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Thoughts on: Mad Max Fury Road

What a Lovely Day
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So I just wanted to share a few thoughts on Mad Max Fury Road before I forget them.

I already want to see it again.  I missed seeing in on my theater’s “big screen” but I did see it in 3D.  I would recommend to anyone – treat yourself, see this in 3D.  If you can see it on a big screen like IMAX or whatever is available to you- do it.

This film is a beautiful work of art.  It’s a living painting of a world where there’s a lot of sand and beauty in complete and total desolation.  If you see it in 3D, you’ll be standing right on the edge of that painting as it unfolds and whisks by you at breakneck speed.

The best lines of the movies come from the bad guys but you really root for everyone in this movie because each character is equally weird due to their adaptation or role in the world.

Where the original movie made me think “Wow, how would the world have come to this?” but never really think of it again- this remake had me constantly marvel at what must have happened to drive all these people into this situation, into their place of power or completely powerlessness.  I was immediately attached to each of these characters – none of them were throwaways or seemingly just dropped into the film because they’re weird or malformed.  But those characters do exist and I still want to know their story.

If you have any interest in the post-apocalyptic genre you may have just received your crowning achievement.  The bar has definitely been elevated.  I hope there’s more.

A few of my favorite things to look out for – you’ll know them when you see them:

  • Heavy Metal
  • Telescope dude
  • I have a brother
  • What a lovely day

Oh, and Charlie Theron was perfect in this film.  I’d give my left arm to be ambidextrous.

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End of an Era–My XM Radio

So yesterday marked the end of an era for me.  I cancelled my SiriusXM subscription.  In doing so I realized I was only 4 months away from having subscribed to it for 10 years.  I really enjoyed my time with satellite radio and wouldn’t have a problem recommending it to others if it meets their needs.  More and more, it wasn’t meeting my needs.

I think satellite radio is falling behind the times.  I can get a much better tailored music listening experience with my Xbox Music Pass, which I’ve been using for years since it was called a Zune Pass. 

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FYI, the Xbox Music Pass is finally platform agnostic.  Before it was limited to Zune devices, PCs and Windows Phones.  Now you can get an Xbox Music Pass on Android and iOS, too.  Finally!

The only things I’ll miss from SiriusXM would be the unique talk content (Opie & Anthony) and Dan Patrick in the mornings.  But Dan Patrick is actually available on AM Radio and, more importantly, same or next day podcast.  O&A also have a weekly podcast which covers recent and classic breaks of their show. 

More and more I’m ending up listening to podcasts during my daily commute.  So, ultimately, that’s how my listening habits have been naturally changing over the past year.  Several times in the car when I could be listening to SiriusXM I was actually listening to a podcast or streaming music over Xbox Music. 

So, it’s with a heavy heart but not a heavy conscious that I cancelled yesterday.  They really drew first blood when they cancelled On the Rocks a year after I joined the service. Sad smile  (Footnote:  When I was trying to initially decide between Sirius and XM (clearly, this was pre-merger) it was the fact that XM Radio had a Lounge music station.  I was in the middle of a big Lounge kick at the time.  That was the sign I needed to make my decision.)

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Goodbye satellite radio – I’ll miss you.

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Two and a Half White Guys Podcast–Episode 5

Episode 5 – “The Return of Eric”

Okay, the delay in getting this episode lies fully on me, Jason, for my delay in producing and whatnot.  It’s been busy at work and all that malarkey but here you go – Episode 5.

Show Notes

I’m going to try and do show notes for you this episode and going forward.  We’ll see.

Episode Highlights Episode 5

  • Welcome back Eric from your absence
  • Wedding Talk
  • Will Eric survive the Rodeo Run?  Who knows? (Hint: he did)
  • Call of Duty: Black Ops Map Pack chat (it was still new when we recorded this)
  • Going Prestige?
  • SPARTACUS!
  • Naughty Girls Need Love, Too
  • More Games that aren’t Black Ops
  • Tom Selleck’s Stache
  • Threat Level Midnight
  • TV talk
  • Oscar talk (We pick the Oscars in a half-assed manner the Friday before they aired.  How’d we do?)

Note to self – we teased some ideas for future episodes; if I don’t write them down here we’ll forever forget them so forgive me.

Coming soon:  Classic video games, 100 all-time greatest toys

Thanks for downloading.  We welcome your comments.

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Talking about Star Wars Galaxies

This post is for Stuart.  We’ve been discussing MMOs (Massively Multiplayer Online (role playing games)) a bit lately and this quote about Star Wars Galaxies is in reference to the fact that I had a Master Tailor in that game:

As CGW senior editor Darren Gladstone puts it, "In SWG, you aren’t Luke Skywalker.you’re the guy who says, ‘Your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker.’"  

I, for one, enjoyed this aspect of the game.  It was like being in the Star Wars universe.  I didn’t want to be Luke Skywalker- I wanted to experience the same world he was in.  And when they took that fun out of the game, I left.

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