Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Let Me Fix…

Good Morning folks!  I’d like to fix heath care.  Mind if I take a stab at it?  Sure?  Cool!

So clearly the most contentious subject of public debate right now are the current proposed changes to our nation’s health care system.   I’ll admit, that I have not bothered to research the proposals that ether the Democrats or Republicans are offering up for us.  I don’t have an opinion on those plans.  I don’t want to have one.  Whatever ether side is proposing, I am sure that they are going about things all wrong.   Allow me to present the Mark Beers Health Care Plan.   I am not saying that what I propose is actually the best solution, but it sure as hell makes sense to me.  I’m not an economist, so my logic may be off line, and if it is I’d love to hear your feed back as to where my reasoning is flawed.

The Mark Beers Heath Care Plan

I think that there are very few  individuals out there who would say, that our current system of health care does not have gross deficiencies.  A good portion of our population repeatedly find themselves in situations where they are unable to gain access to the medical care that might be able to improve the quality of their lives at a cost that will not cause them tremendous financial hardships.  This is a problem, that as a nation should concern us.   I think the error that seams to be cropping up in the logic of the current political debate centers around the argument of what aspect of heath care should be a right extended to all American citizens.   I think the right that our politicians should be arguing about is not to ensure that all Americans have the right to heath care, but instead that all Americans should have the right to have access to heath care.   This I feel is one of the most important distinctions of this debate.   Allow me to explain.

Ensuring that all American’s have access to affordable health care should be what our elected leaders are striving for.   Here, is how I think it should be done.   Under our present health care system you basically have two options by which one can obtain heath insurance.  You can be fortunate enough to have employment that provides you with access to insurance as a benefit of your employment, or you can seek insurance coverage on your own through an existing insurance provider privately.  Ultimately of those two options, the first option is the most appealing in terms of personal cost due to the nature of the distributed cost of your plan through your employer.  As far as I understand, due to my employer’s participation in a group plan through a heath insurance provider, my monthly premium for coverage is set at a manageable rate due to the existence of the other members of my plan who all collectively contribute to the over all cost of our health insurance plan.   With this model in mind, it would seam to me that a system is currently in place that can help to resolve our current dilemma of accessible health care for all Americans.   The system that I speak of is the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program.  (This is a good article about the FEHBP.) The FEHBP is the medical insurance plan that currently is responsible for providing the health care to most federal employees, including members of Congress, The President and postal workers to name a few.   By all accounts, this is an insurance plan that delivers excellent benefits to the federal employees enrolled in it.   My question, is why is it not possible to extend the opportunity to participate in this program to any and all Americans willing to enroll in it? 

Extending enrollment opportunities to any interested Americans to me feels like an excellent solution to the desire to ensure that heath care can be accessible to any party that would want it.   To put it plainly, I think that if our nation wants to solve it’s healthcare problem it should go into the health insurance business.   Now follow my logic here.  If the health insurance I currently receive from my employer costs what it does, because the cost of my plan is distributed across the membership base of our group plan it stands to reason, that were you to expand the scope of your membership base the costs of that distributed insurance would go down.  Now, lets take that model and expand upon it on a national level.  So when considering the cost of medical insurance we are dividing the insurance plan costs across numbers in magnitude relating to the population of the entire United States that have also enrolled in the plan.  Working at that scale would at least feel to me to point toward a premium rate that should be manageable for a great deal of Americans.   Is my logic flawed here?

One of the strongest arguments that I hear from conservative individuals when relating to health care is that they express the fear that we will be providing benefits and spending tax payer money to insure “undesirable” elements of our society.   I think that both sides of the debate need to relinquish this argument.   I feel that universal enrollment eligibility would go a long way toward resolving this concern.   Remember, the goal here should not be to give everyone health care.  It should be to make it accessible to as many citizens as possible.    If you want to have health insurance under this plan.  You are going to be paying for it.   Will that lead to portions of the population being uninsured?  Yes, sadly it will.   However, remember the goal is to provide access to as wide a segment of the population as possible.   If you make enrollment to this plan universal, but not compulsory you resolve much of this argument.  If you do not have insurance but want it here is your way to get it.  Do you like your employer provided or private insurance plan fine?  You are under no pressure to change what you currently have, unless you feel it may be more advantageous for you and your family to do so.

Realizing that the Health Insurance Industry is in fact an industry is important here.   No one will deny that medical care is expensive.   However, in spite of this fact insurance companies seam to do alright in terms of revenue.   What is wrong with the government starting their own insurance company and providing the existing insurance structure with some real competition.  Last I checked, we were a free market economy and by that extension subject to laws of supply and demand.  I can’t help but assume that part of the reason that insurance companies are able to charge the rates that they do is because they have little competition or incentive to make their rates competitive.   A national health insurance policy certainly feels like a good way to inspire some competition in the industry which can only serve to benefit the consumer, as now the existing providers must weigh their practices and procedures against their largest competition.  If they are unable to do so they would risk the defection of their current client base to other providers or  The Nation Insurance Plan.

If there is a huge concern and road block that I foresee with the idea of extending a National Plan out of the FEHBP it would be in the need to expand the beurocracy needed to administer such a plan.   That would take a considerable investment to meet the start up costs of that project.  However, it may not be as bad as one might fear.  Since the EFHBP currently administers benefits across the country already, the frame work to expand upon would already be in place.  It would of course need to be expanded to meet the increased needs of the larger user base.   You would need more workers to do the administrative work.   Last time I checked, we were looking for ways to make jobs in this country anyway. 

So these are my thoughts on health care.  What do you think?  Am I way off base here?  I seriously wrote this because it makes sense to me, and I wanted to put it out there for discussion.   I welcome your response.  Maybe I’ll start a series of articles about how I would fix things.  What would you want me to fix next?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Greatest Band There Never Was

On Episode 14 of our podcast my co-host Jessie and I talked about some of our favourite works of animation.  I of course took the opportunity to sing the praises of what is not only one of my favourite animated series of all time, but also perhaps one of my favourite musical groups as well.  The show is called "Beck:Mongolian Chop Squad".  It is a tale of 5 Japanese high school students who set out to create the world's greatest band and just might do it.  Don't believe me?  Just give a listen to some of their songs which I will post for you below.


Spice of Life

I've Got A Feeling - A Beatles cover.  Better then the original in my opinion.  One of my favourite rainy day songs.


Moon On The Water - Not a BECK song, but a song from the series.  I think this song is gorgeous.

Hit in the USA - Not technically a BECK song.  This is the theme song to the series and is performed by a group called the Beat Crusaders.  I think this song should be the theme song for every television show ever.  Period.


I hope that you've enjoyed these tracks.  The anime series they are taken from is well worth your time.  A word of caution though.  As is often the case with anime the original Japanese voice cast is superior to the cast of the English dub version.  I would highly recommend viewing the Japanese version with English subtitles. Not only are the performers better in the Japanese version, but a considerable amount of the plot revolves around the English vs. Japanese language barrier and is lost in the English dub.  Plus for legal reasons you don't get to enjoy the awesome climactic cover of The Beatles "I've Got a Feeling."

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Best Band that Never Was

On our most recent episode of Across the Nerdaverse (Episode 14 available soon) my co-host Jessie and I took the time to discuss some of our most favourite pieces of animation.  I of course couldn’t let the chance slip by to discuss my all time favourite anime series “BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad”.   This series follows the exploits of 5 Japanese high school who set out to create the world’s greatest band and just might accomplish that goal.  As promised during our discussion I’m going to put down some of the high lights of the band’s music from the show here.  Any show that deals with the subject matter of an up and coming band would not be nearly as effective if the music they put out wasn’t up to snuff, and BECK certainly does not disappoint in this department.   The music in this series is so good that I count BECK (or the Mongolian Chop Squad as they are called in the States in the series do to the existence of a certain skinny scientologist.) as one of my all time favourite bands.  Which is odd, because I still can’t decide if the band actually exists.  However, don’t take my word for it.  Listen below and let your ears decide for you.

BRAINSTORM – This song rules.  Here the band channels Rage Against the Machine to amazing results.


FACE – A slower song featuring vocals by the show’s protagonist Koyuki

I’VE GOT A FEELING – A cover of a Beatles tune.  I actually think this is the definitive version of the song, and one of my favourite songs ever.

MOON ON THE WATER – Not a BECK song, but another song from the series.  I think this song is gorgeous.

HIT IN THE USA – Also not a BECK song.  This is the theme song for the series and performed by a band called “The Beat Crusaders”.  I personally feel this song should be the theme song to every show.  EVER.

So that is a brief sampling of some of the excellent music contained in this series.  I hope you enjoyed it.  The entire series is available for purchase on DVD’s that feature both the original Japanese voice cast with English subtitles as well as a redubbed English version.   If you have the means I would highly recommend watching the series with the original Japanese voice cast, as they are by far more talented singers and perform the songs better.  Plus, a good portion of the plot of the series revolves around the language barrier between Japanese and English speaking characters.  A tone that sadly gets lost in the dub version.  Plus in the English dub version for legal reasons you are cheated out of the amazing climactic cover of the Beatles “I’ve Got a Feeling.”  Enjoy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

Episode 14 Teaser!

Last night Jessie and I sat down and recorded Episode 14.  We were both very excited to welcome David Leung of Twisted Pixel Games to the show.  Dave joined us to give us some insight into his creative process as Art Director behind games such as The MAW, ‘Splosion Man. He also gave us a little tease of Twisted Pixel’s newest project Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley.  Check out some of the videos below to get a sample of the fine work being turned out by Dave and the crew at Twisted Pixel!   Episode 14’s release will be announced via our Facebook Group as soon as it is ready!  Click here to join the Facebook Group and receive updates on new episodes as they are made available!

The Maw


‘Splosion Man


Comic Jumper: The Adventures of Captain Smiley

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

More Robots

I found some more robots.

-- Posted from my iPhone

Saturday, September 5, 2009

Robots invade Chicago

Over the last few weeks I have noticed these small robot creatures all over Chicago. Anyone know what they're for?

-- Posted from my iPhone

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Should We Be Worried?

I've had this picture as my PC desktop for a few weeks now, and more then one person has commented that the picture is a tad bit off.  Superman has a very worried look on his face.  I suppose if Supes is worried that is a sign that the shit is about to go down.


Sunday, June 21, 2009

iPhone 3gs

-- Post From My iPhone

Well as you can see above this post is being written from my new iPhone. Today has been the first full day with my new toy. So far, I must admit that I am taken aback by how much I am enjoying the experience thus far. If I would have a gripe right now it would ne that the battery life is a bit shorter then what I am used to. However, I have been playing alot with my new toy alot. Being my first smart phone experience I have to say that it is everything that I had hoped that it would be. The iPhone 3gs is a pleasure to use. I love the fact that thanks to the Buster app I know that in 6 minutes my bus will be here. If you've ever had to rely on the cta to get around as I do you know what a luxury that is.

One unfortunate side effect that I have noticed is what a powerful drug having the Internet inyour pocket can be. I find that there is a sizeable portion of my social circle that I only interact with because of the Internet. Be it folks on facebook or from the TF2F community. Such a weird feeling. I like knowingnthat I hAve my email in my pocket.

Oh.....one other thing.y Tonight I was forced to uninstall the Shazam app. Shazam is an app that is supposed to be able to identify songs that you play into the mike. I thought that it would be a fun way to compile a play list for my evening out to the bars with my friends. I was very sad to watch this application fail time after time to identify the song playing and I was allways in very close proximity to a speaker or some times even singing the lyrics into the mic. The straw that broke the cammel's back however was it's failure to recognize "just a friend" by The Biz Markie. Any app that doesn't know that tune has no place on my phone.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Monday, June 15, 2009

Dear Valve…Love Chro.

Demo Man

A friend from TF2F.com (and guest host on episode 10 of Across the Nerd-a-Verse) and one of the best Demo men I’ve played with has decided to go all Martin Luther on Valve Software and nail his “95 Thesis” to the door of the Church of the Internet.  Follow the link to read his 18 pages advice to Valve as to how they can improve my favourite FPS game.  Read this and YOU TOO CAN BE PRO LIKE CHRO!  It is actually a pretty good and thoughtful analysis of the game.

Mark H. Beers, 54, Expert on Drugs Given to Elderly, Dies



I honestly wish I could have known him.

Is this some karmic g love thang happening?

Love this song.  Never seen the video before.  Video = LAME!  Song = WIN!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Long Walks and Sci-Fi Movies…

This song makes me thing of the very special lady in my life.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

I’m your DJ now Princey…

I won’t lie.  I’m stealing this bit from my good buddy GA’s Finest over at TF2F.   I’ve felt the need to start putting more stuff up to the olde blog recently, so I am going to start putting up a song a day.  That’s right folks… I’M YOUR DJ NOW!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Wow...these are some amazing game trailers!

A big thanks to B.A. Start for showing me the "Beatles Rock Band" video.  (Check out his blog for his annotated version of the trailer.)   This game without a doubt shall be HUGE.  Not owning a next gen system, or feeling particularly drawn to the fake instrument genre of video games I can't say that I'll make the purchase, but this cinematic is really awesome.  Give it a watch and then pop over to B.A. Start and see how many of the references you picked up on.

Obviously, with E3 just ending we are awash with great game trailers and you HAVE to check out this one.  Especially if you love Star Wars.  It is a trailer for the new MMO being developed by Bioware called "Old Republic."  While it certainly doesn't give us any indication as to what the actually game play is going to look like, it is a very impressive piece of CGI.   Give a Watch:

Damn is all I have to say.  I want these guys to make the next animated Star Wars movie.   If you're not aware of this game, it is an up coming MMO.  I haven't decided yet how interested I am in the game but Bioware is known for producing interesting titles so I am anxious to see what they offer us here.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Oh the things in my head…

Hello everyone!  I know it has been awhile.  Hope you don’t mind that instead of just posting a random video clip today I actually write some words instead.  Now, I know what you’re thinking.  “Mark’s actually writing . Should I be afraid?”  Fear not kind readers, I would say that you have little to fear from this blog post.  Now, that being said I’ve got a few topics I wanted to toss out and give my two cents on today.

On Star Trek

So this past Friday I had the pleasure of watching the new Star Trek film.  It is really good and I enjoyed the movie greatly.  I even brought Finch along with me for her virgin Star Trek experience and she enjoyed the movie as well.  (Shhh…don’t tell but we might have made a new Trekkie on Friday night.)  I’m not going to go into too much detail here about my reactions to the movie, as we’ve devoted a good portion of our next podcast episode to discussing the film.  (Remember I co-host a podcast called “Across the Nerdaverse”)  One thing that I did want to discus was some of the new cast choices for the film.  In our discussion of the film the general consensus was that the new cast filled the roles admirably.   Providing the audience with characters that simultaneously felt fresh in their new time line, but also hit upon the individual character notes that have keep audiences entranced by these personas  since the 60’s.   It was however agreed amoung our panel that of all the characters in the new film, the recasting of Sulu with John Cho (Perhaps best known as Harold of the “Harold and Kumar” series.) was the weakest.

john-cho2 First thing I do want to clarify is that I actually didn’t have much of an issue with Cho’s performance, and I do generally enjoy him as a performer.   Also, it should certainly be noted, that the part Sulu had to play in this film was for the most part limited to one major action scene where John carried himself admirably.   However, of all the recasts, Cho seamed to be farthest afield in capturing that  quintessential element of the character.   Mr. Sulu as originally portrayed by George Takei was one of the smoothest dudes in space.  A quality that was ether missing from Cho’s performance or not truly allowed to germinate due to the constraints of the script.  

sulu So after our Star Trek debate I got to thinking about who might have been a better choice to sit in the Helm’s Men seat in the place of John Cho.   I wont lie.  There is a fiendish part of my brain that is really obsessed with acts of meta-casting and this part of my brain really really wants me to type the name Masi Oka as my choice.  

MasiOka_Phill_12285709_400 I must admit that while the allure of stunt casting Masi Oka (a actor who portrays the son of George Takei’s character on “Heroes”) in the part that made George Takei famous makes my nerd heart flutter a bit, sadly I think Masi would actually be a worse choice for the part.   As it is far harder to conceive his baby face at the helm of the Enterprise then Cho’s.     However, I can not resist the temptation to play with meta-casting a bit when I make my selection for the man I think would have best portrayed Sulu in the big screen reboot.   Hiro, (the character played by Masi Oka on “Heroes”) would be very disappointed to know that the person I would put into the driver’s chair of the Enterprise plays his side kick Ando on “Heroes”.   Ladies and mentlegen… my Sulu… kysonlee James Kyson Lee

How I Met Your Mother


Why is Sarah Chalke back on my show?  Don’t get me wrong, I have a soft spot in my heart for her as an actress, but why, why why is she back on “How I Met Your Mother”?  She’s not going to be the mother.  I swear she won’t, and I will print out and eat this post if I am wrong about this.   I still firmly believe that we’ve yet to meet the mysterious “Mother” that we’ve been waiting for 4 seasons.  

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Lawn of the Dead


If you buy one game in the next few weeks make it Pop Cap’s “Plants vs. Zombies”.  This game is wonderfully addictive, and super fun.     In the game, the expanse of your house’s front lawn is all that stands between you and an army of the undead.   As the undead swarm shamble across your lawn it is up to you to defend your home by constructing defenses out of a variety of plants.  

“Plants vs. Zombies” is an interesting game for me, because I feel like it fills a game niche that I’ve been searching for for quite sometime.   PvZ combines elements from tower defense games with a little bit of basic RTS type resource management.   Where the game really shines though is that it requires very little micromanagement on the player’s part once you have put your plants into action.  Allowing the player to focus on what has always been my favourite aspect of the RTS genre resource management and unit building.   This game would be very hard to deny.  Especially since it is priced at very affordable $20.   (It may even be cheaper through Steam.)    If you are a fan of zombies, I think you will find this light hearted little game a pleasure.   It is full of laugh out loud moments, and has such a charming visual appearance to it.  Buy it now.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

A Very Interesting Article

I don't know who John Feehery is, but he seams to be a pretty smart guy.   Thank you to my friend Nadia for pointing out this article to me via Facebook.  It is actually a rather insightful article about how the republicans should be approaching their dealings with the Obama administration.  Check it out.

Commentary: Liking Obama, opposing his White House.


Goose.  This article is for you my friend.

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cyrus 1 - Radiohead 0

The Cyrus army fires the first harsh shot in what just might be the weirdest celebrity feud EVER.  I love it!

Monday, March 16, 2009

Awesome WoW Machinima

This video is pretty darn funny.


BufBloPoFo Topic for Day 2:

After my swearing in ceremony, my parents and my in-laws took me and Lisa to Lombardo’s on Hertel. We got to talking about favorite foods, and this next topic kind of stems from that. If you had the power to put together the most perfect, end-of-the-universe, nothing-better-was-ever-made repast, using whatever ingredients you want, and with whomever you’d like as your co-diners, what would you want? Tell me about one little bit, or all fourteen courses. Tell me about venue, about background music, about which box of wine goes best with which flavor of ramen noodles.

Honestly, I know next to nothing about food.  I can cook it pretty darn well, but when it comes to being a fancy gourmet "foodie" type person I fail.  I do however know that the easiest way to tell if a wine will go well with ramen noodles is by how close in size to a frozen turkey the bottle it comes in is.  

I can certainly say this.  Whatever this meal contains it will have two items in abundance.   Rest assured folks, that there will be shrimp, and there will be bacon.  There is actually a very good chance that the shrimp will be wrapped in bacon.  Heck, since this is an imaginary meal and there for my arteries will never have to suffer the effects of consuming it EVERYTHING WILL BE WRAPPED IN BACON!

I like bacon.

Joining me for this orgy of things wrapped in bacon shall be: 


Kurt Russell

and whom ever finds the golden ticket hidden inside the jar of mayonnaise in my fridge.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


BufBloPoFo Topic for Day 1:

Let's start it off easy. Hi! How're things? Remember me? Remember when we were blog friends? What's new whichu? For your first day of Blufporbfofoing, tell me the three biggest things going on in your life right now. If you have fewer than three things going on in your life right now, then your assignment is to come over to my house and pack. (Ahem *slacker* cough...)

I am ecstatic that once again March is here, and once again it is BUFBLOPOFO time.  Topic one is a bit of a softball, and I thank Mr. Garvey Esq. for starting things off so easily on a Saturday morning.   It is a bit weird to sort of take a step back and think about what the three biggest things are that I have going on in my life right now, because in the every day grind things often times seam to loose there perspective, because they are there for me everyday, and almost reach the point of being common.   So I want to thank my former roommate for this morning's moment of perspective.

1) Across the Nerd-a-verse - If you've been a frequenter of my blog, then you most likely have heard me talk about my newest little project.   Across the Nerd-a-verse is my new podcast that I have been producing with my friend (And fellow BUFBLOPOFO participant) Jessie aka theMadTypist.   I got bit by the podcasting bug about a year or so ago when I signed on to be one of the hosts of a Team Fortress 2 podcast called The Fortcast.   Sadly, that project was short lived, and I must admit that I found that format due to the fact that it was primarily focused around the video game Team Fortress 2 to be a tad limiting in it's scope.  This experience though left me with a desire to put my voice out there on the internet for folks to hear, and when The Fortcast folded I started to plan with Jessie (whom I met through our Team Fortress 2 clan) to start up this next project.    So far we have recorded 3 full episodes and one special episode focusing on the most recent update to Team Fortress 2.  I think my favourite part about this project, is that this time I am serving as the producer and there for have the responsibility of editing the show together.    It has certainly been a learning experience as I have had to learn how to do the editing from scratch, but each week I feel that I grow stronger with it.   If you are interested in checking out the show and hear Jessie and myself discuss a myriad of nerd and pop culture related topics please do check us out on our website where you can find info on the different ways that you can enjoy the show. 

2) The Blessings of Friendship - While, having a good number of friends has never been a majour issue for me, I feel like there has never been a time in my life where I am more blessed to have such a wide array of great and loyal friends.   Wether they be here in Chicago, back in Buffalo or if they exist in the virtual worlds of cyberspace I do truly feel blessed.   I am glad that BUFBLOPOFO has rolled around again, because it gives me a real chance to tune into the blogs of folks that I do not get to see as often as I would like and hear what is going on in their lives.   I owe a great debt of gratitude especially to two chaps who really have taken a prominent role in my life here in Chicago, and are constantly providing me with laughs and support and who truly have become like family to me.  These chaps I speak of are my two "younger brothers" Donny and Jason.   They both certainly are two of the reasons why I feel so happy with where my life is at the moment, and  where it is going in the future.

3) Finch, Finch, Finch - I feel bad that I did not get to introduce my girlfriend Finch to more of the Buffalo folks the last time that we visited over Christmas.   This is an oversight that I certainly hope we will be able to correct that some time soon.  Finch is a great girl, and for more then a year now, she has been my nearly constant companion.   She is easily one of the biggest parts of my life, and that is a role I can only see growing.

Well, that is Day 1.  See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Watching ‘The Watchmen’!

Got my ticket to the midnight opening day showing of “The Watchmen”.  I pretty excited to go see this movie.  We spent a lot of time talking about our fears and hopes for the film on this week’s episode of “Across the Nerdaverse”.  I’ll be back to let you know what I thought…

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Freakin' Amazing! (NSFW)

The Attache showed me this freakin' awesome Nintendo spoof.   Rated NSFW due to Pokemon nudity.  Seriously. 

Click HERE to view.


In other news, Episode 2 of "Across the Nerd-a-Verse" is in the can and should be available soon via iTunes as well as Zune.  I had a good time with this one, but I couldn't stand to hear my voice through that crappy headset mic anymore so I just ordered a new one.  Now all I need to do is figure out how to make my PC record multi track competently and we'll be in really good shape.   I am growing more comfortable with the editing process, but have a lot further to go.

Friday, February 27, 2009

BUFBLOPOFO ‘09 Sign Up Information Announced!

Hey all you bloggers out there.  As March quickly approaches so does another BUFBLOPOFO.! A Blogging event hosted by my good friend and former roommate Mike Garvey. 

What is BUFBLOPOFO you might ask?  

BUFBLOPOFO is a two week long orgy of blogging.  Our esteemed leader Michael J. Garvey esq will provide a topic a day.  Your job.  Post an entry to your blog on that topic or one of your choosing every day over the course of the event. 

When is it?

BUFBLOPOFO will run this year from March 14 – 27th.

What the hell does BUFBLOPOFO actually stand for?

It stands for BUFfalo BLOg POsting FOrtnight

Do I Need To Be From Buffalo?

Absolutely not.  All you need is a blog, and an internet connection.

How Do I Sign Up?

To register you and your blog for the competition just drop Michael J Garvey esq an e-mail at: mikegarvey at hotmail dot com   or post a comment here:  http://royaltoybox.blogspot.com/2009/02/bufblopofo-esq.html

Be sure to include your name and the name and address of your blog!

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Across the Nerdaverse Goes Live!

Hey out there my loyal readers.  A few posts back I let slip word of the new podcasting project that myself and my friend Jessie over at the Cultural Cuisinart have undertaken.  Well I am very happy to announce that we finally have our first episode up and available for download.  Check out the show via iTunes here.    We've decided to call our little cyber soapbox "Across the Nerdaverse".  Check us out online here.

This weekend I am down in St. Petersburgh on a little vacation with Finch.  Expect me to be back to a more regular posting schedule upon my return.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

This is why I love the Internet!

Thank you very much to Sarah for this amazing piece of awesome!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Preach on Sista!

Congrats to my friend Gina. (And Shea's back too...)

Monday, February 9, 2009

I'm on a Boat! (NSFW)

There is a bit of language here so make sure the kids are not around.

Friday, February 6, 2009



Howdy folks!  I know it’s been awhile since I’ve had some real content to put up here.  Sorry about that.  Sorry as well, that the usual flow of stupid youtube videos has been a bit sparse.   Well, I’ve been busy, so I hope you don’t mind I’ve been a bit less posty as of late.


So I don’t know how many readers out there followed my brief stint as co-host of my Team Fortress  2 clan’s podcast “The Fortcast”.  Well if you did,  thank you.  If you didn’t, well that’s okay too.  However, now you can be super excited, because I am back with another podcasting project.   Our new show is called “Across the Nerd-a-Verse” .   Myself and the The Mad Typist author of  The Cultural Cuisinart have joined forces to bring you this new show.  (That’s is a “chibi” picture of us drawn by our friend Monkee)   Since myself and my plucky co-host are certainly not shy about how deep our nerdy obsessions run (We are clan mates over at TF2F) you can expect to hear us pontificate on a wide array of topics near and dear to nerd culture.    We’ll be talking movies, video games, comics, books without pictures, awesome stuff we find on the internet and pretty much anything else that happens to catch our fancy.   We don’t at present have a listing on iTunes, but until we do we’ll provide download links to each episode so you can grab the MP3 to listen to.   

In an attempt to try out or format, and give me practice editing a podcast  (and I need a lot!) we’ve recorded what we are calling our “beta” episode.   You can grab a copy of the show HERE!  Please give a listen.  Let us know what you think!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Look at my new toy…

Just in case I needed a new way to annoy people…

Friday, January 16, 2009

Strangest thing seen online today…


Does this mean Rick-Rolling has finally “jumped the shark”?

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Laundry in Chicago. A Photo Essay.

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So Cold…

It is so cold today in Chicago I wish I had one of these in my pants.


Welcome to the Blog-a-verse!

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written something substantial.   Well, you’ll have to wait longer.  Mostly because I’ve been very busy, as well as very cold.  I know the last one is a poor excuse, but it’s all I’m giving you so deal.  In the meantime, if you are seeking some entertainment please feel free to stop by “Which End Is Up?”  a new blog started by my friend Becky and her sister Jenny.  Becky can usually be counted upon for some rather interesting rants, and is quite the writer so I urge you to check out their page.  I’ll place a link in the side bar as well.   I am sure I will be back soon to write more.  It is just hard to find the time/desire at the moment.


Monday, January 5, 2009

Neat Photo


Thanks for the picture Finch!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

Happy New Year

Hello Folks.  I hope everyone's New Year was good.  Thought I would share some pictures from the New Year's Eve Party me and Finch went to.

Bre and Gina Gina and Bri showing off the dress Bri made for Gina.

Finch and I Sitting Me and my Finch

Finch me Colour

Gina and Finch Finch and Gina (our hostess)

Me Finch Finch Balloons

Finch Me Bre Bri gets a kiss

Finch Sitting Finch Trying to SitFinch Heather Finch and Heather

ME Bre Myself and Bri