I'm surprised I've not seen this anywhere else on the board yet. But this is all that is being talked about up here in DC. Apparently Ray Rice and his fiancée had a physical altercation at a hotel in Atlantic City, and I guess ray got a dose of domestic-abuse-juice from the water up there in Jersey and proceeded to knock her out via a stiff uppercut in the elevator.
Naturally the only course of action after this episode was to drag her unconscious body around like the world's laziest attempt to get rid of a dead hooker.
Not sure if anyone else is using this, but I highly recommend this video streaming service called HitBliss.
It's free; what you do is "watch" ads to accrue dollars that you can spend to rent movies and TV shows. It's still in beta, but what's really exciting is they just launched and interface with Amazon. So you can spend your money from watching ads on new releases and current TV shows.
So far it's been the best service since I cancelled my cable as far as free entertainment solutions.
And by "watching" ads, they literally mean clicking a pop-up occasionally to confirm you are watching. I do this by having it running on mute on my tablet while I watch movies on my TV. I earn about $6 in 10 minutes, which is enough to pay for 2 movies on Amazon.
In the same vein as Mr. Scot's thread, what are some songs or bands you changed your opinion about on a second listen?
I recently went back to my CD collection, and started re-listening to the songs I liked as a teenager. Many, as you might suspect, were godawful tripe. But what was really amazed me, is how many I think actually had some merit.
The one that stands out the most in my mind was "My Chemical Romance." I liked them when I was in high school and college, but haven't listened to them in a while. I kind of shelved them for the last 8 years or so once they started getting lumped in with the Emo groups, and my detestation for all things emo led me to distance myself from them. But I listened to "The Black Parade" again, and it's actually pretty damned good! The songs each have complexity, and movements within each track. Tempos changes, good lyrics. The music had some real substance to it. So maybe 17-year-old me had a modicum of taste after all.
Other surprisingly decent notables from my collection were Hanson, Backstreet Boys, TLC and the Cranberries.
So I'm not sure how many of you use Meetup, but I had a quick question about potentially creating a Meetup Group. I already run one Meetup group, so I want to do a little market research before I pay for a second:
My idea is for a Meetup Group for Man Skills. A group with events that center around acquiring the skills that men are supposed to have, or to generally do manly things in a world dominated by office jobs and weekend trips to Ikea. Things like:
Seminar on basic car repairs. Also, jumper cables and putting on a donut.
How to mix a cocktail
Trip to a shooting range
How to clean a fish
Trip to a boot camp
MMA/Boxing class, or group fighting training
Chop down a tree
Negotiate a better price
Sew a button. Not traditionally masculine, but having to seek out a woman for every wobbly button is pretty embarrassing too.
Apply first aid, or generally be a badass during a crisis.
And then when there's nothing else planned, just meeting at a bar/bowling alley/golf course for some beer and man time.
I can tell you that personally, I'd love to do some of these things, and learn some of these skills hands on. If something like this was offered in your area, would you sign up? Would you pay a couple bucks a year to participate?