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Friday, November 13, 2009

Happy Friday the 13th...


Saturday, October 24, 2009

Andy Mac: Struggle Fantastic and 410

As many of you may or may not know my good friend Andy Mac released two new albums last Saturday. Struggle Fantastic and a surprise acoustic EP 410...



I just got them in the mail today and I can, without prejudice, say that they are awesome!

Struggle Fantastic is his follow up album to 2005's Music For A Bright Moon Sky. It really showcases Andy's growth as a musician and proves that it was worth the 4 year wait between his last album and this one. The songs on this album have a layered richness that just surrounds you in a warm blanket of groovy toe-tapping love. It's music that I call "drivable"... the kind of music that you can put on the car stereo and take a long leisurely afternoon drive... and if you have that gene you WILL start singing along... you won't be able to help yourself.

410 is something altogether different yet still distinctly Andy Mac. It's an acoustic set that is intimate and personal. Listening to it you really get the sense that if you close your eyes the rest of the world will disappear and it will be just you and Andy. It's beautiful. There is a great story behind it... I'll let Andy tell it...




On a personal note...

Andy is one of those people that often gives a lot more than he gets back. I like to say that he is the kind of person that just gets it. Being a good, kindhearted person isn't a choice for him... it's just who he is. Since the day I met him his generous and creative nature has inspired my own creative fire and I am truly honored and proud to count him among my friends.

Do yourself a favor and check him out. I can promise you will NOT be disappointed.

Here are some of his links...
http://www.MySpace.com/AndyMac
http://www.Facebook.com/AndyMacMusic
http://www.Twitter.com/AndyMacMusic
http://www.YouTube.com/user/AndyMacMusic

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

It's fun to stay at the...


Just a reminder the above picture is what's called a "joke"...

which Webster's defines as:
1 something said or done to provoke laughter
2 something not to be taken seriously

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Joke of the Day: Wookie Humor

Thank you, Kevin for sending this to me...

Wookie (to Ewok): Do you have any trouble with crap sticking to your fur when you lay down a steamer?

Ewok: No, not at all.

Wookie: Good. (picks up the Ewok and uses him to wipe his ass)

Bracelet? Uh... No, I don't think so...



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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

I can has stupid?

In the hours leading up to my lunch break today I got it into my head that it would be fun to go to a comic book shop. I searched around on Google and found that the there was one only a hop skip and jump away from where I work. My plan was... 15 minutes out... 30 minutes to browse (and possibly buy)... and then 15 minutes to drive back.

Yeah... it didn't quite turn out that well. I left work at 2:15pm... I arrived at Wonderland Comics at a little after 2:30pm... I left Wonderland at 3pm... I arrived back at work at almost 4:30pm.

The map posted below is a record of my stupidity...

The blue line represents the path I took to get to Wonderland Comics in Penfield... the red line represents my slight miscalculation... FML

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Everybody Poops Trailer...

God, I wish they would make this one for real...



My Favorite Podcasts...

Smodcast
Why I listen:
I'll be that first to admit that I'm one of those people that thinks Kevin Smith is a freakin' genius. He has yet to make a movie that I didn't like and frankly, anyone that doesn't like his brand of humor needs to get the stick out of their ass. If you're looking for a good laugh and can handle jokes that are cruder and language that is harsher that he could ever get away with in the movies this podcast is vastly entertaining. One word of warning though... be careful about listening to this while you're driving... I've nearly crashed my car more than once from laughing too hard.
Website:
http://www.quickstopentertainment.com/smodcast

Hometown Tales
Why I listen:
As they say, every town has a tale and these two guys bring you the strangest and most fascinating tales from all over the world. UFO's, hauntings, bigfoot and other strangeness makes it's way into each show and if you're like me and are fascinated by the unknown and the bizarre this is definitely worth taking a listen to.
Website:
http://www.hometowntales.com/

NPR: Talk of the Nation
Why I listen:
I love NPR... let me repeat that... I LOVE NPR. If that makes me some sort of intellectual weirdo then so be it. Talk of the Nation has always been a great way to get a good dose of perspective and commentary on current events... now that they are podcasting it I can listen to it on my own schedule. One bonus is that they are now including the Science Friday podcast on the same feed as well... no need for two subscriptions... .WOO HOO!
Website:
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5

Night of the Living Podcast
Why I listen:
HORROR MOVIES FTW! This podcast deals in everything horror... movies, TV, books, and yes, even music. With listening to this podcast I've been exposed to things that I wouldn't have otherwise known about. Be warned however... these guys are not professionals and often times get off task and there have been a few shows where I've had to wade through a lot of nonsense before getting to the good stuff. Still... worth a listen if you're a horrorhound like me.
Website:
http://www.notlp.com/

Major Spoilers
Why I listen:
Comic books... they ain't for kiddies anymore! This podcast is everything comic books. Every show gives you the lowdown on the latest happenings in the world of comics. At this point I've only listened to a couple of their shows, but so far I am fairly impressed.
Website:
http://www.majorspoilers.com/

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Joke of the Day

A drunk gets up from the bar and heads for the bathroom. A few minutes later, a loud bloodcurdling scream is coming from the bathroom. A few minutes after that another loud scream reverberates through the bar. The bartender goes into the bathroom to investigate why the drunk is screaming.

"What's all the screaming about in here?" he yells banging on the bathroom door, "You're scaring my customers!"

"I'm just sitting here on the toilet," slurs the drunk, "and every time I try to flush, something comes up and squeezes the hell out of my nuts."

The bartender opens the bathroom door, looks in and says, "You idiot! You're sitting on the mop bucket!"

Friday, September 18, 2009

Monday, September 14, 2009

Another one gone...

Patrick Swayze dies of cancer at 57




By all accounts a genuinely nice guy on and off the screen, Patrick Swayze embodied what it meant to be cool in the 1980's. I remember first seeing him in The Outsiders when I was a kid. Not too long after that I saw him again in Red Dawn (which is one of my favorite movies from the 80's)... and of course one of my hands down favorite guilty pleasure movies Road House (which has an AWESOME soundtrack by the Jeff Healey Band).

Rest in Peace, Patrick... 57 years is just not enough time.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Feeling a little serious...

Okay... I don't do this very often, but if there is ever a day during the year to be a little serious it is today.

Just as I'm sure we all do, I still remember where I was and what I was doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. It feels like a whole world away from where I am today... another lifetime altogether.

I was still working for Tops at the time. Erin (my future wife) and I had been dating for almost 5 months (a personal record for me). I was just getting ready to do my morning walk through of the store when one of my co-workers ran into the computer room to tell me that a plane had hit the world trade center. Both of us hurried to the break room to watch the news. I expected to find out that a small plane... a Cessna or something similar, had struck the Trade Center... but, as we all know, it was far, far worse. A small crowd of employees had gathered in front of the tiny television to watch in horror as the events unfolded. A couple of the women began to cry... one scurried into the bathroom and another left the break room later to be found sobbing in the backroom. The entire store had come to a halt and even some customers had joined us in the break room... at that point the news had made it's way through the employees and customers alike and that small television now belonged to everyone. It felt like the whole world except for NYC had ceased to exist and everyone else was frozen in time.

As names are read, moments of silence are observed, and bells are rung just remember one thing. If that cold day in September 2001 taught us anything it is that life is our most precious commodity and we should treat everyday with joy and excitement. So, be a little more free with your hugs and "I love you's". Pick up the phone or write an email to a loved one that you haven't spoken to in a while. Let go of grudges and learn to forgive. Above all else... DON'T WAIT... if you do you may never get the chance again.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Lameness

It has come to my attention in the last week or so that I am lame (I doubt this is news to any of you). Those of you that have been following me on Twitter may have noted my recent obsession with chicken salad subs from Rubino's in Webster, NY (www.rubinoswebster.com). They are incredibly good and after today, I realized that in comparison to other chicken salad subs that I have had before, the ones from Rubino's are actually relatively healthy.

... but back to my lameness...

It turns out that Rubino's is something of an institution here in Webster and when I mentioned to a couple of co-workers that I "discovered" it last week they looked at me and said, "you've worked in Webster for how long?"

"7 years...", I sheepishly replied.

"... and you're just now "discovering" Rubino's?" and then they give me that look that just has LAME written all over it!

So I'm sitting here now trying not to think of the last 7 years that I missed out on having such good food... *cry*

Yeah... I really need to get over it.

... anyway...

To finish my point from earlier... I can honestly say that the subs I've been getting there are relatively healthy simply because I got to watch them make the chicken salad. You can't get much fresher that than. The lady making my sub explained that they only make a bit at a time so that it's always fresh. How cool is that. Combine that with the bread that was baked that morning and I pretty much know exactly what went into making it and having that kind of knowledge lends itself to much healthier eating choices. Some of you may be wondering how it can be healthy given the mayo... well, watching them make it I was able to see that they used only enough to bind the ingredients together and not so much that it is mushy or overpowers the taste of the chicken or the onions, celery, and spice.

Yummy...

Dirty Turtles!


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Friday, July 3, 2009

OK... Maybe I did need new sneakers...

Yeah... ok... I'll admit it, maybe I did need a new pair of sneakers. Here's what I had...


Here's what I just got in the mail...


They're the same style... New Balance 901 walking shoes. I'm thinking that these shoes will make a BIG difference for my feet... not just when I go walking on my breaks.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Two in one day... this sucks!


August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009

Regardless of what you may have thought of him as a person you cannot deny his contribution to music. I can still remember taking the plastic shrink wrap off of Thriller and listening to it over and over on my parents stereo. There was a time in my life when it became "uncool" to listen to his music and anyone that did was somehow less of a human being. Nowadays I've given up on the bullshit and decided that life is too short not to be able to share space on my Zune with both Michael Jackson and Pantera.

Frankly, I don't care who you are, when one of his songs come on you still find yourself tapping your toes and fighting the urge to groove even if just a little.

Rest in Peace, Michael.

The king of pop is dead... who will pick up the crown?

Five Guys Burgers and Fries... Oh MY!

I made my first trip to the new Five Guys Burgers & Fries location out in Webster, NY this morning for an early lunch. Erin had been there before and I was curious to try it based on everything that I had heard.

Well... it was good. I ordered the beast you see to the left... a bacon cheeseburger with grilled onions and mushrooms. I also got a regular order of fries to go with it.

The burger was really tasty... not horribly greasy, and definitely a mouth stretcher. It was easily 5 inches thick when I unwrapped it from the foil. I had to open wide and squash it down just to take a good bite of it.

I think next time I'll stick with the "little" version as it only comes with one beef patty instead of two. I might skip the fries as well and only because there were just WAY too many of them. They came in a cup which I thought was a nice portion, but as soon as I pulled that and the burger out of the bag I discovered that the bag had an inch thick layer of fries on the bottom. Suffice it to say there was a lot of food and frankly after finishing the burger the fries just seemed like too much to eat.

If you like burgers it's definitely worth a look, but if you're going to get the fries it might be best to bring someone to share with.

Farewell Farrah

Farrah Fawcett, sex symbol and actress, dies

February 2, 1947 - June 25, 2009

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mmmmmm... Moe's *drool*



The monster you see before you is Moe's Phil E. Burrito. Rice, steak, grilled onions, peppers and mushroom... cheese sauce and shredded cheese. Simply AWESOME! If you love a good Philly Cheesesteak you'll love this beast.


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Sunday, May 17, 2009

Joke of the Day

Here's a classic...
Two guys are walking down the street when they see a dog licking it's balls. One guy says, "I wish I could do that." The other guy gives him a strange looks and says, "Don't you think you ought to pet him first?"

Monday, May 11, 2009

Star Wars Fan Flick Awesomeness!!!

You've got to admit that it takes a special kind of geek to make these Star Wars fan flicks. I'm not going to be dragged into the Star Wars vs. Star Trek debate... frankly, I like both, but it's always fun to see the Empire lay the smack down.



Feed Your Inner Astronaut

Atlantis should be lifting off today for the fifth and final mission to service the Hubble Space Telescope.

The scheduled launch time is 2:01PM today and barring any unforeseen issues it should lift off on time.

If you have digital cable you can catch the launch in HD on HDNET. If, like me you have given up on cable you can catch a 1.2 mbps stream from Yahoo here:
http://tinyurl.com/h6s2k


(screen cap of the Yahoo video stream)

Check the NASA TV website for more information:
http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

You can also check out NASA TV on YouTube:
http://www.youtube.com/NASAtelevision
They've got well over 300 videos many of which are in HD.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Havent We All Wanted to Do This?

I really don't mind jury duty... there are times...

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Apparently you morons didn’t understand me the first time. I CANNOT take time off from work. I’m not putting my family's well being at stake to participate in this crap. I don’t believe in our “justice” system and I don’t want to have a goddamn thing to do with it. Jury duty is a complete waste of time. I would rather count the wrinkles on my dogs balls than sit on a jury. Get it through your thick skulls. Leave me the f–k alone

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Best Handling of a Telemarketer...EVER!


I think this could be classified as an EPIC WIN!


Just Awesome!


These two guys are just too cool for words...


Friday, May 8, 2009

Behold the yummy!

I ask you... who doesn't love Dunkin' Domuts breakfast sandwiches??? WHO???


It Lives!

Look what I found at Dunkin' Donuts this morning!

I didn't realize R.E.O. was in town...


(Click the picture to read about the history of this awful hairdo!)

Thursday, May 7, 2009

MMMMMM... Cheesesteak

BEHOLD THE AWESOMENESS!!!



Here in the ROC we have this chain of sub shops called DiBella's. Frankly I dare you to find a better cheesesteak! I'm sure the "authentic" ones straight from Philly are great, but DiBella's are tough to beat in my very humble opinion. Say what you want about Rochester... it's at least a great food town.

Quote of the day

Today's quote comes from the recently vilified Miss California, Carrie Prejean.

During a recent press conference to announce that she would be participating in an advertising campaign to promote what she's been referring to as "opposite marriage", she stated...
"Unless we bring men and women together, children will not have mothers and fathers."
No shit... really? Thank you, Captain Obvious!

Ball Shampoo?

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Tuesday, May 5, 2009

A Little More Laughter Has Passed...




Dominic DeLuise
August 1, 1933 - May 4, 2009

The first time I remember seeing Dom DeLuise was in the opening scene of The Muppet Movie. He was in so many of the funniest movies that I remember seeing growing up.

Goodbye, Dom. You will be missed.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Rock On...

What do you do when you're band is trying to practice and the building's fire alarm goes off?

ROCK AND ROLL!



Friday, May 1, 2009

People are Stupid and Paranoid...

This morning I had the privilege of experiencing firsthand the rampant paranoia that has been growing around the recent outbreak of swine flu. Now don't get me wrong, I'm sure swine flu sucks, but I seriously doubt that we'll still be talking about it a couple of months from now.

As most of you that have been following me this week on Twitter and Facebook already know I've been sick enough to put me out of work for two days. Thankfully, it was just my sinuses combined with a nasty head cold and just about the only thing remaining today is a cough and not much else. Well, I went to Dunkin' Donuts this morning to grab breakfast. I always go inside as I don't like wasting gas sitting in the drive through and it always feels good to get out and walk after the 25 minute drive from Greece to Webster. So there I am standing in line with about 10 other patrons when I cough... it doesn't get much of a response. I cough a second time... this time several people glance over there shoulders at me and the two people in front of me, the one person behind me and the person next to me all take one full step away from me.

I almost started laughing. I swear if someone else had been with me I would have started talking about me "recent trip to Mexico" just to fuck with people. I seriously think that if I had pulled out a tissue and blown my nose a riot would have ensued.

We really have become just a bunch of sheep in this country.

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SWINE FLU JOKE OF THE DAY:

A blond watching the news hears that 2 Brazilian men died from the swine flu. She cries & sobs "Oh my god! How many is a Brazilian?

Authenticity FAIL

What the hell does an Irish Nacho look like anyway???

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Saturday, April 25, 2009

A Very Angry Banana Eater

So there I am browsing the web when I find this picture...


(Found it here: http://twitpic.com/1tua7)

Now by itself, it's pretty damn funny... I mean, seriously... WTF is she doing? Trying to force herself to go down on that defenseless banana??

Of course that wasn't enough for me, so I spent a few minutes with it in Photoshop...


Kinda reminded me of this one...


... and I just couldn't resist doing another one...



If anyone has suggestions for more please send them to me!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Seriously, GM? WTF?

GM to pull the plug on Pontiac

While this hasn't been confirmed by a public announcement by GM it does appear that Pontiac is as good as dead. This news just makes me a bit sad. My last 2 cars have been Pontiacs.

My 2001 Grand Prix GT...



My 2004 Grand Prix GT... we affectionately refer to it as the Batmobile...



I loved these two cars and my dream cars list has always included Pontiacs...

1978 Trans Am... yep that's the same car the Burt Reynolds drove in the movie Smokey and the Bandit...



The 1969 GTO Judge... the GTO started the muscle car craze in the 1960's and the Judge was KING!



The 1998-2002 Trans Am WS6... I drove one of these once... OMFG! The amount of horse power and torque that they crammed under the hood was enough to scare the shit out of most unsuspecting drivers...



I had the opportunity a couple of years ago to test drive a bright yellow 2005 GTO, and say what you want about how the rebirthed GTO looked... you couldn't argue with the raw power under the hood. I scared the shit out of the salesman who went with me... I pushed it hard going down route 531 in Spencerport and I topped out at 109 mph... what a blast to drive!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Sweet Jesus Somebody Pinch Me!

For all of you Sci-Fi geeks here in Rochester, NY mark June 24th on you calendars!

The Dryden Theatre | The Last Starfighter

That's right! The 80's Sci-Fi cult classic will be shown on the big screen at 8pm at the Dryden Theatre at the Eastman House (http://dryden.eastmanhouse.org/)

I was 9 years old when this movie was released and I didn't see it until it was shown on HBO a year or two later. Since then it has remained one of my all time favorite Sci-Fi films.

Who's with me for this one???

Tidbit of trivia... this movie was the first film to do all of it's special effects (except makeup and explosions) using CGI. This title is often mistakenly given to Tron which was release two years earlier.

Meeting Boredom

Staff meetings are such a bore... doodling is the only way I can stay awake lately.


Popeyes Runs Out of Chicken?? The End is Nigh!



Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Apple Sucks a Big WTF

Check out this article from CNET News...
Apple approves 'Baby Shaker' for App Store

Yet another reason to hate Apple and their stupid iPhone. They approve this vile application and not iBoobs?

What the hell kind of message does that send? Killing babies is ok, but boobs are a big no? WTF?

And people wonder why I hate Apple...

Sunday, April 19, 2009

I broke through 100GB of bandwidth today...

Even though they've announced that they are shelving their plans to cap bandwidth in Rochester, NY and other test markets I've decided to continue to monitor my personal bandwidth usage purely out of curiosity...

Here's a quick screencap of my monitoring program...



This represents the bandwidth usage of just my desktop computer since April 4th. This does not include my wife's laptop or our Roku Video Player (aka the Netflix Box).

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm an above average internet user and I had no doubt that I would bust through 100GB fairly easily. Here's the kicker. I really haven't done much major downloading lately... just watching some YouTube and general web browsing. I did download an album of music... but what person that owns an MP3 player hasn't downloaded an albums worth of music or more in a month?

For more information on bandwidth caps and why they are harmful everyone go to Stopthecap.com. The minute we stop paying attention we're going to see this come up again and next time they won't back down so easily.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

WTF of the Day

Check out this story from CNN.com
Polar bear attacks woman at Berlin Zoo

When I see a headline like this, the first thought that runs through my mind is always, "What the fuck were they doing in the polar bear pen in the first place???"

At what point does one decide that jumping over the fence and swimming with the polar bears might even remotely be a good idea? According to the article it was feeding time so the bears were all worked up to begin with! This woman was just another tasty treat to them.

She apparently made it out alive... so no Darwin Award today.

Happy Easter!

Remember... Zombie Jesus Loves you...
and wants to
EAT YOUR BRAINS!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Worst Baby Names EVER!

Trolling through the newspaper the other day I found myself browsing through the birth announcements section. I came across the usual mix of normal, stupid and just plain made up names.

Example: Aryn... ok, seriously?? Come on, people! It's spelled Erin or Aaron... THERE IS NO "Y"!!

Then I found it... the WORST name I have ever seen. Ready for this one?? I'll give you the first name and then the middle...

Elevation is'Lord

Yep... that's it. First name "Elevation"... Middle name "is'Lord". (might as well be My'parents Are'stupid)

Listen, I don't really care if you're religious... no really, I don't care. But, please! "Elevation is'Lord" is NOT A FUCKING NAME! It's statement... and a grammatically incorrect one at that.

Lesson for today: Purposefully misspelling and outright making up names for your new baby DOESN'T make you clever... it makes you a MORON and your children will hate you for it when they get older!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009

Maybe there's hope after all...

Check out this story on CNN.com...
Bus driver delivers free home-cooked meals

Very inspiring. If this gu is doing all of this and taking care of his family on $700 a week, what the hell are the rest of us complaining about?

Check out their website...
AnAngelInQueens.org

Obsess much?

I think "Kick-My-Ass-and-Take-My-Lunch-Money" would have been better...

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