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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...

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The Sudden Surge of Celebrity Deaths…

What the hell, 2016. It seems that, since New Year’s Day, we’ve been losing one talented entertainer after another.  It’s dizzying how fast it’s been happening.  I’m probably missing someone – but here’s what I recall so far: January 6th – Pat Harrington Jr. (Schneider from the 70s sitcom One Day at...

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Florida Winters: Hoodies, hats, & shorts.

This past weekend was insane.  I drive to Orlando and back not once – but twice.  This week?  Orlando, then Jacksonville, then Orlando again.  For now, though, I’m home in my small beach town in South Florida. I am writing this in a car wash waiting room full of mainly...

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My Current Fascination for Documentaries.

Shannon and I started watching Making a Murderer.  I’m only on the first episode (of ten) but everyone tells me how amazing is, so I have some pretty high hopes. That said, we’ve been on a documentary kick since last summer.  HBO and Netflix seem to be great sources for finding...

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Live from Orlando, it’s #Otronicon!

What do you do when you have “down time” at your booth during a convention?  Why, blog of course!  I was supposed to have a “plus one” helping me out, but car trouble on her part has left me solo. So here I am.  Chillin’ at the Orlando Science Center....

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Elementary or Sherlock?

Both. I like both.  I find it funny that when I talk to other fans at geek events that, for some reason, there seems to be a stigma in liking both.  Allegedly I should like one or the other.  I don’t get it. I like Sherlock.  Each “season” is really three...