A New Gotz, Fun in a Parade, Birthday Wishes, TV Talk, and I Made an iPhone App!

By: The Dude on the Right

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Make Me Smile AppI can’t believe it took me nearly our entire “Weekend Wrap-Up!” podcast, but I did find some time to plug my new iPhone / iPod touch app called “Make Me Smile,” now available on the App store! But plugs aren’t really what our weekends were about, hell, Stu Gotz got a new family member, and I was in a parade!

Yup, it’s St. Patrick’s Day time and I went to a parade, although there were not 76 trombones, and I tell Stu all about it, while Stu and the Gotz family help save a dog from being lonely. There was a lack of movie viewing this past weekend, although Stu did catch “The Cove,” the documentary about dolphin killings, and he admitted to getting weepy, while I got weepy watching “The Apprentice,” mostly because Rod Blagojovich is still around. Stu recommends some show called “The Inbetweeners” on BBC, I still can’t do a British accent, and birthday wishes go out to the 6 year old Little Gotz (in a strange, Christopher Walken kind of way), and I’m sad I never at at Harry’s Hot Dogs that used to be in Chicago, with said Harry Heftman celebrating 101 years young.

This upcoming weekend maybe we’ll both catch a movie, “Repo Men” or “The Bounty Hunter” probably at the top of the list, but the good news is that Spring officially begins this Saturday so of course they are calling for snow here in Chicago. Yay!

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Holy Crap, I Made an iPhone App!

I so wanted my first post announcing my first iPhone app to be filled with gloriousness, with “Hey, go out and get it!”, with “Let me know what you think!”, with “Sure, I know it’s $.99 and you want it for free, but hey, I do have plans for a limited, free version with ads someday, but really, will an ad above a picture that makes you smile really make you smile?”, and “I have lots of ideas for future versions, but if there are any suggestions you have please throw them my way!”, and all kinds of other fun comments like that, but then I downloaded my app when it was officially approved on Monday.

Low and behold, a little bug that I thought I fixed somehow re-appeared. The thing is that it was a bug that might make you frown and not smile, especially if the first “Make Me Smile” picture you took using the app was priceless, because, well, there was a glitch where the app wouldn’t save the first picture it took. All other pictures would be saved to your library, but not that first one. So instead of a joyous “Holy crap, I made an iPhone app,” all of a sudden I was just saying “Oh, crap.” And made my previous post on the When I Smile site.

But alas, I plugged away at truly eliminating the bug (Please, please, please don’t be there anymore!), and Version 1.1 of “Make Me Smile” is available for download in the app store, and it only has one goal: To be able to, when you need one, make you smile.

Yes, I do have a lot more features in my head planned for the app, and heck, I have other ideas for apps floating in my head, even one for the Entertainment Ave! website, but for now, please feel free to visit the When I Smile site, spend the $.99 for the app, and thanks for your support, suggestions, and smiles!

Old Dogs

I saw “Old Dogs” in the theater and didn’t like it that much, but I liked it a lot more when I watched it in the privacy of my own pad. My Blu-ray review of “Old Dogs” is posted, and pretty much you will get exactly what you expect. It has its moments, but this is really a movie to watch with the kids, and maybe chuckle along with them.

Academy Award Talk, We Saw Alice in Wonderland, a Lazy Sunday, and Ghost Ships in Milwaukee!

By: The Dude on the Right

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I’m tired, and during our "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast I tell Stu Gotz that I’m blaming the Academy Awards. Yup, the both of us watched pretty much all of the Oscar telecast, and we pretty much agreed on a lot of things, including who won some of the awards and that there was some wacked-out dudette who now has perpetuated the term "Kanye Moment" when she tried to upstage the dude who was giving the speech when Best short something-or-other won an award. So, yes, our podcast has tons of commentary about the Academy Awards telecast, and we even discuss some fashion!

It was a nice weekend for me, especially Sunday when I accomplished absolutely nothing, and Stu had a nice weekend as well, giving a talk up in Milwaukee, WI, for the Ghost Ships Festival. We both were able to see "Alice in Wonderland" and disagree about the use of 3-D in the movie but not about the movie itself, Stu wants everyone to watch Academy Award winning documentary "The Cove," and I’m looking forward to maybe catching "She’s Out of My League" next weekend while Stu doesn’t even seem to know what it is.

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That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

What Would Brian Boitano Do?, What Did Stu See?, What Girl Scout Cookies Do We Like?, and More!

By: The Dude on the Right

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Stu Gotz wishes everyone "Happy Dupa Day!." I know what Brian Boitano would do, and Olympic withdrawal isn’t really a part of this episode of our "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast. Sure, the Winter Olympics are over and Stu Gotz has a new Wii game about it, but both of us are actually happy the sport’s fest is over because that means our normal TV viewing is back, especially "Chuck," although we could both do without Jay Leno returning, and we analyze "The Marriage Ref." Me, I didn’t see any movies but did hit a lot of stores, while Stu and the Gotz clan went to see "Percy Jackson & The Olympians" and he says that "Harry Potter" has nothing to worry about.

Stu does make me a little bummed, as I think about it now, because he’s got Girl Scout Cookies on the way, and I have none, but I’ll get over it as I sort of spill the beans a little about a project I’m finishing up that has kept me away from movie-going. Stu wonders if my BFF will be mad if we have a boys day and see "Alice in Wonderland" this Friday, he also is looking forward to the DVD of "Gentlemen Broncos," and is preparing for Daylight Saving Time on March 14th, and me, well, next week I’m hoping to make a giant announcement, a huge announcement, or at least an announcement, but for now you’ll have to listen to get a clue!

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That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!

A Diving Convention and A Health Fair, The Olympics and Imaginary Bitches, Jerry Taft and Weather!

By: The Dude on the Right

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Jerry TaftBoth Stu Gotz and I attended conventions this weekend, and during this episode of our "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast you can find out who had the better experience. Actually both of us seemed to have interesting experiences, with Stu at a diving convention where he did a presentation, helped out a dude who had problem with his own presentation, and then was pissed at said dude with the problem. Me, I met Maxine, the lady from the greeting cards, or at least a real-life representation of her, at a health fair that served hot dogs and pizza.

Various "conferences" aside, the weekend brought us some funky weather (I would like to personally thank weather man extraordinaire, Jerry Taft, who, thanks to being a Facebook friend, both ruined my weekend by telling me there would be no snow day for me today, but made me like a weather man who goes above and beyond to let us know the real weather), and a lot of watching of the Winter Olympics. Stu is now a fan of "Imaginary Bitches," I’m looking forward to "Cop Out," and Stu is sick and tired of being sick and might see a doctor to be less sick. All of that, and more! How do we do it!?!

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Curling is Coming, A Gay Protest, Valentine’s Day is Over, and The Dude Sings (Badly).

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For this episode of our "Weekend Wrap-Up!" podcast I get to explain to Stu Gotz why my BFF is the best Valentine’s Day gift-giver ever! Stu also had a nice day, although his day involved an escapade in getting some tea and an urge to beat down an older lady. Calmness did prevail, and maybe that’s because both Stu and I, well, Stu more than I, are getting into the Winter Olympics. He got into the competition right at the get-go, while I’m waiting for the curling competition to begin because nothing screams "winter" like brooms and a big stone. Both of us, though, did catch some and most of the opening ceremonies and give our related critiques.

As the podcast continues, the Winter Olympics will be putting a damper in both of our TV viewing schedule, my BFF and I saw "Avatar" over the weekend, and she liked it, and Stu wondered if the BFF and I went to church on Sunday at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago in time to take part in the protest of the gay coalition against the Catholic church. I tell Stu of the death of Doug Fieder from The Knack, Stu will be giving a diving presentation at Our World Underwater this weekend, I sing badly, neither of really want to see "Shutter Island," Stu gives his religious views (send your complaints to stugotz@entertainmentavenue.com or comment below), and I won’t be getting Jimmy Buffett tickets. So much to talk about… So little time!

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Free Grand Slams at Denny’s, The Super Bowl is Done, and What is Burn Notice?

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The Super Bowl may be over, but during our “Weekend Wrap-Up!” podcast, the memories live on! Yup, Stu Gotz and I talk about the game, the commercials, the success of The Puppy Bowl, the free Grand Slam breakfast at Denny’s, and the resignation of Scott Lee Cohen, the dude elected to run for Lieutenant Governor in Illinois, but because the Democrats didn’t like him, they made him cry, and quit, during halftime of the Super Bowl. Gotta love politics in Illinois!

And along with the big game, we also talk more TV and find out that Stu would have been a great contestant on Saturday Night Live’s game show of “What is Burn Notice?” because, well, he knows what “Burn Notice” is, and that my DVR is filled with Oprah and Ellen.  My BFF and I searched out some wedding reception options, a snow storm might cause a lot of school closings in Chicago, my BFF is now the only person who hasn’t seen “Avatar,” and watch out for that salami, especially if you bought it from Costco, because there is some kind of recall. And if you think salami might be stinky, don’t go pee at Chicago’s City Hall.

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That’s it for this one!  I’m The Dude on the Right!!  L8R!!!