Jan
30

So Michael Fassbender has been selected to play Steve Jobs in an upcoming biopic. Which confuses me because Ashton Kutcher already did that and while the movie wasn’t great he looked pretty good so why do we need another one? I don’t hate Steve Jobs, but I do take issue with the fact that he so successfully cultivated this image of a visionary and genius.

I honestly don’t think Jobs was a genius, but I do think he was very good at recognizing the genius in others. Like his old friend Steve Wozniak. Did you know that Jobs used a game of Pong that Wozniak designed to get himself a job at Atari? It seems Nolan Bushnell, an Atari cofounder, was pretty aware of the fact that Steve Jobs didn’t know how to code or engineer anything and thus put him on the night shift since Wozniak worked days at HP. As Bushnell put it, “If I put Jobs on the night shift, I’d get two Steves for the price of one.” So even then it was pretty well known Jobs wasn’t any good at doing his own work, but could certainly capitalize on others’. Like when Jobs told Wozniak he would split the pay he received from Atari if Wozniak helped him design a game, but only told Wozniak it had to be done in four days (Jobs’ own timetable as he wanted to help pick apples at a farm) and with as little chips as possible. When Jobs turned in the game, Breakout, he kept the bonus worth about $5,000 for it having so few chips to himself. Apparently Steve Wozniak cried when he learned of that from a book, saying, “I just wish he had been honest.”

An FBI report that was compiled when Jobs’ was up for a position in the government that has since been released shows that everyone around Jobs felt honesty was a stumbling block for him. An interesting quote one of the interviewees said about Jobs1: “A visionary and charismatic individual who was at the same time shallow and callous to the people in his personal relationships.” The report itself says, “Several sources questioned Mr. Jobs’s honesty stating that Mr. Jobs will twist the truth and distort reality in order to achieve his goals.” And former Apple employees stated: “Jobs possesses integrity as long as he gets his way.” So yeah, smart guy but loose on the morals and determined to get his way. All the trappings of someone bound for glory.

Now I’m not saying Jobs was a terrible person. Like I said, I’ve never hated him. I just wish people would appreciate him for his true talents, such as the ability to see great things where others see nothing. Take Pixar for example. In 1986 Jobs bought the Graphics Group from Lucasfilm, which eventually became the amazingly successful Pixar. Pixar’s early years were rocky but it hit big with Toy Story in 1995. While most people wouldn’t have bothered with a sinking ship that George Lucas was trying to get out from under, and they probably wouldn’t have had the fortitude to stay course for a decade while things worsened, Jobs knew he was onto something, and that’s a pretty great talent to have.

They’ve also got Seth Rogen playing Steve Wozniak, which personally I think Josh Gad was pretty well cast in the already done biopic.


But that’s what got me thinking about an old engineering professor who used to always tell us, “be a Woz not a Jobs.” Occasionally tacking on the refrain, “unless you’re a business major.” No, Steve Jobs couldn’t program anything, but he could sell water to a drowning man and market pretty much anything so well everyone felt like it was the first time they’d seen it.

So while I don’t understand why we need another Steve Jobs biopic, I’m assuming this go around will take a more clear-eyed look at the late innovator. Especially considering the screenplay is written by Aaron Sorkin and based on former TIME managing editor Walter Isaacson’s biography and the movie will be directed by Danny Boyle.


  1. All names were redacted in the report. 

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Jan
15

2015 is upon us and there are many titles to look to which we look forward, but before I start waiting (very impatiently) let’s take a look back of some of the best games of 2014. Now these are the games I consider to be the best. I don’t have a real stringent rating scale, what with stars and decimals and what not, so these are in no particular order. These are just the games I had the most fun playing in the past year.

Dark Souls II

Dark Souls is quickly shaping up to be one of my favorite action RPG franchises, and this newest installment is definitely living up to Namco’s promises to maintain the difficulty level in the series. While casual gamers might not appreciate the increasing difficulty found in the DS games, I love the challenge. I was a bit disappointed with the PC controls in the original game, and even broke down and bought a USB controller to finish the game, but that wasn’t an issue with the sequel. Comparing the console and PC versions I have to say PC came out on top. Not only are the graphics and performance more impressive, but there’s far less loading time1 and the controls have obviously been designed with a mouse and keyboard in mind. This wasn’t simply a game designed for console and ported to the PC; the developers, From Software, were clearly thinking of PC players in designing this version. This is the sort of courtesy developers used to afford console players when porting PC games to Playstation and Xbox, but the recent trend has been to simply design for the base system, consoles, and release it to all platforms even if it’s crap on PC. I’m hoping titles like this can show developers like EA that you don’t have to sacrifice PC franchises to the Gods of Console to make a decent game.

Divinity: Original Sin

A prequel to Divine Divinity and a Kickstarter I was excited to get behind, Original Sin comes with the game’s actual editing tool with which to create single- and multi-player adventures. Maybe it’s the turn-based fighting or the plot and and characters I actually care about, but something about this game harkens back to the RPGs of yesteryear that were actually fun to play. It’s massive as well. I spent a solid three hours in the first town, and I didn’t even complete all of the sidequests before I decided to move on. It’s the kind of game you can get lost in for hours. It just has the certain something we haven’t seen in games in a very long time, but it still feels relevant and improves on the RPG genre.

Wasteland 2

Another Kickstarter I stumbled upon that produced amazing results. The original Wasteland was developed by Interplay in 1988, and though its planned sequels didn’t pan out you might be familiar with a little game Interplay released in 1997 that was based on it, Fallout. Another turn-based game with tactical camera, the awesome part of this sequel is the morality. The decisions of the four playable, and customizable, characters in your party have an effect on the world and plot. I’ve played through it a few times and the plot is so nuanced that it didn’t get old.

Dragon Age: Inquisition

Okay, it’s entirely possible I should have called this list “Best RPGs of 2014″, but it’s my list and I like RPGs so whatevs. I’m a bit iffish about whether Inquisition deserves a place on this list. It’s not Dragon Age 2, but it’s also not Dragon Age: Origins. I can’t decide if I like this game simply because the bar was set so low or if it’s because it’s actually a decent game. If there had been no Dragon Age 2 and we’d gone straight from Origins to Inquisition, would it still be an enjoyable experience? I can’t say for sure, but I can say I have had a lot fun and I’m already on my third play through.

Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor

Full disclosure: This is the first LotR game I’ve ever played. I was just never really interested in the previous incarnations, and the MMORPG came out right around the time I was getting burned out on WoW. I have of course read the books – even The Silmarillion, ’cause I got nerd cred – and seen the movies – even Battle of Five Armies, which was about 60% closeups of Tauriel and Kíli looking at each other intensely. Y’all know to which scene I’m referring. The other 40% should have just been Lee Pace looking all hot in a wig. Anyways, this was a phenomenal game. My favorite part were the Nemeses, randomly generated orc NPCs that have the ability to rise through the ranks of the Uruk clans and become your greatest foes; your nemeses, if you will. Your actions in the game affect their standing in their tribes, they’ll have different responses to your excursions into Mordor, and they’ll even interact with each other and other NPCs by developing rivalries and acting as bodyguards. You can kill these guys to earn runes for improving your weapons, and the runes you earn depend on how powerful they are. It’s interesting to resist cutting them down when they’re up and coming and waiting for them to rise to power so you can kill them when they’re worth more. It’s a fascinating mechanism and adds a lot of depth to the game, which is already fun to play and explore.

Binding of Isaac: Rebirth

I got the original Binding of Isaac in a Humble Indie Bundle and was surprised by the fear such a cute game could inspire. All around creepy and enthralling , Rebirth is a remake of the original plus the Wrath of Lamb expansion and some additional new content. As well as a new final chapter and ending that was cut from the original due to development constraints there are also new playable characters, bosses, and rooms to explore. The main reason for the remake is to boost the original from its rather limiting Flash platform, and I’m pretty happy with the results. It’s the same creepy and fun game, but a little better. And if you haven’t played the original you definitely have to play Rebirth. Though you should play it no matter what.

Goat Simulator

Why? Why not? Goat Simulator was bound for glory. You’re a goat and your sole purpose is mess stuff up. You can destroy buildings and kill people as a goat, so of course it’s one of the best games. With ridiculous objectives that are mysteriously compelling, like landing awesome flips and causing insane damage, it’s easy to lose some time to this sim.


  1. Because PCs are better computers than consoles. It had to be said. 

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Jan
13

Since bidding au revoir to Craig Ferguson on December I’ve had zero reason to bother DVRing any late night talk shows to watch the next day at a reasonable hour1. But alas, my DVR will not be overrun by Supernatural, though that’s totally cool, too. Neil deGrasse Tyson is going to be astrophysicist-in-chief of National Geographic’s first late-night talk show!

Sharing a name with Neil’s totally awesome podcast you should totally have been listening to the for the past five years, I can only imagine this new Star Talk show is going to be like the original Star Talk on steroids. Maybe I’m ridiculous but I’m pretty sure National Geographic’s budget is bigger than Fox’s, and look at the glory that is the Cosmos revival. If you’ve never heard the Star Talk Radio podcast you should totally go listen to some shows, because there’s no way you won’t be so stoked for the late-night show after hearing some of the fascinating and amazing science-y goodness discussed with some pretty cool celebrities.

One of my favorite recent shows was a segment called Cosmic Queries, where Neil and a guest field queries from Twitter, and this one was all about superheroes. What would Neil do with Magneto’s power? Could Superman survive a black hole? Why don’t you find out?!

Also follow Neil deGrasse Tyson on Twitter! Not only does he field questions for Cosmic Queries, he also tends to hang out and talk with people and post things you didn’t know you wanted to know and/or find out. Case in point:


  1. Whatever, I got kids to wake up and take care of every morning. And it doesn’t matter how much I love a late-night talk show host, I’m not staying up so late I can’t wake up at least an hour before my children so I can spend a few moment in peace and total silence pretending I don’t know who “mom” is. 

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Jan
12

Do I post about Marvel too much? Probably. I love comic books as much as I love video games and I think it’s pretty obvious where I fall in the Marvel versus DC debate. But this trailer is cray! Things are getting real in Age of Ultron. Plus we get to see more of the Hulkbuster suit, and in action. Lots of soft music and eerie montages, basically an expansion of the teaser trailer, but that’s kind of the point of teaser trailers so there you go.

Not that the Ultron trailer isn’t great and all, but I also want to take this opportunity to share the Ant-Man trailer. YouTube suggested it and I realized I hadn’t actually watched it before because I was infuriated by Marvel’s “ant-sized” Ant-Man teaser trailer. Not even kidding. Oh aren’t you so clever Marvel, it’s like they just wanted the internet to blow up with Ben Stiller memes.

But anyways, the Ant-Man trailer.

I don’t like Paul Rudd. I don’t know what it is, something about his face just makes me want to punch it. He seems like a pretty cool dude, but I just don’t like him. I’ll probably still see Ant-Man, but I don’t know how it’ll go if I spend the entire movie wanting to punch the main character in the face. Or maybe that will make it better. I don’t know. I’m not really into Ant-Man’s story line except when Hank Pym crosses paths with characters I actually care about. But there are still rumors circulating about the Wasp making an appearance, and that’d be awesome. I’d watch the movie even if all there is is a glimpse of her because she kicks ass. That’s not true. If the Wasp has nothing but a cameo on Ant-Man worlds will burn.

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Dec
20

As was recently highlighted on Geeky Mama, the third Kingdom Hearts game may have some very special new characters thrown into the mix. In addition to those from Star Wars, there’s a strong possibility the game could feature familiar faces from the Marvel universe.

Of course, we’re talking about superheroes and, as anyone who’s followed Marvel’s moves over the past decade knows, this means there are a lot of options available. Why? Because the world has become incredibly familiar with superheroes through the release of a slew of comic book-based films. With Kingdom Hearts III inching closer—there’s no release date yet, though—it only feels right to begin speculating who the game’s special guests may be. For the sake of not getting crazy with it, let’s focus on who from Marvel should appear in the title.

Spider-Man, one of Marvel's most popular comic book superhereos.

Spider-Man

Perhaps the most popular character in all of Marvel, it only makes sense that Spider-Man would appear in this game. And more so than most of his contemporaries in the comic book universe, he also has very popular enemies/supervillains looking to take him down. It’s for those reasons alone that Spidey should be in Kingdom Hearts III, but then look at the games in Spider-Man’s own franchise, which have been frustratingly unfun. OK, some of the ones in the ’90s were enjoyable, though the side-scrolling/beat-‘em-up aspect did get repetitive after a while. Still, they’re way better than almost everything we’ve seen of Spidey since, except for the 2002 game Spider-Man: The Movie. Basically, the web-slinger deserves to be in a good title again, case closed.

The Avengers (specifically The Hulk)

Second to Spidey, the members of the Avengers are Marvel’s hottest commodities. And like the webslinger, everyone from the Hulk to Iron Man will remain popular in the coming years, thanks primarily to the ongoing film series. Not to be repetitive, but it’s a point worth repeating and holds true for everyone on this list: the Avengers are hurting when it comes to gaming. The sole exception is the Hulk, whose 2003 game was just OK. According to Metacritic, the Hulk (on PS2, in particular) has a 71/100, and that’s fine, but Bruce Banner’s angry side should have a more enjoyable game. And that goes for everyone else in the Avengers, for that matter.

The X-Men

In terms of crew-based movies, the Avengers definitely have more going for them than the X-Men. No one in the Avengers has had a bad film, relatively speaking, but the same cannot be said for Professor X’s team. They’re getting better, though, what with the complete disregarding of the Origins idea and the success of this year’s Days of Future Past. Given that film’s acclaim from critics and fans alike, you have to imagine that the developers behind Kingdom Hearts would want to ride that wave. Or, and this is probably more likely, they would want to have fun with the basically never-ending list of possible X-Men cameos.

Blade

OK, this one may be a bit of a stretch, if only because Blade comes from such a darker narrative than anyone else on this list. That being said, it’s not like Kingdom Hearts has been overly childish so far. So, why not give the third game an even more sinister feel with this vampire-hunting badass and, more importantly, give him the video game love he deserves. In fact, it’s worth noting that the only recent and relevant gaming option out there for Blade appears in the slots at Betfair, where he and other Marvel characters have expanded to another audience. Thus, if the comic book company has been able to increase interest through collaborating with that gaming platform, it only seems right that they would do so with Square Enix and, by extension, Disney.

This is a guest post by Don Richmond. He’s a longtime fan of Marvel, video games, and film. When he’s not writing, talking, and thinking about those topics, he’s spending time with his family and two dogs, Frank and Chance.

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Dec
06

Benjamin Cabbagepatch. Bombadil Combyourthatch. Buttermilk Copperwire. Yeah, I can spend entirely too much time on the Benedict Cumberbatch Name Generator. But let’s get serious people; this is a serious blog that reports on serious matters. SWEET MOTHER OF WAFFLES, BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH IS GOING TO BE DOCTOR STRANGE.

Marvel announced back in October there would be a Doctor Strange movie coming November 2016. Rumors have long swirled that it would be Cumberbatch portraying the comic book sorcerer on the big screen. Marvel and Benedict were mum on the movie and the casting for some time, and Ben seemed to put them to rest once and for all at Comic Con 2014 with the remark, “I don’t know if the Internet can manage my schedule and Marvel’s, but if they can, good luck to the Internet.”

In an announcement on their site on December 4th Marvel confirmed this fact, and fangirls everywhere were overcome with squeeee.

Now onto a bit of a mystery.


This is an amazing imagining of ol’ Cumby as Doctor Strange. I’ve seen it used, without credit of course, on multiple sites reporting the casting news, including i09. Who made this?! WHO?!? It’s obviously a modification of this image:

And Google reverse image search is getting me nowhere. This is frustrating, as I would really like to properly credit this image! So if you know the origin of this lovely mashup please share in the comments before I lose my mind.

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Dec
05


Maybe. It’s been nine years since Kingdom Hearts II and in that time entertainment juggernaut Disney has acquired not only Marvel, home to the likes of Iron Man and the Hulk, but also recently the Star Wars universe. The Kingdom Hearts titles are classic Square Enix/Disney crossovers that brought characters like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck toe-to-toe with popular Final Fantasy names like Cloud, Sephiroth, and even the adorably long-eared moogles. According to a Kotaku interview with Tai Yasue, co-director and game designer of Kingdom Hearts III, the Marvel and Star Wars universes are “not off-limits.”

“Yeah, I can’t go into specifics, but there’s a LOT of new Disney stuff and we have our plates full,” said Yasue. “Theres a lot to consider – we’re looking at all of Disney, the new ones as well, they have a lot of pull and draw.

“We have to come up with a world that has a lot of originality. We want variety in our new Kingdom Hearts, so we don’t want too many of one sort of world, that would look the same. For each world there has to be some meaning for it, in the plot; in Birth By Sleep, for instance, in the Cinderella scene, the characters learn something specific by relating to Cinderella. Also, gameplay-wise, is that world something that would make gameplay fun? There’s a lot I can’t say, but there’s so much to consider.”

I know plenty of people hate the idea of live-action characters being thrown into the mix, but I think they did pretty well with Pirates of the Carribean in KH2. It’s a mash up of Disney and Final Fantasy character, let’s be serious here. If Winnie the Pooh and Tron can be in the same video game, then I definitely think there’s enough room for Thor and Vader. Also, I really want Asgard to be on of the worlds and Loki to be an antagonist. I would play that game so hard.

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Nov
29

The teaser trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens was released yesterday. If you haven’t seen it yet (What’s wrong with you?) it’s below.

My Thoughts on the Trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII

  • Sweet waffle on a stick, we’re twenty seconds in and nothing has happened.
  • Oh so there are at least two black people in the Star Wars universe: Lando and this random Storm Trooper.
  • He looks appropriately sweaty for someone wearing full body armor in what appears to be a desert. Let’s hope that realism keeps up.
  • Cute little robot on a soccer ball. Reminds me of DJ Roomba?
  • More darkness. Pretty sure there’s more black screen than trailer here.
  • Oh Storm Troopers in a kind of ominous setting. Are they going to actually present a threat to people in this one?
  • Who are these people?
  • These vehicles look vaguely familiar. Nice x-wings.
  • That’s a bad ass lightsaber. I know tweeters have started calling it a “laser claymore”, and the inaccuracy of it rustles my jimmies a bit. First of all, lightsabers are plasma weapons. Second of all, claymores are two-handed swords that have quillons that point diagonally up and end in a quatrefoil design.


    A one-handed sword with a symmetrical, cruciform hilt is an arming sword (though some cut-and-thrust swords would qualify as well). So this is a plasma arming sword, get it right people. Gosh.
  • Anyways, I was watching a trailer.
  • More darkness with voice over. Does Disney know that most people watch trailers to watch stuff?
  • Aw yiss, the Millenium Falcon!
  • Was that less than twelve parsecs?
  • Oh, the logo. Is that it?
  • I already know the name of this damn movie, we don’t need to dedicate this much time to a slow-motion animation of it.
  • December 2015, a year from now. Great.
  • So help me if they don’t release a trailer that has more than 37 seconds (yes, I totally counted) of content soon I’m going to rage out. I get it, it’s a “teaser” trailer, but at least tease me with something!

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Nov
28

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I don’t do Black Friday, definitely more into Cyber Monday and shopping in the comfort of my home and pyjamas, but if you’re out there hope your spoils are plenty and you’re nice to retail workers!

Netflix has released the titles they’ll be adding and removing from their library in December. I’m excited to see quite a few of these, but also a little disappointed to see some go.

Movies Joining

Available 12/1

A Knight’s Tale (2001)
Almost Famous (2000)
American Beauty(1999)
Bewitched (2005)
Jewtopia (2012)
Knights of Badassdom (2014)
Madison (2005)
Out of the Clear Blue Sky (2012)
Out of Time (2003)
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
Troop Beverly Hills (1989)
Turbo FAST (New episodes)

Available 12/3

Oculus (2014)
Son of God (2014)

Available 12/5

Bill Burr: I’m Sorry You Feel That Way (2014)

Available 12/6

American Horror Story: Coven
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Ava & Lala (2014)
Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

Available 12/8

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (Season 3)

Available 12/9

I Am Ali (2014)
Drive Hard (2014)

Available 12/10

A Haunted House 2 (2014)

Available 12/11

The Village (2004)
The Wolf of Wall Street (2013)

Available 12/12

Broadchurch (Season 1)
Marco Polo (Season 1)
Nick Offerman: American Ham

Available 12/13

Don’t Blink (2014)

Available 12/15

Jake Squared (2014)

Available 12/18

Ragnarok (2014)
The Honourable Woman (Season 1)

Available 12/19

All Hail King Julien

Available 12/20

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones Extended Edition (2014)

Available 12/22

Dark Skies(2013)
Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion (1997)

Available 12/23

The Trip to Italy (2014)

Available 12/24

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (2014)

Available 12/25

Good People (2014)

Available 12/27

Child of God (2014)
Labor Day (2013)

Available 12/28

Behaving Badly (2014)
Comedy Bang! Bang! (Season 3)
I, Frankenstein (2014)
Maron (Season 2)
Jessie (Season 3)

Available 12/30

Last Weekend (2014)

Movies Leaving

Leaving 12/1

1941 (1979)
The Apostle (1997)
Audrey Rose (1977)
The Believers (1987)
Better than Chocolate (1999)
Blood & Chocolate (2007)
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Chaplin (1992)
The Choirboys (1977)
The Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County (1970)
Coffee and Cigarettes (2003)
The Cold Light of Day (1996)
The Constant Gardener (2005)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
Cry-Baby (1990)
Dirty Dancing (1987)
Double Indemnity (1944)
En la Cama (2005)
Event Horizon (1997)
Eye for an Eye (1996)
Fairy Tale: A True Story (1997)
First Knight (1995)
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
Foreign Student (1994)
Free Men (2011)
Funny Lady (1975)
The Ghost and Mrs Muir (1947)
The Girl from Petrovka (1974)
Going Berserk (1983)
The Great Waldo Pepper (1975)
House of Voices (2004)
How to Frame a Figg (1971)
I’m Not Rappaport (1996)
Imagining Argentina (2003)
Invaders from Mars (1986)
Ishtar (1987)
Joe Gould’s Secret (2000)
Joe Kidd (1972)
Johnny Mnemonic (1995)
Killer at Large (2008)
King of the Hill (1993)
Lonely Hearts (2006)
Magic Trip (2011)
Magicians (2007)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
Minnie and Moskowitz (1971)
Monkey Shines (1988)
Mr. Mom (1983)
‘night Mother (1986)
Night of the Creeps (1986)
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Opal Dream (2006)
The Other Side of the Mountain (1975)
The Other Side of the Mountain, Part 2 (1978)
Our City Dreams (2008)
The Paper Chase (1973)
Paradise Alley (1978)
The Parole Officer (2001)
The Pirates of Penzance (1983)
Prairie Love (2011)
The Presidio (1988)
The Promise (1979)
The Proposition (1998)
Reds (1981)
The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
RoboCop 2 (1990)
School Ties (1992)
The Sci-Fi Boys (2006)
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Spice World (1998)
Star Trek: Generations (1994)
Swashbuckler (1976)
The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
They Might Be Giants (1971)
The Untouchables (1987)
The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Walker (1987)
Year of the Horse: Neil Young & Crazy Horse Live (1997)
Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

I’m excited about a few of the additions. American Beauty because Kevin Spacey is king. Definitely going to watch Oculus and Dark Skies because I love scary movies and I’ve watched nearly all of the ones available on Netflix, even the ones with less than 1 star. Andrew and I didn’t see Anchorman 2 in theaters because we were iffish about it and we heard not great reviews from friends, we have very limited date nights so we have to go with a sure hit, but we’ll probably catch it now that it’s on Netflix. I’ll be catching up on Coven because I never did finish the season because someone deleted the last four episodes to make room on the DVR for a ridiculously long HD football game. Jerk. Anyways, Drive Hard has Tom Jane and John Cusack so duh. Nick Offerman and Bill Burr’s stand up are always must watches. I already watched Broadchurch on BBC but Andrew wants to see it now that we’ve been watching Gracepoint. Romy and Michele has to be watched, has to be.

I’m very disappointed in some of the leaving titles. Dirty Dancing? How could you Netflix? Johnny Mnemonic, Robocop 2, School Ties, Star Trek: Generations, The Serpent and the Rainbow, The Untouchables? And we did we get in return, Jonah Hill’s penis in Wolf of Wallstreet?


Are you excited about any of the new titles?

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Nov
05

I love cool school supplies and fun office supplies. Gel pens, bright post-it notes, pretty paper clips, and seriously just all of it. I’m possibly a bit addicted if the state of my desk is any indication. Raymond Geddes started out supplying Baltimore-area schools with yellow No. 2 pencils way back in 1924 and now, 90 years later, they supply a myriad of fun and colorful supplies to schools and stores across the mid-Atlantic region. They sent me some really fun, and totally useful, stuff to play with that I’d recommend to pretty much anyone who likes fun and useful stuff.

Cool School Supplies from Geddes

Gel pens from Raymond Geddes write smooth and last a long time and are just some of the cool school supplies you can find there.

I really liked these gel pens, which were the Ez Gel Pens and the Pastel Rainbow Gel Pens. They wrote really smooth and the ink goes a long way. A seriously long way. Logan got a hold of one and managed to fully cover two index cards, front and back, before I found him and there’s still a bit of ink left. So yeah, they’ll last you awhile. As you can see I put them to immediate use on my note cards for my informative speech in my public speaking class.


These super cute string dolls immediately cute-d up my desk. Julia took a real liking to them.

Even young children like to play with cool school supplies from Raymond Geddes.
Sneaky baby being sneaky.

Even young children like to play with cool school supplies from Raymond Geddes.
Julia and the string dolls are trolling reddit.

Cute ice cream erasers are some of the cool school supplies you can get from Raymond Geddes.Check out these super cute ice cream erasers I can add to my collection of super cute erasers. Yes, I totally collect cute erasers. I’ve seriously thought about dedicating a blog post to my eraser collection, but considering they’re all just sitting in an apothecary jar on the shelf above my desk I might wait until I have a little more to a post than, “Look at this pile of cute erasers I just dumped out of a jar that sits on a shelf above my desk.”

Aside from languishing in a jar, erasers make some fantastic stocking stuffers. I’m eyeballing these controller erasers for my stocking, which I totally stuff myself because if I don’t know one will and I’ll be damned if my stocking goes unstuffed.

I’ve also been eyeing these totally cute pencils to get for Claire when she does well in school. I may have been the weird kid but candy and toys had nothing on school supplies when it came to motivating me to do homework. Claire is already quite the bookworm and even asked her teacher for extra work to do in class1. She’s already obsessed with my office supplies, she likes to line them up and look at them and tell me which ones are the best, which might or might not be something I do as well. So I’m pretty sure some fun mini stampers or neat scented gel pens are exactly what she wants to find in her stocking or Easter basket.

A combination of a stylus and a pen is convenient and makes for cool school supplies every student would love.

One of my favorite things I got were these stylus pens. In the one pictured above you have the stylus on one end and the pen on the other, and I also got one that had the stylus and pen on the same end. Both are so super useful, especially when I’m using my tablet to take notes in class. I can write faster than I type on my tablet2 and it’s definitely so much easier to write with a stylus than my fingers, which are normally quite dexterous but for some reason when presented with a touch screen device suddenly become unwieldy and useless. Anyone who’s ever played me in Draw Something can attest to this.

So if you’re looking for cool school supplies, be it for stocking stuffers or basket fillers or birthday party favors, or even to just bring some fun to your desk, RaymondGeddes.com has a great assortment with great prices!

I received free items from RaymondGeddes.com for the purpose of reviewing the products. All opinions in this review are my own and an honest representation of my experience with the products.


  1. Which she apparently worded as, “I already know my letters so I’d like to do something that isn’t boring now. Thank you.” At least she was kind of polite. 

  2. Because I keep forgetting the keyboard attachment, which is one of the reasons I bought this tablet, to supposedly replace my laptop, but’s a whole ‘nother issue. 

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Oct
23

Have you been excitedly anticipating the trailer for the new Avengers movie due out in May? Well, the teaser was slated for release on the 28th but it was leaked online last night, and of course Marvel had a little something to say.


Oh Marvel, you so funny. While the video was being stripped from unauthorized sites, Marvel has apparently decided to roll with the punches and release the official video on YouTube.

Aww heck yes!

What up Ultron/Pinnochio comparison. I wasn’t paying that much attention to Ultron’s1 opening dialogue, busy looking for glimpses of Loki, until I heard the song. It’s eerie and soft, but that first line jumped out at me. The lyrics:


I’ve got no strings to hold me down,
To make me fret or make me frown,
I had strings but now I’m free,
There are no strings on me

If you’ve been on a classic Disney movie binge like I have with my kids you probably already know this is the beginning lines to Pinocchio’s song, I’ve Got No Strings. There are obvious parallels between Ultron and Pinocchio. Ultron is a “living automaton” and Pinocchio is a living puppet. Ultron – who in the comic books was created by Hank Pym, portrayed by Michael Douglas in the upcoming Ant-Man, but in the movie it will be Tony Stark who created him – rebelled against his “father” and causes trouble, again like Pinocchio. I just hope that in this retelling of the classic Loki is the Blue Fairy and Ultron has to rescue Stark from the belly of the Hulk.

Speaking of Hulk, the Hulkbuster suit is fantastic. I love that it’s like an outer shell for the original Iron Man suit.

Hulkbuster suit for Iron Man in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.

I would say the only way to improve the trailer would be moar shirtless Chris Hemsworth. Srsly.


  1. Voiced marvelously by James Spader, but he does everything wonderfully and we should just give all of the roles in the world to him. Even the female ones. Especially the female ones. 

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Oct
16

The Steam Free Weekend promotion starts at 10 am PST today (so about 3 hours away for me here on the East Coast). They have 10 titles that will be free to play until 1pm PST on Sunday, and they’ll have some pretty steep discounts to entice you to buy them.

Ten free games to play for just over 48 hours during Steam Free Weekend.

Steam Free Weekend Games Available

Awesomenauts

Conflict spans the stars as huge robot armies are locked in an enduring battle. Head out to the battlefields with your friends in this 3-on-3 action platformer.

Blade Symphony

Prove you are the world’s greatest swordsman! Engage in tactical 1 vs 1 sword fighting, 2 vs 2, or sandbox FFA in a tactical slash-em-up.

Company of Heroes 2

In the world’s darkest hour you are a commander of the Soviet Red Army, entrenched in brutal front line warfare to free Mother Russia from the Enemy invaders.

Don’t Starve

An uncompromising wilderness survival game full of science and magic. You play as Wilson, an intrepid Gentleman Scientist who has been trapped by a demon and transported to a mysterious wilderness world.

Grid 2

Be fast, be first and be famous as the race returns in GRID 2, the sequel to the BAFTA-award winning, multi-million selling Race Driver: GRID.

Injustice

Heroes and villains will engage in epic battles on a massive scale in a world where the line between good and evil has been blurred.

Killing Floor

Killing Floor is a Co-op Survival Horror FPS set in the devastated cities and countryside of England after a series of cloning experiments for the military goes horribly wrong.

Payday 2

An action-packed, four-player co-op shooter that has gamers escend on Washington, D.C. for an epic crime spree.

Trine 2

Three Heroes make their way through dangers untold in a fairytale world, featuring physics-based puzzles, beautiful sights and online co-op.

XCOM: Enemy Unknown

As the XCOM commander, you will defend against a terrifying global alien invasion by managing resources, advancing technologies, and overseeing combat strategies and individual unit tactics.

I got Don’t Starve in a Humble Indie Bundle and I love it. It’s a fun game that requires thinking and time management. I’ll definitely be buying Trine 2, Killing Floor, and Awesomenauts. I’ll be playing Injustice to see how I feel about it. I’ve always been more partial to Marvel than DC1 and connecting to characters is an important part of game play for me, but it’s supposed to have a very good story line so I’ll give it a chance.

What games are you going to play this weekend? Any you know you’d like to buy?


  1. My apologies to the DC camp, you’re wonderful people, let’s not fight. <3 

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Oct
05

Some super awesome totally cool stuff happening on TV this week!

Tonight was the season finale of The Strain on FX. It was created by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, based upon their novels of the same name. I have started reading the first book but I’m kind of hung up on whether I want to continue or not. Usually I’ve already read a considerable amount, if not all, of the written materials before a show is made into a movie or TV show1 so I have no care of spoilers. In this instance I started watching the show then picked up the book. As the show’s pace seems a bit plodding compared to the books2 I hesitate to read too much. As the first season has come to an end I know I’d quickly overtake where it left off and, dare I say it, I actually don’t want to spoil next season. So we’ll see how that plays out. I’m sure now that I won’t have a weekly fix I’ll soon be reaching for the books, but for now I’ve got plenty more to dominate my attention.

Like Sleepy Hollowon Monday and the premier of Supernatural season 10 on Tuesday!


Combined with my other Tuesday must watch shows, The Mindy Project and Sons of Anarchy, I’m thankful for DVR because my night from 9-11 is pretty full.

Wedensday brings us the new season of American Horror Story, this time we’re going under the big top. Considering my healthy but slightly debilitation fear of most things circus/”freak show” related, this season ought to be a lot of fun.

I caught the first episode of Gracepoint last Thursday and I can’t wait for the second. Based on the BBC show Broadchurch, Gracepoint may have David Tennant to reprise his role as lead investigator of a young boy’s murder but it’s reported it won’t have the same ending. Either way I’m hooked. I loved Broadchurch and since Andrew hasn’t watched it he’s definitely into the Fox offering.

Friday is a day of TV rest/DVR catch up. And then it’s more BBC programming with Doctor Who! I’m digging the new Doctor and the darker story lines. There will be a new episode at 9 this Saturday titled “Mummy on the Orient Express”.

What are you watching this week?


  1. Such as with A Song of Ice and Fire, The Walking Dead, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Outlander, Darkly Dreaming Dexter, Under the Dome, and I’m going to stop because I didn’t mean to list this many. 

  2. I never thought I’d say it but it’s apparent the show would have benefited from fewer episodes in its first season since they obviously want to save a lot of the material for subsequent seasons. 

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Oct
03

Today’s Mean Girls appreciation day or something. I don’t know. I don’t care. I got permission from a random on Twitter to wear my pink velour Juicy sweatsuit and watch Mean Girls so I jumped on it. Oh LiLo, I miss pre-cray you.

Gilmore Girls is on Netflix. All seven seasons. It doesn’t matter that I have all seven seasons on DVD, the fact that I can now stream them on my TV without even having to get up and put a disc in a tray is truly glorious. This house is about to be binge-diculous.

The WiiVengers. Aww heck yes.

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Sep
16

I would be miffed that the Hunger Games franchise seems to be going the way of nearly every YA movie adaptation since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows with their final installment split into two, but I just really love that there will be two movies. The wait for the final film is uncool, but there will be twice the content! I think the third and last book needed two movies. It broaches a lot of the meatier subject matter that lies at the heart of the series but is skimmed over in the first two books because of their focus on Katniss and Peeta. In the third book there’s a pull back and we see the effect of their actions in and out of the Games, and I think that deserves plenty of screen time. Also the book itself was very rushed in the end. It was a matter of pages between the final and dramatic culmination and the wrap up of everyone’s lives. It’s no obnoxious train scene1 but I did feel a bit gypped. Here’s hoping the movies expand the ending to offer a bit more explanation and closure.

Anyways, let’s watch the trailer.

Aww yiss, that’s dark. Also Donald Sutherland has gone totes crazy-eyes and it’s fabulous. You can see in just a glimpse that President Snow is feeling the uprising. Also Katniss and Gale shoot down planes with their fancy new incendiary arrows. Andrew is all into archery and stuff so I can probably get him to see this movie with me on that point alone. It worked for The Avengers.

Are you excited for The Mockingjay Lives?


  1. Sorry to throw shade at HP, but there is such a thing as too tidy. 

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