Creativity Part One: Creating Your Own Reality

I still had an imaginary friend in College, his name is Fazaar. He is a six-foot-tall osprey that drinks too much and is a cynical bastard. Imaginary friends are kind of a misnomer, actually, they’re real. Everything is real- ghosts, leprechauns, Narnia, sparkly vampire teens… all of it exists. Descartes once theorized cogito ergo sum,
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Coming Soon to a Planet Near You

This January, with your help, I will be realizing a dream that I’ve had for the past five years. Did I mention that my album Goodbye Planet Earth was released five years ago already? You may have heard it, you may have even liked it. What you may not know, though, is that the entire
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How To Win an Election in the US

How To Win an Election in the US

If the past 18 months of hardcore electioneering has taught us anything here in the land of the Free*, it’s that perceptions of electability are increasingly at odds with the reality of the polls. I’m no Nate Silver, but I do pay attention to politics as best I can. Here’s what I’ve learned about running
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Election Day and The Volunteer Army

Yesterday our seventh door-to-door canvasser arrived, bringing the tally to Obama: 7, Romney: 0. This one even brought dog treats since so many houses employ fluff-based internal alarm systems. The Obama canvassers have run the gamut from older ladies with silver hair to college students; even one of our state representatives stopped by on the
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42 Years And Counting

42 Years And Counting

42 is a good number. Can you imagine waking up next to the same person every morning for 42 years? Can you even imagine working for the same company for 42 years? Or picture a startup company even lasting that long? How about living in the same town? Drinking the same brand of beer? Could
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Drive Forever, For Free, On Pure Sunlight

Drive Forever, For Free, On Pure Sunlight

This is quite possibly the most important breakthrough I’ve ever heard of with electric vehicles. Imagine how much faster this would be implemented if the US Auto Bailout spent more money on this and less money on dying gas-guzzlers. (Not that I regret the GM bailout, mind you, the fact that they’re already profitable again
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And Now A Word From My Mother

And Now A Word From My Mother

So I, like a lot of you, got an email from Tim Westergren– founder and CEO of Pandora Radio. They’re asking ordinary listeners like you, me, and my mother to write our congress critters about the Internet Radio Fairness Act (H.R. 6480 and S. 3609). Essentially, they want internet radio stations to pay the same
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Interview about Copyrights on The Illusion of More

Interview about Copyrights on The Illusion of More

Earlier this week I was interviewed by David Newhoff from The Illusion of More about copyrights, file sharing, intellectual property, and the broader ramifications of being a dick. As David said: Matthew’s strategy for forging a career in the age of file-sharing, torrents, and remixes is to do all he can to introduce his listeners
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Everybody Needs A Ninja. No, Seriously.

Everybody Needs A Ninja. No, Seriously.

I think we can clearly determine that Everybody Needs A Ninja is the most popular song I’ve ever written. Every week I’m alerted to new YouTube videos that have used the song (usually without bothering to credit me in any way). Not surprisingly, an overwhelming number of them are video game screencaps. I’ve started collecting
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Stop Whining About Fact-Checking

Stop Whining About Fact-Checking

Stop whining that the media doesn’t fact-check politicians. Here’s a news flash: YOU ARE THE MEDIA. Post the truth, cite your sources, be more credible than the Dinosaur Press. You can reach just as many people as they can, they just have better lighting and makeup. You have circles, use them. Debunk. Throw opinion under
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