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This is quite possibly the most ridiculously awesome proposal ever … at least, I wouldn’t mind if this is how mine went down.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Part II … or maybe just a Honda CR-V commercial.  Yep, it’s the latter.  In any event, all the homages filled throughout are very well done.  It’s not selling out if it’s done right - and this was done right!  Good work by all parties involved.

Last night I watched the 1997 movie Contact for the first time.  I was baffled; not by the film, but by the fact that it took me nearly 15 years to watch this.  I thought the story/plot was excellently thought out and made perfectly logical sense.  It was thoroughly entertaining and, moreover, I thought it realistically depicted events and the repercussions that could occur should we make contact with intelligent life somewhere out in the universe.

Next up for me?  Reading the book Contact written by Carl Sagan.

I’m not the biggest fan of “Doc” Mike Emrick’s play-by-play calling for NHL games.  I grew up watching the NHL on ESPN behind the play calling of Gary Thorne.  In my opinion, Gary’s greatest asset was his innate ability to generate excitement for each and every game he called.  

Sadly, when the TV contract between the NHL and ESPN expired, Gary Thorne remained with ESPN while the NHL moved on.  A new deal was hammered out between the league and OLN which became VS which then transformed into the NBC Sports Network; all the while its number one announcing crew helmed by Mike Emrick.

I respect Mike Emrick for all he has accomplished in his announcing career, but I simply cannot stand listening to him call games.  Worse yet, during the epitomic moment I wait for once a year in which only one NHL team is left standing to hoist the Stanley Cup, I slightly cringe because of Emrick’s underwhelming call.  Gary Thorne’s many Cup-deciding game calls were epic, while Emrick’s come across flat and unsatisfying.  Listening to any Mike Emrick-called hockey game is like having to sit through 3 hours of a boring history class you have to take in order to get the credits you need for graduation.

These are, of course, my opinions on the matter and I recognize there are a large amount of people (most probably located in New Jersey) who love the man’s ability to call hockey games - I am just not one of them.

So, I’ve come up with a way to make watching NHL games called by “Doc” a more enjoyable experience; the “Doc Emrick Drinking Game” depicted in the photo above.

Directions:

  • Take 1 shot every time “Doc” says one of the words (or its derivative) from the Common Words box during the broadcast;
  • Take 2 shots every time “Doc” says one of the phrases from the Common Phrases box during the broadcast; and/or
  • Take 3 shots every time “Doc” mentions one of the topics from the Common Topics box during the broadcast

I don’t recommend playing all three boxes at the same time during one game, lest you wish to succumb to alcohol poisoning (which you are also likely to do by playing one box during one game).  Use good judgement, be smart and enjoy the (drinking and hockey) game!

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As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am counting down my Top 12 Favorite webisodes of my web-series “the CUBICLE.”

Number 8 on the countdown is the eighth episode of the second season titled “The Intern.”

In this edition of “the CUBICLE,” Guy (the main character who remains silent and never speaks throughout the series’ run) must work with an eager-to-please intern he has been assigned to mentor.

FUN TIDBITS & PRODUCTION NOTES

  • As is the case in every episode of “the CUBICLE,” Guy wears at least one new tie in each episode.  In this webisode, Guy wears five ties (one for each day of the week).  The theme of the week’s ties is games as he shows off his Tetris, Pong, Tic-Tac-Toe, Doodle Jump and PacMan.
  • The memo Guy asks his intern to make 100 copies of on Tuesday is written by Guy himself.  It is titled “1001 Things to Do at Work Other Than Work.”  The short blurb reads:

“We all know that working hard at work can be difficult, which is why it is important to remember that at times (most of the time actually) it is better to hardly work at work than to work hard – ly.”

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As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am counting down my Top 12 Favorite webisodes of my web-series “the CUBICLE.”

Number 9 on the countdown is the sixth episode of the second season titled “The Voicemail Setup.”

In this edition of “the CUBICLE,” Guy (the main character who remains silent and never speaks throughout the series’ run) must setup his new voicemail after the company changes systems - for no reason whatsoever.

FUN TIDBITS & PRODUCTION NOTES

  • As is the case in every episode of “the CUBICLE,” Guy wears at least one new tie in each episode.  In this webisode, Guy wears a candy corn patterned tie.
  • When the voicemail system changes languages to Spanish, the Spanish recording of Walt Disney World’s metro-mover system plays.

Back in the day, and by “back in the day” I am referring to only two years ago, I created a web-series titled “the CUBICLE.”  As this was a solo project, I wrote, filmed, acted, composed and edited the webisodes all by myself.  The whole point of the project was to challenge myself and see whether or not I could pull something like that off - and I sorta did.  Sure, I had other goals and various things I wished turned out better, but in the end I’m proud of what came out of my hard work.

It’s been long enough now since I’ve viewed any of the episodes, I figured I would go back and revisit some of my favorites.  I created 28 webisodes over the span of 2 seasons; 12 in the first, 16 in the second.  

Over the next week (or however long it takes me to remember to add a post dedicated to this cause), I will countdown my top 12 personal favorite webisodes.  As I do, I will include little tidbits about the work I put into the webisode and other musings in relation (or not) to the particular showing.

Stay tuned for the first webisode of “the Cubicle” in my Top 12 Countdown …

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As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am counting down my Top 12 Favorite webisodes of my web-series “the CUBICLE.”

Coming in at number 11 is the seventh episode of season one titled “The Pop-ups.”

In this edition of “the CUBICLE,” Guy (the main character who remains silent and never speaks throughout the series’ run) battles a series of persistent and seemingly never-ending pop-up ads.

FUN TIDBITS & PRODUCTION NOTES

  • As is the case in every episode of “the CUBICLE,” Guy wears at least one new tie in each episode.  In this webisode, Guy wears a bandage patterned tie.
  • When Guy clears the pop-ups from his monitor, you can see an email in his inbox from himself with the subject line, “Hi Me!  A Friendly Reminder.”  The email says:

“Guy, remember to record that show tonight about the woman and the old man who are chasing after a bald eagle which stole their trumpet.”

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Congratulations to Sam Gagne of the Edmonton Oilers!  His 4 goals and 4 assists against the Blackhawks tied a franchise record for points in a game with 8; a record he now shares with Paul Coffey and the Great One, Wayne Gretzky.  Gagne, son of former Florida Panther Dave Gagne, is the first NHLer to register 8 points in a game since Mario Lemieux accomplished the feat in April 1989.  Great game, Sam!

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Ah, Miami, no other place like it.  This is so dead-on accurate, it’s scary.  If you’re considering moving to Miami, here’s a taste of what it’s like.

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Thought I’d test out the video posting process on tumblr by showing a past webisode from my webseries the CUBICLE titled “The Fitness Craze.”

Synopsis: Guy becomes inspired to get into shape.

I recently stumbled upon a bit of information that film studio The Asylum (responsible for some awesomely bad movies) distributed a film titled Titanic 2.  This was a direct-to-DVD film released in 2010 - but still, how in the heck did I not hear of this absurdity?  Amazing.  

Here is the plot synopsis for this, what I’m sure is, wretchedly-so-bad-it-has-to-be-good movie:

On the 100th anniversary of the original voyage, a modern luxury liner christened “Titanic 2,” follows the path of its namesake. But when a tsunami hurls an ice berg into the new ship’s path, the passengers and crew must fight to avoid a similar fate.

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Benny, my birthday present, & his strange sounds.

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Randomly re-stumbled upon this video and it’s still my all-time favorite advertisement EVER.

Another day where creativity seems to be lacking just as much as entries are lacking in my blog.  Thus another nonsensical haiku, this time about coffee …

Empty once again

I’ve refilled you three times now

Still need more caffeine

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As I mentioned in my earlier post, I am counting down my Top 12 Favorite webisodes of my web-series “the CUBICLE.”

At number 10 is the penultimate episode (that means second to last :-p) of season one titled “The Children.”

In this edition of “the CUBICLE,” Guy (the main character who remains silent and never speaks throughout the series’ run) battles the awful “holiday” of Take Your Child to Work Day.

FUN TIDBITS & PRODUCTION NOTES

  • As is the case in every episode of “the CUBICLE,” Guy wears at least one new tie in each episode.  In this webisode, Guy wears a screaming children patterned tie.
  • A few continuity errors of note; The first is when Guy leaves his cubicle to refill his cup of coffee, the second is when he goes to the restroom and the third is when he sets the conference room treat trap for the children.  In each instance, Guy has toilet paper clogging his ears in the cubicle, but does not outside of it.