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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Egotistical Podcast 003: Anthony J. LaRocca Sr.

My father, at the age of 89, tells stories from LaRocca family history spanning three generations, from his grandfather’s immigration from Sicily to America, to his trials in the Korean War, cumulating with his meeting my mother. A must hear!


TTFN

-Tony



Thursday, July 15, 2021

Egotistical Podcast 002: Therapy

Introducing the second Egotistical Podcast episode: Therapy. Therapist Connie Merriman talks with us about depression, trauma, and addiction, along with some techniques to help overcome anxiety and panic.

TTFN
-Tony


Friday, July 09, 2021

The Egotistical Podcast is on the air!

 After a short delay, the first Egotistical Podcast is on the air! Check out the first (and all following episodes) here.

TTFN

-Tony


Friday, June 18, 2021

The Egotistical Podcast is coming soon!

 



Would you like to be heard?

Do you have ideas that you want to express, but worry that no one would care? Maybe you have opinions that you want to share, but you're afraid of conflicting with your friends or loved ones.
Or maybe you just have a passion for a hobby, or your field of expertise. Maybe you have something you want to plug: your book, your film, your play, your artwork, your band, or an organization you volunteer for.

Well, this is your chance.

I've been toying with the idea of a podcast for a while now, but couldn't think of a format. Then it hit me: I talk way too much, but I don't listen enough. I don't try to learn. I think too often about what I'm going to say next, instead of concentrating on what other people are saying.

Likewise, I've come to feel that too many people want to convince others or change their minds about a topic, but very few simply want to teach.

So, I'd like to do a guest phone-in, prerecorded podcast where you teach me. Teach me about something you're interested in or care about, and we'll talk about it. I may not agree, and we may discuss that. But rather than argue, my intention is to learn about what matters to you, whether it's political, religious, philosophical, or about your favorite movie or video game, cooking, card-tricks, cars, child-rearing tips... whatever. I want to see the world the way you do.

I know that many of you all have great ideas, views, and passions for your interests. So if you like the idea of sharing and discussing them over the digital air, send me an email at EgotistPodcast@gmail.com, and we'll get started.

TTFN
-Tony


Sunday, February 28, 2021

The Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything... IS....

As many of you know, I'm appearing as the supercomputer Deep Thought in The Cannon Theatre's production of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. We're performing the first four episodes of the original 1970s radio drama, which the book, TV miniseries, and movie were adapted from. Moreover, the production will be illustrated with original artwork which will go on auction once the show is over. (I created the background art for the Deep Thought scene, which will be available as a poster.) 


TTFN
-Tony




Wednesday, January 06, 2021

Just All Around Pissed Off

(PLEASE NOTE: This is directed at the President, party leaders, politicians, and lawmakers. My intent is not to bait rank and file Democrats or Republicans. I support everyone's right to vote for whomever they choose, and I am vehemently against shaming.)

Dear Republican Party and President Trump:

Four years ago, I watched in amazement as - after hypocritically accusing conservatives of planning to protest a projected loss - Democrats took to the street to protest Hillary's losing the 2016 election. "What the hell are they protesting?" I wondered, "democracy?" In the following weeks, I was shocked as the Electoral College was encouraged to overturn the will of the people, ironically in the name of "stopping fascism." I fully admit that for decades, I've been openly critical of the Democrat party and their tactics of offering empty promises with one hand while shamelessly taking with the other, and attacking anyone who pointed out their hypocrisy with fundamentalist furor.

But these past few months, Mister President, you and your fellow Republican Lawmakers have left them in the dust. You have undoubtedly proven yourselves the greater of two evils (as if being the lesser evil is anything to be proud of). You have proven yourselves to be against the constitution, against democracy, and against the people of this country. Where the Democrat party has left me feeling disgust, you have left me feeling horror. I hope that every Republican lawmaker felt shame (obviously, from your speech such a feeling is beyond you, Mister President) as the domestic terrorists that you yourselves joyfully sowed swarmed our capitol in a pathetic and disgusting attempt to overthrow the will of the people.

Make no mistake, President Trump. You have encouraged this moment. You goaded it on. You reveled in it for the sake of your own sociopathic ego.

And you, Republican Lawmakers and party leaders, you encouraged it with every ridiculous lawsuit, with every legal motion to overthrow the will of the people, or simply to sow doubt and mistrust in every corner. Look at the insane precedents you tried to set. You tried to give the office of the Vice President the power to overthrow an election. You tried to give one state the ability to sue another in order to change their laws. Don't you incredible morons realize that such tactics will only escalate and backfire against you - and the people of this country - in the future? Because all of this ideological warfare has been escalating for decades, with all of us in the middle suffering for it. But no matter what the Democrat Party has contributed to the state of affairs, you worthless piles of excrement have exponentially made it worse.

Please don't think that I'm "flipping." I can only see the richer getting richer and the middle class getting poorer under Biden, while the media will praise him and lick his tuchus every day just for the fact of not being Trump. Not that you jackasses in the Republican Party would have done any better. The only difference would be that while my face is being pissed on, CNN wouldn't be telling me that - because a Democrat was in the White House - it's raining honey.

We are now in a state where discourse is impossible, where hate and anger resound, where fierce ideological division will keep us from making our country, our lives, and our world better. So many are jobless and homeless with no relief in sight due to your insane mismanagement and politicizing of this pandemic. And things are going to get much, much worse for the American people before they will get better.

So what is it going to be? 

TTFN

-Tony



Saturday, October 31, 2020

Where in the bouncing bejezus did everything go?

I've had this blog for over fifteen years. I stared it in a time when blogging was cool and fun. Everyone got into it - at least likeminded everyones. Friends wrote out long and detailed responses to each other's posts. Artwork was posted and commented on. A small community was formed. 

There were opinions. So many opinions. So many things I was sure of. So many bowls of mei-fun with sweet and sour pork topped with shredded parmesan cheese devoured. 

But two things have happened.

One: I'm pushing fifty, and my perspective on the world has vastly changed since I was in my early thirties. My philosophy has changed, and changes daily. Whether or not it's made me any wiser has yet to be seen.

Two: Facebook. Why take the time to write down your feelings on the world, on life around you, or on what's going on in your life - when you can just post someone else's comic? Or maybe a picture of your darling kids? Or a nice matzoh ball soup from Katz deli?

Facebook was the death of blogging. I'm not going to debate its merits or criticisms, but it's definitely a source of instantaneous gratification. And visceral. It's easy to lash out, to seek out emotional validation, to be a lightning rod for all kinds of ideological fights that destroy friendships. And I while I'm not going to pretend that I'm above the Evil Hell-Circle of Zuckerberg, I think that it definitely contributed to taking the fun out of online social interaction.

Third (yes, I added one): I've barely touched this blog in years. And why should I? There were so many things from the past here, why did it need anything new? 

Why not just be complacent? Let the past stand for itself? That's the subconscious feeling I got by looking at all my past posts. 

So I decided to start fresh. You can still see my favorite artwork from the past at my homepage, Egotistical Productions. There will be more artwork to come, and new and exciting thoughts and ideas.

Well, new and exciting to me, anyway.

Thank you for being here, my friends.

TTFN

-Tony