As I re-edit the next Adaptation post, added some blogs from correspondents. Gizmodo is a nonstop source of gadget coolness; Joe Amaro will sculpt your toys; opened a new Screenwriting section as well as the beginnings of one for Canadian blogs; began the (planned, honest) expansion of the Gaming section; and added to blogrolling links. Please go through the "They Link, We Link" section, it's fascinating who winds up here. We have an unusual number of grad students ...
Which reminds me of my only brush with Google presence before my screenwriting career. Back when I did stand-up, I had the line:
"Grad school is the snooze alarm on the clock radio of life."
Now, if there's a more obscure, toss-away joke ... damn, I didn't have one. It only worked in front of very specific crowds. I did it on TV maybe once. Only the lemming joke* was more obscure.
Back, I think, in 2001, Ross Richie mentioned there'd been a write-up of the work I was doing on Queen & Country on some comic site. I searched "John Rogers" "comic" and up popped -- a couple hundred hits on that joke.
Of course. Grad students, at the time, were more likely to populate the Web, with their research and tech savvy. Somebody used the joke in their list of "Grad Student" jokes, it got out there, and became the logline for a whackload of websites. It was a bit rattling, to tell you the truth, blindsided by how my creative legacy might wind up being that one off-hand joke.
Now, of course, I know better. My creative legacy is Catwoman, and people will know for centuries that my superpower is talking Oscar-winning actresses into failed genre movies. (Seriously, Hilary and Halle? What were the odds? And I drove Halle all the way back to TV ...)
In a related bit, the link Designated Driver of North America down to the right takes its title from another one of my jokes. Chaos Theory in effect.
*(Fuck you DJ. The lemming joke is genius.)