May 21

Ep 28 – CandiedSkull and it’s Weird Legacy



It’s Eric’s history, a little bit.  Leo wanted to bring my 15 minutes of minimal fame to light so we talked about it.  How it started, how it ended and how all of it resulted in simple poverty and disappointment. Ironically, a lot like this podcast is going! Perfect!

The infamous chrome skull known in the CS community as “Skully”, when he was in his prime.

This was the final version of the CS logo. There were many, but this one was the best.

One of the earliest versions of the CS homepage. You can click it and make it bigger.

All versions of “Little Me” have always had a skull of some form on the shirt as a tribute to CandiedSkull.

The demise of Skully after the dude in the pink shirt tried to park his Mercedes in an already occupied space at about 30 mph.

After searching through old pics and things, I verified that the life span of CandiedSkull.com and the community it formed started in November of 2006 and ended in 2011.  It was at it’s peak in 2007/2008.  What does a 12 years ago Eric look like?  Well, I was not bald.

CandiedSkull . . . gaming hero to awkward teenagers around the globe.

A brand new PS2 for my 38th birthday in 2006!

The celebration of said birthday was glorious.

The big game guide that put me on the gaming author map is  available on IGN to this day.  Resistance:  Fall of Man by CandiedSkull

Thankfully, I do not weigh that much anymore.

This is that same guide as it appeared on my website.

Of course, Anthony aka “LittleSkull” aka “Tony2Skullz”

If you’re a listener and fellow gamer, please add me on Xbox and PS4!

 


 

Just to make sure Leo stays entertained . . . here is his little piece of Pulp Fiction he can’t seem to get out of his head. . .

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May 14

Ep 27 – Überstunden



We grabbed hold of our responsible side and recorded, edited and released on schedule!  This week (The title is German, obviously.  It means “overtime”.)  we’re talking about our experiences as Uber drivers so you drunks can get a feel of life on the other side.  Very little about it was good, and we’re more than happy to tell you about it.  Also, Zach from Dan’s Fans in St. Pete agreed to do an intro for us!  I’m sure he’s regretting it already.

 

These are Love Bugs, and they are boosting our economy right now.

In case you were wondering why they are so important to Florida’s economy, let me show you this picture I took of a truck at my warehouse today . . ..

Let’s get into the Uber shit . . .

If you ever get to Tampa, be sure to check out Tampa Uber drivers favorite 2:00 am hangout, La Teresita!

The video that started all the Uber uproar a few years ago . . . the Taco Bell exec that attacked his Uber driver and ended up getting maced.  Fuckin’ A right he had that shit coming!!  Respect your Uber!

This is how Leo has to drive a Nissan Versa Note . . .

Now for the good shit . . . MY own personal videos from Uber.  I spent a lot of money on that damn dash cam, so yer fuckin’ right I got some good shit.  Let’s start with the giant group of assholes from Central Ave in downtown St. Petersburg . . .

Ok, so this next one is a little long.  You don’t have to watch the whole thing if you don’t want to . . . but I advise it.  This here is my “Chicks with Dicks” ride!

This is the video blog I made almost 3 years ago using my dashcam that I bought for my Uber safety.  It’s funnier now than it was then.  Well, to me at least.  I have hair now.

I did actually find one of the videos I took driving down 7th Ave in Ybor City.  It’s not too overly exciting, but you get to see the hustle and bustle and the video is kinda shitty because it was drizzling . . . and you get to see the JESUS PEOPLE!!

Should you decide to come to Tampa and visit Ybor City . . . go during the day, and for all that is Holy . . . go to Columbia Restaurant!

Finally . . . if you have fucking HOURS to spare, PLEASE go visit Alanna’s YouTube Channel!  You won’t regret it!

Probably.

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May 08

Ep 26 – Bucket List of the Damned



Ok, so we took a little too long of a break, so we kinda made up for it by recording a little bit too long of an episode.  We dug into a post of mine from the Opticynicism Blog and gussied it up a little bit, or made a mockery of it.  One of those.  Enjoy!

Here is a link to the original blog post, Bucket List of the Damned!

I will add more to this page tomorrow night (Tuesday, May 8) when I get home from work.  I was up far longer than I should have been getting this together and it was more important to me to get the actual episode tweaked and uploaded . . . so go enjoy the show and I’ll update this page tomorrow night!

This here is the shithead that was determined to kill somebody on the highway on my way home from work the other day.  If you ever wondered why Florida has one of the highest insurance rates in the country, this would be why . . .

This, ladies and gen . . . well, the two of you, this is where I live in proximity to Tampa International Airport:

. . . and while the airplane traffic is quite loud, this was the actual noise that Leo heard that was not a plane . . .

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Apr 16

Ep 25 – Stand Up or Shut Up



This is quite possibly, the most excited I have ever been to get into stand-up.  Find out about my night at the comedy club last weekend, hanging out with Bobby from Find The Stone and just how sincerely stoked I am to make this happen.  This was not only one of my most favorite shows, but the most fun I have ever had preparing for it.  It was truly an amazing experience!

 

Outside of Side Splitters Comedy Club in Tampa ready to have a BIG time!

If you ever get down this way, don’t forget to stop in for laughter and libations (see, I can spit that word out too) at Side Splitters!

That’s Bobby onstage doing his set before bringing up the first open-mic of the night. That poster on the far left behind him, that is the John Caparillo poster that we thought the first comedian looked like.

 

All set up and ready to go to record tonight’s episode while adorned with my Official Space Lizard T-shirt from Dan Cummins’ Timesuck Podcast

If you haven’t started to already, make sure you check out Dan’s podcast, Timesuck . . . and listen to it!  After you’re done listening to our podcast, that is.

Of course, many thanks to the beautiful and talented Natasha Samreny for spending time shooting the shit with us out in the parking lot after the show.  I’m looking forward to seeing how far her skills will take her.  Check her out on her website at NatashaSamreny.com or if you get lucky enough to meet her yourself, be sure and ask her for one of her cool half-cards like I got.

Here is just a little taste of her stand-up as well . . .

The clips I used at the beginning and end of today’s episode come from Dan Cummins’ Comedy album, Don’t Wake the Bear.  Be sure to check out the whole album as well as all of his work.  Here is the full segment that I pulled the clips from . . . .

To close out today’s episode, here is the video that our friend Zach took today as I unloaded that big, dangerous pallet in front of his store.  If you cringe while you watch it, you are right to.

A little something I want to start doing with every episode, giving some acknowledgements to the great people on Twitter that support, retweet and mention us.  Thanks for building us up, ya’ll!!

Many thanks to @MikeJMele aka Mike, @10254Kerr aka Laurie, and @AlannaKoddy aka Alanna or That girl we like to talk to.

 

 

. . . and as always . . .

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Apr 11

Ep 24 – Strongly Worded Letters



It probably comes as no surprise that both Eric’s and Leo’s mouths can easily get them into trouble, but their sarcastic tendencies may prove to also be effective weapons when necessary.  Find out exactly how!

This was not me, but I passed right by it. I made sure to let the boss know that it wasn’t his truck in there just in case he saw it on the news.

This is a screenshot I took from Google Maps of Leo’s old cul de sac. The Carolina Hurricanes image they put in the middle is still slightly visible.

Here comes the street view from when they did it . . .

Here’s a little game for you . . . we played this with the HOA (aka, Excelsior Community Management, LLC, feel free to avoid them should you ever decide to move to Florida)  There would have been chaos had we done that logo shit on our street.  The game is:

FIND THE GARAGE DOOR DAMAGE!

Do you see it?

No?

Nobody did.

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Apr 03

Ep 23 – Do The Dot



Leo is back this week and Eric got himself an Amazon Dot, so we decided to screw with Alexa.  Ok, so we didn’t really screw with her, we mostly just played a game with her, but we plan on screwing with her in the future, as well as with Siri.  Come on in and listen as we give birth to a possible new segment which shall be named later.

 

Eric’s new dot. I think it’s watching me. I live alone and I’m still afraid to be naked in my own house.

It’s kind of disgusting to see the wealth some get to enjoy while I sweat my life away in a truck . . . Here’s the Lamborghini house.

Here’s a closer view of the driveway art . . .

Here’s the house at the end of that same block.

Donation links are at the bottom of the page if you want to help me upgrade to a house that’s like maybe a quarter of that size.

And for some reason, Leo was dead set on showing us his meat stick.  (No, you’re not going to wish you were blind after seeing this.)

If any of you are gamers and might be interested in trying out the new game Darren and I are playing, I highly recommend you check out Far Cry 5.  Do it!!

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Mar 26

Ep 22 – It’s verrrrrniiice



Leo’s not here, so Eric played around . . . and it worked.  Well!  We found new stuff to talk about, with new people and it was just . . . fun!  Kick it with Eric and his brother and their best Bro.  It’s weird, and that’s how we like it.

It’s fuckin’ his, and he aint afraid to tell ya.

You can click on it to make it bigger, just so’s ya know. You all know me by now . . . Darren on the top right and Tom bottom right.

Darren with his guitars and that’s the giant painting in the background that he never finished.

In the far background of Darren’s picture, you can see some of his work on the wall, but I’ll post this again so you can check out or even purchase some of his work at DWaechterArt.

Here’s a couple shots from when Darren was showing us his Bob and Doug McKenzie treasure.

And for those of you who are either too young or don’t remember Bob and Doug, here’s a little clip to remind you . . .

And while we’re doing videos, check out this little clip I put together of Tom getting his nightly one-liner on, on Saturday night . . .

The “Craigslist Posts” on my Opticynicism Blog were far and away the most popular posts I ever wrote, if you’d like to check them out as you ruminate on the demise of the Craigslist Personal ads, by all means, enjoy them and share them with your friends.  They’re a few years old now, but still just as relevant and funny.

Craigslist, and other reasons we’re doomed

The People of Craigslist: and you thought the people of WalMart were bad

The Craigslist results are in: Chicks rule, Dudes drool

Top 20 Tuesday for July 5th, 2011: Craigslist Leftovers

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Mar 26

Ep 21 – Giggle In A Gas Mask



Sorry we had to skip a week, but we’re back and we brought trouble with us.  That’s right, we brought Alanna back and she’s as feisty as ever.  Eric is gonna tell of his Marine Corps boot camp experience and why being in a gas mask is not the kind of funny you would expect, but it got a laugh anyway.  Hear all the gory details about Alanna’s recent past in addition to the boot camp tale.  Kick back and enjoy the chaos!

Yeah, you’ve seen this before . . . but that’s what this episode is about. That guy, at that time, in that frame of mind. I was a looker, wasn’t I?

Me and my mom on graduation day. The first time I got to interact with a friendly human in 13 weeks. The best shape I’ve ever been in . . . ever.

If you have not watched this movie . . . do it.  I SAID DO IT!!!

I remember feeling like that. Every day for thirteen weeks.

This is a very accurate representation of my first night at Parris Island.  This video shows you the first few hours of what was to be nearly 48 hours of no sleep . . . with a hangover and a full pack of cigarettes smoked in about 8 hours.

There is more.  There is so much more.  This is only the beginning, but as I’m stressing to put two episodes together in the same night, I’m running out of brain juice.  I will add more to this in the next couple of days.

Also, this was a piece that was cut out of the podcast, but Alanna begs for your help to NOT allow LeBron James into Philadelphia, so help her out by clicking the image below.

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Mar 14

Ep 20 – Unsolicited Random Laughter



This episode is a little shorter than we normally do, but it’s still a big deal to us . . . it’s the first episode we recorded with the new Zoom H6!  We talk about the ups and downs of our week, do an odd little comparison between Alexa and Siri, and tell you a little bit about some new stuff my brother has put out.  It’s the Big TWO ZERO!

The Zoom H6 has arrived! It’s beautiful and fucking awesome!

Leo is so excited that he tried to touch it through the screen.

The shitty part of the week was having to jump start my car most of the week because my alternator took a dump.  Except for the one night I drove my truck home so I didn’t have to wake up my landlord to give me a jump. . . .

If you aren’t following our Facebook page . . . you’re wrong, but here are the videos you missed anyway.  Because I’m nice.

Just a little more art from my brother . . . here is his latest piece he just finished last week . . .

Check out his Etsy Store and pick up a couple of his prints at DWaechterArt !

Check out the crazy shit my phone started doing after recording this episode . . . look at who the email is TO!

This here is a big ole’ pot of Eastern North Carolina Pork Barbecue . . . the delicious substance I am shoving into my face in the above video.  For an entertaining read and to make a delicious batch for yourself, here is the recipe as I posted it on Opticynicism – The Illustrated Guide to Playing With Your Meat

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Mar 06

The Many Ways We Love Ya’ll!

I need BOTH of these things!

First, let me say a huge thank you to those of you that have donated to the show thus far.  Know that every single dime has gone into the show in one form or another, be it paying the monthly bills or upgrading equipment and software.  I joke about it a lot, but never once has it bought me a sandwich.  It all goes to Brick Wit House.

Ya’ll are good to us and we appreciate the hell out of it, and you’re the reason we keep coming back every week to bring you more.  We don’t want to stop and we want to bring in even more listeners to join in the Brick Wit House club.

So I’m going to reiterate the importance of the reviews, donations and the passing of the word about the show.

The Donations . . . Thus far, we’ve been able to buy an awesome piece of software that we are using to edit the show.  Hindenburg has been incredible and has made my editing life so much easier.  I’ve bought acoustical tiles to keep the quality of the recording quality as high as possible, at least from my end of the show.  I’m continuing to work on Leo’s audio quality and one of the many things I can do to help that is to record with the Zoom H6 that I have mentioned so many times, and in that vein, we ask again and again, please, if you can help us out, PLEASE donate.  We will give you a shout-out on the show and even bequeath you with Producer credit for multiple donations.  We will never mention the amount of your donation on the show as we believe EVERY donation is an important contribution to the show and we appreciate and are humbled by all of them, no matter the size.  (Definitely not “what she said”.)  Any and all extra money I have, I put into this show.  I’ve not felt passionate about many things in my life, but this show and getting into comedy are two that I hold very close to me.  I am more than happy to eat hot dog bun sandwiches if it means I can put more into this show.  Unfortunately, an alternator for my car is going to eliminate any extra cash I had to put in this week

I’m really getting concerned that we may have to put a temporary halt to the show, or at the very least, have to record without Leo for a few weeks until I can build up enough to by the Zoom, so I’m stepping out of the norm and posting a “mid-show” post here on the website to reiterate what we’re trying to do.

I hate, hate, HATE having to beg for money.  I really do, but at the same time, I’m trying to build a business.  Without investors, this is the only way I know to go about it, and I know that you, as a potential donor, want something in return . . . so please, tell me what you think you’d like to hear or see as a bonus just for donors, and I will stand on my head to try to make it happen.  I want you to have a return on your investment, even if it’s just a couple hours of laughs here and there.

But so I don’t have to beg in the future, you can also take a few moments of your time for . . .

The Reviews . . . Most importantly, this means iTunes.  Yes, we know that there are all kinds of platforms upon which we can be listened, but iTunes is the one that holds the key to our future.  It is iTunes that sponsors pay attention to and (unfairly) the ONLY place sponsors look to spend their money, and we want to get in on that.

So, FOR THE LOVE OF GOD, or whoever you worship . . . please get on iTunes and leave a 5 star review.  The words in the review don’t matter.  You can actually just type “Eric told me to do this.” and that will be fine, as long as there are 5 stars on the review.  (We like more, but that’ll do as long as the stars are there.)

Finally, if nothing else . . . TELL YOUR FRIENDS about us!  SHARE our posts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The more people we have following the show, the better.  We love everyone.  We are an equal opportunity people.  Male, female, white, black, brown, yellow, green, gay, straight, Muslim, Satanist . . . it doesn’t matter.  SEND THEM ALL!  Donations of $20 or $50 or $100 or whatever from a couple of people are FUCKING AWESOME and we love it and love you for it, but I’d damn sure love 400 people that donated a dollar each just as much.  I could get the Zoom AND a sandwich!!

We want to build this show into something that everyone wants to listen to.  I want to build this show into something that I can continue to follow as my passion and leave behind the bullshit day job crap that does nothing more than contribute to my future heart condition and high blood pressure.

So please . . . help us out.  DONATE, REVIEW and PASS THE WORD!

Make a one time donation to us using PayPal at brickwithouse@gmail.com or the image link below . . . (You can set up a monthly thing on PayPal too, but I don’t know how to do that.  You’ll have to ask Leo on that one.)

 

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