My Lootcrate Unboxing

Remember yesterday’s post?

Add to that.  This morning, @ 2 am, the power went out.  Fumbling and stumbling about the dark house, I locate my phone.  I used the flashlight app in my Guardians of the Galaxy utility and widgit kit to find my way around the house to get ready.  Good thing too.  My daughter had gotten out of bed at some indeterminate point in the night to sleep on the floor.  In the middle of the walkway.

Add to that, I began to feel sick while out on my paper route.  My airway acted up, I was exhausted, my head ached, my throat hurt, I was in a cold sweat, I felt weak, and I was nauseous.  I had to call off work.  Goodbye big chunk o’ paycheck.  Now saving up for the car issues is going to be harder.

My wife was feeling worse.  Two sick adults looking after three healthy and hyper kids.  Fun.

The bright spot to my day?  My LootCrate arrived!

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What’s inside?

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I am Groot!  An exclusive glow-in-the dark variant of the Groot Funko POP! bobblehead!

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A LootCrate button.

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A Sonic the Hedgehog air freshener.

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TMNT sunglasses.

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A KidRobot vinyl TMNT figure.

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A shoe accessory.

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Fridge Magnet.

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Codes for digital loot.  (codes are on reverse side.)

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A booklet.

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And a fun box!

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There’s a flap that folds to complete the couch, as well as a QR code to bonus content.  The LootCrate app kept giving me an error.  It couldn’t open the link.  The standard QR code reader app on my phone had no problem opening the silly little video.  Not sure about the code on the freshener.  My phone kept freezing.

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Apparently, the KidRobot action figure for ages 8 and up is not a toy.  Also, it is made with extra cheese.

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And the words “still beat” are now the compound word, “stillbeat”.

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Final thoughts, I loved it!

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Rantings On A Rough Day

I have a reactive airway.  It isn’t asthma, but it is related.  Most days I’m fine.  Couple of puffs on the ol’ inhaler and I’m good in short order.  On four occasions, I’ve had a severe attack (one of which was prior to diagnosis).  Two of those attacks occurred between yesterday and today.  Yesterday’s left me dizzy.  I had to leave work early.  I should’ve today, but I wasn’t dizzy so I stubbornly powered through.  I felt like I was breathing through a straw.

The flat-top grill at work has been broken, so I’ve had to sacrifice space on the DSG to grill the chicken.  The end result is I have to do twice as many burger/chicken drops to produce the same amount of product.  Add that increase in physical activity to an airway issue and it makes the whole thing worse.  Today the flat-top was fixed, only to have the oven break.  Now that space on the DSG was used for bacon.  I normally drop four pans a round.  Now I could only do one at a time.

The airway attacks left me physically exhausted.  I’d get home, sit down on the couch to remove my boots, and pass out.  My boots were still on and tied when I woke up 2-3 hours later.

On the paper route, it rained cats and dogs.  And my umbrella went missing.

My son has been waking up in the middle of the night, in a cold sweat and screaming like a banshee.  This has added to my lack of sleep.  The doctor said that there is no ear infection, and we are monitoring his temperature.

My car’s engine is on it’s last legs.  I need it for the paper route.  Now my wife and I have to ax a lot of things we were going to take care of just to save for either a new (to us) engine or car.

The pain, numbness, and tingling in my hands that has interfered with my drawing has been diagnosed as bilateral carpal tunnel.  I’ll be seeing a specialist.

Tomorrow, I get up at 2 am to run my paper route.  The route carries a 6:30 am deadline.  I work 7 am to 3 pm.  Then I attend an open house for my oldest daughter’s school from 4:15 pm to 7 pm.  I go back to bed at 8 pm.  Tomorrow is a wash.

I work two jobs totaling over 70 hours a week, and still we are in the in-laws house and on food stamps.

I look back on my childhood and wonder…

…Why was I in such a hurry to grow up?

Spoiler Alert Protocol

Spoiler alerts, those nice little courtesy warnings before reviews.  How have they garnered such a negative opinion?

Simple.  People have become unreasonable in their demands for them.  If you were to tweet with a friend about your favorite decade-old movie, chances are that someone would take you to task for not issuing a spoiler alert.  The reasoning?  They might want to see it someday.  Big.  Whoop.  There are too many shows, books, movies, games, and other media to absorb them all.  The rest of the world isn’t going to wait until you’ve seen something to talk about nor are they going to put up a spoiler alert before every media discussion. 

On the other hand, revealing details of something recently released is a jerk move.  So, when do you need an alert and when is one unreasonable to expect?  I present the following guidelines:

1.  If the dvd/blu-ray/download/other non-theatrical format has been out over 6 months, no spoiler alert required. 

2.  Exception to #1 is if you are talking directly to someone whom you have prior knowledge hasn’t seen the story in question.  I.E. if you and your co-host review Upside Down on your podcast, no alert needed.  But if I ask my sister if she’s seen Firefly over Facebook, and she says no, I shouldn’t spoil it for her.

3.  If you discuss source material of an adaptation, no spoiler alert required.

4.  If you discuss a poster, trailer, or you are merely hypothesizing over what you think might happen, no spoiler alert required.

5.  If you discuss the merchandise, no spoiler alert required.

6.  If you are discussing a book under one year old, spoiler alert.

7.  If you are discussing a movie still in theaters, spoiler alert.

8.  If you are discussing a tv series, wait until 2 weeks into the summer hiatus to remove the alert.

9.  If discussing a periodical, like a comic issue, no spoiler alert is needed when the next issue hits the stands.

Any others?  Weigh in in the comments!

Spoiler Alert Protocol

Spoiler alerts, those nice little courtesy warnings before reviews.  How have they garnered such a negative opinion?

Simple.  People have become unreasonable in their demands for them.  If you were to tweet with a friend about your favorite decade-old movie, chances are that someone would take you to task for not issuing a spoiler alert.  The reasoning?  They might want to see it someday.  Big.  Whoop.  There are too many shows, books, movies, games, and other media to absorb them all.  The rest of the world isn’t going to wait until you’ve seen something to talk about nor are they going to put up a spoiler alert before every media discussion. 

On the other hand, revealing details of something recently released is a jerk move.  So, when do you need an alert and when is one unreasonable to expect?  I present the following guidelines:

1.  If the dvd/blu-ray/download/other non-theatrical format has been out over 6 months, no spoiler alert required. 

2.  Exception to #1 is if you are talking directly to someone whom you have prior knowledge hasn’t seen the story in question.  I.E. if you and your co-host review Upside Down on your podcast, no alert needed.  But if I ask my sister if she’s seen Firefly over Facebook, and she says no, I shouldn’t spoil it for her.

3.  If you discuss source material of an adaptation, no spoiler alert required.

4.  If you discuss a poster, trailer, or you are merely hypothesizing over what you think might happen, no spoiler alert required.

5.  If you discuss the merchandise, no spoiler alert required.

6.  If you are discussing a book under one year old, spoiler alert.

7.  If you are discussing a movie still in theaters, spoiler alert.

8.  If you are discussing a tv series, wait until 2 weeks into the summer hiatus to remove the alert.

9.  If discussing a periodical, like a comic issue, no spoiler alert is needed when the next issue hits the stands.

Any others?  Weigh in in the comments!

What People Think When You Have 4 Kids

Originally posted on The Perfect Father:

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I will soon have four kids. Therefore you assume that I:

1. Am Mormon or Catholic

2. Like to have sex but don’t know how to use birth control

3. Have plans to start my own farm and therefore need a cheap/free child labor force

I know you’re thinking this because I have thought these things. There is no reason to have more than three kids. TV has taught me this with all-American shows like Modern Family, Roseanne, Different Strokes,The Simpsons, Family Ties, Family Matters, and Growing Pains. These shows illustrate three is the normal number for a family. If you have more than three it’s the whole premise of the show (see The Brady Bunch or the ever expanding Duggar family).

The lesson is clear: Big families are freak shows.

The only explanations for having a big family are the ones I listed at the top of this…

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Podcast Review – My Thoughts On Arkham Sessions: Perchance To Dream

I missed Wednesday’s update due to temporary illness.  Friday was missed for other reasons.  Rest assured, I am alive, well, and blogging.  Thus, a weekend update in lieu of the traditional Wed & Fri updates.

For those unfamiliar with the Arkham Sessions, Brian Ward and Dr. Andrea Letamendi analyze the characters and plots of episodes from Batman: The Animated Series.  Dr. Letamendi is a practicing psychologist who brings the perspective of her profession to the table.

The latest episode reviewed was Perchance To Dream.  If you haven’t listened to it yet, please use the link to do so, then come back to read.

I agree with Brian Ward that Batman is a fanatic.  I find one check mark missing.  An attitude of “anyone who isn’t with me is against me”.  Batman’s worldview actually contains three groups of people: allies, villians, and civilians.  Civilians are not necessarily with Batman, in fact many of them see him as a problem.  Yet, Batman protects them.  They are neither allies nor enemies.  In the case of Poison Ivy’s fanaticism, civilians are the driving force behind the crass consumerism and industrialization that she sees as evil.  Therefore, civilians are villains in her extreme ecological ideology.

I have my own theory as to why Robin is absent from the perfect world created by Batman.  When we get to the later episodes of Robin’s Reckoning parts 1 & 2, we see that Bruce was witness to the Orphaning of Dick Grayson.  Bruce’s mission as Batman is to make sure that what happened to him never happened to anyone else.  In that moment, he failed.  He was just Bruce Wayne, helpless bystander.  He took Dick in because the parallel between there lives struck a personal chord.  In Bruce’s perfect world, Dick would have never lost his parents.  The Flying Graysons would still be performing.

I have heard that many people are afraid to be alone with their thoughts.  I find such a concept incomprehensible, as that is my favorite pastime!  I wonder, though, what influence that may have on the Experience Machine thought experiment.  After all, the brain would create the perfect world of the proposed experiment.  So, the subject is presented with the idea of living in their thoughts, alone and sans escape.