After being the lucky recipient of 4 stingray injuries, I began experimenting with surf booties with thicker rubber reinforcement and N52 rare earth magnets, in an attempt to deter stingrays and reduce the likelihood of future injuries. Here’s an overview of all that.Details
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The sequel to Prometheus, Alien: Covenant should have been a character study / play about 2 beings struggling to survive inside of an engineer ship in the loneliness of space.
No aliens or extraterrestrials required.Details
Max’s make-believe world is defined by his own childhood psychology. He’s trying to make sense of and cope with a messy world defined by adults around him.Details
Hank Moody once told his teenage daughter something to the effect of ‘I encourage the creative use of profanity.’ And he’s right. There is little more effective, humorous, and/or appropriate than a well-placed expletive.
Referring to George Carlin’s 7 dirty words, I don’t really find any of them offensive in and of themselves. But I sure do find their overuse annoying.Details
Today, as one of his first executive orders, President Donald Trump announced a newly re-designed flag would replace the “outdated” and “overrated” American flag.
The new design does away with the stars and stripes, and replaces them in favor of a number of “classy” new design “improvements”.Details
I was deeply saddened to hear about her recent passing.
On a lighter note, I do want to remind everyone that Carrie Fisher is immortal and will likely be around in millions of years.Details
Successful Hollywood directors seem to lose their grip on quality control when they get older. The arrival of the Alien Covenant trailer seems to promise less cerebral science fiction, and more of the gore-fest torture porn found in the Saw movies.Details
I liked Man of Steel. Many did not. That’s why I wanted to give Batman v Superman a chance.
Now that I’ve seen it, I have to agree with the 28% score at Rotten Tomatoes. This is simply a mess of a film.
If you care, here are some thoughts from someone who has never read a Superman or Batman comic book.Details
Want to be as successful and smart as Donald Trump?
You can! It’s as easy as being a textbook narcissist, heaping praise upon those that support your delusions, and actively belittling everyone else.
I’ve prepared the following flowchart which, as far as I can tell, governs 99% of Donald Trump’s beliefs about other people and the world around him.Details
The Blacklist is NBC’s flagship show at the moment. But it’s not a good show.
In fact, there’s only really one reason to watch it: James Spader.Details
Surfers (who must regularly monitor the horizon for waves) are bombarded with UV rays over the course of their surfing career. These rays are compounded, as they reflect off the water.
This post presents the facts about health risks such as cataracts and macular degeneration. I review a number of commercial surfing sunglasses that I’ve personally tried, and I crown my favorite pair. I summarize do-it-yourself options. Finally, I include tips to reduce the fogging and water beading present on surfing sunglasses.Details
My girlfriend listens to the Top 40 R&B/Hip Pop radio stations in her car. That pretty much means I get to listen to them too when she’s driving – which is why I try to drive as much as possible.
One day I pointed out to her all the “HEY! HEY! HEY!” cadence calls in every other track, and she said she never even noticed it before.Details
Is the song “Stressed Out” by Twenty One Pilots about nostalgia for childhood, a millennial whining about having to work for a living? Both? Something else?
An examination of nostalgia.Details
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how popular culture and political correctness are now nearly synonymous. In 2015, we reached an unheard of collective level of butthurt. (Defined as aggrieved, resentful with stubborn anger.)Details
Sea World’s been hit hard ever since the film Blackfish came out. They’ve got a commercial on TV right now which aims to “fight back”, I guess.
I don’t care to debate the ethics of the killer whale issue. I’m interested in this particular ad, because it’s complete whaleshit.Details
What the white spots are on the Honeywell HRF-APP1 pre-filter. Instructions on how to install the pre-filter on your air filter. Where to buy cheapest.Details
Jack in the Box marketing has brass-balls.
They clearly understand their target demos. With this commercial they’re not afraid to market directly to one of their key constituents (the late-night drive-through stoner) in a manner that isn’t condescending.Details
Vince Offer is the Michelangelo of infomercials. He should embrace his title, and pimp as many products on TV as he can.
The original Slap Chop infomercial was entertaining enough, but as with everything, it aged. Enter DJ Steve Porter. For his own enjoyment, Porter took the original commercial and remixed it into this piece of art:Details
In the highly competitive car insurance market, appealing directly to the gay demo was stroke of genius.
Regardless of the truth, by claiming it was unintentional (essentially playing the “don’t ask / don’t tell” card) they’ve retained the anti-gay zealot customers they have too.Details
Microsoft has a long history of astoundingly bad marketing. Ballmer. Seinfeld. Baffling at best. And while there are a few notable exceptions, somehow Microsoft manages to fuck up even their successes.
Here’s a crash course on the bad marketing of Microsoft.Details
Check yourself Mac marketing. Your OS really isn’t bad, and your computers are pretty powerful. It’s the air of smug (and false) superiority you have that smells. Bad.
Mac vs PC. Please. A dichotomy that is as ubiquitous as it is completely erroneous. Look: Each is good. Each is different. Each is good for different things.Details
GoDaddy is successful for two reasons: big tits. Candice Michelle’s tits. Big fat tits.
They were the first web hosting company to have a Superbowl ad. This ad prominently featured tits.
I don’t care to argue about the sexism. I’m more interested in why they think tits would convince me to buy their web hosting.
So let’s take five seconds to get to know GoDaddy (beyond her tits) and see if anything is there.Details
They say imitation is the highest form of flattery. In the case of esurance, they might as well be siphoning money out of Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky’s personal bank account, because they’ve ripped off his animation style wholesale. Erin Esurance even fights robots in the same manner that Samurai Jack did in order to get some action/violence on the air.Details
Other people can take them to task for the sexism. I will complain about the fact these women sound like they are eating whole heads of lettuce.
But they don’t stop there. They go the extra mile and have these people spill shit all over themselves at the same time.Details
People have long known that in advertising, you’ll remember jingles long after you hear one. Kit Kat takes this to the next level.
Apparently Kit Kat’s ad agency is extremely comfortable with their contract. So much so that they’re cocky about it.Details