Sunday, December 31, 2017

That Time I Had a Great Year

Hey there, Pat here! I hope your Sunday is going well, and that you don't have to work tomorrow so you can enjoy whatever festivities you want tonight.

I just completed my annual run through Ganon's Castle, and now I'm sitting here in my sweatpants (naturally) trying to find the best way to ramble about myself without straight up bragging. I tried to make this a part of the podcast yesterday, but I think this way is better. You can just keep scrolling if you'd like!

I hate "putting myself over" as rasslers say - that's "saying good things about myself" for normal people - but I feel like I've earned a bit of it this year. All things considered, my 2017 was quite awesome. I don't usually make resolutions for a new year, I just have stuff I'd like to do. And this year I was able to cross a lot of cool stuff off my list.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Show notes - Episode 120: A Year-End Yelling, Collecting, Jamming Adventure

Hello, friends! Happy almost-New Year! I hope your time off has been lovely, and that no one was a big jerk at any of your gatherings. And if you had to work, I hope you at least got some OT! We did a bunch of stuff today, so let's do the thing!

Click here to download the episode!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Melting Your Stream, January 2018: What's Coming to Amazon

Round 3, friends! Here's what's coming to Amazon next month! Woooo!


Melting Your Stream, January 2018: What's Coming to Netflix

Hi friends!

Here's a nice big list of stuff you can watch on Netflix until your TV shows return! Yeah!

Melting Your Stream, January 2018: What's Leaving Netflix

Hi there! I'm a bit late with this, but here's what you have to binge on Netflix soon!

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Show notes - Episode 119: What a Crowded Holiday Party

Happy holidays. friends! We covered a lot in this, my favorite episode of the year, so let's get down to it!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Show notes - Episode 118: Meandering Through Your Holidays

Hi there, Pat here! I'm still a bit over the weather this week, so I'll just get right to it - holiday traditions, movies, HOTSTOVE, a sweet tune, and more. Let's do the thing!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Show notes - Episode 117: Warming Your Cold by the HOTSTOVE

Hi there! I am over the weather this week, so I'll keep this short. We talked commercials, played a tune, and did other stuff! Let's get to it!

Click here to download the episode!


Thursday, December 7, 2017

Hey, Remember When I Died?

Evening, friends!

Quick word vomit for you this time - a throwback Thursday to die for (I'm so sorry)!

A little context: Father Judge high school holds a memorial mass each November to honor those alumni who have died in the last year. They send letters to the families, inviting them to take part and "come together" as a community.

With that in mind, imagine my mom's surprise - and horror - when she opened the envelope to find this:


That's right: my high school somehow learned or decided that I was dead and figured to let my family know the easy way. Wasn't that nice of them?

The best way I could think to process this was to have my mom call our college talk radio show, Something Provocative, to talk about it. You can listen to us break it down (DX) here. Enjoy!

https://m.soundcloud.com/patjohnston/pat-is-dead-10-23-08

*Note: They did eventually correct this error and now send mail asking for money.*

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Show notes - Episode 116: Ring the Bell and Check Your Ego, the Agents are Back!

Hi, friends!

I hope you didn't miss me too much on my mini-vacation! Let's do the thing on our regular Pat Channel!

Click here to download the episode!


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

That Time I Forgot to Do Show Notes

Hey dudes and dudettes!

I forgot to do the thing last week, so I'm dropping in to give a quick update before the show this weekend.

If you have the chance to see Iliza Shlesinger (I realize I botched her name on the show) and/or James Goff do stand up live, go do it! They are wonderful and you will laugh lots of times! Also, I have just started Iliza's book, Girl Logic, and it is great so far. Get it wherever you get books!


Saturday, November 18, 2017

Show notes - Episode 114: Read the Fine Print, We'll Trade Pounds for Homers!

Hi friends! I know this is later than usual, but apparently I like to sleep in on Saturdays. We did lots of stuff, so let's jump right into it!

Click here to download the episode!


Saturday, November 11, 2017

Show notes - Episode 113: Grab Your Keys and Let's Get Some Real Pants!

Good day, citizens! This week we gave some thanks, shouted out some comics, played a tune, and did lots of other stuff! Let's do it up!

Click here to download the episode!


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Wrestling with the Hulu Express

Good day, friends! Today I want to rave about how awesome technology is and speculate on an idea I have for WWE to be better for [maybe only] me.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Show notes - Episode 112: Take a Break and Turn Your Head, We've Got Sweet Tunes!

Hi friend!

A day late, but these are the things I rambled about this week! Let's do the thing!

Click here to download the episode!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Melting Your Stream, November 2017: What's Coming to Netflix

This is number three of these today, so I'll just get right to it: here's what will be on your fancy Netflix things soon! Woooo!

Melting Your Stream, November 2017: What's Leaving Netflix

Good day, citizens!

I know I just got excited about what's coming, and I will again in a bit, but this one is important if you love watching things on fancy gadgets like I do. Here's what you need to watch on Netflix, a bunch of it before Wednesday!

Melting Your Stream, November 2017: What's on Amazon Prime

Hi, friend! Since I have some time this afternoon, I will tell you what I'm excited to stream over the next month. Yeah, opinions!


Saturday, October 28, 2017

Show notes - Episode 111: Tricks, Treats, and Log Cabins

Hello, friend! Today I share with you my annual Halloween episode - one of my favorite shows of the year! I did some yelling, I answered some questions, I played the Goosebumps theme! Let's do the thing!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Show notes - Episode 110: What's the Buzz? It's Amateur Hour

Good day, my friends! This week's show had a bit of everything: fan feedback, some REAL TALK, a sweet tune, a rewrite for rasslin news, and more. Let's do the thing!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Show notes - Episode 109: Here's Some Relief For the Fall: The Captain is Back!

Hello, friends! I trust you are well on this rainy Saturday.

Lots to get to this week, but it wouldn't be my show if I didn't start with some nonsensical rambling. As of this writing I have still not gotten an answer from the president on the important issue of hot dogs not being sandwiches, but we must keep doing the thing! Submit your questions or tips on how to get this resolved, and let's get to it!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Show notes - Episode 108: Cancel the Pre-order, We've Got Free Bonuses!

Hello, friend!

We had a big show this week and it was a lot of fun. A little note before we begin: I recorded this show in advance, which is why I didn't speak on the events in Las Vegas. A lot of people smarter than me have said the right things, so I'll just say here that if your first reaction after an incident like this is "well that's it for our guns," you are a garbage human. Help our friends out there and in Puerto Rico if you can!

Learn more about helping Las Vegas and Puerto Rico (per the wonderful Timothy Simons on Twitter).

Now that I've successfully made you sad and/or angry all over again, let's do our thing!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Show notes - Episode 107: Don't Be a Dope, Let's Entertain Ourselves

Hello, friend!

We had to sweat a bit this week and drop some REAL TALK, but sometimes that's necessary. We also got pumped about TV and did a good radio thing, so let's get to it!

Click here to download the episode!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Melting Your Stream, October 2017: What's Coming to Amazon Prime

Hi, friend! I'll get right to it this week: here is what you can watch on Amazon in October. Did he really just copy and paste the body of the email? Yes, yes I did. Do it up! (Thanks to Doug Coleman for showing me how to change this fancy code so this looks cleaner!)

Melting Your Stream, October 2017: What's Coming to Netflix

Hello!

I have a happier streaming post for you today, my friends. Here is what you can watch on your Netflix gadgets next month. What has you excited?

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Melting Your Stream, October 2017: What's Leaving Netflix

Hi, friends!

It's that time again: take all of the sick leave and binge on every device. I am currently getting through Malcolm in the Middle (I missed a bunch of the last season), and I hope to watch Hellboy before next Sunday. What will you hurry to watch before it's gone? Also is it weird to you that The Shining is leaving on October 1?

Here's the full list of what's leaving Netflix in October:

Show notes - Episode 106: Grab Your Bags and Find a Closet, We're Talking Tunes with Timmy!

Hi, friend! I hope you enjoyed this week's packed show, or at least what you didn't skip. A quick note before we get rolling: the Netflix and Amazon lists will be up by tomorrow so be ready to call in sick. Okay, let's get to it!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Show notes - Episode 105: It's Never Too Early to Talk About Me!

Hello, my friend!

We had lots of sports today - baseball is heating up and our first* NFL Game of the Week - plus video games, a sweet tune from old friends, some yelling, and more! Let's get to it!

Click here to download the episode!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Show notes - Episode 103: Watch the Trash, It Doesn't All Look Alike!

Hi, friend!

A smart person told me the other day that I should write some words about my shows because reasons, so I will try to do that going forward. Here are some additional ramblings from/about Episode 103: Watch the Trash, It Doesn't All Look Alike!



Monday, August 28, 2017

Melting Your Stream, Part 3: What's New on Netflix (Septemer 2017)

And one more for the road: here's what's new on Netflix in September!

Melting Your Stream, Part 2: Netflix Last Call (September 2017)

Hi, friends!

Here's what's leaving your Netflix machines in September. Take some vacation time and binge all of the things!

Melting Your Stream, Part 1: September 2017: What's New to Amazon Prime

Hi friend,

I'm just gonna get right to it this time: here's what's coming to your fancy Amazon Prime viewfinders this month - do the thing!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Hey, Adults: Stop Eating Out in Flip-flops

Hi, friends!

Today I need to talk to you about an awful fashion choice that way too many people make: wearing flip-flops in restaurants.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

My Strangely Sad Topical Dream

Hey friends,

I know it's weird (maybe) to roll with two Linkin Park posts in a row, but I'd say it's appropriate given today's news. It also seems strange to post this at night instead of early this morning when it was fresh, but here we are.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The Linkin Park Problem: An Essay on Stubbornness and Sweet Tunes

Hi, friend!

I'm glad you're here. Today I want to partake in one of my favorite activities: complaining about people being dumb.

I love music, youse guyses. Being able to sit down and lose myself in an album is a great experience, and one I wish I could have more often. In doing this over the years, I have been able to hear how bands have grown and updated their sounds. And while part of me wants more of a similar sound from certain groups, there is something wonderful about how musicians change with the times and keep themselves fresh.

As much as I enjoy listening to musical evolution though, there are plenty of people who do not. And that brings me to the meat on the menu today - and the reason for the title.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Summer Dubbin: What's New to Anime Strike

Hi, friends!

Today I have a new thing to share with you: Amazon Strike - a sweet channel for awesome people (like you!) who like anime. And now for some stuff I couldn't write better myself - because I didn't:

Melting Your Stream, Part 3: What's New to Amazon, July 2017

Hi, friends!

Since we did Netflix, I figured it's only fair to let you know what's coming to your Amazon box too. So here is a fancy graph! Wooooo!

Melting Your Stream, Part 2: What's New to Netflix, July 2017

Hi, friends!

I'm just in time to almost be late with this, but here is what you can stream on Netflix starting TOMORROW. Woooo!

Avail. 7/1/17

Albion: The Enchanted Stallion
Are We There Yet?
Are We Done Yet?
Best in Show
Boat Trip
Caramel
Capo “El amo del tunel”: Season 1
Code Name: The Cleaner
Dad
Deep Water: Season 1
Delicatessen
Disney's The Mighty Ducks (finally!)
El Barco: Season 1
Emma
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (Will I finally watch this whole movie?)
Free Willy
Hostages (Israel): Season 2
Here Alone
Jackass: Number Two
Last Night
Liar's Dice
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa
Matchstick Men
Mixed Signals
Offspring: Season 6 (the band documentary?)
Out of Thin Air
Police Academy (nice!)
Proof of Life
Punch-Drunk Love
Spawn: The Movie (the security guard from Mondo Burger doin things!)
Spice Up: Season 1
The Truth Is in the Stars
Yours Fatefully: Season 1
The Ultimatum: Season 1
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Longest Yard
The Land Before Time (YES!)
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure (YES! YES!)
The Land Before Time III: The Time of the Great Giving (YES! YES! YES!)
The Astronaut Farmer
Taking Lives
The Invisible Guest (Contratiempo)
The Originals: Season 4
Titanic
Unriddle II
Unriddle
Witnesses: Season 2
World at Your Feet: Season 1
Yes We Can!: Season 1
Zip & Zap and the Marble Gang

Avail. 7/2/17

El Chema: Season 1

Avail. 7/3/17

Diamond Cartel
Extraordinary: The Stan Romanek Story

Avail. 7/4/17

The Standups: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/thestandups

Avail. 7/5/17

iZombie: Season 3

Avail. 7/6/17

Butter
Speech & Debate
The Void

Avail. 7/7/17

1 Mile to You (Life At These Speeds)
Castlevania: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL (YYYEEEESSSS!)
Dawn of the Croods: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Degrassi: Next Class: Season 4--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Luna Petunia: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/8/17

Bad Santa 2 (lol nice)
Horse Dancer

Avail. 7/9/17

Lion

Avail. 7/11/17

Gabriel Iglesias Presents The Gentleman Jerry Rocha

Avail. 7/14/17

Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Chasing Coral--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Friends From College: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/friendsfromcollege
To the Bone--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/15/17

Rake: Season 4
West Coast Customs: Season 4

Avail. 7/17/17

A Cowgirl's Story
Fittest on Earth: A Decade of Fitness
Uncertain Glory

Avail. 7/18/17

Aditi Mittal: Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Ari Shaffir: Double Negative: Collection--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 3
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Yeah buddy!)

Avail. 7/20/17

Pretty Little Liars: New episodes

Avail. 7/21/17

Last Chance U: Season 2--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/lastchanceu
Ozark: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/ozark
The Worst Witch: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/22/17

Railroad Tigers

Avail. 7/24/17

Victor

Avail. 7/25/17

Joe Mande’s Award-Winning Comedy Special--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Munroe Island

Avail. 7/28/17

Daughters of Destiny: Season 1--NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Incredible Jessica James--NETFLIX ORIGINAL netflix.com/theincrediblejessicajames
The Adventures of Puss in Boots: Season 5--NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Avail. 7/31/17

After The Reality
Checkpoint
Dark Night
Taking Earth
Being Mary Jane: The Series: Season 4 -- Date TBD
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So much stuff! Do the thing! Woooo!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Melting Your Stream, Part 1: What's Leaving Netflix, July 2017

Hi, friends!

I forgot to do this on the show this week, so here's me doing the thing. This month you get the express (aka lazy) version of what you need to watch on Netflix before it's gone FOREVER:

LEAVING NETFLIX 7/1

Leaving 7/1/17
9/11: Stories in Fragments
America's Secret D-Day Disaster
American Pie Presents: Band Camp
American Pie Presents: Beta House
American Pie Presents: The Naked Mile
An Unmarried Woman
Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Batman (How can you delete Batman?)
Black Wings
Blazing Saddles (if I didn't own this masterpiece, I'd be bummed)
Blondie's New York
Bombs, Bullets and Fraud
Day of the Kamikaze
Death Beach (this sounds awesome)
El Dorado
Flicka 2
Futurama: Seasons 1 - 6 (BOOOOO)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (nah, that ain't me)
Ghost Whisperer: Seasons 1 - 5 (I think Jennifer Love-Hewitt is in this)
Hello, Dolly!
Hip Hop: The Furious Force of Rhymes
History in HD: The Last Bomb
Hugo
Kate & Leopold (possible chick flick)
MacGyver: Seasons 1 - 7 (you'd think he could save this with a tic tac and a rubber band)
Mystery Files: Hitler
Mystery Files: Leonardo da Vinci
Nazi Temple of Doom
Samurai Headhunters
Secrets: A Viking Map?
Secrets: Richard III Revealed
Secrets: The Sphinx
Shuttle Discovery's Last Mission
The Hunt for Bin Laden
The Incredible Bionic Man
Titanic's Final Mystery
While You Were Sleeping (chick flick)
Working Girl

Leaving 7/3/17
The Last Samurai (we need MORE Tom Cruise to binge, not less)
Two Weeks Notice (also a chick flick)

Leaving 7/6/17
Los Heroes del Norte: Seasons 1 - 2

Leaving 7/11/17
Opposite Field

Leaving 7/12/17
Adventures of Pepper and Paula
In the Basement
Sleeping Beauty

Leaving 7/13/17
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain (this was a funny special)

Leaving 7/15/17
All That Glitters (Is this a Smash Mouth documentary?)
Lessons for a Kiss
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So hurry up and get your vacation time approved so you don't miss stuff! Have fun!

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Baseball Needs a Pitch Clock

There, I said it.

There has been a lot of talk recently about how to speed up baseball games. Some new rules have helped - a timer between innings, keeping guys in the box during at-bats - but they just don't seem to be enough.

Look, I love baseball. Longtime fans of mine certainly know that. I will defend it against casual fans who complain about it being "boring." Even if those people thought the 2017 NBA Playoffs were "exciting" - you can think what you want, but I don't think we watched the same games. But even I can admit that, sometimes, baseball takes longer than it should. And THE MAN (the union too, I guess) needs to make some moves on it.

Quick aside: I love that they no longer have to throw pitches for an intentional walk (though I think it should only be allowed at the beginning of the AB). Does it save a lot of time? No, but I always hated it. Okay, back to me.

Two "rituals" in baseball that greatly hinder this pace of play deal for me are: guys calling time in the box and pitchers stepping off the rubber. I'm not suggesting the moves be outlawed, as the acts themselves aren't my concern. But their overuse is part of what can make games really drag. And, as a bonus gripe, can we limit pickoff throws? The DH you just pitched around isn't going anywhere with a 5-run lead in the 8th. Calm yourself.

All of these issues can, I think, be solved by adding *dramatic music* a pitch clock. Some may argue that speeding up a player's routine will affect his play. I see the point, but do you know what he'll do up there? He'll do exactly what players have been doing for decades: adjust!

They've adjusted to the mound. They've adjusted with the shift. They've adjusted to caring - and now no longer caring - about winning the All-Star Game. Baseball is as much about routines as it is making adjustments to them. It might take a while, but I'm sure that professional players can get used to finishing their moves in a few minutes (hey now!).

And besides, it's not like players get paid by the hour. If this goes as anticipated and really does shorten games, they'll essentially make more money for less work. And that means more time to crap open cold ones. Everyone wins!

So come on, big wigs, let's do the thing!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Increasing Voter Turnout: A Quickly Imagined, Scathingly Brilliant Idea

Hi, friends!

I hope you are doing well on this fine Tuesday evening. And if not, allow me to send you a virtual high five to lift your spirits. Wooooo!

Today I come to you just minutes after doing my civic duty: voting in the Pennsylvania Primary. I hope you did the thing today, or whenever your time is/was. If you didn't, I have a wonderful incentive for you that I thought of on my way home.

As I approached the polls, I was taken aback by two things: the lack of signage (I know it's "only a primary") and, more importantly, the the lack of people. The timing of my adventure probably had a hand in the latter, but recent history tells me there's a bigger issue - people just aren't voting.

In France last week, there was a turnout of 75.3% - their lowest since 1969. I'm sure you've seen on the news by now that this percentage would have been the highest in a U.S. Presidential Election since 1896 (79.3%), and the first time with a 70% turnout since 1900 (73.2%). For a developed nation where many people pride themselves on "being patriotic," that is horrendous. (Also, the Internet is a thing now, so there's really no excuse for not getting informed.)

But fear not, fellow citizens! I am here with a solution that should work for everyone.

As I left my empty polling place to trek home, I heard the familiar jingle of the ice cream truck. Feeling super American, I decided to treat myself to a cone. And then it hit me: my fellow Americans love ice cream. So to fix the pitiful turnout, I am proposing two ideas:

  1. Free ice cream sandwiches to all voters (after ballots are cast).
  2. Move Election Day to Saturday. (Honestly, why hasn't this happened yet?)

Now I realize I haven't thought of every angle here, but that is where the smart people join the conversation. Americans love ice cream and getting stuff for free. Putting these two things together seems like a great way to get people out to the polls.

"But Pat, what if they don't get informed and just press buttons to get free ice cream?" A great question, my friend. To that I offer this not-so-reassuring counterpoint: there's a good chance a lot of people randomly press buttons anyway, just to do their civic duty. Since there's no real way to track or combat this, isn't increasing numbers a step in the right direction? I say yes, which is why you're reading these words right now.

And I know money is an issue, one that I can't resolve right now. But I did think of having poll workers (maybe even students) giving out the free stuff, and charging a few bucks for "better" treats. That money, of course, would go to the school where you're voting. Because yes, elections should be done at schools. It just makes sense.

As for the second idea, I simply say this: a lot more people can get out to do things on a Saturday than on a Tuesday. This should already be a thing. Let's tackle that after Flint gets their water back.

So call your reps and let's get this out there. We all scream for...yeah, you know the thing. So go do it!

Until next time, don't do anything I wouldn't do!

Crap open a cold one!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Thursday Nights on Campus Update: The Attic Sessions EP

Hey friends!

Since I have decided to make real progress on my music project, I think the best way to keep at it is to let you know how I'm doing so far. Doesn't that sound fun?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Public Transit Adventures, Part 4: The Entertainers

Hi, friend!

I almost made this a podcast topic (like I do with most blog ideas, hence the lack of updates), but then I decided to diversify my bonds and post it here. Instead of doing my usual "put you in the scene" writing for this, I will just ramble about it on my own. There are several types of performers I see in my travels, but today I will focus on one specific group: train singers.

It wasn't long ago that I started seeing a duo walking the aisles on my commute home. I thought nothing of it, since people wander up and down asking for change all the time. So I figured they were attacking in a pair for double sympathy.

And then they started singing. And do you know what? They weren't bad.

They began their pitch saying they were taking donations for studio time, trying to "do something positive" for the city. I was intrigued by this, since I'd never seen anything like it on my ride. But I didn't donate because a) I'm broke and b) I can't buy into their reasoning.

If this was 1996, I would be totally behind this. I might even steal the idea (assuming I'm also 28 in this past). Recording a demo basically had to be done in a studio, which cost a good chunk of change - and still does. So it would have made sense then since there weren't a ton of options.

But today? Almost anyone can record music on his computer and send it to a big wig. Will the quality be great? That depends on the producers and their equipment, but having even a raw demo can at least gain the group a following. And plenty of software (and/or a smartphone app) is free, so it's hard for me to get behind this cause.

So for me, these "live demos" raise two questions:

Where exactly is that money going?
What is the "something positive" they claim to be doing for the city?

Assuming they have access to modern equipment, getting music made and heard is super easy. (Don't believe it? Click here to listen to my songs. Yay, internet!)

I get that studio-produced songs will sound better, and help you get closer to "making it," and I don't fault anyone for trying. But self-producing is not all that difficult, and can earn enough change to go to the arcade get into the studio.

And maybe the bigger hangup is that something positive will come out of this for me. Maybe I'm just a scrooge, but I don't see how these dudes getting into the studio to finish a mixtape (those are still a thing, right?) benefits me. If you want to make music, go for it. I love the passion. I love the enthusiasm. But just say that. You don't need to sugarcoat it. Not everyone will see this as a positive. Hell, a lot of people may not even care. It just seems silly to me that these guys feel the need to put a spin on their pitch, when all they need to do is be real. (Also when they finished the song, they clapped for themselves. WEAK.)

If nothing else, though, it sounds better than the usual sob stories we commuters hear every day. And now that I think about it, I haven't seen them in quite some time. Is it safe to assume their plan worked and they were discovered? I say yes. So I guess the lesson is: Go out there and be somebody!

Or something like that.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Yeah, I'm different. So what?

Good day, fellow lasagna lovers!

Today I present something completely different. I posted this to Facebook last week, but I don't know how to make things "public" after they're posted. So here's a thing I wrote about, essentially, treating people like people. Thanks in advance for reading, and feel free to share your thoughts with me!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Top 25 on N64: #1

Hi there! Welcome to a bonus VIDEO GAME POST, sponsored by taco salad. Today I break down, in detail, my favorite N64 game! You know all of the other stuff, so let's not mess around here!

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Top 25 on N64: 5-2

Hi friends!


Some of you may be chomping at the bit to read this [almost] last section so you can definitively tell me just how wrong I am. If you aren't, you probably haven't read the other posts. So here they are for your pleasure (each link opens in a new window)!

25-21: Crus'n USA to Star Wars Rogue Squadron
20-16: NBA Live 200 to Destruction Derby 64
15-11: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to StarFox 64
10-6: Perfect Dark to Winback: Covert Operations

Now you're ready. Grab your popcorn and let's get it on!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Top 25 on N64: 10-6

Hi there!


If last week's section didn't rally the troops against me, the final two certainly will! We've reached the top ten and I am excited to share my...favorite favorites with you. If you want a refresher, check out the rest of the list:

25-21: Crus'n USA to Star Wars Rogue Squadron
20-16: NBA Live 2000 to Destruction Derby 64
15-11: Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards to StarFox 64

Done and ready to shake your head some more? Good. Here we go!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Top 25 on N64: 15-11

Hey, friends!


I hope you are enjoying yourself doing whatever it is while you read this. Thanks for coming! Today we continue our adventures in N64 Land as we take a look at games 15-11 on my list. Remember, critical reception isn't super important here - although I will mention it from time to time. This is mainly for me to praise my favorites. If you love or hate my suggestions, I want to hear/read about it! And if you need to get caught up, go here for part 1 and here for part 2 (both links open in a new window). For now though, let's get on with the show!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Top 25 on the N64: 20-16

Hey, friend!


Welcome to our second journey down memory lane and into N64-land. This week, we're really diving into games I own and still play kind of a lot. Check out part one here (opens in new window) and then let's do this!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Top 25 on the N64: 25-21

Hello, friend! I trust this finds you well.


This is the start of a series of posts that will go up every Wednesday, to space out the me in your life. It is a list I began compiling several years ago, and even started to present on my old blog. But, as with my album, life got in the way and this got pushed to the back burner. Plus I kept making changes, and I would rather not do that after I start the list (again).