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Last night felt like “TV Night” from the 1990s. Thanks #XFiles!

This morning I am -9 hours at the gym, but only -2 blog posts.   Progress! Nostalgia will always paint things from our past with rose colored glasses.  In the case of The X-Files, I distinctly remember some highs and some lows.  (The lows taking place in the latter seasons.)...

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Playing Catch Up on a Monday That Can Go Fuck Itself.

CURRENT MUSIC: “Step Out” by Jose Gonzalez from the soundtrack to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Getting ahead of some things almost alway means getting behind on others.  Striking that exact chord of balance between life and work life has always been a struggle for me since, well, forever.  It’s...

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I Finished Watching Mr. Robot

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, I had started watching Mr. Robot because I had heard that it not only won the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama, but also the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor in a TV Series… but Christian Slater. Growing up, I loved...

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That Time I Argued with Adam Goldberg (of The Goldbergs) about Transformers

When I’m having a conversation about with someone and of the random “that time Tom Croom” did something stories shows up, I usually just search my own blog and forward folks likes to the story about whatever item/legend/lie they heard.  Recently, I was talking sitcoms with a friend on the...

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UPDATED: Trying to add me on Facebook? Please read this first.

I originally wrote a a post like this in August of 2014.  Having recently re-read it due to another post referencing it, I realized some of the data was out of date.  Instead of modifying the old one, I decided to rewrite a new one with revised info.  If you’re...

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It was a snow day.

Growing up, I remember everyone telling me that when a major national/worldwide tragedy occurs, you always remember where you were.  They all cited D-Day, the Kennedy assassination, etc.  Adults at the time would tell me precisely where they were and what they were doing. My impactful memory as a child happened on...

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The Lengths I’ll Go For A Silly Joke… $6.30.

PROLOGUE: Still playing catch up.  Gym is at -5 and the blog is at -4. A video showed up on my social media feed this morning presenting a young Vin Diesel working as a pitchman for the early nineties toy line: Street Sharks. “Say hello to that round mound of...

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The Internet Before Time

Watching Mr. Robot gave me a case of nostalgia today, and I was reminded of my early days on the early Internet. My first ISP?  “Prodigy”. It’s beyond gone and buried, but back in the early nineties, Prodigy served it purpose.  It was basic and simplistic – but so was...

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Adventures off the Internet, and Everyone’s (Mostly) An Asshole

Good morning, Internet!  By my current count, I started this morning at -6 for blog posts and -8 for gym hours.  Pretty shitty, but I have some pretty solid reasons.  Mainly: life on the road and away from being online. This morning, though, I spent an extra hour at the...

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Finished watching #MakingAMurder

Before going too deep into this blog post, I should point out that I know (as should you) that all documentaries are presented from a viewpoint that the filmmaker wants to convey.  The filmmakers from Making a Murderer have stated time and time again that they weren’t looking to create a...

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Idle Time & Video Games

I have a mixed loved affair with video games in my adult life.  Having started at a young age with a single joystick and an Atari 2600, I have been a part of the “gaming revolution” since before there was such a thing.  Hours of my childhood were spent beating...

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My Predilection for Watching Movie Series

I don’t know it’s a mild form of OCD, but I have a fixation on watching things (and sometimes re-watching) things to completion.  The incorporation of iTunes as our primary media collection at home has made this MUCH easier since I can continue watching something when I’m away from home....

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UPDATED: Concert List (I got to see @Macklemore & @RyanLewis in Orlando!)

I like music.  I love concerts.  You always get a different level of connection (in my opinion) with an artist if you see him/her/them live.  The energy; the vibe; the whole experience. I dig it. I also have very inconsistent musical tastes.  From rock to pop to hip hip to even the...