Thursday, August 3, 2006

The Phoenix - A Year In Review

It's hard to believe I've been doing this for a year now. When I started, I was working for a company that did research scientific research for large corporations. I had always been interested in science, and writing about the humorous side of it has been a lot of fun. That job ended, but the blog continues...151 posts later. What this blog has brought me has far exceeded my wildest expectations.

I want to thank all of you for coming by - some of you are new here and many others are regulars that have been reading my little blog since the very beginning. It's been a great year, and I hope to keeping entertaining you as long as I possibly can. You all have been a witty, funny, and inspiration audience. You make it worthwhile.

Looking back, I've dug up a few of the posts that stand out to me for one reason or another, and I do hope that you'll take the time to maybe take a quick stroll back in time with me...

"When You Gotta Go On The Go." This is post el numero uno. Not my best work, but you have to start somewhere. I'd like to tell everyone that I have matured in my old age and that my intellect has likewise, but I will always find going poop or pee to be damn funny. Poop or pee in a car is even funnier.

"The REAL Exorcism." I did a spooky stories series from September into October. I am going to do it again this year, actually. I still get maybe 10 hits a day from various search engines on this post I did on the actual exorcism that the film is based on. Don't read this post alone in the dark!

"Thank You For Not Breeding!" I aim to entertain, but I also love to help my readers learn something new. With this post, I wrote about VEHMT - a group that advocated the extinction of the human race. The founder of this organization, Les Knight, actually found this post - read it - and then commented on it, going one-by-one and giving his rebuttal for every comment I got! Amazing.

"The Abduction of Bob" Writing is a creative process, and it's an art. I wanted to stretch my writing, be a little more creative. I think I was burned out with this blog, and I needed a change. So I decided to do a three part series on the alien abduction of Bob. It was so much fun to write, and it got a lot of attention. This post was featured in a local newspaper here in St. Louis. It's also appeared in a couple forums, like this one here. Enjoy, and stay away from strange lights in the sky.


"Hallelujah It's Raining Blubber!" OK, along with low brow poop and pee humor, I also love seeing stuff blow up. This post includes video footage of an actual crew using dynamite to blow up a dead whale. Needlesstosay, you can tell by my title what happens. When you watch the video, make sure to turn up the audio...I laugh to the point of tears when I hear that woman exclaim, "Here come pieces God!" To the onlookers of this feat of engineering baffoonery, Armageddon begins with a boom and ends with a blubbery splat.

Here's to another year of scientific discovery, fun, and humor.


The Phoenix


Cari said...

That pic from the exorcist still freaks me out!!!!

delmer said...

I forgot about the car toilet.

If I knew for a fact that a buddy of mine would never stuble across ... ah, the hell with it.

In just the past two months I've found myself ripping down the road looking for an exit with a buddy of mine. He was driving ... he had to pee really really bad. We were in an expensive loaner auto.

Luckily we had a one-liter bottle in the back seat. I steered the car (and didn't look) while he took care of business.

You'll be happy to know that urine dribbles come out of leather seats without spotting. (You probably don't want to turn the seat warmer on until you're done with cleanup.)

OnMyWatch said...

congratulations! those are great stories, especially enjoyed the whale video. haha! I look forward to this year's scary stories segment as well.

p.s. appreciate the linkage.

Kay said...

Congrats on anniversary -- it's impressive that you have turned out so many well-researched and written posts. You think a lot about them and it shows!

Jenna Howard said...

My mom has a car toilet. *hangs head in shame* She wants to go camping in the minivan and decided she needed a pooper in the minivan instead of using the can's all the campgrounds provide *shakes head in shame* I can't believe she's my mom. As my brother said "How's the shit-mobile working out for you?" To which my mother gasped and confessed she hadn't tried it out yet.

Happy Bloggersary!

Denny Shane said...

wow... a whole year. Unbelievable! Here's to another year and your continued success!! Always an interesting blog!

angel, jr. said...

Yes buddy, keep the information coming!!

David Amulet said...

Phoenix: I've been a regular reader -- yes, I eat my fiber -- since that Spooky Stories series last September or October. Your posts are informative, educational, AND funny, a rare combination in this medium.

Not only have you provided good material, you have been a joy to e-mail with and willing to help others out.

I wish you the happiest of anniversaries and hope that you are able to keep the good stuff coming.

-- david

KC said...

Wow! A year of Phoenix blog-fun! I've been here for most of it. Glad I found you.

I can't wait for the spooky/creepy stories. Awesome!

:P fuzzbox said...

Congrats on a year. It seems that few make it that far. Here's to many happy returns.

Kid Jacque said...

Congratulations on your year!

The Phoenix said...

cari, I know. Me too.

delmer, yeah - the carseat warmer and urine is like those hot oil plug-ins. Not a smell you want to permiate.

onmywatch, Thanks. I hope this year's spooky stories gets as much readership as last year's.

kay, Thanks. I do put a lot of thought into each post, but I do try to keep it light and humorous.

jenna, We used a milk jug on long car trips in the van. Yuck!

The Phoenix said...

denny, Thanks for your encouragement.

david, May we all churn out great stuff to share. It's been one helluva year.

angel, I will try my best. You're still the only blogger I've met face-to-face. The Dominator is working on a thank you post to you, by the way.

KC, One of my STL blogger buddies. Yes, you've been here from the very beginning. Thanks for sticking with me.

Fuzz, Funny how we have a lot of the same audience. It's been great cross-polinating our readership. Here's to a lot more laughs...

Kid Jacque, Thanks so much - you've been here from nearly the very beginning as well. I appreciate it.

DaBich said...

I know I'm a relatively new reader, but that doesn't make me any less loyal =D
I love every thing you write, but the one about your son's friend really got to me.
Keep the science stories coming!

Yawn said...

It's too soon for a "Best of..." and way too soon for a "Last Episode of Seinfeld."

Godwhacker said...

Congratulations! I really enjoy the visits to this "virtual" office. Keep up the good work.. many more!

Jenna Howard said...

We used a milk jug on long car trips in the van. Yuck


We used, and this may be a novel item up here in the Great White North, "PUBLIC WASHROOMS".

Milk jugs? Eeeeeew. It'll never be the same now, Phoenix. Never, ever...sigh.

Sherri said...

The car toilet, I forgot all about that one. :D

Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!!

Keshi said...

Happy 1st mate!

WOW some great posts there...I like the spooky one.

This is what I have to say abt u as a blogger:

Phoenix is a realistic blogger with alot of scientific details abt each situation he chooses to blog abt. He has an excellent sense of humor that sometimes keeps me laughing for days :):)


vani said...


Michelle said...

Congratulations, a year is no mean feat!
Love the raining blubber, heres to another year :o)

Haas said...

Congrats :) This is probably the best non-personal blog I read and trust me its been fun, So glad I found you(cant remember how I got here though :P)

Fated said...

Happy Blogiversary!!

Your blog has provided me with countless hours of entertainment :)

Although, I just read "Thank You For Not Breeding!" for the first time. Not sure how I missed that one. It was fantastic!

Curare_Z said...

Please keep up the great writing Phoenix. I always look forward to reading what you've discovered!

I wasn't reading blogs when you did your "thank you for not breeding post." That was AWESOME. And Les' comments....even more priceless. I love it!!!

Sar said...

Happy Blogiversary, Phoenix! You know you've long been a favorite of mine, and I look forward to more of your smart and funny posts.

The Bob series and Raining Blubber were among your posts I most enjoyed and think everyone should experience, which is in part why I linked to this post from The Brawl. :)

The Phoenix said...

dabich, I'm glad we found each other's blogs.

yawn, and it wasn't soon enough for the "Last episode of Friends."

godwacker, thanks!

jenna, Come on! I was 4 yrs old! it beats peeing in my pants.

sherri, You're one of my longtime readers. Thanks for your support.

The Phoenix said...

keshi, for DAYS? Very cool.

vani, glad you're here for the ride.

michelle, the raining blubber is probably my favorite too.

haas, You are one of my longtime readers as well. I have no idea how you found your way over here.

fated, Thanks. I'm glad you enjoy my posts.

curare, It's so funny how he came on here to give his side. Makes me feel a little more legit.

sar, I hope we can continue to share a lot of the same audience since we have a similar sense of humor (although a different sense of politics).

Grafs said...

It's been a pleasure. I hope you stick around yet another year in the blogsphere.

siren said...

A year in the blogosphere makes you an old pro. I'm looking forward to what the next year will bring.

Phats said...

Happy 1 yr my friend! I am glad I found your blog totally enjoy reading it, and I have never been a fan of science :) haha.

I am still reading some of your favorite posts right now.

Tai said...

Cheers to The PHOENIX for such interesting entertaining posts, keepin' coming!

Jenna Howard said...

Oh 4. Phew. That's when it's acceptable. Five though? hmm.

Jennifer said...

Congrats! You certainly make us come back for more!!

Doug said...

Phoenix. Congratulations and well done.

phlegmfatale said...

Congrats on a year of excellent blogging. Love the exploding whale thing.

Carmel said...

I haven't been reading your blog for long but I think it's very entertaining and I must say that the only post I wont read on is the exorcism one, they totally FREAK me out, and then I won't be able to sleep at night without my lamp on!
I like science too, I don't have a degree or know 'all' about it, but I do take a good interest. Keep on blogging!

Keshi said...

yep :):)


mojotek said...

Congratulations on making it an entire year! I've been reading since almost the beginning, so its great to see how much your blog and podcast has grown since I started seeing what you had to say!

Keep up the good work! I'm closing in on my one year anniversary myself, which is pretty cool... although I don't have a podcast with hundreds of subscribers to back it up. :)

the weirdgirl said...

Happy Anniversary Phoenix! I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed reading your blog. I've started many a conversation with "So the Phoenix wrote about..." I'm so glad I found it.

ObilonKenobi said...

Thanks to you Phoenix for being such a great blogger and entertainer.

BrianAlt said...

Happy Birthday dude!

The Phoenix said...

Thanks everybody!

cube said...

Ah, the golden oldies. Tempus fugit.

The Phoenix said...

You gotta go backwards to go forwards...ah...the wisdom of willy wonka.

Rocky said...

Congrats on your first year. I really enjoy your blog as it focuses on weird science and humor, two of my favorite things in life. Keep up the great work, I look forward to many more posts in the coming years.

Jamie Dawn said...

Happy One Year Blogiversary!!!!
You are very entertaining to all who visit here.

That previous post about the he-she rooster-hen is funny. Ann Boleyn is getting her revenge!!!

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