The Blog of that "Tom Croom" guy.

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4 States for 5 Conventions in 6 Weeks (is almost over!)

This, ladies and gentlemen, has been an insanely busy summer.  Seriously. I mean, my car is DIRTY and my house needs cleaning.  Those of you close to my life in the real world know that THIS NEVER HAPPENS!  I just haven’t had time.  I’ve barely had time to sleep.  The...

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Why Robin Williams mattered (to me).

In the late 1980s, my dad saw an HBO special and subsequently bought the audio tape version of Robin Williams “A Night at the Met“.  Comedy albums had become kind of a thing back then, and my dad loved listening to these tapes with me.  You see, around my sophomore...

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Trying to add me on Facebook? You should read this first.

#FirstWorldProblems After I appear at a bunch of fan conventions (usually over the summer) I tend to get a small flood of Facebook friend requests.  It’s seriously flattering that there’s so many people out there who, after I connect with them on person, want to keep up with me online....

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Today would have been my dad’s 64th Birthday.

As a few of you picked up on, today was a rough day thanks to the miracle of Google Now.  You see, I’ve worked so hard to keep all the information in and around my life organized that sometimes I forget some of that info… hence why I use reminders...

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Conventions, Running, Working, & my missed birthday last December.

This week has been awesome.  Seriously.  I’ve barely slept; I’ve been working my ass off; projects that have been behind are getting caught up; and I’ve even had time to do some recreational reading.  For the five of you paying close attention, I cited Monday that it was my return to normalcy....

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The Phantom Tollbooth movie – does anyone else remember this?

I’m actually subscribed to a couple of YouTube channels that I look at every other day.  One of them is called WatchMojo.  Basically, it’s a “Top 10″ site that takes suggestions for top ten list ideas (usually centered around entertainment and pop culture) and then creates them.  I’ll occasionally put...

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Help! Recommend a Good Book (please!)

In the mid-2000s, I found that I was spending more and more time in my car going to and from Orlando and Miami (from Vero Beach) in order to get work done on various convention related projects.  In order to make better use of my time, I started listening to...

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Last Weekend was @TheHukilau in Fort Lauderdale.

Today kicks off life attempting (yet again) to have some semblance of order again, so I’m going back to doing “normal” things.  Like, you know, blogging. It would take me forever to try to recount all that’s happened since November, so it makes more sense to just go back to the...

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Happy Father’s Day

I still live under the assumption that, somehow, the old man still reads my blog. Happy Father’s Day, dad.  I miss you.

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For those of you that weren’t at the wedding last weekend…

Shannon has had me slaving over my PC to VCR rig during the past couple of months doing video capture of old VHS tapes from her childhood to find footage of her and her sister together.  She and her MacBook took that footage and made this video: Showing this at the...