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All things entertainment!

Why you need to Raise YOUR Bar

It’s time to raise YOUR bar! Starting now! Get on it and stop the continual slide toward human idiocy.

How do you raise your bar? It’s not easy. If it were easy, we’d all be speaking coherently, talking about real issues, standing up straight while dressed professionally. But, like all things that need fixing, it will take more time to fix it than it has to have broken it. This is the Catch-22 inherent to the problem. People want things immediately regardless of the cost, and scoff at the effort and resources it takes to change them. Grown lazy by years of getting things when and how they wanted them, any effort required is met with resistance. So, people tended to give up and compromise in order to avoid a fight. How then, do you raise your bar? Continue reading

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Achievements

“Achievements are one’s way of patting oneself on the back and then pushing forward to achieve even more.” – Tim Barley, earlier this morning

a·chieve·ment

[uh-cheev-muhnt]

noun

1. something accomplished, especially by superior ability,special effort, great courage, etc.; a great or heroic deed.
APOLOGIES IF TODAY’S POST SEEMS POORLY EDITED, I’M USING REPLACEMENT EDITORS Continue reading
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Horror Film Awareness and Survival.

Only you can save yourself if you ever find yourself in a horror film…

So excited!

With the impending return of “American Horror Story: Asylum” and “Walking Dead” next month, I thought it might be a good idea to prep all my readers to understand when they’re in a horror film, how best to survive it, and be the survivor who regales movie executives with the tale in order to sell the movie rights so that they can put themselves in a similar situation for the sequel.

I’ve written on the topic of disaster survival and a zombie apocalypse in a previous blog. Where that blog touched on prepping before and surviving after an apocalypse, today’s blog will touch on general horror movie moments that will help you recognize when you’re in a horror movie situation. But, I won’t just leave you there like some local townie that gets off on watching the tourists struggle for survival. No, I’ll give you suggestions on what to do when you recognize your imminent peril and how to keep yourself alive and sell the movie rights.

Whether it’s who you are, where you are, the weather or just things seem off, here are some ways to recognize and survive. Continue reading

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The Fall TV Schedule – Who Gets The Hook First?


 

Fall TV: The TV schedule is not just baseball and “reality” on the networks anymore.

Fall TV schedule for the networks

Network schedule. Or where the vanilla go to play.

My TV schedule is about to get a lot more cluttered. It’s nearing the beginning of the traditional fall TV season. You know, the time of year that Americans huddle around their TV’s and begin to pack on the winter insulation. As my summer favorites – “Suits,” “Burn Notice,” “Breaking Bad,” “Wilfred” and “Falling Skies,” (all of which are NOT on network TV, by the way) for example – finish up their summer seasons, and Labor Day comes and goes, it’s time to reset the DVR. Some of my favorite shows were renewed (“Community” and “30 Rock” among them) for short seasons this year. A few of my old favorites are unfortunately clinging to life (“The Office”). And, there are some new shows that I am looking forward to checking out. Continue reading

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Hard Things…

(minds out of the gutter, people…)

hard things

This hasn’t happened to any book I own. Ever.

Last weekend, one of my friends’ friends related a story that she had dropped her Nook on the floor of her parking garage when she got out of the car. It cracked the screen, which didn’t really matter anyway as the device wouldn’t turn on after the fall. She complained that she was going to be without any reading material for her upcoming trip to the U.K.

I said that I felt her pain as I had been reading a book the other day and it had fallen off my chair and into the sand at the beach. Not only had I gotten sand in between the pages, but I had lost my place! Luckily, I was able to get the sand out and found my page and back to reading I went.

Of course she was under 30 and didn’t understand the satirical nature of my comment (satire IS lost on the young). But, it demonstrates that there is STILL a market for “hard things” in this world like books, DVD’s magazines and newspapers. Not everything needs to be digital.

Environmental benefits aside, the world’s rush to transfer everything to digital might one day have its drawbacks. Sure, downloading a film from your TV’s On Demand feature or from NetFlix’s Internet service is getting easier and faster. But solar storms, power outages and natural disasters are just lurking around the corner (or maybe you HAVEN’T been paying attention to this blog). And of course forgetting to recharge your device of choice is an age-old problem that can lead to not having any media at your disposal.

I like books. And DVD’s. And the paper. And hard copies of emails, scripts and notes. These are just a few of them and why I like them still:

Books

 

hard things

This is one of my bookcase. Classified as fiction. There is one of non-fiction and boxes of old Stephen King novels with mom and dad.

I love books because I love to read. Fiction, non-fiction, historical, instructional; they ARE an incredible effing pain to lug around when I move, and so I don’t plan to move often or anytime soon. Also, they don’t need an Internet WiFi connection to load, they don’t run out of a charge and when you drop them, they don’t break. PLUS, they are a cool conversation piece when your date comes over sees how well read you are when looking through your bookcase (maybe she’ll even find that copy of “The Big Book of Sex”). If you’re trying to prove how well read you are by leaving out your kindle to the menu page, then you’re just a douche-bag.

DVD’s

 

hard things

When you’re rolling back home late at night and you just have to watch “Joe Dirt.”

I have a pretty good DVD collection. It could be better. It’s important to have this when your cable company is  having issues or when the neighbors accidentally cut your Verizon cable while doing some work on the building. OR when the DirecTV satellite goes behind a rain cloud… Plus, when you really want to watch “Beerfest,” “Joe Dirt,” or “Southland Tales,” late at night they might not always be readily found On Demand.

The newspaper and magazines

I subscribe to the LA Times. Sure, it’s mostly for the crossword and my new addiction (frustrating addiction) to Sudoku. But, it’s also a great source of news. Not the news on the front page, which has been cut, washed and dried per the editorial dictations of the editors-in-chief’s politics. The little stories near the end of each section are simply the best. Where else can you learn that a black bear had to be removed for the third time from a Glendale pool?

Each one of these mediums does have a common theme: they can all be shared easily by walking over to your friends’ house and having an actual interpersonal conversation and saying, “Here is that new copy of ‘Shades of Grey’ you and your wife wanted.” (And, NO, I don’t mean the trashy S&M novel. I mean Jasper Fforde’s “Shades of Grey.” And if you’re not reading Jasper Fforde, you’re dumb.)

I have made one total conversion to digital: music. I can’t remember the last time I bought a CD and I don’t know anyone who does. Maybe the future holds the same for me and all the hard things I like, but I’m going to go kicking and screaming.

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