« FINE LINE: 1 YEAR LATER | Main | 4:20 on 4/20 DUDE »


I used to dream of getting mentioned in Wired magazine for something, then I gave up on that dream. Now it's happened! That's a valuable lesson - give up on your dreams. Also in this issue, my buds Al Gore and Devo:

WIRED Magazine: My Favorite Vlogs [by Amanda Congdon and others]

Watch for it in the May issue, not yet on newsstands. Look for an article on Rocketboom in the current issue of Rolling Stone. Lastly, I'm mentioned in this article about collaborative advertising. Sorry.

Amanda's original submitted list of fave vlogs:
ASK A NINJA You ask, the ninja answers. Can a Ninja catch a cold? "A better question," he points out, "would be, 'Can a cold catch a Ninja?'" The answer, of course, is no.

THE SINGING WOODCHUCK VARIETY MINUTE Adam Quirk has a show on his videoblog, Bullemhead, about a talking Woodchuck. It's not like those talking babies in commercials. This is funny. REALLY funny, in a kinda weird, out there way. Cross still photos of a couple of woodchucks with computer voices saying seemingly random but I'm sure carefully calculated things such as, "Ok, I'll bail her out right after I finish this sandwich I got from Grizzlebee's. It has bacon sausage bacon bacon fat bacon sausage cheese biscuits three kinds of gravy and biscuits and cheese, plus bacon" and you've got yourself a hit.

THE RICHARD SHOW This is a vlog about a silly guy named Richard, his lovely wife, Maureen (who he jokingly refers to as "Richard's Wife"), and their life in the Ozarks. They have the ultimate love story! Not a Hollywood love story, but true love.

VLOG SOUP Steve Garfield, also a Rocketboom correspondent, brings you on a weekly tour of the vlogosphere. Watching Steve's show is the most efficient way for me to keep up with new videoblogs. Plus, Steve's unwavering enthusiasm and good-natured playfulness always make him a joy to watch. His 80 year old mom, Millie, is interested in internet culture too. She has a blog-vlog hybrid called Thoroughly Modern Millie… I'd say!

TIKIBARTV Each episode you learn how to make a cocktail while kicking it with Dr. Tiki, Johnny Johnny and Lala. Slapstick humor at its finest.

MINNESOTA STORIES Rocketboom correspondent, funnyman and super all around nice guy, Chuck Olsen, produces a daily videoblog out of Minneapolis. Some days Chuck creates the videos himself, often with his charming girlfriend, Lori, and other days he plays videos he receives from people all over the state of Minnesota. Each video tells a different slice-of-life, "Minnesota story". One day you could be watching an interview with a local band, the next you could be learning all about broom hockey, and the following you could be watching a grown man climb a tree. I have a personal preference for the videos starring Chuck himself. Especially the Vlog Santa series. It's exciting for me to watch Chuck pioneer the local videoblogging effort. It will be neat to see when every city has a dedicated videoblog telling its stories.

IT'S JERRY TIME! This is a strangely entertaining animation vlog created by two brothers, Jerry and Orrin Zucker. It follows the mundane life of Jerry, including such events as an hostile encounter with a barmaid and a nasty landlord situation. The visuals are very unusual… but the stories are perhaps so funny because of how familiar they seem to be. Jerry's got "the everyman" shtick down pat.

HOMESTAR RUNNER Not really a videoblog, but one of the longest standing animation shows on the web. Consistently sidesplitting. Another set of brothers, Matt and Mike Chapman, works on this show out of Atlanta . I love Strong Sad!

THE SUPER SECRET DANCE SOCIETY or SSDS Shhhhhhh! It's a secret… I really can't talk about it other than to say…. pink spandex is back!

ONE AMERICA COMMITTEE Ok, I'm biased because I helped set this up, but this is the official videoblog of Senator John Edwards. People can send him their video questions and he will respond via video! I love that Senator Edwards has the cajones to really grab new media by the horns. The guy has a blog, podcast AND a videoblog!

April 20, 2006 at 01:55 PM in Minnesota Stories | Permalink


TrackBack URL for this entry:

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference I'M IN WIRED MAGAZINE!:


Congrats Chuck! You da' man!

Posted by: Steve at Apr 21, 2006 3:08:10 AM

thanks! in addition, you are da' man.

Posted by: chuck at Apr 21, 2006 3:12:00 AM

"Rocketboom correspondent, funnyman and super all around nice guy"

This is true. Except for the Rocketboom part. What's that all about??


I'll have to pick this up. For some reason it caught my eye in a convenience store in Seattle, but I didn't buy it. What a neat surprise that would've been to see you mentioned in there!

Posted by: Kylark at Apr 23, 2006 12:52:29 PM