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$500 meat, fruit, and cheese plate... that was good, but not THAT good.

…that we CLEARLY didn’t pay for.

I forgot to post this back in February, when it happened.

Ain’t no meat, fruit or cheese that good,


That don't phase her!

No problem.

She’ll literally do anything for a treat,


Sometimes... get a kiss just because.

…is pretty okay.

It has its perks,



It’s now stuck to my phone case,


Zodiac Malt Liquor!

…about ten years ago.

Our old friend Thom (who also just happened to be our mailman; you can read an interview with him here) collected vintage beer cans, and that particular can of Zodiac Malt Liquor had never been opened.

Zodiac Malt Liquor was brewed in Chicago by Peter Hand Brewery Company. I don’t know the date of the can we drank, but Zodiac was brewed during the late ’60s thru the early ’70s.

As you would expect, it was awful.

I haven’t thought of that disgusting can of Zodiac for years now, but last week I spotted the above can on display in a bar here in Los Angeles, and it brought all of those decade-old memories flooding back. Ah, the good old days of hanging out with Thom, watching wrestling, and drinking shitty beer.

Sometimes, I miss them all.

Wish I had kept the empty can,


Black & White!

I know it might seem like I sit at home all day long, drinking whiskey and updating The Blarg, but the truth is I spend much of my day writing.

Lately, most of that writing has been on long-form projects, like screenplays, teleplays, detailed pitches, and (those ever-dreaded) rewrites. The shortest of these projects come in around 30 pages; the longest ones top out around 120.

Because of this, I sometimes take an hour or so to write a short comedic sketch (between one to ten pages) to break up the monotony of those more long-form projects. Over the past couple years I’ve written about a dozen of them; but while they’re fun to write as an exercise, nobody ever really gets to read them.

So to remedy this, I’ve decided to put them out there for everyone to read. I’m doing this for two reasons:

1. I like to share! That, and it’s better than having them sit on my hard drive until I’m dead.

2. It’s my hope that someone out there might be inspired to actually do something with them. Want to film it as a short? Awesome. Interested in animating it? Go for it. Feel like performing it onstage somewhere? I double-dog dare you. All I ask is that you give me credit where it’s due, and (if possible) send me a copy of the final product to check out. I’ll even put it up on The Blarg to share with the four people who visit my site. Hi, Jack White!

The tenth of Shady’s Shorts is called “Black & White.” To date, this is the longest short I’ve written, and definitely my favorite of the bunch. I hope you dig it!

Download it by clicking below.


Number nine,


“Black & White” is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. Created by Justin Shady, ©2014.
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Kpolly's "Fake A$$ Rappers"!

…which is an art book that collects a series of fictional hip-hop portraits.

Yes, you read that correctly. And yes, it’s just as genius as it sounds.

Learn more about Kristopher Pollard’s work here, and then check out a few of these fake-a$$ rappers here.

He rhymes the word Pikachucifix,



…for these sweet-ass Sconnie sunglasses!

Wisconsin proud,


After four years... FINALLY!

…in Napa four years ago. We said we wouldn’t open it until we had a special occasion to celebrate.

Last week Monday, production on Vendetta wrapped in Vancouver. Tuesday night, we emptied the bottle.

Worth the wait,


…for picking up these personalized pickle ornaments while she was in Hilton Head, South Carolina a few weeks ago.

She got me a “Justin” pickle…

Personalized Justin Pickle!

…but apparently, “Katherine” is too weird a name to put on a pickle, so Marla picked up this “Special Friend” one for KB.

Personalized Special Friend Pickle!

KB is legally changing her name to Special Friend,



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