August 13th, 2009
03:38 PM ET

News of the Absurd :: Episode 106

In this week's episode, we offer a small tribute to one of my heroes, Jerry Garcia.  It was 14 years ago on August 9 that Jerry went to that great Shakedown Street in the sky.  So, for NOTA #106, I was able to string a few completely unrelated stories together in his honor.

To be slightly more relevant and timely, this episode was actually planned for last week.  However, technical difficulties pushed back our schedule (read: Paul the editor had to go out of town).  Still, this thing was already written and we figured we might as well go ahead with it, now. Better late than never.

Also worth mentioning... long-time viewers may notice our fancy new studio.  Technically, it's not a studio.  Even more technically, it's not all that fancy.  It's the employee lounge – those are real co-workers playing FIFA '09 in the background.  Slackers.

I suppose that's sort of the beauty behind NOTA.  We're totally rogue.  And by "rogue" I mean poorly-budgeted.  And by "poorly-budgeted" I mean we have no budget.  But, that never stops us – we actually once shot an entire episode up on the CNN Center roof.  Why?  Because it was a nice day, Paul found a hidden stairway, and, well, it was there.

So, enjoy this (loosely) Jerry Garcia-themed episode of News of the Absurd, shot in front of a rather inattentive and unaware live studio audience in the employee lounge.

July 15th, 2009
03:05 PM ET

News of the Absurd :: Episode 103

Paul has to head out of town on assignment tomorrow, so this week's News of the Absurd is coming in a day earlier than usual. The topic for one-oh-three: TWITTER! Yes, even NOTA is a part of whatever it is that this Twitter thing is doing to our brains. So, you can follow us at

(But I promise it'll be a huge letdown.)

July 11th, 2009
11:44 AM ET

All Good Festival :: News of the Absurd

It was an epic Friday night on the mountaintop!
Here, now, is this week's All Good edition of News of the Absurd.

July 4th, 2009
12:31 PM ET

News of the Absurd #101

We're back with another episode of NOTA. To our regular viewers – sorry for that week off, but Paul and I felt we earned a short breather after cranking out 100 of these ridiculous things.

Naturally, the theme for one-oh-one is 4th of July.  Not sure how you all are spending your holiday, but I just got back from running Atlanta's famous Peachtree Road Race 10k.  Not my very best effort, but I'm proud to report that I didn't end up lying dead in a gutter near 10th street.  Generally speaking, that qualifies as "having a bad race."

So, here's our latest episode.  Enjoy!

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