Mega DVD Marathon – Episode 6 “The F’s”

Family Guy: Blue Harvest – the F’s are going to take some time, 13 DVDs 7 of them are TV shows and one is a 6 season box. Up first is one of several Family Guy DVDs. You may think I would start with the regular seasons but they are listed as volumes so they will be later on. Blue Harvest, which is the parody of Star Wars a New Hope. As readers of this blog may already know, I am not a Star Wars fan, but I do enjoy the parodies of Star Wars, and this one is quite good. There are ample Star Wars references in the show proper, but in this “short movie” there are way more. By the time I actually saw Star Wars for the first time I already knew the story quite well, and I’ll admit I did like it, I didn’t love it, it’s popularity is still a mystery to me, but that’s just my opinion… try not to hate me for it. If I picked this DVD up at full price I may have been pissed off by the lack of content, but I believe I got it at a library sale for 1$, in that case it was well worth the price.

Family Guy: It’s a Trap – the third of the Family Guy Star Wars Trilogy. There is a lot of references to the movie being the worst of the three (I assume they are right, but I wouldn’t know), but it is the funnier of the two episodes I’ve seen. Carter Pewterschmit as the emperor is funny and the anti-Seth Green comments throughout, and especially the “Dig your own grave” sequence. The episode (and series) was summed up nicely at the end with the cast digging in on Seth McFarland after having laid into Green throughout the entire episode. Nicely done, it’s always good when someone can laugh at themselves.

The Family Guy Movie: Stewie Griffin the Untold Story – this is a great “movie” and I put that in quotation marks because it’s not a movie but three episodes strung together in a loose arc. The first episode has little to do with the other two except for the ending. The whole movie is bookended with segments showing the Family Guy stable attending the release of the movie proper and the after-party. This is one of the best examples I know of a TV show made into a movie, usually, they attempt to make something more substantial and break the mold of the show itself, this movie does not in any way do that. It takes what made the show work, did it three times, and bookended it to make the movie, that’s it, that’s all that needed to be done and it made a pretty good movie, just what the audience would want.

Family Guy Vol 1 – This DVD consists of both seasons 1 and 2, 4 disks, 28 episodes. If I remember my history correctly, Family Guy was canceled and somewhat forgotten until it was released on DVD. The DVD was so popular that it wrenched the show back into existence to be the behemoth that it is today, and this is that DVD. I’ve always found the early episodes to seem longer than they actually were, in a good way. It’s a sitcom and the first situation would lead into the second situation. For example, the first episode sees peter losing his job, then he goes on welfare and becomes rich thanks to a typo, to me this is two episodes. By the second season, for the most part, the stories are more congealed into one. I also notice just how far the envelope has been pushed since the first season, back then it parodied the old family sitcoms of the 80’s so much that it nearly became an 80’s family sitcom. The show is far more edgier and darker then it’s inception. Better than or now? I’d probably lean towards the ladder, but these early pieces are still worth watching, 100%.

Family Guy Vol 2 – More good Family Guy material. This DVD covers the entirety of the third season, just before the show’s cancellation. More funny stuff in this one but you can see where the show gets slightly more serious… slightly. Some personal favorites from this set: Lethal Weapons, Mr. Saturday Knight, a Fish Out of Water (with a brief voice cameo by Brian Doyal Murray), To Love and Die in Dixie (always great to see the south getting stomped on), Road to Europe (the road episodes rarely disappoint), and Family Guy Viewer Mail #1 (probably my favorite). The set also features the infamous “When You Wish Upon a Winesteen” which was the first episode to be pulled, but it’s fairly tame compared to other pulled episodes from the series.

Family Guy Vol. 4 – this volume starts in the middle of Season 4 with the very funny episode “PTV,” (the episode that takes on extreme censorship) and ends with the “Griffin Family History” (where the Griffin’s home is invaded and they wait it out in a panic room while Peter tells them the story of his ancestors), aside from those two episodes… just about all the rest of them are great too. “Father Son and the Holy Fonz” which takes on religion is probably my favorite, but it’s rather hard to choose amongst the selection.

Farce of the Penguins – As anyone may already know I am a big fan of penguins, my wife and I both, but I won’t go into detail about that. I knew of this movie back when it came out in 2007 and was glad to pick up a copy at a library sale when I saw it. Unfortunately, it’s not all that good, very low brow toilet humor that can be funny in small doses but an hour and a half of it go a long way. It does have Lewis Black (my personal favorite comedian), Bob Saget, and a bevy of other comedians doing voices, plus the photography of Antarctica make it tolerable, but just nearly. It is an important piece in my collection, but probably not one I see myself ever watching again.

Fun and Fancy Free – after a month’s hiatus to watch only 80’s things we return to the Mega DVD Marathon, and now we have our first Disney animated feature. This is from my favorite (and not well regarded/remembered) Disney era, the anthologies. With WWII and everything, Disney was struggling a bit, so rather than using the resources it would take to make a full animated feature, they packaged together some of their shorts into a film. I don’t have a whole lot of Disney Movies on DVD, but… I have everyone from this era, all 6 of them. This movie is probably the best known of the era, it is a good friend of mine’s favorite Disney movie, but it is not mine for a few reasons. This movie only has two featurettes, and it is overall a sad movie. It starts out with the frame narrative with Jimminy Cricket talking to two sad toys, goes into a sad story about a circus bear who escapes and finds difficulty coping in the wild (Bongo) and then goes into the starving farmers of “Mickey’s Beanstalk,” which is the best part of the whole movie, and the reason I picked it up. But still, though, there’s nothing funny about being hungry (which a lot of writers fail to see for some reason, and as we see even Walt Disney himself is guilty of this). The music is a little blasé for my particular tastes. So overall not one of my favorites. On the plus side, there is Edgar Bergman in the movie to lighten the mood a little bit, and the use of the uncommon word “phantasmagoria” (I can’t believe I spelled it right, first try). Also “Mickey’s Beanstalk” (hunger sequence notwithstanding) is a pretty good cartoon, it actually combines a little of “Puss in Boots” into the primary story of “Jack and the Beanstalk” which is pretty much my favorite fairytale, and done quite well by a fairytale master. I should mention where this DVD came from. In 2001-2002 or thereabouts I signed up with the Disney Movie Club. They sent an option of 3 DVD’s to you every month at a significant discount, and you had to buy I think 6 in a year to stay a member. This is where I got almost all of my Disney DVDs from. I’m not sure how many of any of these types of mail-order clubs exist anymore, But they were rampant in the ’80s, the best known of them was Columbia House. They have kind of been replaced these days with Mystery Box services.

Fraggle Rock Season 2 – I vaguely remember this show as a kid, very vaguely, I remember it mostly from their cameo appearance in a Muppet Family Christmas. The show was basically brand new to me at this viewing, and it was quite good. Jim Henson does not disappoint. It’s kind of a midpoint between the juvenalia of Sesame Street and the postmodern adult humor of the Muppets. The show is definitely meant for a younger audience however it has an interesting method of storytelling: each episode opens and closes with Doc and Sprocket setting up and concluding a theme that the Fraggles usually illustrate, while the Doozers or the Gorgs illustrate as well. Some episodes have three levels of storytelling and there is even the possibility of 4 levels (though I don’t think this ever comes up). While watching the last disk (which was all special features) I listened to my new “Best of Fragile Rock” vinyl, it’s a nice production: half red and half yellow and semi-translucent. It has the theme song on it (which is great) but it also has “Pass It On” which is a pseudo-Christmas song and “Yes We Can” which is a very upbeat doozers song. I actually broke a vinyl rule when listening to the album and listening to those two songs while in the midsts of listening to the album.

Frasier Seasons 1-6 – This is one of the longest DVDs in my collection, surpassed only by the complete series of Wings (8 seasons in one box) and this has so far taken the longest to get through. Typically, since I haven’t seen most of these episodes in 20 years or more, I gave them my full attention, and the show warrants it in spades. Toward the end of the box, I started curling up with my laptop at night watching it, which has helped me through some difficult times (of which I will not be going into here). As for the show, what can I say, it’s hilarious. I understand a lot more of the show now than when I first watched it, though there were still a handful of words I had to look up (such a “profiterole” – you probably had to look it up too). Some of the most iconic episodes are on this DVD box: “The Show Where Sam Shows Up” (hearkening back to the parent show Cheers – I remember having that episode tapped and watching it on a Sunday morning while playing Metroid on GameBoy), “Travel’s with Martin,” “The Good Son” (the pilot episode which I’ve seen far more than any other episode because it is on one of my treasured tapes), “The Innkeepers,” “The Club” (my personal favorite episode, which has lead to my recent interests in Gentleman’s Clubs, and an idea for a story to possibly be written soon), and perhaps the best of all the episodes… “The Ski Lodge.” I’ve spent many years of my life quoting Seinfeld where appropriate, over the past few months (it took some time to get through this box) I’ve been doing the same with Frasier. I don’t know exactly where the show goes after season 6… but I guess now I have to find out.

Fritz the Cat – I’m not going to get into what it took to get this movie or the following one. As those animation buffs out there probably already know, Fritz the Cat, directed by Ralf Bakshi, is the first animated movie to be rated X (back before X was replaced by the less conspicuous “NC-17” rating). I’ve been asked in the past “is it really X rated by today’s standards?” And the answer is yes, perhaps even more so. Forget Disney era casual racism implying the crows in dumbo were black, the crows in Fritz are black, and the pigs are cops, a heroin addict hiding in a trash can shoots up to the beat of the background music, and the first 20 minutes of the movie is an orgy scene. The movie depicts 60’s era politics, and collegiate hedonism vividly. This is a must-see for film and/or cartoon buffs, there is no way around it, but good luck trying to get a copy. This is only the second time I’ve seen it, on the first viewing I watched it like a hawk, judging and approving of the surreal psychedelic choices made in the animation, and enjoying the novelty and historic importance of the film. Upon second viewing the movie really turns into what it is supposed to be, an over the top (way over) screwball comedy, with some social commentary thrown into the mix. I’d like to make this movie part of the annual viewing list, but I don’t know a good time of year to watch it yet… well it’s covered for this year at least.

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat – The sequel (filed under “F” for “Fritz”) this time rated R and more tame and with a much looser plot essentially made of up daydreams. There are quite a few interesting characters in the movie such as Hitler (a lion with one testicle), Lucifer (who’s very gay), an Indian guru (who dwells in the sewer looking for recruits), the president of a black splinter nation (New Jersey), and even God (a homeless alcoholic dog). With a cast of characters like that, they could have really made something interesting, but the dialogue is often drowned out by sound effects. The various gags are not all that funny, and the commentary that the original film makes is virtually nonexistent in this film. It ranks lower compared to a lot of other movies in my collection, but still worth watching if you enjoyed the original.

Futurama Vol. 1 – Yes this letter features not one but two great Fox Animated Sitcoms: Family Guy and Futurama, which one is better? Well, I have to go with Family Guy, because it has both good stories and a plethora of nonsequiturs that can be enjoyed on their own. As far as the stories go themselves, well I got to side with Futurama on that, especially later in the series, but even in the short 13 episode first volume there are some gems: a parody of Titanic, a parody of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (the last episode of the DVD and probably my favorite), a parody of Animal House. There are some great and fairly unique characters in the show, Fry (the dumb almost savant main character), Turanga Lila (the lonely cyclops alien/mutant, I’ll get into the significance of her name in a bit), Bender (the foul-mouthed, alcoholic, egocentric, yet sensitive and lovable robot), Professor Farnsworth (brilliant but senile), Zoidberg (the incompetent and also very Jewish lobster based alien doctor), Hermes (the Rastafarian accountant… “tally me banana”), etc. etc. ad (almost) Infinitum. Multiple viewings are required as Easter eggs and hidden references are peppered throughout each episode. If you like science fiction, action, comedy, horror, and drama, this is the show for you. As for me, there is another season and a movie to come.

Futurama Vol. 4 – this is actually one of my wife’s DVDs that I have absconded for my own collection. Strangely she liked this show a lot, even though it is far from her typical fair… though the show itself is far from anything else as is. This was the last volume of episodes before the show was canceled the first time, and there are some heavier episodes here. Lila finds out that she is not an orphaned alien but a mutant, which comes up in a few episodes, Fry wipes the universe out of existence and then saves it, and this volume contains the episode Dino Mutt which I absolutely refuse to ever watch again or discuss here (if your really interested you can look for it on your own, I am not even going to link anything to it). There are also some gems in this volume, the very surreal Bee Sting episode (which I thought would have made a good last episode), and the last episode in which Fry switches his hands for the Robot Devil’s so he can play the holophone, the Farnsworth Parabox, and many more. This seems like a good place to mention Lila’s full name. Turangalila is loosely translated from Sanskrit meaning “Love Song” or “Hymn of Joy” it is the title of a lengthy symphony, composed by Olivier Messian for a full orchestra with a Piano and an early synthesizer called an Ondes Martenot (which sounds kind of like a theremin). Using that as the name of one of the characters is one of hundreds of subtle nods and obscure references, some of which I don’t know if I will ever truly realize, and that’s what makes this show so great.

Futurama: Bender’s Big Score – Well I was right about this letter taking some time to get through, and it sure did. Even after starting the practice of watching DVDs on my laptop before bed some nights. This letter took just about a year to get through, and a lot of things happened in that time, things which are in no way appropriate to share on this blog. Regardless, a year later, I’ve finally finished the letter and hopefully, no other letter will take nearly as long. That’s enough of that, onto the movie. Yes this is a movie, in the time between the show being canceled, gaining a new popularity via adult swim, and being purchased by Comedy Central for a few more seasons (I think it has since been canceled or ended again) the team at Futurama had made 4 movies, this is the first of them. The storyline is about 3 nude alien scammers that end up stealing earth with the help (kind of) the Planet Express crew. They brought back just about all of the characters from the show, even the minor ones like Al Gore (who does his own voice), the Harlem Globetrotters, Hypnotoad, Elzar, And even Seymour (fry’s dog… which I won’t go into). The plotline is an odd one which involves time travel and a split storyline. The story is also a little on the heavy side. I haven’t seen any of the other movies yet, and I’m not sure if I will, though I am a little more then intrigued with the title of the second movie “The Beast with a Billion Backs” I don’t know, maybe one day. For now… on to the G’s.

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Half Way Point

Well it’s that time of year again, the time when the year is half over and half ready to come. I won’t go into any sort of detail as to how bad of a year this has been for me, easily the worst one for me yet, hopefully it is the last one for a while. But enough melodrama, here’s a half way updates for your enjoyment.

Books – at this point I have read 7 books, and I am currently getting through the 8th one, which is really good so far, an anthology edited by Stephen King called “Flight or Fright.” It’s not a great accomplishment of reading (as I have largely given up my nightly hour of reading for either writing or watching DVD’s on my laptop) but it’s not awful.

Writing – as always I set a stiff goal for myself at the beginning of the year. Every month I was/am to write 2 new stories, edit an old (and as of yet unedited) story, and write a new blog post (publication notices don’t count). So far I’ve written 6 of of the 10 stories owed, edited none of the old stories, and I’ve done 3 (of the 5) blog posts. Of the 20 pieces I should have finished by now, I’ve finished 9, 45%, not as good as I’d like, but there have been a lot of things getting in the way. More stories have been written at this point, but writing is only half the battle at best, most of my stories go through 7 rounds of editing after being written, I take this stuff seriously, and the old story I’ve been working on is nearly 11k words. I’ve started writing stories on my phone this year, as mentioned in my post on “A Toast to the End of Time” in short 10-15 minute sessions, it’s more efficient and the stories are cleaner at first draft then I had previously assumed, so I think I will be doing that quite a bit more. As of now I’ve spent 184 hours writing this year.

Movies – this has not been a year of watching movies in anyway. At this point I’ve watched (including movies already seen) 14 movies. 9 are new to me, and 4 of them are from season 11 of MST3K which I very recently picked up. The year started out with one incredibly bad movie “The Accidental Tourist” which makes the MST3K episodes look Oscar worthy by comparison. I plan to watch significantly more the rest of the year. I have however spend a good amount of time watching stuff, but most of this stuff was old TV shows, which doesn’t get put into the movie category.

Video Games – I’ve tried to make an effort at playing less video games this year, so I could focus on writing more. So far I’ve put 87 hours into video games, nearly 100 hours less then I’ve spent writing, which is good. This year I’ve beaten: Aladdin (on the Genesis), The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Link’s Crossbow Training, and A Boy and His Blob: Trouble on Blobonia (called “Blob” for the rest of this post). Aladdin and Blob are games I’ve beaten several times, and I speed run. Not that I’m particularly great, I can usually do Aladdin in about 20 minutes, and Blob in 9. As an interesting aside (maybe) I picked up Blob last year on 420 (the last game I ever got at Jay Street), and this year started playing it seriously right around the same time, after maybe 5 hours I was able to beat it for the first time.

Collecting – as far as collecting goes I’ve taken Vinyl the most seriously, picking up 13 records, 3 of which were new, of those three the best is “MoonGlow” by Avantasia which received a blog post in march, of the used records the best so far is a tie between “Three Sides Live” by Genesis and “Exit Stage Left” by Rush, both of which are double LP live albums. As for video games, I only got to the retro store (Game N DVD Exchange) once so far, and there picked up 4 carts, two of which (“Toe Jam and Earl: Panic on Funkatron” for the Genesis and “Tetris Attack” for the SNES) I’ve wanted for years, I also picked up 2 games for the Wii U at Game Stop. As for DVD’s, this year I’ve picked up 9, and of them I’ve only watched the “Best of the Cosby Show.” I picked up that one as either a future (and considerably dark) gag gift or sadness that no one else would pick it up at the library sale… that being said, the show is still quite good, despite what we now know of it’s creator. The full list of Vinyl, DVD’s and Video Games; as always, will be compiled at the end of the year.

Wake Up Songs – yes I have been keeping track of my wake up songs this year, the first one came about on January 6th, which was “Flying Home for Christmas” by Synthwave artist Street Cleaner, one of several great Synthwave Christmas songs. The most recent song was on May 31st and was “Lavender” by Avantasia, which is officially my favorite song off “MoonGlow” and maybe favorite Avantasia song of all time (though time will tell with that).

I’ve realized while writing this that July, not June 1st is the half way point of the year, this is why I was always so bad with math… think about it, there’s twelve months in a year, half of twelve is 6, so the 6th month should be the half way point, but no it’s not because you have to count all of the 6th month, regardless, I’ve always done this on June 1st in the past, and who am I to break with tradition. I hope you’ve enjoyed the update.

A Toast to the End of Time

I am pleased to announce the publication of my first story of the year. It would be a good title for the last story I ever get published, but I have no intention of that being the case of course.

This is the first story that I started writing this year, the first story that I’ve ever written (to completion) on a cellphone, and the first story to introduce the character of Xarlox. This is also a “Realms Beyond Midnight World” story, if your interested in categories.

Xarlox is inspired by Qwfwq from Italo Calvino’s “Cosmicomics.” and will be featured in other stories, but non of those other stories have yet been written. Other inspirations for this story are “A Toast to Harlem” one of the few stories (not poems) by Langston Hughes, “A Lesson in Theoretical Physics” by Nick Gregorio, the music piece “Quartet for the End of Time” by Olivier Messiaen and the various Wikipedia articles on the far future of the universe.

This story is presented by my friends at the Ginger Collect, and is my 8th story to be published by them. I hope you all enjoy.

A Toast to the End of Time” | The Ginger Collect | Issue Nine

Moonglow

If you enjoyed my lengthy blog post on the 1988 Christmas Tape, then you might enjoy this one as well. It is kind of a train of thought piece though, just impressions of each songs with sidebar information for your enjoyment, if you enjoy that sort of thing, if you don’t, well no one’s forcing you to read this blog post are they.

This is kind of a first for me. Avantasia is a band I’m very familiar with. Of course I am, Edguy is my favorite band of all time, hands down, Avantasia originally started out as an Edguy side project, that has over the years eclipsed it’s parent band. Edguy will be mentioned requently throughout this review so bear that in mind. This is the first time that I’ve picked up a new vinyl record, by a band I know and enjoy, and listened to it on wax for the first time, and during this first listening I am writing this review.

Side I

Ghost in the Moon – great title, and great song. Good, I was a little worried, I didn’t love the last Avantasia album all that much. Actually looking back, im not even sure if I heard the last Avantasia album “Ghostlights” the previous album “The Mystery of Time” was a bit of a let down, that was during the Edguy/Avantasia era in which they were leaving there Power Metal Routes and turning more into a hard rock band. Nothing against hard rock of course, but as a die hard power metal fan, that’s unacceptable. Space Police (the Edguy album) brought back the metal sound, and so it seems that has bled over into Avantasia. But this one starts out on a very strong note, fully orchestrated symphonic operatic power metal, with an opening by a swift piano. 9:51 Seconds. Their second Album “The Metal Opera Part II” starts out the same way with the song “Seven Angels”… and so dose their third album “Scarecrow” and that album was when they really turned into a band themselves and not just a side project. The only thing that is slightly disappointing right now is that this album is the limited edition black vinyl and not the glow in the dark vinyl I was hoping for, but that’s okay, it’s the music that’s important.

Book of Shallows – Another great title and yes another great song. Much faster, then the first, much more power metal. It’s hard to tell on a record where the song breaks are, especially with this band where oft times the songs flow into each other, and the longer songs have pauses.

Moonglow – The title song, starts out slow, picks up a bit, and has both Tobias (lead singer and project organizer) signing a duet with the first female vocalist of the album Candice Night (that name is familiar, I looked it up but I’ve never heard of her specifically, she is the wife of Deep Purple founding member Richie Blackmoore, and also featured on the album “Days of Rising Doom” a Sasha Paeth orginizes (and Tobias involved) side projected called Aina. Yes I’ve heard and love that album, but didn’t know the name Candice Night from it specifically). The song is fairly heavy, and almost poppy, as though it could almost be a hit track. Not sure if I love it too much after the first hearing, it is catchy, but damn, it’s very hard to beat that first song. the song sounds fairly similar to “Amaranth” by Nightwish, at least the chorus does.  If you looked at the link, this song actually has a music video for it, and is one of the two official singles from the album.

Side II

The Raven Child – This song starts out very slow, not metal at all, but rather has a classical almost medieval sound. I won’t say that is a mark against the song, but I’m glad it starts out side 2 and not side 1. This album so far is reminding me a lot more of their first two albums, and that’s a good thing. Now the song picks up, I didn’t see the time note, this one is 11:13. Okay, this song might be the best on the album… I don’t know though, that first one was nearly perfect. This is a very good song, the only thing that I don’t like so much about this one is it is set in a minor key, unlike the first song, but damn this one is powerful. This song is the other single from the album.

Starlight – another good song, very good, reminds me a lot of earlier Avantasia, quick paced power metal, just a shade on the poppy side. In another world this might be a hit song. It’s a short song 3:36, the second shortest on the album. In better times, whenever a new Edguy or Avantasia album released, my very good friend Sam and I would do a drive specifically to listen to the new album, and discuss it live. We got to do that with: Scarecrow, Angle of Babylon, and Wicked Symphony (all by Avantasia, the later two in the same night since they released both of those albums congruently); and Tinnitus Sanctus (by Edguy).

Side III

Invincible – I’ll be honest here, I was kind of hoping that this would be a cover of the Pat Benatar Song. That is not out of the question btw. Edguy has covered Ultravox, Mangum, Europe, and Falco (on Space Police, they were originally going to do “Der Kommisar” by After the Fire, but instead opted for “Rock Me Amadeus” which was the first Edguy song don’t in their native german since their early demos, and the first time Tobias rapped in a song. Also an interesting factoid for you, “Rock Me Amadeus” was the second song I ever downloaded off iTunes, the first was of course the indomitable “In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins); and Avantasia has covered Abba, Ultravox, and Freddy Mercury. This is the shortest song on the album, and meh. But that’s okay, I didn’t expect every one of the songs to be slammers.

Alchemy – Back to the heavy metal again, and not only back to the heavy metal, but back to the symphonic stuff as well. This is a longer one too 7:30. This is the first and (currently) only Avantasia Album I have on Vinyl. I have “Space Police/Defenders of the Crown” (an Edguy album) on Vinyl and probably my second favorite of theirs. The other power metal album in my collection is Princess’ Day by Skylark, which is a picture disk and a damn good album as well (and if you look at the link, a damn good album cover for a picture disk).

Piper at the Gates of Dawn – Another longer song at 7:18, and it starts out with a very interesting major key synthesizers which are then matched by heavy metal riffs. A very good song, and also back to the operatic ideas with multiple voices singing and telling a story. Edguy has a song called “The Piper Never Dies” off their album “Hellfire Club” which is also a really good song. I don’t know if this song specifically references that one (and I don’t think it does) but this song is a very good song on the album.

Lavender – well I don’t like the song title all that much, but I like the song a lot, it has a great chorus with a group of singers belting it out almost like a church hymn from a heavier church that I may be tempted to join.

Side IV

Requiem for a Dream – I don’t like the title, I might otherwise, but it’s been used before, the song though, there’s nothing wrong with it, good symphonic power metal, with a major key and a fast paced, how can you go wrong? I should note here, that for the most part, these songs are not standard or formulaic with a couple verses and choruses and guitar solos, they are much more operatic and non-standard. So if your looking for a typical album, this isn’t it, but if that’s what you were looking for, you probably wouldn’t have found this album anyway.

Manic – Well… if you remember my comment a few tracks ago, “Manic” is in fact a cover of the Michelle Sembello song from Flashdance. You’ve probably never heard it this way before though, it is still very much a metal song. Best song on the album? No, not even close. And as much as I love Tobias, Edguy, and Avantasia, this metal cover of the song is still not better then the Erock version… okay, it’s almost as good.

Heart – one of the downsides of Vinyl is they rarely have bonus tracks, well this album has one for you, and this song is it. Better yet, the Edguy/Avantasia bonus songs tend to often be even better then the songs on the album proper. They started this practice from Mandrake until there latest. This song… nah, not better then the album proper, but its still decent.

Overview – hell yeah, This is a great album, it might be Avantasia’s best since Scarecrow, or maybe, just maybe, even better then Scarecrow, I will have to listen to it a few more times before I make that final judgment call, but regardless, they brought it back. They put a lot of work into this album, it shows, and it pays off ten fold.

The Five Borough Cocktail Tour

Some of you may already be aware that New York City is divided into 5 boroughs. The primary, most iconic of which is Manhattan. In recent years Brooklyn has become the new “hip” place. The other iconic image of New York, the Statue of Liberty and it’s territory of Liberty Island, is under unusual geopolitical regulations that would be far to complex to get into here. The other three boroughs are: The Bronx, Queens and Staten Island.

In May of last year (2018) I, along with my father, my uncle, a very close friend, and close to 50,000 other people, participated in the Five Borough Bike Ride, and it was difficult. Not so much because of the hills (yes there were hills, bridges are a lot steeper when you’re not driving up them), but because of the people. There were times you simply couldn’t move because of the crowds. It was a good experience regardless, but not one I would probably do again. I did get a medal for it though. People debate over the participation trophy idea, but it felt really good to have that medal draped over my neck, like I really was a champion. For those of you who disagree, just remember that life is a race with only yourself, and every accomplishment a victory.

Medal

A few months ago I developed a taste for the martini. I make my own style which I call a toxic martini, and if your interested, here’s the recipe: 3 oz of gin (my favorite is “Death’s Door” but they don’t make that anymore, so now I usually go with Beefeater), 1 oz of dry vermouth, 3 blue cheese stuffed olives, 1 pickled onion, 1 pickled jalapeno, and a table spoon of brine each (from the olives, onions and jalapenos). Throw all of it into a shaker, shake well and strain into a martini glass, pick the garnishes out of the strainer and garnish in the glass as well. If you don’t like gin, don’t worry you won’t taste it. I don’t endorse kids drinking anyway, but if I did, I still wouldn’t show them this drink, it is an adult beverage for sure, that is probably going to be too strong for most adults to handle as it is. I was drinking these one the rocks for a while until a good friend of mine got me a real martini glass and it could be enjoyed properly.

Toxic Martini

I am not an expert mixologist by any means, so don’t think that I had the knowledge I am soon to impart inherently. I had a Manhattan on night, and when I made it I decided to do a little research on it. In doing so I stumbled across the whole point of this post, the five boroughs each have a cocktail named after them. I read the ingredients and they seemed simple enough. So I picked up some stuff, and got to work. If you want to become as much an expert as me, here is the Wikipedia article.

Bronx

I went in alphabetical order. The first up is the Bronx. I always like the name. I like most words with an X in them, and the name sounds tough, almost barbaric, “Bronx the Warrior.” the cocktail is… okay, not my favorite one.

It’s basically a “perfect Martini” with Orange Juice. What is a perfect martini? A regular martini is gin and dry vermouth (with a 6:1 ratio), a Perfect Martini has both Sweet and Dry Vermouth. A Bronx is gin, dry vermouth, sweet vermouth, and orange juice (ratio of 6-2-3-3), and no garnish.

I didn’t invest in any high quality orange juice for this beverage, and the ratios were eyeballed. It wasn’t bad though, it’s more a breakfast cocktail, similar to a screwdriver. If you don’t like the taste of alcohol it would be a good way to get it down. Of course, if you don’t like the taste of alcohol in general, why bother?

I had not turned the TV on when I took the picture of the cocktail. It was a very cold night that night, into the single digits, which I love. And when ever the temperatures dips that low, I always put on my favorite W.C. Fields short “The Fatal Glass of Beer”. In it, Fields is a reindeer herder in the Yukon, it features the reoccurring joke of him opening the door and saying “It ain’t a fit night out for man or beast” which is followed by someone obviously throwing fake snow in his face. This joke was reused briefly in his feature length movie “The Old Fashioned Way.” which itself is not one of his best, accept for that reference. Whenever the temperature dips that low, I always take a picture of the temperature on my phone and text it to my good friend Bob (who I did the 5 borough tour with, and who hates the cold to a level I can’t even begin to describe) with the line “it ain’t a fit night out for man or beast.”

Brooklyn

This drink is very similar to a Manhattan, with a very slight variation, but will get to that later on. The drink consists of rye whiskey, dry vermouth, maraschino liquor and Bitters, at an 8-4-1-1 ratio (the numbers are so high because you only use a few dashes of bitters. There are different kinds of bitters, the proper recipe calls specifically for picon bitters, but I used Angostura Bitters instead. Bitters make things kind of taste like ginger, and its very good for digestion and upset stomachs. For the rye I used “Canadian Hunter” which is a very cheap but also very good Canadian whiskey, it’s not strictly a rye, but it’s close. It’s a good drink. But not quite as good as a Manhattan, which we will get to in a minute, I promise.

On the TV I had Saint Elmo’s Fire. I watched this move for the first time last year during my Totally Awesome 80’s August [link], and I subsequently picked up the movie, and watched it again in November when I was trying to write my novel. I kept taking breaks from my novel to watch it because I kept remembering various scenes to be good. Then I realized that just about all the scenes in the movie were good, and it became, for me, a really great movie. I’ve decided to watch it in conjunction with Groundhog Day (which is more or less my favorite movie) which I watch every year on Groundhog Day. St. Elmo’s works in conjunction for a few reason, St. Elmo’s takes place largely in the winter, both films feature Andy McDowell, and well I needed to find the right time to watch St. Elmo’s annually, so here it is.

Manhatton

What can be said of the Manhattan? It’s the best of the five borough, easily, and the best of the five cocktails. The only of the 5 that is considered “unforgettable” according to the IBA… however don’t let that designation full you, there are 50 cocktails on that list, I’ve only heard of maybe 8 of them before, and I’ve tried I think 3, the list should probably be updated (and yes, sampling them all is a future project).

The Manhattan consists of rye, sweet vermouth, bitters, and garnished with a maraschino cherry. As you can see it is quite similar to the Brooklyn. It was named after the Manhattan club, a social club which evidently invented it.

It’s the best of the 5 and another very adult beverage. The sweet vermouth and chill makes it go down real easily. If you’re not a fan of whiskey in the first place, you’re probably not going to enjoy this one. I used the same Canadian Hunter to make this cocktail, but remember this is a fairly high end, elegant drink, so if you want to make it the right way, you should probably opt for a higher shelf rye, such as Crown Royal.

Very appropriately, on the TV I have Seinfeld, a show which itself takes place in Manhattan. The episode, which you probably couldn’t tell from the still, is called “The Suicide” Jerry starts dating a girl who’s boyfriend is in a coma after a botched suicide attempt. This is not from my official Seinfeld DVD’s (I of course have the entire series), this is actually a VHS Transfer, my most recent transfer, which will be getting the same treatment as my Christmas tape did last year, so if you enjoyed that one, there are more to look forward too.

Queens

The Queens Cocktail is similar to that of the Bronx, where we started, but with the substitution of Pineapple juice in place of the OJ. This is better then the former. Pineapple juice is more sour and a better flavor in my opinion, and also more special. I won’t go into the ratios because it’s just like the Bronx.

On the TV is an episode of Fraiser called “Beware of Greeks.” Years before the Fraiser had accidentally convinced his cousin to not be a doctor and to rather pursue his juggling corer, which lead his aunt (a fiery Greek woman) holding a lengthy grudge against him. Fraiser patches things up with the aunt, promising never to medal in her son’s life again, which ultimately leads to the situation you can imagine. Very funny episode, great show. Not the best episode though, that goes to the Ski Lodge, which was two episodes earlier.

Staton Island

This one is a little out of place… actually it’s a lot out of place. Staten Island does not actually have a cocktail named after it, but the Staten Island Fairy does, which this drink holds in it’s place.

The Staten Island, or Staten Island Fairy is Malibu coconut rum and pineapple juice, basically a pina colada. It’s the worst of the five borough cocktails, but still not bad. I want to point out that none of them are particularly bad, and I could easily enjoy another. This cocktail is basically a joke (not in a bad way), Staten island is yes very much an island, but it is far from a tropical island.

When we go to New York we usually take the Staten Island fairy over, because the drive and the parking is much easier that way. When we did the five boroughs bike tour, we actually stayed in a hotel on Staten Island. There are some beautiful homes on Staten Island, especially ones that overlook the bay and into Manhattan.

On the TV is an episode of Johnny Test, form my 100 TV Toons to Go box. it is actually the last DVD i watched in my current run through the box. and a good TV cartoon to boot. i didn’t think i would like it because of how modern it is, but i was pleasantly surprised. the writers on it are quite good.   

Five Boroughs

Well I had to do it. I couldn’t help myself. This drink is all five of the boroughs mixed together, in generally even proportions. An ounce each of gin, rye, sweet vermouth, dry vermouth, Malibu rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, a splash of cherry juice and a dash of bitters. Shake together and strain into a martini glass (like all the others) garnished with five maraschino cherries.

How is it… well, it’s a lot stronger then I thought it would be, a Brooklyn or Manhattan is a stronger drink of course, based on the ingredients, however, with the juice in the 5 boroughs it makes it go down easier. The five cherries eat up a lot of the space though, so maybe the next time I won’t go that far. Also I forgot to put the bitters in it this time, that would have probably made it better.

In summery, here’s how I would list the cocktails form best to worst.

  1. The Manhattan

  2. The Brooklyn (almost tied… almost)

  3. The Queens

  4. The Five Boroughs

  5. The Bronx

  6. The Staten Island

I hop you have enjoyed this little review, and the various things you may have learned.

Skoal. (Skoal is the Norwegian equivalent of “Cheers” and based on my penchant for all things far north it’s the term I always use).

Mega DVD Marathon – Episode 5 “The D’s”

The Daily Show: Indecision 2004 – So this is probably a first. I picked this DVD up right before I was going to start the D’s, and I watched it (in its entirety) on that same day. I was interested to see how a topical news comedy would hold up 14 years after the fact. As it turns up it held up quite well. It’s not the entire coverage of the 2004 election, it’s just the two conventions, one debate episode, and the election night episode, still it was plenty of material. I should point out that I’ve never seen an election night Daily Show episode, since 2004 I’ve worked very long hours every election, first as an elected official (which I won’t go into) and then because of my job (which I also won’t go into). Will I pick up the other daily show DVDs? Well I’ll tell you, this one was 6$. So if I come across another one at that price, sure, but i probably won’t go out of my way to get more, I don’t know how many more times I might watch this one, maybe every presidential election season along with Bullworth.

Darkwing Duck Vol. 1 – what can be said about this cartoon, not quite as well remembered as some other cartoons of the era, but entertaining nonetheless. This DVD set clearly spans into the second season, not sure why they went that route, but not for me to decide, it’s better then the second option of making the volume shorter then the season. The show has Launchpad McQuack as an important sidekick, he was originally a character is Ducktales, but takes place in St. Conard and not Duckburg, but it is still in the Ducktales universe. There is a wide variety of bad guys: the liquidator (a dog made out of water), megavolt (an electricity charged rat), negaduck (the polar opposite of Darkwing), Bushroot (a plant creature), and so on. The show can best be described as “Disney’s Schlameel Batman” but a must see/must own for any Disney Afternoon fan. Btw because of the way I file my DVD’s the Disney TV shows are going to be scattered through out instead of listed as “Disney’s Darkwing Duck, Disney’s Adventures of the Gummie Bears, etc. There are plenty more to come so keep you Mickey Mouse ears on.

David the Gnome – I think this is probably my 4th favorite TV show of all time, it’s so warm and innocent and just simply beautiful. It’s a Spanish language cartoon that is heavily based on a Dutch book series about Gnomes, and dubbed into English with Tom Bosley as the titular David and Christopher Plumber as the limited narrator. I watch this series usually two or three times a year, always noticing new things. That being said I have still never watched the last episode. The first episode states that Gnomes live for 400 years, David is 399 years old and on the last episode turns 400, you can figure out what that means, I can’t even watch the preview for that episode. Perhaps when I know my own end is soon I will watch that last episode, but let’s hope that’s not for quite a while. I would say more about this DVD (and certainly can) but I already did a post on it (and one of the books) and you can check that out for yourself if interested here [link]. The DVD is filed under D for David the Gnome, but it could have been much earlier as it is officially called “The Adventures of David the Gnome” or it could have been much later because it is also known as “the world of David the Gnome” but I like where it is here.

Dick Tracy – I actually wrote a semi-fictional story last year about my various experiences with Dick Tracy as a kid. The story hasn’t been published yet, but it may (if I can find the right venue for it) so I won’t go into all the details. Dick Tracy (I’m fairly sure) was the first movie I ever saw in the theaters, and the Dick Tracy action figure (released with the movie) was the first toy i ever baught with my own money and I still have him, though he’s missing a leg, and I should have watched the movie with him, but damn, forgot again (I also have a “Steve the Tramp” action figure still in the box on my wall of toys). This is the second time I’ve watched this movie this year, my good friend over at Oblivions Realm [link] got it for me for Christmas. He got me a bunch of other DVDs which at this point I’ve watched half of the haul. The movie is really well done, a great neo-noir dieselpunk film with fine acting from Warren Beaty, Glenn Hadley (RIP), Charlie Kosmo (who was also the disturbed kid in “What About Bob”), Al Pacino as the main bad guy, and Madonna as the quintessential Fem Fatale. Color, make up and acting is so over the top that it almost seems like a cartoon in its own right. Check it out if you haven’t, check it out again if it’s been a while, trust me it’s worth it.

Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb – I watched this movie maybe a dozen times when I first really got into movies close to 20 years ago but haven’t seen it since. It’s close between Kubrick and Zemeckis which one I like more and which director is actually my favorite. That all being said, I should watch this movie more often, it is just simply incredible, funny, arty and intense all at once, and unfortunately a little too apropos at the moment (with North Korea and everything). There was an interesting article I read online years ago about a guy who watched the movie 500 times in one year and was able to recreate stills from the movie using household items (link). One thing unnoticed this time around which I don’t think I noticed before (and certainly didn’t remember if I did) but James Earl Jones is in this movie. He’s in 2 other great films in my collection (I know which one your thinking… and your wrong) Conan the Barbarian and Naked Gun 33 1/3. Not sure if he’s in any others in my collection, I don’t have (or want) any Star Wars, but man, what a great voice. Of course this movie has other great actors, Slim Picken’s (from Blazing Saddles and One Eyed Jacks – 2 must see westerns) George C. Scot (from Patton) and the multi-faceted versatile Pink Panther himself Peter Sellers playing several rolls without any confusion by the viewer (now that takes real talent). If your interested in Kubrick, this is a good starting point to be introduced to him, it’s not as difficult or hard to watch as some of his other films (A Clockwork Orange and 2001 are excellent films but less approachable). If you haven’t seen it, get out there and see it, its one of the best, 5 stars all the way.

Dragon Ball Mystic Adventure – I picked this up in I think 2002 when I was getting into anime (I never got that far into anime as is probably obvious by now). The DVD is a 45 minute short movie that i believe takes place in the middle of the second season of dragon ball. I was never a fan of the Dragon Ball Z series (especially after the Spirit Bomb bullshit) but I did like the Dragon Ball spinoff with Goku as a kid and Master Yoshi. It’s much lighter, less serious, better characters, and just all round better then the up-it’s-own-ass more adult Dragon Ball Z series tend to be. This DVD however is a bit of a rip off, remember it was only 45 minutes long, full price (when I got it) and at the time the only Dragon Ball available on DVD. I havn’t watched it in years. But I may again, it’s not bad.

Drawn Together Season 1 – I picked this DVD up at a flee market at a very low cost, I would have probably been disappointed if I paid full price, there’s only 7 episodes. That being said it’s very funny, I watched the show mildly when it was still new. If your not familiar with the show it was a short lived Comedy Central animated reality show, which is to say it is a spoof on reality shows. Each character (for the most part) is a parody of another famous cartoon: Xander is Link, Captain Hero is Superman, Ling-ling is Pikachu, Waldor is Spungbob, Foxy Love is Josie from the pussycats, Toot is Betty Boop, Clara is a generic Disney princess. This leaves Spanky Ham who is more or less an exaggeration of his own voice actor Adam Carola. The other voice actors aren’t as recognizable accept for maybe Foxy who is voice by Cree Summer who also did the voice of Number 5 from Codename: Kids Next Door. The humor in the show is way over the top, very off color, vary racist, and won’t appeal to everyone, probably why the show only lasted 36 episodes (it’s kind of surprising it lasted that long considering). If your someone who is easily offended or mildly offended you’re not going to like the show, if your me, you’ll love it. My favorite episode “Nipple Ring-Ring Goes to Foster Care” which is not in this season. My favorite on the DVD is probably “Gay Bash” which is when Xander comes out and a parody of Robin Williams’ genie makes a guest appearance. But this episode is only slightly better then the rest of them. Like I said though, there are only 7 episodes on the DVD. I’ll get the rest if I find them at a good price.

Dream Theater: Metropolis 2000 – the first of only a few concert DVDs. I have a love/hate relationship with Dream Theater for reasons I’m not going to get into. Imagines and Words is my third favorite album of all time which features the song Metropolis pt. 1 (link), this concert and the concept album it features is essentially part 2. Telling the story of a man who kills his lover and then himself and is haunted by memories of this in his next lift. I may not have that right, but concept albums are not my specialty. The concert (the main portion of the DVD) is the album, which makes sense because you can’t really play one song alone, it’s hard to even notice exactly where the songs change either, there’s pretty much no pause. It’s been years since I’ve watched this DVD, and i actually enjoyed it more this time around, it’s something I should go back to more often. The original concert, (on a 3 disk CD) was pulled from the shelves because it was released a week before 9-11 and had the picture of an apple and the silhouette of the twin towers on fire (link). The DVD uses that image on the menu screen. I have no personal problem with the image, but it’s not one of Dream Theater’s best, go ahead and check out their album covers for yourself, they are all quite good: Images and Words, and my favorite (of the covers) Once in a Livetime. There is some bonus features with the DVD with some of the other songs from the concert, but unfortunately no Metropolis pt 1, a big mistake in my humble opinion (and not the only one they’ve made over the years).

Drunken Master – this is the second time I’ve seen this movie, the first was a long ago. It’s good, there’s a lot of slapstick comedy (which is pretty typical of a Jackie Chan movie), and a mediocre story line there mostly to string the different fighting scenes together, not that there’s anything wrong with that of course. I know Drunken Fist is a an actual style of king fu (and one that seems more interesting then a lot of the others) but from there I don’t know anything else about it. Regardless it’s an enjoyable movie.

The Legend of Drunken Master – in my opinion this is not the better of the two movies (there may be more in the series, I haven’t looked into it). There is much more of a story in this movie, a pretty serious story about corruption, working conditions, international affairs and more, but it ways down somewhat on what should be just a nice little fun Kung fu comedy. And the humor feels more forced. Maybe I’ve just come to expect better from Jackie Chan. Not a bad movie though, still worth watching.

DuckTales vol. 1 – among other things DuckTales is known for having perhaps the greatest theme song of all time (link) almost scientifically proven (link to explanation video). Theme song aside it’s also a great show plane and simple, the first of the Disney Afternoon Cartoons (others include: Gummie Bears, Talespine, and Chip & Dale), all of which I have the first volumes of). I actually like Talespin and Gummie Bears slightly more. Scrooge McDuck is an interesting blend between greed and kindness that is almost impossible outside of a cartoon and would make for a very interesting character study. Launchpad is in most of the episodes (he’s also in Darkwing), but Gizmoduck is not in this volume, which is the only disappointment here. As far as episodes go, it has my favorite and (personally) best remembered episode “The Curse of Castle McDuck” which is about Scotland and Druids (as a kid I was very interested in Scotland, because of this show, I have no Scottish blood as far as I know. I’m less interested in the culture these days, no offense of course just less then I used to be.), another episode “Sphinx for the Memories” I had completely forgotten about until I saw it again, and I hadn’t seen it in close to 30 years. The show is actually 31 years old, the DVD I have is the 25th anniversary edition. Anyway that episode features Donald who is abducted (no pun intended) by an Egyptian cult. Several episodes are all heavily influential in the 2013 remake of the NES game. One thing I didn’t notice though was any icon scene of Scrooge diving into his money bin, maybe it was there and I just missed it. The show takes place all over the world, which I really like and has strong elements of fantasy, science fiction, humor, mystery and adventure, good dialogue, strong characters, etc. it really has just about everything you could want in a cartoon and then some. I could go on for much longer, but I won’t, I still have 22 more letters to get through. Luckily some of them are really short, like the next one, the E’s at only 3 DVD’s all of them movies.

The Numbers (2018)

So in closing off 2018, here is the raw data of what I’ve accomplished this year:

Hours Spent Writing: 535

Hours Spent Reading: 401

Hours Spent Watching Movies: 80

Hours Spent Playing Video Games: 392

Hours Spent Video Editing: 35

Hours Spent Writing Music: 8

Pieces Published: 10

New Pieces Written: 20

Blog Posts Posted: ?

New Music Written: 1

Books Read: 30

Books Read (for the 1st time): 19

Books Read (on paper): 11

Stories Read: 409

Movies Watched: 67

New Movies Watched: 36

Video’s made: 9

Video Games Collected: 20

Vinyl Records Collected: 36

DVD’s Collected: 36

The year overall started out quite good, but then went sharply downhill over the summer. Good bad or indifferent, this year has been very busy, with work. And everything has suffered because of it. Here’s a quick comparison. Writing: -70 hours. Reading: -160 hours, and 7 books, +236 stories thought (so that’s something). Movies: -12 hours, -2 movies, -8 first time movies. Video Games: -55 hours (not exactly a bad thing, but since all the other hours are down, not good either, things are staying in the general proportions), -3 Games Collected (pretty good considering my primary retro store closed half way through the year without warning). Video Editing: -28 hours (nearly half as much time), we will be bringing that up next year). Music: +4 (doubled the amount of time I spent last year, next year we will see a significant increase in this as well. Vinyl Records Collected: +7 (I expect this story stay about on par next year, 3 records a month is a good pace)

If I can write more than 500 hours in a year I am happy, and this year I was able to break that, which is good. we are about 70 hours less than last year, but really everything suffered this year, as I was extremely busy with work all year, and then very burnt out by the end of the year (which I’m still feeling as I write this btw.)

I did a little more reading then I actually thought I would have. I spent the hour before I go to sleep most nights writing this year, because I didn’t get enough writing done in the day, and again too tired from work to really read or be in the mood to listen to an audio book on my way home from work. I didn’t mow the lawn all too many times this summer because it was raining nearly every weekend. But I did read some pretty good books, and some pretty sizable ones, five of them were well over 500 pages. And I read quite a few stories along the way (short and longer), a lot of which I had read before and a lot of which I had not, in fact I’ve averaged 1.12 a day. One story a day is a nice average that I should try to keep up. But having written that, and knowing the way things seem to go, I’ll probably read a dozen stories next year.

Next year my goals are to write 2 new stories, edit 1 unedited story, make 1 new song, and make one new video every month (with the acceptation of November). I don’t know if this is actually feasible, I don’t know how busy I will be a work and how burned out I will be when I get home this coming year. But I guess we are going to find out soon.

Wake Up Songs 2018

If you’ve been following me for a while, you already know what this list is. if not, let me explain. many mornings i wake up with a random song stuck in my head… and i have a very eclectic taste in music. since 2015, I’ve been keeping track of what they are, bellow is the list for this year. as an added bonus I’ve astrixed (*) every song that i have on vinyl at this point. there are links to most of the songs. there was a lot of synthwave and punk this year, just be forewarned. I hope you enjoy.

1/4 Intergalactic by Beast Boys 

1/6 Domino by Genesis*

1/7 Humanity by Aquaria 

1/8 Nothing to Repent by Noble Beast 

1/11 Wrong Way by Sublime 

1/12 Pressure by Lost Years 

1/13 Semi-Charmed Life by Third Eye Blind 

1/14 The Way It Is by 2pac 

1/15 Tipsy Tower (I have this commercial on VHS if that counts)

1/16 Play Hard by David Guetta 

1/19 The Gummie Bears theme song

1/20 Time Bandit  by Turbo Knight 

1/21 Get Lucky by Daft Punk 

1/22 Revolution 909 by Daft Punk

1/24 the Bourree from the 3rd Bach Cello Suite 

1/25 Larger Then Life by Backstreet Boys 

1/26 Same [this means it’s the same song as the day before]

1/31 Soul Siphon by Danial Deluxe 

2/1 Heatwave by Lifelike 

2/4 Midnight Chase by Tokyo Rose 

2/6 Same

2/8 Dance With Somebody by Whitney Huston 

2/10 Suden Joiku by Korpiklaani 

2/11 In Da Club by 50 cent 

2/12 An Honest Mistake by the Bravery 

2/16 Antarctica by Men Without Hats*

2/19 Northwest Passage by Stan Rogers 

2/23 State Protection by Rorschach Garden 

2/26 David the Gnome theme song

2/27 I Like it Like That by Chris Kenner 

2/28 So Electric by Lifelike

3/7 Swanheart by Nightwish 

3/8 Same 

3/11 Tutenkamen by Nightwish 

3/12 Goof Troop theme song

3/15 Jerry Was a Race Car Driver by Primus

3/19 Illegal Alien by Genesis* 

3/20 Tonight’s the Night by Rod Stewart (Love Rod Stewart, but not this song) 

3/22 I’ve Got a Golden Ticket from Willy Wonka 

3/25 Simple and Clean (Kingdom Hearts Remix) by Htada Hikaru 

3/26 Space Flight by Efence 

4/1 Ode to Joy by Beethoven 

4/4 Two Princes by Spine Doctors 

4/8 Standing in the Doorway by Flock of Seagulls* 

4/9 In Da Tub (from a dream I had where 50 cent appeared on an episode of Sesame Street and sang this song with Burt while in a tub-????) 

4/11 Moonlight Shadow by Skylark 

4/15 – What’s Up (heavy metal version) 

4/17 Heat of the Night by Aqua 

4/18 God Save the Queen by the Sex Pistols 

4/20 Because I Got High by Afroman

4/22 Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel 

4/25 Patty’s Day by the Clan

4/27 Infamous Carnage by Bastards 

4/30 Coming to America by Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies 

5/8 It’s Gonna Get Better by Genesis*  

5/9 Better Off Alone by Alice Deejay

5/11 The Carpenter by Nightwish

5/15 Firegun by OMD* 

5/19 Set the World on Fire by Symphony X

5/21 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr

5/23 Evening Star by DragonForce 

5/24 What’s Up by 4 Non Blondes 

5/25 I Fought the Law by Dead Kennedys 

5/26 Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying by Megadeth 

5/27 Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night) by Meatloaf*

5/28 Patty’s Day by the Clan 

6/3 Infamous Carnage by Bastards 

6/4 Out of Season by REO Speedwagon*

6/5 Cowboy by kid rock 

6/6 Long Long Way to Go by Phil Collins 

6/7 Hefelumps and Woozles from Winnie the Pooh (Also Have This on VHS)

6/8 Yule Tide from the Tick

6/9 For What it’s Worth by Buffalo Springfield 

6/13 Basket Case by Green Day 

6/15 Infamous Carnage by Bastards 

6/18 Shut Up and Dance With Me by Walk the Moon

6/19 Dragon Reborn by Noble beast 

6/20 Run Runaway by Slade 

6/24 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr

6/26 There’s a Light from the Rocky Horror Picture Show

6/27 Holiday in Cambodia by the Dead Kennedys

6/29 Macho Man by Village People*

6/30 I Want My Shit by ICP

7/8 Seasons in the Sun by Terry Jacks (man that is a sad song)

7/9 Battle Song by Tuatha de Danon 

7/10 Victory Song by Ensiferum 

7/13 Keep on Galloping by Korpiklaani 

7/17 Head to Toe by Lisa Lisa & cult jam 

7/18 Gypsy by Fleetwood Mac 

7/23 Heaven is One Step Away by Eric Clapton*

7/24 The War Song by Culture Club*

7/25 Don’t Let the Bells End by the Darkness

7/26 Havana by Pentatonix (almost didn’t link this one)   

7/31 Daydream Believer by the Monkeys 

8/5 Hide and Seek by Howard Jonas meshed with Long Long Way to Go by Phil Collins** 

8/9 St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) by John Parr 

8/10 The War Song by Culture Club* 

8/11 Don’t Ask Me Why by Billy Joel 

8/14 The Wheel of Fortune Theme Song from 1988 (have on VHS)

8/20 Heart and Soul by Hewy Lewis and the News* 

8/23 Paperlate by Genesis 

8/27 Heavy Metal (Is the Law) by Helloween 

8/29 God Blessed Video by Alcatraz 

8/30 It’s the End of the World As We Know It by REM

8/31  Crush On You by the Jets

9/1 Voor de Dood by Aroma di Amore 

9/13 Under Pressure by Queen/David Bowie 

9/14 Kunnia by Korpiklaani 

9/17 Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad by meatloaf*

9/19 Three Shiny Nails by Marc Spitz Freestyle 

9/20 Just a Fool (That’s Down) by the Sultans 

9/26 Just Driving Around in Jon Voights Car from Seinfeld

 9/29 The Humpty Dance by digital underground

9/30 She’s Such a Groovy Lady from Fraser

10/4 Siobhan by the Tossers 

10/5 Chariots of Fire by Vangelis 

10/6 Dishy by Candypants

10/7 The Irish Way by the O’riellys and the Paddyhats 

10/8 Just a Fool (That’s Down) by the Sultans  

10/9 Take It One the Run by REO Speedwagon*

10/10 Theme from The Blob

10/12 Hunt the Self by Howard Jonas*

10/15 Late Night Double Feature from the Rocky Horror Picture Show 

10/18 Paperlate by Genesis 

10/22 The War Song by Culture Club* 

10/24 Radioactive by Imagine Dragons 

10/25 Crazy For You by Madonna*

10/26 Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell

10/28 Happy Voices by DFLV

10/30 Liftoff by Zane Alexander

11/5 Opus 17 by the Four Seasons

11/7 Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood by the Animals 

11/9 Barrels of Whiskey by the O’Reilleys and the Paddy Hats

11/10 Happy Voices by DFLV

11/13 The Spirit of Massachusetts 

 11/17 At the Hop Danny and the Juniors

11/23 Rock the Casbah by the Clash 

11/26 Dishy by Candypants 

11/27 The Great Ones Remember by Men Without Hats*

11/28 Faded by Allan Walker (Martin Haber Remix)

11/29 Believe by Cher 

11/30 Little St. Nick by The Beach Boys

12/1 Siobhan by the Tossers

12/6 Flying home for Christmas by Street Clearner (I came across this from this video which i highly recommend, you can see my comments under the video)

12/9 Ever Fallin in Love With Someone by The Buzzcocks

12/10 Bang the Drum All Day by Todd Rundgern 

12/12 Dragon Reborn by Noble Beast

12/13 Descendants, Defiance, Domination (Heathen Throne Pt. 3) by Ensiferum*

12/16 Dreaming by blondie*

12/19 What’s Your Name by lynyrd skynyrd 

12/20 Flying home for Christmas by Street Clearner

12/23 Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac

12/24 Happy Voices by DFLV

12/25 Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (Under the Mirrored Mistletoe Remix) by Holy Ghost & Clasixx

Playing and Collecting (2018)

Video Games Beaten:

  • Aladdin (Gen)
  • Barker Bills Trick Shooting
  • Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild (first time)
  • Link’s Crossbow Training
  • Kirby’s Dream Course (first time on original cart)
  • DuckTales HD

Video Games Played Heavily (Not Beaten):

  • Back to the Future (NES)
  • Donkey Kong Country Tropical Freeze (WII U)

for collecting: * = New Product

Video Games Collected

  • Pink Goes to Hollywood (w/Box – Genesis)
  • Vegas Dream (NES)
  • Wordtris (SNES)
  • Barker Bill’s Trick Shooting (NES)
  • Wrath of the Black Mantra (NES)
  • Tazmania (Genesis)
  • A Boy and His Blob (NES)
  • Solstice (NES)
  • Marble Madness (NES)
  • Anticipation (NES)
  • Time Lord (NES)
  • Beauty and the Beast: Roar of the Beast (w/Box – Genesis)
  • Kirby’s Dream Course (SNES)
  • Uniracers (SNES)
  • Aladdin (SNES)
  • Bug’s Bunny’s Birthday Blowout (NES)
  • Robin Hood Prince of Thieves (NES)
  • Win, Lose or Draw (NES)
  • Loony Tunes (Gameboy)
  • Starfox Zero (WII U)

Full Video Game Collection

  • NES (43+3) SNES (15+2) N64 (0+4) GC (20) WII (24) WIIU (14+1)
  • GB (15+6) GBA (6+2) DS (18+1) 3DS (13+2)
  • GEN (31+3) DC (10)
  • PS1 (1) PS2 (13)

DVD’s Collected

  • Blade Runner*
  • Brick*
  • Brokeback Mountain
  • City of Angles
  • The Daily Show: Indecision 2004*
  • Don Jon
  • The End of the Tour*
  • Gangs of New York
  • Ghosts Goblins & Ghouls
  • Gold Rush & Meet the Baron*
  • The Greatest Sports Films of All Time*
  • Gremlins
  • The Adventures of Ichabod & Mr. Toad*
  • Identity
  • Inception*
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
  • Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
  • The Littles – The Completely Series*
  • Midnight in Paris*
  • MST3K Vol. XXXI*
  • MST3K Vol. XXXIX*
  • MST3K: The Movie*
  • Nighcourt Season 1
  • Once Upon a Time in America
  • Passion
  • The Pink Panther: Frolics in the Pink*
  • Postcards From Buster – Season One*
  • Prince of Pursia: Sands of Time*
  • The Road Warrior
  • Scooby-Doo Meets Batman
  • The Snowman (1982)
  • South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut
  • Spaceballs
  • St. Elmo’s Fire*
  • The Terminal
  • Wayne’s World & Wayne’s World 2*

Vinyl Collected

  • 2001 A Space Odyssey Soundtrack
  • Adventure Time Presents: Marceline the Vampire Queen “Rock the Nightosphere”
  • Aladdin Soundtrack Picture Disk*
  • Albinoni’s Concerti A Cinque Op. 9 #’s 2m 5, 8 & 11
  • Back to the Future Soundtrack Picture Disk*
  • Bat Out of Hell by Meatloaf
  • Beethoven’s 7th Symphony
  • Beethoven’s Piano Sonatas Nos. 21, 25, and 23
  • Black Earth by Bohren & Der Club of Gore*
  • Carry On Wayward Son Picture Shape Disk by Anthrax*
  • Christmas with the Chipmonks
  • Chronicles by Steve Winwood
  • Contact by the Pointer Sisters
  • Dvorak’s 5th Symphony “From the New World”
  • Eat to the Beat by Blondie
  • The Best of Fraggle Rock*
  • Go West by The Village People
  • The Great Violin Concertos Vol. 1 Baroque Era, Vivaldi & Bach
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows Part 1 Soundtrack*
  • Keep the Fire by Kenny Loggins
  • Macho Man by the Village People
  • Mozart’s Symphonies #35, 39, 40 & 41
  • One Man Army by Ensefirum*
  • People Are Still Having Sex by LaTour
  • Rampal Plays Scott Joplin
  • Selections from the Musical Notebook for Anne Magdolena by J.S. Bach
  • Sowing the Seeds of Love by Tears for Fears
  • Sports by Huey Lewis and the News
  • The Complete Steven Universe Soundtrack Vol. 1 (4x 10” set)
  • Switched-On Bach by Wendy Carlos
  • Tiffany (self titled)
  • Ultimix 28
  • The War Song by Culture Club
  • Water Music & Music for the Royal Fireworks by Handle
  • Working My Way Back to You by Frankie Vallie & the Four Seasons
  • Youthquake by Dead or Alive

Toys Collected

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Delta Don*
  • Nightmare Before Christmas – Zero and Elf*
  • Funko Pop – Gizmo (from Gremlins)*

Movies (2018)

New Movies Watched

(Best to Worst)

  1. Heathers
  2. Sunset Boulivard
  3. Saint Elmo’s Fire
  4. Blade Runner
  5. Dick Tracy
  6. In Bruges
  7. Inception
  8. The Third Man
  9. The Nice Guys
  10. Mr. Right
  11. The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)
  12. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  13. Downsizing
  14. The Naked Street
  15. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  16. The Breakfast Club
  17. The Treasures of Long Gone John
  18. Deadwood ‘76
  19. Girls Town – MST3K
  20. Chicago Syndicate
  21. The Great Muppet Caper
  22. Jungle Goddess – MST3K
  23. Robocop
  24. Liberty and the Littles
  25. Fun and Fancy Free
  26. Loving Vincent
  27. The Blob
  28. The Day the Earth Froze – MST3K
  29. Spinal Tap
  30. Here Come the Littles
  31. Cinema Paradiso
  32. Home for the Holidays
  33. Sixteen Candles
  34. Farce of the Penguines
  35. Porky’s
  36. Lady Bird

All Movies Watched (in order):

  • In Bruges
  • Christmas Vacation
  • The Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Galaxy
  • Blade Runner
  • Dick Tracy
  • The Naked Street
  • Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
  • Cruel Intentions
  • The End of the Tour
  • Groundhog Day
  • Mr. Right
  • The Nice Guys
  • Who Framed Rodger Rabbit
  • Dick Tracy
  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)
  • Spinal Tap
  • Chicago Syndicate
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri
  • Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  • The Third Man
  • Blade Runner
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • Lady Bird
  • Jungle Goddess – MST3K
  • Drunken Master
  • Heathers
  • The End of the Tour
  • Enter the Dragon
  • Downsizing
  • European Vacation
  • 1776
  • Loving Vincent
  • Inception
  • Deadwood ‘76
  • The Day the Earth Froze – MST3K
  • Saint Elmo’s Fire
  • Heathers
  • Christmas Vacation
  • The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie
  • Bugs Bunny’s 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales
  • Porky’s
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • The Great Muppet Caper
  • RoboCop
  • Labrynth
  • Back to the Future
  • The Breakfast Club
  • Here Come the Littles
  • Liberty and the Littles
  • Farce of the Penguins
  • Fun and Fancy Free
  • The Treasures of Long Gone John
  • Sunset Boulevard
  • Sixteen Candles
  • The Blob
  • Ghostbusters II
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (2016)
  • Cinema Paradiso
  • Saint Elmo’s Fire
  • Girls Town – MST3K
  • Star Wars Holiday Special Rifftrax
  • What’s Up Tiger Lily
  • Home for the Holidays
  • Conan the Barbarian
  • Conan the Destroyer
  • Christmas Vacation