Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Ten Years Old!

This past month has had its ups and downs, but I always manage to make time to write an entry for this blog, once a month on the last day, at the dead of night. Like clockwork.

February is when I celebrate the blog's birthday, and I was combing through the archives earlier, and I realized something: Yesterday, February 27th, was Beaming For Bunnies' TENTH BIRTHDAY!

This is simply an unreal milestone. A lot's happened in ten years. People were born, people died, Idiot Presidents were replaced by better presidents, then replaced by a bigger idiot, you know the deal.

It's been so long, that blogging isn't much of a viable platform of online expression anymore. Hell, Blogger itself is pretty much obsolete, the mobile app (which I used to update this site for a long time) stopped working about a year ago. And I only started here because it was free, it was easy to use, and more legitimate than Myspace blogging. Thankfully, that old blog is lost to time.

The rise of social media, especially Twitter and Instagram, changed how we communicated our nerdy interests to the rest of the cosmos. No longer do we see anything composed, thought out, or properly formatted. Just pictures and strings of 140 (and now 280) characters are enough to get the point across. Hell, it's certainly killed my patience for writing, and it's a damn shame. The immediacy and (former) brevity of Twitter was a game-changer for all of us. What took me hours to write down my thoughts, I could now do in minutes. And with smart phones showing up, I was no longer tethered to a PC, and could blog from my pocket.

It really doesn't help that formatting this thing changed several times over the years, making posts look uneven and weird. Seeing all my embedded videos being blank and robbed of context also makes me sad as hell, but that's time for you. And remember blogrolls? Ah, good times. I finally updated it after a few years.

These days, "blogging" is usually reserved for scorn, from film critics, to political mudslinging, and, more positively, to my dear friends at Dinosaur Dracula, who not only inspired me to start writing in the first place and continues to inspire me to this day, but it still going at it for at least the last 15 years.

Here's the link to the very first entry! It was so tiny!

Here's some of my favorite entries of the past ten years:

The Letters series!

The Soundtracks For Summer series!

The Greatest B-Stories From The Simpsons

The Dennis series! Especially A Very Dennis Thanksgiving Special! and A Very Dennis Christmas Special! Man, I had like 5 arcs planned out for the Dennis adventures, and only got two entries into arc two and never went back to it. I think that I couldn't break the story for Arc 2, and that might be why I stopped updating. And back then, actually taking all the pictures and uploading them was a much bigger pain in the ass than it is now.

Arc 1 was a Christmas adventure starring Dennis and some Transformers (complete!). It was inspired by X-E/Dino Drac's old Plymobil Advent Calendar adventures of old.

Arc 2 was going to be about a new group of Decepticons taking over and a new MacGuffin hunt.

Arc 3 was about time travel and fighting Daleks. I bought a lot of Dalek toys for this, and they've been collecting dust. LEGO James Lipton was our stand-in for The Doctor.

Arc 4 I honestly forgot was gonna be about. Maybe fighting Thanos and other Big Boss villain toys I had? I foresaw a Legion of Doom. Since the last entry was from 2012 and Nekron from DC's Blackest Night being told to buzz off, I'm more than sure he was gonna show up here and be the big bad.

Arc 5 was the final arc, the Macguffins from arcs 1 and 2 leading to the final boss, Unicron.

Minor Monsters Tribute

The Better Know A Christmas series

13 Underrated Simpsons Episodes

The Best Cosplay I Ever Saw

Jim Nabors is Way Cool

June in July

Be A Good Neighbor

Anything Can Happen At Comic-Con

My Flea Market entries!

The License Plate Game

Let's Get Spoopy

Food Bucket List

And finally Blog-A-Day, where I wrote an entry every day for two straight months.

Youtube links are likely to be dead, you have been warned.

Before I say anything else, lemme tell you stuff about my own February:

I finally got to try Taco Bell's Nacho Fries! Well, to be honest, they're okay at best. They don't really taste like anything, and Taco Bell tries to make up for it by covering it in Dorito dust and giving you nacho cheese to dip it in. I've had better fries...but I've also had much worse. I'll be honest that I've never been a fan of fries with gimmicks. I don't want to season them, I don't want gravy, I don't want aioli or whatever the hell that is, don't waffle them, no truffle oil, and especially no sweet potatoes. Just give me potatoes cut into sticks and some ketchup, sometimes ranch or Russian dressing, and that's it. And be good!

You know what? Here's my favorite kinds of fries:



The fries from 5 Guys

McDonald's (yeah, they're really good)

Bottomless (the only reason to go to Johnny Rockets or Red Robin)

Speaking of disappointment, I missed out on seeing the Weinermobile the other day.

I was at work last Friday, doing my thing, and one of my friends on Instagram mentioned that the Oscar Meyer Weinermobile just happened to be parked at a nearby Wal-Mart. Like...pretty much across the street from my job nearby. And I only found out about it around 7pm, well after it left for the day.

Is it weird that I got profoundly sad about that? It's just a giant car shaped like a hot dog, but seeing it in person has been on my bucket list for a good part of my life.

I also forgot that Szechuan sauce came back.

A year ago, Rick and Morty reminded us all that McDonalds had Szechuan teriyaki dipping sauce back in 1998 to promote Mulan and that it was supposedly the best sauce ever created. Unlike something like the Arch Deluxe, this was a McDs promotion that flew under my radar for whatever reason. But since that episode aired, I, like everyone else on the internet, wanted to try it for themselves.

It came back briefly last October, but since I was at NYCC when it came back and knew every McDonalds in the city was gonna be crazy for the demand for how few packets there were (spoiler: it was), I decided it wasn't worth the hassle. But a while ago, McDonald's announced that the sauce was officially making a (limited) comeback on Monday, February 26th.

Well, Monday came and I was even at a McDonald's for lunch...and I just plain forgot about it. I saw so many people with the sauce, and I just forgot about it! It's Wednesday now and it's a miracle if there's any left. I've made my peace with it, I don't even really like teriyaki sauce anyway, and my curiosity would just lead to even more disappointment. It's like Rick loving an obscure terrible flavor of something was a joke in and of itself.

Before I bum myself out again, here's something cool:

Last Saturday was Community Day in Pokemon Go, and the special Pokemon they were giving away was Dratini. And, oh my god, they were EVERYWHERE. Three straight hours of catching as many as I could, and I even encountered a few shinies!

Four of them, to be exact. And I managed to evolve three of those, and two others, too.

As you can see, I don't have a lot of strong Pokemon, but now I have a small army of Dragonites to give me a leg up on the competition a bit.

So what plans do I have for the next ten years? Gonna be honest, I'll be shocked if Blogger itself lasts longer than a few more years.

In more realistic hopes, I want to start up a podcast. I want to talk about forgotten cartoon shows, especially Saturday Morning cartoons from the 80s and 90s. Sure, there's lots of podcasts talking about cartoons these days (my favorite being We Hate Movies' Animation Damnation), but either they suck, or they don't update frequently enough, which is perfect for a guy like me to swoop in and fill that niche. Stay tuned, people!

So happy ten years, Beaming For Bunnies. You aren't dead, and I hope to keep writing in you.

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Food Bucket List

It's January 31st, so you know what that means: It's National Gorilla Suit Day!

And in Fester Bestertester's honor, I'l celebrate this momentous day by telling you what weird food I'd like to eat in my lifetime.

It's the last of the month and I got an itch to do an old-fashioned blog entry about something I've been meaning to write down! Let's go!

1) Mickey Waffles

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Sure, I could just BUY waffles in the shape of Mickey Mouse's head or make them myself, but it's not the same unless I'm paying $12 for it at Disney World. I've got all sorts of Disney food I'd like to eat the next time I get to a park, like Dole Whip, School Bread, and anything from one of Epcot's festivals. It all looks great, and I'm stuck in New York like some kind of sucker.

2) The Arch Deluxe

I forget if I mentioned it here (I've been doing this for TEN years), but one of my major regrets in life is not trying an Arch Deluxe when I had my chance back in the 90s.

Back in the 90s, McDonald's tried to change its image of being for families and children and created a line of sandwiches for the "sophisticated" adult eater that goes to a place that's headed by a clown and a guy who steals his burgers, with the Arch Deluxe as the centerpiece. Yeah, not many people remember that they made "Deluxe" versions of the Chicken and Filet-O-Fish sandwiches, too, probably because the basic forms are still around. From what I remember, they looked like the regular sandwiches, but with the Arch Deluxe bun in place of the normal ones.

McDonald's soon realized that the grown-ups who eat there like the Big Macs and the McNuggets like everyone else, and it went away as quickly as it arrived, joining the hall of fame of junk food failures with New Coke and Burger King's "Where's Herb?" campaign.

With all the recent artisnal burger crap McDs keeps throwing at us, it seems that it's a lesson they refuse to learn after twenty years. I wasn't much of a burger eater when it came around, and I was with a friend that ordered one, but I never got to try it myself. If I came across a time machine, I'd hit 1996 to get to the sandwich as quickly as possible (not unlike Rick Sanchez and his beloved Szechuan Sauce). Fortunately, the news coming down the wire suggests that might be coming back soon as the Archburger. There hasn't been much news about it in the past few weeks, only that it's been brought out in test markets, but I'm seriously hyped for this.

3) In n Out

In n Out is a chain that's mostly on the west coast, and it's something that I've only seen in pictures. I got close to one ONCE, in Las Vegas.

If I ever do go to one, I'd have to get at least a double double, animal style of course. I don't CARE if it turns out to be mediocre, I want to judge for myself! Is that so wrong?

The same goes with another regional chain, Bob's Big Boy.

Again, the "real" Bob's Big Boys are mostly in California, but there's a long and complicated history behind the company and the various franchises around the country which I'm not gonna delve in to right now, but rather redirected you to the Wikipedia article about it. I KNEW that rest stops on the NY Thruway had Big Boy restaurants, but they weren't called Bob's, so I figured they wouldn't be the same. Again, I wasn't much of a burger eater in my younger days when my family took trips through that part of the state, so I missed out on them.

Yes, you're not seeing things, the famous "Big Boy Burger" looks exactly like the Big Mac but predates it by about 30 years, and it's something I'm itching to try for myself. Again, I know it's a fast food burger, but it's one

4) The Boysenberry Festival

Knott's Berry Farm is famous for a few things: The theme park, the fried chicken, and the boysenberry. The boysenberry is a mutant berry hybrid between the raspberry, blackberry, loganberry, and American dewberry. As a result, this freak of nature is incredibly fragile and hard to cultivate, which is why you don't see it in the produce section. And since Knott's (now owned by Smuckers) created it, it's not seen much outside of the famous farm in California and the west coast since they're one of the sole growers of it in the country. Mrs. Knott started making preserves out of them back in the day, which started the company down the road to become the empire it's known for today.

For the past few years, Knott's Berry Farm has thrown the Boysenberry Festival, which is a food festival offering up dozens of weird concoctions made with boysenberries. Sure, you have standard fare like ice cream, cheesecake, pies, putting it in beer and frappucinos, and then there's a giant cinnamon roll/funnel cake hybrid known as the Fun Bun.

But then the chefs started getting creative, like mixing it into a glaze and putting it on burgers, ribs, meatballs, and my favorite: a dipping sauce for deep-fried alligator.

You heard me. A handy list of these and other concoctions can be found here. A few years back I went to an IHOP that somehow had Boysenberry syrup and it was honestly one of the best things I've tasted from there. Way better than the blueberry syrup, it was something completely different and I knew I had to find it again. Knowing there's a entire festival dedicated to it, and usually held around my birthday? I want to make plans to go, STAT.

5) Ninja Turtle Pudding Pies

I actually ate these all the time as a kid, but with the reboots going around and the new Ninja Turtles movies and cartoons being made, I was sure that this would be a shoo-in to come back. If Ecto Cooler, Surge, and Crystal Pepsi can all come back within the same year, surely

If you've never had these pudding pies, you missed out big time. I have no idea if Hostess even makes the regular kind anymore, but basically, imagine instead of the apple pies, it was pudding, and everything was green. I still remember how it tastes, and I would give anything to experience that again. So what if the recipe would be tweaked to fit today's standards, as long as it came back, I'd be happy.

6) Primanti Brothers

This is something that gets on the Travel Channel a bunch, and for good reason. Look how this sandwich looks! It's a sandwich, but with fries in it! How could I not want one?

Essentially, the origin of the sandwiches is that they were made for Pittsburgh truckers who could eat a whole meal while driving. I just love necessity, don't you?

7) Authentic Southern Barbecue

Rendezvous was just the first example I could think of.

Specifically ribs, but I won't be picky. I like in New York, so what I see as "Authentic Southern BBQ" isn't really the same as if I went some hole in the wall down south who had been smoking meats since Jim Crow was still a thing.

Again, most of what I see comes from stuff like the Travel Channel, but these places keep getting covered for a reason: They're good! And the great thing about this unlike all of the other places is that not one place is the same, and everyone will argue about what's the best. Call me greedy, but I'd want to try them all before my heart explodes. Or until my heart explodes, whichever comes first.

I hope you enjoyed my bucket list, and if you ever want to help me out, you know where to find me. I don't leave.

Do YOU have a food bucket list? Share it in the comments!

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Sunday, December 31, 2017

Good Riddance 2017

Overall, I rank my own 2017 as "okay." Overall, it was a bust, but I don't have much to complain about. Most of the big things that happened this year I already wrote about, but before the year finally ends, I'm gonna show you what I got for Christmas.

This here is most of my spread. I didn't ask for much this year. Trying to cut down on "stuff" was one thing I actually tried my best to keep to this year. The Norman Bates pop was a surprise, especially since I already have the Black & White one that I got at NYCC. If I knew how many gift cards I was gonna get, I would've asked for a Nintendo eShop card like I always do. Splatoon 2 is a ton of fun, but also kind of frustrating since most of the players had a months-long head start.

The toothpaste was a stocking stuffer, and some kind of omen, I guess. I was running low, but it's not the kind I like but it's Christmas and whatever, I'm using it.

These two were stocking stuffers I bought for myself. I knew that Transformers ornaments have been a thing, I already own a Megatron one, but the Soundwave one is brand new for this year. By the time I discovered this Snow Miser ornament:

It was already gone from most of the stores. Looks like it's off to eBay with me.

BUT I did get this Airplane! ornament when it was half-price. The last one the store had, too. This one was a really inspired choice to make into an ornament. I don't know if it's possible, but I fully expect an ornament of Leslie Nielsen from The Naked Gun poster on shelves next Christmas.

And since I'm 30 and thus old, one of my biggest wishes was for new work clothes, especially shoes. I really needed those new shoes, and I actually surprised myself at how finding a pair didn't want to make me pull my teeth out.

My Reddit Secret Santa this year pulled through big time with this amazing Disney Poster Art book. I absolutely love the old-school attraction posters, and this book has pretty much all of them in here. It was printed a few years ago, so there's nothing for Shanghai Disneyland but all the other Disney parks are well represented here.

My all-time favorite is probably the one for the Enchanted Tiki Room.

You probably don't know the name Paul Hartley, but he was a hell of an artist, and this was one of his best. He's also known for these posters:

My other favorite artist is definitely Bjorn Aronson, who created such iconic posters like these:

Can't beat a style like this, so much so that when you most likely see "old school" attraction posters, they're most likely paying tribute/ripping off Bjorn Aronson. They don't make em like the used to, folks.

Whereas the person I sent gifts to this year never posted what I sent her to the Reddit gifts gallery, so she'll be locked out of future exchanges. She did tell me she got them and loved them, but you don't tease someone like that who hates waiting, especially when they send gifts. Her loss, I suppose.

I went to Wintercon this past month, too. It was kind of a bust since the hall it was hosted in decided to be cut in half so the casino it was in could fit in more slot machines. There were quite a few guests this year, but the only person that interested me was Kathy Najimy. She's been in tons of things like Sister Act and Hocus Pocus, but to me she'll always be Peggy Hill. She was super nice and gracious and as luck would have it, she had a few prints signed by most of the cast of King of The Hill and I couldn't pass that up. The only major names missing are Pamela Adlon (Bobby), Mike Judge (Hank, Boomhauer), and Brittany Murphy (LuAnn. Obviously).

Managed to find Fonzie's autograph too. It was from the same guy who I bought a signed Al Lewis picture from EternalCon back in July.

It was only 30 bucks, I couldn't pass that up. I would LOVE to meet Henry Winkler, and I hear he's the nicest man ever, but for some reason he doesn't come to the New York area that often, so this is close enough for now.

This button was great.

As was this name tag.

A few weeks ago, I found out that I get MeTV, one of the latest channels started to show old TV shows since Nick @ Nite and TVLand started showing stuff from after the 1990s. And among MeTV's Saturday night programming is the old Adam West Batman show, and wouldn't you know it, last night had on a couple of episodes starring Egghead, my favorite villain from the show. Sure, everyone (including me) loves the heavy hitters like The Joker, Catwoman, Riddler, and Penguin, but give me Vincent Price chewing the scenery any day.

The egg puns don't stop and you don't want them too. While Mr. Price rarely ventured away from emphasizing "eggs," some of the puns that factored into the plot were utterly genius with how convoluted they were. This was one of the cheesiest and goofiest shows ever made, but there was a kind of cleverness with went into every page of the script. The Caped Crusaders knew something was off when Egghead hid in a caviar factory instead of a chicken egg one. Again, they don't make them like they used to.

This little beauty came from earlier tonight. It's kind of a tradition for my parents and I to go out for Chinese food on New Years Eve, and this year my mother decided to get pineapple chicken. It came served in this hollowed-out pineapple and none of us could believe it. I don't really take pictures of my food, but stuff like this you have to make an exception for. I'm not that big of a fan of pineapple, but it wasn't that bad.

Around June I downloaded an app to play my favorite travel game: The license plate game, where I check off license plates from different states that I've seen. Since I downloaded that app, I've seen 44 states and 4 Canadian provinces (including Alberta!). The only six states I'm missing? Montana, Nebraska, Wyoming, Oregon, Idaho, and New Mexico. Yeah, I somehow managed to see Alaska twice, plus Hawaii, all without leaving Long Island. And I hadn't seen either of those plates in years, to boot. Hopefully 2018 lets me see the other six states, but I know Wyoming is gonna be the tough one.

What can I say about The Last Jedi that everyone hadn't already said about it? I personally loved it, precisely because it subverted expectations at every corner. It's what a good story should do, keep you guessing, and it started zagging right at the opening crawl and didn't stop until the credits rolled. Of course, this made lots of Star Wars fans VERY butthurt to levels I hadn't seen since Phantom Menace, and this was actually a good movie! People have their own opinions, and I can see how people wouldn't like it and there are legitimate gripes about it, but I enjoyed it and I honestly I have no idea what's going to happen in Episode IX. I consider that a good thing. Surprise is an element that's not very common in Star Wars movies, and this one was full of surprises.

Pictured above is one of the MVPs of the movie, this walrus cow thing Luke gets milk from. He missed his blue milk from Tatooine, and I was honestly excited to see that come back here. Hell, I loved all the new characters, especially Rose, who was great. The only complaint I have is that there were several places they could've put Lando Calrissian, and they didn't do it. I would've been fine with a poster of Lando shilling for Space Colt .45, anything. I just hope they're saving him for the next one.

Much like the Twelfth Doctor finally regenerating (which utterly wrecked me, by the way), I see 2018 as a sign of renewal. I accomplished a lot this year, like being more open with myself, getting myself out more, and even driving out to Six Flags by myself. But I want to improve myself even more! Some goals I have for 2018:

-Be more used to being social and being part of a group. I tend to isolate myself, and I think that's part of my nature, but I still think it's totally weird. I want to improve that.
-Be more outgoing.
-Be more open, especially with telling people about stuff I want to do.
-Write more. I mean, REALLY write more.
-Travel more. Maybe drive somewhere farther than central New Jersey. Maybe Pennsylvania? Upstate New York? Atlantic City? Foxwoods in Connecticut?
-Learn to cook. And I mean not just microwaving stuff, I mean cook so I can fend for myself when I finally live on my own. Start with the basics first, then move up. Yeah, I kinda suck.
-Cut down on Stuff. I did some major cleaning out of my closets and my bookshelves this year, but now I still need to clean out my basement, and maybe get rid of a bunch of Funko Pops I don't want any more.

I hope you all have a safe and happy new year, and I'll see you in 2018!

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