Hodgman With the Tough Questions for Obama, By Crom

John Hodgman

Friend to you and me, Prof. John Hodgman, was the entertainment speaker at the Radio & TV Correspondents’ Dinner. He took the opportunity to explain the difference between nerds, geeks and jocks–and strives to place President Obama into one of those groups.

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Both Paul and Storm and Ken Plume make a case that perhaps Hodgman should be our current the Minister of Geek Affairs rather than Wil Wheaton. But, hey, I must say: the people elected Wheaton. So you know how that goes.

By | 2017-09-24T23:01:56+00:00 June 20th, 2009|Stimuli|3 Comments

Happy Birthday, John Hodgman

Historians have long debated the actual birthdate of Prof. John Hodgman. Some place it as February 29th, some as Arbor Day, and there is at least one who states that Hodgman has always existed and was never actually “born”–but the current consensus among scholars is that it is June 3rd. So we say a good evening to one of the world’s greatest historians. Why is he great? Because he knows his own birthday–and all of these other historians must simply debate the matter. That is concrete proof.

Here we have his classic tale of Hobo Matters:

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This was taken, of course, from the audiobook of The Areas of My Expertise. The bad news is that due to a hobo conspiracy, it is no longer in print. The good news is that despite their best efforts, the dark forces that control the earth have not destroyed all the copies and you can still snag it.


By | 2017-09-24T23:02:40+00:00 June 3rd, 2009|Stimuli|1 Comment

Coraline (2009) – Widge’s Movie Review

Coraline poster art

Written by: Henry Selick, based on the book by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, John Hodgman, Keith David, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Ian McShane

My Advice: Don’t miss it

Coraline (voiced by Fanning) is a young girl who finds herself uprooted from her friends and school by her parents, instead living in a converted house in Oregon called The Pink Palace. Her mother (Hatcher) is a bit domineering and her father (Hodgman) is a bit distracted (and unhealthy looking…Jesus, even I look better than that…WTF, Mr. Selick?) but it appears they’re preoccupied but loving and trying to get by. Coraline, though, being bored and trapped in a new place, desires more. And she finds it in spades when she discovers a hidden door–it leads to a world populated by her Other Parents. Everything’s perfect over there–her parents exist just to entertain her and feed her and clothe her and love her…but what’s the price for all this attention? And what does it mean to her real parents and real life?


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:45+00:00 February 22nd, 2009|Movie Reviews|3 Comments

Coraline (2009) – Rox’s Movie Review

Coraline movie poster

Written by: Henry Selick, based on the novel by Neil Gaiman
Directed by: Henry Selick
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Teri Hatcher, Jennifer Saunders, Dawn French, Keith David, John Hodgman, Ian McShane
Music by: Bruno Coulais with a song by They Might Be Giants

My Advice: See it Twice. Once in 3D and once in 2D.

Coraline Jones (Fanning), a bored and precocious girl, moves to Oregon where her very busy parents (voiced by Hatcher and Hodgman) write a gardening catalog. She goes outside to investigate her new surroundings. There she finds a boarded up well, a mysterious cat (David), a very talkative boy named Wybie (Robert Bailey Jr.) and eventually an odd doll that resembles her, which Wybie brings from his grandmother’s house.


By | 2017-09-24T23:05:51+00:00 February 17th, 2009|Movie Reviews|1 Comment

Bruce Campbell Watch – Ten Plus Years After

Bruce Campbell Watch 98

So when Prof. John Hodgman posted to Twitter that something called “Bruce Campbell Watch ’98” had been put online, we were of course curious. We have taken a liking to Mr. Bruce, as all cultured and right-thinking people do.

What is BCW98? John Sellers, who posted the goodness, explains:

In 1998, midway through my stint as the television editor at Time Out New York, I decided, for no reason whatsoever, to pick one underrated cult actor and trumpet the hell out of him over the course of a few months. The only option? B-movie poobah Bruce Campbell, whose work I’d gotten into entirely due to the maniacal urgings of John Hodgman.

I had no idea that at one point the television section of Time Out New York was run using the same editorial principles that have made Needcoffee what it is today. Regardless, these bits with Campbell are priceless and kudos to Sellers for posting them. You can find the lot here.

When all this happened, Hodgman was representing Campbell on one of his books. In fact, it was this one we reviewed a while back. What does this connection prove? In fact, very little. But thank you for your time.

John Hodgman’s official lair can be found here, in which, as usual, he Explains All.


By | 2017-09-24T23:06:37+00:00 January 27th, 2009|Stimuli|0 Comments

Win More Information Than You Require (The Book)!

More Information That You Require by John Hodgman0525950346

Mr. John Hodgman sees all, knows all. And before he’s done, he will have written it all down. This is the sequel to the cheated-out-of-its-Nobel-Prize The Areas of My Expertise, which was a publishing sensation and broke all records for the number of letter Qs in a single hardback book in North America. So the second book comes complete with its list of 700 mole-man names, which is per your request. We have three copies of it in hardcover–three! And we offer the opportunity for you to win more complete world knowledge, because Needcoffee.com loves you. And so does Hodgman, in his own unique way. Enter for your chance to win–and enter once a day!


By | 2017-09-24T23:10:44+00:00 October 22nd, 2008|Contests|1 Comment

John Hodgman on Eating Alone, What’s True and What’s Strange

John Hodgman bemused

Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. John Hodgman. He is the custodian of all world knowledge. And he shares what he knows…about aliens.

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Found via the man himself.

Update: Rox points out that the fine folks at Boing Boing TV have an archive devoted to Hodgmania. If you want more–and you do–check them out there.

By | 2017-09-24T23:10:47+00:00 October 21st, 2008|Contests|0 Comments

It Begins Here: 700 Bands

700 Bands

For a long while, Ken and I have had a dream. And that dream involved world conquest, Miracle Whip and an albino gazelle. Sadly, that dream has not yet been realized.

Another dream hatched around the same time was to launch a list of 700 band names, much in the same vein as John Hodgman‘s definitive list of 700 hobo names. While ours could not hope to have the historical and sociological significance of Prof. Hodgman‘s, it might, we reasoned, help out some band struggling to name themselves.


By | 2017-09-24T23:19:57+00:00 April 19th, 2008|700 Bands|8 Comments

John Hodgman’s Expertise for Free on iTunes

The Sound of Young America Blog points out that John Hodgman, friend to you and me, has put the audio version of his important and definitive work, The Areas of My Expertise, on iTunes for a free download. How cool is that?

If you don’t have it, go snag it before he comes to his senses. You can find the link on their blog entry.

Betcha feel bad about not posting a hobo sign now, huh?

By | 2017-09-24T23:37:07+00:00 December 20th, 2006|Archives|0 Comments

John Hodgman Wants Hobo Signs

John Hodgman

The man’s name is John Hodgman. He has written a little tome that I’m sure you’re aware of by now: The Areas of My Expertise. It is a full-on almanac of everything. If you haven’t bought your copy yet, you’re foolish. If you bought your copy in hardback, you’re foolish also because the paperback has even more of everything in it. Consider him your living, breathing librarian at Alexandria, and the book is your library card. Enough. Buy it already.

However, there is more. One of Hodgman’s many areas of expertise is hobo affairs. And no, I don’t mean where Snuffly Pete is sneaking around behind the boxcar with Old Jane Knackenbush without Patch McPhlegm being any the wiser. I’m talking about their activities. Specifically, their symbols. He wants any evidence of hobo signs reported to this Flickr pool.

It’s best not to ask for details. Some things we’re simply not meant to know. Until the sequel to Areas comes out, naturally. Just do that thing.

And once you’ve done that, head to Quick Stop and check out this interview with him so you too can learn more.


By | 2017-09-24T23:40:28+00:00 September 13th, 2006|Books|1 Comment