Well, MY Bracket’s Already Busted!

Oh come on! 

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Chuck Klosterman’s “The Nineties” Pseudo-Review

I don’t think I’ve ever done a traditional “review” of a book before here. I’ve done video games, movies, even albums, like years ago. It doesn’t feel like it was that long ago that I was doing reviews of pieces of media all the time. “Piece of media” doesn’t feel right to say, too general, but I’m not going to say “works of art” when I used to review, like, Kelly Slater’s Pro Surfer. It hits me the last time that the last time I reviewed a video game or a movie or an album was No Thing for the Switch back in mid-2018. That was nearly four years ago. It doesn’t feel like four years ago, it doesn’t feel that long ago at all, but it was that long ago. Is that just how four years feels? Is it just that a lot of the past two years specifically haven’t felt like they moved at a normal pace? Or do we experience time differently than we used to?

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That is, more or less, one of the themes made by Chuck Klosterman in his book The Nineties, published in early 2022 by Penguin Press, a book that I got through in record pace, like maybe a week. The judgment of this book’s quality in this ‘review’ should be summed up by that fact. Because I’ve made a point in recent posts to be more open about stating personal opinions that may lead to ridicule on social media (I genuinely don’t know if this would or not) I should point out that Chuck is probably my favorite living writer, one of the only people for whom I will purchase a new book immediately upon publication without needing to know the premise. I generally don’t buy that many brand new books in a given year anyway. As someone who has read Klosterman’s entire catalogue, this is my second favorite book of his next to But What if We’re Wrong from 2016, or at least, that’s how I feel after having finished this last weekend.

I suppose this post is more or less a response, a post in which I use The Nineties as a jumping off point for some thoughts of my own. I think that’s what you do in book reviews.

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The Schok Classic: Only what you need and relatively little more

This is only my second foray into writing about my feature phone use, so bear with me if it seems like I don’t know what I’m doing here. My prior instance of writing about it came back in early 2021 last year, in this video, which you can watch for more of me discussing feature phone use.

I purchased a Schok Classic flip feature phone back in January, I’ve been using it for about a month and a half, this post contains my experience with smartphones and feature phones, my thoughts about the Schok Classic in particular, critiques I have of it, and my overall current perspective about it.

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The ShopGoodwill Football Memorabilia Sampler

For the moment, ShopGoodwill.com remains one of the web’s hidden gems. It’s sort of like what eBay was like twenty years ago, in that it’s still basically just old stuff, none of the auto-generated T-Shirts and automatic cross-posts from Fanatics stores that plague eBay nowadays, but there’s also very little quality control and less of a sense that something needs to be sellable in order to be listed. It’s not quite the experience of walking through a Goodwill store (even though I must say I’ve only ever had fairly mediocre Goodwills everywhere I’ve lived), and you don’t get everything, but there’s a wider variety of stuff you wouldn’t look for on eBay here and more of it can get put right in your face if you want.

What do most people naturally go to a thrift store for? Used toasters? Novelty coffee mugs? VHS Tapes? Old jackets that curse you with the memories of those who owned them? Yes, and those are there in wide swathes. Do not discount the odd piece of sports memorabilia that might end up in a ShopGoodwill listing.

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The Case For Simply Watching the Game

S9030001I moved in to a new apartment yesterday. Partially moved-in, at least. I still had a bunch of stuff to move and procure, as you can judge from the empty shelves and general disheveledness of the above photo. This was my temporary television viewing setup. Small chair and small television.

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NFL Alternative Broadcast Partnerships from Several Alternative Timelines

Alternative NFL Playoff broadcast presentations have been all the rage in this wild card round. The Nickelodeon/CBS Partnership only grew stronger, with an actually very good game this year, and the brothers Manning (sans Cooper) will, for the first time, host one of their trademark Monday Night Football commentary sessions from their respective living rooms tonight. It makes sense that we could’ve done it differently, though, right?

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Regarding the Boxing Up and Trading In of My Old Video Games

My other new year’s resolution was to think about titles less. In this one I talk about my decade and a half long history collecting video games. 

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The 2021 Moving On From Year Awards for General Achievement

This is the trophy you’d get if you won one of these. I only have one of them though, so first come first serve. This is the only picture of it that exists. I know people are trying to claim ownership of pictures nowadays but I own this one bitch. It’s on the floor of my bedroom next to my bookcase

To begin with two acknowledgements:

  1. I acknowledge that the year is over. I acknowledge that the prime time to do this is mid-December of a year. However I normally do this in the week between Christmas and January, and I was out of town during that week
  2. I acknowledge that the pun I forced into the title of these in 2019 was funnier than this but I am an employed man now and I am not wishing to jeopardize that for what I must say was kind of a funny pun to make. At least it was a funny phrase to see if I could get people to Google. “Vas Deferens” is a much easier pun to work into something, though.

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Hey! Here we are!

Again channeling Len Gibbons to tell you what’s going on in my life and why I’ve been so quiet lately and what I want to do here going future.

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Who Missed It Worse? Muyl vs Zimmerman

And I thought the Earthquakes were bad! Two men, two horribly missed penalties, the only question? Which was worse:

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