GMIM: Podcast Resurrection

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: 36 degrees, bit cool
Traffic: Pleasantly not terrible
Breakfast: Caramel latte
Zach arrival time: 9:10-ish
Mornings without Starbucks: 287

Monday Mourning Metaphor

When last week sucked, but it’s a new week, new you:

New podcast. Yes, new.

So it’s been too long. I’m a little rusty behind the mic, but I banged out an episode with old guest Mike, aka Young, aka The Wrestlin’ Investin’ Investor to talk a little XFL, NFL, and other dumb stuff. If you’re looking to kill an hour and a half of your miserable day, then I suggest you listen:

I picked the Patriots to lose. Why am I so negative?

I had a moment of clarity yesterday after recording the podcast. Well, we could have classified it as a therapy session, but regardless, it was revealing of why I am the way I am when it comes to being so damn negative about the Patriots (regardless of their success).

Simple answer: 2007

Picture this: it’s 2007. The Patriots have won three Super Bowls in the past 6 years. They’re steamrolling other teams en route to a 16-0 regular season, and an 18-0 record heading into the Super Bowl. It’s looking like Tom Brady will have himself an easy path to his fourth Lombardi Trophy and a perfect record in both Super Bowls and the 2007 season.

Then comes the day of the big game. Not a worry in my brain about this game at all. I can vividly remember watching pregame and talking to my brother about the parade. Yes, kickoff hadn’t even taken place, and we were already discussing which day of school we would miss to go watch the Super Bowl parade. The thought of losing wasn’t even remotely in my mind. It wasn’t possible. It couldn’t happen. The Patriots would win yet another game, just like they had every other game that season, and move on to the parade. Simple enough.

Well folks, that shit did not happen. The one and only game they lost was the final game of the season. The only game that mattered. The game I was so confident about, it was like watching a rerun of a TV show anticipating the end. Except this time, it did not happen like I remembered.

So that’s the stem of my negativity. Despite the Patriots winning five titles, Brady/Belichick reaching an eighth together, I am still a pessimistic asshole when it comes to these games. Because after 2007, I take none of these games for granted. When Super Bowl XLVI rolled around for a Giants/Patriots rematch, I just knew they would blow the game yet again. And they did. Yes, they’ve won two more since, but they easily could’ve lost them as well. It’s too close for me to ever be comfortable.

Although I’m excited for this championship game, I’m still cautious. Plus, the 10-year anniversary of Super Bowl XLII is this Saturday, the day before the Patriots play. Is that on my mind? Yup. Will ESPN run replays of the helmet catch continuously THE DAY BEFORE THE SUPER BOWL? Absolutely they will. And that will be a reminder to not take this game for granted.

(Prediction: 31-27 Eagles)

Starbucks executive chairman thinks a “trusted” digital currency is on its way, continues to be stupid

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[Source: CNBC] – “One or a few legitimate” cryptocurrencies are coming, but bitcoin is not one of them, according to Starbucks’ executive chairman and former CEO, Howard Schultz.

“I don’t believe that bitcoin is going to be a currency today or in the future,” Schultz said, during a post-earnings conference call Thursday after the closing bell on Wall Street. (Shares of Starbucks were under pressure on Friday after another quarter of disappointing sales growth as holiday offerings failed to draw in customers.)

Instead, Schultz told investors he sees potential in blockchain, the online ledger technology underlying digital currencies. “I’m talking about … the possibility of what could happen — not in the near term, but in a few years from now — with a consumer application in which there’s trust and legitimacy with regard to a digital currency.”

“I’m not bringing this up because Starbucks is announcing that we are forming a digital currency or we’re investing in this,” Schultz said, according to audio of the call on the Starbucks website. “I’m bringing this up … as we think about the future of our company and the future of consumer behavior.”

Well folks, Starbucks is all it again. This time, it’s one of the head honchos over at the douchebag coffee company. First they refuse to serve me a Unicorn Frappuccino, now they think fake money will fund their coffee shops. Sad!

Dude, your sales sucked during Christmas time. How do you fail during the biggest season for basic-bitccez looking for holiday-themed coffee drinks? Your company is built off the pumpkin and Christmas seasons, and you failed. And now you think fake money will bring you back? What’s next, Monopoly money will be accepted?

I’m humored by this story, so I’ll do this: if Starbucks utilizes digital currency and see’s massive gains because of it, I’ll go back. That’s how confident I am that they’ll crumble yet again. I’m not sure of how much or how long, but it has to be big. Big enough for me to say, “damn, it’s really working. Guess I have to use real life money at Starbucks.”

But until that day comes, they’re not worth my time or money.

People are hacking into ATM’s like it’s a goddamn movie

[Source: Forbes] – For several years now, hackers in search of big cash payouts have been targeting bank machines. With the help of an accomplice or two on the ground and some sophisticated malware, they’ve been able to trick ATMs into dispensing millions of dollars.

Security professionals refer to these attacks as jackpotting. You may have seen one go down on the big screen, but make no mistake: jackpotting is very real. In fact, the Secret Service has been tracking a string of recent attacks on American ATMs.

Jackpotting attacks are highly coordinated and typically the work of criminal gangs. They’ve been going down in other countries for years, but security experts aren’t surprised that criminals are now hitting ATMs in the U.S. One key reason is that many bank machines are still running Windows XP and are highly vulnerable.

The Secret Service is urging operators to update their machines to Windows 7, which they say is all it takes to prevent this particular attack.

Am I reading this right? No, not hackers remotely stealing millions of dollars out of ATM’s. But ATM’s run on Windows XP? What year is this? Why the hell are ATMs running on software that grandmothers aren’t even using these days? My mom sucks at using a computer, and even she would say, “wow this is outdated.”

What’s the limit on this? Are we going to find out that traffic lights run on solar power, or office drinking water is pulled from a well? Seriously, how on god’s green earth are we still using Windows XP in any capacity???

P.s.   Anyone who says the term “ATM machine” is a moron. What do you think ATM stands for? “Automated teller machine.” So is it an automated teller machine machine? No, you stupid idiot.

Song of the Week

It looks like Jaromir Jagr is headed back to Europe to play hockey, as the Flames sent his old ass out of North America. Sad times in the NHL indeed.

 

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GMIM: A McAdoo-doo Monday

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: Rodney Harrison
Traffic: I hate the subway
Breakfast: Medium hot from Dunks with a glazed stick (both were awful)
Zach arrival time: Not late, but not ideal?
Mornings without Starbucks: 224

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Are the Giants stupid for firing Ben McAdoo?

Short answer is yes.

Long answer… Continue reading

GMIM: Back from Turkey Day

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: Cool, not terrible
Traffic: The ole’ “welcome back to work after a holiday” commute
Breakfast: Medium hot dark roast with a glazed stick (healthy morning)
Zach arrival time: Middle of the pack
Mornings without Starbucks: 217

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Did I curse Miami football?

If you read the previous blog, you saw the song of last week was the hot-fire-flames jam known as “Turnover Chain” from Solo D. I may or may not have hopped on the Miami bandwagon after they started 10-0 and trounced Virginia (ok, more like barely got by). I should have known they were in position to be upset by Pitt right after.

Let’s take a step back. I don’t have a favorite college football team because I went to a tiny fashion college whose biggest sports were soccer and rugby. So basically, I domestically studied abroad.

I had Boston College football season tickets for a couple of seasons, so I got watch exciting games against Maine and other community colleges. But I never had “my own” college football team.

So here we are. I need a favorite college football team for both Saturdays and when the Patriots eventually finally return to their 1990’s form. I’d go onto BuzzFeed and take a quiz, but I’m not a teenage girl. So instead, I’ll come up with my own questions and see where I land… Continue reading

GMIM: Merry Christmas?

Welcome to another installment of Good Mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Clocking In

Weather: Warm
Traffic: Construction and roads filled with people confused about daylight savings time
Breakfast: Crumb muffin and a french vanilla iced coffee
Zach arrival time: Not the last one in, so that’s good
Mornings without Starbucks: 196

Monday Mourning Metaphor

Update: Pumpkin season is over… Happy Holidays! Seasons greetings!

If you read last week’s blog, you would know I’ve been struggling with my eventual departure from pumpkin season. I still have a half-dozen pumpkin beers in the fridge, cabinets full of pumpkin muffin mix, and a few pumpkin candles lying around the house. Well, it looks like I need to throw all of it out, because it’s time to celebrate Christmas. Continue reading

GMIM: Wu-Tang, The Hefty Lefty, and ass implant death

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Pharma Bro found guilty of fraud, but I only care about one thing

Big story this past week as “Pharma Bro” Martin Shkreli was found guilty of fraud, as Shkreli was convicted of defrauding investors in his two failed hedge funds, MSMB Capital Management and MSMB Healthcare Management, by concealing trading losses behind fake account statements. He faces up to 20 years in prison.

This is irrelevant from him jacking up the price of Daraprim, which treats a parasitic infection. As chief executive of Turing Pharmaceuticals in 2015, Shkreli bumped the price of the drug from $13.50 to $750 a tablet.

People want him locked up forever, punished for raising the drug price, or harm done to him. I don’t care about his punishment, as there’s one thing I desperately need: the Wu-Tang album. You see kids, Shkreli purchased the Wu-Tang Clan’s final album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin for $2 million in 2015. Why so much? Well, it’s the only copy in existence and it won’t be commercially released for 88 years. Continue reading

Overused athlete clichés fans use

Woah, Zach decided to write a blog more than once a week? Yeah, I did, so shut up and read.

The Boston Celtics pulled off a July 4th miracle of sorts and signed free agent Gordon Hayward. If you don’t know him, he’s the dude that almost hit the greatest shot in basketball history:

…and once looked like this: Continue reading

GMIM: White NFL cornerbacks

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

White sports writer writes story on white cornerbacks’ struggles as minorities in NFL…huh?

Last week, Sports Illustrated posted an article on the lack of white cornerbacks in the NFL. It doesn’t take a doctor to figure out the number of white guys playing cornerback ranges from extremely low to none existent, yet SI felt compelled to write a 5,000 word feature story on the few guys who have other the past several decades.

This piece, written by white guy Michael McKnight, is filled with some A+ head-scratching quotes. It starts by introducing Donny Lisowski, former NFL corner and Caucasian person, in Seahawks training camp making plays and getting hype and love from fellow corner Richard Sherman, who is not white. Continue reading

GMIM #16: The New England Patriots are Super Bowl Champs

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Today is a Pedialyte day, folks. The clock and sun say it’s the afternoon, but my body is telling me the day has just begun. So, good morning to you, reader. Continue reading

GMIM #15: Super Bowl picks

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Super Bowl LI

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We sit six days away from what companies without rights call “The Big Game” and folks, it should be a doozie. As I’ve stated previously, I’m no football expert. I’m just your average shlub sitting in the office, writing for an audience of 16 people at best. So my opinion does not matter. Regardless, you’ll read it anyway and wonder, “geeze, who is Zach picking for the Super Bowl?” Well, allow me to dive right into the swimming pool of hot takes and uneducated predictions. Continue reading

Good mourning, it’s Monday! Number 8

Welcome to another installment of Good mourning, it’s Monday! This weekly blog looks to cover various topics in the news, along with personal stories or encounters from the past week at home and work to help you through your first day back at work (unless you don’t work). Hopefully my seven followers like this and share this to make it eight. Enjoy…

Robin Williams and Tupac arrested in Arizona with 114 pounds of pot

Source: PAYSON, Ariz. – Suspects by the names Robin Williams and Tupac were arrested with more than 100 pounds of marijuana during a traffic stop near Payson Sunday. Albuquerque residents Robin Williams, 21, Tupac Crum, 19, and Erick Harris Jr., 22, were all arrested and booked into the Gila County jail on drug charges. The marijuana inside had a street value of about $69,000, according to Arizona DPS.

Before we get to the obvious, I’ve always found it bananas how much pot people are able to obtain. They had a chubby child amount of the devil’s lettuce that was going for a total of 69 (nice) thousand bucks. But they had it sitting in the bed of a white Chevy pickup like true amateurs would. Take a lesson from TV or literally anywhere to know that you have to stash the herb in secret spot. Seat cushions, in the roof, or even just under the seat. Learn young I suppose and do better next time? Okay, on to the mugshots… Continue reading

How FOX landed the NFC

This week marks the unofficial start to the NFL season, as teams will play the first of four meaningless games to prepare for the 2013 season. Soon we’ll all be huddled around the television in the midst of autumn cheering on our favorite teams. Being a New Englander, I’ll be tuning into CBS most of the season to watch the Patriots. As for fans of the NFC, FOX will once again carry those games. But how exactly did FOX, once a small network struggling to compete with the established juggernauts, get the rights to broadcast the most successful conference of the past six years? The answer came from a college commencement speech. Continue reading

Classic Sports Video Game Review: NFL BLITZ (N64)

 

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In 1998, Midway released what GameSpot.com referred to as “the greatest football game ever made.” Although NFL BLITZ hit the arcades in 1997, the home console version was released shortly after in 1998. Midway’s NBA Jam was a hit, as exaggerated visuals and fast gameplay were popular among gamers.

BLITZ was unlike any football game of its time. Teams play on a small field surface, games consist of two minute quarters, teams field seven players as opposed to 11, it takes 30 yards for a first down, and there are no penalties. Yes, defensive players can tackle receivers as many times as possible before a play ends. The offense is made up of three linemen, two receivers, a running back, and quarterback. Playbooks are the same for all teams; offense has 18 plays (all passing-based, unless it’s a special teams situation) and the defense has nine. Extra points are automatic, unless going for two. And passes to a player behind the line of scrimmage can be thrown forward again. Continue reading