75 Responses to “GOOD EVENING.”

  1. Anonymous says:

    The more direct link to all the flavors of Dick Van Patten’s Dog Foods is here. The link in the original post seemingly has no direct path to the canine cusine…

  2. FourFiveFire says:

    I can only hope so, #7, and I say he should superimpose images of himself into pictures even when blogging about subjects unrelated to him.

  3. defenestrati says:

    Strangely I persist in requiring more information.

  4. kiki1971 says:

    Is it Just me, Or does tHis Not somehow come across as if it is sOme kinD of encrypted messaGe…where capitalized letters spell out soMe secret messAge?

    …that or a new declaratioN of independance?

  5. GeekMan says:

    (Note to self: always scan THOROUGHLY for sarcasm before following up on other commenter’s posts)

  6. NZheretic says:

    I assume that this is but the first entry in one long
    obscure reference hunt
    . I half expect to see Mr Hodgman’s image to be photoshoped into the background of next few blog images.

  7. aelfscine says:


  8. Ernastrutuk Weatherby says:

    This is very good news in so many fine ways. Hodgman’s “Blog(?)” was what first pointed me to Boing Boing, and now Boing Boing and Hodgman are coming together in a sort of train-collision-of-awesome.


  9. Gar the Pitiless says:

    Bah. As if drinking from skulls was some novelty.

  10. kevin143 says:

    Wow! A minor celebrity is writing for a blog that I read! It’s almost like I know a minor celebrity!

  11. desp says:

    WOULD YOU LIKE a new keyboard?

  12. iandavid says:

    I for one am very pleased to see a subliminal plug for one of my favorite Brooklyn bars, Beer Table, in the form of the backdrop for this photograph. I don’t think they sell skull vodka, but they do have tasty beers and homemade sausages. John, do you go there often?

  13. vectr says:

    “Hang Mod” (anagram)

    Who let this shyster in? Hmm?

  14. afo says:

    Boing Boing. Now with Diamond Filter.

  15. NicoNicoNico says:

    Too true, #17, too true.

    #21, I know what you mean. I feel so special for some very odd reason. It’s like, wow, he knows my screen name. It’s almost like he knows me. *ahhh*

    In all seriousness, my sleep deprived, pain killer addled mind couldn’t make heads or tails of the post. It’s like my mind was too awed by the use of all caps to fully comprehend the English language or something.

  16. Stefan Jones says:

    The beverage ZIMA was discontinued today. It was used by hobos to DRIVE CHIGGERS FROM BENEATH THE SKIN.

  17. Versh says:

    The Areas of My Expertise was truly excellent, I surmise I’ll end up purchasing the paper and eventual audio form of More Information Than You Require.
    There is indeed a place in the literary world for clever absurdism– (contrary to the tired mainstream comedic expectations for crude innuendo, gross-out humor, and parody found elsewhere).
    Besides, historians will one day remark that today’s financial crisis originated from the attempted Hobo takeover of the United States Government in the 1930′s.

  18. Narfmaster says:

    Man you looking fricking awesome.

  19. MeaningOfLife says:

    Please, tell us more about Battlestar Galactica.

    No, really, please.

  20. z7q2 says:

    Nice to see you here John! Your segment on Rachel Maddow/MSNBC last night was a treat! Yes, do send her on your book tour so that you can spend more time writing for us.

  21. iveexa says:

    @SCAUGHT: It’s not caps lock challenged — he writes like Zippy the Pinhead.

  22. anthony says:

    Welcome and thanks.

  23. mightymouse1584 says:



  24. Cool Products says:

    I can’t wait to check out the book, awesome job on the Daily Show by the way.

  25. urshrew says:

    I just really want to know if there is going to be an update on the greatest Dungeons and Dragons rivalries of all time, 3rd edition, or something.

  26. MoogleLally says:

    You look quite dapper in that picture!

  27. FLG says:

    This is overflowing with win. Looking forward to your posts.

  28. Blackbird says:

    I would also like to extend a warm welcome to you. Thanks for playin’ with us!

  29. SamSam says:

    Boy, I wish I were John Hodgman, so that I could read Boing Boing, see random products that catch my attention, and deploy a team of underlings to locate and purchase said random product.

    Just kidding ;). Looking forward to your posts!

  30. cmpriest says:

    Welcome aboard, sir! It’s good to see you here.

  31. OM says:

    …One of my bartender buddies has tried a small sample of that Crystal Head vodka. His description of it can be summed up in one disemvowelment-free word:


    Bottom Line: You buy it for the bottle, not for the booze.

  32. Tom Hale says:

    Welcome Mr. Hodgman.

    Good Evening – why is it that whenever I see this written, I pronounce it in my head in an imitation of Bela Lugosi from Dracula?

    Also, speaking of Vodka,I saw on Mythbusters that you can filter a cheap brand through a Brita water filter several times and end up with a close semblance to an expensive brand – though I’ve yet to sample any Vodka that didn’t taste like lighter fluid.

  33. Halloween Jack says:

    Is it TRUE that in REAL LIFE you’re a Mac AND a PC?

    Also, is it true that there’s something called real life?

  34. Falcon_Seven says:

    John, is that not ‘Hobo Chili From Dogs’ and ‘Chinese Takeout From Dogs’?

  35. Inox says:

    I will join the chorus of others who hope that you are invited to stick around.

  36. zuzu says:

    Also, speaking of Vodka,I saw on Mythbusters that you can filter a cheap brand through a Brita water filter several times and end up with a close semblance to an expensive brand – though I’ve yet to sample any Vodka that didn’t taste like lighter fluid.

    Vodka is supposed to taste like pure ethanol diluted with pure water.

    If you don’t like grain alcohol, you probably don’t like vodka.

    That said, I’m more of a fan of scotch or bourbon, personally.

  37. Xopher says:

    Welcome, John Hodgman! I’m a big fan of Teh Silly, and you are made of it. And win.

  38. Falcon_Seven says:

    John, I was just pondering this again and the thought struck me, could this ‘Hobo Chili For Dogs’ be made from real hobos (hoboes?)? The same goes for the ‘Chinese Takeout For Dogs’. Could this not be made from real Chinese?

  39. cinemajay says:

    This post by Mr. Hodgeman. Full of win it is.

  40. FourFiveFire says:

    Puh-shaw, people! Potato vodka is the only way to go. It isn’t lighter-fluidy, but rather…creamy. It’s like you’re drinking delicious, alcoholic french fries.

    And deep down, you know you’ve always secretly wanted to drink french fries. Now get thee to thine Beverage Mart and score some Monopolowa!

  41. georgewbush says:

    @61 -

    Indeed. Having grown up near Herkimer, New York, I also spotted this clever flim-flam.

  42. scaught says:

    I enjoy and welcome our new CAPS LOCK challenged overlord.

  43. n says:

    Oh crap I think I’m getting a huge crush on you, Mr. Hodgman

  44. bondjamesbond says:

    but..but… I am a Mac user……

  45. santellana says:

    alas, poor vodka, i knew it well.

  46. RJ says:

    Welcome, John! Looking forward to more updates from you. Thanks for so many interesting links in the intro post here, too!

    The vodka IS for sale online, and isn’t too awfully expensive; ~$45 on BevMo. Get slammered AND have a somewhat goth bottle to show off! :\

  47. RedShirt77 says:


    Will you be responding to comments here.

    I notice you are not this evening because you are on Rachel Maddow’s show, so that’s cool but it would be cool to have some back and forth.

  48. Falcon_Seven says:

    John, one thing more, where do you buy your suit jackets?

  49. RedShirt77 says:

    Oh and one other thing…

    Can you supply us with more information? and how much is this damn book you keep rambling on about?

  50. cstatman says:

    i … never …. learned to READ!!!!

  51. Uncle_Max says:

    When I saw “GOOD EVENING.” in my subscription tab, I was expecting an article having something to do with Alfred Hitchcock.

    I was pleasantly surprised to find I was wrong.

  52. Davin says:

    Please stay. Forever. We love you.

  53. semiotix says:

    I am pleased by the thought that I can briefly command John Hodgman’s attention, since we’re only 50-odd posts in and if he’s human at all (or even the more venal sort of Cylon) he’s refreshing this page on the quarter-minute.

    Mr. Hodgman! My respect for your accomplishments slightly but measurably exceeds my resentment for the fact that we’re roughly the same age and you have accomplishments whereas I do not. Thanks for the laughs.

  54. minTphresh says:

    hey tom hale, a solid NO! on both counts. and you can kiss my powermac’s brushed aluminum behind ( i’m not sure yet whether or not it actually has an ‘ass’)! actually, i already voted! g bm!

  55. Darren Garrison says:

    Mr. Hodgeman–

    Don’t you ever tire of that “I’m a Mac” guy taunting you?

  56. jjasper says:

    I REQUIRE MORE INFORMATION from this JOHN HODGEMAN person. Where can I buy this Vodka?

  57. chimmelman says:

    Welcome to Boing Boing, John Hodgman! Looking forward to your upcoming posts. I really enjoyed your segment on This American Life.

    Where on EARTH did you get that vodka, and how do I get it? Is it on store shelves?

  58. zuzu says:

    The only thing I’ll buy from Dan Aykroyd is a Bass-o-matic, or possibly a big bag of broken glass.

    The only thing I’ll buy from John Hodgman are his books, or possibly severed human feet.

  59. agnot says:

    Puh-shaw, people! Potato vodka is the only way to go. It isn’t lighter-fluidy, but rather… Monopolowa!

    OMG, in a time when truth is catches up to lies, some sanity! I think the trouble started with the making of non-potato vodka.

    Maybe a merger lies herein, during these times of global nonsense, between Hodge’s Imitation of a Blog and Boingboing? Could we be be so lucky?

  60. Joel Johnson says:

    I WOULD LIKE to have that bottle for my own. I must find this vodka.

  61. David Carroll says:

    A while back I was at a birthday party of a co-worker’s husband. She offered me some Polish vodka. I can’t recall the brand but it had a slight yellow tint, and was the soothest stuff I have ever tasted. I left my Alberta Vodka unopened with her, and have never tasted grain vodka since.

    • Antinous says:

      I find potato vodka to be rather oily tasting. My favorite vodka was Baikalskaya. It was dead cheap, and I went through cases of it, but I haven’t seen it in years.

  62. zikman says:

    Dear John Hodgman,

    I admire you. Where did you get your glasses? I like them.

    Ahmad K

  63. solitaire says:

    So what percentage of those vodka bottles are recycled as bongs of DOOM

  64. Chris L says:

    Oh please, please, PLEASE, stick around here, Mr. John Hodgman. You have no idea how pleasant it is to pull up your favorite blog and the see the face of your favorite lier staring back.

  65. Tommy says:

    “FOR INDEED, here is another product that DOES IN FACT EXIST, though there is no rational explanation for it.”

    I was hoping this was a link to a Windows Vista site.

  66. bayamus says:

    Welcome to BoingBoing. But are we going to be inundated with photos of yourself every time you post?

  67. Tom Hale says:

    Dear John, why must you be a PC?

    Mama said Macs are the devil – and that’s good enough for me. – leaving those Macs alone.

    You heard it here first folks, My mom thinks Macs are the Devil. So, throw yours away and buy pcs. Then he world should work in perfect harmony. No more shall we be one of Satin’s minions.
    h, nd Vt Rpblcn!

  68. GeekMan says:

    Welcome John. I also do hope you’re invited to stick around.

    Furthermore, I think we need to clear something up right off the bat: Are you or are you not the final Cylon?


  69. mrutter says:

    Welcome INDEED Mr. Hodgman.

  70. demented_pants says:

    I don’t wanna rain on your parade, guys, but that stuff’s not filtered through diamonds.

    Its website says it’s filtered through “Herkimer diamonds,” which are, in fact, a kind of double-terminated quartz that is frequently found in the Herkimer valley in New York.

  71. hukes says:

    I think there is a trend with distillers. They are switching from good spirits to high end design in bottles. That has happened a lot with tequila, sadly.

    Don’t judge alcohol by its bottle.

  72. Talia says:

    Its skull shaped and full of alcohol. No rational reason is needed for pure awesome.

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