Friday, June 15, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 217 – Blue Hawaii Needless Commentary


Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Jerry’s Shameless Self-Promotion Post

By Jerry Chandler

In between grumblings and observations on fandom and genre, I do a lot of promoting of other people’s works and passion projects. One thing I’ve really not done is promote anything I’ve been working on other than in the little bio bit at the bottom of the columns, and, let’s be honest, most people that read articles on websites tend to stop reading when they hit the first few words of those things.

However, if I learned nothing else during my years of being a professional wrestling fan and seeing Mick Foley on the television, I’ve learned that cheap pops work. Unfortunately, cheap pops of the Foley variety don’t really work all that well on a website like this. However, I also learned from the Foley years of WWE television that shameless self-promotion isn’t always a bad thing.  As such, this week I’m doing some shameless self-promotion. Think of it as my birthday gift to myself. Granted, my birthday is still five months away. However, I keep being told that procrastination is bad, so I’m getting it out of the way now.

Monday, June 11, 2018

The Joy of Joe


By Dave


As most of you probably know I adore GI Joe: A Real American Hero and often cite it as my favorite toy line of all time. At the very least it is the toy line that dominated my childhood and much of my adult collecting years.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 216 – MomoCon 2018 with Mike Gordon



Our old pal Mike Gordon returns to the show to join Dave for a recap of MomoCon!


Thursday, June 7, 2018

ConCarolinas 2018 is in the Books

By Jerry Chandler

ConCarolinas is multi-genre, multi-media convention that has at this point been plugging away in North Carolina for the better part of the last two decades. I’ve been an on and off attendee since 2014, so I’ve seen some of the growth of the convention in recent years as well as seen a couple of nice locations for the event. Although, I have to admit, of the four ConCarolinas I’ve been to, this one was a little different in more ways than one. One reason was something everyone may have noticed. The other thing was a tad more personal.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews June 2018: “Enter Sandman”

By Dave


If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in August.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

The MCU Ranked

by Beth


There was some jibber-jabber last month on the Needless Things Podcast Facebook page about people ranking the MCU. At the time that it was happening I was just too lazy to do my own ranking becuase I felt like I needed to explain my choices. That's just too damn much for a Facebook feed. With the announcement of the Disney/Fox deal I was thinking about the MCU much harder today than before. How will the X-Men work their way into a universe that they've been excluded from for so long? Will we finally get a good Fantastic Four movie? How many Marvel movies are going to be flung at us every year to ensure that Disney recoups it's 52 billion dollar investment? I'm guessing it'll be a lot.

Monday, June 4, 2018

MomoCon 2018 – The Love Movement

By Dave


For the first time ever I really do believe that these kids are going to make this world a better place.

Yes, seriously – that’s my takeaway from my weekend at MomoCon.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 215 – Solo: A Star Wars Story



Screenwriter Chad J. Shonk and Needless Things’ Head of Research Ryan Schweck join Dave to discuss the newest Star Wars film!


Thursday, May 31, 2018

Memo to Marvel and Netflix: Bring on the Horror Universe


By Jerry Chandler

When you mention Marvel Comics around just about anyone these days, the first thing they’ll start talking about with you is superheroes. Certainly they’ll talk about superhero movies, because Marvel has largely owned the big screen for some years now when it comes to that market. You may even get some people launching into excited conversations about superheroes on the small screen; especially if those discussions revolve around Netflix’s offerings.

Occasionally, you even get people that mention a character like Blade. Annoyingly, and more than just occasionally, there are people that will respond with surprise when the film Blade is brought up in a discussion about Marvel movies. This is because a lot of the general public doesn’t seem to realize that Blade, vampires in general, and a whole lot more creations that fall under the monstrous and supernatural have been well established parts of the Marvel Universe for decades now. It’s well past time that something happens to rectify this.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Put an End to Finishers


By Dave


Most finishing moves that WWE Superstars are using today are far too dangerous. In the interest of protecting these hard-working entertainers, I think WWE should ban Superkicks, Curb Stomps, the Khallas, the Kinsasha, and all other impactful moves considered “match-enders”.

Friday, May 25, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 214 – Flash Gordon Needless Commentary



Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Quiet Revival of the Zombie Movie


By Jerry Chandler

That may seem like an odd thing to say right now. A revival of the zombie film? For most people following horror, the zombie film hasn’t gone away. Cable television and the various streaming services are loaded with them; some old, some brand new. It wasn’t even that long ago that Brad Pitt was running around with zombies on the big screen screwing up a perfectly good book’s premise and talk of a follow-up film has been getting thrown around for a while now. As such, it may seem odd to some to say that we’re seeing a revival of the zombie movie. But the fact is, we are.   

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Movie Review - Winchester


by Beth

The Winchester House is listed as one of the most haunted places in America. I've read that actually visiting it is kind of a let down, but I'd still go. It's the least disturbing of spooky destinations that Mr. Tibbs has ever suggested going to since no one actually died in the house itself. I'm more inclined to do something like that than the Cecil Hotel where women kept dying, and 2 serial killers were in residence. I'd watch a movie about a place like that, but I wouldn't go there. Unfortunately, it would probably be just as bad as a movie about the Winchester House turned out to be.

Monday, May 21, 2018

MomoCon 2018 – Phantom’s Picks


By Dave

This year, for the first time ever, your ol’ pal Phantom will be attending MomoCon!

I have no idea what to expect from this very different convention. Obviously parallels can be drawn between MomoCon and Dragon Con, but this one certainly seems to be aimed at a younger crowd. With a focus on anime, video games, and cosplay I’d imagine it draws the currently relevant “youth culture” much more than it does crusty old grumps like me. From looking at pictures it seems like the average attendee age might just barely be out of high school.

What that means is that this will be a fresh, new experience for me and that to a certain extent I will be much more of an observer; reporting on MomoCon in a much more traditional way than I usually do. I still plan to have fun, but I’m expecting much less interaction than a regular con.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 213 – The Casket Creatures: Return to Wolfton


On this week’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave interviews those lovable horror punks The Casket Creatures, LIVE in the Phantom Zone!


Thursday, May 17, 2018

In a Land Without Dragons, Some Turn Lizards into Dragons


By Jerry Chandler

This is certainly going to be one of the more… different… pieces I’ve ever written for Needless Things. I’m usually fairly direct when it comes to things I’m writing about, but, at least right now, I’m being courteous about the matter. I’m not going to risk stirring up a hornets nest for someone/a group of people by addressing the matter directly and in detail. I will, it’s just going to have to wait a half dozen or so Thursdays before I can. In the meantime, I’m going to comment on various groups of people out there, sadly some in fandom, by discussing their mindset. Well, discussing might be the wrong word…

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

The 42 Secrets of Life, the Universe, and Everything


By Dave

I turned 42 last Thursday and, like all adults everywhere, the minute it happened I was blessed with knowledge of the meaning behind life, the universe, and everything. I will now share with you the 42 points of knowledge that represent the sum total of my life experience in the hopes that you will be able to apply these things to your own life and live excellently.

Unless you’ve already hit 42, in which case I’m not telling you anything you don’t already know.

Monday, May 14, 2018

The Top Ten Album Thing

By Dave

Sometimes I like to play along with the things on social media. One of the latest is a deal where you post your ten favorite albums, one a day, over the course of ten days. The caption reads something like this:

Day ___ of my ten all-time favorite albums.
What really made an impact and is still on my rotation list.
Post the cover and nominate a person each day to do the same.


Friday, May 11, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 212 – Renee Cooper from MomoCon



On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Renee Cooper, Director of Media Relations for MomoCon!


Thursday, May 10, 2018

The Art of Ambiguity in Film

By Jerry Chandler

So, starting with the shameless plug… We were recording an episode of The Assignment: Horror Podcast focusing on 1977’s The Haunting of Julia. On the podcast, another film came up as we were discussing films that had a very well executed aspect of intentional ambiguity about them. When done right, it’s something I love to see in a film. 

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

My Nerdiest Week Ever


by Beth

Okay well maybe Dragon Con is a nerdier week, but there’s also a lot of partying too. They’re generally nerdy parties though so maybe this is just my nerdiest week outside of Dragon Con. Regardless; I did a lot of things last week that could up my dork factor by a few levels at least. Try not to judge me too harshly. Or at least if you do don’t tell me about it. So here’s a rundown of everything I did last week (in no particular order) that made me into the new super geek you see before you.

Monday, May 7, 2018

Star Wars Toys: Bigger and Better(?)

By Dave

I missed May the Fourth Be With You by a few days, but I want to write about Star Wars toys.

I posted the above photo on Facebook on the Fourth and our pal, Head of Research Ryan, left the following comment:

“I see you creeping more and more into collecting the 6” line.”

He’s right, and I’m going to tell you why.


Friday, May 4, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 211 – Avengers: Infinity War


On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast the Irregulars assemble in the Phantom Zone to discuss the biggest superhero movie of all time – Avengers: Infinity War!

SPOILER ALERT!


Thursday, May 3, 2018

Hey, Warner Brothers, Let’s Talk about that DCU

By Jerry Chandler

I don’t want to seem like I’m rubbing salt into an open wound. I don’t want you to think I’m a Marvel Zombie or a newer era MCU fan trying to gloat. I’m not. What I am is someone who can see that you’re in desperate need of an intervention, and I think you need to recognize this fact as well. 

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews May 2018: “All That Crap from Toy Fair”


By Dave


If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in July.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 210 – Precious Things


On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave is flying solo to address various happenings in the Phantom Zone!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

April 26, 2018 is #AlienDay


By Jerry Chandler

From time to time, the timeline of cinema history has giant red lines etched into it that separate eras. There are the way things were or were expected to be before that point in time/event and then the way things were or were expected to be after that point in time/event. For science fiction cinema, the 1970s had two huge red lines etched into its timeline that changed the way we expected big budget science fiction to look on screen.

One of those lines came in 1977 with Star Wars. Star Wars brought on entire new expectations with regards to what science fiction on the big screen would look like. But, for as much as some people talk about the dirty, used, lived in look of the technology in Star Wars, the real impact Star Wars had was the work ILM did with both the FX work and in how some of that FX work was shot. The world of Star Wars may have been dirtier and more dog-eared than the world of 2001: A Space Odyssey just shy of a decade before it, but many of the visuals of the one could have easily felt at home in the other. Then the other red line in cinema’s timeline came along in 1979, and that red line, the movie Alien, changed the way we expected science fiction on the big screen to look in more ways than one.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Movie Review - A Quiet Place


by Beth

It sure is a good spring for movies. While I missed out on Strangers: Prey at Night (or maybe not missed if the reviews are anything to judge by), I did get to see Ready Player One and A Quiet Place. There's also Super Troopers 2 (I know it won't be as good as the original, but I still want to see it), and Infinity War coming up. I'm sure I'll see Rampage at some point too, but as much as I love disaster and monster movies it didn't look like one I needed to see in the theater. But today I'm mainly hear to talk about A Quiet Place.

Monday, April 23, 2018

Our Evening With Al

By Dave


If I was going to make a list of my top 5 heroes or people that were most influential to me – post probably not coming soon – Weird Al would be on it. Probably top 3.

Last year when tickets went on sale for The Ridiculously Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour I didn’t really know what it was going to be. I just knew that there was a VIP package and that I had to take the opportunity to meet an entertainer that has had a lasting and powerful impact on my life. I also knew that I wanted to bring Phantom, Jr. with me.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 209 – Evil Dead (2013) Needless Commentary



Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

It Was Rambo, Just with Starbuck- Ruckus (1980)


By Jerry Chandler

The Vietnam War had an interesting effect on the Hollywood and smaller studio systems of the 1970s and 1980s. War movies had been a staple of American cinema for about as long as there had been an American cinema, and most of the mainstream war movies had for the longest time a large “Rah, Rah, Sis-Boom-Bah” factor about them. They would occasionally try to slip a ‘look at the horrors of war’ moment into some of them- typically with the death of a beloved character played by a major name actor –but they were largely focused on looking at war as a heroic endeavor that turned men into heroes and heroes into legends. They were the types of films that made young kids want to go out and play soldier with their friends and “die” in a blaze of glory and honor.

Then the Vietnam War hit and a lot of that got turned upside down. America was coming off a war it hadn’t won. Two wars actually, because right before Vietnam there was Korea. Technically, America didn’t really lose either war, but creating films around a war where the ultimate best chant for audiences coming out of theaters could be “We Didn’t Lose” didn’t have the same vibe as being able to declare victory and a world saved from evil by the end of the film. There were no films like The Fighting Seabees to be made where a lead character played by a popular actor could die and it was still okay in the end because he sacrificed himself for the ultimate greater good of the winning war effort.

In the wake of Vietnam, the nature of the American war film changed. Even films being made about WWII started changing how they portrayed war and the effects of war on soldiers. But when Hollywood starting making films about Vietnam? Gone were films like Mister Roberts or To Hell and Back, because Hollywood was now making films like Coming Home and The Deer Hunter. For a time, the war film became the intensely haunting examination of how war destroys man in more ways and more places than just on the battlefield. Even when larger studios geared a film to be more action oriented, there was still a strong focus on the toll the war took on the men who fought it. It’s gotten lost on many thanks to the sequels, but even First Blood was largely centered around how the war had changed and destroyed John Rambo and crew. Some smaller studios might still go the exploitation route, but many still tried to do films with the themes these other films had. Some of them actually worked fairly well. Then there were the films like Ruckus.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Midnight in the Desert Will Never Be the Same- RIP Art Bell


By Jerry Chandler

The news started trickling out Saturday morning that Art Bell had passed away at the age of 72. By later in the morning, the sad news had been confirmed. A lot of people out there likely don’t know who Art Bell was; although they still may have heard him on the radio or seen him on TV more than a few times. However, for those of us who knew the man’s work well the news hit like a ton of bricks even though he’s largely been off the airwaves for some time now. That impact is not even dependent on you being a believer in any of the subject matter Art used to discuss on his show.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 208 – Sam K. Hale – Yamasong: March of the Hollows


On today’s episode of the Needless Things Podcast Dave talks to Sam Koji Hale, director and creative force behind the new feature film Yamasong: March of the Hollows


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Grave of the Fireflies (1988)


By Jerry Chandler


On April 16, 1988 in Japan, 30 years ago now, an animated film, an early film for the just shy of three-year-old Studio Ghibli, opened in movie theaters in Japan. The film itself was based on a 1967 semi-autobiographical short story, Hotaru no Haka, from writer Akiyuki Nosaka. The story itself had become well known in Japan, and Akiyuki Nosaka had reportedly turned down several offers to turn his story into a live action movie or television film believing that live action would not capture the intended spirit of the story. He had never considered animation, but first the pitch from Studio Ghibli and then the early storyboards convinced him that the story could not be properly told at that time in any medium other than animation. There are probably a lot of people all around the world who are glad he came to that conclusion, because had he not done so we would never have seen Grave of the Fireflies. Of course, that’s as much a blessing as a curse for some.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Spy Con 2018 Recap

by Beth

Atlanta’s first Spy Con was held at the Alpharetta Marriott on March 30th-April 1st. As it was a first I didn’t really know what to expect. I assumed that it would be on the smaller side, but was just slightly concerned about my own high standards and expectations. I tried to keep them lower so that I wouldn’t be disappointed, but it turned out to be better than I had hoped for. I'm not gonna lie - I am loving these smaller conventions. After two cons in a row that only took place on one floor of one hotel I don't know how I'll survive Dragon Con this year. If you didn’t make it to Spy Con then read on to find out what you missed, and why you should go if they do it again next year.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 207 – Wrestling Mania!


We’re on the Road to WrestleMania and it’s time to call the Needless Things Irregulars out to the ring to cut promos on their favorite – and most despised – wrestling memories!


Thursday, April 5, 2018

It’s Time for WrestleMania 34


By Jerry Chandler

It’s April, April Fools is now nicely behind us, and, for wrestling fans at least, the real reason April as a month has a special place on the calendar is about to happen this coming weekend. The entire company that is the World Wrestling Entertainment has been building towards this weekend since the Monday Night Raw of April 3, 2017, and some fans have been making their plans for this weekend for almost as long. Welcome to the craziness that is the WrestleMania Weekend.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Comic Book Wednesday – Previews April 2018: “A Marvelous Month”


By Dave


If you don’t know, Previews is the catalog that Diamond Comic Distributors use to offer the products they distribute to comic book stores around the country. This is where you can view and order (through your favorite Local Comic Book Shop) comic books, trade paperback collections, t-shirts, books, media, and toys and other collectibles from hundreds of different vendors that deal in geek-oriented merchandise. The genius part is that you actually have to pay for your copy of Previews for the privilege of ordering other things to pay for.

It’s like the Ren Fest except without the horse poo smell.

So every month a new edition of Previews is sent out to comic book stores. Contained in the pages within are products that might be currently available or could be released anytime in the next year; but are typically about two months away. Most of this month’s offerings are scheduled to ship in June.

Now it’s time to discuss a few of the weird and/or wonderful items offered in this month’s edition!


Monday, April 2, 2018

What I Did for Spring Break - Universal Orlando Part 2

By Dave

The Troublemakers visited the Universal theme parks in Orlando for an early Spring Break a few weeks ago. My son had never been and it had been around thirteen years since me and the missus were there. Obviously a lot had changed in the intervening years.

Now Universal’s side of Orlando boasts two Harry Potter themed areas, a new King Kong ride, new resort hotels, and plenty more to fill an entire trip. There’s even a whole new water park called Volcano Bay, which I’ll address in just a bit. Once upon a time I wouldn’t have dreamed of a vacation in the area that didn’t include Walt Disney World, but it looked like Universal had stepped up their game enough to earn a few solid days of our time.

We had more fun than not and I’m satisfied with our decision to just visit Universal. Barring a weekend for Halloween Horror Nights I can’t imagine going back in the next several years, but I definitely feel better about the parks than I did after our last visit.

Here are a few more of the highs and lows of our trip!

Friday, March 30, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 206 – Missy Suicide


For sixteen years SuicideGirls.com has been breaking boundaries and setting standards for online communities, representation, and pop culture relevance. It’s also provided a safe space for beautiful women with tattoos and piercings to express themselves.


Thursday, March 29, 2018

Commander USA's Groovie Movies


By Jerry Chandler

“Commander USA, soaring super hero, Legion of Decency, retired.”

The year was 1985, basic cable television in the form we now know it was still crawling towards its teenage years, and an eight-year-old USA Network decided to start the new year off with a new Saturday afternoon show. The USA Network had access to more quality films and programming than your average local UHF channel, but, despite this advantage, their access to films was still a wee bit higher on the ratio of the stinkers vs the great films out there. As such, the early day weekend blocks were often showcasing the not even close to being the best in science fiction and horror on the USA Network; a common thing with many early basic cable channels.

In order to make these less than stellar movies stand out from the crowd, the powers that be at the USA Network decided to take a page out of the broadcast channel playbook from years earlier and have the movies hosted by someone playing a character. The USA Network held a casting call in late 1984, and among the people that tried out for the role of the host was Jim Hendricks. Hendricks apparently had what they were looking for, and on January 5, 1985, the costumed persona of Commander USA strolled onto the TV screens of America to beam mostly so bad they were good films into American homes from his secret headquarters under a New Jersey shopping mall. By the time the show saw its last episode in 1989, it had seen more than 200 shows air, Commander USA had hosted a few events along the way, and an (unintentionally) one shot magazine, Commander USA's World of Horror, had been produced.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Devlin's Domain - The Devil's Honey




When people think about Lucio Fulci they usually think about atmospheric horror, zombies, twisted gialli, maggots, eyeball mutilation, and naked women. He's earned his spot as the Italian king of gore with his quality contributions to cinema. One type of film that doesn't come to my mind when I think of Fulci, however, is the erotic thriller. He's made everything from comedies to westerns, but for some reason only his horror films have gained notoriety. Thanks to a recent restoration and release from Severin Films, one of his more obscure films has come to light. It is, of course, an erotic thriller from 1986. Proceed further to discover one of the strangest tales of Stockholm Syndrome and how to properly use a saxophone.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Crap, I'm Watching The Walking Dead Again


by Beth

Am I just a glutton for punishment? Kinda, but here's the deal. Mr. Tibbs and I lived in the dark ages of TV until last month. We didn't have a DVR. We're crazy, but we just don't watch enough TV to have ever made it important to us. Then we talked to the cable company to get a better deal. Not only did we get a better deal, but we got a free DVR. Shortly after this I heard that the kid who plays Coral on The Walking Dead had been bitten in the mid-season finale, and would die when the show came back. I hadn't seen a single episode of season 8, but Coral dying sounded like something to watch. Especially since I now had the power to fast forward through commercials and speeches. That power came at a high price though. If you care at all there are spoilers ahead. Let's be honest though – no one really cares. Not even me, and I'm watching it again.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Jabba's Sail Barge - A Historic Moment in Toy History


By Dave



Maybe. If it's backed by 5,000 people by 11:59 PM on April 3rd.

You don’t have five hundred bucks to spend on a friggin’ toy.

And even if you did, you certainly don’t have anywhere to put a four foot long, seventeen inch high, fifteen inch wide, fourteen pound mass of plastic and paint.

Trust me – I know. I’m in the same barge. Er, boat.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 205 – Santa Clarita Diet Season 1



Recorded LIVE at Dragon Con 2018 for the Horror Track!

Just in time for the premiere of the sophomore season, Needless Things is proud to present E.J. Stevens, James A. Moore, and our very own Dave West discussing the first season of Netflix’s outrageous Santa Clarita Diet!


Thursday, March 22, 2018

9 Podcasts You Might Want to Listen To


By Jerry Chandler

Every so often I just want to promote a lot of the things I like, and this is one of those times.

I love podcasts. I’m a big podcast person. With my job, having a lot of podcasts to be able to turn to and play during the really long, slow shifts is almost at times an aid to retaining sanity, and, on a good day, ones where it’s not 34 degrees, windy, and pouring rain, they make good listening for a morning’s walk. So, yeah, I tend to need a lot of new content every week. These are a few of the podcasts I tend to have at the top of my daily playlists.

Monday, March 19, 2018

What I Did for Spring Break - Universal Orlando Part 1

By Dave


Thirteen years ago Mrs. Troublemaker and I spent enough time in Orlando to visit Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, and a few of the random lower profile attractions.

I can’t even imagine having enough time to do that nowadays.


Friday, March 16, 2018

Needless Things Podcast 204 – No Holds Barred Needless Commentary



Part of an ongoing series – the Needless Things Irregulars gather in the Phantom Zone to provide their own unique commentary on classic genre films!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Assorted Musings - 3/15/2018 Edition

By Jerry Chandler

Marvel’s Netflix series Jessica Jones just had its second season drop in full last weekend. No matter your opinion on the first season, the second season is worth a look. There be some spoilers ahead.