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Laying out the excus..er, articles and posts… from the most recent hiatus

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Written by Nathan Mattise

This isn’t the first time blogging has had an unintentional off spell here at In Pursuit of the Trivial. However, rather than spout off the reasons (cgh… travel, work… cgh) let’s simply share some of the other projects that have been happening since the last bit of posting.

(And, oh yeah, we’ll resume posting again soon [ish])

  • Finally, Pop Candy hosted another round of guest bloggers while Whitney Matheson took a vacation. The guests included: an international recording artist, a NYT best selling author and… me? Read about the only potato rapper in ‘Cuse (and the world?).
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Trivial Links: How we spent our November blogging time…

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Look, just because I’ve neglected my 3-day-a-week posting schedule here at In Pursuit of the Trivial doesn’t mean I’m being lazy.

I’ve simply been busy (which in some contexts, is certainly a suitable pseudo-synonym for lazy).

Here’s a look at work being done this November as the return of “Five Signs” looms…

  • Ira Glass came to Syracuse and made my journalistic career at the ripe age of 24. I interviewed Glass,  had my interview picked up by two local and one national outlet and then made a low-grade video tribute to all of it (while managing to sneak in my L4D2 fanaticism).

(Links today from The NewsHouse, InsideSU, Syracuse.com, USA Today’s Pop Candy, Diners Without Frosted Tips, Questions for Ira Glass, You Tube, Vimeo, The Baking Chin)

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It’s time to contest all these contests.

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Written by Nathan Mattise

I would never expect to win a raffle, a lottery or any of the “be the fourth caller” type of contests. However, whenever any caveat including some semblance of skill is added to a competition… suddenly I find myself diving in head first.

Take the recent PopCandy Guest Blogger week. I submitted at least seven ideas (some of which I ultimately used on my own) and easily spent at least two hours researching and writing out my pitch. I remember anxiously checking the blog and Twitter feed several times the day of the announcement only to be forged into a pseudo-bad mood when I wasn’t among the lucky ones.

That was fine though. I still had the SU Football Guest Blogger prize to chase.  I followed the team fairly closely for the past five years. I’m in very close proximity to the games and players. I also happen to blog, report and generally write all the time (even about sports on occasion). My post was fairly well received on the BleacherReport – a decent mix of resume, potential and Orange pride.

Different game, same result. I received a nice e-mail offering me two free tickets to home opener for participating and that was the end.

More often than not, I find myself genuinely surprised that I didn’t win when entering these competitions. It’s as if one taste of actually victory in one (or two) of these costs you logic and common sense around contests from then on. Just look at the folks who actually won the PopCandy slots – the most famous site commenter, the director of the AMI and a Daytime Emmy-nominated actor. My Twitter-failure stories and I didn’t stand a real chance among hundreds of others.

The reality is any contest involves odds and most of them are long. Getting invested in them or banking on a break coming via this route is just too unrealistic and undependable.

Now, will that stop me from putting too much time and energy into entering them? (Don’t look after the jump..) Continue reading

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Trivial Links: Help cultivate indie credibility in your adolescents…

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Written by Nathan Mattise

  • No kid will ever be disappointed by a coloring book gift. If you want to impress a child’s older brother or sister though, try this: the YBP Indie Rock Coloring Book.
  • I had no idea Michaela Watkins was from Syracuse, but in a few years no one may no who she is anyway. She was let go from SNL recently.

(Links today from USA Today’s Pop Candy, Syracuse.com, NYT Online and YouTube)

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WFOMYLs # 2: The Trivial Links (From The First Half!) Of 2009

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Written by Nathan Mattise

The end of 2008 brought a list of web sites and people with it. Initially the thought was to do a trends list for mid-2009 in order to combine those two ideas, but what better way to actually see what was actually buzzworthy than to compile the best Trivial Links of 2009? This list may not include MJ (no Trivial Links posted since then) but some other topics that would have to be noted (Obama, Twitter, Publication deaths, etc.) are certainly fair play.  Continue reading

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Trivial Links: J.D. Salinger returns!

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Written by Nathan Mattise

  • In case you missed it on USA Today’s Pop Candy this week, yours truly was a featured reader. Not my most flattering of pictures but I am attached to it due to my love of hygiene. More importantly, Whitney Matheson kept in the part about my desire to one day write a book on Ra Ra Riot. READ THAT RA RA RIOT! (Thanks Whitney).

(Links today from USA Today’s Pop Candy, NY Daily News and ColbertNation.com)

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Phantogram is getting a bit of notice all of a sudden… (and In Pursuit of the Trivial is too).

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Written by Nathan Mattise

Typically I make a habit of of posting incoming links I’m excited about (see PopCandy for Seinfeld or Esquire as an example). Lately I’ve been slacking however so to get that out of the way first:

Jumping off that, I still can’t stop listening to Phantogram’s EP and so I’ve been forwarding their MySpace (and my blog post) around to some of the music sites I frequent. I’m not sure everyone even reads the e-mail and/or checks out the band, but this week I got a reply from Whitney Matheson at USA Today’s PopCandy starting with, “Hey Nate! Glad to hear things are busy and well for you … great links, thanks for passing them on.

Long story short – this may or may not have helped lead to Phantogram finally getting some of the attention they deserve this morning on PopCandy. Here’s hoping the buzz continues.

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