Paranormal Activity scared the crap out of me so in order to think happy thoughts I went to see The Fantastic Mr. Fox with Jon and Grace and it was awesome and made me feel warm and fuzzy. That's it.
I think we're supposed to say it like "twenty ten" because really it just makes more sense.
Not much going on here, playing a lot of Wii, wishing January were over already so LOST will be on. Hope you are all having as awesome a new year as I am so far.
It's 2010 in other parts of the world so this totally counts. I am off work at 2 today and then who knows what will happen so I better get this taken care of. 2009 was a pretty crazy year. Yes, I was without a job for 9 months but I made the most of that time and now I have a super awesome job that I actually enjoy. I will always remember this year because it was the year I became a webcomic creator alongside my best friend and so far it is the most awesome thing to come along in my life since this very website. I also spent tons of time with friends and family this year and that is always great.
I also had many great adventures in L.A. and other places, the greatest of which happened just a couple weeks ago when Phil and I went to a comedy show hosted by Black Francis (Frank Black of The Pixies). In addition to comedy sets from Brian Posehn and Bob Odenkirk and a musical set from Tim and Eric we were surprised with several musical interludes from our host, who played several Pixies songs. It was beyond incredible and a great way to wrap up a pretty great year. Here's to 2009 and to a great 2010!
I think Tom wouldn't mind me since I wouldn't even ask about Back to the Future. I would only talk about Freaks and Geeks.
So I want to buy a Wii. Apparently between Saturday afternoon when I saw Wiis everywhere and last night when I went to buy a Wii, everyone went Wii crazy and bought them all. They were sold out everywhere in my area. So just now I went to Frys.com and was very excited to see that the Wii was available for in-store pickup according to their site. This is the screen I saw when I tried to check out:
Hooray! I can go pick up my Wii after work and that is the end of that business. Nope. Sorry. A couple minutes later I get this email:
Dear Brendan Creecy,
Your order IS NOT READY for pick up because the following items are not available in the store at this time:
Item(s) Req Qty Aval Qty
WII HARDWARE CONSOLE 1 0
You may come to the store list below to pick up your available item(s) if desired or follow this link to cancel your order. Frys.com apologizes for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
WTF???? I feel like Jerry in that episode of Seinfeld when the rental car lady tells him they have no cars available after he made a reservation. The stinking site said "available." I don't think Frys.com knows what available means. Seriously.
You have to have a Hulu account for age verification purposes, but it's totally worth it as Black Books just might be my favorite BBC show ever. If you haven't been exposed to the greatness that is Dylan Moran, this is your chance. The rest of the cast is amazing as well and there are some great guest appearances by other popular British comedians. Holy crap, I just poked around a little bit and Spaced is on Hulu as well! My head just exploded a little bit. The internet is awesome!
I can't get the sound to work from my work computer for some reason, but you can check out the trailer for the Kevin Smith directed and Cullen brothers scribed movie Cop Out (formerly A Couple of Dicks) here. Since I can't hear it I can't make a good decision on whether or not it reflects how funny and great the movie is. Yes, I've seen it. I think it will appeal to a much broader audience than the rest of Kevin's movies. It is a great buddy cop flick in the vein of Lethal Weapon and 48 Hours and the action is just as good as the laughs. That's all I'm going to say for now so I don't get sued or anything. The movie hits theaters February 26th.
I think the aughts sound kind of silly but I don't know what else to call it. All I know is I've had quite the decade. Read on for lots of photos.
I never posted about it in here, but I've kind of been one of those Avatar haters. I kept seeing the trailer and thinking, "This looks like Ferngully: The Last Rainforest!" I also thought the end credits song (all the videos have been taken down off Youtube) by Leona Lewis was absolutely atrocious and that further clouded my judgment of the movie. And then there was the never-ending hype. Don't even get me started.
So I watched the movie yesterday and it was awesome. Jake said everything I could even begin to say about the flick, so I'll be brief. It was visually stunning. What it really boiled down to for me is that in the end, while they are an amazing art form and there is much to be gleaned from in that aspect, films are there to take us into other worlds, to tell a story, to escape, and to amaze. I think Avatar did all these things in spades. Do yourself a favor and see it in 3D. I seriously almost forgot where I was.
On the same day that Kevin Smith launched his iPhone app we managed to launch ours as well. I've got to admit, between this and the awesome site I made for today's comic I am geeking out pretty hardcore right now. Here is the direct iTunes link or you can just search for Brax in the App Store. Huge props go out to Onezumi Studios for making this all happen.
I just found out about Flick Picks, which is basically Fantasy Football for movie geeks. It's a lot less involving than Hollywood Stock Exchange. You basically run a movie theater and get to pick which movies to show and based on their performance you earn points. The reason for this post is it has a Groups feature where players join together to combine against one another but also as a team against other groups. Here is the brendoman.com group page. If you don't have an account yet, just comment with your email and I will send you an invite so you will be automatically in our group when you join. If you already have an account and are not in a group yet (I think you can only join one group at a time but I am not sure) post a link to your profile or just post your username in the comments and I can invite you from there. Anyways, this seems like fun so you should give it a shot!
Update: I updated this post to make joining the group as easy as possible. If you have an account already, just comment with your username and I will add you to the group.
Here's a good topic of discussion: Your favorite Christmas gift ever. Before I received my NES a couple years later, this was probably mine.
That voice changing snake head microphone was pretty much the coolest thing ever as far as my 6 year old mind was concerned. Yes, Castle Grayskull was awesome, but somehow Mattel managed to top it with Snake Mountain. Those guys were pretty much geniuses when it came to selling toys to young boys.
I was saddened to hear the news that Roy E. Disney died today. Roy was the son of Roy O. Disney and nephew of Walt Disney. He helped save the Walt Disney Company from a hostile takeover in the mid-80's and along with Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg helped usher in the Disney Renaissance of the late 80's and early to mid 90's, both on screen and in the theme parks. Oddly enough he also helped oust Eisner in the 2005 Save Disney campaign that ushered in Bob Iger and the purchase of Pixar, which has lead to another renaissance both in animation and in the theme parks. For these things alone any fan of animation or of Disney in general owes him a debt of gratitude. I had the pleasure of speaking to Roy on a few occasions as he was a regular visitor in the park and, like his uncle, was always kind and courteous to the cast members. He will definitely be missed.
I'm a little blah about upcoming movies right now, even though it's the good time of year and there's lots of quality stuff out there. I think it might be because I saw Up in the Air back in September and I just don't think anything is going to top it for me. Everything about the movie was great and it deals with issues I can complete relate to, that many of us can, and for me that is how I really connect with a movie. I know this isn't true for everybody. A lot of folks just want an escape. I can totally understand that, sometimes I do too. But sometimes I want more. Up in the Air gave me that, but it was also funny and entertaining. I didn't feel horrible about life like I did after watching many of the big Oscar movies last year. A guy can only take so much of that.
I'm not going to lie. I'm getting a little annoyed with AVG. I've been using their free antivirus since 2001 and haven't had any viruses or other issues since I started using it but I'm getting a little annoyed by their increasingly intrusive nagging for their paid version and their browser hijacking safesearch or whatever it is. This Download Squad post about cloud-based Immunet Protect definitely piqued my interest as it doesn't require definition updates and it has an extremely low footprint. Has anyone tried this out? If not Immunet, what other free solutions have you tried and had success with?
Pitchfork is offering the new Wesley Willis documentary, Wesley Willis's Joy Rides: It's a Rock You Mentary free to stream on their website right now. It's pretty awesome. Longtime readers of the site will know that Wesley is kind of an icon for us and we got to meet the legend in person during Spring Break St. Louis in the spring of 2002. I don't know about you guys, but I still tell that story to folks. Drop the bomb...
I just read about a new patch in WoW that allows players to queue up for dungeons. It sounds pretty awesome:
Basically you can now queue up for a dungeon (just like you would with a Battlefield PvP match) and the game will match you up with like-minded adventurers and appropriate classes. Once you're in a group with a range of healers, DPSers and tanks, and everyone checks their ready mark, the game will automatically teleport the group right inside the dungeon for nigh-instant adventuring.
If I had to narrow down my gripes with WoW to one thing, it would be finding groups for dungeons and now that seems to be resolved. Yes, it's not the same as playing with people you know and there is room for a lot of potential disaster, but I think the good definitely outweighs the bad. That being said, I have absolutely no time for WoW and I'm sure now that I would be able to crawl dungeons at will the game would pretty much consume any free time I have. However, if this feature had been in the game when I was playing all the time, I probably never would have left. Perhaps it's for the best then that it wasn't.
P.S. for those wondering: I haven't logged in in over 2 years. Man, time flies.
No one submitted an actual poll idea so I created a poll to see what you fine folks would like to see more of here since I honestly have no idea. Feel free to add your own answers. Also feel free to comment here with better poll ideas.
Update: We're having some issues with the poll so I'm disabling it for now. Hopefully it will return soon. Please still comment with your thoughts and ideas.
If for some insane reason you don't already own these or even more insane you haven't seen the show, now is your chance. Today only Amazon is selling the complete series set for $28.99. It makes a great gift! Not for me though, seeing as how I know what a good TV show is and have owned it for quite some time.
I just read the announcement that Google has launched Google Public DNS and I am pretty excited to try it out. I am currently using OpenDNS at home since having some serious issues with Time Warner's DNS servers last year and I have been extremely pleased. I may decide to keep using OpenDNS after trying out Google, but it's nice to know there are options out there and that other big internet companies are seeing the importance of DNS. David Ulevitch, the founder of OpenDNS, has written a really well thought out response here. I went to high school with David and he is a very intelligent guy and really knows what he is doing so this is definitely something I will keep my eye on. In the meantime, all you have to do to get started using Google DNS is change your DNS servers in your connection settings to 18.104.22.168 and 22.214.171.124. I can already see that Google doesn't have some of the more advanced features that OpenDNS has, but that could change in the future.
Holy crap you guys, it's December, Christmas is coming, Blue Christmas 12 is tonight, OMG my Mom is on Facebook...
Yeah, I actually helped her do that, in a fit of holiday spirit and charity. But my mom is cool so I guess I'm cool with it. This is just the world we live in. Right? Right? Guys?
I had an awesome Thanksgiving, and this is pretty much why:
Well, that and being with my family in San Diego where I grew up. It was a wonderful getaway but now it's back to work. I hope you all had a great holiday as well!
In non-holiday webcomics news, Brax is still going strong so be sure to check that out and I also helped my friend Matt start his own comic, which is called Friends From the Case Box, so stop by and tell him BrendoMan sent you!