I'm having a problem and when I really start to think about it, I know it's a really silly thing, but it still bums me out. I love Amazon Prime. It's one of my favorite things. I like that I can order an item when it is on sale and not have to spend at least $25 for free shipping and I get it insanely fast. It especially makes holiday shopping a breeze. One of the highly touted features of Amazon Prime is free Release Date Delivery for select items such as video games and movies. This has been pretty awesome, up until now.
Several weeks ago I ordered the Collector's Edition of World of Warcraft: Cataclysm. Yeah, I'm playing WoW again. That happened. Anyways, the product featured the much famed Release Date Delivery but to my disdain when I got home from work yesterday it was not there. I checked the tracking number and it showed the item as still in transit. It hadn't even shipped until that morning. Even though the Amazon tracking was still touting my delivery date as December 7th, Fedex was saying the real story. I wouldn't be flying in Azeroth until the 8th. Yes, I know, it's only one day. But I can't play today. Or tomorrow. I was all set to play yesterday. If I had known Amazon could not deliver on their advertised service, I would have purchased the Blizzard direct download so I could play the game as soon as it launched.
A strongly worded email to Amazon received a form email reply that didn't even address my actual issue and a promo certificate for $10 so they could get me to spend more money. I'm going to call today to try and talk to a person. I don't want money, I just want to know what happened and why I should ever buy something for release date delivery ever again. For a minute I almost swore off Amazon all together, but I know everyone makes mistakes, even awesome shopping websites. I did cancel my video game pre-orders I had with them, at least for now.
Update: I just got off the phone with Amazon. I am very pleased with their customer service. I was able to talk to someone on the phone immediately. I guess their initial form response just really rubbed me the wrong way. The person I spoke to on the phone gave me an explanation, which is really all I wanted. I don't think that was too much to ask for. All is well.
If there was ever a year I had things to be thankful for, I suppose this is the year. I want to thank all of you who have supported me through all my crazy endeavors. I want to thank all of you who have been there with your friendship and support. I especially want to thank all of you that take the time to read this blog or listen to the podcast or come on down to the Smodcastle. It's been a long strange trip and I'm looking forwawrd to whatever is next. Extra special shoutouts to my awesome family. You guys are all great! Hope everyone has a good Thanksgiving!
I'm not sure if anyone noticed but brendoman.com and all hosted sites were down this weekend. Thanks to Danny for saving the day. I'm pretty excited because Neil Gaiman is going to be at the Smodcastle tomorrow. Wednesday morning I'm headed up to Modesto for Thanksgiving so there will probably not be any further updates this week. Hope you all have a good holiday!
what's up duuuuudes???
i got a new laptop a couple of days ago and i love it! it has put me back in semi-computereric mode. i even downloaded the WoW ten day trial and have been playing that a bit. i'm having trouble getting sucked-in like i used to with other mmoprg's, which is probably a good thing... i have something in my brain now that tells me i am waisting time or something...so i get off the computer and zone out on the couch.
i haven't eaten solid food since last monday. i have wanted to do the master cleanse for the past couple of years and never have... but i haven't had shit to do lately, and no money, so i figured it was the perfect time to stay at home and starve myself. i'm not really following it exactly, but it's crazy. i feel awesome. it's like i'm doing a science experiment on my body. i am hungry as fuck, though.
i been readin': pretty much nothing. espn.com...and facebook. i have like 10 books started and no motivation. i am very lazy and foggy as of late.
i been watchin': the office, 30 rock, espn3 on my xbox, random documentaries on netflix on my xbox, veronica mars, and i seem to be running into dr. phil and rachel ray quite frequently.
i been playin': halo: reach, madden 11, world of warcraft.... word dojo on the megatouch machine at my girlie's bar..and also photo hunt on the ol' megatouch.
i been lissnin' tuh: not a whole lot.. the submarines - honeysuckle weeks, the strokes - is this it?, spoon - ga ga ga ga ga, 3 different flaming lips albums... and radio songs... other shit..
well that's it for now.
Hey guys, what's going on? I have been busy. I hurt my foot on Halloween which put me out of action for a couple days but I have recovered quite nicely. Here are some things that are cool and not so cool.
Kevin Smith just announced a new podcast on Smodcast.com that is all about his new movie, Red State. Kevin did a screening of the teaser he put together for the movie at Smodcastle last week and recorded the whole thing, which includes the audio of the teaser and some Q&A afterward. It was really cool seeing people's reactions to the teaser and Kevin's enthusiasm for the whole thing. The most amazing thing about Red State? It's already done! Kevin edited the film while he was shooting and showed a complete cut of it at the wrap party. That's INSANE and awesome. Since I know folks are going to ask, consider this my official "No comment" regarding all things related to the movie itself. If you want to know the scoop direct from the source, be sure to subscribe to the aforementioned podcast.
Speaking of Smodcast.com, Matt and I recently got the news that the amazing podcast network will soon be the new permanent home of our show, Bagged & Boarded. This coincides quite well with our new sponsorship by Golden Apple Comics and our move to Wednesday nights. Our first show on the network will most likely be the show we recorded last night with Tim Sale to benefit The Hero Initiative. I had a great time listening to Tim talk about his career and what he has in store for us in the future. Special thanks to Ryan at Golden Apple for helping put it all together and bringing cool swag for all the folks in the audience.
In bad news, I just read that Rubicon was canceled. I am bummed because this was one of my favorite new shows and I think they finished up the season quite strongly and I was eagerly awaiting what would happen next. I can't stay too mad at AMC though as The Walking Dead is amazing and of course there is Mad Men and even though I haven't watched it yet I have only heard good things about Breaking Bad.
Finally, I guess I really don't want this blog to just become a promotional tool for the various things I have going on. If you have ideas on things for me to post about or if you would like to post here about pop culture, geek stuff, and the like, feel free to hit me up.
Today marks the beginning of Long Beach Comic Con! Last year I had a lot of fun and this year definitely looks to be more of the same. I'm a little bummed I won't be able to attend as much of the con as I would like to due to my Smodcastle duties but Phil and I will be there tomorrow morning at 11 AM to host the Webcomics Meetup in the Seaside Lobby. We will have the usual stash of Brax stickers to give out as well.
I am also looking forward to cruising the con floor and hopefully picking up some goodies and seeing some friends. I definitely plan on getting my copy of Machine of Death signed by co-editor David Malki. If you see me there on Saturday, please be sure to say hi!
Yes, Mad Men and Rubicon are over for the season but that doesn't mean we have to pout!
I am super pumped for this show. My friend Matt B and I went to the panel at Comic-Con and it looks super awesome. It was cool seeing how pumped Darabont, Kirkman, and the cast were for the show and the amount of work they have put into making it a good translation of the graphic novel. Halloween can't come soon enough!
This post is serving two purposes. First, I just noticed that you can make blogrolls or your folders and tags from Google Reader by going to your settings and then the folders and tags section. Second, some folks have been asking me about what RPG blogs and other resources I have been subscribing to and this is a very easy way to list those. So here we go!
To make it even cooler, you can make pages featuring the latest posts from those tags, such as my RPG blog page and then other folks can subscribe to the feed for that page. It's kind of insane how many different ways there are now to aggregate and consume content. I think Johnny 5 would have flipped out over RSS and all its potential uses.
My buddy Derick informed me that thanks to the new channel, The Hub, I will now be able to watch The Wonder Years again. Before this the only thing I had were copies I made of VHS tapes of the Nick at Night run borrowed from a friend. In addition to The Wonder Years, they also show Fraggle Rock, Family Ties, Doogie Howser, G.I. Joe, and another not on DVD classic, the live action Batman show. Yeah, this might be the only channel I watch from now on.
This really put a smile on my face. If you've seen the original teaser, you know just how awesome this is. Props to Michael J. Fox for doing it. Speaking of BTTF, I am really looking forward to the Blu-Ray release later this month. The quality of the transfer that I have seen looks incredible!
That is the question I've been getting a lot lately. Unfortunately what I'm up to does not really involve this site. Hopefully that will change a bit in the future, but only time will tell. What I'm up to right now involves pretty much three things:
3) Dungeons & Dragons.
Right now what little free time I have left after work and Smodcastle I spend either watching TV (still totally behind on everything) and playing or planning D&D. I have a new group I'm playing with that I am doing the Dungeon Mastering duties for. It has been a blast so far! Speaking of D&D, there is a cool contest going on at Troll in the Corner! They are giving away a bunch of Essentials gear.
On the B&B front, we are having Keith Coogan, star of such films as Adventures in Babysitting, Toy Soldiers, and Don't Tell Mom, The Babysitter's Dead on the show on Friday. If you are in the area, come on down! If not, feel free to post your questions here!
Geekscape has the press release:
Comic-Con International: San Diego (Comic-Con), the largest comics convention of its kind in the world, today announced it will be staying in San Diego for the foreseeable future.
Comic-Con reached a self-imposed attendance limit at the San Diego Convention Center (SDCC) in 2007 and has had to cap attendance at approximately 125,000 people each year since. In looking at ways to better accommodate the growing demand from attendees and exhibitors, the nonprofit organization considered proposals for a move to larger facilities in Los Angeles or Anaheim after the expiration of its SDCC lease in 2012. This decision keeps Comic-Con in San Diego through 2015.
So there you have it. See you in San Diego!
A friend of mine, Brian Apodaca, has created quite a comic book and was nice enough to send me a copy of it to check out. The title of the book is Zombie Outlaw and it is available for purchase here. It's a pretty cool story that takes place on a college campus where two friends manage to unleash a zombie deep in the bowels of the library and I'm guessing chaos is going to ensue in future episodes. The writing is very clever and the artwork fits the tone of the book quite well. I am definitely looking forward to future issues. Check out a preview page of the book by clicking here.
I'm kind of dreading the start of the fall TV schedule seeing as how I've barely been able to keep up with summer TV. I totally missed the first Vampire Diaries and had to catch up last night. I'm still definitely hooked on that show. I got to talk to co-creator Julie Plec at Comic-Con and the little teasers she gave me for Season 2 definitely got me curious. Anyways, Ain't It Cool has the list of show premieres and here is the alphabetical list:
Amazing Race (CBS) Sept. 26
America’s Next Top Model (CW) Sept. 8
American Dad (Fox) Oct. 3
Apprentice (NBC) Sept. 16
Better With You (ABC) Sept. 22
Big Bang Theory (CBS) Sept. 23
Biggest Loser (NBC) Sept. 21
Blue Bloods (CBS) Sept. 24
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) Sept. 19
Bones (Fox) Sept. 23
Bored to Death (HBO) Sept. 26
Brothers & Sisters (ABC) Sept. 26
Caprica (Syfy) Oct. 5
Castle (ABC) Sept. 20
Chase (NBC) Sept. 20
Chuck (NBC) Sept. 20
Cleveland Show (Fox) Sept. 26
Community (NBC) Sept. 23
Cougar Town (ABC) Sept. 22
Criminal Minds (CBS) Sept. 22
CSI (CBS) Sept. 23
CSI: Miami (CBS) Oct. 3
CSI: NY (CBS) Sept. 24
Dancing With the Stars (ABC) Sept. 20
Defenders (CBS) Sept. 22
Desperate Housewives (ABC) Sept. 26
Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC) Sept. 21
Dexter (Showtime) Sept. 26
Eastbound & Down (HBO) Sept. 26
Event (NBC) Sept. 20
Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC) Sept. 26
Family Guy (Fox) Sept. 26
Friday Night Lights (DirecTV) Oct. 27
Fringe (Fox) Sept. 23
Glee (Fox) Sept. 21
Good Guys (Fox) Sept. 24
Good Wife (CBS) Sept. 28
Gossip Girl (CW) Sept. 13
Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) Sept. 23
Hawaii Five-0 (CBS) Sept. 20
Hell’s Kitchen (Fox) Sept. 22
Hellcats (CW) Sept. 8
House (Fox) Sept. 20
How I Met Your Mother (CBS) Sept. 20
Human Target (Fox) Oct. 1
Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret (IFC) Oct. 1
It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) Sept. 16
Law & Order: Los Angeles (NBC) Sept. 29
Law & Order: SVU (NBC) Sept. 22
League (FX) Sept. 16
Lie to Me (Fox) Nov. 10
Life Unexpected (CW) Sept. 14
Lone Star (Fox) Sept. 20
Mad (CN) Sept. 6
Medium (CBS) Sept. 24
Mentalist (CBS) Sept. 23
Middle (ABC) Sept. 22
Mike & Molly (CBS) Sept. 20
Modern Family (ABC) Sept. 22
My Generation (ABC) Sept. 23
NCIS (CBS) Sept. 21
NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS) Sept. 21
Nikita (CW) Sept. 9
90210 (CW) Sept. 13
No Ordinary Family (ABC) Sept. 28
Office (NBC) Sept. 23
One Tree Hill (CW) Sept. 14
Outlaw (NBC) Sept. 15
Outsourced (NBC) Sept. 23
Parenthood (NBC) Sept. 14
Private Practice (ABC) Sept. 23
Raising Hope (Fox) Sept. 21
Regular Show (CN) Sept. 6
Rules of Engagement (CBS) Sept. 20
Running Wilde (Fox) Sept. 21
Sanctuary (Syfy) Sept. 28
Saturday Night Live (NBC) Sept. 25
Shit My Dad Says (CBS) Sept. 23
Simpsons (Fox) Sept. 26
60 Minutes (CBS) Sept. 26
Smallville (The CW) Sept. 24
Sons of Anarchy (FX) Sept. 7
Stargate Universe (Syfy) Sept. 28
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (CN) Sept. 17
Supernatural (The CW) Sept. 24
Survivor (CBS) Sept. 15
Sym-Bionic Titan (CN) Sept. 17
Terriers (FX) Sept. 8
30 Rock (NBC) Sept. 23
Two and a Half Men (CBS) Sept. 20
Undercover Boss (CBS) Sept. 26
Undercovers (NBC) Sept. 22
Vampire Diaries (CW) Sept. 9
Venture Bros. (CN) Sept. 12
Walking Dead (AMC) Oct. 31
Whole Truth (ABC) Sept. 22
What new shows are you guys looking forward to? Aside from Boardwalk Empire, which looks incredible, I think I am going to check out No Ordinary Family after Guillermo Diaz hyped it up a bit on Bagged and Boarded last week and I'll probably check out that show with Will Arnette and Keri Russell. Feel free to chime in with your pics in the comments.
We've got some big guests coming to Bagged & Boarded Live at Smodcastle. Last Friday night we had Guillermo Diaz and it was a blast. This Friday we have Michael McMillian from True Blood. The show is at 10 PM and tickets are only $10! You can also buy a four show pack and pay the price of three shows. If for some reason you can't come this Friday, you'll definitely want to be there on the 17th as our guest is:
Alex Winter, aka Bill S. Preston, Esquire, from Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure! We'll be asking him questions, maybe doing a little rocking out on stage, and other cool stuff you won't want to miss. For tickets and more show info, head over to the Smodcastle site. If you are a cool celebrity and would like to appear on Bagged & Boarded, please hit me up. Thank you.
Let's all celebrate our favorite zip code and the mother of all melodramas! What's your favorite episode? I can never decide. For some reason the episode where Donna takes over P.A. duties for David and the show ends with a tracking shot through the hallway as "Stand By Me" plays in the background always sticks with me, but who can forget Brandon's brief gambling career and Kelly's stint as a cult member? Ah, memories.
A few of you already joined up but if you're up for some Fantasy Football you can join our league here. The password is Wildcat. The draft is Monday night but if enough people complain I might be willing to change it.
This is the time of year you start hearing folks whining about how wish the fall TV season would start already. I firmly believe those days are over and those folks are missing out. When the networks take their holiday, cable networks step up and in many cases offer vastly superior product. Right now I'm watching some of my favorite shows. I'll actually be sad when it's fall because that means having to wait for these to start up again.
Weeds: We're two episodes in on this season and I am digging it. The banter between the family members is hilarious this season and Shane has been the show stealer show far. I'm curious to see how Kevin Nealon and Guillermo Diaz will come in to play this year.
Rubicon: Some people are saying this show is moving too slowly but that is exactly why I like it. I love the atmosphere of the show, that bizarre office building, the city. I am very intrigued by the storylines and very curious to see where this one goes.
Mad Men: Overall this is still probably my favorite show on TV. We're seeing a much more vulnerable side of Don Draper this season and I'm enjoying every minute of it.
Entourage: I guess I understand the criticisms this show receives but I enjoy it. I was glad to see Billy come back as he is one of my favorite characters and I enjoy seeing Ari finally squirm.
True Blood: Oh True Blood. This show is so insane and that is why I love it so much. I don't even know where to start.
The big show I am looking forward to right now is Boardwalk Empire. It looks absolutely incredible. It also has Omar. On top of that we have the returns of Eastbound and Down and Bored to Death next month. I may never watch network TV again.
OK, that is a lie.
While we had our opening night a couple weeks ago, this weekend marked the first weekend of the regular schedule at Smodcastle. In addition to working the door and other assorted duties while wearing a silly hat, I also joined Matt and Jesse for our first episode of Bagged & Boarded Live. For the live show I will be joined by a guest for my segment and my first guest was none other than Jason Mewes. It was a lot of fun and people seemed to dig it. Mewes and I actually ended up discussing Dungeons & Dragons at length, which was pretty cool. Matt & Jesse really did a great job and I am looking forward to joining them every Friday night. You too can join us by buying tickets here.
I'm pretty flattered!
Danny is thirty today. Welcome to the club. I say this every year, but brendoman.com and the rest of the family of sites wouldn't exist if it wasn't for Danny. That kind of thing bears repeating on a yearly basis. Hoorah.