Happy Friday # 1.13 Over Used BTTF Quote Edition

This is actually how cyber bullies are dressing.
This is actually how cyber bullies are dressing.

Well, ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the first Friday where all of Back to the Future now happens in the past. We don’t have flying cars or dehydrated pizzas. We sorta have hoverboards, and apparently next year we’ll have self-lacing shoes. Jaws 19 has a trailer. But maybe the biggest upset from the predictions of Back to the Future is, “There’s always next year” has once again reared its ugly head. But that’s all behind us now. Let’s once again look to the future, at least just a few days ahead because it’s time for the weekend! I’m heading to the Great White North on Saturday, but before that can happen we have to deal with Friday, I’m told that’s how weeks work. Now let’s get things started with your collection of oddball links.

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Before she wasn’t no hollaback back girl, Gwen Stefani was in a little band called No Doubt. They were kind of big deal in the 90’s ska scene. Which is definitely a phrase you want describing your band. It’s interesting to think about where their breakout album “Tragic Kingdom” fits in the pantheon of punk/ska records. I like it because it reminds me of the seventh grade and this girl I had a crush on who loved the song, “Just a Girl.” A song I will still belt along to if it pops on while I’m driving, probably setting feminism back a few years in the process, sorry.

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I have spent a lot of time watching The Simpsons, but I have never spent two days straight doing it, and I for sure haven’t done so while on LSD. Fortunately someone has and they shared their experience so we don’t have to. His musings are actually deeper than I anticipated, and more philosophical than maybe anything else I have ever read about the show. He doesn’t say which episodes he watched, but I wonder if there was some meta moment when he watched Homer go on a chili pepper induced hallucination. Either way, I hope the whole experiment ended with him yelling, “In your face, space coyote.” At least that’s how I would have ended it, also probably why people don’t offer me drugs.

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If you haven’t found a Halloween costume yet you should really get on that. Halloween is a week away. What are you waiting for, you slacker? Perhaps you need an idea, some inspiration. As Gene Belcher, Eugene Mirman often dons a hamburger costume so he seems like an ideal person to ask about costume ideas. And he does not disappoint. Just a heads up if we’re going to the same party, I plan on using his mayonnaise idea.

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According to lore, Orson Wells’ radio broadcast of War of Worlds had many people believing there was an actual alien invasion happening. It was a simpler time. It’s hard to imagine that during our modern age when most people have several screens going at once and push notifications for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and whatever new thing I’m too old to know about keep us over-informed, that such a thing could still spook someone into a frenzy. Then again there’s the population known as Texans who come to Colorado and assume our legal weed has unleashed the zombie apocalypse. Ok, only part of that is true.

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This was a big week for sci-fi movies. There was the Back to the Future stuff briefly mentioned in the intro, but somehow the bigger story was the new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens. Also tickets went on sale or something and this movie is poised to destroy all box office records. Like James Cameron could direct the next Avengers movie and set it in Jurassic Park and that would still only make a faction of what this new Star Wars is projected to make. But just enjoy this time before the movie is out, because as soon as it’s released we will be bombarded with every. single. flaw. Nit-picked by the super fans and uber dorks.

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Maybe Star Wars is not your thing. That’s cool. I get it. I still recommend sci-fi movies. I actually recommend any genre of movies. I like movies and I think you should just see what you can. But here are a couple of list of must see movies. The first is 30 cult films and contains the movie that has scared me the most in my entire life. Try to guess which one it is. And this one is the 50 sci-fi movies you should see. I have seen 32 of the 50. I have 18 to go. And at approximately 2 hours a pop, I think I know how I’m going to spend the weekend.

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Actually, this weekend I’ll be taking a trip to Canada. I decided to go somewhat on a whim, but I am super excited. I don’t know anyone there but I’m going to the Hockey Hall of Fame and plan on eating a bunch of poutine. I’m now also planning on learning more aboot our northern neighbor as I only got 70% right on a quiz aboot Canadian knowledge. It took me 40 minutes just to locate it on a map, what with it being all tucked away down there.

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I’m not sure if it was Mountain Dew or Jackass, but somehow we got the notion that safety is not cool. Everyone talks about eating healthy and exercising in attempts to stave off death, yet will scoff at the safety class management makes them sit through or the pre-flight video that plays, well, pre-flight. I suppose the issue isn’t so much the safety but rather how do we make this interesting? To illustrate this point, you probably stopped reading this paragraph after “Jackass.” I should have taken a cue from the airlines and injected some jokes or popular characters. I’ll make a note for my next paragraph on the importance of safety. Also, wear a helmet or something.

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There’s a new Goosebumps movie. While I haven’t seen it, I will admit that I am intrigued by the concept (based only on the commercials I’ve seen). While I have no problem sitting in a theater to see the latest Pixar movie, somehow I feel like a weirdo if I were to go to this one. I might feel better if the Ermahgerd Girl was there, but despite what the picture would have us believe, she’s not much of a Goosebumps reader. Oh, the Ermahgerd Girl is a real person. I often forget the people in memes are usually real people.

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My favorite food is tacos. But my second favorite is cereal. Any cereal, it’s all good, except the box of rocks known as Grape Nuts. Seriously, what the hell is that stuff? Gravel? But anything else I’m pretty into. Cereal is so good that it sells itself. Regardless, they still decide to advertise. I’m not sure I have ever been more happy with a cereal commercial than I am with this one for Lucky Charms and their ill attempt at cashing in on nostalgia. But, god dammit, they got what I need.

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Looks like George Lucas was tinkering with this tattoo.

It wasn't space lava that destroyed his body, but a wood chipper.
It wasn’t space lava that destroyed his body, but a wood chipper.

Enjoy your weekend and be excellent to each other!

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