Thursday, November 25, 2010

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Angry Bird Day!

Because nothing says cool like meeting up with strangers to talk about video games and drink.

That is why I am pleased to announce Kansas City's participation in ANGRY BIRD DAY on Dec. 11.

You can use your Facebook account to log in and RSVP. So far the plans are pretty much to just meet up and ... well, drink and talk Angry Bird.

I am open to suggestions and if anyone of you bastards want to move this location, let me know.

Maybe we can spend that afternoon talking over a bit of a strategy... for, you know, knocking over bricks and destroying pigs.


I have never watched an episode of James Fallon - ever. This, however, was what I needed this week... Some Neil Young (sort of) and The Boss (weird...) letting it lose for the kids over on NBC.

"Don't let the haters keep me off my grind."

And so we move on to our next adventure...

Monday, November 22, 2010


max in the sun

The way I see it, every life is a pile of good things and bad things...The good things don't always soften the bad things, but vice-versa, the bad things don't necessarily spoil the good things and make them unimportant.

- The Doctor

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Headed to Arkansas

Headed to Little Rock, Arkansas, for some good old fashion Baskets Ball by Illinois State.

Wanted to post this photo of something I ran across on the Illinois State Team Shop... you know, if anyone is doing early X-mas shopping for me... Just, you know, throwing that out there.

Friday, November 19, 2010

The silent game

I have a pretty good track record of being the least quoted PR person ever. It's not that I am hiding from reporters in a cocoon of silence under my desk. No, that is just for mid-afternoon naps.

Really, I just prefer to connect reporters with a faculty person, student or administrator. Not to sound trite (too late) but that just makes for better stories. It always did for me, anyway...

So I was a little surprised when a reporter called me Friday afternoon INSISTING to talk to me.

"Let me get you connected with the dean or president to answer these questions..." I said.

"No, I would prefer an answer from you today..." he said.

Ok, I'll bite.

"Well, why was [policy X] not a part of the campus PRPs earlier..."

"There was no need for it before [situation Y]" I said... and then silence.

There was tactic they taught us back in the old newspaper 101 days where the reporter was supposed to ask a question and then remain silent for long periods of time. The hope was the person being interviewed would get so uncomfortable by the silence over the phone that they would being spouting out confessions and quotes and secrets that implicated them in the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby... or some other terrible travesty against humanity.

Don't get me wrong, the silent treatment works. I've used it many times (even in person) and found sources will give up just about anything if I stay silent long enough...

The reporter fired off his second question - a yes or no question. And then we sat in silence. That's when I saw what was going to happen.

My cell phone was sitting next to me on the desk so I pushed on the clock app and started timing the silence.

How long would this go on? How long could I keep the phone at my ear before one of us... either of us... said ANYTHING.

It was brutal. Was he thinking? I checked what song I was missing on Pandora since I did not have the foresight to push pause quick enough.

Was he organizing his thoughts?

Was he going to hit me with something big? Did he have some compromising photos of me he was trying to arrange before describing them over the phone?

My gawd what is happening?!! Just ask something!

2 minutes, 47 seconds and 14 tenths of pure unadulterated silence later I blinked.

"Well, guess I better hit the old dusty trails..."

Almost three minutes... and then I caved.

Maybe next time.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


It's cold, rainy and miserable...

But it is also Wednesday, which means Tater and The Gravy Train at Harry's...and Redbirds on the TV

Tater and The Gravy Train from Mike Ekey on Vimeo.

You're Welcome, internet.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Ekey 2: Pig in the City

Geoff with model  

Much like myself, the second installment in the Ekey Sibling Epic Novel enjoys an educational challenge.

Back around 2002 I started my degree in journalism. Keeping with the theme of exploring booming industries, I also minored in saddle making and typewriter maintenance.

Keeping that same spirit alive, Brother The Deux decided to spend five years getting a degree in architecture dreaming to one day lead an elderly tour group around KC accurately naming all of the building undulations and columns.

This week, though, Ekey 2.0 was picked out of several hundred architecture students to help design and build a green roof structure on top of one of the buildings there at K-State. The goal, it sounds like, is to create a garden-like undulation on top of one of the buildings to help reduce water runoff and other environmental things.

In all honesty, though, since it is a bunch of college kids building this rooftop garden, I assume it is just a ruse to build a big pot farm right in the middle of campus... or worse, some kind of hippie all-natural tomato planter... blech...

It's tough being the middle child... it's going to be even tougher now that he is a hippie...

Monday, November 15, 2010


It has been a tough Monday.

We started with some light press materials, a fun e-mail exchange and even a negotiation for sponsorships for the Kite Festival in the spring...

But right now I am having the freaking hardest time putting nouns and verbs in an order that is pleasing to me about a student who would take a bullet for the scholarship foundation that sent him to school here.

Good kid. Great story, but the damned words will not get in line. So, instead, I check Redbird Fourm... then Google Reader... then The Walking Dead forums... then ESPN U... then back to the story...

I wrote down a quote and then re-typed it. Still, nothing good.

Back to the forums... back to ESPN U...

Still nothing.

Christ - what I need now is a shot of wordy fiber to the old system...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Rocking the Nelson

The Nelson

A day at the Nelson.

Leaves on the stairs

Huzzah Fall! the Gallery was great, but I am a bit more enthralled with the fall colors outside.

Sarah picks a cup

One cool exhibit was the Forever Cups in the Bloch Building. The artist created 1,300 cups that she is giving away to random people with one stipulation: that you keep the cup FOREVER... FOR-EV-ER!

You have to fill out a deed, make a promise, slaughter a goat in a ceremony and then pinky swear over a stack of various religious texts.

The cups

Check out the rest of the photos from the day.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Movie time from MCC

A couple of weeks ago I finally upgraded and got myself a new computer. (Yay toys!)

In all honesty, it actually was just an excuse to dramatically increased the amount of time I spend playing ESPNU's version of FarmVille.

Along with the new hardware, I also picked up my first copy of Final Cut Express.

This is the first time I have used the video editing program and its been an interesting ride trying to teach myself how to use it properly. My videos still come out a bit grainy, but I am not sure if that is how I'm editing them or something I am doing when I export them...mystery mystery

This means one day I will have to finally put together all the endless hours of video I shot following my dog around... and not to mention the hours of video I took at Roller Derby Games. If you are lucky, you might even get to see the the first ever END OF THE YEAR MONTAGE!

The new toys have also inspired me to try to get a few more PR projects finished to dump here in this litter box. So far, I have gone through these two fairly simple ones.

Monday, November 08, 2010

For all my friends at The Paragraph Factory

"Linotype: The Film" Teaser from Linotype: The Film on Vimeo.

I used to have an old typewriter that I salvaged from the dumpster and fixed up.

It was a fantastic Smith-Corona from the late 60s that was being held together with new string and duct tape.

I think I still have just about every page that I typed out. Most of the time it was for fun and was never used for any serious business

No, serious business was reserved for the glowing computer at my desk. My resident deep thought-ologist and I were talking about how we used love the old Apple computers that still had the hard, plastic keyboards that clicked with each finger stroke.

Each of remember sitting in our old newsrooms seeking the loudest, clicky-ist computer keyboard and then would declare it ours.

Ah, nostalgia and technology.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

The neurotic dog sleeps

Max naps

The dog came by for a visit last weekend and was in top neurotic form. He sniffed everything and paced from room to room for hours looking for something - probably a way out.

He zigged and zagged slowly in the yard sniffing every new leaf that fell from the trees while he was there attempting to find the ultimate spot to finally poop.

This was one of the rare moments in his 48 hours at my house that he actually settled down and slept.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Got to get my hit of Birds for the afternoon...

The first step in recovering from addiction is admitting you have a problem.

It knew it was becoming a problem when every so often I would sneak into the bathroom just so I can play some Birds - just for a few minutes.

It gets me through the afternoon, man. Just a little bit here and there... get off my back!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010


Kathy Disney photo exhibit 11-2010

Trying - oh so desperately - to get back into taking photos and posting them here in this dump.

Monday, November 01, 2010


"There is no better economic elevator than an education."
Hossein Bahmaie
MCC-Longview economics instructor

Political endorsements are stupid. They are stupid for newspapers to do and they are stupid for blogs to probably do to.

So, instead of an endorsement I am going to implore you to just vote.

Vote smart.

Vote for the person who you think will bolster education initiatives in your community and state.

Vote for the person who sees the department of education at the state and national level as a vital part of what government can do right sometimes.

Vote for the person who will stop cutting away at higher education funding.

Vote for someone who isn't going to use their office as a pulpit to fire professors, discredit instructors or eliminate entire departments because they perceive them to be controversial.

Vote for the person that will fight to ensure that grants, scholarships and loans will still send millions of kids to college across the country.

Vote for someone who supports smart sex education that is based on mentoring and leadership not religious writing that make you fear your body.

Vote for the person who who is not afraid of science, but embraces its nuances and challenges.

Vote for the person that will realize free and reduced lunches are a big part of a successful education policy AND that those programs should not stop after a student's senior year.

Vote for someone who sees education as a pathway to citizenship.

Other than that, I really don't care who the hell you vote for.