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Hannibal: Season 2

I’ve fallen hard for the show Hannibal via Amazon Prime. And I just dropped $3 for episode one of season 2. The show walks an amazing line of already assuming you know about the character and have seen the movies, yet is rewriting that universe in a new way. In a good way, too! 

See, there is no spoiler that you know from episode zero that Hannibal is a serial killer who eats his victims (unless you’re new to the character, so sorry about that, but it feels like a fact that’s known as Kirk is Captain of the Enterprise). The character of Hannibal is even more terrifying in the show then the movies. Not because of the gruesomeness of his acts, but because of their reasons. He kills out of curiosity, desire, or self-preservation.  Never vengeance or hatred. Well, maybe discourtesy too.

The show creators/runners/writers/directors strike an amazing balance of never knowing each meal that Hannibal serves is tainted or not. You think so, but never quite sure.

I think one of the major pitfalls of the show would be the eventual discovery of Hannibal’s crime and his downfall. I was really afraid that we would spend 5 seasons before the events of Red Dragon (which, btw, doesn’t seem like will happen). But, the start of Season 2 proved to me that the show is going to cover a lot of ground really fast and that’s where the rewriting comes in. 

Best Buy vs. bestbuy.com

Yesterday, I had an experience with Best Buy which convinces me how they will be out of business before long. I recently bought a new gaming mouse on bestbuy.com that came with a free $50 Steam Wallet card. Sweet deal and I picked it up from a Best Buy store on my way home from work one day.

I tried activating the card and got an error message. Contacting Steam support, they quickly told me that the card hadn’t been activated correctly and return to the retailer that issued it. I returned, finally, yesterday to the store I picked up the order from… and this is where the fun begins.

Their customer service staff told me because I purchased the stuff from bestbuy.com and not the Best Buy store they couldn’t help me because bestbuy.com is completely separate from them. Even though the girl (who actually was the same girl who activated the card) didn’t activate it correctly in the store. More on this in a bit…

So, they offer to call the 1-800-number for bestbuy.com for me while I did some shopping to rectify the problem. Yep, they don’t have any direct line to bestbuy.com, just the number everyone else has. I eventually had to get on the line to verify some stuff, transferred twice, and then finally a person was able to activate the card correctly on their end, also informing me that person in store left out several digits when entering the barcode and that’s why the card didn’t work.

Which brings me back to why Best Buy will go out of business. Best Buy and bestbuy.com are one and the same to me. I learned yesterday that in their own hierarchy they might as well be two separate companies. If I buy something online, pick up in store, and the in-store person screws it up, I expect that person to fix the problem. It shouldn’t matter where I bought it, but it does to Best Buy, and that’s fine. It’s just a great example of how they drive away customers. Ask yourself, do you view a retailer’s online store as separate entity to their physical retail space? Probably not. In fact, most retailers use their physical space to their advantage against companies like Amazon, so if you purchase something and want to return it, you can go to a store.

Congrats, Best Buy! It will probably be my last purchase at your store and online.


P.S. I usually purchase most things from Amazon, typically. But in this case, a $60 mouse with an extra $50 on a gaming platform I use a lot was too good to pass up.

Several times in my lifetime

Several times in my lifetime

(Source: thumbsuphotog)

Summer veggie salad with grilled garlic bread and grilled onions.

Summer veggie salad with grilled garlic bread and grilled onions.

Setup for interviews yesterday.

Setup for interviews yesterday.

I ‘googled’ MURICA. Didn’t disappoint. Happy 4th of July!

I ‘googled’ MURICA. Didn’t disappoint. Happy 4th of July!

doctorwho:

bbcamerica:

New season of Doctor Who premiering Saturday, August 23rd at 8/7c with feature-length episode ‘Deep Breath.’ 

Watch the teaser here

For those outside of the US, the teaser can be seen here

(via ganipek)

Grilled Chicken and Peaches Kabobs on Red Lettuce Salad on Flickr.

I marinate the meat in a sauce of Greek yogurt, chives, a little olive oil mayo, garlic dijon mustard, and salt and pepper for about 1/2 hour. Thread onto kabobs with peaches and grill for about 10 minutes.

Grilled Chicken and Peaches Kabobs on Red Lettuce Salad on Flickr.

I marinate the meat in a sauce of Greek yogurt, chives, a little olive oil mayo, garlic dijon mustard, and salt and pepper for about 1/2 hour. Thread onto kabobs with peaches and grill for about 10 minutes.
A Fruity Breakfast on Flickr.
I like to start my day by eating all of my daily fruit at once. Start with a banana pancake which is just one banana and one egg mixed together, grilled in coconut oil and topped with blueberries and a tsp of honey. Peaches on the side.

A Fruity Breakfast on Flickr.

I like to start my day by eating all of my daily fruit at once. Start with a banana pancake which is just one banana and one egg mixed together, grilled in coconut oil and topped with blueberries and a tsp of honey. Peaches on the side.

The House on the Rock 2014, a set on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Liz and spent our 6th anniversary visiting that legendary roadside attraction, The House on the Rock. It was featured in the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and it’s a pretty crazy place to visit. It took us about 2 hours to walk through the whole thing.
BookshelfCarouselChadeiler and Blue WindowsClock

The House on the Rock 2014, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Liz and spent our 6th anniversary visiting that legendary roadside attraction, The House on the Rock. It was featured in the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and it’s a pretty crazy place to visit. It took us about 2 hours to walk through the whole thing.
Wisco Cheese Steak on Flickr.
Locally baked bread, nestled with onion and peppers, grass-fed beef, and cheddar PBR sauce make this sandwich amazing. A side of organic greens and hand-cut fries.

Wisco Cheese Steak on Flickr.

Locally baked bread, nestled with onion and peppers, grass-fed beef, and cheddar PBR sauce make this sandwich amazing. A side of organic greens and hand-cut fries.

"Community has pulled off one the most patient easter egg: in one episode of each of the first three seasons, the word "Beetlejuice" was used off-handedly in a joke. If you’ve seen the movie Beetlejuice, the titular mischievous ghost would appear in the world of the living if anyone said his name three times. So, sure enough, on the third mention by a Community character, this guy appears in the background for exactly two seconds. They patiently waited three years to reach that punchline."

Arrested Development wished it went this deep.

(Source: depression-and-movies, via ganipek)

Hannibal: Season 2

I’ve fallen hard for the show Hannibal via Amazon Prime. And I just dropped $3 for episode one of season 2. The show walks an amazing line of already assuming you know about the character and have seen the movies, yet is rewriting that universe in a new way. In a good way, too! 

See, there is no spoiler that you know from episode zero that Hannibal is a serial killer who eats his victims (unless you’re new to the character, so sorry about that, but it feels like a fact that’s known as Kirk is Captain of the Enterprise). The character of Hannibal is even more terrifying in the show then the movies. Not because of the gruesomeness of his acts, but because of their reasons. He kills out of curiosity, desire, or self-preservation.  Never vengeance or hatred. Well, maybe discourtesy too.

The show creators/runners/writers/directors strike an amazing balance of never knowing each meal that Hannibal serves is tainted or not. You think so, but never quite sure.

I think one of the major pitfalls of the show would be the eventual discovery of Hannibal’s crime and his downfall. I was really afraid that we would spend 5 seasons before the events of Red Dragon (which, btw, doesn’t seem like will happen). But, the start of Season 2 proved to me that the show is going to cover a lot of ground really fast and that’s where the rewriting comes in. 

Best Buy vs. bestbuy.com

Yesterday, I had an experience with Best Buy which convinces me how they will be out of business before long. I recently bought a new gaming mouse on bestbuy.com that came with a free $50 Steam Wallet card. Sweet deal and I picked it up from a Best Buy store on my way home from work one day.

I tried activating the card and got an error message. Contacting Steam support, they quickly told me that the card hadn’t been activated correctly and return to the retailer that issued it. I returned, finally, yesterday to the store I picked up the order from… and this is where the fun begins.

Their customer service staff told me because I purchased the stuff from bestbuy.com and not the Best Buy store they couldn’t help me because bestbuy.com is completely separate from them. Even though the girl (who actually was the same girl who activated the card) didn’t activate it correctly in the store. More on this in a bit…

So, they offer to call the 1-800-number for bestbuy.com for me while I did some shopping to rectify the problem. Yep, they don’t have any direct line to bestbuy.com, just the number everyone else has. I eventually had to get on the line to verify some stuff, transferred twice, and then finally a person was able to activate the card correctly on their end, also informing me that person in store left out several digits when entering the barcode and that’s why the card didn’t work.

Which brings me back to why Best Buy will go out of business. Best Buy and bestbuy.com are one and the same to me. I learned yesterday that in their own hierarchy they might as well be two separate companies. If I buy something online, pick up in store, and the in-store person screws it up, I expect that person to fix the problem. It shouldn’t matter where I bought it, but it does to Best Buy, and that’s fine. It’s just a great example of how they drive away customers. Ask yourself, do you view a retailer’s online store as separate entity to their physical retail space? Probably not. In fact, most retailers use their physical space to their advantage against companies like Amazon, so if you purchase something and want to return it, you can go to a store.

Congrats, Best Buy! It will probably be my last purchase at your store and online.


P.S. I usually purchase most things from Amazon, typically. But in this case, a $60 mouse with an extra $50 on a gaming platform I use a lot was too good to pass up.

Several times in my lifetime

Several times in my lifetime

(Source: thumbsuphotog)

Summer veggie salad with grilled garlic bread and grilled onions.

Summer veggie salad with grilled garlic bread and grilled onions.

Setup for interviews yesterday.

Setup for interviews yesterday.

I ‘googled’ MURICA. Didn’t disappoint. Happy 4th of July!

I ‘googled’ MURICA. Didn’t disappoint. Happy 4th of July!

doctorwho:

bbcamerica:

New season of Doctor Who premiering Saturday, August 23rd at 8/7c with feature-length episode ‘Deep Breath.’ 

Watch the teaser here

For those outside of the US, the teaser can be seen here

(via ganipek)

Grilled Chicken and Peaches Kabobs on Red Lettuce Salad on Flickr.

I marinate the meat in a sauce of Greek yogurt, chives, a little olive oil mayo, garlic dijon mustard, and salt and pepper for about 1/2 hour. Thread onto kabobs with peaches and grill for about 10 minutes.

Grilled Chicken and Peaches Kabobs on Red Lettuce Salad on Flickr.

I marinate the meat in a sauce of Greek yogurt, chives, a little olive oil mayo, garlic dijon mustard, and salt and pepper for about 1/2 hour. Thread onto kabobs with peaches and grill for about 10 minutes.
A Fruity Breakfast on Flickr.
I like to start my day by eating all of my daily fruit at once. Start with a banana pancake which is just one banana and one egg mixed together, grilled in coconut oil and topped with blueberries and a tsp of honey. Peaches on the side.

A Fruity Breakfast on Flickr.

I like to start my day by eating all of my daily fruit at once. Start with a banana pancake which is just one banana and one egg mixed together, grilled in coconut oil and topped with blueberries and a tsp of honey. Peaches on the side.

The House on the Rock 2014, a set on Flickr.Via Flickr:
Liz and spent our 6th anniversary visiting that legendary roadside attraction, The House on the Rock. It was featured in the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and it’s a pretty crazy place to visit. It took us about 2 hours to walk through the whole thing.
BookshelfCarouselChadeiler and Blue WindowsClock

The House on the Rock 2014, a set on Flickr.

Via Flickr:
Liz and spent our 6th anniversary visiting that legendary roadside attraction, The House on the Rock. It was featured in the book American Gods by Neil Gaiman and it’s a pretty crazy place to visit. It took us about 2 hours to walk through the whole thing.
Wisco Cheese Steak on Flickr.
Locally baked bread, nestled with onion and peppers, grass-fed beef, and cheddar PBR sauce make this sandwich amazing. A side of organic greens and hand-cut fries.

Wisco Cheese Steak on Flickr.

Locally baked bread, nestled with onion and peppers, grass-fed beef, and cheddar PBR sauce make this sandwich amazing. A side of organic greens and hand-cut fries.

Mackinac Island 2014, a set on Flickr.
A View Through The FortActive DowntownAll of DowntownBasket

Mackinac Island 2014, a set on Flickr.

"Community has pulled off one the most patient easter egg: in one episode of each of the first three seasons, the word "Beetlejuice" was used off-handedly in a joke. If you’ve seen the movie Beetlejuice, the titular mischievous ghost would appear in the world of the living if anyone said his name three times. So, sure enough, on the third mention by a Community character, this guy appears in the background for exactly two seconds. They patiently waited three years to reach that punchline."

Arrested Development wished it went this deep.

(Source: depression-and-movies, via ganipek)

Hannibal: Season 2
Best Buy vs. bestbuy.com

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