My Cultural Influences

OK, so in my Creativity Q&A post, I talked a little about my cultural influences.

I dunno if this’ll help understand me better, but I compiled a list of current stuff I’m into (alphabetized mostly because I’m a big nerd). Enjoy!

TV I Watch:

American Chopper

Battlestar Galactica




The Daily Show

The Office

The Simpsons

The Today Show (1st half hour)

Recent Movies Watched/Purchased:


Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room


Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie

Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest

Superman Returns

Magazines/Newspapers I Read:

Chicago Tribune

Fast Company

Funny Times




Books I’ve Read Recently:

Earth X

Manhunt: The 12-day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

Marvel Zombies

Mom’s Cancer

Reinventing Comics

Blogs I Follow (listed in bookmark order):

Mike Lynch Cartoons

Spot The Frog Blog

Cartoon Brew

The Daily Cartoonist


Cartoon Modern

Superhero Hype

Tom’s Mad Blog

Boing Boing

The Unofficial Apple Weblog



Countdown with Olberman


Official Google Mac Blog

Netflix New Releases This Week


Insanely Great Tees

Websites I Visit:


Satellite News

The Virtual Weber Bullet

The Wisenheimer

Podcasts I Subscribe To:

NPR: Pop Culture

This American Life

Radio I Listen To:

101.9 WTMX Chicago – Eric & Kathy Morning Show

104.3 Jack FM Chicago

105.9 WCKG Chicago – The Steve Dahl Show


Video Games I’m Playing:

Loco Roco

NBA Live ’07

X-Men Legends II

iTunes Recently Purchased (most recent to oldest):

Short Skirt/Long Jacket by Cake

Never There by Cake

Here it Goes Again by O.K. Go

Welcome Christmas – Dr. Seuss’ “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” Soundtrack

Cha-Cha All the Way by Capitol Studio Orchestra

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry

The Phat Pack (Entire Album) by Gordon Goodwin

Back to Basics (Entire Album) by Christina Aguilera

Surprise (Entire Album) by Paul Simon

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6 thoughts on “My Cultural Influences”

  1. That's sick… you're as big of a nerd as I am hahahaha

    I still watch Scrubs because I was a fan already, but the show now has taken a turn that I don't know if I like as much and I'm not sure if you've noticed it. JD used to daydream… that's where all the crazy cartoonish stuff happened – I loved it; it was smart writing because it still let you connect with what was "actually" happening while get the humor that everyone thinks about in short spurts in their head… I connected with that, you know? Now, all that crazy stuff is happening in "reality"! It's not in his head anymore. I don't know, it just bothers me.

    But Heroes… I didn't like it in the beginning because I thought it was a little campy… it was kind of a novelty made into a show but it didn't feel like it really had the story depth to it that comics books do (or did anyway… they're starting to get better now again). But now I'm hooked after watching a few episodes.

  2. It's always fun to see these lists, and I wrote down my own list for myself.

    BATTLESTAR GALACTICA is a great show, and has caught the attention of a large, non-nerdy audience. I think it's as ground-breaking as the original TREK was.

    All of the books I've recently read/are reading are comics-related (MY CAT LOVES ME NAKED, MEN OF TOMORROW). I like this, but should seek out more subjects.

    The blog by Shane Glines is worth subscribing to. It's $5 a month for some great magazine illustration and cartoon art from the 1940s-50s. Ditto Leif Peng's , which is a free site.

    But, when I got to Podcasts, Radio and Games — I had to write None, None, None.

  3. R.O. – Check out the Scrubs Peanuts Christmas Special! And I have to agree with you – I think Scrubs isn't as good as it was, although, even at that level, it's still better than most sitcoms out there.

    Mikey – I've seen CartoonRetro around, but never made the leap…. Maybe for Christmas…

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