Buffalo Tabasco

I would like to personally thank the person in the back woods of Louisiana who pushed new Buffalo flavored Tabasco though. Thank you Tabasco for continuing to innovate! I know, there are a lot of options for that buffalo flavor, including the classic Frank’s.

But it’s Tabasco, so you know it will be good. It has the buffalo flavor, but also manages to still remind you of classic Tabasco at the same time. What I want to know is how they managed to change the flavor so dramatically from Original without adding more than one or two ingredients.

We’re guys, so let be honest, we’ll put Tabasco on anything. Now, with this new flavor, there are a few more places where we might not get strange looks from the lady folk. I for one am planning to pick up a bottle for salads, pizza and eggs, not to mention chicken.

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Dear American Pie

Hello. How have you been? It’s been 8 years since we last saw each other. It’s good to hear your voice again. It’s good to see you’re doing good, making a new name for yourself. I have to admit, it was a little surprising to see you jump back into my life again after all these years. I mean yeah, there have been some lesser versions of you; less attractive and ultimately not worth the time.

From Fused Film

And here we are, 2011, and you’re coming back into my life. Next year will mark our American Reunion, getting the gang back together for what will probably, and hopefully, be the last time. In all seriousness, I’m excited about the opportunity to continue our adventures. In 1999 you captured my attention, ultimately becoming the “Animal House” of my generation. But it wasn’t until our next meeting in 2001 that we truly started relating to each other.

See you in April 2012.
Faithfully Yours,
Jonesy

Bottom Line: It’s not often that you encounter a film franchise that parallels your own life, I’m not talking about me getting it on with a pie, but encountering those same issues of sex, school and what the hell am I going to do with my life? American Pie 2 really connected with me; made me fully think about my life and the people who matter most that make up that life and ultimately become your family. Call me stupid for thinking that this post means something, most people just think of movies as entertainment for 2 hours. Guess that’s why my heart will always be at the cinema…

The 7… Really Great Really Bad Movies

Despite cinema’s wholly subjective nature, everyone knows that there are movies that are bad. Just outright bad. Maybe it’s the acting. Maybe it’s the cheesy effects. Maybe the script is so stilted and confusing that even the presence of great actors can’t make it good.

And yet, we still watch, and more importantly, love.

There’s nothing wrong with that. Everyone has a few movies that they watch over and over despite their terribleness.

Here are my favorite bad movies, in no particular order:

  1. Tron – Sure it’s a classic. Sure it has Jeff Bridges. And glowing things. But have you seen it lately? It’s terrible. It was a show piece for new exciting technology. The Geek in me love it. The kid who grew up with it, loves Tron. But it’s not very good.
  2. Varsity Blues – It stars James Vanderbeek, a.k.a. Dawson Leary. That’s enough right? Oh don’t forget there’s a whipped cream bikini, a stripper teacher and one cliché on top of another. Then again, it kind of reminded me of my high school.
  3. Jerry Maguire – We all showed him the money, and we’re inspired, moved and empowered by this movie. But really take a close look and it’s predictable, corny and not even best actor winner Cuba Gooding Junior does much acting.
  4. American Pie – Sure, it was high school. But it’s ridiculous. Then there was another, and another and I hear there’s a new one too. I cant’ flip past it on TV, and I own it. On the other hand, we did get MILF out of it.
  5. The Fast and the Furious – Do I need to say more? No. But I will be at the midnight showing of Fast 5. With a cocktail, so I can stomach it.
  6. The Rock – One of them can’t act without wagging his fingers and hissing, and the other sounds like maybe he had just a little stroke. This movie is an excuse to drive a Ferrari over the hills of San Francisco. That’s all, and you know what… I am all for it!
  7. Stargate – Plot holes big enough to fly a pyramid through and James Spader facing of with Kurt Russell.
What is your favorite bad movie to love?

Introductions: Jonesy

I guess, in terms of the team, I’m the “Old” guy. I’m the married with children guy. I’ve been married for 4 years now and have a beautiful baby girl, Lucy. I’m currently the head number cruncher for a logistics company, the money man if you will.

I’m also the Emo Guy, so people tend to rag on me and not understand where I’m coming from. My passion is Film, I love movies; everything from Academy Award Winners to Snakes on a Plane. I’ll pretty much watch anything, which I believe makes me more cultured.

Introductions: Jon

Smells like...Victory.

I guess the best way to describe myself in a few words would be “Renaissance Man“.  I have a lot of widely divergent interests: everything from books, music, movies, and history – especially medieval European, but anything in general, the more ancient/unknown, the better – to motorcycles, ice hockey, and outdoor activities – primarily backpacking, hiking & camping, and shooting, but also a good deal of backcountry skiing (“Nordic” if you must classify it) and snowshoeing.  Also, look for the occasional forays into esoteric philosophy, theology, and conspiracy theories – don’t ask about these last unless you really want to know, and then prepare for an earful (or “eyeful”, considering the medium).  Concerning the latter, if anyone starts in on the whole “Reptoids control the government, man!” spiel (or “Jesus was actually an alien!” or some such nonsense), prepare to be ridiculed, derided, and harangued into oblivion.

For fun (outside of the obvious excursions into the aforementioned activities), I play, write & record music, train in Western Martial Arts (primarily sword & buckler fencing at the moment), brew beer, read everything I can get my hands on, and nerd it up with my home-built computer.  This is by no means a comprehensive list.  About the only things you won’t hear me chime in on are sports (besides hockey – which, even so, I prefer to play rather than talk about) and politics – I opt to leave the banter and posturing to others, at least in those fields.  While I don’t claim to be an expert in most things, expect at least a somewhat-informed opinion on a wide variety of topics.  My main objective is to bring a bit of perspective to this whole travesty.  Consider yourselves (my fellow Third and 7′ers included) warned.

Introductions: Chase

I am a Geek, nerd and from time to time, an all out dork. I am a PR flack by trade and a media junkie by choice. I get paid to talk about technology (some consumer and gadgety, some super deep and really nerdy) and deal with media. The public relations world is not all the glamor and glitz you may see on TV, but it’s fun and I love it.

I am a Trojan and a Zag. I spent 4 years in Spokane at Gonzaga University. Yeah, with the basketball team. Ask about tourist opportunities in Spokane. I also spent two years on an island in south central… Los Angeles, at USC. I got a master’s degree in Strategic PR there.

I like sci-fi, reading and gadgets.  I read a lot things about a lot of things. I care about news, technology, photography and food, just to name a few. Beer is a food group in my book, and the darker the better. I have a wealth of knowledge about a plethora of things, most mediocre. For example, a large group of skunks is called a surfeit. Right, helpful at the office.

I live in San Francisco.

I plan to post mostly about music, technology, media  and some random trivia.

Introductions: Jeff

Born in the Spring of 1983, Jeffrey Wayne grew up in the ‘burbs of Seattle and attended Thomas Jefferson High School and played varsity soccer.  When the scholarships didn’t exactly come calling, he attended Central Washington University where he earned a degree in Information Technology with a minor in Advertising.  He had a cup of coffee in Public Relations for the CWU Central Civic Marketing Group.  There, he worked with the Ellensburg Animal Shelter and the Civic Engagement Center.  He currently works in sales outside Seattle, WA.  If there was a Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf within 100 miles, he’d be flat broke.  He is also such a sports geek, he wrote his bio in the 3rd person.
Cutting the act I also try to follow technology trends, current events, music and movies as much as possible.  I like to vent on entertainment culture, what’s wrong with America and other random ridiculousness.  I promise not to go all “Adam Carolla” on you.   I’ll probably compare the broken NBA business model to the unimaginative nature of Hollywood and explain in great detail why Dave Simms must be stopped.Hobbies include camping, backpacking, boating, and wake boarding.  This summer I’ll be picking up paddle boarding.  If I don’t end up rescued by a Coast Guard helicopter, I’ll let you know how it goes.  If the damp northwest weather would allow me, I’d spend every weekend outside.  I’m also way too old to be playing video games but I still play Madden as if I was a junior high kid with no girlfriend.