Category Archives: random
- The 1943 Phillies Team That Never Was [Cards That Never Were]
- Custom Vintage Reds & More and More Customs of the Great 8 [Jay Bruce Custom Cards & More]
- Phillies Throw Combined No-Hitter! [The Phillies Room]
- 16 Out-of-Context IKEA Instructions to Help You Live a Better Life [mental_floss]
- Na-Nu Na-Nu! [Springfield Punx]
- What Lies Beneath Stonehenge? [Smithsonian]
- Proof That the John Williams Score Is Absolutely Essential to Star Wars [Slate]
- Dr. Horrible’s Undead Sing-Along Blog [Popped Culture]
- Horror Happy Meals [Horror Society]
- 2014 TSR: Can’t Nothin’ Bring Me Down [The Shlabotnik Report]
- Muppet Characters Appear to Sing and Dance to the Beastie Boys’ 1992 Hip Hop Song ‘So What’cha Want’ [Laughing Squid]
- Robin Williams by John Severin [Matt Tauber]
- Watch This Street Performer Flawlessly Play House & Techno With PVC Pipes & Flip Flops [edm]
- My favorite money arts I’ve done [imgur]
- Saturday Night Live at 40 [Grantland]
- Is An Original ‘Star Wars’ Villain Returning For Episode VII? [Inquisitr] [JT sez: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!!]
Thanks to those who have asked why I haven’t been posting a whole lot lately. It’s been busy on the personal life front, as well as the actually doing something and not just sitting around front, and between those two things I haven’t taken much time to update the blog. I still have a few books in queue to review, but have been focused a bit more on my own novel lately. I’m hoping to have something finished on that front by the end of the year, and will update you along the way as I put more pages behind me.
On the personal front, my family took a devastating hit last Monday. Our dog Hans, who had been with us for about two years, had to be put down. He was always a “mean” dog, but loved the four of us and was always on his best behavior with us. But during the last week or so of his life, he had started to turn and was growling and baring his teeth at the family. My wife took him to the vet, and they were going to try to find a rescue for him, but the vet determined that there was something medically wrong with his brain. We miss him terribly, and I still get choked up when I think of the little guy. His cage still sits in the living room, while the boys have taken some of his toys to their rooms.
Back to the actually doing something and not just sitting around front, my college buddy Joe contacted me over the weekend to remind me that our band’s 20th anniversary is coming up next year. We started kicking around the idea of getting Roach together to jam and maybe even gig, and that set me on a mission to finally upload some of the footage from our only performance, dated November 4, 1995. It’s more than rough around the edges, but man did we ever have fun. I miss Joe (guitar), Scott (bass guitar), and Kip (drums), as well as our first “drummer” Ben (who played “drums” on pots and pans). It’s been too long, boys.
Here is one of the songs we played, an original called “Just Like Betsy.” I could tell you that we were nervous, and that would be the truth. I could tell you that we usually sounded better, and that would be a lie. Take it for what it is, a bunch of college kids having fun with no real aspirations for stardom…
No doubt you have seen at least a few videos of people getting drenched in ice-cold water. Celebrities, including athletes, have participated in the Ice Bucket Challenge. And I took a bucket of water over my head yesterday as well. But I haven’t donated any money yet, because I’m not sure where I’m sending it. Click here to find out why.
- Stars of the Negro Leagues set available August 1st! [PunkRockPaint]
- 16 Celebrities Who Are Definitely Time Lords [BuzzFeed]
- Is a David Lee Roth Album With John 5 on the Way? [Ultimate Classic Rock]
- ’74 mfc Pete Rose & Stuff [Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be!]
- Unfinished Documentary About Unfinished Nicolas Cage Superman Movie Gets Trailer [Yahoo! Movies]
- Get the most out of Netflix with these tools — while you still can [Engadget]
- Toughest jobs in sports: Baseball card shop owner [Big League Stew]
- The CD Case [Grantland]
- MLB players still have to pay for MLB tickets [For The Win]
- Horror Movie Action Figures [The Awesomer] (JT sez: for my birthday, I want Jason, Freddy and Michael. E-mail me for my address.)
- Save the hate for MLB’s silly All-Star Game rule, not Adam Wainwright [Yahoo! Sports]
- all i see are all-stars [garvey cey russell lopes]
- LIFE With Batman: Rare Photos From the Set of the Classic TV Show [LIFE]
- Mets Hall Of Fame: No. 14- Gil Hodges (and his place in the Baseball Hall Of Fame) [Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be!]
- Man versus Ball: Ban the First Pitch [One-Bid Wonders]
- The 25 Best Rock Movies Ever Made [Flavorwire]
- Enchanted Cards: Rise of the Living Balls [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- Horror Sales: Top 20 Horror-Comedies of All Time [Horror Society]
- Wild Things, I Think I Like You [The Topps Archives]
- I just inherited more vinyl records than I know what to do with [shezcrafti]
- 1974 MFC ’73 NLCS- Game One [Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be!]
- Ever Wished That Calvin and Hobbes Creator Bill Watterson Would Return to the Comics Page? Well, He Just Did. [Pearls Before Swine]
- 1963 Fleer Don Zimmer [Cards That Never Were]
- Check out these great Dr. Seuss inspried H.P. Lovecraft stories for kids! [Hayes Hudson's House of Horror]
- Can This Really Be The Same Person? [Heartbreaking Cards]
- Your Mom Dresses You Wonderfully! – Part 4 [Red Cardboard]
- The whiteboard is universal [Cubicleism]
- Enchanted Cards: more cards brought to life [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- The Action Figure Hall of Fame [Plaid Stallions]
- Short Prints in 2014 Topps? Of Course There Are…But… [bdj610's Topps Baseball Card Blog]
- Back From Vacation with a Mega Contest [Red Cardboard]
- 1st Anniversary auto lot contest! [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- A New Contest That TTM Collectors Will Enjoy [My Cardboard Habit]
- Your maximalist guide to the best, worst, and weirdest shows of the next TV season [Grantland]
- This Boy Handing A Foul Ball To A Gorgeous Girl Is The Smoothest Thing You’ll See Today [Uproxx]
- A spirited studio, stereotypes, and “Smothered” with John Schneider [Horror Society]
- 3rd Entry into the Album of Amazing [Reds Card Collector]
- It’s Hard To Believe That This Didn’t Catch On [Heartbreaking Cards]
- Pearl Jam Fall Tour Announced [Hard Rock Hideout]
- Earliest Van Halen Photos From Iconic Music Photographer Ross Halfin [Van Halen News Desk]
- Tom From Myspace Is Amazing At Instagram [BuzzFeed]
- Friday The 13th TV show [Horror Society]
- The Case Against ISP Tolls [Netflix Blog]
- Comic style cards are a hit! [Jay Bruce Custom Cards & More]
- Wacky Packs: Just For Wolfmen [Classic Movie Monsters]
- “TWILIGHT III” — A Bad Lip Reading of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse [Bad Lip Reading on YouTube]
- ‘Star Wars: Episode VII': Harrison Ford and Han Solo bury the lightsaber [Entertainment Weekly]
- 2014 Comic Card – Jay Bruce [Jay Bruce Custom Cards & More]
- Top 5 albums…Tom Petty / Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers [Vocals On Top]
- Star Wars propaganda posters [Super Punch]
- The Greatest Sports Figure From Each State [mental_floss]
- Classic album covers in Google Street View – in pictures [The Guardian]
- 10 Horrific Pizza Portraits [RiotDaily.com]
- The Rest of Last Week [Mark's Ephemera] (JT sez: Some really cool baseball tunes in this post.)
I spent an enjoyable week in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, with my family last week. The kids swam, my wife and I watched the sunrise, and all of us enjoyed trying new restaurants not available to us at home. That is my rule about vacations: we don’t eat McDonalds or Dominos or any other restaurant that we have easy access to in the Cincinnati area. Our dining experiences included the Hard Rock Café and Fuddruckers, but also Prosser’s BBQ and 2 Goombas Pizza and Brother Shuckers Fish House and Gino’s Real New York Pizza. It was fun dining in these strange establishments, nibbling on familiar foods in unfamiliar places, with slightly different recipes or presentations or atmospheres.
By the way, the next time you’re in Myrtle Beach, if you don’t try anything else, you need to eat at Brother Shuckers.
Vacation ended Sunday with a long drive home made longer by a jackknifed tractor trailer. The kids had to be back for school on Monday; I still had two more days before work slapped me in the face again. And now, only a few days after pulling into the driveway, we’re back into our routine of waking up, taking the kids to school, and going about our boring, humdrum, mediocre activities.
Fifty-two weeks in a year, and only a few of those weeks are reserved for vacation; relaxing and recharging and revisiting what I miss about being young: lack of responsibility. Of course, the responsibility is still there, just waiting for you to come back to it, but for that one (or two, or if you’re really fortunate three) week(s), there is nothing holding you back from having fun (except for the predetermined spending limit).
So for fifty-one (or fifty, or if you’re really fortunate forty-nine) weeks, we work for that short time of pleasure. Sure, there are days off during those fiftyish weeks. There are long weekends, and holidays, and the like. But that’s not really enough time to truly get away from it all, and even if it was, who has the money for it?
I envy authors who are sent on book tours, though I’m sure if I was a published author I would dread those book tours. I love visiting different cities. They don’t even have to be exotic. Just different, away-from-Cincinnati cities. But I’m not a big fan of personal appearances, even on the audience side. I suppose I’m a bit shy and just feel out of place, like why should I be going to see this author or ballplayer or musician or whoever it might be? He’s just a person, like me (albeit with much greater talents than I possess). Sometimes I’m embarrassed to ask for an autograph or to ask a question. And then I imagine how I would feel in their place…why on earth would people want to sit and listen to me talk or ask me a question or get my autograph? And so the book tour part of it is not so appealing, but the traveling certainly is.
I would love to quit my “day job” (which is actually a night job) and just travel, crashing on people’s couches and eating at different restaurants and visiting off-the-wall museums and just living life. Because I don’t really feel alive while I’m at work, or even on the days between work. On those days in between, I’m just dreading the next day that I do have to work, so there’s still no living being done.
Is it a rut? Is it boredom? I’m not really sure. One thing is for sure: vacation is over.
- 45 Ultimate Tips For Men. Number 40 Will Help You Go Far In Life. [tickld]
- 1973 Topps All Star Cards : National League Battery [Cards That Never Were]
- Not the Han Solo I remember [Plaid Stallions]
- The most adorable Han Solo and Chewbacca are this kid and his dog [io9]
- The Durham Bulls Have Unveiled Their ‘Star Wars’ Uniforms For An Upcoming Game [Uproxx]
- Ace Frehley Returning With ‘Space Invader’ In June [Sleaze Roxx]
- 14 Web Toys to Fill Your Day [mental_floss]
- 15 Productivity Secrets from Very Prolific Writers [mental_floss]
- Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley Address Rumors That Eddie Van Halen Wanted To Join KISS [Van Halen News Desk]
- KISS May Write New Music For Their Football Team [Ultimate Classic Rock]
- Hendrix Movie Doesn’t Need Icon’s Music [Classic Rock Magazine]
- Kevin Bacon Explains the ’80s to Millennials [Mashable on YouTube]
- This Is Madness: The Star Wars Character Tournament [Starwars.com]
- Art Styles: Same Object, Different Approach [Answers To Unasked Questions]
- Some Lucky Kid Owns This Custom Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Cozy Coupe [Nerd Approved]
- Poor Quisenberry [Pulp Ephemera]
- Free Download: Curbly’s Alternative Uses Cheat Sheet Bundle [Curbly]
- 1972 Mets Fantazy Cards Plus [Mets Baseball Cards Like They Ought To Be]
- Inspired by The Walking Dead’s Carl Grimes, Man Eats 11 Pounds of Pudding [FearNet]
- Pennywise Tattoo Art Print [ParlorTattooPrints on etsy]
- Junior Achievement [The Topps Archives]
- What the Bailey extension means for the Reds [Redleg Nation] (JT sez: That’s a lot of money, but if Homer lives up to that potential we were promised six years ago, it’s a steal.)
- Mike Leake, Donald Lutz happy with their Topps baseball cards [Cincinnati.com]
- The Mystery of Cincinnati’s Mr. Red and His Number 27—Solved [Todd Radom Random Thoughts]
- Creating a couple of custom Kiner cards [Bob Lemke's Blog]
- More Horror Icons Reimagined as Garbage Pail Kids! [FearNet]
- Bob Feller Museum faces financial hardship [Paul's Random Baseball Stuff]
- Why Stormtroopers Always Miss [Pikstra]
I was very disappointed this morning when I logged on to The Old Reader this morning and saw they were going to begin charging for accounts with more than 100 subscriptions. I currently subscribe to over 200.
I’m not going to pay to read blogs.
And so I will be making the switch to Feedly, a free service (as far as I can tell). There is a “pro” version which allows for advanced features, but I do not believe it costs anything to just read.
So long, The Old Reader.
- A Week Without the Internet [mental_floss] (JT sez: This is a sobering documentary. Great quote from the video: “I feel I’ve wasted a significant part of the last decade online.”)
- 7 Charming Photos of George W. Bush That Will Make You Miss Him Even More [Independent Journal Review]
- Star Wars/NFL Mash-Up [imgur]
- The Ministry Has Fallen [imgur]
- Pop Culture Cartography [Branded in the 80s]
- Valentine’s Day 2014: Odes from a Killer – Freddy Krueger’s “Ode to the Glove” [The Moon is a Dead World]
- Mr. Sandman Brings You a New Bates Motel Season 2 Promo [iHorror]
I didn’t watch much of the big game last night, and I haven’t YouTubed all of the commercials. But I’ve seen this one pop up on Facebook and several blogs, and I’m not afraid to say that it is hands-down the greatest Super Bowl commercial of all-time.
So much 80s awesomeness here…Hulk Hogan, Ponch, Cliff, Alf, Chucky, Jason, Teen Wolf, Sgt. Slaughter, Dee Snider…I could go on, but you get the point.
Thank you, Radio Shack, for bringing a little joy to my life.
- 10 Famous Album Covers Recreated in Lego [Flavor Wire]
- Parallel Universe: previewing 2014 Topps’ lesser-known parallels [Baseball Card Breakdown]
- Shuffle them Duke boys good Rosco [Branded in the 80s]
- This cartoon is best viewed on your phone [See Mike Draw]
- ‘Walking Dead’ Crew Pulls Crazy Zombie Prank on Star Norman Reedus [Rolling Stone]
- Doctor Who, Breaking Bad, Star Wars and more as Little Golden Tales [Super Punch]
- Breaking Madden: The Super Bowl, in which the machine bleeds to death [SB Nation]