Momma’s Boy:
If I looked at my childhood, I would say that I wasn’t a high maintenance child nor did I cause undue trouble or pain for my parents (they may disagree of course).  However, that does not mean that I was beyond or above punishment.  No sir/ma’am, I received my share of punishments for being a sh*t-bag.  However, there were moments of true terror for me that would whip me back into shape.  It’s amazing, but these times of fear were derived from but just a few simple words when I was acting out: “Wait until Dad gets home…” 

Momma’s Boy:

If I looked at my childhood, I would say that I wasn’t a high maintenance child nor did I cause undue trouble or pain for my parents (they may disagree of course).  However, that does not mean that I was beyond or above punishment.  No sir/ma’am, I received my share of punishments for being a sh*t-bag.  However, there were moments of true terror for me that would whip me back into shape.  It’s amazing, but these times of fear were derived from but just a few simple words when I was acting out: “Wait until Dad gets home…” 

Do I Care About Halo 4?

Listen to the article here: EPISODE 8 - HALO 4

I remember the first time I had the chance to play Halo on the original Xbox.  I was at my friends house sitting in his living room with him and 2 other people playing.  I recall that I didn’t really see what was so amazing about it and at the time and feeling like it was only so-so.  To be fair though, I think that was more due to the fact that I couldn’t change the controller layout to a system that was more native to me at the time so I was having a hell of a time doing anything other than falling off high ledges.

However, over time I grew accustomed to the controls for the FPS genre on the consoles and tried Halo again.  I still didn’t see the draw of it.  I mean, it was a proficient game in its execution, but the single player (which is what I care about more than multiplayer) was never all that engaging, a fact that I find to be true for me for most FPS’s today.

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The Lowest of Lows:
A few years ago, I had an incredibly strong urge to break out my original Nintendo system that my sister and I had gotten when I was 5 or 6 years old.  I have such fond memories of the first morning I woke up, walked into the living room and saw it sitting beside the TV with Mario Bros. 3 and The Little Mermaid waiting for me to play for hours on end.  Many other games were added to library over the years and remember playing at all hours of the day both by myself and with some of my closest friends.  I wanted to relive that nostalgia and so I made the trip to my parents house.  When I arrived, my mom asked me the reason for my visit and I told here I was there to pick up the console.  I will never forget the 6 words she uttered to me: “You told me to sell it.”
What have I done…..

The Lowest of Lows:

A few years ago, I had an incredibly strong urge to break out my original Nintendo system that my sister and I had gotten when I was 5 or 6 years old.  I have such fond memories of the first morning I woke up, walked into the living room and saw it sitting beside the TV with Mario Bros. 3 and The Little Mermaid waiting for me to play for hours on end.  Many other games were added to library over the years and remember playing at all hours of the day both by myself and with some of my closest friends.  I wanted to relive that nostalgia and so I made the trip to my parents house.  When I arrived, my mom asked me the reason for my visit and I told here I was there to pick up the console.  I will never forget the 6 words she uttered to me: “You told me to sell it.”

What have I done…..

Verbal Abuse:
The other day, I was in a store and got the rare opportunity to hear a couple fight in the frozen food aisle.  What was rare is that they were making no effort to keep the…we’ll call it a disagreement…to themselves.  Now, while their word choices were perfectly civil under normal circumstances, I was amazed at how…let’s say open…the couple were being with one another.  You know what they say, if you don’t have anything good to say, make sure you say it over and over again getting louder each time…

Verbal Abuse:

The other day, I was in a store and got the rare opportunity to hear a couple fight in the frozen food aisle.  What was rare is that they were making no effort to keep the…we’ll call it a disagreement…to themselves.  Now, while their word choices were perfectly civil under normal circumstances, I was amazed at how…let’s say open…the couple were being with one another.  You know what they say, if you don’t have anything good to say, make sure you say it over and over again getting louder each time…

Anonymous asked:

Why are you so manly?

I’m reminded of an old saying: some guys got it, others don’t.  What more can I say :)?

How good is the Tron Legacy sountrack, really?

Listen to the article here: EPISODE 7 - TRON LEGACY

As many of you may know, I am a HUGE fan of cinematic music and the scores that are composed for film, TV, and video games.  My library of music just in this area grows almost daily to the point that it’s almost an obsession for me (my wife continually roles her eyes at me, with good reason).  While I don’t consider myself an expert in the field by any measure, this is an area I feel more qualified to talk about and there is an issue I want to discuss.

The Original Soundtrack (OST) that I want to talk about comes from a movie that was released about 2 years ago, but I still hear people talking about it today.  Actually, what I hear is people gushing over the OST at how amazing it was and how other films pale in comparison.  The movie I want to talk about is Tron Legacy.

 

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Two Strikes:
I remember one of the first jobs I ever had.  My supervisor was a person who, bless their heart, was incredibly naive.  It’s the kind of person who is oblivious to the chaos around them to the point that you wonder whether or not their ignorance is intentional.  Being the person who had to put out the resulting fires (metaphorically speaking, of course), it became harder and harder to find valid excuses for the sometimes massive mistakes.  I still have dreams about it from time to time.  After all, it’s the people who mean well when they mess up that cause the most chaos…

Two Strikes:

I remember one of the first jobs I ever had.  My supervisor was a person who, bless their heart, was incredibly naive.  It’s the kind of person who is oblivious to the chaos around them to the point that you wonder whether or not their ignorance is intentional.  Being the person who had to put out the resulting fires (metaphorically speaking, of course), it became harder and harder to find valid excuses for the sometimes massive mistakes.  I still have dreams about it from time to time.  After all, it’s the people who mean well when they mess up that cause the most chaos…

Don’t Mess with Disney:
It’s a strange thing when someone destroys/loses something of yours, whether accidental or not.  I remember as a kid lending my copy of Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 to my close friend.  He and his brother played it and when I go it back, I discovered that they had accidentally erased my save game in which I had reached 100% completion.  I raged over it (to myself) as does a kid who believes that the world is coming to an inevitable end and then sat down to tackle the task of re-beating the game.  However this time, I only reached 99% completion and was never able to get that last 1%.  I still cry at night over it…

Don’t Mess with Disney:

It’s a strange thing when someone destroys/loses something of yours, whether accidental or not.  I remember as a kid lending my copy of Banjo-Kazooie on the Nintendo 64 to my close friend.  He and his brother played it and when I go it back, I discovered that they had accidentally erased my save game in which I had reached 100% completion.  I raged over it (to myself) as does a kid who believes that the world is coming to an inevitable end and then sat down to tackle the task of re-beating the game.  However this time, I only reached 99% completion and was never able to get that last 1%.  I still cry at night over it…

Pawning off Disney:
Amber and I have been watching a lot of episodes of “Pawn Stars”, a show about a Pawn shop in Las Vegas.  As crazy as it sounds, the show is actually incredibly interesting.  What we’ve learned is that if you’re going to sell/pawn something, be prepared to lower your expectations. 
Today, the Disney saga continues and Victor raises the stakes.  Some people say that these comics are based on real events.  Let me be emphatically clear: I swear I’m gonna get that hat back someday….

Pawning off Disney:

Amber and I have been watching a lot of episodes of “Pawn Stars”, a show about a Pawn shop in Las Vegas.  As crazy as it sounds, the show is actually incredibly interesting.  What we’ve learned is that if you’re going to sell/pawn something, be prepared to lower your expectations. 

Today, the Disney saga continues and Victor raises the stakes.  Some people say that these comics are based on real events.  Let me be emphatically clear: I swear I’m gonna get that hat back someday….

A Change of Heart for Disney
I have to be honest, I was never much of a hardcore Disney fan.  Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed the movies when I was younger, especially Aladdin, but I never really understood the craze behind it.  It just seemed a little over the top.  I’ve really gotten into the Blu-Rays but I didn’t think my fan-boy feelings would go much further than that.  However, my wife and I just got back from Disney World and I’m not sure what to say.  Perhaps my brand new 9 action figures, 6 plushies, 2 coffee mugs, t-shirt, fridge magnet, and collectable pin will be able to convey how screwed I am…

A Change of Heart for Disney

I have to be honest, I was never much of a hardcore Disney fan.  Don’t get me wrong: I enjoyed the movies when I was younger, especially Aladdin, but I never really understood the craze behind it.  It just seemed a little over the top.  I’ve really gotten into the Blu-Rays but I didn’t think my fan-boy feelings would go much further than that.  However, my wife and I just got back from Disney World and I’m not sure what to say.  Perhaps my brand new 9 action figures, 6 plushies, 2 coffee mugs, t-shirt, fridge magnet, and collectable pin will be able to convey how screwed I am…