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Shane Nickerson
Los Angeles, California
Producer, Writer, Actor, Father. Not in that order.
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I bought myself a pair of Google Glass. They opened up the Explorer program (as they call it) for 'One Day Only!' to anyone who wanted to shell out a pretty silly amount of money to help them continue the extended Beta test of their new device (and if the length of time Gmail was in Beta is any indication, there will be five more incarnations of this thing before it ever goes wide). Anyway, as a sucker for new tech, I bit on Google's one day invitation to get in. I'm fascinated by Glass. I've heard the arguments against:... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2014 at Nickerblog
Let them mess up the house. Enjoy even the crying. Walk around the block at their pace. Answer them all the way. You are their life. Make them yours. Live the way you want them to live. Learn as they do. Listen. You're not perfect. That's okay. Be present now. You'll miss this later. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2014 at Nickerblog
As I thaw out from a couple of months of drowning creativity with self-indulgence, my synapses refire to remind me of who I prefer to be. Anyway. I've been thinking a lot about art and creating and what the trick is to do it right. I wonder if the golden rule of art is to ignore the audience. Write, produce, create what matters only to yourself, and see if people care. Ignore those it is lost on, worry not about whether the majority approves, apologize for nothing. Of course, easier said than done. But on stuff that is entirely personal... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2014 at Nickerblog
Fair point, but I'm not trying to dodge the taxes. I'm investing in an alternative currency that I whole heartedly support. If it cracks up to 10gs, I'll pay the 3.5k tax per BTC. :)
Toggle Commented Feb 27, 2014 on What is Bitcoin? at Nickerblog
If you got here via search, you're probably me last week. I put off learning about Bitcoin for over a year. Finally, after my friend suggested I do myself a favor and buy into this new crypto-currency before it's too late, I did some research. I'm not last to the party, but I'm last among the Internet people I know. In the real world, it's still an underground movement. So here's the very quick version. Bitcoin is an alternative to a government based currency. It is not traded on the NYSE, nor is it protected by the FDIC, nor any... Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2014 at Nickerblog
When I was a younger blogger, and by that I mean back when having kids was a novelty for me, I wrote about them here. I recounted tales of outings and adventures, gloated about new parenting experiences, and shared photos as a kind of proof of my written words. This was in 2005, back when blogging was a thing. Now, I wonder. Was it fair to mark their lives here, without their approval? Was it all right to post punched up tales of our lives, using them as main characters in a narrative that is undeniably self-serving? I struggle with... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2014 at Nickerblog
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Believe it or not, this is my first time reading a graphic novel/memoir. I didn't know this book was one until I got it in the mail. What a pleasant surprise. I know this one is slightly atypical, but I am really enjoying it. Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at Nickerblog
Fixed. Now it's just a private group.
Toggle Commented Jan 3, 2014 on 12 Books in 12 Months at Nickerblog
Lorianne! I actually think I discovered this book through your goodreads history! I look forward to reading it. Also, maybe you can choose our February book? I hear you know a thing or two about literature. :)
Toggle Commented Jan 2, 2014 on 12 Books in 12 Months at Nickerblog
Okay, let's do this. I've set up a group at Goodreads, which makes all of this much easier to manage. Some of you may already use Goodreads. As of now, I've created it as a secret private group that will not appear in search results. That's just to keep out the strays. Anyone is welcome, so please feel free to invite away. The link to join is here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/invite/122201-12-books-in-12-months As our first book, I chose Fun Home by Alison Bechdel. I don't know all that much about the book or the author, but the reviews are good. Part of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Nickerblog
A nice mix of various genres. I actually look forward to being exposed to books I might not otherwise choose.
Anyone interested in committing to reading a book a month for 2014? I know we're all busy, but surely we can find the time in a month to read one book, right? We can break away from twitterfaceinstareddit for a few hours a week to get through a good old fashioned book, I just know it. Then we can all reconvene here to discuss our newfound knowledge and insight. Maybe it will even inspire us to write things, or be SMRT! You can even read it on your Kindle or iPad or Android device, I'm no purist! I'll pick the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2014 at Nickerblog
-I've been listening to the Eminem's Marshall Mathers LP2 for a week straight. Insane. Makes me wish I understood all of the references he makes. -Spent last weekend in Vegas. It was rough. Some fun blanketed in bleak, smoky regret. Fuck that place. -My last post was about beginning season 6 Fantasy Factory shooting. Almost 3 months later, we're almost done primary shooting. It's been full immersion back into a world I missed but will feel content to leave behind. It's closure I needed and have now found. -Began shooting 20 episodes of a new series called Snack Off. It's... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2013 at Nickerblog
We're back. After almost two years (1 year and 7 months, to be exact), we return today to the Fantasy Factory to begin production on Season 6 of our series. Without context, it's probably hard for you to realize why that matters so much to me. For now, just know that it's an exciting day that I was pretty sure we'd never see. Starting today, we get the chance to do it all one more time, and close out the series properly. It feels like the band is back together for four more months. ONE MORE TOUR! More later... Related... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2013 at Nickerblog
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This is Max. He likes weekends. We adopted him 8 years ago. He was living under a car in South Central LA when he was brought to the shelter. He is the nicest, kindest, sometimes stupidest, most loving, squirrel chasingest dog ever. There are thousands of dogs like him waiting for someone to come save them from a crappy life they don't deserve. Support Anne and Wil Wheaton and the Pasadena Humane Society here! Related articles 2013 Wheaton Wiggle Waggle for the Pasadena Humane Society 2014 Celebrity Pet Adoption Calendar by Anne & Wil Wheaton Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2013 at Nickerblog
But see, I start there. And then after a couple of weeks it slips to two, and then it's okay this party and that party and then, fine beer is okay but no mixed drinks and then just a few and then everything is okay and then I'm back to one. But yeah, I wish that would work.
Toggle Commented Sep 3, 2013 on demon at Nickerblog
I have a love/hate with alcohol. On the love side, I enjoy beer. I enjoy having the power to impair myself. I enjoy the way it makes me feel comfortable in social settings. I enjoy the culture of drinking, and the types of people who like to drink socially. I enjoy wine. I enjoy a cocktail. Alcohol and I get along pretty okay. Mostly On the hate side, it has a dampening effect. It slows down my mental capacity the day after (and days after) drinking. It makes me sluggish. I sleep later. I miss mornings with my kids because... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2013 at Nickerblog
Is it possible that we are on the cusp of an anti smart phone backlash? I recently ditched my iphone to break out of the cycle of buying for the sake of buying. Yes, I realize that I just switched brands and haven't really broken out of anything. Are we in that weird zone of new technology with no accompanying etiquette? Is the novelty almost gone? Do I need Vine? Instagram? Twitter? Facebook? Path? Spotify? Mulitple emails? Google+? No. Do I want them? Jesus, I'm thinking maybe not. This social media shit is over, right? Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2013 at Nickerblog
As I round the corner towards the still youngish age of 42, I’ve had some time to reflect upon what’s worked and what hasn’t in my life. Periodically, I feel the need to share some of this wisdom. Usually this happens when I haven’t been drinking much and my brain wants to dump information. Here we are. So here’s some advice. I know you didn’t ask for it, you probably wonder why I think I’m qualified to give it, and there’s a good chance you’re going to ignore it. I’m okay with that. This blog entry will tick a box... Continue reading
Posted Jul 20, 2013 at Nickerblog
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If there's one thing I've learned about not doing something, it's that you'll never get a return on all of your imagined outcomes. They are zero. Go ahead and keep tricking yourself into thinking you can do it better/faster/smarter. Keep trying to demoralize others who make things, from the cushioned comfort of your inaction. Sellout. Hack. Not funny. Boring. Been done. Anyone can do that. Famewhore. No-talent. Keep hiding behind the mindless act of cutting other people down... Or, make something and release it and see what happens. Hear criticism. Revel in acclaim. Get better as you do both. That's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2013 at Nickerblog
I wished for some things, and they came true. So I kept wishing for more, and they showed up too. I didn't mean to rhyme there, but now I have and I won't rewrite it. I suppose blogging is dead, now that Google has announced the death of Google Reader. Not really, but it's sad. All of my friends are in that reader. I follow people I've forgotten about because they live in the sidebar of a bland little aggregator that keeps me connected. Sure, I could export my feeds. Will I? I dunno. Melancholy over a stupid RSS reader?... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2013 at Nickerblog
Well, March. Sure, I blew it in February. I'm okay with that. Once a day for a year is insane. I get that now. Also, who wants it? There are about 12 of you reading. Quality, not quantity. But I'm here. I'm not going anywhere. Just try to shake me. Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2013 at Nickerblog
So busy. So very very busy. What's up with you? Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2013 at Nickerblog
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I've become obsessed with classic watches. I know how it started. About three years ago, John Mayer shot with us for a few days to be on an episode of Fantasy Factory. He'd seen every episode of Rob and Big and blindly called Rob to tell him how much he enjoyed it. From there, the two formed a friendship and John eagerly agreed to come down to do an episode. Everyone who worked on the show was excited. When you work in Los Angeles, you occasionally cross paths with ultra famous people. It's always a bit of a thrill, no... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2013 at Nickerblog
Set high goals and don't be afraid to recalibrate. We've been shooting the second half of the third season of Ridiculousness for the past couple of weeks. When we finish later today, that will be 58 episodes of this series over three seasons. Unbelievable. It premiered last week as the top rated cable show of the entire day. It's taken a while, but we're finally starting to feel like we know what we're doing. If all goes well, we'll get to keep making more. I'm also producing and directing a series of commercials and internet spots that we shoot in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at Nickerblog