How do you describe the indescribable? How do you define the undefinable? In the case of the DailySkew.com, I have no idea. There are no words to describe or define this website, which was co-founded by Damian Hospital and Tony Vahl in October, 2001. In fact, this site is not limited to DailySkew.com. There’s also the Skew blog and Baseball blog, run by DailySkew co-founder Damian Hospital. There’s the ill-fated Dream Seeker series of books, co-authored by Damian and Tony. There’s the old html DailySkew site, and our attempt at bringing it to the modern era over at the Classic blog.
We are literally all over the place.
Well, let’s keep it simple for now, and just focus on the DailySkew.com url. Here are a sample of our works. I’ll let you be the judge:
- Users are Losers: a classic by Damian, certified true by Vahl, for all the stoners out there. Yes, that means you pothead. Put down the bong, unplug your mouth from that spliff, and read the real truth about marijuana.
- Cheat Characters: Yankees Sign Free Agents: another classic that somehow ended up here, and not over at the DailySkew Classic site, where it belongs. Oh, well. Our foul ball is your gain, as they sorta say. This great analysis teaches us that signing big-named free agents in baseball does not equal instant World Series Championships, especially in this Wild Card era of Baseball we’re living through. It’s just like video games. Back in the day, Kintaro was near-impossible to beat in MK II, but when you finally got the chance to use him, he wasn’t that great.
- 1984 novel compared to modern society, Part V: yes, we do read on occasion. In this post, Vahl points out how Big Brother is equivalent to Cellphone companies tracking your location (2 and 1/2 years before the story of the iPhone keeping a log that tracks your whereabouts broke in the Mainstream MEDIA — NEWSFLASH!), the Anti-Sex League is equivalent to groups that mock heterosexual parents who have children, and how Winston and Julia meeting O’Brien reminds Vahl of politicians who change their message for the audience they’re addressing. Read it and weep, people.
- Last Days of Talk Radio: I’m a big fan of radio, unfortunately. So, occasionally, I will rant and rave about Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh, NPR, Michael Savage, Thom Hartmann, Mike Francessa, Laura Ingraham, BBC World News, TWiT, and who-knows what else I happen to listen to on the Internet AM dial. Since my field of study is Accounting, I will also get into economic topics, as I do in the above link. Heck, I might comment on stuff I hear on CNBC or Bloomberg News. The array of topics that I allow to bombard my mind are endless, and my reactions to this stream of info is … eclectic? Interesting? Different? You tell me! I don’t know!
- M.O.T. News: Katie Couric Commits Verbal Hari-Kari: Yeah, we still do parodies from time to time. If you’re not careful, you might get blind-sided! We did a lot more parodies back in the old days, so check out the classic site if that’s your thing.
- Expendables Spam: We talk movies on occasion here; we mostly talk movies over at our updates blog, for some crazy reason or another. Something about narrowing the focus, I don’t know.
- Yeti Awards: Each year, we give out a Yeti Award to the person or entity that who, figuratively speaking, most closely resembles the snow monster from the Microsoft Ski Game. Yes, whether it’s the U.S. Banks destroying the economy, or Terry Jones almost causing World War III with his idiotic actions, we like to point out the person or group that reminds us of a Yeti eating innocent skiers on the slopes.
Anyway, I could do more, but who cares? What are the odds that you’ve read this far? LOL. You’re probably like my friend J. Arasa, who used to say the DailySkew was too difficult to navigate. I mean, Odin forbid if ye click on yon menus and surf the DailySkew for an hour or two!
Alright, as we wrap this post up, for those of you who have read this far, let me reward your effort by attempting to describe the DailySkew. Okay, here are some definitions of the DailySkew for you to mull over:
The DailySkew is akin to an inkblot test for random web surfers who find us.
The DailySkew is a mirror that reflects what you’re interested in, based on what brings you to this site and what post you land on first.
The DailySkew is a voice of reason in this age of chaos.
UPDATE: Here are more fine examples of what we’re about:
Was the world warned?
- A great post that summarized some of Vahl’s accurate economic predictions, going back to 2006
Random Thoughts about Growing Old in this Modern Era
- J. Sterling had this to say:
Quite possibly the best Tony Vahl introspection post of all time.
I was going to have a bunch of random thoughts but your article was so personal and deep that my mind is shot now, and I forget what I was going to say.
You took me from the Brianiac singularity all the way to Ecclesiastes to you being like the old future JMS Spider-Man fighting cops in the graveyard.
9/11 Dailyskew Tribute
- We were planning to start a website when 9/11 happened. Shortly after, the DailySkew was born….