Monday, October 6, 2014

Tom Brady To World, "STFU"

Tom Brady had a Tom Brady game.

After a week of "fans" calling for Brady to be traded and have Jimmy GahhRAHPALAH" take over, Brady and Company took it to the Bengals and hard.

Here, he and Minitron have a bit of fun with the ball...

With the crowd chanting "BRADY! BRADY! BRADY!" he threw a touchdown pass to Wright...

Tom's passing of the 50,000 yard mark came by way of a pass to, who but, Gronowski:

It was great to see one of the top elite quarterbacks in the history of the NFL happy standing behind the podium after the game during his press conference. His happiness and relaxed body language is most likely due to the fact that he actually had time in the pocket without worry of being helicoptered after throwing a pick.

He threw 0 INTs and threw 292 yards tonight, as opposed to two picks and 150 yards.

Great game and right when they needed it. Let's hope it rolls into next week.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Tom Brady Has Reportedly Had "Tensions" With Patriots Coaching Staff

I'm going to take a different view on this whole situation. I'm relatively young, but old enough to remember how terrible the Patriots (and just about every team here in NE) were for a long time.

The first game I can remember with any kind of clarity is Super Bowl XX against the Bears. I was 10 and that game got me into football and into paying attention to the Patriots.

After that game, the Patriots went a combined 106-123 with 9 seasons with 8 or less wins. 6 seasons with 5 or less wins 3 seasons with either 2 or 1 wins.

Those a bit older than me will remember the years 1960-1985 where they went 163-185. From 1965 to 1975, they won 49 games. Ten years, 49 wins.

I think we've been charmed lately here in NE with championships. Since 2004, Boston's won 18% of the four major sports titles. The Red Sox have now won three of the past 10 World Series. The Patriots have won two of the past 10 Super Bowls. The Celtics have won one of 10 NBA Finals. And the Bruins have won one of the past nine Stanley Cups. (04-05 season was cancelled because of the lockout.)

So, enjoy that we have a first ballot, elite quarterback who has given selflessly to the team with regards to his contracts...and an argument can be made he has not seen that money reinvested back into weaponry he can use on the field).

So, perhaps, a bit of losing will give us the perspective we need...and how great it was during the Brady/Belichick era.

For some perspective...champion and all around nice guy had this to say of Dave Deguglielmo:
“I have heard things,” Fauria said. “I haven’t heard from the Patriots players, per se, but I have heard that there are some issues with him as being the coach. There are some issues with his personality, there’s some issues with the way he coaches, with the technique that he teaches.”
WEEI On Demand audio...

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Marvel Universe Light Up Base Figures

Check out my list, MU Light Up Base, created by RedLaser!

Dream Theater Discography - A Story Of Dedication

August 2 at the Bank of America Pavilion
Before Dream Theater turned into a Dream Theater cover band with the loss of Mike Portnoy, they own one of the single most impressive catalogs of music I've seen.

Of course, there's folks like Buckethead, Zappa and others that lay claim to massive rosters of studio and live albums, but (other than Zappa who's music constantly changed from the approachable (Apostrophe) to the downright exotically extravagant and musically demanding Civilization Phase III who produced a library of albums dwarfing just about anyone else in the music industry to date), Dream Theater has churned out albums so diverse from one to the other it boggles the mind.

Take a look at this discography.  For completeness sake I included some of their lives performances put to CD or DVD as well as the albums Mike Portnoy put together under their Fanclub releases. IMO, Portnoy was the hardest working man in music and losing him was a complete shame...Mangini, while a magnificent drummer in his own right, is no Portnoy...I say this knowing full well I am in no way a billionth of a drummer he is, but Pornoty is the better musical drummer...when he left, the heart of Dream Theater was pulled out.  I think that Marco Minnemann would have been the better choice.  In my opinion he's the more musical and dynamic a drummer than Mangini.  Again, I am nothing, zero, ziltch compared to either of these guys, it's just my (somewhat) educated opinion as to which man would have filled the spot with more vigor and "drumming personality".

If I'm missing any, please let me know in the comment section.

P.S. If you're a drummer and you don't own his instructional DVD (Mike Portnoy In Constant Motion DVD) you are missing out on some of the finest, most imaginative and innovative techniques to date.
So, without further ado, here we go:
  1. 1989 - Dream Theater - [When Dream And Day Unite]
  2. 1992 - Dream Theater - [Images And Words]
  3. 1993 - Dream Theater - [Live At The Marquee]
  4. 1993 - Dream Theater - [New York City - 03-04-93]
  5. 1994 - Dream Theater - [A Kick Into A Dream NY]
  6. 1994 - Dream Theater - [Awake Demos]
  7. 1994 - Dream Theater - [Awake]
  8. 1994 - Dream Theater - [Lie]
  9. 1994 - Dream Theater - [The Silent Man]
  10. 1995 - Dream Theater - [A Change Of Seasons]
  11. 1995 - Dream Theater - [Acoustic Dreams]
  12. 1995 - Dream Theater - [Damage Inc Oslo Rockefeller]
  13. 1996 - Dream Theater - [International Fan Club Christmas Cd 1996]
  14. 1996 - Dream Theater - [Old Bridge New Jersey - 12-14-96]
  15. 1997 - Dream Theater - [Falling Into Infinity]
  16. 1997 - Dream Theater - [Hollow Years]
  17. 1997 - Dream Theater - [The Making of Falling Into Infinity]
  18. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Acoustic At The Electric Factory]
  19. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Heading For Planet X]
  20. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Live At Lyon]
  21. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Live At Waldrock]
  22. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Los Angeles, California - 05-18-98]
  23. 1998 - Dream Theater - [Once In A Livetime]
  24. 1999 - Dream Theater - [Cleaning Out The Closet]
  25. 1999 - Dream Theater - [Metropolis, Part 2 Scenes From A Memory]
  26. 1999 - Dream Theater - [The Chill Of Winter Holland 1999 Cd2]
  27. 2000 - Dream Theater - [Live At The Hob]
  28. 2000 - Dream Theater - [Scenes From A World Tour]
  29. 2000 - Dream Theater - [Through Her Eyes]
  30. 2001 - Dream Theater - [Four Degrees Of Radio Edits]
  31. 2001 - Dream Theater - [Live Scenes From New York]
  32. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Amsterdam Agitation]
  33. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Graspop Festival 2002]
  34. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence]
  35. 2002 - Dream Theater - [Taste The Memories]
  36. 2002 - Dream Theater - [The Atco Demos]
  37. 2003 - Dream Theater - [Graspop Festival 2002]
  38. 2003 - Dream Theater - [The Majesty Demos 1985 - 1986]
  39. 2003 - Dream Theater - [The Making Of Scenes From A Memory]
  40. 2003 - Dream Theater - [Train Of Thought Instrumental Demos]
  41. 2003 - Dream Theater - [Train Of Thought]
  42. 2004 - Dream Theater - [A Live Thought in Oporto, Portugal]
  43. 2004 - Dream Theater - [A Sort Of Homecoming]
  44. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Are Clearly Defined]
  45. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Live At Budokan]
  46. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Master Of Puppets]
  47. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Stream Of Consciousness Songwriting Contest]
  48. 2004 - Dream Theater - [The Covers 2]
  49. 2004 - Dream Theater - [Tokyo, Japan - 10-28-95]
  50. 2004 - Dream Theater - [When Dream And Day Reunite]
  51. 2004 - Dream Theater - [When Dream And Day Unite Demos]
  52. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Images And Words Demos]
  53. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Live At Pepsi Stadium]
  54. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Live In Chili]
  55. 2005 - Dream Theater - [Octavarium]
  56. 2005 - Dream Theater - [The Number Of The Beast]
  57. 2006 - Dream Theater - [A Saucerful Of Floyd]
  58. 2006 - Dream Theater - [Dark Side Of The Moon]
  59. 2006 - Dream Theater - [Score 20th Anniversary World Tour]
  60. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Constant Motion]
  61. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Falling Into Infinity Demos]
  62. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Images And Words 15th Anniversary Performance]
  63. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Lifting Shadows]
  64. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Made In Japan]
  65. 2007 - Dream Theater - [Systematic Chaos]
  66. 2008 - Dream Theater - [Chaos In Motion]
  67. 2008 - Dream Theater - [Progressive Nation 2008]
  68. 2009 - Dream Theater - [A Rite Of Passage Single]
  69. 2009 - Dream Theater - [Black Clouds And Silver Linings]
  70. 2009 - Dream Theater - [Uncovered 2003-2005]
  71. 2009 - Dream Theater - [Wither]
  72. 2010 - Dream Theater - [God of War Blood & Metal Soundtrack]
  73. 2010 - Dream Theater - [Live In Kopenhagen]
  74. 2011 - Dream Theater - [A Dramatic Turn Of Events]
  75. 2013 - Dream Theater - [Dream Theater]
  76. 2014 - Dream Theater - [Live From the Boston Opera House]
Portnoy, again, at the Pavillion in August of 2009
That's insanity...for a band so hard working and phenomenally talented. This is testament to their dedication to their craft as well as dedication to their fan-base. I will mention again, this is NOT including their other 24 various bootlegs that may or not be official like Shibuya, Nighttown Nostalgia, Stranger Than Fiction, Moon Bubbles and Rotterdamned.

That equals out to 100.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Star Wars Figures

Here is a list of the new quote "CW" "SL" Star Wars figures that have been released over the past few years.
If you're interested in buying or selling please let me know, however give me a week because I'm currently in the works of a trade or sale with someone on Facebook.
Thanks for looking!

  • 3d CR-83 CW16
  • Barriss Offee CW50
  • Battle Droid 2 Pack Sl20
  • Cad Bane
  • Cad Bane CW13
  • Chewbacca
  • Chewbacca CW63
  • Clone Trooper Hevy CW41
  • Clone Trooper Sl16
  • Clone Wars Weapons Factory Anakin And Super Battle Droid
  • Cody CW03
  • Count Dooku CW06
  • Darth Vader (See Pic)
  • Dath Vader Sl06
  • Dath Vader Sl11
  • Emergence Of The SLth
  • General Grievous
  • Han Solo Sl22
  • Han Solo Sl22
  • Jango Fett SL05
  • Jungle Camo Arf Tropper CW24
  • Landing At Point Rain Obi-Wan And Battle Droid (Plastic On This Is A Bit Open On The Left SLde)
  • Nikto Guard
  • Obi Wan CW02
  • Plo Kloon CW53
  • Queen Amidala (See Pic)
  • Qui-Gon
  • Qui-Gon
  • R2-D2 Sl14
  • R2-D2 Sl14
  • R7-D4 CW64
  • Rise Of Darth Vader - Darth And Anakin
  • Shock Trooper
  • Super Battle Android CW16
  • Super Battle Android CW16
  • Super Battle Android CW16
  • Super Battle Android CW16
  • Super Battle Android Sl28
  • Yoda (See Pic)
  • Yoda CW05

Monday, September 22, 2014

Coddling? Pussification Of Males? Or Simple Love?

My son. :)
An article posted by one of the people on Facebook with who we both agreed to press the "Add Friend" button struck a bit of a chord with me.

It mentions that babies who "cry it out" remains stressed out even after they have finished crying.


No shit!!  Humans aren't born with advanced coping skills. Those develop over time.

I enjoyed every second I spent with my sons, no matter how late it was. I had a strong, incredible bond with them and, as a conservative, don't think I raised pussies. They are babies...not 4 year olds.

That's the age, IMO, where parents turn their kids into helpless idiots by not teaching responsibility, accountability and respect.

Holding one's 6 month old son or daughter at night thereby giving them some comfort is hardly's one of the greatest things I've had the privilege of doing and know that if I provided some relief to my son, I did no harm.

There are worse things we can do to our children than holding them while they cry.

When I knew one of them was crying *just* to have me come sit with him, I would scale it back...sometimes. I believe it's the moral things we teach our kids, like I mentioned above, that turns them into the screaming, entitled little assholes we see all over the place.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Flamers Bible [rec.humor.funny]

I spent my Sunday watching Star Trek this morning (loved it), the Patriots early in the afternoon and now Star Trek: Into Darkness after the game.

I spent most of the (decidedly boring) Patriots game distracted by a trip down memory lane, that "lane" being USENET. Anyone over the age of, say, 35 that was a moderate to heavy computer user in the mid 90s who was not an AOL user has a vivid, probably melancholy memory of life on the small "i" internet before The September That Never Ended, (look here too).

Life, then, was full of colorful little B1FFs talking amongst each other with the Mike Corleys and Alexander Abians of the world.  Hipcrime, Gharlane of Eddore and John C. Baez were all there, too...watching Richard The St00pid's explosive BI, keeping an eye on the Crackpot Index expand like it was the FBI's Top Ten Most Wanted list and making damn sure our .sig files were 4 lines or less.

We carefully maintained killfiles, dodged cancel bots and flamewars. We watched in amazement the advancement of binary groups and thought for sure they would bring about the end of everything.

This one's for you, Edmond Wollmann. You Shooting Star you.

The Flamers Bible [rec.humor.funny]

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chris Bachalo Is Awesome

I've always enjoyed Bachalo's artwork.  It's "messy" but it's very crisp and detailed.  There's a shit-ton of character in his work and his figures are brought to life in a way like no other.

One of my favorite Marvel Universe characters is Noh-Varr, aka Mar-Vell, Marvel Boy, aka Protector.

Don't mind Bullseye being the D-Bag that he is.