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Apr 152015
 
Lords of the Sith

Lords of the SithThe book Lords of the Sith is the BEST Star Wars book I have ever read. (Okay it is the first Star Wars book I have ever read, but it makes me wonder why haven’t I read more before.)

I can thank the folks over at TheMarySue.com for pointing it and a bunch of other cool stuff out to me. So, hey, Thanks!

Normally, I hate books that bounce between characters every other chapter, but in this one I didn’t mind it so much. Except for that one time when I had to actually back up and re-read some things because I got lost.

This has a compelling story, that I believe it is set between the Clone Wars and the new Rebels series (which I recently watched and got so hooked on — I didn’t want to get wrapped up in it). Even though from the beginning we know the rebels (or in this case the Ryloth freedom fighters as there is no rebellion as of yet) are going to fail. Their goal in the book is to hunt down and kill Darth Vader and the Emperor (yeah, we all know who actually does do that and it isn’t a bunch of Twi’leks. But boy was I really starting to root for them and hope they could actually pull it off.

Like I said you wind up having to keep several stories straight, Vader & the Emperor, Cham and his Twi’lek rebels, Moff Mors (the Imperial in charge of Ryloth and the first LGBQT character in the Star Wars cannon) and Belkor (The Imperial traitor). So you can see why I got lost for a bit.

Apr 152015
 
3stooges-set

3stooges-setThe fine folks over at DogToys.com are having a giveaway right now.

All you have to do is fill out the little, easy-peasy online form and you are entered (by now everybody on the net should have entered a rafflecopter giveaway and knows how they are done). You can get extra entries by tweeting, liking the facebook page and reviewing products.

These toys are fun and even if you don’t have a dog but love the Stooges (and who doesn’t) you should head over and enter. Who knows you could be one of the 3 lucky winners. Good luck.

Enter the contest herehttp://www.dogtoys.com/contest-giveaways-free-stuff.html

 

 

 

Feb 122015
 

O Joy! today just proved to me why I don’t normally arrive to work on time. I usually show up closer to 9:30 than 9:00 and it is because I am either sitting in jammed traffic or about to be killed like today).

In my rearview mirror I spotted a car barreling down on me and I had no where to go. I was already in the left (passing) lane next to a truck and the cement median…no where to go and at nearly 80mph already neither me nor my car was willing to go any faster to try and get out of this guys way. I honestly have know idea why he was trying to pass her or why he felt he could do so by getting behind me and pushing me out of the way. I really wish cops were around to see this kind of thing or even willing to ticket someone when we have video evidence like this or their aggressive driving tactics.

any who….here is the vid of the guy that scared the pants off of me this morning (all the fun is in the first minute so no need to watch the whole thing)

So while I was trying to find the video of this a-hole I wound up watch the five minute clip prior to the one that had him on it. In this vid I spotted a bunch of other aggressive drivers anyone of which may have been the reason he was being such a jerk. Amazing what goes on behind you that you only glimpse a few seconds of when briefly checking your rearview mirrors.

Please note: the rear view camera is a mirrored image.

Nov 122014
 

The other day driving into work an idiot driver decided to exit on the right from the far left lane after speeding through a 45 mph zone. (wish I could send these videos to the police and let them send out a ticket to the guys….they do it when it is their traffic cams maybe they should use ANY cam to make the roads safe for us all….especially when it comes to aggressive drivers like this).

I got my dashboard cam because I had a rash of aggressive drivers doing stupid things around me on the highway and I needed proof should anything ever happen to me while commuting to and from work.

Here is the video 30 seconds are boring but at about :31 I get over from the left lane to the right and two cars speed past me (I usually go a bit over the speed limit myself in this area so these guys are probably going around 60+ mph) then they get really stupid. Instead of getting over when safe to make the exit like I did  they both assume they can pass the long of traffic and still get off the exit (yes and no). The video does not show just how close these cars were to other cars and how dangerous this situation could have been. But they both cut people off to get into the right lane and then go at the same time onto the exit (which we do clearly see in the video). Watch…

Jul 122014
 

As a kid I got a Merlin for Christmas or my birthday one year and I loved that game. I still have my original Merlin sadly one of the LED lights is burnt out. I will probably need to try and fix that at some point.

Merlin

I spent so many hours playing with this game. I no longer have the manual but thanks to the wonders of the internet I was able to download it. So once I get that LED light fixed I will be able to relive my childhood.

I think there was a reissue of this game awhile back but it did not stick around like Simon did.

Some Merlin links

 

 

Jul 112014
 

One of my favorite 80s bands is out touring this summer. If you can catch The Go-Go’s in a town near you do it (tour is actually half over). Saw them last year and I am just as excited to see them this year! Last year they were with the Psychedelic Furs this year they are with Scandal, The Motels, Naked Eyes and Cutting Crew. It will be like listening to a mix tape.

Speaking of mix tapes…back in the day K-Tel was the king of mix tapes. I picked up a cassette at K-Mart, seems like a million years ago now, called The Beat. I loved that tape. I don’t remember thinking all the songs were my favorites but I like most of them if not all of them and played the tape until it started sounding all weird and worn out. I am pretty sure I still have that tape around here somewhere even though it doesn’t sound right any more.

Here is the sound list:

  • A Flock Of Seagulls – I Ran (So Far Away)
  • Kim Wilde – Kids In America
  • Haircut One Hundred – Love Plus One
  • Sparks – I Predict
  • Split Enz – I Got You
  • Graham Parker – You Hit The Spot
  • The Waitresses – I Know What Boys Like
  • Go-Go’s – We Got The Beat
  • Bow Wow Wow – I Want Candy
  • Duran Duran – Girls On Film
  • Thompson Twins – In The Name Of Love
  • Depeche Mode – Dreaming Of Me
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Joan Of Arc
  • Billy Idol – Hot In The City

Need to dig through the old MP3s and get a playlist setup to mimic this blast from my past.

 

Dec 052013
 

My normal collecting mania is Star Trek, but lately I have been sticking to just getting LEGO stuff instead. Then of course Hasbro came out with the Kre-o Star Trek line and I had to have it all!

Look at all this cool stuff! (Some of which Target has on clearance…I almost wish I had waited. But maybe now I can get doubles of everything.)

 

Dec 042013
 

I am an admitted brickoholic.

This past month has been a whirlwind of LEGO buying and building. Started with the LEGO store’s annual VIP event. Which is an invitation only event that I have been going to for the past 3 years now (guess because I buy so much from them…if only there was a way to get credit for all the sets I buy from Toys R Us and Target too). In the past we were given a discount at the register, so this year I had planned on buying the two big sets I have wanted for the past year but never got.  So as November neared an end I never got my invite from LEGO. I gave the store a call and I was on their list so they told me when it was and to come on in they would have my invitation there for me. YEAH!

So off I went had a grand time and met some great folks from DelVaLUG and a very nice BrickLink dealer who is starting up a blog. Got me some great LEGO sets and had some fun.

Afterwards I hopped online and joined the online forums for both PennLUG and DelVaLUG. Maybe I will start going to meetings and get to hang out with other AFOLs and learn a few tricks on building. Right now my attention is geared more toward LEGO trains. I have been setting up my 9 volt track under our tree for years and I want to expand it.

I bought my first [amazon_link id=”B003A2JCR2″ target=”_blank” ]remote controlled (power functions) train[/amazon_link] this month too and set it up under the tree at work. So I will have to find a way to work out the battery operated trains into my new train world. But I don’t know if you can do good old fashioned steam locomotives or if it is just new-fangled trains that are big enough to house all the power functions gadgets.

Lego Adventure Vol 2 Also got a pretty cool book: [amazon_link id=”1593275129″ target=”_blank” ]The LEGO Adventure Book, Vol. 2: Spaceships, Pirates, Dragons & More![/amazon_link] Now I need to make me a TRAGON. That’s a train dragon.

But wait the LEGO purchasing madness does not stop there. LEGO.com had a great black friday sale so I scooped up a bunch a storage boxes, a 2014 calendar, and a few sets. They should be arriving soon.

Yesterday, Target.com had a sale on LEGO sets so I grabbed a few there too. Now to find room for all of them and time to build them all!

Dec 032013
 

I have been soup nazi-ed by Mimoco. It started out because I asked for the difference from the sale price I paid on Friday for the advertised sale price on Monday, which was a thirteen dollar difference in the item I was getting. They refused to give me the price difference and quoting some little […]

Aug 212013
 

Elysium: Entertainment or Pure Propaganda? (via http://worldnewscurator.com) Hollywood is often accused of being part of a ‘liberal media elite’, using its considerable power to promote a liberal political agenda. The idea of a liberal media bias is easy to understand – even if you don’t agree with it – when you’…