Sunday, December 25, 2016

List of Materials that Heavy Duty Shop Scissors can Cut through.

  I love shop scissors. If you don't know what shop scissors are I'll explain. Shop scissors are meant for heavy duty cutting jobs that most scissors can't cut and the blades don't get dull from cutting a plethora of materials. Shop scissors are built heavier and are designed to cut through every type of material, heavy cloth, plastic, etc. Here is a list of materials that I compiled. Don't go buying fabric scissors when you can buy Heavy Duty Shop scissors that cuts through just about anything
  1. Satin
  2. Fleece
  3. Foam
  4. Leather
  5. Upholstery material
  6. Plastic
  7. Cardboard
  8. Spandex
  9. Metal Wire
  10. Electrical cords
  11. Paper
  12. Chiffon
  13. Silk
  14. Rubber
  15. Carpet
  16. Muslin
  17. Burlap
  18. Nylon
  19. Gasket Material
  20. Hose
  21. Canvas
  22. Sateen
  23. Kevlar
  24. Tulle
  25. Mesh
  26. Rope
  27. Denim
  28. Wool
  29. Construction Paper
  30. Felt

Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Paranoia that comes with owning an Automatic Watch

 I own two vintage automatic watches. One's a Bulova and the other is a Seiko. However my dad once told me that a magnet can screw an automatic watch up. So exactly what does a magnet do to an automatic watch? Well for starters the magnet can magnetize the springs inside the watch. This causes the watch to run fast.
  However once you own an automatic watch that isn't antimagnetic resistance, you get paranoid of everything around you. You start to fear if that everyday object next to you contains a magnet inside of it. I won't go near my subwoofer, or my CRT TV while wearing my automatic watch. Other objects that contain magnets are cell phones, magnetic back nametags, electric motors such as the ones found in power windows. Hard drives contain magnets as well. DVD Players, CD Drives and flip phones have them as well. Once you see the amount of stuff that contains a magnet in them the paranoia kicks in.
Rolex Milgauss
  Is there a solution to this? Yes there are several solutions to this dilemma. You can always buy a demagnetizer, They cost around $50 which isn't too shabby. Or you can get a very expensive antimagnetic watch such as a Rolex Milgauss for around $5k-8. Or you can avoid magnets all together like it's the plague.
  This always begs the question why aren't all automatic watches antimagnetic? I mean surely if Rolex could come out with a watch that has antimagnetic resistance why can't all other watch makers do so? Not everyone can afford a Rolex.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

What Happened to Cartoon Network?

  I remember when my cable provider started to carry Cartoon Network back in the mid 90s. It was a great channel back then when they showed nothing but classic American cartoons such as Tom and Jerry, Looney Tunes and any Hannah-Barbera cartoon.
 Then sometime during the mid 90s they reached out into producing their own original programming called Cartoon Cartoons. A precursor to this was a variety show featuring different animated shorts done by different animators called The What A Cartoon Show. Some of these shorts eventually evolved into their own Cartoon Network series. This launched several of their classic iconic cartoons such as Dexter's Laboratory, Johnny Bravo, The Powerpuff Girls, I Am Weasel and Cow and Chicken were all launched in 1996 with the Powerpuff Girls started in 1998.
  However in 2004 Cartoon Network began it's slow decline into crap city. They started to show programming that was live action. One of these shows was called Out of Jimmy's head. It was half animated half live action and was kind of like a Who Framed Roger Rabbit kind of feel to it. Out of Jimmy's head was originally a made for TV Movie about a boy who goes on a field trip to a Disneyland type theme park and gets into an accident and is given a brain transplant with the founders brain since all of the people in the character costumes are licensed Brain Surgeons.
 Flash forward to today and Cartoon Network is still descending into a network Identity crisis. Cartoon Network has resorted to rebooting classic shows such as Teen Titans and The Powerpuff Girls and Looney Tunes. However these reboots are nothing but terrible and get horrible backlash from the fans of the original source material. For instance take a look at Teen Titans Go!, if you were a fan of the original series like I am you know this shameful reboot is just a major middle finger to fans of the original series. Cartoon Network had to turn a good serious series and reboot it into a hideous comedy. The series got a lot of backlash from fans as it should have.
  

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

What Happened to TV Land?

  Back in the day TV Land was a channel that was supposed to be a full time version of Nick at Nite. TV Land used to show all kinds of classic TV shows from the 1950s to the 1970s. They even would show old TV commercials during commercial breaks. Nowadays the channel has seemed to have jumped the shark. No pun intended.
  If you ever have noticed that TV Land has been showing less and less classic TV shows and showing more TV shows from the early 2000s. Heck they even are showing original programming. I rarely watch TV Land but I find it odd that they would start their own sitcoms, Most of them feature washed up sitcom actors and actresses.
  This makes absolutely ZERO sense to have a TV channel that is focused on classic TV shows when you now have you're own original programming. I guess showing reruns of The Brady Bunch and I Love Lucy lose their luster after showing them millions and millions of times over. However there is an alternative to TV Land. MeTV and Antenna TV. Both channels are classic TV oriented, They all show a variety of old TV shows ranging from The Patty Duke Show to Columbo, Heck these channels are more diverse than TV Land is now. We don't need to see a 3 hour block of Bonanza or reruns of George Lopez. from 6 AM to 3 PM. TV Land needs to bring back it's variety that it used to have.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Wikia's Annoying Advertising

  If you lived during the late 90s into the early 2000s then you probably remember pop up ads. Those things were annoying. If you were lucky enough during your web travels to click on website that didn't manage to attack you left and right with 2 billion pop up ads. Pop up ads have seemed to have gone the way of the dinosaur in recent years. They're still out there but they rarely pop up. Ba dum tss.
  All joking aside here. If you have ever heard of a little webzone called Wikipedia, than you probably heard of it's bastard for profit cousin, Wikia. You see Wikia is used for more specific Wikis such as ones for the DC Animated Universe, Star Wars, and Hot Wheels cars, and the Muppets. However since these are considered for the die hard fans they also come at a price, annoying advertising methods.
  Owners of these Wiki's have no control over the content of the ads placed on their site and how many ads will be on the pages. Wikia uses Autoplay ads which are Adobe Flash based. The amount of the Autoplay ads that are placed on these Wikis is too damn high. Have you ever heard the rule of thumb about embedding YouTube videos on forums? The rule of thumb is to not embed  too many videos since it can crash the page or site due to an overload. This leads to my next argument about Wikia's advertising.
  All of these autoplay ads working at once slows down the time it takes the site to load and it makes your web browser freeze up and become unresponsive for a few minutes or seconds. Not to mention that there is no way to mute some of the ads. Yep that's right these ads sometimes have sound. It's just like those talking pictures they said would never catch on. Sometimes I'm reading a Wikia article and somehow I hear a muffled voice that I don't know where it is coming from since I am not multitasking watching a YouTube video responding to a forum on Monday nights. Sometimes you don't even expect any ads with sounds and then they get you off guard.
  They'll give you a freaking heart attack. I swear that if someone ever gets a massive heart attack from being startled from an Autoplay banner advertisement, the advertiser or Wikia should be held legally responsible.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Weird Jungle Book Adaptation

  Many years ago, I remember going over to my nephews house and watching an obscure The Jungle Book VHS tape. My oldest nephew is 1 year younger than me by the way. Anyway I vaguely remember this VHS tape but I only remembered fragments of it. I remembered a Seaplane and a baby wandering through the jungle and getting his clothes torn on a branch. So I saw that new trailer for the Live Action adaptation of Disney's The Jungle Book and immediately had a flashback of this obscure VHS tape.
  So last night I decided to put this to rest. I immediately had a case of the late night Google's. So after a half hour of searching for this VHS Tape, I came across an obscure Anime called  Jungle Book Sh┼Źnen Mowgli. Now this series came out in 1989 and lasted until 1990 and had 52 episodes. Now this series was released on VHS in individual episodes which makes sense since I remember the VHS tape I watched with my Nephew was only the first episode and we never saw part 2. So I decided to check out the first episode on YouTube and it all came back to me. It had the Seaplane like I remembered and had the baby getting his clothes ripped off on  a branch. Yep this was it. I could bet my change jar on it.

August Rush Review

  Where to begin on reviewing August Rush? Well this movie is a huge roller coaster of plot holes and Continuity errors and things that just don't make any sense. Now onto the review. The only reason I own August Rush is because Bonnie McKee is in it. Let's just get Bonnie McKee out of the way so I can focus on this review. This movie came out in 2007 and Bonnie McKee's debut album Trouble which was released 3 years prior wasn't selling well at all. So Bonnie McKee took an acting role as a girl named Lizzy.
Bonnie McKee as Lizzy
  Bonnie McKee's character in August Rush isn't a major character at all but more of a minor supporting character. I think that Bonnie McKee had less than 15 minutes of screen time in the whole movie. For her film debut she did an amazing job even though she had very few lines. One thing about her character Lizzy is that she doesn't have Bonnie's then signature bright orange Ombre hair that she used to have. They died her hair and covered up her stars tattoo on her right arm.
  In addition to Bonnie McKee being in this movie we have the late great Robin Williams in a supporting role as Wizard. Robin Williams character Wizard seems to be a rip off of Fagan from Oliver Twist but we'll get to more on that later in the review. Wizard is the antagonist in this film. I absolutely loved when Robin Williams would play creeps and villains. He would shock audiences doing these roles.
  Now here is the IMDB plot synopsis
A boy named Evan Taylor (Freddie Highmore) grows up an outcast in a home for boys, all the while believing that his parents are alive. He can hear music in everything: the light, the wind, the air. He believes that he can hear the music from his parents. He thinks that they always wanted him and would come and get him someday.
He meets a social service worker, Richard Jeffries (Terrence Howard), of the New York Child Services Department. Evan tells him he does not want to be adopted. Mr. Jeffries likes Evan and gives him his card. He wants Evan to confide in him if the need should ever arise.
Through a series of flashbacks, his parents are revealed to be named Lyla Novacek, (Keri Russell), a famous concert cellist, and Louis Connelly (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), an Irish guitarist and lead singer of a rock band. His parents met at the same party and spent the romantic night together. Due to Lyla's strict father, Lyla was unable to meet Louis where she'd agreed to and they parted, apparently never to see each other again.
From that one night together Lyla became pregnant with their child. Her father did not approve of this, he wanted Lyla to have a successful career without the obstacle of a child. After an argument with her father, Lyla ran out of a restaurant and was hit by a car. While in the hospital, she gave birth to a son. The last thing she was aware of was the nurses telling her that the baby's heartbeat was falling. She wakes. Her father tells her that her son died. Little did she know, her father forged her signature on the adoption papers. Her baby was fine. Both Louis and Lyla gave up their musical careers after losing each other, and neither was aware of their son's existence. This part of the movie makes no sense at some times. The flashbacks add detail but still the parents lives have some plot holes such as why is Lyla now a music teacher, and why did Louis choose the corporate life. Another criticism is how in the hell didn't Lyla know that her father gave her son up for adoption without her.
Evan has a very strong faith that if he could learn to play the music he will have a chance to be found by his parents. He believes that they will hear him. So he runs away to New York City. He meets Arthur, a boy who was playing the guitar on a street corner for money. He follows Arthur and is taken in by Maxwell Wallace, a.k.a. "Wizard" (Robin Williams), who houses various orphans and runaways, employing them to play music on the streets and taking a large cut of their tips. Evan immediately proves to be a musical child prodigy. Wizard enlists him and gives him the name "August Rush", convincing him he will be sent back to the orphanage if his real name is ever discovered. Wizard seems to be an obvious ripoff of Fagen from Oliver Twist but instead he isn't running a gang of pickpockets.
   When Lyla discovers that her son is alive when her father, knowing that he is dying, confesses what actually happened. Lyla immediately sets out to New York to look for her now 12-year-old son. Meanwhile, she begins playing the cello again, having been called back to the New York Philharmonic. At about the same time, Louis reconciles with his bandmates.
After a raid by the police, Evan takes refuge in a church, where he again impresses with his natural musical talent and is enrolled at the Juilliard School as "August Rush." He proves to be an excellent student, better than the college students there, and a work he composes is chosen to be performed by the New York Philharmonic in Central Park. Unfortunately, Wizard barges into the dress-rehearsal and, after Wizard threatens to reveal Evan's real name, Evan reluctantly follows him back to his life of performing music on the streets.
Meanwhile, Lyla has discovered her son's name and has decided to stay in New York while searching for him. While there, she decides to resume her cello career. She is then chosen to play in the same concert, which features Evan's piece (under the name "August Rush"). Louis, being mistakenly told that Lyla has left on her honeymoon, also returns to New York to resume playing with his former band. He has a chance meeting with Evan in Washington Square Park and they play music together, although neither knows who the other is.
The night of the concert, Evan finally chooses to run from Wizard in favor of performing at his concert. In the meantime, Louis races to the park when he sees Evan's pseudonym along with Lyla's name on a sign billing the concert. Evan conducts his piece, and at its conclusion, when he turns around to see Lyla and Louis standing hand in hand, he knows that he is reunited with his mother and father at last.This ending is a big middle finger to the audience. They could have made the ending more in depth instead of leaving it a cliffhanger. Why didn't they show Lyla and Louis running onstage and hugging their son? The ending made no sense at all. The ending was supposed to warm your heart but it didn't for me. It just made me angrier. They could have done much more for the ending and they got lazy with it. 
   In the long run, it can be enjoyable if you love music and love Robin Williams. This movie seems like a bad Lifetime original movie with a huge budget and a theatrical release. Plot holes include the flashbacks. My Biggest pet peeves were that they didn't explain whatever happened to Lizzy and Wizard. They just forgot about them for some reason. That angered me to no end. However it has a great film score by Mark Mancina. 

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Saturday, February 20, 2016

The Steal of the Century

  So I've been trying to complete my Superman The Animated Series action figure collection for a few years now. It's been a long challenging run. It's finally over thanks to an eBay Auction that ended on Tuesday night. I was searching for the Hasbro Battle For Metropolis 4 pack that was exclusive to Toys R Us and I saw one going for $20, I started to watch the Item but I forgot to bid on it and missed out!  You're probably thinking that this is the end of the story. Sadly it's only the beginning.
  Determined, I haven't given up yet. I had to have these figures at ANY cost. Ok so I really wasn't going to blow $150 on a MIB 4pack. No way on earth would I blow that kind of money. I'm not a stingy person when it comes to figure collecting. I did buy the Mattel TRU Mailaway Vince McMahon figure from Ringside Collectibles for $50. Money well spent.
  Where was I? Oh yes eBay. So I did another search for Superman The Animated Series figures and I came across a set of 6 loose figures that were Kenner figures with a Starting Bid of $15. The lot contained 2 Superman Figures, Lois Lane, Bizarro, Brainiac, and Metallo .  Lois Lane sells for $50 loose since she was only released in a 4pack. Bizzaro, Brainiac and Metallo are a whole roller coaster when it comes to getting a good deal or a bad deal online for them.
  So a few days in to watching the item, someone bids $15. So I'm all like there's no freaking way I'm gonna let them win this. I'm prepared to go all out war on these six figures. So I entered my max bid of $30. So now I'm at $15.50. So over the next few days it stayed at $15.50 when the Auction ended. I am now the proud owner of 6 Superman TAS figures.
  Anyway when the auction ended all I could think about was The Final bell by Bill Conti. I finally won them at a decent price. I went the distance on getting these figures. They're mine now. They belong to me. $15.50 is a steal for these because I bought them for less than the price of a 4pack which was $20.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Hazleton PA Needs New Street Signs

  If you have ever been to Hazleton, PA and got confused on the streets because there wasn't a street sign to tell you where you are on every corner, that may be a good indicator that Hazleton shouldn't be applying for stupid government grants such as one to widen Broad Street. I have been a lifelong resident of Hazleton since I was born, and Let me tell you something, if you would ask me where a certain street is, I wouldn't be able to tell you where it is. Why is that? The answer is there aren't any street signs on every corner. I remember when I was a little kid there was street signs on every corner. I guess the were vandalized or got worn out over the course of their lifetime and never got replaced.
  In fact the newest street signs Hazleton has is on Broad Street ever since they widened the street. Now one time an out of town couple asked my parents where Maple Street was. My parents had the couple follow them which seemed like a wild goose chase. They went around in circles trying to find Maple Street. Here's the kicker my parents lived in Hazleton there whole life too.
  This is asinine that the city doesn't do diddly squat about the lack of street signs. I know it's not a priority, but it gives Hazleton a bad first impression to somebody who may be visiting from out of town. Hazleton needs to apply for more logical government grants such as one that could get the city new street signs, not widening Broad Street or fixing all of the damn potholes that plague the streets.
  It seems that Hazleton has gotten more newer street signs. But it still isn't enough to satisfy me. There are streets that cut off and then pick up in another area. Why don't they have a sign that tells you that this alley cuts off and picks up 3 blocks down? As a matter of fact a lot of places have streets that do that but they don't have a sign that tells you how to continue on the street.