My Recent Recommendations

I’ve eaten, listened and watched to a lot of great things this week!  I’m not saying you should like these things just because I do, but if you don’t like these things… what is wrong with you?!

Surge!

You may remember this Coca-Cola brand soft drink back from 1997-2001.  It was Coke’s rival to Mountain Dew but went out of production after poor sales.  Well they recently brought it back to be sold exclusively on Amazon thanks to an online campaign to bring it back.  I bought some last week and it arrived this morning.  I had some with my lunch and it instantly took me back to 1997.  Be wary of buying it online.  It keeps going out of stock quickly and then people are trying to sell it for like $100.  When it is in stock it should only cost you around $12.

The Fox, The Hunter and Hello Saferide by Hello Saferide

I found this album on Spotify and have been listening to it pretty much nonstop for the last few days.  I am in love with her voice and with her style of music.  Her voice kind of sounds like some songs in the movie “Juno” but after doing some research that doesn’t seem to be the case.  I only say that so maybe you can kind of get an idea of what she sounds like.  Just go listen to this album, it’s amazing!

The Bridge

This is a documentary I watched for my work.  It is about the Golden Gate Bridge in California and how it is the most popular site in the world (although a quick internet search says its #2) for people to commit suicide.  Very interesting.

Disclaimer: This documentary shows real footage of real people really committing suicide.  Do not watch if that will make you uncomfortable.

The Rockafire Explosion

This is a documentary I watched for “fun”.  I heard about it from my favorite daily YouTube video, SourcefedNerd’s TableTalk.  It is a documentary about the company before Chuck E. Cheese that basically created the animatronic characters and when they merged with Chuck E. Cheese these characters were “lost”.  It features die-hard fans who are very upset with Chuck E. Cheese and with it never happened.  These people are WEIRD.  SO WEIRD.  Like, one guy is recreating the animatronic band in his garage so he can have it back in his life.

NBC’s Parenthood

This is one of my favorite shows on TV right now and it comes back for its final season tonight on NBC.  I would recommend watching the entire series if you haven’t.  Great show.

What about you?  What are things that you’ve recently eaten, listening to or watched that you think others should know about?

– Jacob

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Memories of an Old House

One of my favorite shows on TV is NBC’s Parenthood.  My wife got me into it and I love it.  One of this season’s main story lines deals with the grandparents of the show debating on selling their house and how some of the kids deal with it.  The grandma wants to sell it and move and the grandpa and one of the sons have struggles with the idea of that.  To me, it seemed dumb to be attached to a house.  I also know someone in real life who has this mindset and it just seemed to make no sense to me.  I moved when I was in 6th grade and I can honestly say that I was not sad about it at all but that was probably because I would be getting my own room instead of sharing with my brother so I didn’t care.

Today my grandma is moving out of her house that she has lived in for the past 42 years and I can honestly say that I am a little sad that I will never get to go to that house again.  I have many memories in that house, many more than I ever thought I did until her moving made me think about them all.  Some of those memories include:

– Thanksgiving.  This might be the biggest.  I’ve had Thanksgiving dinner at that house 23 out of 24 Thanksgivings.  When I think of Thanksgiving I immediately think of that house.

– Going over every Saturday night without fail as a kid so my parents could have a date night.  I remember playing games with my grandparents and watching Nickelodeon’s All That every week.

– She would give us candy when we’d visit (which I’m sure she will still do), but she had a specific “candy drawer” that you got to go through every time you left her house.

– My brother and I used to try to sneak around into the kitchen when we were younger to sneak food.  We thought we were so sneaky but my grandpa would always catch us.

– Throwing a tennis ball on her roof and catching it as it rolled down.

I have known for a while that she was moving but last night my sister tweeted that it was her last time sitting in my grandma’s house and the reality of it all kind of hit me.  Thankfully, my grandma is just moving.  Next time I go down there to visit I will still be able to see her and talk with her.  I’m not losing her, just her house.  Not everybody can say that so for that I am thankful.  But it is a bit sad that I will never be able to go to that house again.  I can now understand NBC’s Parenthood a bit more.

-Jacob

The Darkest Broline

Anyone who knows me knows that I love NBC’s Community.  It is, in my opinion, one of the greatest shows on television.  And thankfully, NBC has renewed the show for a 5th season and has lifted the fear of last night being the series finale to only being the season 4 finale.  Last nights episode saw the return of the darkest timeline, an idea from the episode Remedial Chaos Theory in season 3.  The episode dealt with the idea that different situations (like who leaves a party to get a pizza) will drastically change the outcome of reality.  The “darkest timeline” is the reality in which the worst possible outcome happens and the evil versions of the characters exist.  

Tonight, my bro Patric tweeted this:

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It got me thinking.  What would the hypothetical “darkest timeline” of me and my bros look like.  The following are my ideas of what we could be like.  (If you do not know me or my friends this will probably be pointless to you)

The Darkest Broline

Following the nuclear launch of 2013 from North Korea many things had changed for the bros.

Casey: With the collapse of the government and technology development coming to a halt, Casey has created his own version of the internet that he can regulate and controls.  He also only shows movies like “Overdrawn at the Memory Bank” or “Princess Mononoke” on his version of Netflix.

Jacob (me): Jacob was about to get his final surgery on some of his Chinese throwing star wounds that Jeff had inflicted earlier that year.  Most will heal, but he will have a permeant scar on his face.  Having become a very good con artist he didn’t have to pay a dime for any of it.

Jeff: Went completely bald at age 22.  His tourette’s syndrome worsened over the years and he wasn’t able to do basic functions.  In a few years he will honor his pact with Patric and marry him so that Patric could help him.

Patric: Never married Paige.  Patric is now organizing a people’s revolution.  His groups symbol is a naked Obama riding a unicorn, which every member has branded on their arm.  In a few years he will honor his pact with Jeff and marry him.

Matt: Matt had lost all of his hair due to the radiation from the nuclear blast.  He became a carnie who specialized in giving out giant stuffed animals to people.

Ethan: After losing one of his hands in another of Jeff’s throwing star incidents, Ethan went to live with wolves in the wild.  He bonded with them and they accepted him as one of their own.  Patric will recruit Ethan and his pack of wolves to help in the revolution.

There you have it.  A quick and stupid take on what the darkest broline might look like.  And remember, we could actually be living in the darkest broline.  There is no way to know.

-Jacob

Iron Man 3 – The best one yet?

I saw Iron Man 3 yesterday mainly because my wife wanted to.  She loves the Iron Man movies and will frequently claim that Iron Man is her favorite.  I on the other hand have never really cared for him.  It may be because my only knowledge of him is from the recent movies and I thought that Iron Man 1 & 2 were just ok when it came to superhero movies.  I was content with waiting until it came out on DVD or the dollar theater but we had a gift card so what the hey!

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When I left I found myself really pleased with the movie.  Perhaps because my expectations were so low already it would be hard to be bad or the movie itself was just that good.  The 3rd installment did have a new director, but that doesn’t really mean a lot to me.  I can’t tell one directors work apart from another.

I really enjoyed the storyline of transition and becoming a better person.  Tony Stark was not really a likable character in the first two movies and he has a pretty drastic change in The Avengers.  Now, after the events of that movie, we see Tony wrestling with the idea of becoming a better person and being haunted by some decisions he had made in the past (this theme is also found in the most recent episode of NBC’s Community titled “Heroic Origins”).  

We’ve all made mistakes in the past.  We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of.  We not remember each and every little thing we did “wrong” or that we didn’t like and some of them may come back to haunt us.  But hopefully we are all continually striving the become the best versions of ourself that we can be.  I know I am.  One little step at a time.

I still say that Thor is my favorite Marvel superhero movie and I’m really excited for Thor 2: The Dark World, but Iron Man 3 was pretty top notch.

-Jacob