of Boston, Marty Walsh, named August 13, 2016 William Shatner Day. From TV to spoken word albums, “I think it’s gonna be a long, long time” before I get this star struck again.

The Royce With Chef Perry Pollaci

To kick off our honeymoon, Becky and I had an amazing dinner at The Royce in Pasadena, CA. Our meal took place at the Chef’s Table where Becky and I were presented 7 custom courses created by Chef Perry Pollaci and his team.

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Our Custom Menu:

  • Amuse Bouche
  • Beef Carpaccio
  • Lobster Soup
  • Kobe Stew
  • Salt-crusted Lamb
  • Epoisse Cheese and Apples
  • A Tasting of Crème Brûlée

The custom menu created by Chef Perry was inspired by our personal tastes: paleo, gluten-free, and crème brûlée (this was my only specific request as it is Becky’s favorite dessert). The salt-crusted lamb topped the dinner for me. It was beautifully presented on a charred cutting board and served with carrots and smoked yogurt.

The team at The Royce made the first night of our honeymoon something to remember for a lifetime. The presentations were picturesque. The service was perfection. The dinner was exquisite.

Thank you for creating the perfect night!

I am LOST

All of this snow caused me to get trapped between two airports recently. And when I say, “trapped,” I mean I had a cell phone, food supply, laptop, and stable wireless Internet connection. I had some time on my hands. Between runs to Panda Express and the restroom, I was able to watch the first season of LOST.

Over a period of 3 months, hints were dropped which lead me to want to start watching LOST – I finally “listened to the island.” I saw a speech by J. J. Abrams, 3o Rock made a LOST reference, my friends were talking about the show, the answer is 42, and I heard a faint radio transmission on my XM. I finally broke down and watched the pilot episodes of LOST on Hulu. I was hooked.

Over the next 24 hours, I watched the entire first season – all 24 mind-bending, awe-inspiring, jaw-dropping, uber-frustrating episodes. I see why this show is popular, it has all of the elements that I love – great mystery, tied with philosophical nuances and solid characters who I love to learn about. I want to figure it all out, but I am being messed with. Numbers and non-linear flashbacks spliced in the real-time storyline all make for a fantastic mind trip.

The final season starts tomorrow. I am so glad to hear there is a final season. It will make my LOST time seem worth it since I know it will have to have an ending and soon. I look forward to the rest of the seasons and catching up on the new episodes. I will be DVR’ing the new ones and maybe I will be able to finish this series with everyone else.

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The NotHans Podcast

I have started a podcast called “The NotHans Podcast”. Check it out on iTunes or visit my podcast page. On my podcast, I am reviewing movies, books, and music as well as original comedy sketches, characters of mine, and some stand-up comedy. Let me know what you think.