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The UnaBummer…

For years now I, the intrepid Matt Walker, have been fighting the good fight and churning the soft butter- as they say. But one thing evades me. It- or rather- he has become my shadow; casting darkness over my life and the people I love while being able to transform to any shape like a dog, or a moose, or even a supple goldfish. Yes, folks this darkness I refer to is the Unabomber.

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Theodore John Kacynski or as I like to call him, “Ted,” was born on May 22nd, 1942. He was birthed by Pollacks, which is also the name of my polka/punk band (facebook.com/birthed.by.pollacks.45), and grew up in a sordid situation. His Pollack parents enlisted him in autistic school because he had such poor social habits (he skipped a few grades, thus was smaller and dweebier than the other kids in his year inherently amounting in bullying).

Ted was eventually put through a stress study that allowed researchers to basically get some pent up anger out on Ted. The subjects were asked to write out their beliefs while researchers sat behind a one-way mirror, while attornies (?) would go in and berate the subjects about his/her beliefs. Researchers would watch as subjects got mad (?). This was “instrumental in Kacynski’s future actions.”

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Sorry I put so many “(?)s” in there, it’s just the reason I’m frustrated with this guy. Because folks, in college, I used to be one of those test subjects for different things; they would pay me for my time and I would buy mixtapes and record players. In my experience being a “guinea pig” I endured a lot: eyelids ripped off, lipstick on my asshole, ingesting hot coals and this stress study was a cake walk.

A cake walk? YES, why don’t you ever listen to me, I have interesting things to say.

So I get called in, Ted’s walking out of the room all crying and real amateur shit, and I call him out by telling him he’s got a short fuse; whatever. I sit down in the chair; it’s a bright fluorescent room. They were trying to up the “stress”- I wasn’t buying it. They ask me to write down my beliefs and hand it to them when I’m finished. So I write down my beliefs, about how Reagan will eventually be President and knock down some sort of wall that gets constructed due to something called the iron curtain, which was born from something called the Cold War and about how I believe beliefs are like assholes, and they take the paper away and read it. I couldn’t help but think about how on point my second sight was that day.

The guy reads it and starts to try to ‘break’ me. This little dweeb couldn’t intimidate a toddler! I sat and listened, “why would Gorbachev build a wall in his own country?” Other things like, “Iron curtain? How would THAT work!” and “maybe you’re the asshole!”: a bunch of real amateur shit. I’ve eaten hot coals, remember.

So they slap a hundred bucks in my hand and send me on my way and guess who didn’t feel the need to send bomb packages to people? If you were paying attention, this guy! A shadow over my life, Ted is.

A little shout-out to Ted here: Ted, grow a pair, will ya? You’re blocking my Sun.

 

– Matt Walker

Twitter: @mattwindwalker
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I’ll Put A Bee in Your Bonnet!

I don’t know about you folks in the world wide internet, but I’m tired. “Tired, Matt?” Yes, tired! Get with the program!

I’m tired of all these Amish women and these pacifier-having larger than normal “babies” and their doofy little hats! Here, I’ll say it: I’m tired of bonnets!

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Bonnets? Bonnets! Get with it, I won’t tell you again!

I don’t know about you, but I think the only time brimless hats should be allowed is when you’re shoving your head up your own ass to avoid modern-day hat trends! I mean come on! There are “caps”, “beanies”, “coifs”, “sock hats”, “tiny top hats”, “fishermans’ caps”, “berets” and so many more!

Why stick with a type of hat that has been around since the Dark Ages? The only other thing we use from the Dark Ages is religious piety borne out of fear, and even that’s on its way out! Why hold on to the past like a developmentally challenged poodle; all snug and tight- making sure he doesn’t jump in the pool?

Let’s just run through the scenario: I was in an Amish reservation that the government doled out after we took their land, when my gas light came on- I was hesitant to stop for fear of banditry and rape. I had to pull off the next exit or else I would be a gasless and thus sitting duck for the aforementioned Amish banditry and rape.

The local Arco was desolate and thus my fear of the twice previously mentioned brutal Amish banditry and rape was at its peak. I fought my instinct to flee, knowing Amish bandits and rapers would want that (those sick bastards), and I went in to purchase gas.

Lo and behold, what was the clerk wearing but a baby-blue bonnet! I gagged almost immediately. How horrible?! The way those little ribbons dangled from her chin like tendrils from a Na’vi’s sexual exploits, and the way her ears and hair were perfectly covered but her forehead remained in plain sight, made me reel. I audibly gasped a few times, laid a twenty down and mustered the words “twenty, on four.”

After I narrowly avoided the invisible Amish bandit and raper threat, I began filling the car. I was in the clear until I heard her. “Sir! Sir!” I peered around the gas pump. Her baby-blue brimless bonnet was just flapping in the wind- chin bow-tie and all! Its form is enigma. I am not sure what I saw, but whatever it was, it changed me. I was Debra Messing in the Mothman Prophecies, Moses on Mt. Sinai, Harrison Ford! After I fell to the ground instantly weeping and wailing, she backed off; I’d won in a way.

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As I drove away I trembled. Reeking of piss and shit, I couldn’t help feeling like I had changed in some imperceptible way. Everything was different.

If you are ready to see and understand God, by all means, wear and appreciate bonnets. I personally am of the persuasion that we humans cannot perceive God and survive.

So please don’t wear bonnets.

 

– Matt Walker

Twitter: @mattwindwalker
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Dont Quit the Spit

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We all do it in one style or another: the morning drippage, the slow dribble, the grassy knoll, the spittoon-er etc. Why, though? If you’re tired of coming up with answers, use this one: it’s so patriotically sexy.

What do I mean by patriotically sexy? I mean hot and bothered, red, white and blue, warm, grand old flag, boiling, war-mongering, attractive for sex, the ol’ one-two, warmer than temperate, tropical, or bonerfied.

Now, I realize I may be “off my rocker,” I might have “flown the coop” or my looney-bin has “surprisingly” great wi-fi, but while I was on-set yesterday on task with my walkie-talkie on my belt, I found myself in dire need of an ice-pack for my American junk. ‘Who knew I should have planned ahead?’ methinks rhetorically.

Go ahead and ask yourself, “why’s that, Matt” and get ready for the answer. Well, my impatient ignoramus, had you simply waited half a second you would have found out; stop interrupting. Nearly every single crewman that I passed would be laying out the clear, bubbly, and disconcertingly red wet carpet for me- welcoming me to the greenish-yellow promised land.

Hocking one’s great! Got an eyelash in there? To misquote a popular Will Smith’s daughter’s song: “spit your hair back and forth.” Got some gum back there? To misquote a popular Caesar’s song, “spit it out!” Playing truth or dare? To quote my dentist, “go ahead, spit. I double dog dare you.” He’s pretty off.

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I’m just pleading with everyone out there, don’t quit the spit. It… gets me. I’ve also spoken to roughly all my friends and one of them agreed with me (he/she quickly became my only friend). He/she and I both like to say, “lay it on me like a fat chewy lugey.” You can quote me on that. Don’t quote him/her. He/she would like to stay anonymous.

Call me old fashioned, but I would like to go back to the days when we could spit indoors. Oh, I’M SORRY, is this bothering you? Get over yourself, and with the times Grandpa, and Grammy Walk-walk! What is this? The Indo-European Himalayas during the colonial fur trade? This is America! Move along, pal!

“It just isn’t healthy, I don’t know why anyone still spits [indoors]” vomits Dr. Eric “Vagina” Johnson5, “there are germs in there that can spread many very harmful diseases,” he continues to say without being asked. “I think it’s about time people stopped spitting on the ground; indoors AND outdoors.” What a crock.

Now, you have some facts and lies but I just want you be the judge of your own trial. Should we give up our basic freedoms and sexual fetishes just so people have clean un-spitified soles? Plessy vs Ferguson 163 U.S. 537 (1896).

How will that weigh upon the hearts and minds- dare I mention- SOULS of those with a small voice and a possibly malignant lugey? I, for one, will not be writing to congress anytime soon to beg them to outlaw the expulsion of saliva.

I. Just. Won’t. Do it.

What will happen to our great AMERICAN interrogation scenes? Who will sing the song “Click, Click, Boom?” What will Dr. Dre, Macklemore and Fat Joe do? “Quickly speak” hot fire? What card games would we play with our Grammy Walk-walk? Poker? I hardly know her! What will I call my [now] only friend that looks just like me?

I’d rather not live in that kind of world; no, thank you sir! I have a dream, that one day all men and women will not be judged by the color of their skin, but rather the contents of their throats, mouths, and their ability to expel said contents in a juicy wet orchestration fit for God himself.

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– Matt Walker

Twitter: @mattwindwalker
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SDL Alumni

What is the SDL Alumni Page?

One of the things we are extremely proud of here at Stuff Dudes Like is that we often serve as a springboard for young writers and newly launched podcasts as they bring their fresh ideas and talent to the Internet.  Over time, writers and podcasts will move on to other ventures or will find other avenues for their talents. This page exists to thank all of those who have contributed to the great content here at Stuff Dudes Like and to remind them that they will ALWAYS be a part of the SDL Family.

It may not be the “dude” thing to say… but from the bottom of our hearts we wish each and every member of our alumni success, no matter what the future holds!

We would also like to extend a welcome to all SDL alumni to come back and post content as a guest writer or podcast any time.


WRITERS


 

KeithWhiteKeith White Jr.

Hello dudes! I’m Keith and besides writing for Stuff Dudes Like I am also the author and illustrator of 24 “Color-With-Me” Adventure books for kids. They are chapter books with pictures in between each chapter that the kids can color to help them remember what they read. I also co-hosted the video game radio show “The Digital Ensemble” on 91.3 FM in Buffalo, NY from 2005-2010. I have had parts in the movies Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, The Falls, Sharknado 2: The Second One and Return of Nuke Em High Vol. 1 among others. I’m here on Stuff Dudes Like to bring you video game reviews, stories about my childhood and hopefully stories that truly are Stuff Dudes Like.

TWITTER: @KeefWhiteJR


thumbMike O’Brien

My name is Mike O’Brien and people keep telling me that I’m just like Louis CK – fat, awkward and lonely.  Notice they didn’t say anything about being funny.  They’re just kidding… I think.

I love to write blog posts that make people laugh and I’m never afraid to turn the spotlight on myself, as I somehow end up being the butt of many of my own jokes. I love beer, cars, football, and food. All kinds of food! Honestly, I probably need to like food a little less and like working out a little more. Either way, I’ll post about many different kinds of things but I will always try to add a little humor. I run the SDLStaff Twitter account and you can follow me there to hear my latest jokes and to keep up on the latest happenings here at Stuff Dudes Like.

TWITTER: @SDLStaff


mikeMike Bocchetti

My name is Mike Bocchetti and I am a man about town. I’m a New York City comic and have been an actor since 1992. I was the announcer on DirecTV’s The Artie Lange Show, and a regular guest on The Opie and Jim Show, The Opie and Anthony Show and The Anthony Cumia Show. I was recently in the movie The Family with Robert De Niro and I was on the TV show Monk. Besides all that I loves vintage muscle cars and I have a soft spot in my heart for hot chicks that like me back.

TWITTER: @mikebocchetti


aneesaAneesa Mirza

As a young girl I was always ‘that girl.’ You know the one that has her head in a book at all times and is constantly rewriting her diary entry in to new notebooks in the neatest handwriting? My younger brother would call me Lisa from The Simpsons and he sure as hell was Bart! But as I grew up I was happy to find that those traits never changed. I still keep a journal and I still adore reading. I am currently working as an Editorial Assistant for a small Publishing House in Central London, I contribute articles to several magazines and am working on my own novels and short stories. To keep up with my work kindly visit www.aneesamirza.wordpress.com and follow me on twitter.

TWITTER: @mirza_aneesa


danielDaniel Tomlinson

I came to Nashville in 1991 from Flint, Michigan to attend Lipscomb University. I graduated in 1995 with a degree in religion, and in 1998 I married Carey Earheart, a student at the University of Evansville. In 2002 I finished a masters in religion at Lipscomb University, and we became parents in 2004 to a precious daughter who is, amazingly, a tween now. When I’m not operating my business we spend time in Watersound, cheer for Vol football, and Lady B Basketball (A-Sun’s Lipscomb). And when I’m not doing that with my girls I’m here writing for you, my fantastic and loyal readers. Thank you for reading my drivel.

TWITTER: @danieltomlins72


toddTodd Smith

Hello! I’m Todd, and I’m a 23 year-old openly homosapien from Buffalo. I’m a writer, an artist, with an affinity for music, and I’ve got a PhD in sleeping. It’s not unusual to find me reading something so enticing that my eyes dry out from a lack of blinking, nose-deep in a good Facebook status and/or Tweet, causing conflagrations in the kitchen, or eagerly salivating in line at Moe’s. (Seriously… am I supposed to say ‘thank you’ when they say ‘welcome to Moe’s’ or…?) I’ve joined the SDL team to share my love of language, both native and foreign, as well as a bunch of other things I haven’t decided on yet. Stay tuned. In the meantime, you can follow along with my written works at http://wordsmitht.wordpress.com or with my experimental adventures in cooking and baking at http://foodsmitht.wordpress.com.

TWITTER: @jefermelesyeux


willieWillie Cintron

Willie hails from San Antonio, Texas. His wrestling knowledge is embarrassingly impeccable. His humor is drier than the Sahara Desert and makes you cringe and laugh simultaneously. He is a stylist during the day and a Twitter assassin by night. He has worked as a publicist, bookkeeper, sales rep and banker. He’s done it all and he is always for hire. He is a lover, not a fighter. His last 3 girlfriends are literally insane. Be cautious women.

TWITTER: @WillieStufff


jackJack Wichard

Name shouldn’t be too difficult to figure out, It’s under my picture. BRFC supporter, and zookeeper. I Write articles right here on Stuff Dudes Like! Also, I’m hideously uninteresting if anyone’s into that.

TWITTER: @JackWichard


thumbVictor Victor

While it’s been confirmed that Victor Victor is an actual person (though Victor Victor could still be a pen name), some of his claims – like being the inventor of the semicolon – have yet to be substantiated. He’s wanted for questioning in three countries, all for driving-related incidents and he’s rumored to be one of the photographers who caused Princess Di’s fatal crash. Honestly, we wouldn’t blame you if you just scrolled right past his editorials (we don’t read them either).

TWITTER: @SDLStaff


salSalvatore Morocco

They call me “The Main Event”! Whether its in a ring, at a poker table or here on Stuff Dudes Like… I’m the best you’ll ever see! I am a professional wrestler. I have just begun to make a name for myself around the wrestling world. Most notably defeating Zach Gowan and Gregory Iron in recent tag-team action. On top of being both a lifelong fan of wrestling and involved in the business, I have been involved in the music industry, the fashion world and the world of film making. These skills I’ve picked up give me added experience that I hope will translate into an enjoyable and informative reading experience. Join me for stories about the world of professional wrestling and the people in it.

TWITTER: @SalvatoreMorocc


mike2Mike Lerchenfeldt

Science and Informational Literacy Teacher in the Chippewa Valley Schools. Alum of Oakland University and Saginaw Valley State University. Member of the Michigan-Shiga, Japan Student Exchange Committee. Taught in New Zealand through a teacher exchange program. Dedicated to student success. Enjoys being an active member of the community. Blogger for Digital First Media writing mainly about education, health, and travel.

TWITTER: @mj_lerch


jasonJason Smith

Hey readers of Stuff Dudes Like! My name is Jason Smith. I am a stand-up comedian from Albany, NY. I have been doing the standing up and telling jokes since 2008. I have performed all over the northeast, the entire east coast and Los Angeles. I’ve opened for big name comics, like Doug Stanhope. I have stories to tell. I also have a passion for professional wrestling, beer, video games and other things that I’m sure make you go “Oh, I can relate to this Jason Smith guy!” Please come along with me, as I write about those things. Also, follow me on Twitter, where I occasionally say things that make people chuckle.

TWITTER: @ComedianJasonS


chris mChris Monroe

Being a first time Dad to a 16-month old doesn’t lend to much time for writing. On the contrary it does offer a plethora of stories, memories and moments to write about and share. As any dad would know the stories of diaper accidents and spitting up food are abundant and I will try to spare you the gross details. However, from time to time I would like to stop by and share with you dudes some random fun stories that parenthood and life have brought along the way.

TWITTER: @turtle868


holtRobert Holt

Robert Holt is a St. Louis native and has been writing horror fiction for years. He has short stories published in dozens of anthologies and on the web. His first novel, Death’s Disciples, was released in the summer of 2014. His second book was a 360 degree turn from the splatterpunk style of the first. The Vegetarian Werewolf was a toddler horror anthology for the 4 to 7 age range. He has also started assisting with the production of a documentary film about the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark children’s book series. He is a boxing enthusiast, a dedicated hiker, a beer aficionado, and a beard wearing hipster.

TWITTER: @HoltHorror


headshots, kids, portraits childrenMatt Walker

Matt Walker is a Los Angelesean Floridian with an opinion. If you need hard-hitting time devouring op-eds that concern YOU, Matt will provide them. Call him an intellectual or a savant, he won’t know the difference.

Matt has been called writer, artist, musician, improviser, failure, and disappointment.

The proof’s in the links:

TWITTER: @mattwindwalker


thumbChristian Chandler

Christian Chandler is from the great state of South Carolina. Chris has worked on newspaper staffs, radio broadcasting sports and country music, management, counseling, political involvement and much, much more. If it’s interesting he likes it and wants in. His writing covers a number of topics. You might read about sports, social and political issues, health and nutrition issues, and basically whatever his creative mind comes up with. There are so many layers to Chris even he might not find them all before his life ends. He passionately loves his wife. Has a great attraction to Christianity and Eastern Religions. Particularly the psychology of the east to give some answers to our out of control society that seems to thrive on hate and a “us” verse “them” mentality. If you want to read the same old stuff that has been written a million times or just read stuff that is “preaching to the choir” because it enforces your strongly held beliefs that you just aren’t willing to have challenged, Christian Chandler may not be your guy.

TWITTER: @AuthorChrisC


ryan bRyan Bailey

The name is Ryan Bailey and the town is Buffalo NY. I ‘m a graduate from the (not so) famous Cheektowaga NY school known as Cleveland Hill. When it comes to my social life, I’m the 19 year old fat, funny, and deaf kid that everyone loves… I think. When it comes to sports I’m a fan of every sport, even cricket. I just don’t know the rules but who needs rules! I play baseball, basketball, hockey, football, and soccer all recreationally though. I’m an avid fantasy sport player who has yet to win money. It reminds me of  last 15 years of my favorite team the Buffalo Bills (mark my words, I am guaranteeing the Bills make the playoffs in 2015!). When it comes to my favorite teams you can say I got a weird bunch. For football I enjoy the losing talents of Buffalo and Cleveland. When it comes to baseball it’s all about the Yankees and Indians. In hockey I’m fans of the Sabres and Blue Jackets. Basketball, the Celtics (yes I know it makes no sense) and the Cavs. Also I’m a Bandits season ticket holder. “What’s he got?? Nothing!!”. I’ll leave you with this all you need to know about me… I love sports, I love my family, I love beer, and I love deaf people.

TWITTER: @R_Bailey11


 NaseehaNaseeha Tayob

Small talk with a big mouth.

TWITTER: @naseehatayob


jeffJeff Bauer

I am originally from St. Cloud MN, and I currently reside in Wisconsin. Life is tough being a Vikings fan in Wisconsin. I am an avid player of Fantasy Sports and have been quite successful I have played since 1989. I am a big movie buff along with being a video game geek. I am also the official Fantasy Football Guru for Izzy Presley’s Another F’N Podcast!

TWITTER: @jbauer36


sunshineSunshine Peterman

Sunshine. Real name. Born of hippies. I was taken to a nudist camp as I a kid but regrettably, blocked it out. I’m the single mom to ten “children” ages, 20,18,18,17,17,16,15,15,13 and 2. Five daughters and five sons. 5 bio and 5 adopted from foster care. I was a foster kid as a teen therein my mission. I blog about adoption awareness, foster care reform and living with a houseful of hormones. I’m a hippie at heart and believe in the power of humanity, and personal enlightenment. I’m a quote, diet coke and Doritos addict. I believe there’s profound good inherently in people & power in words, together that’s unstoppable.

TWITTER: @momsterof10


wordsmithSamuel Wordsmith

Samuel Wordsmith is a semi-consistent writer and a frequent, part time optimist. Much of his day is spent wishing he was a guinea pig, writing scripts and shouting, via Twitter, at inspirational quotes.

See you in the afterlife atheists.

TWITTER: @SamuelWordsmith


ronRon Palmieri

I run the pop-culture website It’s Cool To Me, Dammit! where I write articles, draw web comics and make videos all about comics, video games, super hero movies and lot’s more. Want to debate Marvel vs. DC? I’ll tell you why Marvel rocks and why you’re wrong. When I’m not blogging, I like food. All kinds of food. Good food, bad food. Making food and dissecting food all to make sure I get the perfect bite! And the best part is washing it all down with a delicious craft beer. My hope is to write some things that all the dudes (and dude-ettes too) like!

TWITTER: @ronofthemill


CLAYClay Thiessen

Hey guys, my name is Clay. And here’s a few things about myself.. Sagittarius, outdoorsman, musician, style snob, loner, recovered addict, boot hoarder, classic rock enthusiast, chairbourne warrior, weekend drinker, cigar lover, I prefer cats over dogs, pizza is the preference, small town kid and I would do anything for my friends and family. I’ve been asked to describe myself in 3 words, and my response, “Fast, Easy, Free”. Live fast, be easy and never take freedom for granted.

TWITTER: @ClayTheGringo


robertRobert Leigh

After bartending his way around Spain and the West End of London, Robert Leigh returned to his home city of Liverpool and began writing. Leigh’s works include Kill Line (Book One of The Retribution Trilogy) and From Lime Street to Yirgacheffe (a true story, of sorts…). He lives in Liverpool City Centre and continues to write in numerous genres.

TWITTER: @RLeigh78


joshJosh King

A publicity stunt in high school lead me to appearing on national television at the youthful age of 17. After appearing on ESPN’s Outside the Lines in 2005, I was able to get into mainstream media. I’ve been published in both the Pittsburgh Post Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune Review. I’ve been transitioning into radio in the Pittsburgh area. I’ve lived in Chicago, Virginia Beach, Washington DC, and even had a brief tenure in Minnesota. I look forward to contributing celebrity interviews and random columns for Stuff Dudes Like.

TWITTER: @joshk65


micheleMichele Jones

Family, writing, cooking, and sports are passions for Michele Jones. She is a diehard Penguin, Steeler, and Pirate fan… really, a diehard anything-Pittsburgh fan. Michele is a published memoir writer, short story author, and poet, but she loves writing paranormal, horror, and thriller fiction. She moderates a local writing group in her hometown and critiques and beta reads for several published authors.

TWITTER: @Chelepie


chillChillbear Latrigue

I’m one of the about 150 million writers who were created when our barely literate society learned that we no longer had to use typewriters to sputter out our readable thoughts. Raised on the mean streets of South Florida during the turbulent Art Deco revival, I’ve developed a reputation as a literary ne’er-do-well who plays by his own set of rules. I’ve been an author and editor on several formidable blogs, including DrunkInaMidnightChoir.com and the late, great Wordsmoker.com. Look out, Stuff Dudes Like, this writer is likely to completely redefine how you feel about things like macramé pistol grips and the “beer before liquor” rule.

TWITTER: @Chillbear


laura Laura Elizabeth Anderson

Resident goofball, silly goose, love naps, dinosaurs, & science!

TWITTER: @dinosaurs907


joseJose Luna

Dudes… My name is Jose Luna. I’m a lifelong long video game and tech junkie and newest writer for SDL. Im looking forward to contributing gaming news and reviews to the site, and playing games with the SDL community.

TWITTER: @sohkseven


michaelMichael Carroll

Hello, my name is Michael Carroll. I am a part time mental health and human services worker, and I am also a part time chaplain. I am a U.S. Army Infantry Veteran, and I was deployed to the country of Bosnia-Herzegovina in support of Operation Joint Forge. I attended Indiana State University, where I double majored in Professional Aviation and Aerospace Administration. I then attended Ball State University, where I studied Meteorology. I am Catholic, and my faith is very important to me. My interests include music, sports, history and astronomy, and if you couldn’t already tell, I also love anything to do with Meteorology and Aviation. My favorite sports are hockey, football and baseball. At the moment, I am writing two books. One is a parody of romance novels. The other is my memoirs.

I currently live in Warsaw, Indiana with my fiance and our two dogs. I am living with and overcoming Serious Mental Illness, as well as a Traumatic Brain Injury. I hope you find my contributions to this site to be enjoyable and inspirational.

TWITTER: @CatholicArmyVet


rickyRicky James Crisp Jr

My name is Ricky James Crisp Jr. I grew up on the Left Coast in Auburn, WA. In 2004 I got my AAS Degree in Radio Broadcasting at Brown College in Mendota Heights, MN. Sept. 2001 I moved from Seattle, WA to Scottsdale, AZ. I’m a Die Hard Chicago Bears and Arizona Wildcats Basketball fan, and a huge Football, UFC, Basketball fan. As a hobby/side job I DJ and and make beats/remixes and mashups. My DJ site is djrickochet.net and you can follow me on Twitter or FaceBook.

TWITTER: @DJRickochet714


PODCASTS


cagleThe Cagle and Cory Show 

The Cagle and Cory Show is comprised of two people, Dylan Cagle and Cory Bowlin. The duo plans on making podcasting a career in the future.

TWITTER: @cagleandcory


jk2The old WZ and JK show

You can take the boys out of Scottdale, but you can’t take the Scottdale out of the boys.
WZ and JK have been friends since they graduated high school. What started off with little pranks around town, escalated quickly when they found jobs making them wealthy kids before the age of 21.
The money was a surprise to both of them as they endured financial struggles during the year of 2007. The newfound money would help the two go on the ride of a lifetime. From Maui to Puerto Rico they will tell tales of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Literally. Add in massage parlors, gambling, and guns and the story just begins.
From traveling to Canada without birth certificates with guns in the trunk, to screaming at millionaire bosses in Maui (WZ 2009, JK 2010 in Puerto Rico) this show is dedicated to telling the behind the scenes of what happened at CPU Pittsburgh.
Trib Total Media built their empire then spit WZ and JK out at 24.
Now, 3 years later these two aren’t holding back.
This show will be sure to be a laugh riot. Starring Walter Zimmerman the funniest guy that isn’t famous…well…yet. A Josh Mirage production.

TWITTER: @joshk65


Small Potatoes: Why Daredevil Works

By now, everyone and their sister has seen the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer. If you haven’t, watch it. The hype train is pulling out of the station, full speed ahead! You want to be on it!

But the trailer got me thinking about the worlds within our entertainment. To all of us, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Yoda, Darth Vader, and the rest of those guys are the most important part of this universe. Every event that takes place in these movies are driven by these characters in some fashion. As we understand it, in this galaxy far far away, they dominate the headlines.

But what if they don’t? What if the Millennium Falcon is just another cargo ship flying across the galaxy, unnoticed despite its history of Death Star destruction. Sure these guys are a thorn in a few people’s sides, but if we did a Jimmy Kimmel poll on the streets of Tatooine, would anyone be able to pick these scruffy nerf-herders out of a line up?

I find this fascinating to think about. When we enter the world of a movie or a book or any kind of media, we are so bound to the main plot and characters that little else seems to matter. And we transpose that onto the minor and background characters of the story as well. Surely they must care about this particular set of events as much as I do! And why not? This world was literally created so that this particular story could be told with this particular set of characters.

But this falls apart when you begin to look deeper. There is always more story beyond what is in the pages. Some authors have back story written down for every event and character and place. Other authors feel that the story truly belongs to the reader. Whatever happens before the first page, after the last page, and during any untold bits in the middle is completely up to the person enjoying the story with the knowledge that they have.

Then you have creators who show you every bit of what is going on in the world. And those creators create comic books. And also the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Up until now, there were lots of holes in what Marvel was expertly dishing out. If Captain America truly was about to meet his end in Winter Soldier, why wouldn’t Iron Man just swoop in and save him? When Tony Stark is battling hard against the Mandarin, couldn’t his science buddy Bruce Banner come in and whack him around a bit? And why does Thor only conveniently come to Earth when there’s an Avengers initiative in the works?

This is why I love Daredevil. Matt Murdock is battling against villains who are just as bad as Loki and the Winter Soldier (though without any powers) and you never expect a star spangled shield to fly through the door. The Avengers don’t care. The villains Daredevil defeats and the people he saves are small potatoes to Captain America and Iron Man. In a world where aliens rain from the sky, a boy in Hell’s Kitchen being kidnapped by Russian gangsters would not even make the faintest blip on the Avengers radar. They can’t be everywhere at once and that’s certainly not a battle they’re going to choose (regardless of how quickly they could take care of things).

And this is why Daredevil truly fits into the scheme of the Marvel Universe. Even if Matt Murdock never makes it into a Marvel movie, we know what he’s doing. While sentient robots are taking over the world and spider infused men are being discovered, Daredevil is doing his damnedest to clean up his very little corner of the world. He won’t get swanky parties or decked out helicarriers, but he’ll keep on doing it until those in need pay as well as SHIELD.

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And that’s his piece of the MCU. If we read between the lines of Age of Ultron, we may see a boy who could care less about Hawkeye or Black Widow, but who owes his life to an unknown man in a black mask. And that gives this universe so much more depth than any universe in any media I’ve ever consumed. It humanizes it and makes it real. Sometimes more real than we would like our “super hero” universe to be. But it’s gritty and true and damn is it good!

 

– Ron Palmieri

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