Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 36 - Christmas Parties & The Year In Review

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. Happy non-denominational winter celebration everyone! Josh Hawkes, Shelley Rossell, and Francis Fernandez celebrate the last recording of the year with talk of holidays parties. From there we give our own personal year in review, as well as a look back on some of the things that was trending or important throughout the year. So share that white elephant gift and prepare the noise makers for 2014's Back When Podcast.

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Back When We Were Interesting Ep 35 - Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. This week, Shelley hosts the show and enlightens us with a Christmas childhood classic, Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer. This Rankin Bass claymation movie is a first for Francis, and a walk down memory lane for Josh. So come join us in the holiday cheer as we walk down memory lane on this week's Back When Podcast

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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 176 - Too National Too Treasure

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Here we go with part 2 of our Critical Moment of Awesome double feature. In this episode Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy talk Microsoft and the evolution of their products, Asians, lucky numbers, bad luck, Irish age ratings and the movie age ratings in general, Newmans, Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels, The Trip to Italy, and so much more. It's jam packed full of so much fun, just consider it our early Christmas gift to you. The funny, and so much more, on this week's Crit Mo.

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A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 175 - The Golden Ratio of Barbershop Quartets

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This week, we're deep in the holiday spirit, by not giving you one, but TWO whole Critical Moments of Awesome. In this episode, it's ninja movies galore as we talk about Hawkeye the movie, and all of it's iterations. From the Commodore 64 game to the tv series, we cover it all. Then we talk about Chris Tucker, paid TV commercials, QI, and so much more. Happy holidays everyone and enjoy this week's double feature of Crit Mo.

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Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 34 - Christmas Vacation With The Griswolds

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. It's all about Christmas Vacation and some of our holiday film favorites as we not only talk about our must see movies, but give a review of "National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation". Get stapled to your rain gutter, attacked by a squirrel, and join us for some nostalgia, on this week's Back When Podcast.

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Day 40: Happy Thankgiving! What are you thankful for?

Thanksgiving is here, everybody. Can you believe it? Thanksgiving Music Video to celebrate all the blessings. ► Subscribe for more Rosa G: http://bit.ly/RosaG4Life " Original character by me " Written by David Saint: http://davidsaint.com " Mixed by Enrique Suarez: http://www.bacanomusic.com " Cousins: Matias Quiñones aka cute potato and Monica Pardo aka pretty cus.

What are you thankful for this year? It's a tradition I've never really got into. But this year, I'll make an exception. My friends and family have gone through a lot this past year, and some of it was bad, but much of it was good. From finding love, to finding jobs, to finding peace, and finding family safe. No matter what's happening to them, these fine people are still finding themselves happy, and in a good place, even with the struggle and with the strife. They move forward with their head held high and their feet firmly underneath them. And that is what I am thankful for this year. I'm thankful that these wonderful people are doing well, and finding joy and fulfillment in their lives. I'm thankful that they've made it through the hardest experiences and coming out stronger. I'm thankful that they are doing well.

To those out there reading this. I hope that you too are doing well. What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? 

Day 40 - It All Tastes The Same

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I think I've mentioned in the past that I have a horrible memory, so I can't recall if I've written about motivation. I will at some point look back and see if I did, but for now, I will assume that it already happened. Instead, I want to talk about coffee.

There was a moment in my life where I thought I could live without coffee. I was able to, for about a month, and I soon realized that there was no need to quit cold turkey. It wasn't like I was drinking it all day, everyday.  So, once a week or so, I'll treat myself to a cup of coffee. Now before anyone says that Starbucks is not real coffee, one I do agree with you to a point, and two, there really are not that many places to get a relatively decent cup of coffee. So, that's where I get my cup of Joe (whatever that means).

Every holiday season Starbucks outs out their seasonal coffees, and this year, they came out with a new flavor. Chestnut praline latte. I figured, why not give it a go? I've tried all of their other flavors, and I figure it'd be nice to try something new. Upon purchase and consumption there was a realization. Lately, Starbucks coffees taste the same. 

When you first take a sip of your coffee, you may notice that it's got the familiar bitterness of actual coffee, drowned out by sugar of all shapes and sizes. As you continue to sip, you start to tell the nuance of the actual flavor, whether it is egg nog, chestnut, or gingerbread, but yet again, it's beaten down by the taste of whipped cream and whatever else they put in there.

I realize this could just be my Starbucks, and others may make their lattes with a tender, loving care, but as far as I know, all these coffees taste the same. It could be the type of coffee they use. It might be a new type of bean, or maybe they're using more coffee and less flavoring, but it wasn't always like this. I remember a grand time when the taste of the different types of lattes and cappuccinos were vibrant with this spice and that. Now, it's like they're all manufactured the same way. They're all a sweet, confectionery in a cup.

It'd be fantastic if I could get some feedback on this, so I wouldn't think I was completely crazy. Though, I may very well be insane for continually drinking coffees that all taste the same. It's like after the fourth of fifth sip, the flavor becomes muted. It's cloned coffee with a bit of placebo for added, taste effect.

Well, that was a long winded observation that may have no real merit to the overall quality of actual Starbucks coffee, and may just be my lame taste buds trying to tell me that I've lost all sense of sensation on my tongue, or maybe I should make my own damn coffee, but you keep going back because you admit, you like the sweet and sometimes savory flavors.

Day 39 - Pseudo-celebrity

The whispers throughout the internet and mainstream media say that the youth of today only want one thing. They want to be famous. This makes sense if you look at the plethora of Youtube "stars" who came up and became pseudo celebrities. There are these type of folk on Instagram, Twitter, Vine, you name it. The young and the old alike want to be liked by the masses. Hell, I'd be lying if I didn't say I wouldn't mind some fame because of my podcasts or this blog. I do these things not only because I love to do it, but because it reaches out to people.

I don't know if it's sad that people want to be internet famous. People all over the world are willing to watch others play video games for hours on end on Twitch or read blog posts or use Youtube as a TV for the latest shows and reviews. What we old fogies believe is a waste of time is actually the way we entertain each other. The internet is the new sidewalk and we are the street performers. We make a living not on dollar bills, but on views and listens. That's the new currency that turns into real currency.

Where I once had a bad taste in my mouth for those "weirdos" who flaunted themselves online with obnoxious personas or stupid songs, I now have a renewed respect, because someone is consuming their content. Someone is buying their song, downloading their video, and donating to their website, and for those fans, that person they support, is a star. 

A Critical Moment of Awesome Ep. 173 - Grey and Juicy

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A Critical Moment of Awesome is all new with Dave the Drummer and Francis the Other Guy catching up with the last few weeks. It's some birthday talk, Comikaze, actors, movies, and the usual geek m.o. that we like to do. It's all that and a fun internet connection, as we delve into Dave's first hosting of Crit Mo.

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Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 33 - Thanksgiving

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. Shelley Rossell, Josh Hawkes, and Francis Fernandez prepare for next week as they discuss their stories of Thanksgiving and the insanity of Black Friday. From fried turkeys, to working the holidays, we cover this day of thanks from all sides. So get a slice of pie, drink up some sparkling cider and enjoy this episode of the Back When Podcast, where we're thankful we have you.

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Day 38 - I'm Saving My Smile For A Rainy Day

I don't smile much anymore. I realize most people don't smile at every moment of every day, but I remember a time when I used to smile all the time, and I was laughing so often that my cheeks hurt. Sometimes I feel like my mouth has forgotten to form the look.

Whenever I find myself out and about, trying to keep myself busy and the like, I often pass by my reflection in a store mirror or some other reflective surface. I see my face, so naturally angry. I was told this was resting asshole face, or maybe it was resting bitch face. I look pissed all the time, and I don't even notice it.

The people around me don't look so despondent or angry with the world. I don't know what it is. Maybe it's a reflection of what's in my soul, or something ethereal like that. I don't know. Just an observation. 

Day 36 - Christmas Comes 40 Days Early?

It's only been a week since Halloween, and the decorations are in the stores, the music is on our radios, and the Santas are sitting idly by in their made up homes in the mall. Personally, I love the holiday season. I get that Christmas spirit going with some Rent soundtrack, some egg nog lattes, and some decorations at my cube, now...office, which is weird. But I normally prepare for this stuff after Thanksgiving, and apparently, the American consumer isn't allowed to wait that long.

Maybe I'm a grinch this holiday season, but I really think this is getting out of hand. Soon we'll be preparing for Christmas on the 26th of December, and just use the year as one long celebration. I wish I was joking, but you can see it, can't you? We've started our celebration and preparations 40 days before Christmas! A whole month and change before the ACTUAL day! Am I the only one bothered by this?

I realize as we get older, time flies by faster. Our brain processes information and memories differently and the years go by a little quicker. Anyway, that's beside the point. Why are we as a society pushing our lives along even faster? Are we so in a hurry, we don't have time to celebrate Halloween or Thanksgiving? Does the idea of having two almost identical meals in the span of 30 days excite us? What's going on?

Alas, I am not anti Christmas nor anti Holidays. I do love this time of year. I just wish we didn't celebrate it so soon. Let other holidays breathe. There'll be plenty of time for buying gifts, kissing under mistletoe and singing carols. For now, I'll just go along with this celebrating early business with a song you all know and love from the Ark Music Factory. Let's celebrate Thanksgiving!

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 32 - When A Boy Becomes An Older Boy

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. Josh Hawkes and Francis Fernandez talk about growing up, and that special time in everyone's life, called puberty. From voice changes, hairy faces, and noticing girls, they break down how their lives went from awkward, to more awkward. So get nostalgic with us, and reminisce on this week's Back When Podcast.

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Day 35 - Birdman: or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)

I had no idea what to expect when I decided to watch Birdman. I saw a trailer, a few movie stills, and that was it. I had no idea I'd be stepping into a bizarre film with amazing cinematography, fun acting, and an unusual premise. I just thought it was going to be a comedy. I like being wrong.

BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero -- as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

Here's a brief synopsis. Michael Keaton plays an actor who's superhero movie career is replaced with the theater. As he struggles to get his play in pique condition before opening night, he finds himself struggling with insane actors, an angsty daughter, his pushy best friend, and his own sanity. 

The first thing I noticed when watching the film was the way it was shot. The camera follows everyone in a way that makes you feel like you're some invisible eavesdropper. It blends a little fantasy with reality as the camera swoops through windows, drifts around corners, and hovers along hallways, anticipating what's about to happen.

Michael Keaton may not act much anymore, but he still shows off that he can be funny, dramatic, and crazy all in one scene. He owns being the star not only in the movie, but as the washed up Riggan. Emma Stone is around for a few bits here and there as Keaton's daughter, and she's nice to watch, though she looks like she could use a sandwich. Zach Galifianakis is hard to not see as Zach Galifianakis. I don't know why he, as an actor, always pulls me out of a picture, but he just does. I think that's just me.

I'm not going to be long winded about it, but everyone is great in this film. Naomi Watts, Ed Norton, Andrea Riseborough, and the rest, are awesome to watch. So, the movie has the actors in spades.

Where it gets strange for me is the actual story, which I realize is the point. There are a lot of weird things that happen that just confuses me. And though I understand why those elements are there, it just didn't add to the enjoyment of the film, for me. I ended up with a few, "Huh?", moments. I'm aware that's part of the artistry of this movie, but I could have used fewer moments like that.

If you're looking for an art house, black comedy, then look no further. Sometimes I think movies like Birdman are an acquired taste, but I believe that even the general viewer will get a kick out of the performances and the overall strangeness. It's 7.5 beaks out of 10.

Day 34 - Geek Love Radio?

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I've been thinking a lot about love, sex, and relationships from a geek's perspective and how I've gotten to a point where I've actually stopped trying. First off, I'm very aware of how bad I am at relationships, and secondly, I would feel horrible for having any person to have to put up with me. Mind you, this is not a pity party or anything, this is just a realization of facts.

You know how people can be painfully unaware of what makes them awkward or strange or even annoying? You see it all the time. They don't pick up on social cues, nor do they understand that the friendly advice being given isn't really advice, but a plea for the person to stop being annoying. I am aware of my flaws and even though I've attempted to try and correct those flaws, they seem to come back the moment I'm infatuated with a woman.

I feel that any reason I give from here on out will sound like an excuse, and it probably is. So I'm not going to go into why I think I am the way I am, but instead talk about the inspiration to start Geek Love Radio up again. Though, one may ask, why I would possibly start up a podcast that's all about successful relationships, when I cannot even obtain one. Well, because I know what I'm doing wrong. It would be a show about not doing things I would do. One person's failure will be the blueprint for someone else's success. 

Maybe it's backwards thinking, but I think it can work. It's facing dating from analyzing the wrong things and making them right. I do have a possible cohost in the wings, which makes it easier, it's just a matter of putting it all together. I do miss talking about this sort of thing.

It's now out in the aether, so please, be on the look out. Geek Love Radio may rise again

Day 33 - Bummer

Inspiration and motivation are hard. I don't know why, but I've always had difficulty with both. Sometimes it'll come out of nowhere and I'll come up with a brilliant story idea or something fantastic for the podcast on my way home or standing in the shower. It's like a bolt of lightning, and as quickly as it arrives, it's gone. It's kind of a bummer.

I was hoping that this blog would be inspiration for that, but apparently my brain has it's own time table. It kind of makes me wish I wasn't single or had more friends. Someone to bounce ideas off of that was right there with me. Just a thought.

Well, if you haven't noticed, I am a bit bummed right now, and that gives me little motivation to write. Actually, if you look at most of my posts, they're fairly short. I didn't even participate in the whole NaNoWriMo thing I wanted to be a part of. Nonetheless, I will not bring you with me. So here you go, a song to put a smile on your face. I hope.

Day 32 - Nostalgia...thanks XMen

After doing another fine episode of Back When We Were Interesting, I do a little Reddit before getting some work done. Well, as a result, I end up watching the X-Men theme song, and then...the themes of cartoons from my childhood. This is of course a black hole of lost time so I'm going to just share these with you so that I am not alone. Enjoy!

HD test :D and because everything looks more badass in HD. Obviously, I don't own this.
CARTOON THEMES FROM HANNA-BARBERA, DISNEY, DIC SHOWS AND MUCH MORE FROM THE 80'S AND EARLY 90'S TIME PERIOD I WATCHED AND ALWAYS ENJOYED

Day 31 - Doctor Who: Disappointed (Spoilahs)

The season finale of Doctor Who happened over the weekend, and it was a doozy. As you can tell from the title, I already have a review for the show and the entire 8th season, and it's all summed up into one word. Disappointed.

I realize I may be in a small minority of Doctor Who fans who didn't actually enjoy this year's writing or this finale. I know a few people on Twitter who would rank "Death In Heaven" amongst their favorite, and many websites are touting that the episode was brilliant. Everyone loves Peter Capaldi as the Doctor, and I agree, he's fantastic in the role. I'm fine with Jenna Coleman as Clara, and I'm personally happy that Danny Pink is no longer in the picture. But, as always, in Stephen Moffat fashion, love conquers all and the world is saved. Nothing clever, nothing well thought out, just love. A deus ex machina I cannot get behind

The story of "Death in Heaven" revolved around Missy, aka The Master, as she plans to turn the world, and the world's dead, into Cybermen. Why? Because! We then see Clara play the Doctor for a little while to try and fool a couple of attacking Cybermen. Reminiscing in full force all the things we remember from past Doctors, she even get's the lead credit in the intro with her face in the cloudy, timey, whimey business. It's another unnecessary walk through memory lane with hints and cues to things we may have forgotten, like the Doctor having a genetically engineered daughter roaming through space. The Master soon reveals her plan to the Doctor and that she would use Cybermen pollen, made from cyber rain clouds, to populate the earth and every planet throughout the galaxy and raise the dead as metal monsters. As quickly as it began, it ends, as the Doctor is swept away by Unit, who is once again headed by the Brigadier's daughter, Kate Stewart and the Mistress...Missy...The Master...the IT support woman...whoever the hell she is, is captured.

Zaniness ensues as the Doctor is made President of the World and runs off on a plane, while Cybermen are flying all over the world causing chaos, and Missy goes insane and kills the only other character I liked, Osgood. Now I want to take a moment to express my anger at this one. I got mad, because Moffat killed off an obvious fan favorite, for what? To force an emotional reaction? To show that The Master is crazy? We know Missy is insane! Why the needless killing of a future companion? I'm going to say it...it was stupid.

Apparently all the characters in the show forgot that the Cybermen can now fly as they escape on a jet liner, and Kate Stewart is thrown out of said plane to supposedly die. Meanwhile, Clara is on the ground, hanging out with, who we find out to be, Cyberman Pink. Danny is all robotic and there's a lot of crying and sadness and leaves audiences wondering what the hell is going to happen to their future grandson that Clara and the Doctor met in that one episode I can't remember? Does this mean Clara is pregnant? Because Danny did lose his chance at some Zombie sex at the end of the episode.

Missy and the Master join the Clara and CyberPink, and Missy waxes on with more insanity, stating that this was a gift to the Doctor on his birthday and that the Doctor is just as crazy as she is. Danny urges Clara to stop the pain that is this episode, and just turn on his Cyber implant to make his feelings vanish. Clara is angry and pointing and soon convinces the Doctor to hand over his screwdriver so she can kill her boyfriend fully. The Doctor then realizes he's an idiot and that the power of love will conquer all, as the Cyber implant did not work on Danny, and the bracelet Missy gave to the Doctor allowed Mr. Pink to control all the Cybermen and blow up the pollen clouds.

Missy is in shock, get's shot by a Cyberman, (who is now speculated to be teleported away from the scene}, and Cyberman Brigadier shows up to show off how he can also stop the Cyberman brainwashing with the power of love and save his daughter who previously fell out of a plane. 

The show ends with Danny, having the power of the Master's bracelet to bring back the kid he killed back when he was a soldier, into the world of the living. The Doctor, who followed the coordinates provided by Missy, ends up in empty space where he thought Gallifrey would be hanging out, and then the Doctor and Clara meet in a cafe, where the Doctor slyly pours Stevia into her cup of tea. The Doctor and his companion lie to each other because they're both the Doctor and the Doctor lies and then it's all over. Or is it!?

In a necessary tease for the Christmas Special, Nick Frost appears to tell the Doctor that he should stop being a lying, liar who lies, and asked what he wants for Christmas, because Nick Frost is good ole St. Nick! Get it?!

As you can see, this finale was just...rough, with all the trappings of a writer who has given up on making this show good. Moffat just thinks that because it's got the "Doctor Who" name, it'll be fine. And that's just my speculation. Who knows the reason why Stephen Moffat is sabotaging Peter Capaldi's career and trying to destroy a fifty year old franchise? All I know is, I like the concept of love conquering all, but not in my Doctor Who, because the show is better than that. I realize this sounds like I hated the episode, but I didn't hate it entirely. There were a few good things in it, like Missy going nuts, and Osgood showing promise of being the next companion. But there was so much more bad. If I were to rate this episode, it would be a 4 out of 10. In the end, all I know is that this Christmas Special and next season better be clever, because this show desperately needs it.

Back When We Were Interesting Ep. 31 - Geek Love Comikaze-ha!

Welcome to Back When We Were Interesting, where we talk about the stories and the experiences that make us and you, interesting. This time around Josh Hawkes, Shelley Rossell, and Francis Fernandez discuss the latest convention that Francis attended, Stan Lee's Comikaze! But it wasn't about the comics, or even the TV shows, but about the geek love. We talk about making connections, being single, and social anxiety. And you can show your geek love by sharing this podcast with others so that we can all revel in the nostalgia, on this week, and every week's Back When podcast.

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