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Advent Calendar 2016 Box 8

30 Rock
Season 2 Episode 9

Originally broadcast December 13, 2007

I am starting to realize that this list is skewed pretty heavily toward the 2000's. I guess I did a lot of TV watching in High School and College. I can try to justify it by saying...

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Advent Calendar 2016 Box 7

My Name is Earl
Season 1 Episode 10
"White Lie Christmas"

Originally broadcast December 6, 2005

Greg Garcia (and his production company Amigos de Garcia) burst onto the television sets of America with the early 2000's comedy Yes, Dear. Apparently it was pretty okay...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 6
Raising Hope Season 1 Episode 11 "Toy Story"

Originally broadcast December 7, 2010

Here we have another highlight of modern sitcom, and it might be the most endearing example of family on the list (Little House on the Prairie included)...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 5
Malcolm in the Middle
Season 3 Episode 7

Originally broadcast December 16, 2001

Okay, so the whole Linwood Boomer connection is a bit of a stretch, considering he wasn't even in the episode I was talking about yesterday. I have always found it...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 4

Little House on the Prairie
Season 1 Episode 15
"Christmas at Plum Creek"

Originally broadcast December 25, 1974

From the distant future to the distant past, I guess this list is all about juxtapositions...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 3

Season 2 Episode 4
"Xmas Story"

Originally broadcast December 19, 1999

I (hopefully) won't take too much of your time today going on and on about this and that. This is one of the greatest TV shows ever made, and this is one of the best episodes of it...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 2

Saturday Night Live
Season 24 Episode 9
Host: Alec Baldwin, Musical Guest: Luciano Pavarotti (and Vanessa Williams)

I'm no scholar on the history of SNL...

Advent Calendar 2016 Box 1

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3, Episode 2
"The Queen who Mopped Xmas"

Originally broadcast January 24, 2011

Just in case somebody was expecting me to start out with some episode of Frasier or The Wonder Years, I figured I would kick the Advent off with possibly the most...

Holiday 2016 Advent Calendar

I've often thought that if I was in charge of a TV studio, a fun thing to do would be to air nothing but Holiday episodes of TV shows in December. Pretty much every show has at least one Holiday episode, so you could probably fill a schedule with nothing but these episodes...

The Basics of Git

I want to try to explain how Git works, using a metaphor I just came up with. I'm posting it here just so I can share it with anybody who might be confused about Git, or version control in general. If you have no interest in those things, you don't have to continue reading ...

What You Practice Grows Stronger

People don’t need to be convinced to go to the gym. Well, I guess maybe some do, but you don’t need to work very hard to explain the importance of regular exercise. I don’t think anybody would go to a single pilates class and expect to be ready for Ninja Warrior...

What Bluetooth Headphones Should You Buy Today? (pt 2)

The headphones that I used happily for the last several years have died, which means I need a new pair. I wanted to share with you, my adoring fan - hi, Mom - my process when I am looking to buy a new electronic gadget. Maybe you’ll get some insights into things to look for...

What Bluetooth Headphones Should You Buy Today?

When I was in college (this was like 2005 or something), my Mom (hi, Mom) got me a pair of wireless headphones. They operated over Bluetooth, and since this was long before the days of listening to music on your smartphone, and therefore long before Bluetooth was...

Defeating Mental Noise

Occasionally it occurs to me that I don’t remember locking my car. There I am, in the middle of Kroger or whatever, and I’m wondering if I need to go back out to my car and make sure it’s locked. My mind gets fixated on that idea and I can’t focus on ...

Brickworld 2015
Brickworld, the annual (and awesome) Lego event, is coming up in Indianapolis in about a week. You know what that means - it's time to finally get around to posting the pictures I took there last year!
The Rules of Improv

Imagine floating in space, free from gravity, direction, or orientation (you have a space suit with oxygen, though, so don’t freak out). This is pure, undiluted freedom. Where do you go from there? Where can you go, without any force to direct you or frame of reference...

Nonsense, and other nonsense

My name is Shauvon McGill and I will be your guide through the land of nonsense. Now, I understand that calling it nonsense probably doesn’t set it (or me, for that matter) up as a terribly respectable or in fact useful subject. However, just bear with me here, because...

A Parade of Cranes

In case you haven't seen my website in a while - or you haven't spoken to me at all - I've been working on a new project involving one of my favoritest things, Lego. I'm working on building a particular Lego set that I thought was super cool when I was a kid. The 1,742 piece...

The Legend of Gray (with video!)

So I've been working on this project for a couple months now. I'm trying to build Lego model 5571: Giant Truck, from 1996, using parts that I'm trying to scrape together from a bunch of things that aren't Lego Model 5571: Giant Truck from 1996. This is the fifth part of that...

Giant Truck: The Champion Part

With any luck, Giant Truck will mostly require more common parts - that is, ones that I actually have. Of all the 1,742 parts in Giant Truck, which is the most common? What about in all of the Lego world? What is the Champion Part?

Giant Truck: Getting Actually Started

To recap, I'm working on a new long-term project featuring one of my all time most favorite things, Lego. I have gone back to my childhood and picked out an epic, monumental Lego set that I've always wanted to build - 1996's 5571: Giant Truck. I'm going to slowly...

Lego: Getting Started

In case you didn't read my last post about Lego (don't worry, this one has pictures!), I'm starting a new long-term project involving one of my absolute favoritest things (spoiler alert, it's Lego): Lego. My plan is to reach deep into the annals of time (why are you giggling...

Lego: a (re-)introduction

Lego is awesome. Really I could probably just say that and be done with it. I don't think anybody would have any arguments to the contrary, and if they did they suck and I hate them anyway. There's something so unique, so perfect, about those little pieces - and something so...

Stupid Office Pranks

I've been working in an office of some fashion for several years, now. In that time, I've learned that things can get pretty boring, especially in those couple summer months when everybody just wants to go outside. If you also work in an office with an indeterminate number of coworkers, there's one sure-fire way around the doldrums. Pranks. Here are some suggestions, in order of when I thought of them.

Another Arcade Game

Hello. For a few years I've had this collection of old arcade roms, computerized versions of arcade games from the 80's and early 90's. The other night I was just super bored so I decided to play a few and write down my thoughts about them. You might remember that from when I already made two posts about it, or maybe this is the first one you've read because it's pretty great. Anyway, here's another game I played and then wrote about.

Some More Arcade Games

Hello. A few days ago I posted a thing about some arcade games I played. Well, I was pretty bored that night, so I actually played a few more games than I had room to write about in a single post. Here are my thoughts about a couple more as they were pulled randomly from my library of obscure and old arcade games.

Some Old Arcade Games

Hello. A many years ago I got a huge collection of MAME roms off the electronic Internet. MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. So these are old (and slightly less old) arcade games from a many many years ago. I’m bored tonight, so I’m going to select a few random ones and tell you about them...

Presidential Pens

It’s hard not to see or hear people talking about the upcoming Presidential Election everywhere you go. Though it does get a bit annoying, it’s refreshing to not hear people talking about Kardashians or Kate Middleton’s wedding for a change. If you were hoping that...

Small Victories (an FTL adventure, part 2)

By Brandon Kirk

[This is part two of an ongoing narrative based around a single playthrough I did of the Indie game FTL. It's highly abstracted and fictionalized, but it's entirely based on in-game events and situations. It's a fun game. You should play it.]

Dear Diary...

Everything is Okay, an FTL adventure

by Brandon Lionel Kirk

[This is the first in a series of posts narrating a single playthrough of the indie game FTL. It's all made up, but entirely based on things that happen in the game. We open on a aspiring young captain, setting off on a vital mission to save the Federation . . . ]

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