Word Crimes (“Weird Al” Yankovic)

To celebrate the release of his new album, “Mandatory Fun,” Yankovic is releasing a video a day this week. The second video he presented was “Word Crimes,” a parody of Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines.” I’m pretty sure I’m the guy he’s singing to, especially when it gets to talking about the blog posts.

The Countdowns Begin!

There are a lot of items worth counting down to, in my book. First, we’ve got the Playstation 4 release date just 12 days away. I’m excited and ready to roll with the new console from Sony. I just hope someone is home when it arrives because I’ll be freaking out if I have to leave for work knowing it could possibly be left sitting outside to wait on me or the wife to get home. Secondly, Thanksgiving is fast approaching, which will bring with it lots of delicious food, family and friends. I’m also counting on the time time off, mostly to spend kicked back and relaxing at home. And thirdly, Christmas! That’s right, Christmas is practically staring down the barrel of a loaded gun at us. I don’t think I need to tell any regular readers that I LOVE CHRISTMAS.

But it’s not all fun and games and excitement. As part of her high risk pregnancy, she’s had to visit a nutritionist and have several ultrasounds and tests done. Turns out she has been diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes, which they are treating as Gestational Diabetes since she’s pregnant. She is on a strict meal plan, eating 3 meals and 3 snacks a day, drinking lots of water and testing her blood sugar 2 hours after each meal. The doctor told her the readings shouldn’t be over 120, however hers is staying around the 150-180 mark with each meal, even while eating the doctor recommended dishes. On her next visit, which is this Thursday, I believe they’re discussing prescribing her a pill that is suppose to help regulate her blood sugar.

At work, we are extremely slow. When I say slow, I mean unusually scary slow. Things are looking kinda bad on that front, but no one has said anything to us, so it’s all good – right? It is nice to have the short work days, but it eventually starts to interfere with the wallet as time goes on. Right now, though, I can manage the cut to funds due to the majority of our larger debts being paid off. All we will have to worry about are our monthly utilities and any luxury items – such as cellphones and internet. So as of this moment, we believe we’re ready to weather a slow end of the season at my employment.

In gaming/movies/books/music: I’ve come to a stand still on the Steve Jobs biography. I’ve accepted the fact that I won’t be meeting my book goal for the year, and that’s fine. But diving in to Jobs’ book I was excited to finally be reading it, but just like I did with A Storm of Swords at the beginning of the year, it just came to a screeching halt and I was suddenly burned out. My eyes needed a rest. So on the book front, I haven’t been reading anything right now, but I have Mr. Jobs’ biography awaiting my return.

On the Xbox 360, I finally broke down and paid for a year of Live! The Boy and I are enjoying Call of Duty: MW3, although the people we play with don’t seem to like our play style. That’s cool, though, we at least got to try our Halo 3, which I’d never played. I have to say, while I haven’t played single player mode yet, the multiplayer kinda sucks, in my inexperienced opinion. At least, after having played COD, it sucks. Aside from all that jazz, I’ve recently picked back up on Fallout 3 and am playing through it again. More can be found on that story over the history of this blog. I’m currently only up to visiting Rivet City and hunting the on-the-run robot. Outside of Fallout, I’m also playing and enjoying the beauty of Darksider’s 2. Very nice game, though the jumping techniques continue to kick me in the teeth from time to time.

On television, I’m enjoying The Blacklist, The Michael J. Fox Show, The Crazy Ones, The Walking Dead, and am anxiously awaiting the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary special. Movie-wise, I tried to watch The Spirit today on Crackle and could not keep interest in it at all. Looked cool, but the story just wasn’t pulling me in. I’m hoping to hit the theaters in the next couple of weeks to catch Carrie, the remake with Chloe Grace Moretz, and Ender’s Game, with Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford.

Music-wise, I finally cracked open iTunes after a long absence and have been listening to Eminem’s new CD, as well as Katy Perry’s Prism. Both excellent albums. I really wasn’t that big on Eminem in the past, though a few of his songs caught my attention. Now that I’m older, though, I’m really digging his style.

And finally, I’m in the process of researching and purchasing my own cable modem. I’m planning on surrendering this 6 1/2 year old beast I’ve been paying $7 + tax for back to Comcast. The router I bought last year, a Cisco Linksys E2000, has been a good one, but the far end of our house barely gets a signal at all. To remedy that, I’ve been looking at the Homeplug Technology option. That’s where you get the Powerline ethernet adapters, plug one in at your router’s location (into an electrical socket) and connect it to your router with an ethernet cable. The second device goes in the room with the device you want to link to your router. You plug the 2nd one in to a wall socket and connect it to the device with an ethernet cable and it’s suppose to work like magic using your home’s wiring. Not sure how that’s going to work, but it sounds exactly like what I’m looking to do.

And that’s my life in a nutshell over the past few weeks. Here’s to a new week, friends. I hope you have a great one!

Father of Mine by Everclear

If I haven’t said it before, allow me to say it now: I’m a huge fan of Everclear. And while they have many, many great songs, I will always have a special place for the songs on the first CD of theirs I ever listened to. One particular song is “Father of Mine.” Below are two versions of the same song. The first is a solo performance by Art Alexakis at Guitar Center. The second is the official music video.

Amazon Prime Free Trial

Nine days ago, while ordering a Godzilla dvd, I was offered free 2 day shipping on my product if I signed up for a free 1-month trial to

Amazon Prime

Amazon Prime (Photo credit: methodshop.com)

Amazon Prime. Heck, free 2-day shipping is nothing to sneeze at, so I approved my trial and we were on our way. I had something to tinker around with and my son was getting a new dvd out of the deal.

Amazon Prime is a yearly subscription service for an “overall experience” with the site. Included in an Amazon Prime membership is 1) free 2-day shipping on millions of items with no minimum order requirement, 2) free streaming of thousands of movies and television shows in SD and HD with Prime Instant Video, 3) 1 Kindle book of your choosing to borrow for free each month from the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library. All of this will set you back a cool $79 a year – free shipping, free streaming, a free Kindle book each month.

That really isn’t bad, I suppose. If you think about it, Netflix’s streaming service alone is $7.99 a month. $7.99 over the course of 12 months is … I’ll wait for you to do the math … that’s right, $95.88. You would actually save close to $16 a year, plus get those other two bonus deals along with it if you ditched Netflix and signed up for Amazon Prime.

But wait a minute. Let me finish with my experience. I’m sure my story is in the minority of folks this happens to, but thanks to the internet and social media, I’m allowed to share that story with complete strangers. Much to the dismay of these companies, I’m sure.

First, as I was saying, 9 days ago I ordered a dvd from Amazon (directly from Amazon, not someone selling merchandise through Amazon), and signed up for the Amazon Prime free month. I also got my free 2 day shipping, which I was happy about considering I wanted the dvd to arrive before our son had minor surgery tomorrow (Monday). Well, I have yet to see the dvd. According to Amazon, it is in stock but won’t ship for another week, around the 18th for some mysterious reason. I haven’t had the time or opportunity to call customer service, and I really wonder if it would do any good anyways.

Secondly, the streaming service allows you to play Prime videos through an authorized television device, tablet, PC or Mac. The only television device I have is an Apple TV, which I am very happy with. This leaves the iPad and Mac to try out the streaming service. First thing, right off the bat, is the interface. The PC/Mac interface is nothing more than the Amazon website and it is cluttered, clunky and sorts and orders movies and television series in some weird way. The iPad app is nicer to look at, but it, too, is a bit confusing in trying to find exactly what you want. I tried searching for a television show I knew was on the Prime service, but when I typed in the exact name (properly spelled, mind you) the app gave me about 20 suggestions for other programs. In repeat attempts, the show or movie I was looking for was either listed toward the bottom of the other suggestions, or not listed at all. I can only hope that the owners of set-top devices have a smoother experience.

As for the movie and television series selection – there are a few movies and series I saw that Netflix doesn’t have, but overall, I really wasn’t impressed. If the interface was easier to muddle through, I’d consider buying a Roku player just to stream the movies to my television. And no, it isn’t possible to stream video to your television from the iPad. Possibly with the Mac, now that it has mirroring, but I haven’t tried that yet, and besides, Mac/television wireless mirroring is a bit wonky anyways.

And finally, the free book a month choice is for Kindle owners only. If you have the free software installed on your PC, Mac or smartphone, you’re just out of luck. This part of the service is for those who have an actual physical device that is registered through Amazon. Bleh! I say.

There, I’ve said my peace. I’m almost 10 days into my one month free trial and I’m really not that happy or impressed with it. Especially the 2-day service. Sure, I could break down and buy that Kindle – we’ll talk about that in an upcoming post – or I could just hang on to the service for the – hopefully better – 2 day shipping and the $16 a year savings I’d get over Netflix. But there again, that would also require an additional purchase – a Roku or other set-top streaming device for the service.

Ah, decisions, decisions. If this were Twitter, I’m sure this post would fit nicely under the #firstworldproblems tag.

** This is a cross-post blog entry. It can also be found at Geek by Choice, which is a co-authored blog shared with a friend and former co-worker. If you have received or read this post twice, I apologize. I’ll work on sorting them out in the future. **