Sunday, July 24, 2016

TV Review

Stranger Things-

It’s the new Netflix original show that has been getting a ton of buzz. It’s like if a Stephen King story was directed by Steven Spielberg.

The plot is simple;

The story takes place in 1983, a middle school boy disappears. His friends, some teenagers and some adults all look for him.

There are elements of X files, Let The Right One In, It Follows, The Goonies, ET and Close Encounters all in this.

I really liked that the characters spoke to each other. Far too often plots in other movies and shows are moved forward on nothing more than when strange things happen to a character they don’t say anything about it to anyone else.

This was an easy show to completely get sucked into and binge watch. The series is only 8 episodes.

It has a good soundtrack, not only the time period songs but the score is somewhere between John Carpenter, It Follows and a Nicolas Winding Refn movie.

There are a lot of nods to many 80s movies and books, especially those of King and Spielberg.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Ruby the RabbitFoot - "Nicola La"

Layered summertime synth pop song.
Has a mesmerizing hook and a mesmerizing lo-fi video.

TV Show Review

Peaky Blinders-

It had been in my queue forever. Many friends told me how cool it was, but I still hadn't watched it. But my wife and I finally decided to start it. It's only 3 seasons thus far (only 6 episodes per season) so it wasn't too much to watch.

The look of the show, the acting, the casting, the music are all awesome.

There were times the plot (and accents) were hard to follow. At times the plans, double crosses, triple crosses were confusing, but overall it was extremely cool.

I liked the use of modern music over this period show.

If you like gangster movies and are in need of a series to watch, definitely check this out.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Reviews And The Weekend

Green Room-
I love the directors first movie Blue Ruin. It is tense as hell.

So I was excited that his next movie also involved punk rock. I was a little confused as to how the plot would play out from reading the synopsis.

I would say other than the basics of; Punk band plays a white power skinhead club, sees something they shouldn’t and is then not allowed to leave, don’t go into this knowing anything more.

Certainly not a movie for everyone, but I really liked it a lot.

The Cheap Trick, Joan Jett and Heart show last night was a lot of fun.

Shockingly Cheap Trick opened!

Maybe I’m biased but I certainly think they should be the closer.

They were amazing as always. Have a ton of energy for a bunch of old dudes.

Joan Jett sounded really good. But it was very obvious that her band doesn’t have the experience to work a stage that big at a venue like that. They should definitely play first.

I had never seen Heart before. They have several songs from the 70s that I think are awesome, but their 80s stuff was bad in the 80s and is worse now. The wilson sisters cane still play and sing great, but they should play second.

Buying Nancy’s new car (a Prius C) was a painless experience. A long experience, but painless. The salesman was nice. We got a good price. And Nancy is super thrilled with it.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Serious question

Are the lesbians at this concert to see Joan Jett or Heart?

Monday, July 11, 2016

Hey Instagram!

So yeah I made a new account. But what pisses me off is that I lost my preferred user name. It is my twitter handle, my email, my website. So to have it not be the same because my account was attempted to be hacked is really annoying. And I am not the only one this has happened to, below is exactly what happened to me:

When I tried to log in to Instagram, it said that it noticed unusual activity in my account and asked me to verify by email. When I received the verification email, I accidentally clicked the link to remove my email to my Instagram account, because I thought it's the link to verify account without copy & paste the security code manually. Now I still can't log in to my account. How can I link my email back to my account?

Why would Instagram send a code to fix it, and a link to ruin your account in one email?

More people who have had the problem here.

I have scoured through the instagram site, and it is no help and there is not a single way to contact any sort of customer service.

So I have sent them a message via twitter and facebook.

No response as of yet. But I will give them a day or so to respond before I really get on a soapbox to bitch about their lack of customer service.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Watching snoop dogg and Martha Stewart on $100,000 pyramid. Bizarre.

Lost My Instagram Account

Because of an an attempted hack and Instagram's nonexistent customer service, my account has changed. So if you were following me and still want to you’ll have to re-follow me @1313Rif

Very very annoying.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

KRISTIN KONTROL (aka Dee Dee from Dum Dum Girls) will be playing with Garbage at The Pageant on July 12

Check out her stuff below. Maybe come out to the show. I’ll be there.


Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Saturday, July 2, 2016

This morning

I was making coffee when I heard Max frantically barking. I assumed it was a neighborhood cat that likes to taunt him, so I ignored it. But he kept going.

I went into the living room and in a yard across the street was a deer!

Never seen one in my neighborhood before.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Malick Film

The score for this film is being provided by legendary composer Ennio Morricone & Hanan Townshend. Narrated by Brad Pitt.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Busy Day Off

I took the day off today. I accomplished a lot.
Took Jett to the Orthodontist.
Got my oil changed.
Took Jett to Grandmas.
Got a McGriddle.
Got my car washed.
Watched The Ultimate Fighter.
Went to Nordstrom, bought a new pair of shoes.
Went and saw Neon Demon. (review below)
Went grocery shopping.
Did some laundry.

So I like Nicolas Winding Refn movies.
This would make a good double feature with Black Swan. It was visually very interesting. It might be trying too hard. It might be a bit vague and shallow. But it does make you think about it long after it’s over. So I think that is successful. I don’t think you must see it on the big screen, but I do think it is worth seeing.

Friday, June 24, 2016


I saw this here and wanted to share:

Today in one of our classes I introduced the children to two apples (the children didn't know this, but before the class I had repeatedly dropped one of the apples on the floor, you couldn't tell, both apples looked perfect). We talked about the apples and the children described how both apples looked the same; both were red, were of similar size and looked juicy enough to eat.

I picked up the apple I'd dropped on the floor and started to tell the children how I disliked this apple, that I thought it was disgusting, it was a horrible colour and the stem was just too short. I told them that because I didn't like it, I didn't want them to like it either, so they should call it names too.

Some children looked at me like I was insane, but we passed the apple around the circle calling it names, 'you're a smelly apple', 'I don't even know why you exist', 'you've probably got worms inside you' etc.

We then passed another apple around and started to say kind words to it, 'You're a lovely apple', 'Your skin is beautiful', 'What a beautiful colour you are' etc. I then held up both apples, and again, we talked about the similarities and differences, there was no change, both apples still looked the same.

I then cut the apples open. The apple we'd been kind to was clear, fresh and juicy inside.

The apple we'd said unkind words to was bruised and all mushy inside.

I think there was a lightbulb moment for the children immediately. They really got it, what we saw inside that apple, the bruises, the mush and the broken bits is what is happening inside every one of us when someone mistreats us with their words or actions.

When people are bullied, especially children, they feel horrible inside and sometimes don't show or tell others how they are feeling. If we hadn't have cut that apple open, we would never have known how much pain we had caused it.

We can teach children that it's not ok to say unkind things to each other and discuss how it makes others feel. We can teach our children to stand up for each other and to stop any form of bullying.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Great summer for Jett

Movie Review

We Are Twisted F*cking Sister-

Nancy and I were searching for something to watch on Netflix and saw this documentary on the 80s hair band twisted Sister. We thought it would be an amusing tale of rise to Mtv fame and of the crazy rock & roll lifestyle.

It was nothing of what we expected.

I really don’t want to give any details about the story it tells. Because the surprise easily made it even more enjoyable for us.

Other than their music videos I really didn’t know a single thing about them going into this.

I would strongly suggest watching this. It was very interesting.

Thursday, June 16, 2016


When I got home the AC wasn't working. I called Holiday heating and cooling. They are awesome. Their tech walked me through a couple reset options.

Worked like a charm.

Saved me a service visit.

I highly recommend them.