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Mostly Christmas Movies

06 December 2014 by prick

There are many top 10 lists of Christmas movies, but this one is mine. Rather than limiting the list to Christmas-based movies, mine includes those that are set around Christmas, as well.

10. Go
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9. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
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8. The Nightmare Before Christmas
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7. The Santa Clause
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6. Lethal Weapon
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5. Home Alone
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4. Gremlins
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3. The Ref
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2. Die Hard
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1. Scrooged
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X-Mas TV Time is Here!

06 December 2014 by prick

Because I find myself looking this up every year, here is my list of X-Mas episodes I will be watching this December! I may come back and rate them with a top 10, along with my top 10 X-Mas movies.

ANIMATED

American Dad!
Season 3, Episode 9: “The Best Christmas Story Never Told” (December 18, 2006)
Season 4, Episode 8: “The Most Adequate Christmas Ever” (December 18, 2007)
Season 6, Episode 9: “Rapture’s Delight” (December 13, 2009)
Season 7, Episode 8: “For Whom the Sleigh Bell Tolls” (December 12, 2010)
Season 8, Episode 7: “Season’s Beatings” (December 11, 2011)
Season 10, Episode 8: “Minstrel Krampus” (December 15, 2013)
Season 12, Episode 6: “Dreaming of a White Porsche Christmas” (December 1, 2014)

The Cleveland Show
Season 1, Episode 9: “A Cleveland Brown Christmas” (December 13, 2009)
Season 2, Episode 8: “Murray Christmas” (December 5, 2010)
Season 3, Episode 7: “Die Semi-Hard” (December 11, 2011)
Season 4, Episode 6: “‘Tis the Cleveland to be Sorry” (December 16, 2012)

Family Guy
Season 3, Episode 16: “A Very Special Family Guy Freakin’ Christmas” (December 21, 2001)
Season 9, Episodes 8 & 9: “Road to the North Pole” (Decenber 12, 2010)
Season 11, Episode 8: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!” (December 16, 2012)
Season 12, Episode 8: “Christmas Guy” (December 15, 2013)
Season 13, Episode 6: “The 2000-Year-Old Virgin” (December 7, 2014)

Futurama
Season 2, Episode 8: “Xmas Story” (December 19, 1999)
Season 4, Episode 2: “A Tale of Two Santas” (December 24, 2001)
Season 6, Episode 13: “The Futurama Holiday Spectacular” (November 21, 2010)

King of the Hill
Season 2, Episode 11: “The Unbearable Blindness of Laying” (December 21, 1997)
Season 3, Episode 9: “Pretty, Pretty Dresses” (December 15, 1998)
Season 4, Episode 10: “Hillennium” (December 19, 1999)
Season 5, Episode 8: “‘Twas the Nut Before Christmas” (December 17, 2000)
Season 6. Episode 4: “The Father, the Son, and J.C.” (December 16, 2001)
Season 8, Episode 7: “Livin’ on Reds, Vitamin C and Propane” (December 14, 2003)
Season 9, Episode 2: “Ms. Wakefield” (December 19, 2004)

The Simpsons
The Tracey Ullman Show short: Simpson Christmas (December 18, 1988)
Season 1, Episode 1: “Simpsons Roasting on an Open Fire” (December 17, 1989)
Season 7, Episode 11: “Marge Be Not Proud” (December 17, 1995)
Season 9, Episode 10: “Miracle on Evergreen Terrace” (December 21, 1997)
Season 11, Episode 9: “Grift of the Magi” (December 19, 1999)
Season 12, Episode 8: “Skinner’s Sense of Snow” (December 17, 2000)
Season 13, Episode 6: “She of Little Faith” (December 16, 2001)
Season 15, Episode 7: “‘Tis the Fifteenth Season” (December 14, 2003)
Season 17, Episode 9: “Simpsons Christmas Stories” (December 18, 2005)
Season 18, Episode 9: “Kill Gil, Volumes I & II” (December 17, 2006)
Season 22, Episode 8: “The Fight Before Christmas” (December 5, 2010)
Season 23, Episode 9: “Holidays of Future Passed” (December 11, 2011)
Season 25, Episode 8: “White Christmas Blues” (December 15, 2013)
Season 26, Episode 9: “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” (December 7, 2014)

South Park
Season 1, Episode 9: “Mr. Hankey, the Christmas Poo” (December 17, 1997)
Season 2, Episode 16: “Merry Christmas, Charlie Manson!” (December 9, 1998)
Season 3, Episode 15: “Mr. Hankey’s Christmas Classics” (December 1, 1999)
Season 4, Episode 20: “A Very Crappy Christmas” (December 20, 2000)
Season 6, Episode 17: “Red Sleigh Down” (December 11, 2002)
Season 7, Episode 15: “It’s Christmas in Canada” (December 17, 2003)
Season 8, Episode 14: “Woodland Critter Christmas” (December 15, 2004)
Season 17, Episode 9: “Titties and Dragons” (December 11, 2013)

Invader Zim
The Most Horrible X-Mas Ever (2002)

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Community
Season 1, Episode 12: “Comparative Religion” (December 10, 2009)
Season 2, Episode 11: “Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas” (December 9, 2010)
Season 3, Episode 10: “Regional Holiday Music” (December 8, 2011)
Season 4, Episode 10: “Intro to Knots” (April 18, 2013)

Married… with Children
Season 2, Episode 13: “You Better Watch Out” (December 20, 1987)
Season 4, Episodes 11 & 12: It’s a Bundyful Life (December 17, 1989)
Season 7, Episode 12: “Christmas” (December 20, 1992)
Season 8, Episode 13: “The Worst Noel” (December 19, 1993)
Season 10, Episode 13: “I Can’t Believe It’s Butter” (December 17, 1995)
Season 11, Episode 8: “God Help Ye Merry Bundymen (December 22, 1996)

Roseanne
Season 4, Episode 12: “Santa Claus” (December 24, 1991)
Season 5, Episode 12: “It’s No Place Like Home for the Holidays” (December 15, 1992)
Season 6, Episode 12: “White Trash Christmas” (December 14, 1993)
Season 7, Episode 12: “The Parenting Trap” (December 14, 1994)
Season 9, Episode 12: “Home for the Holidays” (December 17, 1996)

That ’70s Show
Season 1, Episode 12: “The Best Christmas Ever (December 13, 1998)
Season 3, Episode 9: “Hyde’s Christmas Rager” (December 19, 2000)
Season 4, Episode 12: “An Eric Forman Christmas” (December 18, 2001)
Season 6, Episode 7: “Christmas” (December 17, 2003)
Season 7, Episode 11: “Winter” (December 15, 2004)

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Briandead

08 December 2013 by prick

So, Brian isn’t dead after all. In case you missed it, Family Guy had a plan all along and the internet fell for it.

While watching “Life of Brian” a few weeks ago, I was not moved by the death scene. Maybe it was the whole time machine plot point that caused me not to be affected by the scene, as I thought Stewie would just rebuild the time machine and bring Brian back.

Well, I wasn’t too far off, it seems. Though, it looks like Stewie will be using the magical power of Santa to bring back his best friend!

Something to keep in mind with these shows is that they are written and created months in advance. Which means the internet outrage that was sparked by the death of Brian must have caused the Family Guy writers to sit back in their expensive lounge chairs, light up a doobie and laugh.

I found the whole online petition to bring back Brian laughable myself. If you actually signed the petition, you should probably go outside and play in traffic. Seriously. You signed a petition (online, so it’s meaningless anyway) to resurrect a FICTIONAL CHARACTER that you did nothing to help create or develop. Think about that and take a moment to reflect on your priorities in life.

Please be sad that Brian is dead(ish). That’s great! Someone else’s art made you feel that way. It probably reminded you of your dead dog, or something else you have lost. Isn’t that amazing? That someone else’s art can have that powerful an effect on you? Yeah, well… remember the important part is that it’s SOMEONE ELSE’S.

And ultimately, what did all that complaining and petitioning do? Nothing, because they were going to bring Brian back anyway. But, I for one have enjoyed the break.

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Brian the Dog

26 November 2013 by prick

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Seth McFarlane killed his dog. Well really, he killed our dog, as Brian had become the epitome of the anthropomorphized canine we’ve always wanted. While this plot-twist in the Family Guy universe is sad for anyone who agrees that Brian was the truest character on the show, it’s also about time.

The problem with Brian on the show is that he is essentially just Seth in dog form. Seth didn’t choose a different voice for this character, so it allowed him to make Brian the singer and the performer. But, when you’re over-exposed to Seth’s voice on TV and movies that aren’t Family Guy, it gets a little tiring. TED was a great example of this, as Seth just used a thicker accent than normal, but was essentially re-creating Brian for the big screen. TED was a drunk, womanizing, anthropomorphized teddy bear. Not a huge leap from Brian in the end.

Through your tears, and beating your fists against the TV, remember that Brian was a dog. Dogs live about 10 years, on average, and Brian lasted 11. We will miss him dearly, but knowing what we know about animated shows, this likely isn’t the last we’ve seen of our animated best friend.

Vinne may be annoying, but is his accent really any worse than Lois’s?

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Droid X! Or, why I don’t have an iPhone

15 July 2010 by prick

It’s Droid X Day!! I was so excited that I drove down to my local Verizon Wireless store this morning to join the crowds and get my early upgrade. When I arrived, a customer service agent let me know that since my free upgrade wasn’t until Jan 2011, I wasn’t going to be eligible for an upgrade! Oh no!

Dejected, I headed outside and called 611 on my cell. I was connected to a Verizon agent, working on his day off, who let me know that I DID qualify for a rebate-based early-upgrade discount! That’s all I really wanted, anyway, so I was elated! He said I could order it from him, so I asked if the same deal would be available in-store (since I am impatient and didn’t want to wait for shipping). He said yes, but that he would just waive the shipping and deliver overnight if I bought from him right then. To which I replied, “yes, please!”

At this point, I was already a happy customer. Then, he waived my early upgrade fee, too! Now I was really happy, but a little worried because I didn’t really want to pay the whole cost today. Tomorrow, yes. When it came time for the payment, he said I could pay now, or defer it to my monthly bill! Meaning I didn’t have to drop a dime today to get my new Droid X shipped overnight!

When I am asked why I don’t have an iPhone, my answer is Verizon. Not only do they provide me with coverage in my apartment (something AT&T cannot do), they just seem to give a crap about whether I am a happy customer. That’s something I NEVER experienced with Cingular/AT&T. So, while I enjoy using my iPod Touch and can see why people like iPhones so much, I can’t get behind Apple with their decision to limit themselves to AT&T.

DROID!

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good to be a cop these days…

06 August 2009 by prick

It must be good to be a police officer these days, compared to when cops — oh, i dunno — actually had to do police work? These days, cops can complete an entire day of work by parking in one spot and waiting for people to break the law around them! So much easier than actually having to seek out offenders. I’m really happy that cops have it so easy now, because I would hate to think they were exerting themselves too much for their job. I mean, they might hurt themselves and then who will protect the streets from people who exceed the posted speed limit for 2 seconds? Those safe drivers that are attempting to get away from slow, possibly more dangerous drivers — they’re a real menace.

Keep up the great work! Oh… and I’ll see you in court, you lazy speedtrap-setting cocksucker.

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futurama needs you!

13 February 2009 by prick

In case you’ve been under a rock, Futurama has been back in action for over a year — in the form of 4 direct-to-DVD movies!!

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The only way Comedy Central will give them the chance to make regular seasons for TV again is if the DVD sales for the movies do well. So, it’s time to help bring back a show that should never have been canceled! Buy the DVDs!

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hitch a ride on the burning man

15 August 2008 by prick

I just love you to death
So you promised for life
Just hope my intentions hold sway
From this place that I stand
Im afraid of such plans
Things never turn out my way
Its this duality
Thought to reality
Some bug will get in the way
Some days it feels
That I will never find land
Just spin around on the wheel
Wave hello
Shame we wont stay
Wave hello
Shame we wont stay
Weve been here before
And well meet here again
When we go through the end of the line
So love me to death
Stand by you in life
A love that’s tested in time
Welcome aboard the burning man
Hitch a ride on the burning man
Shame we wont stay

– Tim Booth, “Wave Hello”

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chicken-ass ticket

25 June 2008 by prick

I got to my truck in the MTA parking lot this morning only to find a bright green envelope on my windshield. Much to my surprise, I had received a ticket! See my appeal letter below. Assholes.

Date Issued: 06/25/2008
Violation Reason: MTA LOT FOR MTA RIDERS ONLY
Amount of Penalty: $47.00

Reason For Appeal:

Simply put, I am a MTA Rider! I have been parking my truck in the Sierra Madre Villa Station parking structure for over 6 months. I work the Midnight shift in Downtown Los Angeles and I purchase a $62 monthly pass every single month. Not only that, but I always park my truck in the exact same spot every single night.

I am quite shocked at receiving this ticket, as I am certainly not the only MTA rider who parks overnight in this particular lot. I would understand if I had parked in the lot and then went somewhere other than directly to the train platform. However, that is not the case. I arrive at the lot at approximately 10:35pm every weeknight and board the 10:50pm train to Union Station. Then, I get back to the lot at approximately 9:00am the following morning. I have done this for months now and not received any tickets in that time. Additionally, this ticket was issued at 1:06am, which makes me wonder what criteria is used to make the judgment that a car parked in this lot does not belong to a MTA rider.

Is there a problem with overnight parking in this lot? If so, that should be made abundantly clear. If that is the case, I will certainly cease riding the train altogether, as this is really the only benefit for me. This will cause me to drive to Downtown LA every night, which will be significantly more expensive for me considering my employer pays for my train pass, but not my gas.

Can I get a placard of some kind from Union Station that will allow me to park in this lot overnight without fear of receiving another ticket? What if I should park a different car in the lot overnight, will I risk another ticket due to an officer blindly deciding that I am not a MTA rider?

I not only feel that this ticket is unwarranted, but that it also seems to expose a flaw in your citation system. An officer should only cite vehicles of those people who specifically park there for other reasons that riding the train.

On top of all this, I must point out that in recent months I have witnessed the evidence of at least 5 cars being broken-in-to in this lot, in the form of safety glass next to parking spots. Shouldn’t these officers be spending more time patrolling for vandals and thieves, rather than citing vehicles that are justifiably parked in this lot?

Thank you for your consideration,
MTA Rider

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