Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 115


This is the after election discussion episode so if you are tired of all that bullshit, skip this one. Maybe there will be another episode at some point for you to listen to instead.

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Welcome to Bored Shenanigans.

Welcome to Episode 115: BS Election

Shooting an Elephant Review

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George Orwell is a titan of literature. He has coined concepts and ideas that are so deeply embedded into popular consciousness we forget they haven’t always been there. Most of us know him as a novelist, but during his life his journalistic writing were his most well known. Around the Bored Shenanigans studio we are rabid Orwell fans and cite his works with far too much regularity. So for no particular reason we present, Orwell September. This month all of our Adult Book Reports will be reviews of Orwell works.

The first work I’m reading this month is one of his highest reviewed essays, Shooting an Elephant. This story follows an English police officer stationed in Burma who is called upon to shoot a mad elephant. While never directly stated, It is assumed the narrator is Orwell speaking from personal experience. That fact is disputed as no provable historical account of these events exist. In my opinion this is written with too much earnestness to be completely fictional.

On of my favorite things about George Orwell’s writing style is the sophisticated simplicity. If ever there was a master of doing more with less, it is him. In this essay, the events are neither complex nor cunning but with precision he shows the tension between the locals and the British occupiers. It forces the reader to examine the two clashing cultures and the results of the British Empire’s seizure of that area. It allows the reader to see the author’s true opinion of the totalitarian rule without ever directly saying it.

The climax of this essay is something to behold. It drives home the themes throughout in both a subtle and substantial way. It cleanly states the essay’s purpose whilst still forcing the reader to ask more questions. It using symbolism in all the best ways and ends with some stellar final lines of dialogue. I highly recommend this and clocking in at less that thirty minutes it is definitely worth your time.

 

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Check back next week as we sink our teeth into more George Orwell.

 

Read Shooting an Elephant free here.

 

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans podcast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his articles here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow Bored Shenanigans on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

 

 

 

Anthems Aren’t Sacred

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I really don’t care about football. I really don’t care about the Superbowls or endorsement ads or deflated gates, I don’t care. Now if you took my lack of caring for that and quantified it exponentially, then you have how much I care about mainstream media’s opinion on things. Honestly, before the last few days I had never heard of Colin Kaepernick. I’m sure he is a fine athlete and worked hard to get his job, but I was as aware of him as he is of me. This is neither an indictment nor an endorsement of him remaining seated during the national anthem. He is exercising his free speech whilst those who are outraged and offended are exercising theirs. It’s America through and through, instant controversy over a meaningless game followed by reanalysis.

This latest fiasco is just one many where someone does the unexpected during a national anthem. Even the laziest Google search will corroborate that fact. People have been getting offended during America’s special song for so long. Somehow I doubt that Francis Scott Key wrote this song knowing the ire that would be raised by non participants or etiquette breakers. Beyond that, I highly doubt that he intended it be sung before every team sports event across the land. Does the audience there, eager to be entertained gain anything from it? Do we feel more patriotic afterwards? Does anyone really care? I think not, so I say we stop using it.

The national anthem at events is just one more piece of pomp and circumstance not necessary for anyone’s enjoyment of an event. The patrons are just there to have fun. Realistically it’s use is pretty inconsistent. It is used before every tee ball and pee wee soccer game but not before a sold out concert. It is sung with gusto during a parade, but not before a car auction. So why use it at all? If it is going to be a lighting rod for controversy, why not reserve it for political events and the like. Wheel out the anthem for big ceremonial events and not every trite, third tier semi pro ball game. Everyone just cooperates out of programming and routine. We put our hands over our hearts like our elementary teacher taught us to. It is just a red, white and blue lullaby for most people ready to see what they bought their tickets for.

I’m sure the ‘freedom isn’t free’ crowd will object to this. They believe that flag ought be worshipped and the scriptures of the anthem sung. Fine, exercise your fundamental human rights. Embrace your ruler. I just don’t think it matters at all. Patriotism isn’t mitigated by participation in a song. Stop using the anthem as a tool to provoke ostracism to those with different opinions. Stop forcing political agendas into our light-hearted entertainment. Stop assuming you know the founding father’s opinions on events this trivial. Just stop. Why don’t we just let the people get their popcorn and  and stop delaying the game. Why don’t we just accept that it wastes time and drags out the entire event? No one came to hear the national anthem. Let’s keep some perspective, it’s still just a guy sitting during a song.

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans podcast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his articles here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow Bored Shenanigans on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

Your Heroes Were Human Once

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“When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” Those words from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance felt very appropriate for this article. It seems that in any community there are always certain people whose reputation precedes them and are held up to a godlike standard. In the firearms community, some of those demi gods are Jeff Cooper, John Browning, Massad Ayoob and Elmer Keith.

We’re going to focus on Elmer Keith here. For those of you who aren’t the gun nerd that I am, Elmer Keith was a prolific firearms writer and enthusiast. He wrote for multiple firearms publications and had nine books published. He was instrumental in developing the .357 magnum, the .44 magnum and the .41 magnum. He developed the “Keith” style bullet which offers more reliable penetration for hunting applications. Over the tenure of his life, he influenced so many people and became known as quite the polarizing figure.

These are the blurb facts that I was familiar with. I knew the hit list of why he mattered, but didn’t know how he traveled down the path. I was pleasantly ignorant until I learned of this little episode. Elmer Keith was a novice reloader and while developing a powerful load for a Colt Single Action Army, it blew up on him.  In the man’s own words;  “When the gun rose from recoil of the first cartridge I unconsciously hooked my thumb over the hammer spur and thus cocked gun as it recovered from recoil. When I turned the next one loose I was almost deafened by the report and saw a little flash of flame. My hand automatically cocked gun and snapped again but no report. I stopped then knowing something was wrong. The upper half of three chambers was gone. Also one cartridge and half of another case. Also the top strap over cylinder. My ears were ringing otherwise I was all O.K.” (American Rifleman, August 15, 1925)

These are the little things that are glossed over by those who pray at the sanctuary of Elmer Keith.  No one mentions that as the catalyst that turned the man into the myth. No one ever said this rudimentary mistake began his journey down the path of becoming iconic. If someone had mentioned this to me, I guarantee I would have been far more interested in the man.  In the last few weeks, I have devoured vintage Elmer Keith articles and fallen in love with his brash style of writing. I have enjoyed his zest for life and his take no prisoners attitude. The man was extremely knowledgeable and has a great way of teaching the reader. I see that he was worth the hype.

Maybe I’m in the minority, but I like flaws. I gravitate to people who fight through the muck and fail. I need to know that you fucked up before you succeeded. I need to know of the faults to appreciate your accomplishments. If we will humanize our heroes and demote them from their gold plated altars, people might be more apt to appreciate them. They certainly won’t resent them or ignore them if they know they made the same errors we all do. I guess the takeaway is keep your idols in perspective. If you really want others to respect them the way you do, keep your starry eyed gushing to a minimum.

Need more? Ian at Forgotten Weapons has an excellent video showing the aftermath of the blown cylinder here. 

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans podcast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his articles here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow Bored Shenanigans on Twitter or Facebook.

The Four Dollar Pamphlet

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Fuck you, Michael de Bethencourt. Fuck you for calling Thirty Eight Tips For Better Snub Shooting a book.  Fuck you for not mentioning anywhere within that it is for new shooters. Fuck you for offering sparse technique, while still having an introduction talking about your skills and qualifications for writing such a pamphlet.

I don’t claim to know everything about shooting, if I did why would I purchase this literature? As a competent shooter looking to improve skills and hone the discipline of my defensive weapon, I expected more out of this. It spent more time on firearm and holster choices than on tactics. I wanted sight alignment tips, hand placement suggestions. Outside of an excellent page on reloading under stress, this was a terrible disappointment. All of the information in this booklet could have easily been found online. Thanks to a few videos from Jerry Miculek and Tom Gresham, I actually got the information I was seeking.

I tried to be objective about this, but as recommended as the author came I couldn’t help but be annoyed. I’m believe that my next foray into this type of information will be from the likes of Ed McGivern or Ed Lovette who actually offer true advice. I should have been more wary, but somehow I still have a naive hope when it comes to the firearms community. I suppose from here on out, I’ll have to be far more selective. It surprises me how small the selection of things for those trying to move from intermediate toward expert. I just wanted to get real tips on trigger control and increase my accuracy on follow up shots, but instead I wasted my time and money.

Moral of the story, pick your advice and educators with more care. Remember that book apparently is open to interpretation. Remember that just because you enjoy a certain hub of information doesn’t mean you will not get conned. Remember that just because something comes from a website called snubtraining.com, doesn’t mean it will offer any skills on snub nose revolvers. Most importantly remember, fuck Michael de Bethencourt, because he’ll charge you four dollars for a pamphlet.

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans podcast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his articles here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow Bored Shenanigans on Twitter or Facebook.

 

 

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 113


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Welcome to Bored Shenanigans.

Welcome to Episode 113: Dance For Me Google Monkey!

I would put show notes for the thing that we talked about, but you don’t need that in  your life. Bored Shenanigans: We suffer so you don’t have to.

I Stand W/ Milo

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I stand with Milo. This is not a popularity contest nor is this a trend I am band wagoning onto, I truly stand with Milo. For the unfamiliar, Milo Yiannopoulos is a journalist known for his controversial viewpoints covering the gamut from feminism to Islam to political correctness. He is currently being lambasted by the mainstream media over spreading hate speech and is one of the only accounts permanently banned from Twitter. He is a lightning rod for free speech and a social justice warrior’s nightmare. Goddamn, am I a fan of his.

Milo is what he is. He doesn’t just poke the bear, he body slams the bear.  He has become something of cult figure in the liberty movement by just being honest and speaking his mind. By daring to go against left leaning ideologies and point out the authoritarianism often represented in their actions, he has made so, so many enemies. I can’t ever remember anyone being so clearly hated by so many groups for merely using their words. People like Milo point out all the flaws in fundamentalism and encourage the rest of to advocate copious amounts of liberty.

Free speech was never meant to protect only the things you want to hear. It’s architecture was to allow those with dissenting and reprehensible ideas to bellow aloud. Those so quick to crucify people like Milo are the same ones who would defend him if he was advocating for their specific viewpoints. Honestly, I don’t really care if I agree or disagree with Milo or anyone on every single one of their ideologies. I do; however, vehemently promote their right to say whatever they feel needs to be said. I do not condone this or any other witch hunt aimed at destroying someone for voicing their beliefs. I will continue to advocate and support unfiltered expression, because it is the right thing to do. I will continue to stand with Milo.

 

Experience the controversy first hand

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans podcast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his articles here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow Bored Shenanigans on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Mission Statement

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Sometimes, I think my hopes and dreams are so far beyond me that I want to scream. I can see them, but either my lack of focus or work ethic seems to keep them unattainable. Swimming upstream against a tide of daily hardships seems to keep them at bay. That being said, before you abandon this page mid sentence hold on. I know you can’t take another one of those late-twenties, who am I and what do I want to do with my life types of articles. That territory is well trod by Buzzfeed and Salon. Lord knows there are plenty of shitty indie bands shitting out their shitty post grad blues feelings all over perfectly innocent listeners right now.I’m not trying to add to their ranks but instead highlight a particular area in which I routinely fail. In reality, this is meant as a way for you to learn from my mistake.

I take on more than I ever hope to accomplish,I’ll admit it. I dream way too big, procrastinate a bit too much and then burn myself out with overzealous intentions and piss poor time management. I want so badly to be successful in a realm that doesn’t involve my day job, yet I will give the aforementioned day job the bulk of my effort. I just need to make a living, I could probably scrape by at work and actually pursue my side projects to a finish line. I have a difficult time balancing my priorities and I fear when I’m in my golden years I’ll realize that I didn’t do anything on my own terms.

Don’t get me wrong, sacrifice is a part of life and concessions must be made. Sometimes you have to work overtime instead of record a podcast episode. Sometimes, you have to be there at 5 AM to pull the lever instead of outlining a novella you promised your wife you’d write. Sometimes, there isn’t time to just make the final draft of your second poetry e-book. Sometimes only sometimes. More often than not though I find myself agreeing to this things, these distractions when I could just as easily not do them. The Earth will continue to spin and life will go on if I invested in my own efforts as opposed to laboring for someone else’s. They didn’t really need me as bad as I needed them to be my excuse.

This isn’t meant to be a statement of arrogance or legacy. I don’t expect world renown receptions nor am I’m ever going to be a Saul Williams or a Voltaire. I don’t intend to revolutionize the world, but goddamn it I should be using the few things I enjoy and have some ability at more often. I should be doing more with the talent I have instead of trying to not upset the daily humdrum. I should dedicate time to improving my abilities for me. I should have so much content for those who visit our small hovel of content distribution on the big bad Internet. I should be doing so much more.

I wrote a list of goals for the first time in my life. I have a three year plan. I have self imposed deadlines and projects. I’m going to make this work in spite of the same flaws that have haunted me my entire existence. I’ve told my wife about long term goals and am now accountable to someone for them. I’ve set meeting dates for creative collaborations. For the first time in a long time, I’m not feigning effort. For the first time in a long time I’m honestly trying.

Trite as it may sound, I implore you to do better than me. Embrace your entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. Bare your soul. Get that promotion at work, talk to that handsome fella, start or update that blog, get that certification or weave that blanket. Just go forth and grab whatever has been hanging over your head. Do the work. Trudge and struggle along with me. Don’t you dare make me fucking do this alone.

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

My Problems With Net Neutrality

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Congratulations, we all fell for it.  With websites from here, there and all over pleading for us to support Net Neutrality. Politicians and news anchors clamored that this is a much needed regulation. Well it’s official as of June 16th, the FCC Net Neutrality agreement was upheld in Federal Appeals Court. We all win, the Internet is no longer a luxury, it is now regulated as a utility. We can binge watch YouTube and Hulu without interrupted streams.

Net Neutrality was upheld as part of Title II of the Federal Communications Act of 1934. This act was originally designed around phone lines that transports only one type of data. Since the Internet moves so many types of data, to restrict everything on the same plateau eliminates the quality of service currently used. Restricting internet service providers in this way eliminates their ability to offer multiple speeds for their customers and removes the opportunity for them to prioritize the available assets as needed. This will force smaller service providers to new standards they may not be able to handle and regulates ISPs business models in a way that will make it harder to serve their customers.

The implications of how Net Neutrality will impact Internet users is important. These includes the Internet being subject to regulation by the Federal Communications Commission. The truest form of deregulated media may be a thing of the past. Independent content creators could potentially be fined or subject to the current regulations of terrestrial broadcasts.  Another implication of Net Neutrality is having service providers submit how their data is being dispersed and that it is being done according to this agreement. While I know that the Congressional push back has been against the violation of privacy, I am more worried about the cost involved. The expansion of administration or the creation of some agency to ensure that the dictums are met . Regardless, we will all pay for this. An additional concern is that Title II allows regulated utilities to be put under Eminent Domain.

Net Neutrality is unnecessary and overreaching. It chokes the free market and will only cost more money to everyone involved. From businesses to Internet users to taxpayers. Through the use of misleading language, this act will be harmful long term. I oppose this entire thing and I hope that it will be appealed in the Supreme Court. Ideally, this is something that will go away, but my gut feeling is it will haunt Americans the way the Patriot Act has.

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast available via iTunes and Stitcher. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book hereBe sure to follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

 

Quick, Everyone Chime In!

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The tragic part of a tragedy is the victims seem to take second place. Nobody really gives a fuck about those affected. Sure, we all feign solidarity, we all wish well, political figures stand in front of podiums and make claims and legislation. Leaders of communities demand action for whatever has happened all the while those who really suffer seem to get lost in the shuffle.

The incident in Orlando has saturated conversations, social media, and all forms of news. Things like this just magnify everyone’s agenda. These things just make people do more of whatever they do. Whatever sacred cow those people or agencies possess, they just do more of that. Anti groups do more of that, disenfranchised groups push to be more accepted, all members of a certain faith are expected to answer for the actions of one individual and any number of other assemblage condemn or begin to fight for their own agenda. Not to mention the multitude of radical fringe organization that will condone the architects of the tragedy.

I can’t claim perfection, I have dabbled in hindsight just as much as everyone else. I have piggy backed on travesties for the sake of proving a point. If only this or if only that, the situation could have been different. I’ve encouraged people to read these statistics and facts that reflect my opinions and beliefs.

During this cavalcade of lobbying and motive pushing people still are suffering. Families, friends and those directly impacted are experiencing unfathomable loss. They are not comforted or allowed to grieve in peace. Their own personal hell is analyzed into a million of “what if?” scenarios. When lives are taken, we owe it to one another to find a solution to the problem. Not the kind of solution that pushes legislation, reinterprets laws and ultimately limits freedoms.

The focus during some type of disaster should be far more introspective. We need a renaissance that allows us to mourn the dead and comfort their families simply because it is the right thing to do. To objectively look at the situation and find a way to teach the next generation that hate only causes problems, it never solves them. We need to foster an environment where differences are tolerated and critical thinking is promoted. More than anything, we need to stop making reactionary judgments and instead just try to be better people.

 

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book here.

 

Review of Catcher in the Rye

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I’ve tried with this series to look at things objectively and from a entertainment mindset. I am not able to do that with the following review and my bias is clearly shown. With that in mind I present you with my review of Catcher in the Rye.

J.D. Salinger’s Catcher in the Rye is one of the only books I’ve ever vowed to never read again. Now I’ve read it twice. I’m a sadist. This book has to inspire more whiny emo band lyrics than any other source. It is dreadful. For those of you who weren’t forced to read this book in high school, it’s about Holden Caulfield and the days following his expulsion from a prep school. It is often praised as a love letter to New York City, showing the vibrant and colorful nature of the city. Holden is often referenced as a symbol of teenage rebellion and angst, capturing the feeling we all had in high school. This book has been banned multiple times for the language and its’ reference in several crimes.

I’ll start off with the positives, I love the style of writing Salinger implements here. The narrative, places you precisely where the protagonist is and allows the reader to see through their eyes and understand their handling of every situation. The author’s concise and well executed methods keep the book easy to navigate and allows the reader to quickly digest every instance.

Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, fuck Holden Caulfield. As a matter of fact, fuck anyone who claims this as a piece of art that shouldn’t be besmirched. This book is one of the most arduous and least enjoyable things I’ve ever read. If it is meant to be an indictment of adolescents or force you to hate all spoiled teenagers, job well done.

I cannot be alone in this, as a point of experiment, I had my wife try to read this book and she was done after about three chapters. It is a ponderous read, filled with self indulgent whimpers by the main character. He is a walking buzz kill, unhappy by every single aspect of his life and when presented with an opportunity to improve it he just complains all the more.

I hated this book. I found little enjoyment from it outside the narrative used the brevity in which I was able to complete it. What confounds me more that anything is how this book is held in such high esteem. The pedigree of excellence heaved upon this work blows my mind. Maybe I’m too dim witted to understand the implications inside it’s covers, but this goddamn book holds no enjoyment for me.

I cannot and will not recommend this book. If it were just a story I didn’t enjoy, I’d happily tell you. Literature is subjective, I understand that. The amount of universal praise this work finds itself in is misguided and I do not consider it a classic or even an enjoyable read. I almost find it offensive this book is held in the same regard as works of Hemingway and Chaucer. If you must read something I’d reach for the instructions on your toaster oven before cracking the cover on this drivel.

 

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book here.

3rd Party, Please Don’t Fuck This Up

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Holy shit, another option. Holy shit, the Libertarians are actually being mentioned outside of chat rooms and their own circles. Holy shit Gary Johnson and Bob Weld are polling at eleven percent in national polls. Holy shit, the citizens are looking for choices outside of the GOP and DNC. Holy shit, I hope these two make a good showing and open up an express lane for others to campaign and be taken seriously.

I am actively advocating something to disrupt the establishment and push for liberty. We need a mindset change in this country. We have been mired in the left or right paradigm for far too long. The current mainstream candidates appeal to the lowest common denominator and only offer the illusion of choice. Whether the Democrats or Republicans win this election, we will end up in another war, we will have more laws passed that limit freedoms and the national debt will only rise. This things will negatively impact all of us. The people not politicians will be forced to reap the consequences.

Americans need this shift in the political spectrum. They need to see an alternative to the status quo to care again. I just want to liberty to prevail and people to actually be able to chose what works for them. I desperately want the third party to make a good showing this election, so people will stop choosing lesser evils and start moving towards good. Something to uproot career politicians whose only real goal is to stay in power and continue to exist comfortably. So many people are so vocal about how broken the system is, yet they refuse to hear any voice outside of what is easiest.

I plead with you, third party do not fuck this up. The Perot campaign in 1992 is the last time anyone took something different, seriously. We need this to work, we need this to do well and most of all, we need you to not abandon your principles for the sake of fitting in. Candor and truth stand tallest in the forest of mistruths and lies, so please just tread lightly and act with some civility so you don’t ruin fringe candidacy for the next guy.

 

 

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book here.

 

 

 

 

The Call of Cthulhu Review

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I don’t think I possess the ability to discuss literature without invoking the name of H.P. Lovecraft. I’m sure the term ‘classic’ isn’t always one attributed to pulp horror writers, but I’m pulling rank here.  Settle back as I present you, The Call of Cthulhu.

For the uninitiated, The Call of Cthulhu is a short story about a man named the inheritor of his uncle’s estate. While performing these duties he discovers his late uncle’s obsession with an ancient cult. This is easily Lovecraft’s most well known and highly regarded work, though his short stories have been adapted to multiple forms of media.

Before I get too deep into my passions for this book, I know from the get go you’ll either love or hate Lovecraft’s style of writing. It’s dark and complicated, a kind of sludgy gothic concentrate not for the faint of heart. He will build the atmosphere off the page and pile it up around you. It’s a bit inaccessible for some new Lovecraft readers.

Flaws noted, this is such a fantastic book. Call of Cthulhu is the story that began my love affair with Lovecraft’s work. I’ve read it multiple times and always gotten enjoyment from it. In my opinion, it is some of his finest writing. This book is worth the hype. It has inspired multiple adaptations and expansions to the myths, from tabletop RPG games to novellas to animated series. There is so much to enjoy in this story, it appeals to lovers of horror and mystery in all the best ways. I don’t really know of anything that compares to this tale, so for lovers of foreboding suspense  or for those who want a tale about ancient occults worshiping long forgotten gods, this is one for you.

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here  or download his e-book here.

 

Is Effort Overrated?

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Cream always rises to the top. Sure it’s an easy colloquialism that is meant to inspire everyone to try hard. It is the style of saying usually reserved for guidance counselors and posters with cute animals on them. So what happens when the cream just gives up because the dairy fights them every step of the way.

Cryptic, I know. Ready yourself, I’m going to elaborate. We’ve all been told to work hard, apply ourselves and give a little extra. This is the secret to success and what we should aspire to be. Just do more because it’s the right thing to do. Great ideas that aren’t given the proper method to thrive.

Face it, some people are never going to apply themselves. Some people are going to skid by doing the bare minimum and that is fine. The application of self isn’t really the issue here. The issue is when those who don’t really exhibit any effort fuck it up for the rest of the people in the room. When they become the majority and lower the standards.

This is where those who legitimately try truly suffer. When the standard are so low, those willing to better themselves and give their all are ostracized. The system of do as little as needed is upset by their presence and they are either forced out of it or are absorbed into it. You either conform or are exiled.

With less being demanded of the individual why bother to compete? We are punishing the truest assets and not rewarding them. We are discouraging motivation and creativity by snuffing out everything it should be. Surely those with any desire will find a way to succeed, but it’ll be on their own merits and in spite of their environments. Good luck my dear overachievers, good luck.

 

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work in the article section. Also enjoy his poetry blog here.

 

 

 

Group Think

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It seems to me the modern day lynch mobs are growing at an alarming rate. Without even trying to be involved in any of the issues, they are forced upon me. Small minded arguments calling for vindication of some sort of wrong. I’m done with it and as far as I see it, you’re all wrong.

The social justice warriors have sharpened their spears and marched upon the natives, causing the natives to meet them with resentment and violence. Neither group has behaved particularly well, they are both making demands and terrorizing one another.

Every issue from trans-gender bathroom use to the profiling of the practitioners of Islam to those trying to ban or increase gun rights are beating on my brain and I’m tired of it.
What I think is being neglected by all sides of these issues is that we are all losing. What is lost in all of the heated discussions and short sided quarrels is we are playing the hand dealt to us exactly as we should. Instead of coming to some voluntary, civil agreement we call out to our officials to fix the problem. Just as children on a schoolyard call to the teacher, so we call in the litigators and officials.

This has a negative reaction for everyone, some type of law, rule, guideline or mantra will get passed, and that will limit or outlaw someone’s liberty. Whether that freedom was one to support or deny that particular issue. So no one really wins, we all lose. Losing the ability to live a life as we choose because we cannot come to some sort of an arrangement. It seems so simple, when it comes to differing ideas, just rationally discuss it. Act like an adult, conduct yourself with decorum and represent your side intelligently. If we figured out our own solutions that mutually benefited both parties, I doubt all the quarreling would raise everyone’s ire to the point of a riotous frenzy.

If we just show the slightest bit of respect to those in situations different than our own, we might actually fucking learn something as opposed to making judgments on other’s dispositions. Look I never claimed perfection and am filled with my own prejudices, but I am pledging from henceforth to improve my empathy skills. Perhaps, you’ll join me?
Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here.

 

Jekyll & Hyde Review

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We’ve all been told forever how classic the classics are. As a way to better myself I have decided to read some of these classics. Are they historically significant? You bet. Are they entertaining? We shall see. I understand that literature is subjective and somethings just really strike a chord with some people. That being said some things are just overrated. One of those things is Robert Louis Stevenson’s “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.”

We all know this story. Well, we all know the pop culture synopsis of this story. The short version is a mild mannered professor has a mysterious connection to a dangerous man. That connection isn’t made clear until the reader discovers Jekyll and Hyde are the same person.

I wanted to like this book, I really did. I wanted this book to captivate and intrigue me. This book did neither. It was a ponderous and boring read that only was mildly interesting. I assumed that both the duality of man and goo versus evil would be discussed at length. I expected to dive deep into the conflicted mind of a mad genius. I was wrong. More time was spent discussing what makes a gentleman, a gentleman and the importance of someone’s reputation in Victorian era England. It lacked suspense and any elements of horror. Outside of an interesting core concept, this book offers very little to keep the reader engaged. If you need some Robert Louis Stevenson in your life, go with Treasure Island and pass on this.

I feel this book is a victim of it’s own reputation. It was difficult for me to stay on task during this brief story and it felt like a conscious effort to keep reading. Any time a book feels like work, that is never a good sign. Overall, a pretty uninspired experience.

Cody Jemes is the co-host of the Bored Shenanigans pod cast. See more of his work here. Also enjoy his poetry blog here.

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 99

That’s Right a New Episode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
We give the old year a rap-up by talking about things we have forgot to talk about through out the year.
Including Fran Bow the point and click adventure game, Madoka Magica “the Watchmen of Magical Girl anime” and, I honestly forgot, but I believe it was a Nick Fury Comic.
Also what makes a piece of art worthy of being remembered and how to judge something you hate.
And I am sure some other shit I cant remember right now so, by my own standers put forth in the episode, this must not be that great of one.

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Welcome to Episode 99: Spoiler’s List

Also We Will Be Discussing the New Star Wars So Be Warned

also Look For The SHOW NOTES!!

BS to Go 14

It’s clobbering time folks, time to conquer the walkout if the century in the wrestling world. Brent and Cody share their options on Phil Brooks. Do they hate him? Is a pipe bomb coming? Is it just a ring out?
May I Take Your Order?
Would you like the Hot Apple Pie with that?
So that’s one Episode 14: BS to go 008 part 3, the best in the world

BS to GO 13


On the first part of the journey, I saw the menu was filled with options. There were ridiculous stories about rapes and pedophiles and office managers. It felt good to be out of the rain.

Brent joins Cody as they talk about not talking in quite some time. Join the conversation and by that we mean treat it as a read only file, you can be there but your participation isn’t all that important.

May I Take Your Order?

Would you like the Hot Apple Pie with that?

So that’s one Episode 13: I went through the drive thru on a horse with no name.

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Cody— Cody W. Jemes
Brent— Emmanuel Westinghouse

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 98

Have you ever felt a tingling sensation in the back of your head when seeing a funny video scored with the most classic of comedy sound tracks, the Benny Hill music. That’s because it has a Dark Secret and it is reveal to you this week. Also are you as tired of crappy super hero movie reboots as we are? Do you wish there was just more Suckerpunch? Are you like Cody and confessed at your love of movies with the devil when you don’t believe in him?

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 93

Not only is this a Vault Shenanigans originally recorded in December of 2014 but Cody is the one the edited it. So you would think that he would be the one to do the episode description. But no it is me and I have not yet had a chance to hear it so I will make wild speculations about what happens in it.

Cody will get stuck on a sentence and it will make negative amounts of sense. We will find common ground between two apposing points. A recent headline makes us angry. The words “potted plants” will be used more than we ever imagined. We will find a striking similarity between a political leader and a glass of iced tea. A primordial evil will be called forth from outer darkness to claim the blood of the living by remnants of a once great forgotten ancient kingdom and we will have to be recalled to an orbital platform to protect mankind from that which it knows not.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 92

Cody has the big balls to bounce his once god Cthulhu and bawls big baskets around the state of some Ballers.
Also we throw a flag on the way the flags are being thrown.

But more importantly than any of that do you remember the time Fabio got hit in the face by a Goose?

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 91

This week we dance with the devil and become known as false prophets. And Cody shows off that he has one of the super powers reserved for Scientologist. Also accidental racism and some very real racism in the form of a Warner Brothers cartoon called “Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs” (yes you can find that online)

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 88

Hey there pretty baby. You look lovely and smell decadent. I appreciate you taking the time to read this well crafted episode desription because I am here to entice and seduce you into downloading me. Hear our rugged and voluptuous hosts tell you about their irrational fears. Maybe they’ll look to snuggle up you? Also Cody has a new place to play soft music and candlelight whilst Brewer finds a dreamy, cushiony place to take that special someone. Mmmm sounds divine.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 82

A pragmatic reverend, an opinionated electrician, when their powers combine, they form Bored Shenanigans! Rejoice all listeners, Cody has returned to flirt with your ears and sexy parts. Brewer missed him, even though he will never admit it.  The agenda this week involves canceled concerts, failed social experiments and an inordinate amount of swearing. Tune in for the number one choice in on demand audio entertainment.

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Brewer gets a new side kick this week in the form of Brent (the sexy baby) and he wants to talk about racism. There is also more Internet Strangelove, Brewer pulls some weeds, and there are no fat guys or trolleys.

May I Take Your Order?   

Would you like the Hot Apple Pie with that?

So that’s one To-Go Episode 09: Naked Brent

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 74

The two least qualified humans on the planet attempt to make some sense out of the abortion topic. With the help of many fine, fine listeners we bring their opinions and our own straight to you.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 73

there should be something here…

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Welcome to Episode 73: Balls to Testicles

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 63

Tune in as your two favorite podcasting fellas open up a can of evil energy drink conspiracies. Hear the truth on whether the pen for her is mightier than the sword and know once and for all in what way you can use fucksickle in a sentence.

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Welcome to Episode 63: Live Nudes 8: BS in the buff

 

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 61

Find out why things have been so hectic last week. Yesterday was Carl Sagan Day and we talk about all the things we did for it. The voting is done see how your favorite team did. Snakes are going missing and only we have the skills to make puns about it. Brewers writing a self help book on podcasting and Cody does not know when to stop talking sexy.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 59

Other than what the title indistinctly hints at; Cody shows up for recording this week but is confused by Brewer asking about dates and also informs us about his watching of Halloween movies. We try to Spoil as many movies as we can. Brewer gets some Strange then we try to come up with Costume ideas for Brent’s upcoming Halloween party. An Update on Sex Jesus watch 2014. Also there is HATE MAIL!

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 56

Accidentally nude. Kind of like if you walking on somebody in the bathroom or when you are trying to return a coffee cup or when you walk in on them installing a new lava-lamp in their government mandated soul altar…

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Welcome to Episode 56: And Now a Word from our Sponsors

Also in this episode, I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together. See Cody run like pigs to a gun Controversy. See how they fly. I’m crying.

Brewers Sitting on a cornflake. Waiting for the van to come. Corporation T-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday Man you’ve been a naughty boy You let your editing run long. I’m crying.

Mr. Dallas Mavericks sitting. Pretty little Players in a row. See how they look in their new shirts. See how they Dribble. I’m crying

Sitting in an English theater Waiting for the Tusk. If the Tusks not fun you get a laugh From us giving soda to Bane.

Stamps.com Climbing up the Audible tower. Carbonite penguin singing Dollar Shave Club. Man, you should have seen 1n1 kicking Legal Zoom.

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 53

Are you tired of sub par podcast experiences? Would you like something thick and hearty? Something that holds in the warmth, like hot soup on a cold day? Look no further, Rev. Brewer and Cody are here to right the ship. There are many issues facing America today, but one issue that shouldn’t cause undo stress and heartache is what auditory experience you should have. Here at Bored Shenanigans, we are a helping hand in the darkness, an extra rag to clean up that spill, defense against the imminent Martian invasion and the summary of your favorite TV show you missed. BS Podcast is a servant of the people, so vote BS in 2014 and do something for you and America.

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Welcome to Episode 53: Vote Honest: Vote Shenanigans 2014

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We bring you a special report of a sort. Cody wants to talk about some of the issues surrounding the idea of the ability to open carry a handgun so Brewer interviews him. That’s all you really need to know.

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Would you like the Hot Apple Pie with that?

So that’s one To-Go Episode 05: Have Gun – Will Podcast

5 Songs That Matter Most

Music matters to everyone. We all have those songs that take us back to our youth or to a specific place in our lives. A majestic art that can make us feel everything so deeply and on an almost subatomic level. That being said, I bring to you not only my five favorite pieces of music, but those that mean the most to me. So ready yourselves to disagree as Rank This! Presents Cody’s 5 Songs that Matter most.

5-Fuck Authority– Pennywise
This is a nostalgia choice for me. This is off of their Land of the Free? album and was my first exposure to anything called punk rock. This was my gateway drug into the world of three cords and do it yourself ethos that inhabit a large majority of my musical choice. Before this track, it never occurred to me that you could say this kind of stuff in a song. It opened my eyes to what self expression means and that the rules are merely what you make of them. I love this song as much now as the first time I heard it. A rebellious song that puts it all on front street and challenges the listener to make a change for the better. All in all a fantastic track.

4-God’s Love-Bad Religion 
The most recent choice on the list, this is a song I found a few years ago. This is a song that struck me at a time when I was exploring my own spirituality. God’s Love does a fantastic job of satirically yet insightfully examining one’s faith, especially in the realm of Christianity. I know this will never make a top ten list for Bad Religion songs, but being a big fan of theirs, this song just does it for me.

3-Where Eagles Dare– The Misfits
Let me be clear so there is no confusion, The Misfits are the greatest band of all time. They are far and away my favorite musical choice and cannot stop listening to them and enjoying their work. That being out of the way, Where Eagles Dare is my chosen song of their catalog. This was certainly the hardest pick for me, as I deeply enjoy so much of their music. The chorus of this song makes it, balancing the right amount of fuck you attitude with power to back it up. This song is a perfect manifestation of the horror imagery The Misfits built their legacy upon. A superior song from a phenomenal band.

2-All Apologies-Nirvana
This song is so good it almost physically hurts. Nirvana was such a deeply talented band with some real gems in their albums ,but this is the one I have to choose. Another song I found as a confused loner kid it has managed to grow with me through the years. Covering a large gamete of emotion in a single track, you follow the journey and feel it with every note. This is a necessary song for all humanity, without it who knows where we would be?

1-Paint it Black-Rolling Stones
As far as I am concerned, this is the perfect song. I really have little affinity for the Rolling Stones, but there is some kind of sorcery in this piece. A masterwork of musical arts, this one just never gets old to me. Haunting and beautiful you find yourself at one with the universe when this song plays. It reverberates the frustration and fear of the universe in a few brief moments. A classic in every sense of the word, this my friends is music.

 

Cody Jemes is the Literary Engineer behind both the Rank This and the Articulations sections @Bored Shenanigans. Stay tuned weekly for new articles, new pod-casts and all kinds of free funny. Fill your need for sports at Texas Fandom or fill that poetry void at Abuse Through Poetry.

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 46

Alot is going this episode (yes I typed “alot” on purpose, want to fight about it). Cody is in a fight with Obama on two fronts, Brewer is in a fight with the Pope’s demons, Colonel Sanders is in a fight about nothing, Turtles are in a fight with Rangers and, we all lose the fight with nostalgia.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 39

“Hey look at that hot podcast” and you get a lot for your dollar when you wave it at us on stage. There is talk of beer parties, whiskey dispensers, cheesy rap songs, and everything else wrong on the internet.

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Welcome to Episode 39: Live Nudes 3: Hot Hillary and Doofy Bill 

And if you don’t remember live nude means not planed episode with little to no editing.

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 34

Making good on our slogan a whole lot of nothing and a little bit of everything we bring you this episode that just does not have any sort of theme. There are big holes, big macs, big brains, big gripes about small things, lots of Steves, one Ellen, deities cruisin’ in style, the death of a legend, and the truth about fuzzy dice.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 31

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Polish your blarney stones and guard your pots of gold this wee little Bit o’ Shenanigans is building a railroad right to your ears. Come join us but mind not to let the snakes in.

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Welcome to Episode 31: Topless Run

If you could not tell we talk about how we spent Saint Patrick’s Day. This Episode has a lot of down force in the rear by the MASSIVE SPOILER attached to our conversation about Boondock Saints. So if you have not seen it yet feel ashamed go watch it or be warned. And if at any point in time during the episode you start thinking we are cool we remedy that with some talk of the Elder Scrolls games.

Also, to explain the title a bit this episode is a bit shorter than normal making it sort of like a To-Go and was recorded spur of the moment and not edited much making it sort of like a Live Nudes

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 30

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HI! I’m an episode! You can hear me! I’m doing the description this time! I talk about weird mascots. And people that died. And touching art. And sports things. And old news. And were you can buy cakes. And who you can marry. And feelings on ending games or books. And all the things I normally talk about.

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 29

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Welcome to Episode 29: ConspiracyCast: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the BS

It is the stated position of the U.S. Air Force that their safeguards would prevent the occurrence of such events as are depicted in this podcast. Furthermore, it should be noted that none of the characters portrayed in this film are meant to represent any real persons living or dead.

Failed Potential Movie Sequels Part 2

Failed Potential Movie Sequels Returns

We return with a vengeance to bring you the beginning of the list. Without further hullabaloo, here is number 15 to number 1 of our Rank This! movie sequel list.

15-Addams Family Values

This sequel fell so flat. Pancake level flat. Anjelica Houston and Raul Julia reprise their roles as Morticia and Gomez, but this film’s unrelenting desire to make Uncle Fester a comedy relief character runs this film aground.

 14-Fantastic Four: Rise of The Silver Surfer

Well this was the chance for redemption after that abortion of a first film. Sweet hell, this was not it. Blundering their way through the introduction of Silver Surfer and making Galactus a big, glowy cloud really made me regret seeing this movie. 

13-Tremors Sequels(All of them)

Sweet fuck, just stop. The first film was more fun than any movie about giant worms has any right to be. It was sort of call back to the creature feature genre and had a cast of characters you rooted for. Then they just kept making terrible, ponderous films about tunneling worms of death.

12-Mission Impossible 2

The first Mission Impossible was a complex spy film that made the audience think and wonder what Ethan Hunt’s next move would be. The sequel was directed by John Woo and has explosions, motorcycle races, giant explosions, and doves gracefully flying amid gun battles. Not what I had hoped for by any stretch of the imagination. A dumb action film that should have been a tight spy thriller. 

11-2010: The Year We Made Contact

Stanley Kubrick set the bar pretty high. I don’t know that this film ever had a real chance of touching that one. But the director tries so hard to do Kubrickian things and it doesn’t resonate. This is apparent in the ending most of all, which ends simply and leaves the audience craving more, especially after how the first film looked into the mystery of space. 

10-Shrek 2

Shrek turns into a human and donkey turns into a horse. He wants to win back Fiona and wacky antics ensue…..Next!

9-Aladdin 2: Return of Jafar

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Maybe this is nostalgia leaking in here. I used to really like Aladdin. It was one of my favorite Disney pictures, having more adventure than most of its peers. The sequel was bad. Really bad, rehashing  a lackluster villain in a lackluster revenge plot. Oh and Robin Williams doesn’t play the Genie and it is  painfully obvious. 

8-Pirates of Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest

The first film was so perfect. It set us all up for a franchise of  staggering escapades and did so much to make us like Jack Sparrow. Then this happened and it snowballed into a half-ass’d snooze fest that seemed unable to grasp any of the mystique of the predecessor. 

7-Batman Returns

Why do people like this movie? Other than a top-notch Catwoman, what is good here? I understand the impact and revolution in the first flick, but this was horrendous. Tim Burton created so much atmosphere and scenery, the cast couldn’t help but chew it. Without Christopher Nolan’s trilogy, people would assume that this tripe is Batman.

6-Caddyshack 2

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What is there to say? You take a legendary comedy film’s sequel and insult the audience with it. This film could easily be under a dictionary heading under terrorism.

5-Butterfly Effect 2

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I don’t think the writer of this had ever seen the original. It is Butterfly Effect in name only. The first one was so good, this one was poorly made, poorly acted, and I was dumb enough to take the bait and watch it. I want my time back.

4-Matrix Revolutions

Okay, Reloaded had problems. It did, but this is where the string was pulled and the series unraveled completely apart. Constantly trying to mind fuck us for no real reason, this film plodded along and ended with a standard fare Zion standoff and an unearned ‘what if ‘ending. I wish I had taken the blue pill instead.

3-The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

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Here it is, this is why I did this list. The first Mummy wasn’t Citizen Kane or anything. It had its problems, but it was fun. It was a loving tribute to The Mummy’s Tomb and Curse of the Mummy’s Hand. It was a great return to a much forgotten monster. I really enjoyed it and do so more upon repeated viewings. The Mummy Returns was not good and neither was the Scorpion King. This should have been awesome, taking the series to a new land and culture with the Terracotta Army and Chinese Emperor’s undead. This could have at least been a diet version of Indiana Jones. They screwed this up so bad and made it just another forgettable action flick and wasting so much potential.

2-Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

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This is the worst of the prequels and I will not be swayed otherwise. Even with boring podraces and Jar Jar, Phantom Menace was still watchable. Darth Maul was cool, the space battles were fun and the plot tried for something. In this film, Christopher Lee is wasted as a mediocre villain and we watch poorly written romantic dialogue. Apparently Boba Fett is a clone and so are all storm troopers. This cannot be the Clone Wars that Ben Kenobi talked about all those years ago on Tattoine. 

1-Boondock Saints 2: All Saints Day

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I wanted to love this movie and quote it as much as I do the first film. In the BS production house and amongst our friends this is one of our films. We were so ready for this movie to come out. It isn’t bad. It just isn’t the first film. It tries so hard to recapture that lightning, but never seems to. Rocco’s cameo was a nice touch and having Willam Defoe return as Lt. Smeker was great, but I still feel a bit empty. I loved the Focus on Il Duce, but something wasn’t quite there. This series still gets an annual play through on St. Patty’s Day, but All Saints Day just isn’t the saint the first one was.

Cody Jemes is the Literary Engineer behind both the Rank This and the Articulations sections @Bored Shenanigans. Stay tuned weekly for new articles, new pod-casts and all kinds of free funny. Fill your need for sports at Texas Fandom or fill that poetry void at Abuse Through Poetry.

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 25

No Johnfingering around and soup will go uneaten this episode. Here we have the B.S. Crew speaking seriously on the topic of government and what its ultimate goal or end should be. Not sure how effectively we do this but, hey you may hate everything we say but at least we made you think.

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Outside Looking In

Sometimes it takes a friend. Sometimes it takes a friend for you to recognize your own flaws. Those hard standing habits that have become so structurally significant to you. Those stubborn things you allow to persist without even noticing them. Sometimes, it just takes a friend to shine the candle in just the right way for you to see your own shadow. That demented reflection of yourself that cannot encapsulate your better qualities. Darkly it has crept within you, bestowing upon you traits you never wanted. Embedded within you so deeply, it takes a second set of eyes to find them. It is a shattering and unnerving feeling to see your flaws laid out before you. That moment when you have all the evidence before you, yet you still want to claim innocence. All you can do is absorb it. Take in the criticisms and grow from them. Even in small areas allow them to make you a better person. Remember that recognition is the first step to transformation.  So swallow your pride and proceed better. Go out and improve yourself. Take a trusted suggestion or two to heart. Do not allow yourself to be placid and stagnant in your own self betterment. We were never meant to sit still. We were meant to fail miserably and succeed gloriously. We were meant to observe and report. We were meant to improve ourselves and the others around us. Just take the criticisms, accept your blemishes and do whatever is in your power to polish them up a little. Beyond the goals of rising above, past the notions of furtherance of self, it is imperative that you thank that friend for their observations.

 

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Begrudgingly

Just fucking squash your petty feuds. Don’t sit and stammer at the screen making up bullshit excuses aimed at nothing beyond self-gratification, fucking eliminate your feuds. Look, it is understood that some wrongs cannot be righted. Some grievous and dire violations of self and family cannot be corrected by a mere ‘I’m sorry’.  Outside of select few instances, do that many of us have things requiring Punisher-esque  style of revenge? Look we all disagree, we all are assholes or victims of assholes at times, nevertheless if we want to have any type of chance at moving forward, one must eliminate the issues. If you really don’t give a fuck about the person you are disagreeing with, them ignore them. However, when it comes down to family, friends, co-workers, or hell even frequently used hookers, just fix the issue. No one wants to walk waist deep in the excrement of your stupid high school drama. Nobody wants to feel that uneasy and unsettling tension that hangs so heavy when aforementioned squabblers are in the room. If not for your sake do it for the sake of everyone else.

Beyond all that, if the issues marred whatever relationship was there, at least try to be civil. Just feign a bit of courtesy and think to yourself what a goddamned cocksucker that person is. So here at Bored Shenanigans we advocate treaties amongst warring parties and nations. No more should one feel the attrition of another just because of something ridiculous and misunderstood. No longer shall we bicker as teenage girls do over who is prettier and who gets to wear purple to the prom. Just let it go.

 

Cody Jemes  is the mastermind and head complainer behind the Bored Shenanigans Articulations. Has his writing style got you all hot and bothered and you crave more? Check out his articles on the Dallas Mavericks at  Texas Fandom, watch him abuse poetry on his blog or if  you are tired of reading? Listen to the podcast he co-hosts.  

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 19

You seeing us undressed makes us want to Johnfinger. So we did it again. That is got naked. Well, we johnfingered too. Anyhoo, There has been a wedding in the B.S. Family. Also we get angry about nothing important. Chad makes an appearance. We take Vegas by storm then by elevator.  And we learn there is a lot of truth in (Pulp) Fiction and in Kevin Smith’s new move Tusk.

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Welcome to Episode 19: Live Nudes 2: Live Nude-er

Also Brewer Officially announces running for President of Hollywood!  So support him at your local polling stations.

The Horror, The Horror

We are all fucking pussies. No matter how much of a hard-ass we pretend to be. Sure we have all had moments of pure pansy and unadulterated heroism, but all in all, we are pussies. We all have our fears, those things that quiver us to our very soul. The key to all fears is to not allow it to conquer you. We know that this is not any ground breaking ideal or anything, but it holds sway. Can you ever appreciate how good a horror movie is without sitting down, screaming like a girl and enjoying the ride? Or can you ever know how fun a swim in the pond is without jumping in. Being overly cautious can hinder you from experiencing the best pieces of life. Precaution has its place, yet it is imperative to grasp life and go.  So you can be a fucking pussy and still live. You must just step past your hang ups and try to confront such fear. You must embrace what frightens you and make your enemies share your dread. Just remember to step outside yourself and talk to that pretty girl or cognitively react when true fear or danger does rear its head. Sure we are fucking pussies, but we are also capable of great things.

Cody Jemes  is the head writer of the Bored Shenanigans Articulations. Need more of him and don’t know where to look? Check out his articles on the Dallas Mavericks at  Texas Fandom, leave snarky comments on his  poetry blog or if tired of reading listen to the podcast.  

Ball and Chain

Obscene and copious amounts of freedom. The kind of liberty that you need floaty water wings for. That is the level of independence that should be most advocated, yet is the most feared. In a time where there are laws atop rules atop regulations, is it really prudent to advocate for more? The human animal as it were, fears a land without its cage. The restrictions that we fight the hardest for are the ones that we need to control ourselves. Without a leash, we do not know how to self govern. If we had any sense of how to modulate our own actions, then we certainly wouldn’t require another bloated law. I know that you are thinking to yourself, “That will be total anarchy, bedlam will run rampant in the streets, we will be neck-deep in chaos.” My only response, is highly doubtful. I am not advocating the instant banishment of all laws, as a society we need such structure to maintain some order, but that is at a societal level. What I am saying is we, as people, see our biggest fears and internal monsters in the laws we create. Pro-lifers fight abortion because they would do it if their religious climate allowed it. Anti-gun proponents push for tight gun laws because they feel they would hurt someone with it. Anti-discrimination legislation are most likely passed by someone who has prejudices they do not want to admit. Same with every other law under the sun, it wasn’t passed to protect anyone it was passed so there was a wall to keep proletariat held in. This isn’t meant as a condemnation of such, but merely an observation. So maybe, just maybe the next time you feel impassioned to adjust the amount of freedom that is in the world, think if it is needed as a whole or just needed for you.

Cody Jemes  is the head writer of the Bored Shenanigans Articulations. Need more of him and don’t know where to look? Check out his articles on the Dallas Mavericks at  Texas Fandom, leave snarky comments on his  poetry blog or if tired of reading listen to the podcast he co -hosts.  

Endure, Survive and Fucking Thrive

Forward

Just trudge onward
Do not merely survive
Do not just endure
Thrive amid the chaos
Take the poison of the moment, turn it to the remedy of a lifetime
Remember that pain is the seed that grows great power
Remember your true potential shows when demoralization reaches its apex
Persevere

We are stronger than we allow ourselves to be. We will rise to the occasion and challenges set before us. Nothing should perpetually conquer us. We should all be resilient, take whatever kicked you in the teeth and learn from that situation. Grow from the that scenario and not repeat our own history’s failure.  If we are never confronted, we will never know how strong a weight we can lift. When an instance comes about that quakes us to our core, we must rise above. Do not allow defeat to just set in, if plan a fails or falls through try plan b or c or goddamn double q if it goes that far. Failure is merely success training. This article was not meant to quote every high school guidance counselor’s poster but as a means to raise up our readers. Adversity can bring out our best, if not in the moment maybe once the storm has calmed. Just keep fighting guys.

 

Cody Jemes  is the head writer of the Bored Shenanigans Articulations. Need more of him and don’t know where to look? Check out his articles on the Dallas Mavericks at  Texas Fandom, leave snarky comments on his  poetry blog or if tired of reading listen to the podcast

 

Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 15

As teased in the last one here is our response to a comment that JJ left on Episode 13. So, if you haven’t read it go do so (hey… its in the show notes…). It gets deep, we talk about faith, religion and, the bible, and as always we speak our minds. So, if you liked Opened Minded Cast you will like this one if not, skip to the end were we talk about ours and others. Also, send Cody hate mail telling him about the weird clunking rustling noise he keeps making but can’t seem to hear himself.

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Welcome to Bored Shenanigans.    

Welcome to Episode 15: Faith Takes It in the Re-Butt-al

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Bored Shenanigans Podcast – Episode 13

So, see, what happens here is we use the podcast as therapy for a little wile. We talk about things we just realized about ourselves and the kinds of people we hate whether it is politically correct to or not, so it gets a little serious and then it is business as usual. Which involves an anonymous comment, Cody’s rank on the podcast, bad rap songs and super heroes, and Anne Frank.

Also, Happy Veterans Day! Service Guaranties Citizenship here at Bored Shenanigans

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Welcome to Bored Shenanigans.     

Welcome to Episode 13: Opened Minded Cast

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Who Knows?

Do any of us really have a clue? Honestly? This is meant with the utmost sincerity and conviction, not as some depressed rambling of hopelessness. It is understood that there are devotions that will not yield. Loves and commitments that cannot be moved. Those unwavering absolutes and beliefs that in the face of unholiest of fires and to the goddamn end of the earth will not be relocated. We all possess such passions. But beyond those select few extremes, does anybody really know? We wrap ourselves in the cloaks of common sense and best case scenarios. We freely exchange the inclination of knowledge, yet this currency holds little value. These are the convenient walls that we have erected to shield us from the reality. That reality is, that we are all just as lost as one another. Leaders leading without any idea of the destination, followers bumbling along within the mirage of ‘the plan’. At the heart of the matter, we all know. We all know how full of shit we all really are. In spite of what miraculous theories humanity proposes, no one has any real answers or solutions. That my dear reader is the essence of man’s existence. The universal truth beyond reproach, “If you cannot astound them with intellect, baffle them with bullshit.”

The Five Worst Kind Of People At Large Gatherings

We’ve all been there, out with our families, our wives, our hot dates, or alone. Then it happens, it sneaks up and bites you in the ass. It’s those annoying people. They are everywhere and they seem to be reproducing at an astounding rate. Here at Bored Shenanigans, we offer you, The Top Five Worst Kinds of People at Large Gatherings.

5)The Loud Repeater

We all know this chuckle head. This is the one who will see anything, then immediately and quite loudly voice his opinion of it. This one is everywhere from the movies, to the zoos, to the water parks and concerts. Easy to spot, and somewhat easy to avoid this one barely blips the radar, but be warned they are out there.

4) Fuck You, I’m Coming Through

Oh yeah, it’s him. Looking at a cool booth at the fair? Boom, he comes plowing into you. Walking down a crowded sidewalk? Boom, he comes running into you. Trying to tie your shoe? You had better not with this asshole around. Zero concern for what others are doing and oftentimes the source of disturbances and arguments, this guy is never learns.

3) Cell Phone Over Spray

Now it’s getting serious. Whatever their conversation is, it far exceeds whatever you are doing. These horrid creatures possess the features of the previous fiends, yet with no regard to anyone but whomever is on the other line. This also comes in the form of texting, where they roam aimlessly without regard to the poor soul behind them.

2) Overzealous Vendors

No, I am not buying any goddamn thing today. Half off, buy one get one free, I don’t want your cheaply made whatever the hell you are selling. No means no, stop pandering and let me by in peace. Wouldn’t I have been at your kiosk if I felt I wanted to buy your poorly made, imported crap? Leave me alone!

1) Slow Moving Way Blocker

This is the bane of my existence. This is man’s inhumanity to man. I can deal with a lot of annoying in large crowds of people, but you. Move the fuck over or get out of our way. I don’t care what the reason is, just let us walking at a speedier pace pass by. I want to get to the attraction that brought me to this event, not stare at your backside the entire time. Do not ever, ever be this person. If you are in the way, move over and let whomever pass by. No one likes waiting on this guy. No one.