Category Archives: General Blogitude

Cool As a Cucumber In a Bowl of Hot Sauce – RIP Adam Yauch

Like so many people my age, I have a love for the Beastie Boys.  Their music has played like a soundtrack throughout my life.  So I shouldn’t be surprised that Adam (MCA) Yauch’s death has made me feel pretty melancholy.  In the days since his death I have seen numerous tributes, all of which reinforce how much of an effect Yauch had on our world.  Sure we have lost other musicians, but this was not an accident or an overdose.  Cancer.  That equalizer of a disease that has taken far too many far too soon.

So in the sadness, I found this video and it made me smile.  Hope it does the same for you.

What is dispatches from catopia?

I know.  Another blog.  Really what the world needs now.

So why am I doing this?  Well, I have enjoyed reading various blogs over the past 10 or so years, but I feel like they no longer speak to me in the way they once did.  So I want to write something I would like to read.  I hope it will be an amalgam of a whole lot of stuff that I like and that I think others like me would appreciate.

For better or for worse, the Internet has something for everyone, so hopefully if you’ve found this blog – it will be for you.  If it’s not, that’s fine too.  Just keep on going, nothing to see here.

So what will I blog about?  I enjoy movies and beer, often at the same time.  So that’s something to start with.  Sometimes I’ll use this place to share a bit of awesome I’ve come across in my virtual walkabouts.  In any case, it will be a place to share beyond just the errant Facebook or Twitter update.

Now I hate to throw around the “G” word here as it has become so en vogue to do so these days.  So I won’t.  I love what I love and I won’t be ashamed to say so, but I know not all of it is Geek-cool, in the ironic hipster way.  When I wear a shirt with a cat/robot/zombie/Tardis on it, I wear it because I like it, not because I think it is ironic.  Irony be damned.

So why catopia?  Years ago when I was in grade school, I wrote a sweeping story called, “Beyond the Horizon.” It was about a girl who encounters a magical perfect place inhabited by cats.  It was a catopia (utopia +cats) called Catmandu (forgive me, I was nine.)

So now this is my perfect place in the big scary world of the Internet.  And we know the Internet is full of cats.