A friend of mine wrote a screenplay and asked me to give him notes. One of the plot points is that the two high school protagonists have a dream of playing on stage with Ted Nugent. I offered a note that he should change the band because Ted Nuggent is not the dream of an

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**Contains Spoilers** Recently, I wrote about how much I enjoy HBO’s Game Of Thrones. One of the best parts of the show is that you never know who’s going to die. I know the series is based on the novels but come on. Main characters get killed left and right. And it’s really awesome. Other

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** Contains spoilers ** As anyone who reads this blog or knows me knows, I love comics. So of course I saw Avengers: Age of Ultron this weekend. Yes, I was part of the $201 million box office. And in short, I’m glad I was. Yes, I have my rose tinted comic goggles on. There

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I love making movies. Something about the community of creativity, the constantly changing parameters, the storytelling all adds up to a great experience for me. I don’t have time to get bored; I’m thinking of the next shot set up or how to get an actor to emote with out hurting his ego, or how

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So over the course of marriage and fatherhood, especially when you’re the father of a girl, you sometimes do things that aren’t exactly Male Pattern Madness blog material. As my sons have moved out of the house and it is now just me and the women folk, the estrogen level in the house is staggering.

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After Game of Thrones garnered 19 Emmy nominations, and accolades like “the greatest show on television” my wife succumbed to peer pressure and commenced binge-ing. She is now hooked. For those of you who have been living under a rock, Game of Thrones is based on the novel series by George R.R. Martin. It’s a

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My wife and I were shopping at Costco over the weekend. It was a typical Costco shopping adventure. We walked in needing “Fruit, bread, and some beverages” and walked out with $487 of assorted stuff we have absolutely no chance of using before it rots. Seriously, how does that happen? I think we would save

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I recently took a cross-country flight. And I realized being a passenger on a plane is a lot like being a toddler in a car. First off, you straggle to your assigned seat with as many things as you need to keep you entertained for a long boring trip. A grown up makes sure your

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I have blogged about my paranoia of Big Brother and my feelings about GPS mapping systems, but throw all that aside because I love Waze. Waze is the GPS app that calculates the fastest route including current traffic conditions. It throws all it’s subscribers’ movements into an algorithm to figure out how fast traffic is

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As you know, I don’t really get to see many movies in theaters. Which is often viewed as contrary to my life’s interest in the film industry, until you get married, buy a house, and have kids, then it seems perfectly normal. Sigh. Anyway, not seeing the movies does not prevent me from making my

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Am I the only one who didn’t know Veteran’s Day had been moved to Sunday not Monday? After I posted Monday’s blog about Veteran’s Day, I got a few messages letting me know I had missed it. What happened? Months ago, I thought President’s Day got moved. Instead of a Monday, it’s now a Friday.

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In the olden days before DVDs, Blurays, and DVRs, every holiday season I’d race through the TV Guide to find when the specials were going to be on and scream at my mom to mark the calendar so I wouldn’t forget. I have fond memories of getting in the holiday spirit by sitting around and

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It is the best of times; it is the worst of times. It’s really a great time for television shows and an awful time for television shows. This era of television has seen the rise of groundbreaking dramas and the decline of Western civilization. If the Golden Age of Television was in the 50s, this

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Right now is the Golden Age of Superheroes. Full stop. Period. The golden age for comics may have been in the 50′s but superheroes are everywhere nowadays. And I love it. On television alone, there’s Arrow, featuring the Green Arrow. (If I had a dollar for every time my wife said, “Arrow is so cute,”

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I refuse to answer the phone these days. No, it’s not another of my Big Brother phobias. It’s election season and we are being inundated with robo-calls. More annoying than the carpet cleaning specials or the solar panel sales call. Does a recording of a candidate interrupting dinner really make someone want to vote for

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I was hanging out in the mall a couple of weeks ago and the horror of the time of year struck me. Not Halloween, I like Halloween, it’s the beginning of the holiday season. Without looking at a calendar, I know it’s the holiday season because the stores have Christmas decorations. Christmas, for Christ’s sake!

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In the weeks leading up to his first day of kindergarten, my son got a wild end-of-summer notion lodged in his burgeoning idea factory — that he and I should reconstruct several complex Lego models we’d built over the past year. The problem was that these models had been deconstructed a week or so after

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As we spent the week complaining about the ever invasive nature of technology, I found this. Enjoy.

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Anyone who spends enough time with me will eventually notice that I’m generally paranoid about Big Brother. My wife mocked my piece of tape covering my computer cam lens until it was revealed that hackers and the CIA could turn on your web-camera remotely without turning on the green light indicating that it’s in use.

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My kid has been bugging me for months to let him get Call of Duty for his PS3. We have had a long-standing rule against shooter games in the house. Well, really shooter games for him. (I’ll admit I like shooting Nazi’s and terrorists as much as the next guy.) When I was a kid,

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In Southern California, we grill outside a lot. Once I over cooked some barbeque chicken and now every time I’m outside manning the grill my wife tosses out, “Don’t over cook it like last time.” A decade ago, my wife got me a digital thermometer/meat fork. It seemed like a great idea. If I could

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Father’s Day is this weekend, and when asked what I want, I always reply, “I want to be left alone.” I’d love to get 24 hours where the only person I worry about or even consider is me. If I’m not hungry till 10 am, then I’m not making breakfast or eating until 10 am.

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The other day I was working on a project with a colleague that I don’t typically work with. We were looking down an inventory sheet and she noticed the person responsible for all the radios was Brian. She didn’t know who he was. I said, “Brian, the radio guy.” Nothing. She asked what he looked

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Consider summer movie season officially started. A very good Captain America: Winter Soldier and a very bad Amazing Spider-man 2 not withstanding, the first mindless summer movie has entered theaters with a roar. Godzilla is a tough call for me. At times long and boring and then at times exactly what I hoped for in

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I really like superheroes and I love movies. So, superhero movies always get a head start in my reviews. With that in mind, I’ll start with the good. Spider-man is a good character to base a story around. He’s the first mainstream comic character to be brought into the modern age with life-like teenage angst.

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I desperately needed a haircut. I hate when my hair gets too long. It doesn’t just get long it gets wavy and wavy makes it bigger. I feared becoming one of Matt W’s old men with bad hair. As mentioned in a previous blog, even though hair grows slowly, I’m very bad at planning ahead

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As a parent, we’re all trained to decry the existence of video games and how they’re ruining our children’s brains. God knows I’ve done my share of pointing out how mindless my son gets after playing video games all day. But there are some benefits, maybe. I once flew in a glider plane and my

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I like to listen to something when I drive. There are times when the quiet solitude of a car ride is refreshing, but I’m usually listening to something to pass the time. And over most of my adult life, three things have been the majority of my car listening experience: books on tape, phone conversations, and NPR.

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Let me just start out by saying, it is a weird movie. While I don’t want to give anything away, it definitely had a Holy Bible meets Lord of the Rings feel to me. It’s not going to win the academy award this year for best picture, but is definitely worth a watch. OK, let’s

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Between my wife being too tired to see a late movie, and my kid rarely having his homework finished on a weekend, lately I’ve had a hard time getting out to the movies. But it doesn’t stop me from boldly predicting awards for movies I haven’t seen. Here are my thoughts: Best Actor: Leonardo DiCaprio,

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“Getting older sucks,” was a frequent refrain from my mother. I think it was about the time she got bifocals. Looking back, she shouldn’t have complained, she didn’t get bifocals until deep into her 50s. Until I couldn’t read the labels in grocery stores without my glass or had to do stretches to keep my

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Several years ago, my wife and I introduced pizza delivery to the small town of Otavalo, Ecuador. We went there for a wedding and while staying in the hacienda, we ended up getting the Ecuadorian equivalent of Montezuma’s Revenge. After a few days of ingesting only mint tea and never leaving our room, we were

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In the olden days before DVDs, Blurays, and DVRs, every holiday season I’d race through the TV Guide to find when the specials were going to be on and scream at my mom to mark the calendar so I wouldn’t forget. I have fond memories of getting in the holiday spirit by sitting around and

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As you may remember in last year’s post, I like to make my own costumes and I don’t much like my wife’s ideas for costumes. But this year the fates conspired against me and I ended up buying matching costumes with my wife. It started last month when we got an invitation to a 60s

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Male Pattern Madness is not really a movie blog, so sometimes we pass along things to watch when we find out about them. This weekend I saw Gravity and was blown away. From start to finish, it’s a fantastic piece of film-making. The look, performances and the story, all top notch. The director, Alfonso Cuarón

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I often say, “The internet is great when it’s not being evil.” Opposite of cyber bullying, spam and porn is the cumulative knowledge of society on Wikipedia, social media helping propel the Arab Spring and Meetup.com for finding people with similar interests. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and am a lifelong Seattle Seahawks

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We wrote about the evil that is texting and found this Thai commercial. Enjoy

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There are certain technologies that define generations: the steam engine, the automobile, the computer. Texting seems to be the next technology break. Hating texting is definitely a sign of an older generation. While I don’t officially hate it, I am middle-aged and don’t really see the reason for the obsession among younger people. I was

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Cable television has become the place where quality television thrives. For the last two years, 0 broadcast network shows were nominated for Outstanding Drama, the nominees were from HBO, Showtime, AMC, PBS, even Netflix. One of the standouts and my favorite is Breaking Bad. The show where, as creator Vince Gilligan puts it, “Mr. Chips

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Overall, I imagine my children think I’m a pretty good father. But if you asked them to tell you one thing about me, they would probably say that I drove away with a pizza on the roof of my car, or that I cheat at cards. Years ago, I think I was in 9th grade,

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With no empirical data to back up my claim, I’m just gonna act like it’s true and that I know what I’m talking about. Television, especially cable TV, has saved science. I’m sure all the smart people will balk at the suggestion that the low-brow wasteland that spawned the Kardashians, The Real Housewives of Beverly

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I saw the Superman reboot this weekend. This is a review with spoilers. So, stop reading if you haven’t seen it yet. I love movies; I love superheros. So how could I not be excited about another superhero movie? Because I love all things superhero, my standards are pretty low for a passing grade. I

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I’ve had the exact same haircut for well over 30 years. Now there have been good ones and bad ones (haircut), but for the most part, no change. When I have to actually use a comb, it’s too long and I go to the barber. Simple. Women’s hair on the other hand is a tough one.  I

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Every man needs to learn to be a better listener (according to women), and every woman needs to just fix the problem instead of talk about it (according to men). Jason Headley put together a funny video with his take on this issue. Enjoy. Have a great weekend!

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I am for globalization and world wide economic interconnectedness. And I get a chuckle out of Matt W’s rants on his tech support struggles. So, here’s a little moment that Matt can add to his collection of anecdotes. I had some trouble with a piece of software and needed some technical support. So, after patiently

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I’m a bit of a Trekky; I admit it freely. I don’t speak Klingon, I didn’t watch all the spin-offs, really just TOS (Trek talk for The Original Series.), meaning the 60’s TV series starring Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, et al. A few summers ago, JJ Abrahm’s reboot of the franchise got off to a

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Snail mail, Email, Text, Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat. There’s a saying that throughout most of human history information traveled as fast as the horse. That’s it. Then the telegraph came a long and news traveled as fast as electricity. Nowadays if it takes more than a nano-second for an email to arrive, we complain about how

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This week I wrote about buying a new car. And it reminded me of my first car, a ’72 Chevy Nova with roll down windows. And I found this picture. When will people not know what the “roll down your window” circular motion means?

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No sane person likes buying a new car. There is a reason the stereotype of car dealers is sleazy, fast-talking, swindlers. Because it’s true. Some of my friends are car salesmen and I’m sure they’re the “exception” to this rule. First, we had to choose what type of car to get. By nature, I’m a

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My trusty Subaru Outback has given way to a new car. It’s always tough making a transition from your old car. And my struggle to decide was no different. Typically, I like to drive my cars into the ground. Like old girlfriends, I’m loyal to a fault, forgiving of all manner of flaws, and unwilling

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Since tax day is around the corner, I found this list of Top Movie Accountants. Some of my favorites on the list are: Best Accountant in a Drama – Itzahk Stern, Schindler’s List Best Accountant in an Action Movie – Oscar Wallace, The Untouchables Best Accountant in an Action/Comedy Movie – Jonathan “The Duke” Mardukss,

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I went to see the film Side Effects recently with my wife. I’ll give you a brief plot synopsis. It is the story of a psychiatrist counseling a suicidal young woman, and as she continues to become more distraught, he changes her drugs, which produce strange side effects, played in a theater in front of

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In the theaters Oz, The Great and Powerful, is playing as a prequel to the beloved family movie The Wizard of Oz. Thankfully, Disney wasn’t crazy enough to try and remake one of the best family movies ever. Many of our generation have cherished memories of The Wizard of Oz movie. When literature snobs like

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For no particular reason, but I thought this was pretty funny. And yes, I am a bit of a Trekky.

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Every so often, a fad or a phrase hits our popular culture and spreads to the point that everyone is using it, often to the point of annoyance. I’m sure everyone remembers the “Whaaas up?” commercials. Like that commercial, some of them can be traced back to their origins. Some are a little more mysterious

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Well Joe A. and I took our best shot at the upcoming Academy Award winners. Now let’s see what the experts have to say. A reviewer that used to work for the LA Times has put together a web-site that consolidates the critic’s predictions, here is the link. http://www.goldderby.com/odds/experts/85/ Also, if you want your own

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Here are my predictions for the Oscars this year. First off, I am not in the movie industry like Joe A. so my decisions aren’t based on industry know-how like his, but unlike Joe A., I have actually seen some of the movies. So to the predictions. Supporting Actors & Actresses I think the supporting

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Not only do I work in movies but I love to watch movies too. So, when it’s awards season, I get a little extra fun out of the whole handicapping the winners. Here are my thoughts: Best Actor: Joaquin Pheonix, The Master-Nobody saw this movie. So, no. Denzel Washington, Flight-Same as above. Hugh Jackman, Les

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For years, I’ve watched a lot of different crime dramas on TV. I pick the guilty person at about a 95% success rate within the first 20 minutes of the show. My kids thought for years I should quit my job and sign on with the local police force as a detective; I am that

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In the digital age, everyone’s music is on a hard drive or their phone. I’ve renewed my efforts to copy the last of my CDs to my hard drive. Dutifully scanning any odd art work that isn’t available online and correctly labeling the actual publishing years for individual songs on the “Best of” albums (not

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So over the holidays, I ventured into stores and shopped over the internet. I am not a big shopper. I rarely go into stores or even surf the internet for products unless I’m trying to score points with my wife. The holidays are slightly different, but really only because my wife doesn’t buy ALL her

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It’s awards season in Hollywood. One nice perk of my various Guild and Society memberships is that I get to see movies for free. Unfortunately, with my wife’s schedule, she won’t see a movie unless she is home in bed by 10:00 pm because she’ll get too tired and fall asleep. And although she says

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So comes to an end another week of the new year. As Joe A. talked about sports superstitions (don’t break the Seahawk mojo Joe A.), and I talked about Downton Abbey, I thought that this was a good week for a Top 10 list and couldn’t decide between most superstitious athletes (Wade Boggs was a

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Every Christmas, my side of the family picks a theme for gift giving. This year it was “Favorite Things.” So everyone in the family picked out something they had enjoyed over the past year and sent it to the member of the family they were randomly given. My sister had my wife and gave her

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Reposted from 12/23/12 by Matt W. In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I would come up with a list of the top ten toys from childhood. Here it is. 10.  Slinky – They walk down stairs, alone or in pairs and make a slinkity sound. Never. They sucked. I only put it on

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I’m guessing this beauty was set up by a bachelor. Happy Holidays.

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The holidays are upon us. I found this genius advent calendar. Enjoy.

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I live in a suburb of Los Angeles, and it has a history of being a sleepy little family town. Past city councils actively cultivated this image, including denying hard liquor licenses and enforcing business closings at 10pm with just a few exceptions. In fact, the first month we moved out here, my wife and

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Years ago, when my middle son first started to drive, I asked my wife, “When do you think our kids will realize that getting a free ride everywhere is a way better deal than driving in a car you have to pay for?” So far none of my children have figured it out. I don’t

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My daughter just picked up her drivers permit a few weeks ago. Scary. Young kids out on the road freak me out. Between their incessant texting and their general lack of awareness, it’s a miracle there aren’t more accidents. My daughter knows that if I ever catch her texting and driving, she won’t drive again

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I love fried chicken. If I were on death row, my last meal request would be a good plate of southern fried chicken, legs and thighs. No health conscious breast meat. So, when I was down south helping Matt W fix up a house for flipping, I made it my mission to find the best

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At the end of Halloween, I rummage through my kids bag and extract my “Dad tax” for helping with his costume and taking him around the neighborhood. Skipping over the fact that the candy bars have gotten smaller (there’s nothing “fun” in the fun size half-a-bite candy), here’s a list of the top candies I’m

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If I had unlimited funds and storage space, I’d have one of those houses that had tons of Halloween decorations and fog machines, with the yard cordoned off into a haunted grave yard, etc. But I don’t have the storage space or the budget to do all those things, so I just use my enthusiasm

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During the summer I suggested to my son, “Let’s go build something.” Some of my favorite times were spent taking the left over pieces of wood from my father’s various house projects and making things. Bird houses (no bird could ever fit in), terrariums (for captured lizards and toads), forts, boats (only by virtue that

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How do I start this topic without sounding like an old curmudgeon? (That’s really Matt W.’s bailiwick.) But if I were king of the world I would eliminate tipping. It’s such a weird activity nowadays, I find it very confusing and would be very happy to be rid of the stress. “How much do I

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Everyone has at least one. That person in your life that passes through your brain from time to time, that you think, “if only circumstances had been a little different.” I’m not talking about the guy or girl you dated for months or years, prior to finding your significant other, you had your chance with

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I’ve been playing the ukulele for a few years now. The New York Times called the ukulele, “The zeitgeist instrument for the DYI age.” I like it because the ukulele is a happy instrument. I’m pretty sure it’s physically impossible to stay sad once you hear the ukulele. The notion planted itself in my head

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In honor of Eugene Polley, the inventor of the remote control, I’ve reposted this blog (from Oct. 2011). Women like to make fun of men for being so attached to the television remote. Our wives and girlfriends taunt us as they wave the remote out of our reach. Well, here is the truth. There’s a

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Not all kids are obsessed with video games. Check out the link to a video of Caine’s Cardboard Arcade. It’s become a viral phenomenon. Enjoy.  

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While visiting my sister one Saturday, my 15-year old nephew got on the phone and started calling his friends. “Can you play?” “Yeah, what about in an hour?” He’d call his next friend with a similar patter. “No, he can’t play until 2:30. Okay, cool.” I waxed nostalgic for the days of calling around to

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Here’s a comic I found about kid’s and their video games. Enjoy.

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Video games are the new baseball. Kids bond with each other by wiggling their thumbs and manipulating the digital 0s and 1s to make their electronic counterpart find gold, blow up rebel bases and avoid flying turtle shells. When my son was around 7 years-old, he was at a friends house and they were going

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My daughter and I were driving home from school yesterday afternoon, and I said “How much homework do you have tonight?” She replied that while she didn’t have a lot of homework due tomorrow “I really need to get some projects started and start studying for finals.” And like all good fathers in the world,

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There have been “home games” since the beginning of poker. Almost exclusively the poker games have been the dominion of men. Occasionally, a woman will come in and play, but mostly the girlfriends and wives stay at home and “let” their man go out and have some guy time. So, I’m going to give all

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I don’t have my head completely buried in the sand. I have used the internet since Al Gore invented it, and am usually very proficient at finding just about anything. I use my computer for a variety of tasks that would probably be more difficult without it, probably. I use e-mail, but am frustrated that

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Hey, here’s the Monty Python sketch I mentioned on Monday’s post. And a little extra bit. Enjoy.

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The barber, er…she prefers the term stylist, I see usually does a nice job. One time, we were chatting and she asked, “How’s that?” I run my fingers through my hair and decide the back part of the top of my head is a little too long. I ask her to take a little more

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As an old curmudgeon who doesn’t really understand the appeal of texting, I thought I would find some comics that express my feelings regarding this topic. My kids argue that because of texting they can “really” communicate with their friends and family. I argue that texting isn’t communication, but rather an effective and yet potentially

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Each summer, my son and I have a general theme. Nothing big, just something to give our time a little educational direction. For example, one summer was Warrior Summer. We picked Friday night movies based on knights in shining armor or kung fu masters or samurais. Books from the library had some sort of warrior

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I’m not a car guy. I know how to fix a variety of issues on cars, but never really got into cars like a lot of my friends. The first car I bought was a diesel Volkswagen that got 50 miles to the gallon. (Side note, I find it crazy when carmakers complain about rules

Matt W on February 8th, 2012 | File Under Mr. Cool | No Comments -

Recently, my “check engine” light came on. I hate this light because I never know if my engine is about to seize or if the step-light in the passenger door is out. So, for weeks, I drive around with a low grade stress wondering if I’ll make it to the store and back. The real

Joe Anaya on February 6th, 2012 | File Under Mr. Cool | 2 Comments -

Thanks to all our readers who responded to our best album lists. We got some great feedback. We also got top 10 lists from Greg V. a deejay, Dave S. a contributing blogger and screenwriter, Dan M. another contributing blogger and film producer/director, and Stephen P. a composer/musician. Here are some thoughts: We and our

admin on November 25th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | 2 Comments -

The Top 10 Albums of all time list is a tough one. First off, albums are a lost art. Most groups don’t bother making great albums anymore, especially since it became so easy to download just one song. My son’s best friend plays in a band and is a great young musician, so I asked

Matt W on November 23rd, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | No Comments -

This holiday week, we’re taking it a little easy and it’s top 10 best albums all week. With the re-invention of the single via digital downloads, the album is a lost art form. And lets face it, the 80s were a crap decade for music. With few exception (most notably The Clash), the 80s blew:

Joe Anaya on November 21st, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | 1 Comment -

I debated whether to limit this to animated shows from our childhood but I decided to include any animated show I could think of. Here’s the list: 10. X-men – Like the source comic book, their grown up feelings of alienation and disenfranchisement mixed with superpowers is a lot of fun. Even my wife got

Joe Anaya on November 18th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | 1 Comment -

When I was a kid, I watched a lot of TV. I mean, a LOT. I was one of those kids that pushed the curve upwards to counteract the kids who didn’t watch any television. I watched TV before school, after school, before dinner and before bedtime. I’m sure all that television watching had something

Joe Anaya on November 4th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | No Comments -

I’m excited to get my hair cut today. When my hair grows out, it doesn’t just get longer, it gets puffy. As in bigger, wider, further from my head in a two-inch radius. But mostly I’m happy to be getting my hair cut by a stylist I like. I am generally too disinterested in my

Joe Anaya on October 24th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | 1 Comment -

It’s a pretty common theory, that our ancient male ancestors where the hunters and the women were generally the gatherers. This would mean that a man would have to track an animal, no matter where the animal led, kill it and then find his way back to the group. My theory is that any man

Joe Anaya on October 14th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | No Comments -

Sports are great. Movies are great. Sports movies are super great. Here’s a list of my top 10 sports movies. Movies #1-3 came to mind instantly. And by the time I was done, I had 20 sports movies I liked. (19 if you don’t count the futuristic sport of Rollerball.) And before you yell at

Joe Anaya on September 23rd, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool, Weekend Warrior | No Comments -

We’ve all seem them, even snickered behind their backs. First there’s the little old man who hikes his pants up to his armpits. Like some misplaced penguin, they waddle around as if everything’s normal. Then there is the Pants-hang-low. These guys walk around with their trousers sliding down revealing the cycles of the moon. Both

Joe Anaya on August 29th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | 1 Comment -

My kid was playing a computer game and I heard frustrated moaning and groaning. “This computer is too slow.” I ignore his general complaint. “Dad, I can’t play this game. The computer doesn’t go fast enough.” I give my best dad shrug, “Yep.” “We need a new computer.” This comment sets me off into the

Joe Anaya on August 8th, 2011 | File Under King of the Castle, Mr. Cool | 2 Comments -

Every time my wife goes out of town for business she is stressed. First, she always tries to clean off her to do list completely, including all the items that haven’t really mattered for the last 4 weeks. Because of all her last minute tasks, she always leaves packing to the very last minute, typically

Matt W on August 3rd, 2011 | File Under King of the Castle, Mr. Cool | No Comments -

I have the greatest wife ever! Bar none! Last year, we were debating replacing our old Standard Def tube TV with a bigger flat panel HD TV. But our different price expectations had put my wife and I in a state of inertia. Then just as I was tired of seeing only half a face

Joe Anaya on July 25th, 2011 | File Under King of the Castle, Mr. Cool | 1 Comment -

I was never a rock musician, I played tuba. Not much call for tuba players in grunge bands. But like every guy, I practiced air guitar and duck walks in the bedroom, while screaming at the top of my lungs and fantasizing about leading a band on stage to a mob of screaming fans. Well,

admin on July 18th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool | No Comments -

I recently celebrated another birthday. During the festivities, I opened my birthday present from my college age son knowing that he got me work-out shorts (I’m a dad, I always know). I’m a little confused when the package I open contains two large skirt-like objects with enough fabric to make 4 or 5 pairs of

Matt W on May 16th, 2011 | File Under Mr. Cool, Weekend Warrior | 1 Comment -

This humor blog is dedicated to the fellow Y-chromosomes out there who are stuck in the middle of life. Between our athletic peak and our aching back. Between our corporate overlords and the ungrateful employees we manage. Between, our demon offspring, our crotchety parents, and our wives/ex-wives/girlfriends/2nd wives/partners. For women who stumble upon this site:

admin on May 15th, 2011 | File Under Jack of all Trades, King of the Castle, Mr. Cool, Weekend Warrior, Working Stiff | 1 Comment -