Gently Down The Stream

•September 16, 2018 • Leave a Comment

Now, that I’ve cut the cord on cable, I really have to stay on target with the shows I watch. This post is really more for me than for any halfninja readers, unless you’re really into where I’m at in a particular program.


What I’m Watching:

Mayans M.C. – 2 Episodes in
The Purge – 2 Episodes in
Lethal Weapon  – 2 Episodes into Season 2
Ozark – 3 Episodes into Season 2


What I’ve Finished:

Iron Fist
Castle Rock

Rest in Peace, Rowdy Roddy Piper

•July 31, 2015 • Leave a Comment

On the eve of Rowdy Ronda Rousey’s title defense against Bethe Correia, we lose the original “rowdy”, Roddy Piper.

I didn’t want to believe it.

He came here to kick ass and chew bubble gum, and it seems like he ran out of bubblegum.

Going to watch THEY LIVE tonight in his honor.

Disney Infinity: A Gift for your “Kids”

•May 22, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I bought Declan a Disney Infinity, since they make very very few video games for kids under 10, and while he likes “playing” it, his idea of playing it is making me create and defeat ‘bad guys’ while he watches.

Luckily for me, the game is actually hella fun to play.  In the first month of having the system, I’ve purchased three playsets, and like 11 guys.  It’s become a problem.

Listed below are some things I wish I’d known before I started playing.  Mostly just Toys that you unlock in the game, the fun ones that are more than just window dressing.

Space Mountain:  It’s 2500 points to unlock, but it has a trampoline and three invisible rails inside of it.

The Sword in the Stone:  Don’t bother getting this until at least one of your characters is level 10.  Once they are, just hit X next to it, and you’ll unlock Wart’s Sword.

Dragon’s Gate:  Put a Magic Band from the Disney Parks on the base and you’ll unlock a bunch of shit.

MMA Judging finally gets it right, sort of

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

I was all excited last night when the Jon Jones/Daniel Cormier decision came back as a unanimous 49-46 victory for Jon Jones.  Not because, I was rooting for Jones, I wasn’t. I was excited because I had Jones winning every round but the 2nd, and it would seem from the numbers that the judges had shared my opinion, all of them.

3 judges agreeing on every frame hardly ever happens.  I thought it might have been a sign of a step forward in judging these contests.  Then today, I found an image of the scorecards and sure enough Cardo Urso (which I can only assume means Dragon Card in English) got it wrong.  He gave the third round to Cormier and the 2nd to Jones.

Unless he temporarily forgot who was in which corner there’s no explanation for this.  Cormier completely flagged in the third and did very little.

At least they got it riht in the end, sort of.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as a parent

•January 4, 2015 • Leave a Comment

The turtles have made a comeback in recent years thanks to several reboots and the involvement of Nickelodeon.  So much so, that my now 3-year-old son is nuttier about the Turtle-y Teens than I ever was.

So I’m rewatching all the old cartoons with him (he has two DVDs full of the old episodes).  The first thing I noticed was the songwriting credit on the theme song.  One of two writers is listed as Chuck Lorre.  This is the same Chuck Lorre that went on to create Two and a Half Men, Big Bang Theory and several other television shows (although those are his two most successful).

The music is nothing special, the lyrics likewise aren’t but given their provenance, it was kind of funny to take a look at them.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half-shell
Turtle power!

They’re the world’s most fearsome fighting team (We’re really hip!)
They’re heroes in a half-shell and they’re green (Hey – get a grip!)
When the evil Shredder attacks
These Turtle boys don’t cut him no slack!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Splinter taught them to be ninja teens (He’s a radical rat!)
Leonardo leads, Donatello does machines (That’s a fact, Jack!)
Raphael is cool but crude (Gimme a break!)
Michaelangelo is a party dude (Party!)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Heroes in a half shell
Turtle power!

So essentially you have a four person team: One is the leader, Leonardo.  A second, Donatello, does the technical work with machines (this was pre-internet).  The third is cool but crude and the fourth is a party dude.  This means half of the team’s strong suits are how they drag the team down.  Coolness, Crudeness, and Party-dudeness are not exactly traits you are going to list on your Linked In profile.

Oh, and the voice of the Shredder is Uncle Phil from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  I’ve spent the last five hours of cartoon watching waiting for the Shredder to tell Will to get a job or Jazz to get out of his house.

Rosetta Stone Desperately Wants Me To Learn Spanish RIGHT FUCKING NOW!

•October 24, 2014 • Leave a Comment

Over the past two months, Rosetta Stone has sent me over 120 emails.  The majority of these emails are in regard to some sort of SECRET SALE they are having.  If you aren’t aware, Spanish has 5 levels.  Each one is like $175 bucks or so.  You can usually buy them all in a group for like $600, but it’s really worth $899.  Or at least it was when I actually cared about Rosetta Stone.  I’m still on their mailing list, and although I’m going to be writing a sci-fi novel that will at least in part lean heavily on a bastardized version of Spanish, I just don’t care to be bilingual anymore.  The only people I see on a day-to-day basis speak English.  My two children make international travel downright unaffordable if not outrightly impossible.

This doesn’t stop the Rosetta people from pestering me about my failures on a daily basis.  They have secret sales, super secret sales.  Special offers where I can get the 5 levels for $219, on Columbus Day it was $209.  One day because they really didn’t give a fuck it was $199.

It’s like a bad stock and my inbox is the ticker.  The sale was supposed to end yesterday.  They emailed me 4 times that it was ending yesterday.  Today?  SALE EXTENDED 1-DAY ONLY!


Here’s some Spanish, Rosetta.  Chinga Tu Madre. Chinga Tu Madre In Su Culo, por favor.

Here’s hoping the unsubscribe link works.

The Paperback is Now Available on Amazon

•January 27, 2014 • Leave a Comment

The paperback edition of “A Million More Wishes”, my debut novel, is now available at

The last time that I checked they had it for $8.90 which was 11% under the cover price.

I hope you enjoy it.