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My Simplistic Review Of How to Blog for Profit by Ruth Soukup

7 Nov

I subscribe to BookBub, and what BookBub does is send you emails when there are discounted ebooks on Amazon. You can set up the categories you’re interested in like Fiction, Non-Fiction, Historical, Poetry, Horror, Zombie Horror, De Voss, etc., and everyday you will receive an email with anywhere between 2 to 8 different ebooks ranging in price from free to usually no more than $5.

Monday’s email featured the ebook, How to Blog for Profit by Ruth Soukup. It normally costs $4.99 but was on sale for $.99. I usually just stick to the free zombie books, but due to recent life altering events, it seemed like it was a sign for me to buy.

I’m not expecting to make money off of this blog. I think the other blog I’m part of has a chance to make a couple of pennies. It has a lot of talented writers behind it. I’m not one of them, but I can ride coattails really well.

I mean I can really cling…like balled up saran wrap…

I’m just happy they include me because I kind of bring the intelligence quotient down over there, but every village has to have an idiot.

I bought the book for the marketing chapters, but decided to read it from cover to cover. It basically starts off from the aspect that you do not have a blog…

or you have a blog but don’t know what to do with it…

or you have a blog and you have about three readers…

two of them being your pet cats and the other your weird Uncle Stan…

or you saw my blog and thought;

“What? Do they give these blog things to any idiot who knows 23 of the 26 letters of the alphabet?”

Yes. Yes they do…and they are free…and you only need to know fifteen letters as long as ‘E’ is one of them.

My favorite advice from the book is, and I’m paraphrasing here; “If you want a great blog, have great content.”

Which is like saying; “If you want to win the sporting event you’re playing, score more than the other team.”

Or

“If you want to win the war, have your side die less.”

Or

“If you want to be a millionaire, get a million dollars.”

Side Note: I would like a million dollars.

What I read of the book isn’t bad, I’m not putting it down the ideas in it, but…

Hello!

Now, to be fair to the book, so far I have only read two chapters.

But the other thing that kind of hit me in the face like a dead sea bass wearing a hulu skirt was this paraphrased statement,

Side Note: I just looked up what paraphrased means, so I’m planning on using it a lot.

“You need a clear direction. Randomness will turn off your readership.”

Well…that chaps both of my blogs like the inside of a slightly overweight teenage girl’s sweaty thigh on the 4th of July while waiting for Junior Barnes from down the street, who promised to kiss her during the finale of the Farmer’s Day  Firework Spectacular, but has yet to show up…and it’s getting close to finale time…and now she is suspecting that he just said that…and that he had no intention of kissing her during the finale or at any time of her life…which is really sad because she has liked Junior Barnes since Kindergarten when he first fell over a block tower she was making and he started to cry of embarrassment…but she didn’t think it was embarrassing, she thought he was cute.

Side Note: I tend to be random.

Ruth Soukup writes a blog about being thrifty while maintaining a family and a room full of assistants to help her maintain her blog.

Side Note: I want a room full of assistants to help me with my blog.

I think this book is more geared to help craft or recipe or mommy bloggers. There are a lot of those type of blogs out there, and I guess they are easier to sponsor since they are so specific in their content.

I personally read blogs that make me laugh or are random like mine.

So are random blogs marketable?

Probably…not.

I’m sure the rest of the book is very helpful, I’ll let you know when I find time to finish reading it, or my randomness gets sponsored.

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George Clooney Admonished Me

15 Oct

I was super excited to be invited to the Press Screening of the movie: Gravity. This wasn’t opening night, mind you, this was a limited screening that the movie reviewers, radio personalities, social media gurus, and local celebrities get to go too.

I really haven’t reached any of those statuses yet, I just think someone canceled and a friend of a friend of a friend of a friend recommended me, right after Appliance Direct Infomercial Guy turned them down.

White Porcelain! White Porcelain! I am now a member of the cult White Porcelain!

Regardless, I was honored to be included. My name was even on a list. I was supposed to go up to the Clipboard Guy and tell him my name (if he didn’t already recognize me) and he was supposed to say,

“Hello, Mr. De Voss, Mrs. De Voss…so glad you could join us for George Clooney’s new movie. I’m sure George is very anxious to hear what you think. He has been texting me to see if you have arrived yet. I’ll let him know you are here.”

And I would say,

“Thank you my good man….(Super Famous People and/or Super Rich People and/or Characters From Boardwalk Empire say this to strangers) …be sure to let George know I’m here and that you can start the film now. By the way, is the popcorn free too?”

“No.”

None of that happened, because of course…I read the email wrong.

Yup. I’m an idiot.

In the body of the email it said to be there on Sept 29th at 7:30 in order to check in with the Clipboard Guy…but I didn’t pay attention to that. I paid attention to the graphic at the top of the email instead:

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I looked at the opening date of 10-4-13 instead.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooooo, needless to say….I missed the special Press Only screening. Instead of watching the movie that night I was probably eating Tacos in my underwear and screaming at the 7 year old to stop playing Sinking Submarine.*

One of the stipulations of myself and a guest being invited to the advanced screening was that I was supposed to tweet my thoughts about the movie. I got an email from Klout, who setup the whole thing, saying,

“Um, hey…yeah…hate to bug you and all…but remember that super cool press screening we got you into…you know the free one where you can rub elbows with local celebrities and media people…you know the exclusive one…where all you had to do was talk about it on Twitter…yeah…just wondering if you might find the time to…you know…do that!”

Whaaat?! I said in my mind. That was supposed to be on the 4th, how could I tweet about something I haven’t seen yet?! I may take free stuff from strangers on Twitter in exchange for them reaching a bigger audience, but I’ll be damned if I am giving a pre-determined five star rating to a movie that I haven’t seen yet!

I double checked the email where I realized my mistake.

Damn, I was super disappointed! I missed my free movie. I missed rubbing shoulders with the pregnant Channel 6 News Lady. I missed yelling at the Candy Counter Teen for my free popcorn.

I also missed my obligation to tweet the movie…which means I will probably miss future opportunities for free movies.

So I quickly sent these tweets:

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I know…I lied…I didn’t see the movie…but it’s George Clooney and Sandra Bullock…how bad could it be?

Almost immediately after sending these tweets off, I get a call from George Clooney himself:

George: Chris! How’s it going?

Chris: George Clooney?! Wow! Awesome. How did you get my number?

George: Don’t worry about that. Hey, I just saw your tweets about my new movie; Gravity…opening Oct 4th everywhere. Thank you for the nice tweets. I’m glad you liked it.

Chris: Um, it was really good, I…uh…really…uh…liked it…a lot.

George: Really? What was your favorite scene?

Chris: My favorite scene?

George: Yes, Chris. What was your favorite scene?

Chris: Oh…uh…the part where you guys where in space…yeah…

George: The whole freaking movie takes place in space. Can you be more specific?

Chris: Yes! Yes of course! Um, I like the part…um…where one of you guys was stuck to the arm of the Space Shuttle thingy, and it..uh…broke and then you floated off into space…super scary!

George: You mean the part from the trailer?!

Chris: Hahaha! That was in the trailer?! I didn’t know that…

George: You didn’t see the movie did you?

Chris: Hey, have I ever mentioned how good you where in O Brother Where Art Thou?

George: Did you?

Chris: No. I wanted to so bad, but I got the dates wrong.

George: I know. I didn’t see you at the after party, so I was wondering why you would skip that…and it occurred to me that you didn’t go to my movie and then tweet-lied about it.

Chris: Well, yes George, but I wanted to go! I did! I was worried about not being invited to another one, so I did tweet-lie…I did!

George: You owe me an apology!

Chris: For? I gave it a good review!

George: You missed my movie and then tweet-lied about it!

Chris: Really? Are you serious George?

George: I am serious!

Chris: Ok, you’re right. I’m sorry I missed your movie and then tweet-lied about it.

George: Thank you.

Chris: And I’m sorry you had to date the lesbian on The Facts of Life TV show.

George: That’s enough…

Chris: And I’m sorry ER went on for 10 years successfully after you left…

George: You are on thin ice…

Chris: And I’m sorry Oceans 12…

George: You better not finish that sentence!

Chris: You are probably right. Sorry George.

George: *click*

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*If you don’t already know, the game Sinking Submarine is a game where you stop up the bathtub and turn on the shower, thus allowing the tub to slowly fill with water, kind of like a submarine that has been hit by a torpedo in an old 70’s war movie.

My Simplistic Review Of The Smart Watch

16 Sep

Samsung, Sony, and Apple are all in the process of releasing a smart watch, because our sun tanned wrists are just begging for that albino skin patch to reappear when not wearing one.

The watch market has been declining rapidly over the last couple of years with everyone using their cell phones to keep time, as well as display the weather, play games, look at porn, and update Facebook…basically everything a watch can’t do.

The Contenders:

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Samsung Galaxy Gear

Sony SmartWatch 2

Sony SmartWatch 2 (I think it’s a bad design for a watch if you have to hold it in your palm…wait…what? Oh, nevermind…that was just for this picture.)

The Apple iWatch just released just minutes before the Apple iWatch 2 and 3.

The Apple iWatch  released just minutes before the Apple iWatch 2 and 3 is unveiled.

Let’s take a minute and go down memory lane…remember the calculator watch?

How scientific!

How scientific!

Or the game watch?

If I remember right, it was as big head.

If I remember right, it was as big as your head.

Or how about the WTF watch?

The watch for douche bags. You don't know how to read it, but it gets people to notice you.

The watch for douche bags. You don’t know how to read it, but it gets people to notice you and then ask you how to read it. Which just makes you look at someone else’s watch for the correct time.

From the initial reports the smart watch has to work in conjunction with your phone, so I don’t really see the point. It let’s you know when you missed a phone call from the phone that most likely is in your pocket…ringing…or vibrating…or vibrating and ringing…or has a dead battery…

Changing the face of the watch using a Galaxy Note 3. (My next phone! Want!)

Changing the face of the watch using a Galaxy Note 3. (My next phone! Want!)

Moving on.

You can do what you might expect it to do, play music, update Facebook/Twitter, check email, view the weather instead of looking out the window…and take pictures. Some of the smart watches allow you to use it as a phone with a blue tooth headset on, and we all know how special the people who use those day in and day out look.

The camera on the Samsung version is in the wrist band so that you can take pictures while looking like a posed Power Ranger without the Power Ranger outfit. Actually I don’t know if you have the outfit on or not. I apologize for assuming the latter.

The watches will range in the $300 range which is a little pricey for a watch unless your a rapper.

I got your SmartWatch bitch!

I got your SmartWatch bitch! (Why do you suppose this picture is taken in the bathroom?!)

One advantage the traditional watch has over the Smart Watch, the traditional watch battery can last years, whereas the Smart Watch battery is hoping to get 26 hours.

One advantage the Smart Watch has over the traditional watch, technology is cool!

My Simplistic Review Of The Simpson’s Tapped Out Help Blog With Guest Blogger Tom

19 Aug

Hey…it’s me…Chris. I have an obsession…besides the one most of you know about (boobs)…it’s the Simpson’s Tapped Out Game. I play it at least three times a day…everyday. I got a bunch of my friends to play it too. We huddle in corners at work furiously tapping our Simpson’s communities to earn money and pink donuts, closed off from the rest of the world like tapping Simpsons vampires…

Ok, maybe not quite like that.

That actually may have not made any sense…ignore that whole tapping Simpsons vampire thing…. 

Anyway, my friend Tom from the blog, TSTOhelp (which stands for The Simpsons Tapped Out Help) and myself are going to give you a brief overview of the game.

Chris: Welcome, Tom

Tom: Thanks for having me here. Big fan of the game huh?

Chris: I love this game! Tom, I thought it would be really cool if we role play for a minute. I’ll be Homer Simpson and you be a random Springfield person.

Tom: Uh, OK.

Chris: Just pretend we are walking down the street and you run into me, but remember I’m Homer, not Chris.

Tom: Yeah, I got the premise.  Hi Homer.

Chris: D’oh!

Tom: How are you doing today Homer?

Chris: D’oh!

Tom: Thanks Chris, that’s not really working. Why don’t I talk about the actual game instead.

Chris: D’oh!

Tom: Moving forward….Simpsons Tapped Out has become a worldwide obsession with people of all ages within a very short period of time, generating millions of dollars for EA by the mere act of telling people to tap furiously on their screens all in an attempt to create a village that outweighs everyone else’s.

Chris: Did you say millions?

Tom: Yes. It’s their number one revenue producing game right now.

Chris: Really? Does it make more money than Madden Football?

Tom: Yes, I believe it does. I don’t work for EA so I don’t have the exact figures on all their games.

Chris: Does it make more money than Bejeweled Temple Run Tetris  Solitaire?

Tom: I don’t think that’s a game. I think you just randomly mashed together some famous game names.

Chris: Maybe I did…

Tom: Continuing to move forward, the story of Tapped Out follows a highly likely scenario in which, Homer, playing on his ‘mypad’, accidentally causes a nuclear meltdown in the Springfield Powerplant and causes the Springfield we all know and love to be blown apart leaving nothing but himself and a green square of land.  With the help of Homer and the ‘giant finger’ (i.e. you), the task is the rebuild Springfield from scratch starting with the Simpson house.  Much like fellow real-time games such as FarmVille or The Sims series, Tapped out involves putting in time and patience to restructure Springfield however you see fit, erecting buildings and decorations reaps rewards such as XP and cash with characters in the mix as well (build a kwik-e-mart and get Apu etc.)

Chris: I like when Ned says, ‘Oh noooo’ when you assign him a task. Even when you tell him to go to church, he says it. Ironic.

Tom: Yes, the voices are done by the actual actors. The buildings all have unique animations when someone is in them. All in the Simpson style and look.

Chris:  I also like the Playboy Marge task where she goes around flashing the other characters.

Tom: There is no Playboy Marge task. This is a family game.

Chris: Well there should be. Hey, you want to see some funny pictures I took of the game?

Tom: Um, sure.

This is Nelson laughing at Cletus...only I was never fast enough to catch him with his finger up and pointing.

This is Nelson laughing at Cletus…only I was never fast enough to catch him with his finger up and pointing.

I think that's Ned they have in the barrel. I can't remember. I also like that Willie is more concerned with raking leaves, instead of the drowning Ned.

I think that’s Ned they have in the barrel. I can’t remember. I also like that Willie is more concerned with raking leaves, instead of the drowning Ned.

Ned is in double trouble here, not only is this guy beating him up in front of Burn's mansion, look to the left...there is a machine gun pointed at him too!

Ned is in double trouble here, not only is this guy beating him up in front of Burn’s mansion, but look to the left…there is a machine gun pointed at him too!

 

Tom: Those were great. All I can say is, keep practicing taking screenshots.  Thank you Chris for being extremely generous in lending me your blog for an opportunity to advertise my blog briefly; TSTOhelp It’s a relatively new daily post blog in which I provide information on The Simpsons: Tapped Out.  Walkthroughs, Building information, Charater Quests and Design tips, I take questions through my Facebook Page and through E-mail @ nam-redips15@live.co.uk – all of which I attempt to answer as soon as I get them and to the best of my ability.

I would really appreciate it if you guys could take a look (if you play the game) and share your views on the site and your experience with the game so far, I offer the chance to get involved and show me your designs and share pictures of your Springfields too!  If you don’t play the game, you really should 🙂

Chris: I love this game so much, I sometimes play while having sex.

Tom: That’s a little personal to share, don’t you think?

Chris: Sometimes I get carried away and scream, ‘Give me your pink donut!’

Tom: Maybe this wasn’t such a good idea…By the way Simpson’s Tapped Out is available on iTunes and the Android Play Market, and it’s free!

My Simplistic Review of Sharknado

14 Jul

Take a tornado…

Add sharks…

Inside of the tornado mind you…

And you have Sharknado!

It’s another one of Syfy channels, Oh-So-Bad-They-Have-To-Be-Watched movies following in the footsteps of such great classics:

Chupacabra Vs. The Almo
Flying Monkeys
12 Disasters of Christmas
Aladdin And The Death Lamp
Arachnoquake
Jersey Shore Shark Attack
Piranhaconda
Mega Python Vs Gatoroid
Sharktopus
 

Those are 100%  honest to goodness real movies.

To start the movie off, after surfing for a millisecond Ian Ziering, of 90120 fame, has to warn people that the waters have become shark infested. No one listens, of course as the camera pans back and forth across a nice bikini clad bottom.  Then a shark bites his buddy on a jet ski, followed by a huge rain storm. During the storm the sharks are picked up out of the water and deposited into a nearby restaurant on the pier.

Some creative shark kills during the shark filled restaurant scene:

Pool stick through a shark’s head.
Bar stool to shark’s jaw.
Randomly stored explosive canister jammed into shark’s mouth and blown up.
Broken shark filled Ferris Wheel rolls off the hinges, chases everyone down the boardwalk, and finally crashes into a hotel.

Now it’s storming even harder and the coastal town is flooding. As the waters rise the streets become populated with all types of sharks.

Hammerhead Sharks…
Great White Sharks…
Mortgage Lenders…
 

Ian warns some stranded motorists of the shark filled streets, but nobody is listening to him today. They all get chomped into pieces by the never satisfied fishes. I think they were waiting on Luke Perry for confirmation. One of my favorite special effects is when they needed to drive through some waves to escape to higher ground and I swear they filmed someone flicking a hot wheel with their finger to achieve this dramatic shot.

I won’t give away the whole movie but here are some key moments to look forward to when you watch it with your loved ones:

Sharks being blown out of street manholes
Tara Reid’s bad acting
Trying to pull a guy from a Shark’s mouth by his feet
Sharks swimming in a living room
Shark period jokes
Completely flooded shark filled house…except the driveway where the escape car is sitting 
Ian stopping the car a lot to try to save random strangers and most of them not listening
Shark eating through the roof of a moving car
Random decapitated Shark heads in the street
An Australian with no Australian accent whats-so-ever, except he does say, “Mate” every time he opens his mouth
MacGuyver wheelbarrow weapons
Flying a helicopter through a Sharknado
Electrified Sharks 
Blowing up the Senior Citizen’s Shark infested pool
Sharks attacking a helicopter while in the air
Shark crashing through a billboard
Ian saying, “The waters are rising!” a lot
Chainsawing yourself out of a Shark while rescuing a girl from inside it’s belly* 
 
 
I give this movie a rating of 2988 of 3000 shark teeth.
 
*Greatest scene ever!
 

My Simplistic Review Of Zombieland The TV Series

29 Apr

Amazon.com has released their first orginal program (sort of since it’s based on the movie): Zombieland The TV Series.

Along with Netflixs, Crackle, YouTube, and maybe Hulu (to lazy to fact check) this represents the direction you maybe watching TV in the future.

Watch out overpriced cable companies.

I sat down and figured out that I pay $1440 a year for cable. That’s 1106.84 in Euro my overseas amigos.

To be fair, that  price does include cable with HBO and Encore, Internet, House Phone, and a DVR.

I don’t need the house phone, but I do need HBO and AMC. HBO for True Blood, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, and Girls. AMC for Walking Dead and Breaking Bad. (Breaking Bad ends this year. If you have never watched, you should. You have to start with season one, epsiode one…yes it’s that kind of show.)

I’m trying to figure out if I can cut the Cable handcuffs. It’s $8 a month for Netflicks and Hulu Plus each. It’s $79 a year for Amazon Prime, which includes unlimited streaming of all their shows. Otherwise you are paying a price per show. And you get free shipping on crap you buy from the site.

That ends up totaling to $271 a year. I don’t know what my internet would cost unbundled. One of my friends told me they pay $79 a month. I think I can get a lower price, but I will use that for now. That gives me a grand total of $1,219 (935.75 euro or 38124.73 rubles ) a year.

It’s not that much of a savings, plus you have to add a one time expense of an Apps TV. I know what some of you techies are thinking: you can use a gaming console, google/apple TV box, or a streaming BluRay player if you want…

True…but the Apps TV is much smoother, quicker, and you only have to turn on one device instead of two.

Yup, lazy. I know.

I think I might be able to get internet for $50 a month which would bring the total down to $871 a year.

(A savings of $569 a year…and if you act now, we will throw in a second one for free!)

(A second what?)

(Shhhh! I don’t know, just go with it!)

(Whatever….)

Still debating…but regardless of the debate I do want an Apps TV….

Ooops, my review of Zombieland The TV Series…

It was hard to get used to the guy that was playing Woody Harrelson’s part…not that he was bad, just he wasn’t Woody Harrelson. Other than that the production values were much higher than I expected.

The only negatives I had was electricity and OnStar is still available in their version of the apocalypse. OnStar maybe, but electricity? Come on!

First episode is free on Amazon.com.

My Simplistic Review Of French Onion Dip Flavored Pringles

14 Nov

My Simplistic Review Of French Onion Dip Flavored Pringles

Not that good.

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I was going to leave it at that…but I started looking at the can…and I noticed something…if you zoom in closer…

No…closer…

A little more closer…

Now look really close at the bowl of dip on the table….

Right there…what is that? Let’s zoom closer…

It’s a tiny confused Will Smith head in the bowl of dip!

Weird!

My Simplistic Review Of Boardwalk Empire (Season 3 Only)

12 Oct

*Warning: Spoiler Alert*

My Simplistic Review Of Boardwalk Empire (Season 3 Only):

It sucks.

The End.

Oh, ok.

Boardwalk Empire (Season 3 only) is chalk full of dialogue. If you like to listen to a lot of people talking about things you don’t understand or even have the vague notion of what is going on..or if you like rewinding a scene six times over so that you can try to figure out who that character is and if you have seen them before, then Boardwalk Empire is the show for you.

Seriously, why do they dress everyone the same?

The End.

Boardwalk Empire used to be a great show about the Prohibition Era starring Steve Buscemi and a bunch of unknown people…except for one guy who I saw play a creepy dude that killed a family in a movie once. At the end of Season 2, they killed that guy, whose name was Jimmy in the show, thus setting up the suckitude that has become Season 3. I recommend watching Seasons 1 and 2, and then pretending that the show got cancelled. I would even recommend walking around and telling your friends that you “can’t believe they cancelled Boardwalk Empire, it was so good!” And how you wish they renewed it for a third season. When your friends tell you there is a third season, scream: Noooooo! and start pulling on your hair like it’s on fire and run out of the room.

You bastards pay me nothing. I do this shit for free.

My Simplistic Review Of Boardwalk Empire (Season 3 Only):

It sucks.

The End.

Some “revealing” swimsuits from the show.

My Simplistic Review of Table Top

20 Aug

I really like this YouTube show, TableTop.

It’s where they take old tables, remove the tops, and teach you how to refurbish them. So fascinating. Makes my power tool belt giddy with excitement. Today’s installment dealt with a 200 year old coffee table once used by Napoleon. Apparently he wasn’t fond of coasters, also left several burnt cigarette holes in the top and some sort of nasty white film all over the left side. Our host Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame, will take us on a magical transformation of bringing this table top back to mint condition. Just like the day Napoleon got it from Chambres to Go.

Ok. The show is not really about that.

You probably already knew that.

Because you’re smart.

And I have a confession to make. I don’t own a power tool belt. I don’t even own any power tools. (I will spare you the obvious joke.)

I shouldn’t. I could probably, easily staple my hand to the wall…while installing floor tile.

But when I describe the show to you, it may or may not sound just as lame.

But it’s not. Trust me.

Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame, invites 3 internet celebrities to play board games with him while they film and edit it into a nice under 30 minute package.

Wait. Don’t click out of this post yet….

You have to watch. I promise you’ll find it entertaining.

I so want to play a game with Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame. I’m not saying I’m an internet celebrity, I’m just saying Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame, makes playing board games look super fun again.

That is until I gather my own kids together to try to recreate the show, pull out a board game…

…get the cries of, “Do we have to? I would rather play video games!”…

…stop the, “You’re cheating! fight”…

…listen to the, “I’m quitting!” declarations…

…and wish I was playing with Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame, and his friends instead.

I decided to give it a try with one particular game that I thought everyone would like: Ticket To Ride. A big disappointment thanks to Target with a 50 dollar price tag. Just kind of broke right now…that money needs to go to groceries.

Amazon had a little better price…but I don’t know how much shipping would be…

Check it out on YouTube. There are about 9 or 10 episodes, maybe more, a different game each week. Plus bonus features.

I like bonus features.

Side Note: Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame, has a hot wife.

Side Note Part Two: I hope that didn’t hurt my chances of getting on the show.

Side Note Part Three: David Harding wants to play as well…can we be on the same show?

Side Note Part Four: If the hot wife comment made you mad…Wil Wheaton, of Stand By Me and Star Trek fame…don’t punish David Harding…that was all me.

My Simplistic Review of HBO’s The Newsroom

11 Jul

I love HBO original programming.

The current schedule HBO is offering is incredible.

First you have Boardwalk Empire which originally I only tuned in to see Steve Buscemi, but ended up being hooked on the show. It is about prohibition in Atlantic City at the turn of the century. (The 1900s, not the 2000s!)

*Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

Then there’s Veep with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. It’s a bit talky for me, but as a teenager I had a crush on Julia when she was on Saturday Night Live. As with all Louis-Dreyfus stuff it’s awkward funny.

*Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Veep

Girls is another show. It’s really quirky. You have to stick with it a little while to get into it. It is only a half hour long, so I watched it while waiting for True Blood to come back on the air.

*Lena Dunham in Girls

And of course, Game of Thrones. If your not watching this show, you should be, but you have to start at the beginning…don’t be doing that watch one episode in the middle of season 3 thing and then declare it was the stupidest thing ever.

The only complaint I have on Game of Thrones is I can’t keep track of anyone’s names. The cast, as I have it, consists of: the midget, the queen, the little girl, her sister, the stupid boy king, the midget’s friend, the cripple, the dragon girl who used to get naked a lot but now doesn’t, the scar face man, the gay king…there’s more, but I think you see where I’m going with this…

*A monster from Game of Thrones

So now there is The Newsroom. It’s about a cable TV network’s newsroom.

The End.

No, just joking. It has Jeff Daniels in it, playing the same character he played in Dumb and Dumber.

Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumber

No, just joking again. He is playing an asshole news anchor who is more worried about his likability with the audience then his likability with anyone or anything else.

*Jeff Daniels in The Newsroom

The show was created by Aaron Sorkin, so you know there is going to be lots of dialogue and lots of people walking and talking in tight corridors. (A la West Wing and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip)

There are some supporting characters as well: his ex-girlfriend now producer, another producer, a up and coming producer, a producer who left, an Indian guy, and a really hot chick that sits in the background a lot and only says one or two things in a single show.

It’s pretty good so far, but they do talk a lot of politics…and I’m just not into politics that much, so I’m not sure exactly what they are talking about. But I do like Jeff Daniel’s asshole character which fills a void that House M.D. left when it went of the air.

*Apparently in all HBO promo shots, the actors have to have the same far-off stare look.