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Monday, July 10, 2006

When life gives you lemons, you go to Secaucus.

This evening I will be headed to Secaucus, NJ to speak with Joe Scarborough of MSNBC's Scarborough Country. It will air at 9pm Eastern tonight.

UPDATE: Just got back from Scarborough Country, no passport required. It was actually pretty fun. I met a lot of great people over at MSNBC and found Joe Scarborough quite easy to talk to. As I mentioned in the comment section earlier today, not sure if it will air tonight or some time later this week. Also not sure if it will be on TV, the web or both. Sounds like probably a bit of both. I'll keep you posted. One regret about the interview: when mentioning some other cool vlogs people should check out I mentioned Ninja and Tiki (which are both dope), but forgot my two FAVORITE shows, Ze's The Show and, of course, The Richard Show!!!


  • At 10:09 AM, Blogger msquared said…

    THis drama with Rocketboom is only going to open up more and better opportunities for you. Hang in there.

  • At 10:17 AM, Blogger YakkYakkJay said…

    Amanda: in beachside Santa Monica with 3 audio/video studios will host your new show should you decide to move to Hollywood. Lemonade - who wants that when you can have champagne! Lets Talk!
    Jay Goldstein
    The new leader in podcasting and the worlds first dedicated podcasting studios

  • At 10:36 AM, Blogger Ritholtz said…

    I go on vacation, and my favorite video blog gets cancelled!

    I cant believe no one has tagged you yet to set up the next RB

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger ChrisM70 said…


    Conservative Joe Scarborough?

    I would have rather seen you interviewed by Keith Olberman, but it should be interesting...

    Good Luck!

  • At 11:00 AM, Blogger YakkYakkJay said…


    We have 3 studios in sunny beachside Santa Monica, California all ready for you at - contact me and lets talk!

    Jay Goldstein

  • At 11:27 AM, Blogger Casey McKinnon said…

    I hope it shows on NBC in my area! I also hope this gives you a good opportunity to clear up all the speculation.

    Good luck, m'dear! And, btw, I included a little dedication to you in today's Galacticast episode:


  • At 11:45 AM, Blogger Brian said…


    Don't take any crap from that ass-eyed conservative hack...

  • At 12:23 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Another note,

    Just found out that although we are taping the interview tonight, it may play a different night this week. Just fyi! Thanks, friends!

  • At 12:33 PM, Blogger G' said…

    I knew things were not rosey, but New Jersey?!? Noooooooo!

  • At 1:48 PM, Blogger Ghost said…

    definitely I will support Amanda! Amanda is the rocketboom. No others!

  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger Ross said…

    I hear the cavity search needed to enter Scarborough Country is pretty invasive.

    Is your passport current?

  • At 2:55 PM, Blogger Lunch Amigo # 3 said…

    Should we read much into the fact that the 7/10 episode isn't up yet at 3:30 eastern?

    Maybe Amanda's skills were undervalued or the replacement requires a lot more touch-up

  • At 3:42 PM, Blogger Eur van Andel said…

    Hi Amanda

    To use this product, you need to install free software
    This product requires Microsoft© Internet Explorer 6, Microsoft© Media Player 10, and Macromedia Flash 6. To download these free software applications, click the links below and follow the on-screen instructions.
    Once the installations are complete, reload this page.

    It surprises me how fast you dropped your Mac. If it airs there, I won't be able to see it.

  • At 3:57 PM, Blogger Brangelina said…

    Watching all of this has been more fun than the Jen/Brangelina triangle I’ve covered over the past year.

    …Hmm, Since Mr. and Mrs. Smith was the cause of Brad and Jen breaking up, I’m putting my money on Robert Scoble as being the cause of Rocket-unboomed.

    It all started with that Rocketboom interview you did with Scoble about his departure from Microsoft. I could see it in your eyes. I think you're going to PodTech.

  • At 4:11 PM, Blogger Guy Ellis said…

    Hey Amanda - when are you and Andrew going to appear on Jerry Springer?

  • At 5:09 PM, Blogger jbr1975 said…

    Tell Joe Roll TIde and ask about the musical he did in College.

  • At 5:21 PM, Blogger J.W. said…

    "*** Update: Rocketboom has been delayed one day and is expected to launch anew Tuesday 7/11 at 9pm EDT. Thank you for standing by!"

    10 minutes ago it said the show would be live today - that would be slip up #1, and counting...We're watching you, RB w/out AC.

    Oh and can someone put the interview online somewhere?


  • At 5:32 PM, Blogger WO7 said…

    Hang in there, act quickly, don't lose your momentum. Keep us posted.

  • At 6:16 PM, Blogger Marianne said…

    Hey! I wuz born in Joisey.
    (of course - I've lived in California almost my entire life - so what do I know...)

    Hang in there Amanda - windows are opening all around... You're young, gorgeous, smart & spunky - the world is waiting!

  • At 7:03 PM, Blogger Dossy Shiobara said…

    Yay, New Jersey. I'm only 20-30 minutes from Secaucus ... but alas I'm working out of the White Plains, NY, office tonight.

    If you decide to produce your own show, I couldn't afford to quit my day job (got a wife and two kids to support) but man, I'd love to be your editing monkey.

  • At 7:13 PM, Blogger Daniel H said…

    Hi Amanda,

    I wanted to let you know that you have been a daily source of comedy and inspiration. I do appreciate your wit. Our generation needed someone like you and rocketboom. To your future I wish you the best of luck. Once again Thank you for your daily commentary on the events that have perspired. Thank You Amanda

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger quietthroughtunnel said…

    I'm always more akin to believe the party with greater transparency, who in this case seems to be you. Having been around web-minded business folk for several years now, it's easy to believe Mr. Baron is the tool he seems to be.

    Trust me. Trust all of us. The social capital you've built over the past couple of years will carry you farther than Baron's venture capital ever could. Choose your next step wisely, and make sure it isn't too humble.


  • At 9:06 PM, Blogger LaCloche said…

    Have been watching worthless Scarborough and missed The Closer and just read that AC won't appear till later this week. Damn.

  • At 9:25 PM, Blogger Steven said…

    I saw Andrew Baron on a video of and wow is that guy whiney. His voice could cut butter. If what you say is in fact true Amanda then this guy is a real smuck, why is he treating you like this? Andrew Baron appeared on and people spammed the comments section on twit saying that the guy was not liked. He won't be the next host of rocketboom for sure.

    Will you get money for you share in rocketboom or income from it?

    Hope you have great success in anything you do in the future and let us all pray Andrew gets Syphilis.


    Northern Hemisphere
    Sol System
    Alpha Quadrant
    Milky Way Galaxy

  • At 10:31 PM, Blogger lucubrate said…

    Can we say... cameo? Tiki Bar TV???


  • At 11:43 PM, Blogger Unknown said…

    and you forgot my website too!!


  • At 3:45 AM, Blogger Mariposa McNabb said…

    Rocketboom is 404 at 04:38 EDT.

    Amanda, where you go I go. Hope the interview does you well.


    7s and 8s


  • At 3:48 AM, Blogger Mariposa McNabb said…

    Rocketboom 404? Site temporaly unabailable? very interesting.....


    Hope the interview went well and does much to push you along. Love you stuff.

    Waiting for you to appear again in production.

    7s and 8s.


  • At 5:20 AM, Blogger Jensen said…

    Please strike out on your own and create "Congdon Country".

  • At 6:46 AM, Blogger Nate said…

    Talking of Lemons...

    - Site Temporarily Unavailable

    We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the webmaster/ tech support immediately to have them rectify this.
    error id: "bad_httpd_conf" -


  • At 7:23 AM, Blogger adam said…

    Site Temporarily Unavailable
    We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact the webmaster/ tech support immediately to have them rectify this.

    error id: "bad_httpd_conf"


  • At 7:50 AM, Blogger G' said…


    Scarborough Country is small potatoes: nobody really knows which channel they appear on, and in Manhattan they're right below the SciFi Channel and Comedy Central so most people probably think they're either watching the next season of SG-1, or a lame episode of the Daily Show.

    You need a guest appearance on Tiki dancing with Lala. They could do another Trap Door episode.

  • At 7:57 AM, Blogger Shaded Spriter said…

    It looks like there is another problem with rocketboom - the site is currently down - aswell as all the RSS and archives from the looks of it...

    HEHE everything is going wrong...

    - Scott Harrison

  • At 9:20 AM, Blogger Bill Streeter said…

    You also forgot to mention LO-FI SAINT LOUIS. Shame on you for that!!

  • At 12:57 PM, Blogger Annapolis Bay said…

    I just came from RB v2.0 site and T-Minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, OOOOOOPS!
    Another delay. Rocketboom is definately struggling with their new launch. Even the North Koreans have had more success. Hey Andrew, sing with me, "I'm so ronery. I so ronery."

    You should take all of this free press and launch your own show. I see this as he saw the huge cash cow with ebay bids and offers for sponsors and didn't want to share the any of earnings and tried to move you from partner, back to employee statis.

    If RB does take off without you, you will still be earing 49% of the earnings.


  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger Daily Desk said…

    Great to hear it. Might Amanda end up vlogging for one of the big networks?

    Any mention of to Joe? ;)


  • At 1:06 PM, Blogger Brian said…


    What the hell does this mean?

    If you ever looked to the archives, you may have noticed that there is one episode that has always been missing: the first episode. There is a reason why.


  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    This is Andrew's way of saying, I think-- no one can say for sure when it comes to matters of communication with The Baron-- that the first show I did sucked. I haven't seen it for a while. It probably did ;)

  • At 1:31 PM, Blogger filmex said…

    With all due repect to 'g, I think everyone with half a brain (not Republican) knows where MSNBC is on the dial.

    Scarborough is okay. He is a conservative but he's not one of the Kool-Aid drinkers. Environmental concerns and human rights abuses actually chart on his mental landscape.

    Will be anxious to check out the repartee between Joe and our Amanda, when it actually airs.

    As may have been predicted, all Andrew can seemingly do since losing the site's muse is come up with a new Boom.

    After getting a glimpse of the guy in the baseball catcher's uniform sliding across the RB set, one gets the sense this could really get ugly...a train wreck in the about self-destructive.

    Andrew Baron, E! Channel's Where Are They Now? on line one.

    Wired had it right in their headline: "Rocketboom To Bust".

  • At 1:40 PM, Blogger Brian said…

    Strange ex-partner you've got there...

  • At 2:00 PM, Blogger dmelliott99 said…

    When an executive takes a long, unexplained absence, he is often trying to make everyone realize just how key he is to the operation.

    When things hum along quite nicely without him, he may return still wanting to have his importance felt. Unfortunately, he then has no ground to stand on, and his power move can be nothing but foolish.

    Perhaps if everyone had come up to him every five minutes and told him that he was wonderful, things might have gone differently.

  • At 2:46 PM, Blogger aquaman61 said…

    Got a new agent in Ari baby. New agency: Endeavor - hmmm - could a role in the sequel as Aquaman's main squeeze be in the works. Either that or a DEA agent in Medellin. Good luck either way..

  • At 2:57 PM, Blogger Brandon said…

    I will be keeping everyone posted on the new Rocketboom. (Rocketboom 2.0)

  • At 3:10 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    I've been working with Ari and Endeavor since early May. This is not new news. It has been posted on for months. I emailed a few of the bloggers who wrote about this as if it were some new development to explain that it, in fact, was not... but no one has updated their blog posts to clarify. I guess they just want the fiction to continue to spread, because it is more interesting than the reality. It's really pretty disgusting.

  • At 3:28 PM, Blogger G' said…

    "It has been posted on for months."

    problem probably is that few people get beyond the photos on ...

  • At 6:46 PM, Blogger Brandon said…

    I didn't realize that you had posted that information on altough I have been there a many of times I didn't find anything but pictures and your resume. O well it doesn't really matter what matters is that as soon as Blogger is back up and running I will update my blog stating that this was not old news. If there is anything specific you would like me to put email it to me and I promise I wont twist your words around or anything of that nature.

  • At 7:24 PM, Blogger Andy said…

    As I had viewed less than a dozen blog pages before last week, Rocketboom was almost my only exposure to the "sphere". I've been following your daily adventures since last Fall.

    I hope you don't need me or any of the others to tell you you'll be fine. I also hope that I have not included you into my daily routine (just after the imdb news and before email) because of your looks.

    I also am confused about the "new" agent reports and other inaccuracies. I spent many hours over the weekend Google Newsing you, and think most of the journalists and bloggers should spend more time reading and less time typing. I believe I read dozens of references to your "new" unboomed blog.
    I should not be surprised as I don't think I've ever read an article on entertainment or computers that did not include factual errors.

    I am incredulous that I had to sign up for a blog just to comment.

  • At 8:12 PM, Blogger rockethenry said…

    Here's hoping you are keeping your head up out of the muck and looking to the next bright thing to turn up for you. You have been one of the brightest things for me for many months. I look forward to seeing much more of you in the future in our big, expanding world.

  • At 10:38 PM, Blogger crxvfr said…

    They've completely dropped the ball. Seems you were more than the face of Rocketboom, even so, I think they will come to find that the face of Rocketboom is what people have come to endear. As far as I'm concerned, the ball is in your court.

    BTW, I wouldn't be suprised.....

    Never say never.

  • At 10:39 PM, Blogger BionicBuddha said…

    From the blogosphere to a prime time slot on MSNBC...that sounds like a launch to a succesful career segue. Nice Work!

  • At 11:31 PM, Blogger Adam Gilbert said…

    Great blog! This is very entertaining! Keep up the good work!

  • At 2:21 AM, Blogger Federico Iglesias said…

    Tu blog es el Numero Uno del Mundo (ver ALEXA.COM ranking).

    I wish you the best. I would not be surprised if you get your own Prime-Time Show for you to host.

    Best Regards ... from a friend in Mexico - Federico Iglesias

  • At 3:12 AM, Blogger Gerhard Gschwandtner said…

    You are NOT Rocketboom, you are Amanda Congdon. Start the Amanda Congdon show. It will quickly draw more viewers than Joe Scarbrough's.
    Ideas and talent will always attract money. There is way too much money out there and not enough good ideas, and not enough talent. You already got two out of three.
    I'd love to have you on my show any time
    Gerhard Gschwandtner
    Founder and Publisher
    Selling Power

  • At 5:31 AM, Blogger welcome to wallyworld said…

    Amanda babe, can't wait to see what you do next. Meanwhile, I snuck across to RB and captured their latest clip and mashed it - slowed it right down and it looks like the slider in the face-guard could be the new girl Joanne Whatserface. I added a music track too. I think it an improvement.

    the latest Rocketboom

  • At 9:24 AM, Blogger Ironic1 said…

    Future Tense did a podcast about Amanda and Rocketboom on Monday including an interview with Chuck Olsen.

  • At 9:34 AM, Blogger Jes said…

    careful! I used to work in the outlets. it's addictive! give your parents your money or you'll never make it home.

    good luck and enjoy!

  • At 10:51 AM, Blogger G' said…

    Now we see that it is Amanda that made RB and not the otherway around: 'Manda's been Digged - the geeks have spoken.

  • At 12:44 PM, Blogger Jabin said…

    it ok that you left of Ze.. he doesn't want any of the "new viewers" that would come from such a plug.. we can keep it for us in the know :)

  • At 1:17 PM, Blogger Howard said…

    So, Someone left a comment at

    claiming to be Amanda and saying "Don't forget to sell your soul to Andrew."

    You, or not you? Inquiring Minds want to know..

  • At 1:54 PM, Blogger SomeoneGotPowerHungry said…

    New Rocketboom is up.

    They sent Amanda props and took the high road by showing respect.

    I must admit...I liked today's episode.

  • At 2:37 PM, Blogger Dean Martin said…

    And everybody at the Tiki Bar TV Forum loves you too. Rocketboom was only the begining. It's on to bigger better things for you now. My advice? Go on a drinking binge in Vancouver B.C. with us, the members of the forum and the cast of Tiki Bar TV September 9th. That way we can all drink to you! And make toasts boasting of all kinds of things! It's going to be an all out party! :)

  • At 2:38 PM, Blogger J.W. said…

    I'm in Amanda's camp for the duration.

    Rb beta 2.0 doesn't compare to 1.0

  • At 10:03 PM, Blogger Amanda said…

    Hey Howard,

    Nah, that wasn't me. Hope that satisfies the inquiring minds!!!! ;)

  • At 3:34 AM, Blogger welcome to wallyworld said…

    Amanda babe, I wish you'd tell us what you're doing next. And this time I hope you make some real dough. The offers must be coming in thick and fast. Can't you just give us a hint?

  • At 1:56 PM, Blogger WO7 said…

    Very nice job on MSNBC, Amanda rules!!!!!

  • At 4:56 AM, Blogger Ori said…

    I just love this blog.

    You Rule!!


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