Monk's Jason Gray-Stanford Tells Us All About His "My Pod"
Jason Gray-Stanford may act like a dope on TV's 'Monk,' where he plays Lieutenant Randall Disher, the dim-witted sidekick to OCD-plagued-ex-detective Adrian Monk(Tony Shalhoub), but he's pretty savvy regarding gadgets. He pretty much answered our head off when we sent him our Switched Questionnaire, and it makes for a fun read. You can also catch Gray-Stanford on the special holiday episode of 'Monk,' which made its debut on the USA Network last week and is getting several repeats this week and next.
What gadgets do you always bring with you to the set (for down-time)?
First and foremost, the trusty iPod or "my Pod" as i call it. I never leave home without it. As you may or may not know, down time on set can sometimes be excruciatingly long, so what better way to pass the time by rockin' out to sweet iPod tunes Now, let's be honest -- is the cell phone really even considered a gadget anymore, as it is soooo a part of our culture today? But let's just say it is, and let's just say, next to the Pod of i, that it [the cell phone]is an extension of my being. So many calls to make, so little time.
What cell phone do you have right now and what do you love/hate about it?
Currently, I roll with the first-generation BlackBerry Pearl -- it's a nice size and has all the bells and whistles, but I think the track ball can be a little dodgy. It's also a wee bit brittle, so I don't recommend dropping it too many times.
Who's the last person you sent a text message to and what was it about?
Brad Pitt. I said "Hey Brad, it's Jason... you don't know me, but I think you're cool. Can we hang out, you know, for breakfast, lunch, or whatever?" Sadly, I never heard anything back. Seriously, though, it was to my sister singing the praises of the Season One DVD of 'Flight of the Conchords' -- that sh#t rocks!!
Where do you go (site or service) pretty much every time you get online?
Well, this one's easy -- switched.com
What annoys you most about your iPod, cell phone, or laptop (or any other gadget)?
The most annoying thing without question is the simple fact that I have come to rely on my cell my iPod and my computer far too much. They are like my children -- Celly, Poddy and Mac. Perhaps you yourself have uttered this phrase: "Wait, stop the car! I left my phone inside. I think it's on the couch. It will only take a minute, but I'd better grab it. You know, just in case anyone important calls."
Name one thing you wish your iPod/cellphone/laptop (any gadget) could do that it doesn't do now?
I'm sure they will all do this soon, but i'd love it if I could just dictate what I needed to say and my computer would type it out automatically. My fingers are already tired from answering these questions. BTW, if this does exist, please send it to me for Christmas.
What gadget can you not wait to get your hands on?
I just got it! It's the Flip Ultra, a video camera for the ultimate layman. It's easy to use, has 60-minutes of video, runs on batteries, and plugs directly into your computer so you can edit, make photos etc.. with the greatest of ease.
You're stranded on a desert island: What gadget do you bring?
I guess I'd bring my i pod. (and its charger). Oh, and an outlet. That's a pretty common answer, I'm sure. If I were clever, however, I'd bring my cell phone, so I could call someone when I got bored and be rescued.
What's the most-played song or artist on your iPod?
A Canadian band called the Tragically Hip. I am Canadian. Enough said.
BlackBerry, Sidekick, or Treo?
Did you get an iPhone yet?
No. Because if I did, I would no doubt wind up surfing the Net, listening to tunes, etc.. constantly -- the ultimate one-stop shopping! I would without question shirk all responsibility and become destitute -- well, except for my cool iPhone.
What's the longest time you've ever spent playing a video game in one sitting and what game was it?
The game was 'Metroid' and it was on Sega. It was a long two weeks with the chicken pocks. Let's just say that I am a master. I have the calluses to prove it. I will never play again for fear of video game addiction [see shirking responsibility above].
Mac or PC?
Mac, because it is easier for a computer dummy like me to use, plain and simple.
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