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I must take a moment to acknowledge the blog panel I participated in for the Royal Flush film festival over the weekend and give props to the veteran bloggers seated in the uncomfortable directors chairs with me. Who sits in those things anymore? I nearly collapsed mine.

[L-R, yours truly, Brandon Harris, Heidi Macdonald, Michael K, John Holmstrom. Photo by Lindsay Buckley.]

The panel was moderated by John Holmstrom, founder & editor of PUNK Magazine. His blog is hand written. Brilliant. I think he should enable comments though. Heidi MacDonald, editor of Publisher Weekly’s, The Beat was there representing the comics culture sporting a pair of spectacles that I suspect have x-ray vision (at least in her mind – which is all that matters really). Celebrity blogger Michael K, founder/editor of was the big star. I’m so insulated from/ignorant of celebrity gossip, but that doesn’t lessen my fascination with his blog which is certainly great for a laugh and maybe a groan. His is a tremendous blog success story, what it says about our culture I’ll leave for you to ponder. Brandon Harris, contributing Editor to Filmmaker Magazine and Hammer to Nail, had to show up and look too good. You should check out his own Cinema Echo Chamber.

I’ve been to many festival panels, but never sat in on one before. I found that it makes me quite unexpectedly nervous. Alternating between the boy who can’t speak and pisses himself on the game show in “Magnolia” and Vince Clortho, I’m sure I left a fantastic impression. It can only get easier. Stay tuned for that!

Note the new blogroll here at the Indie Ear (below the categories) which has these and other fine sites linked (or will be linked as the site updates, these things take time!)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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