The Plan8 – 003 – Jonathan Coulton

The Plan8 today interviews Jonathan Coulton. Jonathan is known for such projects as his Thing a Week. A Project where he would make a new song and post it each week. A few of those songs became big internet hits. Such as a folky cover of Sir Mix-a-Lot’s “Baby Got Back“, a funny video called “Flickr“, a popular viral song “Code Monkey“.

Jonathan has kept busy lately with tons of sold out live performances as well as a new DVD called BEST. CONCERT. EVER. which includes a Harmonix’s RockBand powered rendition of Jonathan’s song “Still Alive” from the game popular puzzle first person mashup valve game “Portal“. This performance included the button tapping skills of past Plan8 podcast guest, Veronica Belmont. As well as The king of Geek TWiTs, Leo Laporte. Also the king of internet self-help organization how-to, Merlin Mann.

Today in the podcast, me and Jonathan talk about ….

  • Jonathan’s dark past
  • Teenage dreams of rock fame made real
  • 700 Hobo Names and why the song “Big Rock Candy Mountain” is not all that bad
  • Leo Laporte’s EPIC Fail at Rock Band
  • Jonathan’s <3 of Creative Commons Licensing
  • Childhood Hobbies
  • How to explain to your child that Daddy is a … (fill in the blank)
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Originally from the Maryland beltway area. Patrick lived in Los Angeles for a couple of years. Now he is based in the Portland area. In the past Patrick has been an IT engineer, technology consultant, software trainer, technology journalist, blogger, and podcaster. Currently he is returning to school for a degree in Computer Science & Engineering.

Patrick Roanhouse – who has written posts on Plan8.