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2012 in Review and Top Lists!

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There goes another year! I don’t really want to write this, but I should. I’ll regret it if I don’t! So, goodbye 2012 and welcome 2013. I’m going to try to remember all this stuff and I hope I don’t leave anything important out!

Notable happenings from 2012:

  1. I formed a new band called Campfire Conspiracy. It’s me, Matt Witt and Scott Mumaw. I play drums. You can find us on Facebook and Bandcamp. As of this writing we have no public material, we’ve only been a band for 2-3 months and we’re still writing songs and recording them. But we’re probably going to sound like high energy, catchy punk rock.
  2. I started taking piano lessons. As of now, I’ve had three lessons. It’s not something I really considered until the new band started and I wanted to write better songs. I’ve always been self-taught in music theory and songwriting and make music electronically since 2000. But I’ve had success taking lessons over the years with drums and breakdancing and I felt it’s the fastest way for me to learn.
  3. I got braces! Actually it’s a thing called 6 month smiles. They are clear braces. I got them at the end of June, I still have them on but they should be coming off soon! My teeth are definitely straighter.
  4. WMC Fest 2012 was great. Just watch this video and you’ll see. We had about 1,300 people attend this year and we overfilled the speaker auditorium forcing us to decide on a new venue this year. 2013 is shaping up to be another good fest, but I’m always worried about getting it done. With each new fest, there are new challenges to overcome. My most worrisome is budget – notably venue costs and finally being able to pay some of our core staff.
  5. I was on TV and NPR the same day I turned 30!  This was crazy. I got to meet Kenny Crumpton after running into him at a local dive bar while we were planning WMC stuff. He then featured WMC Fest in his kickin it with Kenny show in the morning. Later that day I had to run off to the Ideacenter downtown at Playhouse Square to chat with Dee Perry on the Around Noon Show on NPR.
  6. Big changes with Go Media staff. We lost Adam Wagner to a sexy new job in San Francisco and Adam Law decided to move to Seattle to pursue his dreams. We also lost our project manager Heather Mariano because she is having a baby in 2013 and wants to take care of him full time while she pursues her own photography business. In response to all this, we’ve hired Bryan Garvin as a front end web developer, promoted Liz Hunt to Arsenal Product Manager, hired Sarah Traxler as our new PM, and Aaron Roberts as a junior designer to start in 2013. We also hired Jenny Kelley as our Account Services Director to build Go Media’s first dedicated sales team. All these changes are actually quite refreshing even though it sucks to lose friends.
  7. Bill got schooled. My business partner at Go Media attended an elite business development course at Yale from AIGA. He also did the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses course at Tri-C and really amped up his formal business training. This has actually helped him transition OUT of being a designer and more of a business person. Working ON Go Media instead of IN it. The biggest affect this has had is Bill had to write a serious 5 year growth plan. Something we’ve never done. He also assigned team members as “owners” of each of our properties (like WMC Fest, Arsenal, MockupEverything, etc) and each one was responsible for their own growth plan. And to help, each person has a dashboard of metrics they must track every month so we can gauge the success of our growth plans. It’s a lot of work to set up, but it’s been very helpful so far. I think it will be key to our growth in 2013.
  8. Kim got back into music. When my wife Kim and I got together, we shared a lot of similar music tastes. She turned me onto bands like Taking Back Sunday, The Used, Thursday, Bouncing Souls, The Promise Ring, etc. We made mix CDs for each other all the time and those songs define our moments together. But over the years she’s gradually fallen out of always being on top of music and discovering new bands. Even though I’ve always been into it. For awhile we didn’t have music in common much. But lately, she’s gotten really into Spotify and she’s been discovering bands left and right. She’s buying CDs again and we’ve been listening to music while we make dinner. We’ve never had music playing around the house before but now we do. It’s great! I’m excited that she’s excited. We even went to see New Found Glory play at Grog Shop for their Sticks and Stones 10 year anniversary tour. It was a lot of fun!
  9. Bands I saw live were The Menzingers, NFG, Light Years, Into it. Over it., Algernon Cadwallader, Blueprint, Ohio Sky, and more at WMC Fest.
  10. Made a Beastie Boys music video. Watch it!  It’s a fan-video of me, my wife Kim, and her bro Greg. It was a blast.
  11. I learned the Windmill! This was one of my big goals for the year and I did it! Here’s a video. 
  12. I got a new dance floor installed in my house. See video. I haven’t practiced on it much because I’ve been focusing on making music, but I will use it more in 2013.
  13. I danced at my first hip hop jam. Whew!
  14. I started breaking with Daisun Santana. I will be doing more of this in 2013.
  15. I went on vacation with Kim to North Carolina. We visited Asheville, went hiking, visited Chimney Rock and many waterfalls. We then spent a few days on the beach at Outer Banks! This was a good getaway but we had to do sooo much driving. If there’s one thing I learned, trying to do too many things in one vacation is exhausting. Next one we take, we want to simplify it.
  16. More speaking engagements: I spoke at Columbus Creative, WMC Fest 2012, the AAF Luncheon, Launch house, and Bad Girl Ventures. I also did some social media coaching for the BGV and some portfolio critiques at CSU.

Here is my top list for 2012


Fav Movies and TV Shows

  • Homeland (TV)
  • Breaking Bad (TV)
  • Dexter (TV)
  • Disappeared (TV)
  • Becoming Santa
  • Pulling John
  • The Antics Roadshow
  • Freaky Eaters (TV)
  • Solved (TV)
  • My Strange Addiction (TV)
  • Special When Lit: a Pinball Doc
  • The American Scream
  • The IT Crowd
  • Trollhunter
  • Louie
  • Indie Game: The Movie
  • The Unloved
  • Make Believe
  • America in Primetime
  • Last Days Here
  • 30 for 30: Birth of Big Air
  • The Woodmans
  • Nat Geo: The Appalachian Trail
  • A Horrible Way to Die
  • V/H/S/
  • Being Elmo
  • Uncle Kent
  • The Freebie
  • Cold Weather
  • Registered Sex Offender

Fav Podcasts

  • Adventures in Design
  • Go Media Podcast
  • Limited Resources (Magic)
  • So Many Insane Plays (Magic)
  • This American Life
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] Bands in my Playlist

  • The Menzingers
  • The Dopamines
  • New Found Glory
  • Handguns
  • Taking Back Sunday
  • The Story So Far
  • Cloud Nothings
  • Face to Face
  • Crucial Dudes
  • 88 Fingers Louie
  • Banquets
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Save Your Breath
  • Latterman
  • Anti-Flag
  • La Dispute
  • Title Fight
  • Far from Finished
  • Broadway Calls
  • blink-182
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • Dan Padilla
  • Hot Water Music
  • Red City Radio
  • Box Car Racer
  • The Copyrights
  • Punkin pie

Books I Read (listened) in 2012

  • Trust Me, I’m Lying
  • The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle
  • The Believing Brain
  • Authentic Happiness (only partly)
  • The Art of Battle (breakdancing book)
  • Steal Like an Artist
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Wow that was exhaustive, but fun looking at my history.  Take it for what it is!

Looking ahead:

2013 is already here and I feel behind. I haven’t really thought about my goals at all.

  1. WMC Fest 2013 – getting more refined. First time all in one building. Should be another barnstormer!
  2. I am really excited about my new band. I’m taking music more seriously this year. Learning piano, studying music theory. In the end I’m writing punk songs, but I want to be able to do it better!
  3. I plan on taking two breakdance classes per week. One with Daisun and one with Swift Ali. Daisun just opened up his CityBreaks studio to group classes so I’m totally taking advantage of that. My goal this year is to just keep practicing. Nothing big.
  4. I want to go on another vacation with Kim. Someplace calm. Relaxing. Lazy.
  5. Hope to see Go Media see positive returns on all the hard work we did this year on systems, metrics, and growth plans.
  6. On the Map CLE is taking off and I think OTM 3 will be huge.

2011 in Review and Top Lists!

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So there goes another year! Goodbye 2011 and welcome 2012. For my movies and music lists I went ahead and included 2010 as well since I totally didn’t do a recap post then. Enjoy!

Notable happenings from 2011:

  1. WMC Fest 2011. Just watch this video and you’ll see. It was a vast improvement from year one and the 20/20/20 format worked really well. Lots of great energy, feedback, and buzz and this has got to be one of the most positive things going for me right now. 2012 plans are already underway and we should be launching the new website in the next 1-2 months.
  2. Bought a new car! A 2011 Toyota Prius to be exact (see photo). So far, I love the car. It’s got great gas mileage of course, which I liked from owning a hybrid vehicle before, but it’s also just plain fun and it’s got some nice modern stylings which I like.
  3. Published my first book! Thread’s Not Dead came out in April in ebook format and in October it was released as a hardcover.  Watch this lovely video of the event by Purple Films. This was a major accomplishment and it’s still weird to say that I’m an “author.” I suppose that’s more accurate than saying I’m a writer, even though I write a lot!  But after 8-9 months of planning, writing, designing, and executing, I finally put it out and I’ve managed to sell nearly 1,300 ebook bundles, 266 Kindle editions, 39 Nook editions, and over 300 hard copies so far.  (I had to login to about 5 different sites to get reports on all these sales, it’s a pain in the ass I must say. Amazon has 3 different admin backends btw!)
  4. Kim and I celebrated 3 years of marriage. We went to downtown Kent, which was home of our 2nd date. We went to the University Plaza theater to see a movie, just like we did on our 2nd date back in 2003. The movie we saw was called Contagion. In 2003 it was Bruce Almighty. Fun fact!
  5. I celebrated one year of breakdancing class. I started taking breakdancing classes in Aug/Sept 2010 at a studio called Rock City Dance in Middleburg Heights. It’s taught by BBoy Swift Ali. This has been seriously some of the most fun I’ve had, despite it being exhausting. I love breaking and I love learning the dances. I just want to keep getting better. You can watch some of my practice videos here.
  6. Our pet bunny Cocoa died. This was extremely sad for Kim and I as he was our first pet. We had him for 5 years and to see him pass away was heartbreaking. He got sick with an ear infection and after several vet trips and tons of medicine later, he just wasn’t improving. He had head tilt and eventually couldn’t even stand up. He would wobble up, fall over, tumble and roll violently in his cage and it was awful to watch. He finally passed away one evening while Kim and I cried as we pet him during his final breaths. This was the first time a pet died in front of me and it was hard to deal with. I am sad just writing this. We then got Cocoa cremated and his remains preserved in a special bunny urn with a small pouch with a lock of hair and his paw prints to remember him. We will miss him!!
  7. I spoke in Columbus, Georgia with Von Glitschka. This was super fun, as I was invited to an event called Columbus Creative Artist Roundup 2011. I talked about Side Projects, Synergy, and Self Promotion. Mike and Karen were awesome!
  8. I won a AIGA CLE Design Award. I don’t really submit my work for awards, but our goal was to get more involved in AIGA so I was encouraged to submit work for their CLE Design Awards in 2011. I won for the site I designed for wmcfest.com.
  9.  We launched On the Map. The brainchild one of our designers Chris Comella at Go Media. It was a video series that profiled a handful of people and brands to make mini-documentaries about and screened them in our studio last November. The project seems to be taking off and we are really excited about its future.
  10. Built out our kitchen at Go Media. We finally installed real cabinets and a kitchen sink for the “break room” in our office. Washing dishes in the bathroom sink sucked!
  11. We got our first cat! Kim and I adopted our first cat, which we call Cookie, from the Cleveland APL. She’s super friendly and playful, although sometimes a little needy and hyperactive!  But it’s cool to have some more excitement in the house!
  12. I became an Uncle to Leihetta! My brother Jon and his fiance Felicia had a baby named Leihetta and she’s so cute!  My parents are happy to finally be grandparents.
  13. More babies and more marriages. My business partner Wilson and his wife Rachel gave birth to Audrey Violet earlier this year. My former By Bread Alone bandmate Eugene Lin got married, my long-time friend Dan Haylett and his wife Gemma are pregnant and so is my former college roommate Jeff Barton and his wife Shelly. Congrats to them all!
  14. We did some updates on the house. We got the living room completely made over with advice from an interior designer. We were stumped with what to do with it and it was never getting done so we asked for help. We got it painted, got a new sectional sofa, and other stuff. We bought a nice futon for our spare bedroom for overnight guests. We got part of our basement waterproofed. We also got new flooring and a toilet in our half bathroom. My wife Kim posts on her blog about our updates sometimes.
  15. I started doing Yoga. A former elementary schoolmate of mine April Arotin reached out to me to help her with a flyer for her new yoga studio she was opening. I was happy to help and she offered me some free Yoga classes in return. That was great because I’ve been wanting to try Yoga to supplement my breakdancing training and I love it.
  16. Got Back into Magic: The Gathering. My brother Jon started playing Magic and got me to dust off my cards and that was enough to fuel the fire. After WMC Fest I was pretty burnt out like normal and needed a hobby to distract me from the design world. It was refreshing!  I started playing Magic in 1995 or so and stopped around 2004. So it was a good 7 years of new cards and rules changes I had to catch up with. But fortunately, there is a PS3 game called Duels of the Planeswalkers that successfully brought the experience of playing Magic to a video game. That helped a lot. I made a new friend Gene Tanner who has helped me build some pretty competetive decks like Zoo and Merfolk in Legacy and Wolf Run Ramp in Standard. The Innistrad prerelease was a blast and I remember what it was like to be obsessed with Magic. The good ole days!

Here is my top list for 2011 (and 2010 because I missed last year)


Fav Movies and TV Shows

  • $100 and a T-Shirt
  • Abel Raises Cain
  • Amazing Race (TV Series)
  • Antichrist
  • Ballast
  • Beautiful Losers
  • Best Worst Movie
  • Blue Valentine
  • Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
  • Catfish
  • Come and See
  • Dexter (TV Series)
  • Dogtooth
  • Down to the Bone
  • Enter the Void
  • Exit Through the Gift Shop
  • Fishing with John
  • Fish Tank
  • Forgetting Dad
  • Frontline: Death by Fire
  • God’s Country
  • Harpers Island (TV Series)
  • Hoarders (TV Series)
  • Hunger
  • Impaler
  • In a Better World
  • IT Crowd (TV Series)
  • Lorna’s Silence
  • Melancholia
  • Paradise Lost 1 and 2
  • Paranormal Activity
  • Pirates of Silicon Valley
  • Premonition
  • Second Skin
  • Tabloid
  • Talhotblond
  • The First 48 (TV Series)
  • The House of the Devil
  • The Parking Lot Movie
  • The Road
  • The Room
  • The Wild and Wonderful Whites
  • This American Life (TV series)
  • Thumbs Up (TV Series)
  • Toy Story 3
  • Troubled Water
  • Winnebago Man
  • Winter’s Bone
  • Witch Hunt
  • Zero Day

Fav Podcasts

  • Content Talks
  • MtG Cast (various Magic podcasts)
  • So Many Insane Plays (Magic)
  • Stuff Mom Never Told You
  • Stuff You Should Know
  • The Big Web Show
  • The Documentary Blog Podcast
  • The Pipeline
  • This American Life
  • Yale University Psychology Lectures from Paul Bloom
[/twocol_one] [twocol_one_last] Bands in my Playlist

  • Anti-Flag
  • Beastie Boys
  • Blink-182
  • Box Car Racer
  • Cherry Cola Champions
  • Dropkick Murphys
  • Forest Swords
  • Four Year Strong
  • I Call Fives
  • La Dispute
  • Metavari
  • New Found Glory
  • Parachute Journalists
  • Red City Radio
  • Save Your Breath
  • Set Your Goals
  • Signals Midwest
  • Spraynard
  • Such Gold
  • The Story So Far
  • The Wonder Years
  • Title Fight
  • Transit

Books I Read the Past Two Years

  • A Book Apart: Elements of Content Strategy
  • A Book Apart: Mobile First
  • A Book Apart: Responsive Web Design
  • Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
  • E-Myth Revisited
  • Freakonomics
  • Getting Things Done (partially)
  • Good to Great (partially)
  • How Pleasure Works
  • How to Launch the Shit out of Your eBook
  • Linchpin (partially)
  • No More Mr. Nice Guy
  • Overcoming Shyness and Social Anxiety
  • Rework
  • Switch: How to Change When Change is Hard
  • Thank You Economy
  • The Four Hour Workweek
  • The Game: Penetrating the Secret Society of Pickup Artists
  • The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (partially)
  • The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • The Power of Less
  • The Presentation Secrets of Steve Jobs
  • The Return to the Little Kingdom (partially)
  • The Tipping Point
  • Think and Grow Rich (partially)
  • Trust Agents
  • Yes! 50 Proven Ways to be Persuasive
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Wow that was exhaustive, but fun looking at my history.  Take it for what it is!

Looking ahead:

2012 is shaping up to be a busy year already.  Here are some things already planned on the calendar:

  1. Releasing 3 more songs from my band Parachute Journalists and then closing the book on that chapter. Maybe there will be a new band in the future?
  2. WMC Fest 2012 to be bigger and better!
  3. On the Map event will itself get “on the map” and more people will know about it.
  4. My wife Kim will finish her Paralegal education and get her certificate.
  5. Going to Montreal with my wife for Montreal Meets 2.
  6. More home improvement updates like fixing the furnace, cleaning air ducts, new kitchen faucet, etc.
  7. Finish and post a Beastie Boys music video that my wife and I are doing for fun.
  8. We will build out a private workout area at Go Media. We bought equipment at the end of 2011 and will receive it in 2012. New employee perk and we also got some funding from COSE Wellness. Sweet!
  9. I’ll be better at breakdancing for sure, but I don’t know how much better. We’ll see!

2009 Year in Review

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  • 1 Year married to Kim
  • Went to Vegas for sister’s wedding
  • Went to AIP as my first speaking engagement
  • Groomsmen in Jeff Barton’s wedding (former college roomate)
  • Formed our band Parachute Journalists
  • Bought a house


  • Had to lay 3 people off at Go Media

Books I read:

  • Crush It
  • Buying In
  • OBD: Obsessive Branding Disorder
  • Traffic: Why we drive the way we do
  • Indie Band Survival Guide

Bands I listened to a lot in 2009

  • Yo La Tengo – Old Joy Soundtrack (They Shoot We Score album)
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad
  • Grown Ups
  • Nana Grizol
  • Latterman
  • Rosa
  • Captain Chaos
  • The Shaking Hands
  • American Steel
  • Dear Landlord
  • David Dondero
  • Jonesin
  • The Damage Done
  • Iron Chic
  • Drunken Boat
  • Get Bent

Movies I rated 5 Stars on Netflix in 2009:

  • Humpday
  • XXY
  • Summer
  • Silent Light
  • Frownland
  • Nights and Weekends
  • Alexander the Last
  • Beeswax
  • Tyson
  • The Class
  • Love in the Afternoon
  • Tokyo!
  • Blind Loves
  • Claire’s Knee
  • Martyrs
  • Team Picture
  • Death of Mr. Lazarescu
  • Rachel Getting Married
  • Dear Zachary
  • Brothers
  • Blindness
  • Open Hearts
  • After the Wedding
  • Husbands and Wives
  • Man on Wire
  • Planet Earth

Top 5 Film Directors I discovered in 2009:

  • Susanne Bier
  • Eric Rohmer
  • Lynn Shelton
  • Ramin Barahni
  • Ronald Bronstein

2008 Recap and Favs Lists!!!

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Wow, 2008 was a hell of a year.  So much happened!  Here we go:

Notable happenings from 2008:

  1. Got married to Kim Woll!  We’d been together since 2003 and tied the knot Sept. 27.  We planned the wedding for over a year and it was stressful.  But the Wedding went smoothly and was very memorable.  Great photography by Z Media helps us remember.  View my pics to see how they turned out.
  2. Honeymoon and first cruise!  Kim and I cruised for 5 days in the Caribbean.  We visited Key West, Cozumel, and Belize and also spent some time in Ft. Lauderdale where we basically were forced to stay in our hotel due to the rain.
  3. New Go Media HQ!  We found the building in 2007 and all the hard work and preparation came to fruition in 2008 when we finally moved our office and staff to the new warehouse on 4507 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH.  It was a big undertaking, buying the building (not renting), demolishing all 3 floors and renovating the top floor.  Pete Maric designed our interior space and my partner Bill Beachy basically had to make the rest happen.  Dealt with all the contactors and suffered all the headaches while the rest of us held down the fort and kept the money flowing into the Go Media.  Now we’re comfortably in the new space and working hard to make 2009 awesome.  View pics here.
  4. Economy sucks.  We saw a big dip in our sales on both design services and Arsenal products.  We doubled our staff, but the work just isn’t there.  Fortunately, nobody got laid off and we still managed to earn a profit.  2009 is going to be better.  Our staff is 1 year smarter and hardier.  We will rock!
  5. I’m an Uncle!  My new sister-in-law (Kim’s older sister Jen) got married and had a daughter named Addison.  I don’t really “feel” like an uncle, but I guess I am technically!  Hehe.
  6. Went the Fest 7 – which was a blast.  Go Media was a happy sponsor again this year (we also sponsored in 2007.  I was lucky enough to get the opportunity to design an official t-shirt and poster.  T-shirts are all sold out but you can buy the poster here.
  7. By Bread Alone finally played a show!  The band I started back in summer of 2007 (drums/some vocals) played our first show in November. We actually played in the first floor of the Go Media warehouse.  It went pretty good.  Go Media’s Katie Major and my wife Kim helped document the event with photos and video.  If you want, you can listen to a song or two.  Our goal in 2009 is to get a solid sounding demo – one that is listenable to other people besides us….
  8. Paid off my car… That’s great, it gives me about $300 extra dollars every month.  However, Kim and I are going to buy a house in 2009, so there are already plans for that cash.

Here is my music top list for 2008.



  • Billy the Kid
  • Baghead
  • Rosetta
  • Grown Ups
  • Career Girls
  • Taxi to the Dark Side
  • Paranoid Park
  • Nuts in May
  • Punk’s Not Dead
  • Another State of Mind
  • Home Sweet Home
  • Jonestown: The Life of Peoples Temple
  • 4 Months, 3 Weeks, 2 Days
  • Heavy Metal in Baghdad
  • My Kid Could Paint That
  • Abigail’s Party
  • 2 Days in Paris
  • Business of Being Born
  • Heavy Metal Parking Lot
  • Air Guitar Nation
  • Planet Earth
  • Great World of Sound
  • Grey Gardens
  • King of Kong
  • Dance Party USA
  • Eagle vs. Shark
  • Quiet City
  • Dog Days
  • Wesley Willis: the Grand Daddy of Rock n Roll
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  • Off With Their Heads
  • Shorebirds
  • Punkin Pie
  • Nasty Ponies
  • Drunken Boat
  • Dead Things
  • Iron Chic
  • Adam Wagner
  • Ringers
  • Good Luck
  • Vietnam Werewolf
  • Echoes of Harpers Ferry
  • The Knockdown
  • The Copyrights
  • Tarantulas Attack
  • Nana Grizol
  • The Replacements
  • Down in the Dumps
  • Get Bent
  • The Shaking Hands
  • Jonesin
  • O Pioneers
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So that’s it, whew.  If you actually read all this, good for you. But hopefully, this will be useful to read in a few years.  It’s always cool going back to look at your old recaps.  I wish I did one last year!

Looking ahead:

2009 is shaping up to be a busy year already.  Here are some things already planned on the calendar:

  1. Jeff Barton’s wedding (former college roommate and best man in my wedding)
  2. Dan Haylett’s wedding (long time friend since grade school)
  3. My sister’s wedding (going to Vegas)
  4. Chris Wilson’s wedding (fellow partner at Go Media)
  5. Hunting for a house and hopefully moving in
  6. Improvements at Go Media
  7. Demo for By Bread Alone
  8. Demo for Adam Wagner (fellow Go Media colleague and singer/songwriter I play drums for).
  9. Something else positive…
  10. More positive things….

What’s your list?

My friend Ben and I at New Years Eve 2007

2007 Top Lists

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  • Shorebirds – 7″
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad – People Who Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World
  • Paul Baribeau – Grand Ledge
  • Defiance Ohio – The Fear, The Fear, The Fear
  • The Sidekicks – So Long Soggy Dog


I haven’t really seen many movies that were released this year, but here are my favs that were at least released on DVD this year:

  • Rescue Dawn (dir Werner Herzog)
  • Sicko (dir Michael Moore)
  • This is England (dir Shane Meadows)
  • Funny HaHa (Andrew Buljalski)



2006 Memories and Best of List

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2006 was a great year. It had so many things happen that were not happening in 2005. Here’s a breakdown of some of the things.

  • Joined the Go Media team.
  • Worked one designs for Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Avenged Sevenfold, Stone Sour, ICP, A Wilhelm Scream, and others.
  • We hired Dave and Oliver.
  • Had an office manager doing really awesome for us and then suddenly vanish into thin air.
  • We also launched the Vector Packs which are doing very well and we’ll continue to make more for 2007.
  • Launched Brent Simon into stardom. Well, what started as a new movie idea for me and Dan last winter break turned into a crazy internet phenomenon. We made a 30 minute documentary about Brent Simon and he played the synth (keyboard) and rocked out to Space Camp. That video spread all over the internet and he eventually performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live last November. We were on the news in the the newspaper, etc. Now he’s got an album and is starting to play shows across NE Ohio.
  • Kim and I moved into our own apts. Kim and I were sharing our own apartment and sometime in June I decided I wanted to try living on my own. It was a rough moment in my relationship with Kim. It was hard at first, but we have since learned to live with it and make the best of it. And although I have enjoyed my “space” I can see lots of reasons why I miss living with Kim. And I’m ready to move back in with her when her lease is up. We’ll see what happens.
  • Bought a nice car. I finally bought a nice car. It was a 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid. It cost $13k and had abot 100k miles on it when I got it. It is an awesome car and I love the fuel economy.
  • Got in my first car accident. No sooner I get my new car, I get into an accident. I was slowing down for a slow moving vehicle to turn left. There was another car in front of me. We were all stopped and then I noticed the car in front of me manuvered itself over to the shoulder. I was confused and thought he wanted me to pass. So I went to pull out into the passing lane and was slammed into by a police car. He was trying to pass all of us and I never heard his siren. Our cars basically just rubbed sides and he was going about 45 mph. My front bumper flew off and my rear view mirror exploded. I was ok, not hurt at all. Just shocked. So when it was all said and done it was over $3,000 worth of damages and I got cited for “failing to yield to a public safety vehicle.” And my insurance went up. That sucked. I never saw it coming.
  • Joined a Bowling League. We decided to form a Go Media bowling team. I got my first bowling ball and shoes and bag and all the goodies. My average is 160, but I’ve been bowling in the 180’s a lot lately.

Favorite Bands of 2006

  • Latterman
  • Set Your Goals
  • Anti-Flag
  • The Advantage
  • Strike Anywhere
  • Bouncing Souls
  • Brent Simon
  • Alexisonfire
  • Mr Gnome
  • Dragonforce
  • 3 Inches of Blood
  • Mose Giganticus
  • The Loved Ones
  • Street Dogs
  • Rory
  • Against Me

Favorite Moves I saw this year

  • Made in Britain
  • The Firm
  • Scum
  • The White Diamond
  • Fitzcarraldo
  • Naked
  • Secrets and Lies
  • This is Spinal Tap
  • Palindromes
  • Phenomena
  • Fat Girl
  • The Celebration
  • The War Zone
  • Brick
  • Tetsuo The Iron Man
  • Wordplay
  • Fast Food Nation

Predictions for 2007

  • I’ll see a bunch more movies.
  • Listen to some more bands.
  • Read some books (fast food nation, the long tail)
  • Live with Kim again (I hope so)
  • Brent will get more famous and finally make some money
  • Vector Packs will become a large part of our business at Go Media
  • Hire an office/sales manager at Go Media
  • I will go to California to visit Dan Haylett
  • Bowl my first 600 series

That’s about it. 2006 was a good year. I have a feeling 2007 will be good too. We’ll see!