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Kickstarter and Creativity

This week on Episode 71, Charlie and I will discuss the ways that comic creators and other creative types are using Kickstarter to fund their projects and make a living. You can hear our thoughts on the subject on Wednesday but in the mean time here are a few of the projects we mentioned and one of them is...

Chart Ratings and Youtube

On Episode 65 of The Charlie Tonic Hour, Charlie and I discuss recent changes to the way that Billboard Magazine ranks songs for the Top 100 list. If you haven’t heard, just a few weeks ago Billboard started including YouTube views into its formula for ranking the most popular songs. This continues...

Cincinnati Magic Trick

Longtime listeners of the Charlie Tonic Hour may remember a film festival and awards show we attended back in July of 2012. We podcasted about it in episode #30 and Ginny write about it in the article titled “The 48 Hour Film Project Awards Show“. Since that time, the winning film “Magic...

Gary Gygax Remembered

He was the man with the name that stood out in a crowd and in grade school, high school and early college he was a kind of Jerry Garcia to me and those interested in role-playing games. I always wanted to meet him, but never had the chance and in 2008 I learned I never would. Hearing of his passing that...

Charlie Talks Comics

I simply can’t explain it. After a writing drought (with a few intermittent articles here on the Charlie Tonic site) over the last few months, I felt like my pen to digital paper muscles were getting a bit thin. I can’t say what happened but on February 4th everything suddenly changed. On that...

Charlie On More Films

I can’t promise this will be a regular Friday tradition (because I simply don’t see enough movies to keep it going), but I’m back for a second round of “rapid fire” movie reviews. If you were watching the site last week, I discussed nine films in the previous story and this...

Charlie Talks Film

On next week’s episode of the Charlie Tonic Hour (#58), one segment will revolve around a discussion of the movie Life of Pi. This film impressed me both with its visual nature and deeper messages. Ginny Tonic has read the novel, but I was experiencing the story for the first time in the theater....

Montezuma Fire Machine

  Back in Episode 54 you might remember hearing me wax rhapsodic about a band I caught opening for Ford Theater Reunion called Montezuma Fire Machine. Since Charlie and I recorded the episode about 12 hours after actually seeing them perform, I didn’t get the email with their biography or...

Charlie’s Slip Points

Yesterday, I blogged about finding a reason to blog and the slight inner conflict that had been keeping me from posting more here on the Charlie Tonic site. After finishing that post it hit me that I really am writing quite a bit these days. It’s just that the project is one that no one is currently...

Almost Famous

So there is a movie that I absolutely love and I plan to watch it, once again, before this day is done. The move is Almost Famous and for me it is a film that holds a mix of personal and emotional connections to this day. Let me paint a picture that just may bring you to the reason why I love this movie so...

Print vs. Digital

So, I have this crazy notion that paper will be sidelined for digital within the next five years. I tend to shock people by saying that “paper will be dead within five years”. Once that grabs the attention, I like to add that that is “dead” with an asterisk. What is the asterisk? By...

Robot Invades Mars!

  On Episode 35 of Charlie Tonic, Charlie and I geek out over the Mars Curiosity Rover and other amazing space facts. No matter how cynical and jaded our society has become, we can’t be too far gone if we can take the time to pause as a nation and celebrate landing a robot on Mars. The color...

Sing Out Loud

Recently, Ginny Tonic mentioned a “fun little website called Proust that helps you build your own autobiography by asking interesting questions and letting you answer, add pictures and share with friends”. I thought today it might be fun to accept that same challenge and answer a random...

Secret Pop Culture Crushes

Since so many of its articles involve random scientific facts, pop culture references, and immature sexual innuendo it’s no surprise that the writers of Cracked are a frequent source of inspiration to Charlie and me. This week I read an article called 6 Pop Culture Icons Nobody Admits They Were...

The Church of Annie Dillard

It’s been awhile since I’ve given you a good book recommendation. In Episode 32 Charlie and I discuss spirituality so I thought it would fitting to share a book by a woman who is probably my favorite writer of all time. Although I am not as big a fan of her fiction, her essays capture...
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