Friday, November 21, 2014
2.) Speaking of uncut, we received a couple of letters about foreskin after our discussion about it, and the fine folks over at Foul Monkeys even devoted some of a recent episode to us. We started to bring it up on another episode, but, surprisingly, we were distracted. At this point, I think it's safe to say that we definitely made some people laugh, but we also hurt a couple of feelings, and to anyone who we may have offended, we are truly sorry. It's a foreign concept to us (despite FMs wondering how Rodan and I could have lived in Florida so long and not had more experience with them.) and we make fun of things we don't understand. But we have been schooled on it now, and this will be our final word on it (for the foreseeable future, at least). Thanks to those of you who wrote in with your stories/education/opinions. We valued every word you guys wrote.
3.) Lego Batman 3? Slightly better, the campaign is surprisingly short, and now I am trying to get all the extra stuff. I was pleasantly surprised at some of the characters you can get, but I'm also frustrated with just how much you have to back track and go around to various planets to pick up stuff. Especially when those planets are "Super Mario World" style and it's easy to get lost. Again, if this is the worst problem I have......
4.) Still sick. It sucks, especially when I didn't get to go to my patient's funeral today. More on that later. I will be living it up momentarily when I do a shot of NyQuil and call it a day.
5.) What do we think of this year's Thanksgiving Mix Tape? I will be posting what my OTHER songs were from my other list, but one 90s song that almost made it was this one. I was apparently an angry youth in 1992.
6.)Actually, NyQuil sounds really good right now! Night, sluts!
AKA Let's Torture Taylor
PS, there is some slight overmodulation in some of the songs - trying to fix it was not an option. Lowering the volume seems to help :)
Happy (US) Thanksgiving everyone! Be safe!
@PiMCTaylor, @PiMCTaffy, @RodanPiMC
Thursday, November 20, 2014
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Being off today reminded me of some other sick days I've taken in the past.
Flu shot - late 90's - I had a flu shot for work because it seemed the right thing to do - I was a case manager for an AIDS service organization and did not want to get any of my clients sick. As a result, I got the flu - I may have been the sickest I have ever been, losing 2+ weeks of work. It was horrible. I think I may have been living with Rodan at the time, and I remember him coming in to check on me when he got done with work after 2 in the morning and we would talk for a while before he would head back to his room to go to sleep. Clearly, this was something one can only do in their 20s, when you don't need to sleep like you do now. If, in my 40s, Rodan came in my room at 1:30 in the morning, I would kill him. But not before asking how the hell he got in my house.
Chicken Pox - 1982(ish). I remember hearing about this chicken pox thing going around when I was a kid and thinking it had something to do with soup. I also know NOW that my mother gathered a group of the neighborhood kids to come to our house once the outbreak started, assuming that all of us would give it to each other. I was one of the first to contract it. My mom had said that she could see the little bumps starting one night before bedtime, and I woke up the next morning to my mother saying "WHOA!" when I came to her room. I remember looking in the mirror and being COVERED with bumps and scabs. not picking them was hard, but it was easy to distract myself with comic books and game shows I couldn't normally watch during the day (NoWhammiesNoWhammiesNoWhammiesSTOP!). I remember that on the day that I was finally safe to be outside, my mother took me grocery shopping with her, and that was the first day I ever got to play Pac Man at the Thriftway. And so, a love's boy of video games begun.....
Side note on the pox story - I only have one scar from chicken pox and it's on my forehead. My sister only has one scar and it's ALSO on her forehead in about the same place.
What were some of your favorite sick days stories?
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
I may talk about this patient in a future post, but I am too emotionally exhausted to say a whole lot tonight. All I want to do is go to sleep, but Babaloo is making meatloaf, comfort food at its best. I may also finish editing the Thanksgiving Mix Tape tonight. It will be released this week for those of you would like to listen to it for your travels to family and friends this weekend.
I feel honored to have been part of this wonderful woman's life. I was at a funeral yesterday, and the chaplain (a coworker) presiding over the funeral said this, and it's stuck with me for the last day:
"A well lived life does not end tragically, but completely."
Live a well lived life, people. It's good advice for all of us, myself included.
Sunday, November 16, 2014
The game came out on Tuesday, and I got it at Best Buy the day it came out - a rarity for me. I got home, put it in and began to feel what I can only describe as a disappointment. The game has it moments, don't get me wrong. I was also SUPER excited (see what I did there?) to see that there would be 150 playable characters you could earn, some of them kind of obscure (BatCow, anyone?). The problem with the game is that you start off pretty much trapped in the BatCave for the first few chapters with only Alfred as a character you can jump to. Eventually, they show a few other members of the Justice League, but getting to PLAY as those characters take a while, and when you DO get to play with them, it feels like there is little to no variety in what they can do, or Batman and Robin obtain special suits within those first few missions that allow them to do just about all of the same things your variables would do.
And THAT'S if you can figure the fucking thing out. At times, you have to enter this weird "TRON" world as Robin, and the puzzles that first night were so frustrating, I turned the game off because 1.) It was in the best interest of my controller and flat screen, and 2.) Because I was playing it for the first time as everyone else, there was no sense looking online to see what I was doing wrong. Two days later I found my answer. The problem is, playing today for a while, it felt like all I was doing was going to YouTube to find answers on how to solve these puzzles. With Batman and Robin, you have to earn the variable suits needed to complete puzzles. But if you have Lex Luthor or the Joker - guess what? You have those suits already, but no one TELLS you that. I found out by accident after wandering around a mission for 15 minutes and smashing everything in sight.
The voice acting in this so far is disappointing as well - Based on Will Arnett's portrayal of Batman in The Lego Movie, it feels like they have reduced this character to the same asshole that he played in that film. In Lego Batman 2, there was a level of arrogance, but in this one he's just a jerk. And Wonder Woman, my favorite character, is very husky voiced and sounds angry all the time (and that's BEFORE she's hit with the Red Lantern beam).
I, of course, will keep playing it. Babaloo reminded me today (in between my cursing and screaming at the TV), that I get frustrated with all the Lego Games, then I end up loving them. This one feels different though - it feels like they are giving us tons of toys in the sandbox and none at all at the same time.
Hearing the Wonder Woman theme play when she flies is kind of cool, though - not going to lie.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN, TINA TURNER, TONI TENEILLE, PEACHES & KAREN CARPENTER - Heartache Tonight from Videodrome Discothèque on Vimeo.
Worst part is, most of it is stuff that I can do in probably 5 minutes each. We are living in a world where most everything is at the touch of a button, and yet, I can't bring myself to go to my credit card's home page to make a payment because of MyVegasSlots (149k today, btw) or because I want to lay in bed and read comic books. The idea of leaving the house on weekends is less and less appealing to me because of all the driving I do for work. (My territory has doubled in size, as has my caseload). I feel overwhelmed by piles of things - I HATE piles. Piles of laundry, piles of paperwork, piles of dishes, piles of magazines, piles of piles. There are times that I literally walk in circles in my house trying to figure out what I need to work on next, but will be distracted by the next pile of stuff. We've talked in the past about my anxiety and how I can quickly feel like shutting down, and I am trying not to do that. It's just that it is easy for me to think about the next 7 weeks of holidays and think to myself, "It's already all planned out. I can't deviate from obligations." What has always been my most favorite time of the year almost fills me with.... dread. That makes me sad to think that.
It is early to think about resolutions/goals/checkpoints for next year, but if there is one thing I would like to work on, it's procrastination. (and no, I'm not going to wait until next year.) I have a notebook (given to me last year at Pride48 by the folks at Foul Monkeys) that I use for my To Do list. I LOVE to do lists, and will often use them as a device for my patients or their caregivers who feel overwhelmed by things.) To be able to write things down and then feel the satisfaction of crossing them off a list of accomplishments is a small but important exercise in empowerment. In fact, and I know I'm not the only one who does this, the worst is when you have accomplished something and THINK it's on your To Do list, only to find that it wasn't. I would be lying if I said I never added something I'd already done and immediately crossed it off.
I know that my To Do list includes silly things I WANT to do, or enjoy doing, because, hey, we need to remember that stuff do. Many podcasts/tv shows to enjoy or video game goals are on there, because it's a reminder to stop and enjoy the small stuff. (Again, 150k for MyVegasSlots). I also make things a bit creative on my To Do list. I love to try to make patterns out of the colors I highlight completed actions, so they are alternating or, after getting some highlighters during Back To School season, rainbowed on my page. After all items are completed on both sides of the paper, I get to rip it out of the book. I know that it probably seems a bit crazy, but if it keeps me motivated, then I'll take any help I can get.
This post is kind of all over the place, but that's ok. I'm using today's Blog A Day to clear my head a little bit, take a breath. And yes, I will be crossing this my To Do list for the day (in Pink).
Friday, November 14, 2014
1.) Instagram: (PiMCTaylor) Instagram was one of the first apps I got after getting my phone, and while I don't post as much as I used to, I am still on there lurking and liking your photos. I would say that what I like most about it is the happy pictures that people post. Pretty places, pretty families, pretty dogs! I would have some pet peeves (memes belong on Tumblr), but even if I don't know you or the people you are in a picture with, your pictures usually make me smile (on the inside). And, as I said in a video a while back, I will ALWAYS like pictures of your animals. (free)
2.) ComicZeal: It's used once a week (Wednesdays) when all my digital comics get poured into it. The interface is clean, I can pinch and zoom pictures and there are ways to store your comics in "longboxes" after you're done so that you can read them later. There are some free golden age comics you can download that , while cheesy as hell, can be a fun free read on a random Saturday afternoon. Android's Comixology would have been on here, but after they changed their policy for iOS devices, making it a royal pain in the ass to buy new content, it's rare that app gets opened anymore. Shame, too. (4.99)
3.) MyVegasSlots: As someone who goes to Pride48 in Vegas every year, I heeded the recommendations of the suits and skirts and started playing this slot game to earn points towards REAL rewards, like food and entertainment. The games are mostly chance, and, like real slots, the more you play, the more you win, but I also find that there are times during the day that just aimlessly hitting that "spin" button to be quite relaxing. As I said yesterday, I am quickly going to complete my goal for next year's stash of points (150k) and am positive that after I take a break from it, I'll be playing again as it gets closer to next year's event! (free)
4.) PocketCasts - I have to give thanks to Curtis from Game Night Guys for this recommendation. I HATED the Podcast app for iOS and was thankful that my old iPod was too out of date for the update, so I was able to listen to all my podcasts in the music app. After my iPod disappeared, I quickly learned that if the app was anywhere near my wifi it would update all my other devices, including my computer, but episodes would disappear and reappear for no reason. I only have PocketCasts on my new iPod, and it's got a GREAT interface and will upload new episodes automatically when near wifi and delete shows when I've finished with them! Considering I am home every night, it's nice to not have to forget to sync my iPod with iTunes and not have new content to listen to driving around all day. Plus adding and finding new shows is easy enough! (3.99)
Honorable Mention: uh, cough cough (1.99)
5.) Rotodoodle: Ah, toys of the 70s. One of my favorite was Spriograph, and this app allows for the same geometric patterns and colors. While the interface is a little more mathematical than I would like (unlike this page that was brought to my attention by Sara Davis), it is still very self soothing and can be relaxing after a very busy day. Pretty pretty colors....... (Free version and a Pro version for 1.99. I use the free version.)
What are YOUR favorite go to apps?
Thursday, November 13, 2014
And I think I've FINALLY got to the point where I kind of hate it. It seems there are very few people my age that are creating or sharing content, and when they do, they're is usually a jock strap involved.
Now, I get that Tumblr, started in 2006 as a "microblog" site by someone over a 2 week period when he was between jobs, is great for the young people with their hippity hop and their snoopy dogg dogg. Pretty much, most people scroll through everyone's feed, they see things they like and they share it to their feed. I've found myself doing the same thing at times, often something I find humorous. I've even added comments to feeds with a couple of photos/videos. It's a great time suck and a way to avoid the world (It was a favorite spot to dip my toe in the weeks prior to my self imposed exile from social media over the summer. A way to not be introspective, because, hey, EVERYONE loves Broad City gifs, right?)
I can feel myself slipping back into bad habits (only now I'm adding in MyVegasSlots time - Goal is to get to 150k Gold Coins for next year's Pride48, and I'm at 144.5k), and find that Tumblr actually makes me mad sometimes. It's fast food - tastes great and sweet and salty at first, but almost immediately brings on an upset stomach and bloat. There are little to no articles on there that have a lot of merit or time put into them (at least not in the ones that I have found) Just a lot of links to other people's work. I've also found that most of the people I follow are as follows:
Porn: Yep, Tumblr has porn. LOTS of it. And I like looking at naked people, I really do - in particular naked men - It ASTOUNDS me how MUCH porn is on my dashboard, and it's really only from 2 to 3 sites I follow (no, I'm not putting links here.) And how much of it is on my dash at, like, 7:30 in the morning. Like, I'll be looking at things on my Mac while waiting for my work laptop to boot up, I'll see there's new content since I started looking, refresh and there will be like 8 enormous cocks staring at me. I haven't even had an english muffin yet, but I've gotten my daily fill of cock for the day (shut up - you know what I mean.) I feel that the amount of porn on my dash has begun to actually desensitize me to sex. These men (and rarely, women), in my feed aren't people. They're just things. Wow, that's scary when I read it back to myself.
The A-list Gays/Bears/Cubs: There seems to be a group of people who all seem to post each other's pictures and engage in a circle jerk of attention that is for the rest of us to enjoy. Many of their pages have thousands of followers, and there is often a creative component to their sites (photography, music, graphic designs) More power to them! But that's not what everyone comes for. This group of men know how to tease juuuuust enough to keep everyone percolating! Most of these guys who I follow have a caption under their most popular posts that goes something like this: "Tummy Tuesday" or "All Fresh And Clean" with a picture of them getting out of the shower showing the top of the pubes covered by a towel and a reflection of their bare ass in the mirror in the back. These pictures are often my first "encounter" with these people and I've found myself feeling like an asshole waiting for them to eventually show the goods. But they don't, ever. So here I sit, the fool, and I'm tired of it.
Children of the 90s: I can say that I have received a crash course in all things Pokemon over the last few years of having my Tumblr page. Lots of people focusing large posts about all kinds of Pokemon and Yu-Gi-O and Disney Shows from the 90s and youTube videos of 90s toys that all seemed to be EXTREME!!!!! Lord knows that we sometimes post things about the 80s here on PiMC and make reference to the life and times of Duran Duran or Joanie Loves Chachi on the show every week. And I'm not faulting the generation after mine (X, in case you haven't figured that out already). It's great that they have a forum where they can all share memories and what not. It just makes me feel old and, like the generation before mine, wonder what the hell they see in most 90's children's culture. I mean...come ON! We had Masters of The Universe and Bell Biv Devoe!
Girls who just can't*: Can't what, I don't know. I see there pictures or links to stories of a human interest style, and the comments underneath it seem to be things like "LITERALLY DYING!!!!" "Staaaaaahp." I purposely annoy Taffy and the Huffington girls by announcing sometimes that I'm feeling "ALL THE FEELS!", a stupid catchphrase that I got from someone's dashboard. There are many more out there, but as a 42 year old man, I look at these posts and think, "You really have no fucking clue how the real world works..." (Again, I am aware I'm probably aged out of Tumblr) People with no fucking clue brings me to the next stick in my craw.......
The Ill-Informed: I completely get that wherever we get our news from - CNN, Fox, Huffington Report, The Daily Show. We are being fed biased media. It's always a "Wag The Dog" world and we tend to not question things because we're too busy or don't care, or we like Anderson Cooper's tie. The problem is that you have people (and not to get to conspiracy theory-ish, corporations) that put stuff on Tumblr that is, in fact, false. Like, not even REMOTELY true. But because these "girls who can't even", they get a nerve hit and immediately repost things without confirming their accuracy. These seem to be the same people who are offended by anything, and will look at any picture or issue, blame some other part of society for a problem that may not actually be there in the first place. It's not that there shouldn't be some concern or offense for things that are wrong with the world: I just thank that raging on your Tumblr isn't going to make a whole lot of change in the world, especially when your rage is not valid because you don't have all the facts. And, to be fair, how much rage can you really have when your next post is a photo of the cast of Full House and you just can't even because Uncle Jesse was SO your first crush. (But to be fair, John Stamos IS timeless....)
So is Tumblr the worst thing ever? Of course not - There are parts of Tumblr that I very much enjoy - funny, creative videos and/or memes, comedy, AWESOME Cosplay photos and pages with interests of mine (there are many great pages dedicated to Disney photography and cruises, pugs and comic books) beautiful art and photography. It's just hard to appreciate the work that goes into a creative post when it's surrounded by cock. And, like, not even well photographed cock. Grainy cock. Who wants to look at that?
I just think that, like the old guy at the end of the bar (who, according to Rodan is, like 30.), It's time to leave the late nights and thump thump thump music to the younger kids with their Pokemon, Lana Del Ray and and tattoo sleeves. I'll be over here with my vitamins, overcooked vegetables and 401k portfolio.
*When I say "girls who just can't", I'm talking about anyone who uses these odd defense mechanisms to show how they feel without saying anything at all. The majority of the pages I follow who use this or the reposts are from female bloggers. However, this also applies to gay men and even some straight men.
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
So, this was announced today.
Let me say this about it. I was not a big fan of Caity Lotz when she came on to Arrow last season. We made fun of her weird pouting and trying to speak all American-ese with her accent. But by the end of the season, she earned her place on the show. She looked the part and, her acting improved, the costume made more sense (even using leather strips through the pants to give us the idea of the famous fishnets) and as I have said on the show, it was AWESOME for a fan of the character of Black Canary to see her regularly on a high(ish) rated television show. We never got the Canary Cry, with the exception of the use of some tech that was pretty brilliant, but that's ok.
Then on the first episode of the current season, this happened.
Now, anyone who knows the history of the character knows that LAUREL Lance is BC, and since she has been on the show since day one, it quickly became clear that the plan was for her to take over for her sister and become the new Canary. I can see that, I guess. That's not the problem.
Has anyone WATCHED the actress playing Laurel act? She's horrible.
You also have to take into consideration a couple of things. 1.) BC1 was trained for years as a member of the League of Assassins. Laurel is going to take over for her sister after taking boxing classes from Hot Latino Trainer Guy for a couple of weeks? Also, that shit wig! The weird shiny greasy hair look is not strong at all. I'm assuming that it will 1.) Be changed to look a LITTLE more realistic and/or 2.) look better on TV.
As far as the costume goes, It's ok, I guess. I like the homages to the classic costume that the first costume had, but the new costume still works in the way that the Arrow's costume works on the show. And, you know, it could have been a WHOLE lot worse.....
|Blair Warner IS Black Canary!|
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Again, in no particular order....
The Voyage Of The Little Mermaid (Disney Hollywood Studios). A show that is SO dated (like most of DHS), with it's black light puppeteering, an Ursula where you can see where the foam tentacles have begun to dry out and rot, and a laser light show that was cutting in edge in 1989, but now, with only two of the four lights that represent you going underwater working (as was the case when Babaloo and I last went over the summer with his niece), it's a show that has definitely lived past it's time. If you're lucky, you will get an Ariel who can hit all the notes from Part Of Your World. If you're lucky. We were, how can I say this politely....not lucky.
Under The Sea - Journey Of The Little Mermaid (Magic Kingdom) Man, I really have it in for Ariel, don't I? This attraction is one of the new rides at the park, opening less than 2 years ago in the New Fantasy Land portion of the park. My complaints about it are that it is BEAUTIFUL outside, with Prince Eric's Castle and Coral Reefs that you walk through....and walk through.....and walk through....to get to the ride. Similar to The Seas With Nemo (maybe it's just underwater themed rides I hate), the ride takes about 5 minutes and tells the WHOLE Little Mermaid story by song with nothing really tying each of the songs together. It suddenly ends with the wedding and a painted dead Ursula on the opposing wall. To say I was disappointed when waiting 90 minutes the first time we rode this only to have this would be an understatement. I've ridden it a few times since with much less of a wait, and the feeling is still very "meh" when I am done. But, again, it's really purty to look at from outside.
Swiss Family Treehouse (Magic Kingdom) Steps? Outside In Florida In August? Fuck you.
Dinosaur (Animal Kingdom) Now, I will be the first to say I will be outvoted on this one by Taffy and Babaloo, but I hate this ride. The only thing I like about this ride is the queue for it is inside and for some reason, I always remember it as being SUPER cold because of AC. You ride in some Jeep Grand Cherokee through The Land Before Time (or a version of it - I know that's not owned by Disney.) Eventually, you come across a T-Rex-But-They-Can't-Call-It-A-T-Rex-Because-Of-Universal's-Jurrasic-Park-Down-The-Street. It's super dark and super bumpy and the part where the T-Rex thing comes out of the dark and tries to bite your head off and the speaker is in it's mouth and it's super loud? No, thanks. Props to the fact that they made it look like the dinosaur runs along side your car for a little while, but I'm usually counting the moments until the fucking ride is over.
Ok, so like with my other post, what are your least favorite rides/attractions at Walt Disney World?