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Cecily has been promoted from co-host to fiancée. Jim will continue on in his role of heterosexual life partner.and 64 others.Seriously, though, I never ever thought I'd get married again, but Cecily has proven to be an exceptional woman in the ups and downs we've shared in these past four years. I feel like the luckiest guy in the world on many, many fronts on a daily basis, and she's a big reason why. This is as close to a sure thing as I've ever experienced in my life.No date is set; with the house and studio stuff looming large in the fall there isn't time to do all that needs doing, but I'm guessing early to mid spring. Thanks to everyone for sharing in our happiness!
Cecily, Jim, and me are excited to announce something we've been working on behind the scenes; Swizzbold! Swizzbold is conceived to be a political, social, and lifestyle branch of content, to keep Bald Move focused on pop culture. Swizzbold is a completely separate entity from Bald Move, with myself, Cecily and Jim being each 1/3 owners of Swizzbold, LLC.It launches with two shows on an alternating every other week schedule. Three Right Turns, a political show I'll be hosting, will be released every other Monday. One Weird Trick is a lifestyle/advice podcast Cecily and I will be hosting, and will release the Mondays that 3RT doesn't. Jim will be doing the production and engineering. The feeds are up right now with a short promo for each, if you're keen on them feel free to subscribe now!We'll be doing this limited schedule throughout 2019, because we're super busy with Bald Move and don't want to take away from that. We will expand if there is interest, and reduce/eliminate if it isn't. I imagine there will be a lot of cross talk initially, but our plan is to eventually push political/cultural content over to reddit.com/r/swizzbold, or if things go well, host our own forum similar to this one. There are a few reasons for this.One, we acknowledge that even if you're very interested and engaged in politics, you appreciate a break now and then, and having politics discussed in an otherwise apolitical space is not ideal from that angle. Secondly, a lot of arguments and disagreements that happen in the politics threads spills out and causes wider animosity among the community. I'm not saying some of that animosity isn't warranted, but it kind of sucks that Bald Move isn't a place where like, 2009 A.Ron couldn't come to and ask good faith questions without getting their heads bit off. Swizzbold can be that place. Finally, as Bald Move has more overtly taken sides because of the political landscape in America, and the kind of community we wanted to build, I feel like our ability to attract and engage an audience that might be persuaded to listen to occasional tangential political discussion as it is encouraged by very non-political shows like Mr. Robot, The Watchmen, The Deuce, etc, is compromised. We can keep it light and breezy on Bald Move, provide some new thoughts here and there, and lure interested/engaged people to the sewers of Swizzbold, like Pennywise the clown.So that's Swizzbold. Very excited to see where it goes!
The Bald Move community raised over $15k to help people experiencing homelessness while engaging in friendly luxury bidet competition. I wore a Princess Leia wig. I drank some weird shady shit Freddy sent us. Luke Skywalker saluted us. Luke. Skywalker. I'm as tired and happy as I've ever been in my life. This is all so silly and wonderful and sleep deprived that I don't know how to make sense of it. I'm glad we had you all with us today and it was recorded so at least I know it was all real.and 23 others.
Jim and I are up to more holiday schenannigans this year! Live watches and podcasts of Paul Giammati Christmas movies. Extra drunken lunches with gift giving and merriment. And our most ambitious jackassery yet: an 8 day extravaganza, "One Man Manger", starring Giamattiman himself!and 21 others.
You won't want to miss this! And to celebrate, we're offering 25% off new yearly Club Memberships from now to til New Year's Day. I'm so sorry that we still haven't got it worked out so that existing members can re-up at the discounted rates. We tried really hard, but our programmer just didn't have the time available to dedicate to the update needed in time to get it tested properly. I promise we'll have it ready for the next one. Or, I don't know, I'll resign from Bald Move! Yeah, that's the ticket.
Oh, and if you sign up before December 1st, you're gauranteed to receive a Bald Move Christmas card! Last year Jim dressed up as a sassy elf and sat on Santa A.Ron's lap. God only knows what we'll do this year. So if you want your mail carrier to think you have weird and offputting friends, make sure to sign up today!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, everybody! We've been working for months on this, and I can't wait for you all to see it!
Peeps, I could not be prouder of our community. Not only was that fun as hell, but we raised what frankly was an unfathomable amount of money. I set $10k as the goal because I was afraid if I set it something achievable and we hit it mid way, that resetting it would screw up our donation trackers. I never expected to make half that. But you maniacs EXCEEDED it. This was just awesome to be a part of, every time I think there's a Bald Move moment that will never be topped, it does.and 20 others.
Thanks to everybody who stopped by and offered encouragement and broke the monotony, and especially everyone who gave, including the children of Bald Movers who were moved to donate their allowance, tooth fairy money, and Christmas money by the example of their parents. Just absolutely incredible.
Now, excuse me, I must go pass out.
We've been talking about this internally and teasing it at Lunch, but I want to make it officially official; we'll be doing a 24 hour charity stream where we watch the movie Groundhog Day, a movie about being forced to repeatedly experience Groundhog Day, continuously for 24 hours. I say continuously, but here's the deal, the movie's runtime is 1:42, and I believe that is with credits. So every two hours we will have about 15-20 minutes to stretch, take care of any biological processes, and reset for the next showing. A new showing of Groundhog Day will begin at the top of every even hour. (12:00, 2:00, 4:00, etc).and 19 others.
To be clear, the first showing will start at 12:01 AM Eastern Standard Time on Friday, February 2nd, 2018. We will be signing off around 11:59pm of the same day. Twitch Event link here.
The showing will happen live on twitch.tv/baldmove. We will have the following minimum setup, camera on me and Jim on the couch, the showing of Groundhog Day done "LiveWatch" style so Twitch doesn't shut us down. I'm aiming to have a third camera in the studio to get the event at a macro level so you can see that yes, we are actually stuck in the time loop with Phil. We won't be wearing headphones because of the 24 hour nature of the event, so it's likely a bit if sound will bleed through the mics to make it more entertaining to watch. We'll have chat open the whole time if you care to interact with us.
We've been wanting to do some kind of stunt like this for years, but our timing has been off or we didn't feel like we had a good concept, but I think we're ready now. And, we have a stellar charity to support. If you recall, one of the defining moments of Phil Connors character is his heroic efforts to save "Pop", an elderly homeless man. In Groundhog Day, even with godlike powers, saving Pop proves impossible.
This strikes us as a bit fatalistic. In our travels across our country, we've seen how homelessness has increasingly been an issue that keeps getting worse but isn't getting the focused attention it deserves. From Huntsville to Atlanta, to Seattle, heck right here in our neighborhoods in Cincinnati, far too many people are forced to live in the streets.. To that end, we've decided to dedicate our marathon to Pop, and direct all funds raised during Groundhog Day to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, a non-partisan, highly rated non-profit that aims to work locally and nationally on permanent solutions to get individuals and families back on their feet. As Phil discovered, it's not about keeping people warm and fed for a night or two. We need shelters, we need soup kitchens, and they all need our time and money, but we also need to fund the work of research, study, policy and planning to make a real headway on the problem.
We're not Twitch partners, so we'll have a special link for donating during the marathon and we'll be updating our progress throughout the event. We're excited for what surely will be a mind altering and butt numbing experience of watching Groundhog Day for 24 hours, and to see how much money we can raise for a worthy charity!
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Yeah guys and gals, at this point, Jim and I really don't care what mental gymnastics people are doing to avoid labeling Trump a racist, or avoid thinking they are supporting a racist who implements racist policy. Or if they're holding their nose because they like other things that perhaps aren't racist and they want to overlook the racist shit he does. I can't understand it myself. It's unlikely any amazing insights are going to be generated by such a "debate".and 17 others.
As mentioned, Jim and I are working on a joint statement to clarify this issue. It will include plenty of N U A N C E and E M P A T H Y. It will reflect our shared history of previously thinking things we now consider backwards and ugly. But it's getting time everyone in this country and indeed the world has to pick a side about certain things that are going on in plain sight in this government, and if you listen to our BlacKkKlansman podcast, it's not hard to see which side we're taking.
Plenty of public and prominent conservatives have repudiated Trump. That Trump is a racist is not a fringe opinion, it is both mainstream and widely accepted. I don't really care what's in the man's heart. I don't think it's interesting to question if he's "really" a racist, just like I'm sure gay people didn't care 20 years ago when I was making an asshole of myself online arguing against gay marriage that I didn't personally hate them. Cause I truly never did. I was just advocating that they shouldn't be allowed to have a legally recognized relationship because I genuinely felt it was bad for society. Was I really homophobic? Did the difference matter?
Conservative people who are still supporting Trump are welcome here in the same way that I as a liberal gun owner am welcome at my local shooting range. I am welcome to shoot, talk about gun safety and performance and ask questions about models and ammo and what not. I'm not welcome to argue against the 2nd amendment or hand wring about school shooting or even wear a "I'm with her" shirt. If I did I'd expect to be on thin ice and if I was making their community angry be asked to leave.
We've worked hard to build a community that people of color, and queer people and women feel welcome and respected. It's been a long road for Jim and I get get to this place, and we feel these values and ethos are vital for moving forward as a society and indeed a species. Whether intentional or not, whether people's hearts are in the right places or not, I can clearly see that I'm welcoming these people into a space where a very small number of folks are allowed to make them feel unsafe and disrespected, to the point where they feel they can't engage with these folks without violating forum rules.
At the end of the day, we're private business owners who are exercising our rights to free association and expression, and if we have to decide to come down on one side or another as citizens to create a community that reflects our ethos then so be it. We feel that this will have the end result of making our community stronger. We are not turning this into a left wing organization. If we manage to attract a few soviet-style authoritarian leftist apologists and Nation of Yahweh types with our rhetoric please trust when I say that Jim and I will kindly tell them to shut the fuck up or get out, too. If democrats and other leftist forces manage to regain a few levers of power in this country, we will continue to point out their hypocrisy and failings like we did during the Obama administration. We're not blind that if you dig deep enough and look hard enough there are crazy leftists out there. I've run into my share. It's just that they're certainly not a dominant force in society, nor causing problems on these forums. That's why "both sides" arguments are at some level, willfully ignorant, displaying a profound lack of empathy, or made in bad faith.
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