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Fastball! for January 2006

Sunday
Jan 29, 2006

Majestic Bay — kza Ball

The best movie theater in Seattle, bar none.

Sunday
Jan 29, 2006

Cineblog — Martin Ball

Greg knows his movies, his music, his books, and is also quite the handyman — check out that pinball table!

Sunday
Jan 29, 2006

maryagnes ยป bits from brighton and ballard and beyond — kza Ball

Mary Agnes Krell is awesome.

Thursday
Jan 26, 2006

The Eagle_Fire Garfield Randomizer — kza Ball

Tired of what Jim Davis (or his assistants) gives ya? Let an algorithm do the entertaining for you!

Thursday
Jan 26, 2006

Reflections:The Days of Perky Vivienne — Martin Ball

About our PKDickian world.

Wednesday
Jan 25, 2006

Mighty O - vegan, organic donuts — kza Ball

Vegan donuts? Sounds awful, doesn’t it? Well, in the case of Mighty O, you’d be dead wrong. These are incredibly moist and delicious, and compared to most donuts, relatively healthy (no trans fat!) They’re also absolutely gorgeous — the pictures on the website aint lyin. Cool off-the-wall flavors as well: French Toast, Mocha, and Chocolate Peppermint, to name a few.

Saturday
Jan 21, 2006

Guardian Unlimited | The Guardian | Whale lifted onto barge — Martin Ball

I find this whole Whale-On-Thames thing fascinating and strange—one of those odd stories that would be a perfect metaphor or base of a fantastical story. Now replete with tragic ending.

Saturday
Jan 21, 2006

The Stranger - Slog — Martin Ball

The Slog is one of our favorite blogs, run by the Stranger, one of my favorite papers, edited by Dan Savage, one of my favorite Americans. Here, Brenden Kiley has this great quote: “If an art form is more predictable than a mechanical bull, it’s in bad trouble.”

Tuesday
Jan 17, 2006

Spitball - Balls out Rock & Roll — Martin Ball

A totally different Spitball than ours, but heck—spread the love.

Tuesday
Jan 17, 2006

The Religious Experience of Philip K. Dick — Martin Ball

Fascinating comic on P.K.D.’s religious visions, drawn by R. Crumb and originally published in Weirdo. (via Boing Boing)

Friday
Jan 13, 2006

Sony Pictures - Marie Antoinette trailer — Martin Ball

Fucking brilliant marrying New Order’s Age of Consent with these images. I hope the film is a quarter as good as this preview suggests.

Monday
Jan 09, 2006

Listology.com: Kent's 2006 Film Log — kza Ball

This is my film log for 2006, hosted on Jim Biancolo’s Listology site. Listology is a free site for people to set up lists of movies, books, TV shows, etc. It’s a great site.

Monday
Jan 09, 2006

))<>(( — Martin Ball

Did you see Me and You and Everyone We Know? Have iTunes? Check out this playlist. It’s actually a good mix…

Sunday
Jan 08, 2006

NASA to Return Comet Samples to Earth -- Yahoo! News — Martin Ball

Quick! Write three different one-sentence story synopsis that start with this event.

Thursday
Jan 05, 2006

Neave.com -- PHP script that displays the last 30 photos uploaded to Live Journal — Martin Ball

I love this page for inspiration. It’s a random collection of images — strange, unpredictable, some hilarious, some inept, some dirty. It’s like a peek into the collective unconscious. Be sure to reload often.

Tuesday
Jan 03, 2006

Logical Fallacies - The Adam Smith Institute — Martin Ball

I have always found logical fallacies fascinating — and incredibly useful when constructing characters. Make two (or more) characters argue, and give them both a different logical fallacy to follow. The argument practically writes itself!

Monday
Jan 02, 2006

Syriana screenplay online, in entirety, for your reading pleasure — Martin Ball

‘nuff said.

Sunday
Jan 01, 2006

The Mystery of Dinner for One - How an obscure British skit has become Germany's most popular New Year's tradition — Martin Ball

How does a mildly funny obscure BBC skit become incredibly popular in Germany without being known in Britain or America? Interesting story in Slate, with a link to the piece in question on Google Video. The same procedure as every year, James…

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What is Spitball!?

Spitball! is two guys collaborating to write about writing and collaboration. We're writing partners who have worked together since 2000, and placed in the top 100 in the last Project Greenlight for our script YELLOW.

Currently, we are both working on multiple screenplay, short story, and novel ideas independently and together, and collaborate on this blog.

What Spitball! used to be

Spitball! started as an attempt to collaborate on a screenplay online in real time. From January 2006 to July 2007 we worked on an interactive process to decide the story we were going to make. A full postmortem is coming, but you can find the find all the posts by looking in the category Original Version.

During this period, we affected the personalities of two of the most famous spitball pitchers from the early 20th Century. Look at our brief bios for more info about this, and so as not to be confused as to who is talking when.

We rebooted the franchise in early 2009 in its current form.


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Kent M. Beeson

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Kent M. Beeson (aka Urban Shockah) is a stay-at-home dad and stay-at-home writer, living in Seattle, WA with his wife, 2 year old daughter and an insane cat. In 2007, he was a contributor to the film blog ScreenGrab, where he presciently suggested Jackie Earle Haley to play Rorschach in the Watchmen movie, and in 2008, he wrote a film column for the comic-book site ComiXology called The Watchman. (He's a big fan of the book, if you couldn't tell.) In 2009, he gave up the thrill of freelance writing to focus on screenplays and novels, although he sometimes posts to his blog This Can't End Well, which a continuation of his first blog, he loved him some movies. He's a Pisces, and his favorite movie of all time is Jaws. Coincidence? I think not.

Martin McClellan

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Martin (aka Burley Grymz) is a designer and writer. He occasionally blogs at his beloved Hellbox, and keeps a longer ostensibly more interesting bio over here at his eponymous website. You can also find him on Twitter.