Today. Friday November 16th, 2012 marks the end of an era. Today Hostess, the makers of Twinkies, announced they are closing for good. Its a sad day for the all night gamer. The guilty pleasure snack. Most importantly what the hell will we strive for in the Zombie Apocalypse?
All kidding aside about 20,000 people are about to lose their jobs. I had no idea the Hostess bakers were on strike. Its really a shame they couldn’t come to terms and now everyone is out. I know Hostess has been going down for awhile. They even closed the our local bread plant but I didn’t know it was this bad.
Maybe this is a good thing? Those “cakes” are just damn terrible for you. I always liked Ding Dongs more than Twinkies anyway. Those are gone too. I guess I should go snag a box and enjoy. Even if someone else picks up the brands and recipes we all know it just wont be the same.
Everyone enjoy your last one.
Can you make dinner if the power goes out? It’s a simple question that we all need to think about. I think the question is even more prevalent today with the arrival and devastation of Hurricane Sandy on the east coast. The last number I had seen was some 7 million people without power. Can those people make dinner?
I think “prepping” gets a bad reputation. It’s seen by a lot of people as crazy, paranoid or delusional. I’m sure there are plenty of preppers up and down the east coast and in the north east that are sitting ok even without power. I’m sure they have plenty of food and water for themselves and their family. Even if you have to evacuate to a shelter a bag of stuff you already had packed could really lessen the blow of a disaster.
A good place to start is http://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit. There are some good suggestions there to keep you basically prepared for a storm or any other event. One thing they do not cover is how to cook your food. I’m sure no one wants to eat cold food from a can. A grill or outdoor fire pit can be used. A small camp stove is also useful but can be expensive. If you are on a serious budget you can look at the Hobo Stove (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobo_stove)
I have recently been guilty of not being prepared. I have an electric stove and our power went out. I had some rice and chicken in a pot. Luckily it was to the point that the resonant heat was able to finish our dinner. The power was back about 45 minutes later but it really got me thinking about how I am not very prepared for a longer term event.
My first suggestion would be to consolidate. We all have flashlights and candles around the house. Get them in one spot. An easily accessible tote or back pack in a closet will keep you from having to fumble in the dark. Remember to keep something in there to light those candles.
If you are like me you have a little one to worry about too and lets face it, most kids are electronic-centric now a days. My son was, of course, mid Sonic and Knuckles when the power cut. My son is also Autistic so it made the transition even harder on him. We had to pivot fairly quickly to something new. Board games are a good idea to have around. An inexpensive thing to have on hand would be some coloring books and crayons.
Being in the Midwest a huge storm can blow through in the form of a tornado or snow and ice. If the heat was out for any sort of time during the winter months I would have to find a place to hold up with the family until it all came back on. A lot of people do not have that option. If you live in a place that gets cold you may want to think about a propane heater. Even a small one with some blankets up to the door ways could mean a comfortable versus freezing night.
In researching this a little further I found this website http://72hours.org/go_bag.html. This site can help you build your “Go Bag” in the event you have the leave your home for what could be an extended period of time. Some things they mention for an emergency bag would be a change of clothes, a warm hat and a list of emergency point of contact numbers. The list of numbers are a good idea because lets face it, most of our contacts are stored in a cell phone. If we are without a charger we are stuck.
I don’t want to give the impression that if everyone would have prepared in advance for Sandy that the result wouldn’t be similar. There is mass devastation and almost 100 people have lost their lives. I do think that we should at least get a lesson from this tragedy and prepare ourselves in case we are faced with a similar crisis situation.
Check out the links below for a lot more information.
Hello fellow Buzzers and Happy Halloween. If you’ve been following my Twitter or my Instagram (@sctrvt) then you know I’ve been celebrating Halloween all day. This is something I’d usually do for the entirety of the month of October leading to the greatest day of the year, but this year it just didn’t happen. Maybe it was getting old. Maybe it’s not that special to me as a holiday anymore. I’m sort of a purist to the holiday, and I believe that the scary, horror theme should ring true to everything about it. Not dressing up as a cutesy theme with friends. Not being this year’s “it” costume (that probably being replacement refs, that South Korean PSY guy, or Bane). I believe in horror, gore, and the scarier the better for celebration. And that spirit has died in our culture, it seems. Also, the new batch of horror movies are boring me to death.
But then I realized I’ve been missing out on my part of the holiday and I really did miss it. Watching horror movies and playing horror games, all things gore related. Thus, I bring to you the probably overly detailed chronicling of my day of Halloween.
First order of business I started out by firing up the Xbox and throwing in Left for Dead 2.
I freshly downloaded the newest map, Cold Stream, the night before and was ready to watch the parts fly. And damn did I miss playing this game. For those of you who haven’t played the game, not only is it the best zombie game out there right now, but it’s easily in the top 3 co-op games of all time. There is no going alone. You have to work together in order to survive. I’ve spent countless hours on this game but have neglected it for too long. But playing this also reminds me of how frustrating trying to play with others can be. You expect the same level of cooperativeness from your teammates as you try to give, but sometimes you get the players that think they can play it Call of Duty style; i.e. running ahead and ignoring others as they are in peril. I. Hate. These. People. Running off on your own = immediate danger for not only yourself but for others. A horde will come if you do that. A horde always f-cking comes. If you play like that, good job. You lack the ability to play a game the only way it’s meant to be played. [/rant]
Anyway, the game is not only extremely fun but can be really scary, and puts you in the perfect mood for Halloween. I tried to keep up the theme with other games, thinking that a cool Halloween update with other games would be available. I tried Mass Effect 3′s supposed update. Turns out it was just some lame challenges. I read on Twitter a few days back about Uncharted 3′s multiplayer update, but it turns out it was only available until October 29, which makes perfect sense since that’s two days PRIOR to the goddamn holiday. But I think the most scary thing about that attempt was the extremely ridiculous updates that Playstation likes to grace its games with.
That does it for my tries video gaming in the Halloween spirit. Mostly due to being a cheap bastard. I could’ve downloaded something via Xbox Live Arcade or used Steam’s Halloween Sale, but instead I opted to move on. Maybe later tonight I could do something better than that.
Moving on to the next portion of my Halloween trek, I figured I should do something a little more engaging. I don’t usually include books as part of my normal Halloween ritual, and trying to read a whole horror book in one day is ludicrous, but a couple short stories is always a good way to get into the mood. My author of choice was none other than H.P. Lovecraft.
The two stories of choice were short and to the point, “The Tomb” and “Dagon.” I kind of wish I chose something that wasn’t so early in his career due to his nature of being overly dramatic, but these two stories did their job very well. They kept the creepy factor high, and shows the quick descent into madness of the narrators, which is something Lovecraft does quite often. He has a flair for ending his stories on a really silly note, kind of like a “GOTCHA” type of ending, leaving the reader with one last image as a way to scare them. It might have worked 100 years ago, but today it’s actually quite hilarious. Still, I loved reading these stories. I should’ve read Call of Cthulu, as I’m sure you all will tell me.
Now to the important part- the movie. Everyone watches at least one horror movie for Halloween. Some, including me, try to watch as many as possible leading up to the day. But since I didn’t give myself that luxury, I had to choose one. Ok I lied. I tried to watch one movie leading up to Halloween, and it took me forever because it is so damn slow and boring. The Fog. I know you hate me now but Jesus Christ the movie never picks up till the last 15 minutes.
A lot of people watch a “Halloween” Halloween movie, one that either has a Halloween as the day or one with Michael Myers. My go to “Halloween” movies are going to get me lynched by horror purists. I prefer Rob Zombie’s vision to Carpenter’s, and the sequels that spawned from it. But which of his two films should I choose?
Not only am I watching a Rob Zombie Halloween, I’m watching the one people despise. But I truly think this one is the best. Zombie’s vision is dark, grimy and is angry, which seems to embody Myers more than the other ones. The sequel especially feels darker and meaner. Michael is pissed. He grunts as he brutally destroys humanity. There’s no trying to understand him, he is violent and pure evil something you don’t feel as much in Carpenter’s version. ”But why not the remake?” you ask, and not the sequel no one likes? Well mostly because most of it is a shot-for-shot, even with Zombie’s vision splattered across it. Also, I only own the unrated version, which changes his escape from something more plausible and gory to something pointless and stupid. Instead of Michael killing guards and leaving the psych ward that way, he escapes when two workers pointlessly rape a girl in his room. It makes no sense and is just a reason to show rape. So dumb. Gah it makes me angry just thinking about it.
I’m not saying Zombie is exempt from criticism. His characters are underwritten and some of his lines are just plain stupid, especially when he tries to write dialogue for teenage girls. Plus it’s only fully of hillbillies. Aside from that, Halloween 2 feels like Zombie was able to make the Halloween movie that he wanted to make, fully his vision. The first one had to be a remake and be somewhat faithful. This one shows what Zombie can do on his own, with his own story and man is it great. I await my death now.
Lastly I’m making a Halloween playlist on my iPod. I love listening to Halloween themed music on late night walks in October and this year I dropped the ball, which is sad. To close out my overly long Halloween chronicling, I’d like to share some songs with you for when I take my dark, long, haunted walk.
I thought in my 27 years living in this area I had been to every “paranormal” place in driving distance. After some Googling it turns out I was wrong.
I stumbled across the story of Julia Markham. Basically she killed her 8 kids, ranging from 5 months to 8 years of age, with an ax in the front yard. Then she set the house on fire and slit her own throat killing herself. There is a lot of speculation as to why she did it, from her husband getting sick to just loosing her mind. Every story is a little different.
The legend says that you can see a woman in white roaming the fields. It is said this is the ghost of Julia Markham. I had to check this out for myself. I packed the flashlight and the camera and set out on my trip.
Juila and the kids were supposedly buried at the nearby Rosedale Cemetery. Its about a mile from the site of the murder. I couldn’t find any of their graves but I did get some pictures of the cemetery.
It was just about dark and I wanted to see the site and get some pictures before the sun went down. In horror movie fashion I missed the turn that I needed to take and I had to go the long way around. I turned down a very winding and hilly road that was barely enough for one car to get down. I made my turn to get back on track and at the top of the hill before my intersection was a big black Labrador just sitting in the middle of the road. It scared the crap out of me to be honest. Maybe it was some omen to “not go that way” or something. Ignoring the obvious warning sign I pressed on.
I arrived at the site of the massacre. It is a very quiet road for being so close to town. I am only about 3 miles outside of Cambridge, IL. It was actually kind of creepy even in the day time.
The site of the former home is marked with the “A” on the map below
I took some pictures of the site before the sun went down
Since it was still about a sold hour before I would have total darkness I decided to go grab some food and let it get nice and dark before I came back. I wont bore you with my McTrip but that new Daily Double they have isn’t bad at all.
Back at Death Curve in the dark. It is just as creepy quiet as it was in the day time but now its dark. I am sitting on my tailgate just waiting for Julia to come around. I shot some random pictures of the darkness but nothing came of them. Just a lot of darkness. I sat in the cold for about 45 minutes before I called it quits. I didn’t see anything. Not even a car.
All in all it was a pretty good trip. I didn’t see anything but I would love to go back when its not below freezing for a little longer investigation. Its a really creepy area and has a good back story.
You can read more about the story from the links below.
To get the new and improved Buzz site going, I’m going to re-post a blog I made on my other, barely used, blog. I realized I’m missing some shows, but I plan on adding more, don’t worry.
How about I tell you what you should and shouldn’t be watching on Netflix Instant? Because we all know that you don’t have those discs sitting in your living room anymore, but let’s not get into that today. There are obviously way too may titles to choose from, so I’m going to give you a few pointers here and there from the Television and when (i.e. if) Netflix gives more updates for something actually worthwhile, I will make more posts like this with the newest updates.
TV shows you should be watching on Netflix Instant
Now if you’re like me, you don’t dedicate much time, if any, to watching TV regularly during the week because, well, that’s a big commitment and you’re too goddamn scared. Or you don’t have a DVR. I’m living in the past, I know. So to make up for it you have to watch seasons in bulk via Netflix. Well here is a short list of what you should be watching if you’re not already.
This is just a no brainer. If you have Instant and you still haven’t watched this, for shame. This show is so beloved by anyone who has ever watched it that Netflix is actually optioning tothe show. Seriously, watch it. I’d quote it like everyone else does, but you wouldn’t get it now would you?
This show continuously gets awards for it’s clever and insane humor, and for good reason. It’s not just a show you watch mildly entertained but, even in it’s weakest moments, constantly churns out laugh out loud jokes. The show’s ratings suck, so give it a chance before the inevitable hammer comes down on it.
I’ve only recently gotten into this series. The first season shows it’s age, but it’s easy to see how this became a sensation in the mid to late 90s. I hear it get’s pretty bad later in the series, but if you want a dark, twisted, yet intriguing series, I don’t see why this wouldn’t be worth investing some time into.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
A cult darling that spanned pretty all of the 90s that is definitely worth your while. The premise is as campy as the movies the show riffs, but damn if it isn’t always a treat to watch something terrible be turned into gold. I try to avoid the Joel episodes and currently am trying (see: failing) to get some of the Mike episodes where Crow isn’t played by Bill Corbett, but regardless any incarnation of the show is welcome.
I have a feeling this will be hit or miss, but I found the first 3 or 4 seasons to be phenomenal, while the 6th really sucked. Season 7 ends as strong as it can. The show really tries to capture the pain of loss, while showing some horrible ways to deal with it. Tommy (Dennis Leary) starts out as the guy you don’t know if you love or hate. You want him to be redeemed. By season 6 I was hoping the series would end with his death because I figured it would only do the show justice. Take that how you want.
Seriously, have you not heard how good this show is? I watched it after it became available because I was too stupid to watch it on TV. It starts out great and only gets better. I watched 3 seasons in a week. I won’t get into details, just watch.
Another show that has a great reputation and I feel it lives up to the hype. It might be a little heavy handed, kind of the way that Deadwood can be. If you don’t pay attention you might miss some subtle piece of dialog that was meant to be taken in about a billion different ways. That’s what makes the show great. The writing is just fantastic. I wondered how a show about the advertising business in the 60s could possibly be worthwhile. I wonder no more.
Man, this show is depressing, but in a good way. Though it doesn’t win points in being uplifting, it has its charms and is infinitely rewatchable. Louis C.K.’s stand-up is always a welcome aspect of every episode.
I’ve personally only watched some of season 2, but season 1 recently has been added to the instant watch and oh my God is this show so brilliantly weird and endearing at the same time. To put it simply, Elijah Wood becomes best friends with a dog, who he imagines to be a grown British man in a dog suit. It’s like a drug fueled vision on your television set. Brilliant.
A great show that had no audience until it was way too late. Seriously, there are too few science fiction shows that are more about character than the actual plot. Joss Whedon is not my god like he is to many of his fans, as I have no indulged in any of his other shows, but this man sure does make the scifi and western genres blend so damn beautiful that I would join Troy and Abed to get the show back on in an instant. If they’re reviving Arrested Development through Netflix, surely this show has a chance? You can also watch the show continue through the full length Serenity film on Instant as well. But it doesn’t do much more than make you wish the show was still on/had an actual conclusion.
Ok, I know I’ve lost a lot of you by now, but this is going to be an ongoing post of sorts that will be updated with new releases/stuff I get around to watching that’s worth advertising. I may also take on the daunting task of what movies to watch, but those posts will be broken down by genre/categories because we all know reading 1000 words has already been a pain. Just know I’m getting absolutely nothing out of this other than a reason to ramble, so don’t worry, I’m not being paid. Yet. *Crosses fingers*
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Because I wanna do this shit again
That’s right folks. The Buzz will be back momentarily from our half-year hiatus. Expect more of the same from before and hopefully no more long breaks for this blog. The frequency of posts probably won’t be too intense, but there will be a steady update.
Expect a couple of posts by yours truly coming very soon, including a much delayed Call of Duty Black Ops review. Yes it’s almost a month old, but who really cares?
Are you like me and still get excited when you see a new trailer for Gran Turismo 5? Then a few minutes after you see it you remember that Sony has been doing this to us for 5 years now and that we all should quit holding our breath. Who knows if Sony will ever release Chinese Democ… I mean GT5, but they are sure to release a new trailer for it every year at E3.
Let’s take a look…
So will GT5 ever come out? Will it live up to the hype and be worth the wait? Was a 5 year delay so that they could make the game 3D worth it?
Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Now we all know everything we read on the Internet isn’t real. I know I may have just crushed some of your worlds but it’s the truth. These websites are worth checking out if you have a few minutes for a laugh.
Sleep Talkin’ Man
This site was started by the mans wife. Apparently he says some hilarious things in his sleep and she records and posts it online. Its even better being in an English accent. Here’s an example of what you will find over there…
“I need a mask; nun-chucks; rubber suit; shitloads of talc. Got list, will shop. It’s a superhero shopping list, shithead.”
FML has become part of our “text” culture. It is just as prevalent as “lol” and “brb”. This site is obviously dedicated to lifes misfortunes. It has all kinds of apps for it, a twitter feed and a facebook. Here’s a few that tickled me…
I think the title of this one speaks for itself. If you have kids something like this has happened or will happen. A couple of them are kind of lame but most of these are the most epic messes I have ever seen.
I Am Bored
The name says it all in this one. This is just a compilation site for flash games, funny pictures, dumb news stories and hilarious, sad and awesome videos. Go check this out if you have a minute or 6 to spend.
People of Wal Mart
I could spend days on this website. It is a chronicle of the illusive stereotypical Wal Mart Shopper. If you go to your local Wal Mart, you will see at least 5 of these examples in your travels.
My Life Is Average
A lot of these on this site don’t seem like it could actually happen. Its just random comments about “average” life. Its very similar to FML but its not always bad things. Here are some examples..
“Today, my seven-year-old little sister danced around the house singing about brushing her teeth with a bottle of Jack. I’m not sure if I should laugh, or be horrified. MLIA”
“Today, my husband bought cheez-its with Toy Story characters on them for my 2 year old daughter. He pointed to all the character faces and she correctly identified them all, and then he got to the three-eyed alien character. He asked her who it was…her totally serious response? Lady Gaga. MLIA.”
Just a short list for you all. I hope you enjoy.