Monday, October 31, 2016

Star Trek episode 3 review

This is the most boring episode I've ever seen.  Tasha Yar got kidnapped by some human-like alien race.  But their culture depends on honor and respect and zzzzzzzzzz...........

How many more episodes until Yar gets killed off?  Does she seriously last the entire first season?

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Star Trek reviews, episodes 1-2

Hulu is missing a lot of good shows nowadays, like Ice Road Trucker and Big Fix Alaska.  What bullshit!

But I may as well get my money's worth by re-watching some classics, like Star Trek: The Next Generation.  I don't know how many episodes I've seen.  Probably less than half.  So I'll just watch the whole series from episode 1.

Episode 1, Encounter at Farpoint:
God damn, they didn't waste any time introducing the best character.  I've read that the series took a while to find its footing, and so I assumed the writers wouldn't get around to creating the best character until a few seasons in.  But they led off with Q right away.  They knew what they were doing!  Also, Counslor Troi is doing an annoying Jean Grey impression.  I sense...great sorrow! Ahhh!  That's going to get annoying real quick.  Does she do that throughout the entire series?

Episode 2, The Naked Now:
They sure like freezing people on this show.  That's three times in the first two episode.  It's the one practical effect we've mastered. Let's get the most out of it!

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Miles Teller

I googled the phrase "Miles Teller needs to fire his agent" and surprisingly there was only one result.  Seems low.  Maybe google isn't returning every result.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Top with Wink! Or Die!

I subscribe to the Wink ice cream YouTube channel.  They appeared on Shark Tank a year ago and were derided because their product tastes like crap.  I tried it myself.  Guess what?  It does taste like crap.  

Wink is owned by husband and wife Gabe and Ani.  They're, like, a couple of yuppies.  (I don't know if that's the right term.)  But they keep uploading these cooking videos in which Ani bakes desserts, and we see step-by-step instructions for how to make donuts, or cupcakes.  But then, the final step of EVERY single recipe is:"Top with Wink."

Why would you ruin a perfectly-good dessert every time?  No one watches these videos, by the way.  They get like 30 views each.  Gordon Ramsey could shill an omelette maker and get half a million views, and they're stuck on 30.

Can you imagine being a guest at their home for dinner?  And after the main course, you get served a delicious-looking dessert.  Then you tense wait for it coming?  Yes, it's coming.  Ani disappears to the kitchen and comes back a minute later with 5 pints of Wink.  "And now...we top with Wink!"  Everyone screams in terror and runs out the door.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Somewhere, Joe Paterno is smiling.

Penn State upsets Ohio State!  Check out the highlights below, courtesy of the Big Ten Network:

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Typo Terror

I noticed gmail has an option now that will give you a 10-second window after sending an e-mail in order to hit the "undo" button.  That's pretty nifty, but what they should implement is a notification that pops up right after you send an e-mail that points out any typos you made.  Because for some reason, most typos only become visible after you hit "send" on an e-mail.

Friday, October 14, 2016


All the NFL games should be broadcast on Twitter.  I'd watch every time.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

There Is Only One Thing We Say to Jury Duty

Jury duty.  How terrifying!  I was scheduled to serve today, and like a fool I waited until Friday to go online to seek a postponement.  Sure enough, the juror website told me I couldn't get a postponement on such short notice.

At 4 A.M., my brain noticed the 1-800 number on the summons, and so I dialed it and selected a new service date after following the voice prompt. But in the back of my mind I knew it couldn't be that easy.

So at 9:00 A.M., I went to Centre Street and took a detour into Room 139, and the woman sitting at the desk had no problem granting me a postponement right on the spot!  She also noted that my 4 A.M. "request" hadn't entered into the system yet.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Seamless tipping

Here's an etiquette question:  When I order from Seamless, I usually choose to go pick it up.  So is there any real reason to give a tip in that situation?  They're not coming to me; I'm going to them.

If I just happened to walk up to the counter and placed an order in the normal fashion, I wouldn't feel obligated to give a tip...

I tip 5% anyway, cause I think the receipt usually shows that type of information when they're preparing the order.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Curse you Wells Fargo!

I went into Wells Fargo to close my checking account, because they were taking a $12 monthly fee.  The guy at the desk convinced me not to close the account; or, rather, he convinced me to create a second checking account with a few supposed conveniences, such as being able to use a non-Wells Fargo ATM three times a month without a fee.  Also, he explained the bank wouldn't charge a fee if I maintained a balance of $1,500.  And he reimbursed me for the most-recent $12 fee.

Okay, fine.  I agreed to give the new checking account a shot to see if it's worthwhile.

Except, I later learned, the guy at the desk didn't close my first checking account when he created the second checking account.  So now I've got two checking accounts for some reason.

Damn you, Wells Fargo.  That wasn't part of the deal!  No wonder your CEO resigned!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

A good NYTimes feature

You know what's a good feature?  The news alert.  I get it delivered to my inbox, and I specifically moved it from my "Promotions" tab to my "Primary" tab.  Theoretically, I can take a break from the online news cycle without having to worry that I'm missing an important story--like when some asshole blows up a dumpster.

Furthemore, the news alerts pertain to actual news!  It's not like I'm going to get a news alert about Demi Lovato being fat-shamed online.

Monday, October 3, 2016

Football Horrors

I was watching the Redskins/Giants game, and during the Giants' final drive the commentators mentioned something about how Eli Manning had led so many winning 4th quarter drives.... and how an opposing team's defense wouldn't want to face Manning in this situation, etc...

Have the commentators not been watching Eli Manning for the past couple years?  I would be surprised if Manning didn't fuck up in this type of situation nowadays!  Sure enough, he then threw an interception.

Fucking announcers.  I have eyes.  I know what's been happening.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Poor Idris Elba

I read an article on Cinemablend about Idris Elba and how much he hated having to shoot Thor: The Dark World  And I wonder if he's disappointed that he got stuck playing Heimdall instead of waiting a couple years and getting cast as one of the main characters in Black Panther?

It seems like all the most-talented young black actors are getting roles in Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael B. Jordan), and all the funniest black actors are getting roles in Spiderman: Homecoming (Donald Glover, Hannibal Buress).  Meanwhile, Idris Elba is stuck standing on a bridge all day.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Blogging Schedule, or Lack Thereof

Alright, I've reached the conclusion that posting at a specific hour each day is more of a hindrance than a help.  Maybe I'll adjust that thinking later, but for now I'll just post at whichever time of day is the most convenient.

I'll still make one post each day, however.  That was a system I used a couple years ago, and it worked pretty well.  I guess it didn't need to be updated.