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Giving Cable TV The (Not-So) Hard Goodbye: A guide to cord-cutting

Giving Cable TV The (Not-So) Hard Goodbye: A guide to cord-cutting

Last week I finally pulled the trigger on something that has been debated, considered and argued over in my household for the past 3-4 years (my wife may say longer): We finally cut the cord on Cable TV!!  While I don’t watch a lot of TV, I was always the holdout in talks with my wife about finally cutting the cord.

I’m not the easiest at embracing change, so as a defensive mechanism I often would make excuses like giving an expiration date on our TiVo service commitment a bit further out than it really was or put a lot more stock into a show that I was mostly indifferent over.

However, continued negotiations for HBO pricing with our cable provider and routinely changing fees and service charges I was more ready to make the change now than I was 2 or 3 years ago. After all, things aren’t quite the same as they were back when cord-cutting started to pick up momentum with customers and some of our friends.   So while this isn’t anywhere close to being an innovative or even new and exciting guide, this is more or less what I’ve discovered a week into cutting the cord.

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Looking Back at 17 Years of Hugh Jackman As Wolverine: My Favorite Moments From Each Movie

17 years ago from the moment we saw him in that cage fight in Canada in the 2000 film X-Men all the way to this weekend’s release of Logan, Hugh Jackman spent the better part of the next 2 decades bringing Wolverine to life.

Before the films even launched the golden age of superhero movies, Wolverine was a well beloved character in the X-men comics as well as the 90s X-men animated series that still holds a special place in many 80s/90s kid’s hearts.  Hugh Jackman just brought us a new standard to the character over the course of 9 movies.  While Jackman had claimed a few times that he’d be retiring from portraying Wolverine only to pop up in another X-men film, there’s a good chance this is the last time we’ll see him pop on the claws (unless in his words he can play with the Avengers, which would be incredible but doubtful). Similarly this is very likely the last time we’ll see Sir Patrick Stewart in the role of Charles Xavier as well according to recent interviews. While we have James McAvoy portraying young professor X, it’s going to be hard to picture anyone else but Hugh Jackman as Wolverine. However the character is larger than any one actor so I think we’ll see Wolverine again possibly after letting a X-film cruise without him for a movie or two (Next X-Men movie is rumored to be Dark Phoenix and/or taking the mutants on a cosmic adventure) .

As a salute to Jackman’s near-20 year portrayal of Wolverine I thought it’d be fun to highlight my favorite Wolverine moments from each film….including Origins:
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DIY Kegerator Build

DIY Kegerator Build: How To Easily Let the Beer Flow in the Comfort of Your Own Home

After homebrewing for roughly 4 years or so I have finally made the transition to kegging and this past weekend I hosted my first keg tapping ceremony with a kegerator that I recently built. You can easily buy one already assembled but doing this method I was able to get everything done for about $320 but with some discounts with loyalty programs and conveniently timed gift cards I was able to bring that cost down to around $270. Here’s how the progress went.
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The Best and Worst of 2016

20162016 might have been the worst year in quite some time.  It’s really hard to defend the year as being great when everyone can agree it was abnormally terrible.

In fact, I’m breaking a tradition with this recurring post and eliminating the “in-between” section from my annual list because very few things were redeeming enough to lift our spirits this year.

If there’s anything to end the year on a good note for me, it’s writing my annual Best & Worst look back at the year.  Keep in mind these are things that I thought were awesome (or bad) but feel free to weigh in on your personal best/worst of 2016 either on here or on the Facebook/Twitter talkback! Onto the list! (READ MORE)

One Week Later: A Review of Metallica’s Hardwired…To Self-Destruct

metallica_hardwired-_to_self-destruct_2016Last Friday Metallica released Hardwired… To Self-Destruct.  Now that a week has passed and the “newness” has worn off and I was able to listen to it a few times I feel now I can accurately review it.  I feel that since St. Anger, Metallica has made it a mission to return to form.  With Death Magnetic, they took a step in the right direction and while this album is a better return to form it does seem at times that this is Death Magnetic part 2. With a few interesting projects between Death Magnetic nearly 10 years ago such as the odd Lou Reed collaboration album LuLu and the concert film/ action film mashup of Through the Never.  It was pretty fun as a fan to see Metallica return with a new album. (READ MORE)

8 Monsters That I’d Like To See Updated In The Gritty New Power Rangers Movie

powerrangersGrowing up in the late 80s, and early 90s I was at the right age when Power Rangers first arrived on TV.  It was a great show and had a lot to offer: Fighting, monsters, robots, developing a crush on Amy Jo Johnson (100% why I watched the Disney Movie Suzy Q).

Now that the Power Rangers are returning in a gritty movie, we’ll be back to seeing Putty Patrol, Rita Repulsa and Goldar soon enough! To be fair the Power Rangers haven’t gone anywhere because they milked that cash cow for the better part of 2 decades but nothing came quite as iconic as the original run.

While the new movie will return to the fun days of the Dino-Zords and Zordon, it does look like it’s gone in the gritty direction.  The Rangers look quite Iron-Man-esque, Rita trades her silly hat for a more sultry look, and we’ve only heard whispers of Zordon or Alpha 5.  Since Pacific Rim released, many fans wanted to see a Power Rangers movie along the same tone and that appears to be the case with the new trailer. So come next year we’ll see what a more serious Power Ranger movie looks like this side of Ivan Ooze.

While details have been scarce about the movie, we still don’t know who or what the giant monster will be. There must be a giant monster to prompt the MegaZord to throw down so I thought it’d be fun to list a few monsters I’d like to see get updated and put on the big screen. (While I am a geek about things, I barely remember any of the monsters, let alone their names so Googling things like “Power Ranger Pig Monster” or “Power Ranger Fish Monster” became my “research” for this). Anyway here’s who I’d like to see them brawl against. (FULL STORY)

Before “Hold the Door”: 6 Other Times TV Made Us Cry

sad tvIf you caught this weekend’s episode of Game of Thrones, you may understand why some fans came to work on Monday really bummed out.  If you’re not caught up just stop reading now and come back later…this article will wait for you.

Sundays’ episode “Hold the Door” sent shockwaves so strong that you merely have to simply ask someone to “hold the door” to see if they are a Game of Thrones fan or not. If they comply, they are not but if they curl up into a ball and sob like a baby, you’ve got a heart-broken fan on your hands.

So given how depressing Sunday’s episode “Hold the Door “ turned out being for fans of Game of Thrones, I thought it’d be fun  and a good way to get over the grieving process to go through other times a TV show brought on the man tears….or at least brought one to the brink. Let’s bring on the sadness: (READ MORE)

5 Moments That Made Me Lose My @#%& During Civil War

civil warCaptain America: Civil War has been a box office juggernaut since releasing 3 weeks ago and now that I’ve seen it, it’s time to talk about it. The movie takes its name from a 2006 Marvel Comics event in which a team of superheroes destroys a small town. A superhero registration act immediately passes in congress requiring all super-powered individuals to come forward, publicly revealing their identities and register as a super-powered individual and work for the government. The movie follows it somewhat but instead following the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are made to be held accountable for their actions since most of their identities are already known. Like the comic, those in favor join Iron Man and those opposed joined Captain America. Some fighting happens naturally. This in a nutshell is how the 3rd Captain America film gets rolling (or Avengers 2.5 as it really felt like). I couldn’t recommend the movie enough as a fan and since I’m still in crazy fanboy mode I wanted to talk about the 5 moments that made me lose my shit while watching! Spoilers obviously follow so if you haven’t seen it just come back and read after. (FULL ARTICLE)