Going the Distance 013: Go Fish


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Don’t spend too much time thinking about this one logistically. Just go with it.

In Going the Distance, our main character, “You,” has to manage to make his way to delicious cake. Sounds simple, right? But there are deadly spikes to deal with, and a host of other problems that appear each time. Let’s just say You fails more often than You succeeds. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a quest if You could just get cake whenever You wanted, would it?

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Number Two with a Bullet


Sometimes you oversleep and you wake up and realize that you have a post to put up.

See, I got a new pillow-top mattress lately. And while the jury is still out on whether it’s good for my back or not, the fact remains that I’ve been sleeping way more soundly for the last week or so. That’s good.

Unfortunately, it also means I’ve blown through my alarm a couple of times. And when you’re the person responsible for putting up essentially every single thing on the site, that’s when mistakes happen.

So instead, here’s a bulleted list of little things that have been on my mind recently: Continue reading Number Two with a Bullet

Rack Focus: Review: The Grey


At the risk of spoiling the entire film, I must warn anyone who was stirred to see The Grey from its promising trailer. It’s not that the latest picture from writer/director Joe Carnahan (NarcSmokin’ Aces, The A-Team) isn’t his best yet — in point of fact, it is — but it’s that the film that was sold to you is not really what you’ll be getting. It’s not dissimilar to Drive, an art film stuck with a “fast and furious” trailer. These aren’t bad movies, but the false pretense on which you see the film may leave you dissatisfied.

So here’s my warning: If you, like me, watched the trailer and determined that a snow-covered and wartorn Liam Neeson fighting wolves with a fistful of broken bottles was a film worth your hard-earned dollars, be prepared to be disappointed. It’s not that you’ll dislike The Grey, but this is a film that will give you everything but what you thought you were promised. The outrage from the audience was palpable and reasonable when the ending credits began, as though a ruse had been pulled and we had been gipped a dollar. But there is still a lot to like in The Grey, so long as you can accept the movie on it’s own terms. Continue reading Rack Focus: Review: The Grey

Career and Life


People’s capacity for settling is staggering.

I’m no exception. My entire life has been one of stark contradiction, dictated by both faceless society and those closest to me. Their words, telling me to stop at nothing to pursue what makes me happy and reach the depths of my potential, and yet their actions and reflected beliefs conditioning me to place no priority higher than that of reaching certain goals as deemed appropriate by the general public’s conventional wisdom. To reach a socially acceptable end, regardless of the means. Attaining goals for the goals sake.

When I chose to get an English degree, I inherently made an entire series of decisions that would seal the next seven years of my life. After all, law was the next logical progression; not because I particularly liked (or even cared about) the field, but because I was told by family/friends/society that it was the only really viable career possible with my area of study. I didn’t forge ahead and take a chance, because I couldn’t possibly conjure that route as a possibility. How could I? Much like the idea of “censored vocabulary” explored in George Orwell’s 1984, if a thought process or idea is foreign to you or completely absent altogether, it’s difficult to formulate those thoughts on your own.

So instead of forging ahead, taking chances, and finding what it was I really loved, I took the safe track and settled for the choice that was put in front of me by everyone but myself. The world told me it’s better to spend your life wondering “what if” then to actually find out for yourself and deal with whatever consequences await. Continue reading Career and Life

At the Buzzer (01/26/12)


Episode 29: World’s Greatest Unsolved Mysteries: Mace Windu — The guys discuss a breaking story: Mace Windu may have survived his fall in Coruscant — plus math questions with slavery and top three lists in Buzzcut. Also, Chris can’t seem to stop swearing on the show, Dave reveals a troubled part of his past, and Shaun decides he wants to be the host in the second half.

Headlines

Secondary Segment — Buzzcut

  • Top 3 Boy Bands of the ’90s
  • Top 3 Star Trek Characters
  • Top 3 Mario games

Credits

Music:

  • “Lights” by Ellie Goulding
  • “Champion” by KJACK music beds
  • “Main Theme (Valkyria Chronicles)” by Hitoshi Sakimoto
  • “With Mila’s Divine Protection” by Noriyuki Iwadare
  • “Arkham City Main Theme” by Nick Arundel
  • “Night at the Octodrag” by Thee Jaguar Sharks

Production Assistance: Tony Robinson, Executive Producer

Announcer: Molly Robinson

Running Man


People have been running since the dawn of humanity. Really, it used to be the only possible way to get around. Then we got bikes and horses and cars and Segways, and running got left by the wayside. I was fully guilty of this; I despised running. A treadmill was my nightmare; a run around the neighborhood was pure torture for me.

I’m still blown away by the fact that I just ran three miles tonight.

For me, the only type of exercise I was able to get was through some sort of sport. Basketball, kickball, softball, golf, racquetball — basically, anything that had a goal and a winner or loser would get my athletic juices flowing. Running…doesn’t have that. There’s the possibility of breaking your own records, or running farther than you have before, but that never did anything for incentive to me. However, with a recent injury to my hamstring (from playing kickball) sidelining me from going all-out when playing basketball, I was forced to jog to get my workout…and wow. I enjoyed it.

Again, three miles. In one run. I don’t think I’ve ever done that…ever in my life, not when I’m just running for the sake of running. I’ve maybe done it in basketball practice or in a game, but never just running around my neighborhood.

There might be something to this runner’s high that people get. It’s certainly something that I think I felt for the first time tonight. Because when I got home from my run, I felt like I should run more. That’s probably a sign of some sort of addiction, but it’s probably a good one to have.

Side note: I don’t know how often we’ve mentioned this on the show, but each of us have our own personal email address through At The Buzzer.  You can always write to the show with mail@atthebuzzershow.com. But you can also contact me at david@atthebuzzershow.com. Chris at Chris@atthebuzzershow.com, and Shaun at Shaun@atthebuzzershow.com. We’ll probably have Gary’s email up and running soon with his movie reviews. Keep the comments and fan mail coming!

Going the Distance 012: Knowledge is Power


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You can do the little jingle and sparkle noise in your head. Or you can click here.

In Going the Distance, our main character, “You,” has to manage to make his way to delicious cake. Sounds simple, right? But there are deadly spikes to deal with, and a host of other problems that appear each time. Let’s just say You fails more often than You succeeds. After all, it wouldn’t be much of a quest if You could just get cake whenever You wanted, would it?

For more background on the comic or info on how to submit your own ideas, click here.