Archive for category: General

Concerting on the other side of 40

24 Sep
September 24, 2017

I’ve noticed two big differences in how I approach concerts than I did when I was younger.

  1. I no longer feel the need or desire to be in the crush around the stage. Hell, I’m willing to pAy a bit extra to get seats away from the floor.

  2. Ear pro. I remember boasting of being slightly deaf to my dad after he picked me up from a Faith No More concert. I was stupid back then.

I’m sure there are more, but those were the two that stuck out at me.

Why Am I An Optimist?

29 Aug
August 29, 2017

Because as bad as civil discourse on social media can get, there are people who prove that when the fecal matter impacts the turbine the good get going. Case in point: the Cajun Navy.

These are folks who dropped everything, hitched up their boats, and drove for hours on the chance that they can rescue people in their darkest hour. Not because someone was paying them or they were forced to at gunpoint, but because of an altruistic desire to save lives. One guy in the article reports rescuing forty people. Forty Frickin’ People.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why I’m generally optimistic when it comes to people.

Want to Help Harvey’s Victims?

29 Aug
August 29, 2017

Charity Navigator put up its vetted charities working to help the victims from Hurricane Harvey.

Mine will be going to the American Red Cross, but find one that appeals to you.

Derek’s Mildly Useful Reviews – The Hitman’s Bodyguard

27 Aug
August 27, 2017

I suck at doing reviews. Still, I feel the need to express my opinions about various things. So, for my first mildly useful review, “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”.

TL;DR – Amusing as hell with a decent amount of pleasing action tropes

The Good:

1. Ryan Reynolds

2. Samuel L. Jackson

3. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson playing off of each other

4. Lots of gunfights, chases, and explosions

5. Selma Hayek

The Bad:

1. Plot barely hangs together

2. Reynolds love story is kinda stupid

3. This is not “John Wick” with better actors

Pat and Martina Do a Duet

07 Apr
April 7, 2015

Miguel posted this video up of Pat Benetar and Martina McBride singing Martina’s “Independence Day.”

I absolutely adore Martina’s expression when Pat sings the chorus. You can just see how honored she is that this legend is singing her song.

Yes, as surprising as this might be, I do like music other than metal.

This Would Be Interesting to Watch

25 Feb
February 25, 2015

Epic trailer is epic:

Update: Apparently the video’s been pulled. As soon as I find it again, I’ll update the link.

Don’t Mess With Texans

12 Feb
February 12, 2015

Robber doing a high speed chase collided with the wrong van.

From Battleswarm, who noted it was a good thing the robber was lucky he didn’t encounter someone with a CHL.

For Those of You Planning on Using TurboTax

06 Feb
February 6, 2015

TurboTax has halted state returns after eighteen states complained about fraud.

This is just state-level returns, but something to take into consideration when selecting tax software. Even the IRS doesn’t really trust TurboTax. Not sure if that is a condemnation or endorsement, though.

Yet Another Tragedy That Could Have Been Prevented By Guns

02 Feb
February 2, 2015

Monday Fiction resumes next week.

Signs of Stroke

21 Nov
November 21, 2014

I’m borrowing (stealing) this from Jennifer.