Friday, May 26, 2006

What Advice Would You Give A New Graduate?

Sonovista, my friends! Being graduation season, here in the US, we're writing a commencement speech to give at the beginning of our next show... the problem is, so far all we've got is:

Drink 8 Glasses of Water Every Day

Never Stare Directly At An Eclipse (Solar, for sure... Lunar, we think)

Be Extra Nice To Hobos... They're Magic!

So you see our problem... Anyway, we're looking for advice to give the new graduate... something you heard at your own graduation that's helped you along the way, or something you've learned that you want to pass down to the next generation.

Post a comment to this entry, or send us an email using the email button at the top of the page... We'll collect all the advice and find a way to incorporate it into our speech!

Thanks in advance and have a great weekend!

namaste... robin

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Schnauzer Logic Podcast Episode 17 is Online!

sonovista, my friends... no time for the ShIfT kEy, or detailed notes but, this one was a winner!

as the show opens, we take a call from a credit reporting agency trying to get information about Mr. & Mrs. Robin Goldstein (totally unplanned, and unprofessional, but maybe a little bit funny!)

we then talk with bob lamb, business manager and financial secretary/treasurer of UA Local 582 Plumbers and Steamfitters union... actually parviz does most of the talking

we also talk with jason nathanson, who's still in las vegas

we listen to the next installment of Bryan Cox Stand-Up Comic Road Stories

we listen in as the announce the winner of American Idol

and we toss around the idea of writing a Graduation Speech (send us your suggestions for advice to the graduates we should include!)

we'll add the links and more later

but for now

namaste... robin

Thursday, May 18, 2006

Episode 16 of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is Online!!!

Sonovista, my friends! The show is up (though the iTunes Music Store seems cranky about listing it, right now), and you can grab it through your usual podcast tools, or listen in your browser by clicking on the MP3 button at the top of the blog.

Time is tight... I'm trying to catch up from being "on vacation" for the last two years by filling in for an Apple attorney who's on maternity leave... so, for now, money trumps art (or at least jostles it around a bit!)... so here's an abbreviated show blog... more later (maybe, if needed).

1. Thanks to Susan Moses of the Talking Tranny for her review of our podcast. Susan's blog is ::here :: and you can listen to her audio review of our show, by itself, ::here ::.

2. Mega Mega Thanks to John DeKoven of Laugh-A-Lot Productions and his friend, Todd Westerlund of the San Ramon California Chamber of Commerce for playing a round of Win John DeKoven's Money... John's record goes unbroken (Todd won). And if you send an email to John , he'll give you a free pair of passes to any if his comedy shows... So check it out! (BTW, I found a really interesting description of the history of Chambers of Commerce on Wikipedia ... it says the earliest Chambers were founded in Europe in 1599 and the first english-speaking Chamber was in Glasgow Scotland in 1783.

3. Bryan Cox is still turning out Road Stories of the Highway Comic. Thanks Big Bry!

4. Like a peanut, Jason Nathanson passed through Salt Lake City untouched, and is now hanging out in Las Vegas before heading off to Texas. Jason has some amazing stories (which apparently he'd prefer you read, rather than hear) on his blog at, and some great photos, too! And if you can't get enough Jason, you can hear his interview with Rosemary Chalmers on KSCO this morning by clicking ::here ::.

5. Parviz gave us a shortened plumbing update in anticipation of next week, when we expect to be talking with Bob Lamb, Business Manager, Financial Secretary and Treasurer of U.A. Local 582. (and maybe we'll be checking in, again, with Robin Goldstein!)

6. And we finished with a Glenrothes toast to the 1-year anniversary of my brain surgery. Dr. Michael McDermott and the neurosurgical staff and neuroradiological staff at UCSF were nothing short of amazing.

We've been shorting on the tunes... we know... we're gonna fix it... promise... But here are the amazing bands from we played this week:

1. Geoff Martyn from Glasgow, Scotland - "All American Dream"
2. Aaron Cheney from Seattle, Washington - "Intimate Strangers"
3. Gadget from Moscow, Russia - "Stupid Love"

And now you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew!

So until next week:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome!


Thursday, May 11, 2006

Episode 15 of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is Online!!!

Sonovista, my friends! Episode 15 of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is online and the only word you need to remember is: TrainWreck! (smile)... ok, not exactly a train wreck, but after 3 great weeks in a row, it was inevitable that we'd hit a bump, just to remind us that we're only demigods... and just to be clear, our guests, Jason Nathanson and Robin Goldstein (the smarter) were great... the glitches came mostly from your humble hostess, me (the giggler)... but we're already reviewing the game films, looking for holes in the offense and defense, and we'll be back again, next week, with another award winning show featuring an episode of Win John DeKoven's Money, and all of us giving 110%... meanwhile, we come not to bury Episode 15 (The Ides of Schnauzer), but to praise it...

We opened with a goofy discussion about a goofy kids show from 1968, The Banana Splits Adventure Hour, which marked an early directorial effort by later day Omen/Superman/Lethal Weapon helmer, Richard Donner. We also talked about other early kids shows, including the strange/non-existant animation of Clutch Cargo and Space Angel (Synchro-Vox rules!), Soupy Sales, and Brazilian star Xuxa.

We then took a break and returned with this week's update from our good friend, Jason Nathanson, who's taking a journey across America, and chronicling his adventures on our show, and his blog at (btw, jason's theme song is by the group Rockapella) Oh, and if you want to hear Jason's interview from this morning (5/11) on KSCO, you can click ::here::

After our next break we came back with a short discussion on confidence and dating and then got directly into this week's plumbing update (well, not directly... Parviz wanted to listen to more of Ann Zimmerman's wonderful song first, but I think he was just stalling)... btw, we're trying to get a spokesman from the United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada.

We then took another break, played Episode 4 of Bryan Cox's Stand Up Comedy Road Stories, and planned to come back talking with travel writer Robin Goldstein from his hotel room in Hong Kong.

that didn't happen...

1010-229 was down (even though i had tested it to the same number at the same time the day before), so we were forced into 'improv' mode...

(i hear the train a'comin...)

and i won't say any more about that effort except to say it was mercifully short (though perhaps not short enough) and it once again showed what a genius Phil Hendrie is!

However, after a quick poll, we decided to bite the bullet and pay "full fare" and we called Robin Goldstein, directly, at his hotel room in Hong Kong, where he's reviewing restaurants and hotels for Fodors before heading back to the US to celebrate the publication of his own Austin Texas restaurant review guide for Off The Map Press. I've known (of) Robin for over 10 years and though we've never spoken, he sounded totally cool and funny and interesting and I think I could kill him (maybe dump his body in a irrigation pipe, like i described to Jason) and take over his life and NOBODY would know the DIFFERENCE... or not... anyway, we're gonna have Robin back again, since he seems to be doing a much better job of being Robin Goldstein than I have!

And with that we wrapped it all up in a nice package, with a pink bow, and started into the tequila...

So, because of the technical problems, the segments were longer than usual (we know... 18 minute segments are boring!), and we only got to 3 songs, but they were terrific and can be found on

1. Simple Minded Fools from Hong Kong - "Left To Run"
2. Los Pistoleros from Orange, California - "Road Trip"
3. Thinking Out Loud from Hong Kong - "People"

And now you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew... Next week John DeKoven, Jason Nathanson, Bryan Cox, maybe more Robin Goldstein... Sunday, remember Mother's Day (here in the US)... and as always:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome!


Thursday, May 04, 2006

Schnauzer Logic Podcast Episode 14 is Online!!!

Sonovista, my friends!!! Episode 14 of the Schnauzer Logic Podcast is online and I have to say that it feels like we've hit our stride... great music, great topics, great comedy and truly great guests! We hope you're enjoying the shows... if so, drop us a note and tell your friends (also, would a review on the iTunes Music Store kill ya?... huh? Tongue out)

Ok... life is jam packed, so here's this week's show blog: short, sweet and to the point...

First, WOW... Ann Zimmerman was a terrific guest... you've heard her music, "The Plumber Is The Man" each week as we introduce Parviz's Plumbing Update segment... Well, Ann is a singer/song writer/lawyer/mediator/teacher/horse-farm-something-or-other and a whole lot more from Salina, Kansas. Two of her albums are available for download through iTunes, or you can get the straight scoop directly from her website. (Plus Ann knows a lot of things about a lot of things, so we're hoping she'll come back and talk with us again)... and if you're interested in folks music, make sure to check out the Kerrville Folk Festival, to be held this year May 25th to June 11th.

We also had our weekly update from Jason Nathanson... Jason is now officially "on the road", mostly going from Indian Casino to Indian Casino, and sleeping in his van in the gas station parking lots... THIS is the reason his jewish grandparents emigrated to this great country. Check out Jason's blog over at, and offer him encouragement and some suggestions on where to go next.

After a break we also played this week's installment of Bryan Cox's Comic Road Story (#3 to be exact). And we talked about Stephen Colbert's appearance at this year's White House Press Corp Dinner, next week's scheduled appearance of my doppelganger, travel writer Robin Goldstein, Sean's entry in the IMDB for Kwoon, and we finished with Tales from the Pipe: The Parviz Fathali Plumbing Story. (oh, and in case you were wondering, the little opening bit of audio is our good friend Misha gum-chewing, late arrival as my engineer during the KSCO days of Schnauzer Logic... She's gone one to bigger and better things, which is why i like to keep playing the one mistake she made when she was 17!)

Finally, this weeks music..,. we got to play two different songs from Ann Zimmerman, Absolute Zero from her second album, "Canned Goods" (the one where the Plumbing song comes from), and If I Had Been Beautiful from "Wild Indigo", her latest album... as mentioned above, they're both available on the iTunes music store, or directly from Ann's website... and we had a couple of new tunes from some amazing artists on Garage Band :

1. Spacestation1 from Santa Cruz, CA - "What is Up?"
2. All Hail Me from Toledo, Ohio - "Throw It All Away"
3. Sean Patrick McGraw from Nashville, TN - "Fiona"

And know you know what you didn't know when you didn't know what you knew!

So until next week:

Show Up
Pay Attention
Tell The Truth
And Don't Be Attached To The Outcome


Wednesday, May 03, 2006


sonovista, my friends... looks like there's a bit of trouble in river city (or at least at tblog) and the banner and links for the Schnauzer Logic Podcast show blog is down... the folks here at tblog know and are in the process of fixing things, but until then if you want to hear the show with the online stream player you can click ::here::

we've got a great show planned tonight... Ann Zimmerman, the lovely voice behind the song "The Plumber is the Man" will be our guest, as well as our first travel installment of on-the-road with Jason Nathanson... Parviz will be here, and Sean is on the stand-by list... we hope to welcome you, too!

namaste... robin

Monday, May 01, 2006


our good friend Jason Nathanson leaves on his round-the-world-in-a-VW-van tour today and posts some photos of his 'bon voyage' dinner on his blog while browsing through the photos, i realized that jason reminded me of a favorite friend from childhood, "Wooly Willy", a smiling cherub whose magnetized skull was the perfect anchor for tiny iron 'hairs' (they don't make toys like that any more!) but don't take my word for it... you be da judge:

happy trails, my friend!

namaste... robin