Tuesday, December 25, 2012

My Christmas Eve Movie List

So every Christmas Eve, I try to watch at least three of these movies, if not all of them.  Usually, it goes into Christmas day, and then I sleep in Christmas Day, and it's wonderful.

1. Die Hard and Die harder
     What more could you want from a Christmas movie?  It's got action, suspense, drama, and comedy.  It's got Bruce Willis kicking ass, and he takes down the bad guy at the end.

2. It's a Wonderful Life
     I actually hated this movie when I was younger.  I ended up getting dragged to see it my first year in college, and I loved it.  I think it was seeing his genuine joy towards the end of the film, when he realized just how bad things could have turned out.

3. The Santa Clause trilogy
     I think I like this series, not only because I like Tim Allen, but also because this a movie specifically about Santa himself, rather than someone else's interaction with him.

4.  Ernest Saves Christmas
     I've loved Ernest since I was a kid, and the nostalgia just never wore off.  I love the style of comedy they use throughout the film, and it's just got a fun message to go with it.

5. Elf
   I normally don't like Will Ferrel movies, with only a few exceptions.  I think this one is my favorite of his, as it plays to his comedic strengths.

Of these, I always make certain to watch the first Die Hard, It's a Wonderful Life, and either the First Santa Clause Movie or Elf, if I can't fit in all of them.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Disney buys Star Wars

So, if you've been living under a rock recently, then you weren't aware that Disney bought the rights to Star Wars.  And frankly, if the first you're finding out about this is via my blog, then I'll be really surprised.

Now, personally,  I enjoyed the first three movies that came out, and I'm of the opinion that the second three are utter pieces of crap, so I can't imagine Disney doing much worse of a job than Lucas has been doing lately.  I do think it's sort of odd that Leia is now a Disney princess, but she's a much better addition than some of the other additions.

The other big piece of news is that they've also announced 7-9, so it'll be interesting to see where they go with that, and whether or not they recast the roles, or try to bring back the old cast.

Friday, October 26, 2012

A Fun Website

While browsing reddit this morning, someone linked to an interesting website called Globe Genie.  What it does is use Google Map's Street View feature.  However, instead of you picking, it randomly teleports you around the world.  Some of the views are amazing.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

On Marriage

Oy.  I'm finally settled in enough that I can get around to posting again.  Sorry for the intermission, it's been a bit crazy.

I've been hearing a lot about the sanctity of marriage lately.  My mom is separating from her husband.  I think at some future time I'll finally get around to posting why I refer to him as such, even though he adopted me when I was eleven or twelve.  A few years ago, my uncle and his wife were divorced after she disappeared to Indiana.  He (my uncle) takes a more conservative christian view on the issue; It's fine that my parents are separating  as long as they're both open to reconciliation.  So there's that.

But what I want to write about in today's post is on the issue of who can get married.  There's been a big fuss made between sides, with one side in favor of the government allowing gay people to marry, and the other side of the coin being to make an amendment so that only a man and a woman can get married.  However, both sides are looking at this issue the wrong way.

The issue shouldn't be whether the government should or shouldn't allow certain people to marry each other.  The issue is this:  Why is the United States Government involved in marriage in the first place?  It isn't anyone's business who does or does not get married, except for the people who are getting married.  Outside of that, no government has any right to decide what happens between two or more consenting adults provided that their actions don't harm anyone else.  Harming someone's sensibilities doesn't count.

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Amusing Tabletop Role-Playing Game Stories

I'm still in the middle of packing, but I thought I would share some stories I've come across in reading about various role playing games.

Old Man Henderson

The Tale of Eric and the Dread Gazebo

The Head of Vecna

Og the Destroyer

Sunday, August 19, 2012


I'm sorry for the lack of updates, but my life's been kind of packed lately.  My mom and dad are getting a divorce, and I'm in the middle of moving out of my current residence with no idea where I'm going.

Saturday, July 28, 2012


I came across this site randomly as I was searching elsewhere on the internet.  It gave me warm fuzzies.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Some Odd Websites I've Come Across

This first website takes you to a stone skipping robot.  It was built because a lot of people want to skip stones, but they don't always live near a source of water which allows for this desire.

The next site features an ascii face, and the eyes follow your mouse around.  However, if you should click on the face, and hold the mouse button down, you'll be in for a nice treat.  The longer you hold it down, the better it gets.

This next website takes you to a place where people have set it up so you can see what they're doing, as well as turn their lights on and off. It's fairly interesting, the camera is controllable, and their cars also broadcast if they're on the move, so you can see what they're seeing.

And finally, one of the stranger sites I've come across lately.  It features He-Man singing What's Up? on loop.  That's all there is to it.  I'm not really sure why it was created, but it's hard not to watch the whole thing.

Monday, July 2, 2012


Blogfather Harvey over at BadExample recently made a post linking to a video about the frustration which some websites put you through in order to signup or change your password.  This reminded me of a couple of comics I've seen floating around the internet.  The first one is called Password Validation which is from Popstrip, and I think adequately details the frustration of choosing a password on some of the more idiotic websites.  The second comes from xkcd and is titled Password Strength.  I've placed the image of the xkcd below, for the lazy.  It details that the passwords those websites make you choose really aren't as secure as you might think, though they are hard to remember.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Thirty Cheese Burgers You Can Make at Home

Wisconsin came up with a great website to promote its Cheese.  It's a page with thirty different Cheeseburgers, all of which are described by Patrick Warburton.  All of these burgers look delicious. Vegans and Vegetarians need not apply.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Weird Spam

Recently, I've begun getting more than a few spam comments.  Thankfully, Blogger directs those into a spam folder automatically, and from there I can decide if it is or it isn't spam.  What's odd about these comments, however, is that they don't link to anything.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

It's Magical

For a magical experience, all you have to do is click on the picture after fallowing the link:


Saturday, June 9, 2012

Click and Clack: End of an Era.

With Car Talk coming up on 25 years running, Click and Clack have decided to retire.  They'll continue broadcasting new shows until October, and then after that, it'll be reruns/best of shows.  It's weird to think that, for all but 4 years of my life, these guys have been hosting a great radio show.  I think it's one of the few that could have survived on regular radio, and one of the few shows on NPR that have allowed it to stay on air (well, other than government funding, but that's a topic for someone else to cover.

I've always enjoyed their show, and I will miss not having new episodes to look forward to in the future.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

David Copperfield on Reddit

Last night, David Copperfield appeared on Reddit to answer questions from the Reddit community.  /r/IAMA is one of my favorite subreddits, as many celebrities make an appearance there.  Tenacious D's AMA (Ask Me Anything) was a different experience for me, as, in edition to typing out their answers, they also answered via audio.  Below, I've included some of my favorite answers from the session with David.  For the rest, go check out the site.

What is your favorite illusion? Where did you learn it? How do you perform it?

One of my favorite illusions is Flying. It's a dream anyone can relate to. All of these illusions take many years to develop. A lot of trial and error. Sometimes we have to change paths totally, but eventually, usually, we succeed.
The flying illusion took SEVEN years to develop - to make it really credible. I wanted to make it feel real: levitating inside a plexiglass box, levitating through hoops, flying while holding a woman from the audience.

What was the first effect you ever performed, or the first you performed with some regularity and can remember?

The first trick I bought at Macy's was a little wooden board where a quarter would appear and disappear. It took quite a bit of skill and practice - I worked so hard on that thing!

What's your biggest embarrassing moment on stage? Illusion or otherwise.

I've embarrassed myself so many times. About a week ago, I threw a frisbee into the audience to find a randomly selected person. A guy caught it and I told him to stand up. He was reluctant. I thought he was just shy. I encouraged him to stand up - please, stand up! Come on!
I then realized that he was disabled, and I felt absolutely horrible. I apologized profusely and I ran to him, he smiled, I hugged him, and he understood. So yeah - that was embarrassing.

Do you have any pre-show rituals?

I brush my teeth with a Sonicare toothbrush before every show.

What's the most magical thing you own?

An island. ;)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Zelda: The Musical

I found this on YouTube, and it was good enough that it warranted sharing:

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Men In Black 3

Overall, an enjoyable film.  I laughed throughout, found it an enjoyable movie.  Nothing really ground breaking, but Josh Brolin really captured a young Agent K, even sounded like him, I look forward to seeing more films with him in it.  One note, if you go see it in theaters, save your money and don't bother with 3D.

Friday, May 18, 2012

The Mageborn Series

Great book series. First book had some mild formatting issues, however he's fixed those in the second and third books.

I've enjoyed reading the first two books.  The third book just came out, and I'm reading through it now.  Mordecai's parents are attacked when he's an infant.  His father killed, and his mother mortally wounded.  She manages to escape with their child, but knowing that she's dying, she leaves him in the care of a blacksmith and his wife, who being unable to have children, raise him as their own child at the dying mother's request.  The story picks up again with Mordecai as a young adult, shortly before he discovers the gift he inherited from his father's side.

The first book is free right now, and the other two are worth the price:


Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Song of Ice and Fire

Seriously, if you haven't started this book series, you should!  As fantastic as it is on HBO (and Peter Dinklage is fantastic as Tyrion.) the book series is beyond great.  It's in the Fantasy genre, but fantasy doesn't dominate the story.  George RR Martin seems to have found a good balance between the two.

Monday, April 30, 2012

On Mass Effect 3

I've been absent this week partially because I've been working, partially because it was my birthday, and mostly because I was playing Mass Effect 3.

The gameplay was good, the story (up to a point) was great.  I wish they'd done more character development with the other characters,  but what they had was good.  I mention the last bit specifically because they mentioned there'd be fewer companions so that they could focus more on them, but it really felt sub-par to me. The graphics were good.  I'd heard there were problems with importing your character's looks from the previous game, so I just built my guy's face from scratch when the option came up (though the import didn't look bad, so maybe they fixed it.)

The side-missions weren't that great, but the main-missions made up for that.  Overall, it's a great game. . .

Until you reach the ending.  All of the choices which affected the outcome of previous games, and played a part in each successor suddenly didn't matter anymore.  The morality choices made in the last game didn't effect the end.  They give you three possible outcomes, and each one is essentially the same choice, never mind the plot holes that come up.  It really feels like the game designers took a big crap for the ending and then served it up to the fans calling it prime rib.  This article explains it much better however it does contain spoilers.

Bioware is working on an extended cut for the ending of the game, however it won't be available until the summer, and you'll need the full game (Likely meaning if you bought it used, you'll have to get the online pass, something you'll need to play the multi-player anyway.)

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Dishonored Trailer

I just found out about this game today, and I have to say, I'm looking forward to it already.  Glad it comes out this year.

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Friday, April 13, 2012

Very Large Dead Snake

You won't believe what this thing choked to death on.

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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Meme-Tag: About Me

Blogfather Harvey, of BadExample tagged me, so here are my answers:

Your questions:

1. What's your favorite color?

Don't really have one.  Green will work, though.

2. If you get a plane ticket for free to go wherever you'd like - where would your final destination be?

Either Ireland or Japan

3. Is there anything in your life you always wanted to do and never had the chance to?

Walk the Appalachian Trail

4. Which one is your favorite movie classic? (Let's say: Older than 20 years)

Pulp Fiction.  (It'll work in 2 more years.)  If I must choose 20+, then Die Hard.

5. If you were blond - would you mind the blonde-jokes (and of course if you ARE blonde - do you mind them?)

Wouldn't bother me.

6. What is it that always and 100% certain makes you laugh?

a baby laughing

7. Where do you usually buy your clothes?

Where ever  I can.

8. Does wind bother you or do you like it?

I like it.  I loved it when I first started shaving my head-- feels wonderful.

9. What is it that you dislike about high school reunions?

I can't say-- never been to one.

10. Are you a cat or dog person?

Dogs.  I don't like cats.

11. Can movies make you cry and if yes - when was the last time you cried in a movie theater or in front of the TV?

This is in one of my favorite games, these stories get me every time (there are a bunch):

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Now, to pick the traditional three tagees:

Spockgirl over at Spockgirl Musings

Boudicca of Boudicca's Voice

I don't really have a third, so I'll leave it blank-- if you do it for your blog, let me know and I'll tag you in this spot.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Businesses Asking for Your Facebook Password

Lately, there's been more than a few articles about Companies requesting potential employee's Facebook passwords, so they can peruse your account, circumventing any privacy settings you may have.

Now, I take a different stance on this. Rather than protesting, create a fake profile that you use specifically for this type of situation.

  • Be very open about your race.
  • Be very open about your sexual identity. Or, claim that you are gay/lesbian/bisexual/transexual/transgendered/multisexual (Pick one or more, as you like) and be vocal about it.
  • Be very outspoken about a religion (or lack thereof)
  • Be very outspoken about a political views.
If they don't hire you, sue the company, they aren't supposed to even see such information, the fact that they're perusing your Facebook page makes this information available to them.

Monday, March 26, 2012

VIP Fridge Magnet

So I'm sort of torn between how lazy someone would have to be to want this, to actually wanting it, because it is convenient. I usually order pizza online, however I don't think I order often enough to get one of these. Then again, if I ever see it offered for Papa Johns, I just might go for it.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012


I've been waiting to post about this LPer for a while now. Mostly because I've been waiting for him to start a new LP. SuperJeenius is a Let's Player who's growing in recognition. And deservedly so. He's done a couple of Blind LPs (LPing a game he hasn't played before) and he does an excellent job at them. Through his playing, I was able to vicariously experience Final Fantasy IV and VI for the first time. This was a great experience to watch, as these are both cherished memories for me.

He's recently started LPing Persona 3, I believe he's only three episodes in at the time of this blog post. Below, you'll find the first episode of Persona 3 as well as episode one of both FFIV and FFVI down below as well


Sunday, March 18, 2012

South Park on the TSA

I'm not really a big fan of South Park, but I came across this clip, and I have to say that they did a good job with their portrayal of the TSA:

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Kryptonite Found on Earth

Kryptonite, the only substance other than magic which can hurt Superman, has been located in a mine in Serbia. It contains the same chemicals as the formula used in Superman Returns: Sodium lithium born silicate hydroxide. However it's white and powdery, rather than green and glowing. And it isn't radioactive, at least, not so far as we of Earth can tell.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Star Trek Voyager in Review

I recently finished Star Trek Voyager, and so far it's my least liked of the series. Don't get me wrong, I still liked it, but it was missing quite a bit. While the overall story had great potential, I think it was squandered by too many throwaway episodes. The worst of these was the episode with the crew melting and becoming unstable (oh, but this isn't the actual crew, it turns out it's the crew that was created on the Demon class Planet) ultimately, that crew dies just moments before the real Voyager shows up due to receiving a distress call. There was no point to this episode at all. No character growth, nothing changes for the real voyager crew. So why have it at all? In fact, they do this sort of thing any number of times, usually resulting in time travel to fix everything, and no one is aware of what took place any longer.

Captain Janeway was an okay character. She struck me as a female Picard, which, frankly was boring. It would have been better had she been played more like Kirk, especially considering they're stranded on the other side of the galaxy.

I think that they could have done better with Chakotay. He was a stereotypical Native American, the only way they could have made it more so would have been to make him an alcoholic, though then the creators would have faced charges of racism. Almost every episode that featured him had him going on a vision quest. At first it was an interesting, but then they used it so much that became silly.

Of all the characters, the Doctor had to be my favorite. He's the only character who experiences any actual growth as the series runs it's course, with the only other exception being Seven of Nine.

Seven of Nine was the most interesting of the characters, and not just because I found her the most attractive. She brought conflict onto Voyager and served as a great foil to Captain Janeway.

Tuvok was a Vulcan, and played his role well. I enjoyed the conflict that arose between him and Neelix. When the two characters became merged in a transporter accident, I found that show particularly interesting, though there weren't really any lasting ramifications from the event, which there really should have been. Also in this episode, Janeway breaks character, which seemed to me a good reason why she should have been more like Kirk in the first place.

My biggest annoyance with the series was B'Elanna Torres. She's supposed to be a Half-Klingon, known for her fierce temper. Instead we get a whiny bitch. There wasn't an episode she was in where she didn't ruin it for everyone who was having fun. Her relationship with Tom made no sense whatsoever, though I've seen this happen in real life, so it was at least believable.

Neelix was a good addition to the crew, particularly since he balanced Tuvok's character. The thing that ultimately made no sense, however, is his relationship with Kes, or more specifically, the way the writers ended it. Kes gets possessed, and while possessed, ends her relationship with Neelix, but when she returns to normal, they stay broken up, and no explanation is given. The audience is just left wondering what happened.

I think Kes was a much better match for Tom, and the show really should have pursued that path, rather than B'Elanna. Unfortunately, the actress, Jennifer Lien was given the axe later on (they should have gone with B'Elanna, as Seven could have easily replaced her in Engineering, or even Harry Kim, who was easily the most boring of the Voyager crew.) Kes was a character that had real potential, but the writers didn't develop her well.

Star Trek Voyager as alright for a Star Trek series, it had potential to be a lot more, but ultimately failed to impress. Next up, Star Trek Enterprise.

Friday, February 24, 2012

What If Star Wars Ep. 1 Was Actually Good?

In unrelated news, I've finished Star Trek Voyager, and I'll be posting my thoughts on it tomorrow or Sunday.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Father of the Year

This guy's daughter decided to post about how hard and unfair her life is on Facebook. The father's response to it is in this video. There is some swearing in the video.

As a guy who enjoys tech, I think I would have restored it to factory settings, re-upgraded it, and then donated it to someone who would actually appreciate it, though putting a few rounds into it would be satisfying as well.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Rush Hit The Nail On The Head With This One

Rush Limbaugh had a few thoughts on the Clint Eastwood ad that played during the Superbowl.

Sunday, February 5, 2012

This Guy Gets It (Capitalism at it's Finest)

His father owned a grocery store, and when he inherited it, he converted it to a soda store. He specializes in over 500 different kinds of soda. Another store was able to sell product (he specifically mentions Pepsi in the video) for cheaper. Rather than complain, or close shop, he began specializing in something he loves. The result is obvious.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


For Christmas, I received a Kindle Fire. I've mostly been skeptical about them, simply because I prefer actual physical books as opposed to electronic. This is partly due to the price, but mostly due to durability. If by some accident a Kindle comes into contact with a decent amount of liquid, you're pretty much SOL , whereas a book is still salvageable. For that matter, a book can fall 6 feet without taking damage (ie, cracked screen).

However, the Kindle is still a great device. I can carry an unlimited number of books between the device and the cloud service. If I tried that with physical books, I wouldn't be able to, as they'll start to take up too much room. Also in the Kindle's favor are free books. Yes, you have to sift through them, but there are some great books from independent authors, because E-books make it much easier to self publish.

I've also come across a few resources which can help you find these books and with your Kindle.

Pixel of Ink- I use this one the most. It's great for finding free books, as well as book deals. If you "like" their facebook page, they post the information on your news feed, and from there you can click the link and read about each book.

/r/Kindle- It's one of Reddit's subreddits, and it's a great resource for if you have a question about the Kindle.

eReaderIQ- I haven't tried this one yet, as I've just discovered it, but like Pixel of Ink, it's a resource for finding free books, as well as good deals on books for the Kindle.

xda Developers: Kindle Fire- It's a great subforum for troubleshooting issues with your Kindle, jailbreaking it, or finding accessories for it.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Better Than Most of the Winners of American Idol

Came across this on Youtube, and I have to say, this guy can sing, and he sings well.

Direct Link (Viewer#245,808)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


I'll be blacking out my blog tomorrow, in protest of SOPA and PIPA (Really just PIPA now, as SOPA was shelved).

If you're on blogger and wish to join the blackout, you can follow these instructions:

Blogger users:
Download a backup of your original Blogger template FIRST!!! If you do not do this, you will not be able to restore your blog.
Download the SOPA Blackout template from here.
Extract the .xml template file from the .zip file.
Upload the SOPA Blackout .xml template at 8am on Jan 18, 2012.
Upload the backup of your original template at 8pm on Jan 18, 2012.
This November, send donations to the competitors of those politicians who voted for SOPA.

As I'm not going to be up at the time, I'll be switching over at 12:01 AM tomorrow, rather than 8AM

Monday, January 9, 2012

The Maytag Repairman Just Got Really Busy

Due to risk of fire, Maytag has recalled 1.7 million dishwasher units. On the upside, at least he won't be bored at work and have to find other, non-Maytag things to repair any longer.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

New If I Die App

Someone came up with a rather interesting idea, you record a video onto this Facebook app, and when you die, the video will be posted onto Facebook.