I didn’t start off the year wanting to watch more movies than any other year since I started keeping track of my movie watching in 2001, but apparently there isn’t a whole lot of anything good on television, so it just sort of happened.

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Let’s get one thing straight: The Xmas season starts AFTER Thanksgiving!

Period.

Like everyone else (I hope), I am sick and tired of the over-commercialization of the Xmas season, but I put up with it because there are some positive aspects to it. However, I firmly believe that we should celebrate one holiday at a time, so, as in previous years, I will be boycotting retailers who start the Xmas season too early. Unlike previous years, I will be publicly shaming them for doing so.

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I recently binge-watched the second seasons of both House of Cards and Orange is the New Black on Netflix. While doing so, something started to bother me: the opening credits are annoying long.

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Several years ago I received an iHome iD91 alarm clock radio as a gift, and it changed my alarm clock life forever. When it died, I had a heck of a time finding a suitable replacement, mostly because the features I was spoiled with, but now considered a necessity, didn’t seem to exist in any one alarm clock radio on the market.

“Josh, why wouldn’t you just get another iHome iD91 or another iHome device?” you ask. Well, the iD91 died in such a way that it made me want to look at, if not give preference to, other brands. Everything on the iD91 worked great except that the upper 50% of the digital display just stopped working. In this day and age, how does half a digital display stop working? It was never dropped or hit or abused; I live in NYC and we really don’t have power issues, and it’s connected to a surge protector anyway. LCDs don’t just go bad on their own…they’re either caused by physical trauma or by power issues, and in this case it would be an internal issue caused by bad manufacturing…possibly slightly less voltage than necessary, amplified over time.

So, I figured I would shop around, see the wealth of different options I had, and choose the best for my needs.

Boy was I wrong!

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Updating my post from over two years ago, I now present my regularly listened to podcasts in order of how quickly I listen to new episodes, from “as soon as they are released even if I’m in the middle of another podcast’s episode” to “when there’s nothing else to listen to”.

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Jazz isn’t dead. It just smells funny.

— Frank Zappa

If you think women are the weaker sex, try pulling the blankets back to your side.

— Stuart Turner

Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.

— George Burns

Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.

— Ernest Hemingway

NYC has had its share of interesting weather the last few years, including a major hurricane, minor hurricane, and various levels of nor’easters and blizzards. During each of these weather phenomena I’ve noticed that the intensity of the impending weather can be matched to the level of dress of the local TV weathermen shortly before the storm hits the area.

I am therefore proposing a Weather DEFCON system. The system would need to be adjusted to various climates, but I think the following would work for the North East United States:

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Every year, right around this time, my thoughts turn to which “Christmasy” movies I should watch in celebration of the season. Every year I watch four staples: Die Hard, Elf, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and A Christmas Story. In addition to those four, I try and watch a few other Christmas related movies to round things out.

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How do you think that book got on top of that electrical(?) box between two subway tracks?

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