Italian knockoffs.

So it’s Friday and that means another edition of Friday Fun. If this is your first time hearing of this glorious event, it’s basically dinner and a movie at Zig and Anne’s, my friends, house. It’s more of an experience than an event, though.

Tonight’s dinner is hamburgers and dogs from the grill, some cookies courtesy of Sarah (they are being baked now if I’m not mistaken), and I brought the Safeway version of Cinnabon (don’t you fucking judge me).

Zig decided on a shark theme for the film tonight, and we never go obvious, so Jaws (and its sequels) are out of the question, as well as Sharknado and its ilk. Instead we’re doing The Last Shark (aka Great White) or Cruel Jaws (aka Jaws 5), or possibly both, time depending. Both are Italian knockoffs of Jaws, which is a fascinating topic in itself and one I’m not nearly educated enough to talk about. But you should look up Italian knockoff movies of the ’80s. It’s pretty fascinating.

Here’s the trailers for what we’ll be getting into tonight. Don’t be jealous.

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Today was chill.

Today was a good day. The a/c guy, David, came out and took a look at my heat pump. Unfortunately it wasn’t the capacitor like I had hoped and like my buddy Roman had suggested. That was the first thing David looked at and said he would have been surprised if that was it because he had replaced that a few months ago when he had replaced the motor. It ended up being something else that cost some money, which was fine because what am I going to do? He seems like a solid guy, he has a great rating on Angie’s List and I don’t know shit about heat pumps, so there’s no complaint here. All I know is my a/c is working after being without for 24 hours and that money I spent today was well worth it. I think the next time it breaks down I’ll just replace the whole thing. That thing is at least 14 years old, well past its prime, so I’ll probably be looking at a new one in the next year or two.

The whole thing was pretty good all around. I’ve been trying to get a handle on my anxiety lately for a variety of reasons, and I took this whole heat pump situation in relative stride. It didn’t stress me out nearly as much as I thought it would, and that’s a good thing. I’ve been stressed the fuck out for the past year and I can’t figure out why, and it’s been affecting my health. Lately I’ve been trying to use some techniques my therapist has suggested and those seem to be working somewhat. I may even start taking Yoga at the Y up the street from me. They have a class every Sunday from 5 – 6 and since I’m generally not doing anything anyway, I might as well go see what it’s all about. Even if it doesn’t help, there’s will surely be some ladies wearing yoga pants, and that will help with the stress.

I also got good news in our staff meeting today. I’ve been really buried at work lately with new hires requesting laptops, and my co-workers are doing me a solid and helping take some of that load off, freeing me up to train another department on how to train new laptop users. Basically, if I can get them all trained up, it takes a HUGE amount of work off of me so I can focus on other things. I’m really looking forward to this, and after today’s meeting, I’ll be getting the help to get it done sooner than later.

The good hits kept coming because my credit card FINALLY arrived in the mail, so I was able to pay off a few outstanding Kickstarter projects and renew my Sirius/XM account for another 6 months (at a GREAT price, about $5 a month). Plus, after talking to the folks at my bank, they mentioned a deal they had on their credit card, which happened to be 0% interest on transfers and new purchases for the first 12 months. The guy seemed surprised when I told him how much credit card debt I had. It’s pretty low, but it’s not low enough where jumping on this deal wouldn’t save me some money.

To cap off a pretty decent day, I got some work stuff accomplished from home and then watched An Honest Liar3 Days of the Condor48 Hours, and the first 30 minutes of Above the Law. So, yeah, today was a good day.

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Worth the watch.

It’s running late and after yesterday’s knowledge bomb, I’m a bit tapped for ideas. However, I want to make sure I get at least seven straight days of posts, so we’ll consider this a cheat day.

I caught this video yesterday and if you are a horror fan, check it out. It’s well worth the watch.

There are two deals below. One is Kingdom of Heaven on Blu-ray for $5.00. The other is a stellar $9.99 deal for a classic film. If you can’t see it, disable your pop-up blocker for this site. (I promise, the only thing you’ll see are the Amazon deals I post, no pop-ups.)

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Ever since I bought my Escape a few years ago with the fancy Sync technology, I’ve been listening to podcasts a lot more. Mainly because I can just stream them through my radio via the Bluetooth. The problem, though, is going through the limitless podcasts out there and finding those nuggets of gold worth subscribing too.

While this is an ever-changing and growing list (and will no doubt be moved over to its own page like the Soul Cinema and Dragon Dynasty collections), here’s what I’m listening to more or less regularly right now:

First up,  I use Podkicker Pro to handle my podcasts. Mainly because fuck iTunes and I’m not a fan of the Stitcher app. The only downside is if you can’t find an RSS feed for the podcast, you are kind of screwed, but I’ve only run into that one time (I’m looking at you Two Guys, One Mic OMG GET A PROPER RSS FEED).

These are going to be in order as they are listed on Podkicker because I can’t be assed to put them in a ranked order.

Blood Lust with Bailey Jay – This one is only three episodes in as of this writing, and I’m already really digging it. It’s a horror-based podcast (most of these will be), but Bailey doesn’t review movies. The first three have been her talking to people about horror in general. I love this because everyone reviews movies. Heads up, Bailey Jay is a porn star, so be wise when searching her out.

Clublife by Tiesto – The only music podcast on this list. If you like trance/techno, this is for you. This is what I generally listen to every day on the metro when I’m reading.

Harmontown – Led by the creator of Community, Dan Harmon, this one is just funny. I’ve never been disappointed (and I’ve never seen an episode of Community). I have to assume if you like Community, you’ll like this. (And make sure to watch the documentary Harmontown too.)

Invisibilia – This one is under the NPR umbrella, and it’s about the “…invisible forces that control human behavior – ideas, beliefs, assumptions and thoughts.” It’s sciencey without feeling sciencey.

Knifepoint Horror – While I’ve only listened to two episodes of this, I really like what I’ve heard so far. Basically it’s someone telling you a scary story. I found town, the first one, absolutely terrifying.

Kumail Nanjiani’s The X-Files Files – I first heard Kumail on the above-mentioned Harmontown and found him funny as shit. He mentioned this podcast a couple times and I finally got around to listening to it and I’m hooked. Basically, he’s going through The X-Files and discussing some key episodes from it. He also has guests each week. I’m only up to the beginning of the second season, but he’s had Mark Snow and Dean Haglund as guests. I’m really digging this one, especially since I’ve been watching The X-Files off and on lately. Side note, Kumail stars in the HBO show Silicon Valley and is probably one of the best hosts of the podcasts listed here.

Lore – For the lack of a better description, I’ll just steal it from its site. Lore “…is a bi-weekly podcast about true life scary stories.” For example, the last one I listened to was about H.H. Holmes’ happy hotel. Once I get my credit card back, I’m going to support this guy on Patreon, I think.

Radiolab – The best way I can describe this one is it’s like This American Life, but with more science. I love how this is edited.

Serial – If you listen to podcasts and have not heard of Serial…I don’t know what to say. This blew up last year as it told the tale of a murder in Baltimore and how possibly the wrong man was convicted for it. It’s currently between seasons, so if you haven’t listened to the first season yet, you should do so now. The best part about it is it’s (relatively) even handed and unbiased. I don’t think Adnan Syed (the man convicted of the murder) is necessarily innocent, but I think he deserves a new trial (which he’s apparently getting). A podcast born out of this, Undisclosed: The State vs Adnan Syed focuses ENTIRELY on his case. I want to like it more, but it’s hard for me to get into because they really are biased. However, you might like it even if you think like I do because my buddy Darrell digs it and he also thinks Adnan isn’t completely innocent.

Stuff to Blow Your Mind | Stuff You Missed in History Class | Stuff You Should Know – These three fall under the “How Stuff Works” banner and I enjoy them all almost equally (I like Stuff You Missed in History Class a bit more than the other two). I don’t listen to all of the episodes in each of those, but I do usually download one or two each week. If you dig Discovery Channel (when it used to have cool shows that taught you things), these will be up your alley.

Sword and Scale – Pretty much a true crime podcast. The dude that does this puts a LOT of work into his research and it really shows. Episode 20 is one of the most disturbing things I’ve ever listened to.

The Black Tapes Podcast – If you like the supernatural and you like the podcast Serial, this one is pretty damn good. I’ve seen it described as “The X-Files meets Serial” and that’s spot on. The acting is a little weak at times, but I am really enjoying it. So much so, I’ll be contributing to their Kickstarter.

The Horror Show with Brian Keene – If you read horror, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t be listening to this. Each week Keene discusses a wide range of topics, as well as scoring some great interviews.

This American Life – I honestly don’t know how to describe this, so I’m going to paraphrase what’s on its site. Basically each episode takes a theme and tells different stories based on that theme. It’s usually feel good episodes and I’ve not yet been disappointed in an episode.

Three Guys with Beards – Another new one that if you’re a reader of horror novels you should be listening to this. It’s authors Christopher Golden, Jonathan Maberry and James A. Moore hanging around shooting the shit. With guests.

Welcome to Night Vale – You know how I’ve said on a few of these that I didn’t know how to describe them? I take all that back. This one I have no fucking clue how to describe. The show’s website says, “WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.” That is kind of accurate, I guess. It’s a lot of fun.

There’s about 5-8 more that I am testing the waters with, and if I end up enjoying them, I’ll post them on the page I plan on making with these.

I’ll also update this post with said page’s link.

And since you read through all that without complaining, currently Amazon has Poltergeist II III on Blu-ray for just $7.99! Same with Oculus! (If you don’t see those prices, make sure you click the “new from” link.)

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Spending $100 at Taco Bell.

So today when I got back to my desk from lunch, I saw I had a message on my office phone. And my cell phone. If I had taken that moment to check my home phone, I would have learned I had a message on that too. All of these were from the same caller: my bank. Seems like they really want to reach me.

Naturally, I called them back when I heard the message. After giving the lady some information, she asked me if I had just spent $100 at Taco Bell. Fair question since I just got back from lunch and I love me some Taco Bell, but $100 is a bit pricey for that place, no matter how good the grilled stuft burrito is. I informed the lady that, no, I did not in fact drop a bill on Taco Bell. She then suggested I log into my account and see if there are any chargers I did not make, which I did. There were three more:

$112.15 – Panera Bread
$184.79 – TJ Maxx
$101.89 – Walgreens

Seriously, what kind of ghetto ass motherfucker with access to a shopping spree goes to TJ fucking Maxx? And Walgreens and Panera Bread and Taco Bell? I have to assume the with the last three maybe they got some cash back? It makes no sense. Hey! I found $500! LOOK OUT TACO BELL, HERE I COME!!11!1!1!!ONEUNO!!

I’m not pressed here. My bank is pretty damn awesome. They caught it (relatively) early, they froze the card until the reached me, they canceled the card after talking to me, and have already started the process to getting me my money back. So kudos to them.

On a brighter note, I saw this on Imgur today:

That is Jaws playing on that screen. Those are people on rafts in the water watching it.

That is Jaws playing on that screen. Those are people on rafts in the water watching it.

Seriously, how amazing is that?

Today’s deal is a good one. You can currently get the Blade trilogy on Blu-ray for just $12.99!

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(If you can’t see that image, turn your damn blocker off! Or click here for the deal.)