Tuesday, November 29, 2011


Looks like Occupy Wall Street has lost some steam. Maybe it's because people got a look at Occupy Ann Arbor. I was in town over thanksgiving and it was pretty pathetic. In fact, I think it's just a plce where homeless people are trying to get free stuff. Instead of signs that say "we are the 99%," they literally have a sign that says, "we need tents, money and socks." No lie. Occupy a different park.

Anyway, it's hard to blog when you could be playing Halo instead.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, November 07, 2011

The Vet and n00b...

It clearly takes something awesome for me to post these days. So here it is. One of my favorite video game commercials of all time.

As always, go big. I'd say 'I'm back to blog more' but that's probably not gonna happen. I'm a lazy blogger this year. I've finally come to accept it.

-M, p, z & shredder

Thursday, September 22, 2011


Just thought I'd share some comments from an article I was reading because they are hilarious. To preface this story, I am a nerd and like to read about comic book movies and video games and such long before they come out to see if my favorite characters will be in them, however these people take everything to complete uber nerddom. This happened to be an article about a possible new director for the sequel to Thor. A question was posted in the comments about who should be in the next movie to which someone spouted off about a thousand names. This is what followed:

# Loki’s Left Horn
Thu 09/22/11 1:02 PM
Since when is “Ragnarok” a CHARACTER? Would like to see Surtur – the giant sized fire giant version – show up in one of the sequels though, with his sword Twilight attempting to set fire to the cosmos. Hela as queen of the underworld is a good potential villain choice too.

* coolman
Thu 09/22/11 1:17 PM

Ragnarok is Thors clone from Civil War stupid!

# fnord
Thu 09/22/11 1:05 PM


* Buttcheek
Thu 09/22/11 1:08 PM

Stupid fnord. Must be a Thunderstrike fan…

I know things take a turn for the worst when even I have no clue what people are talking about. I've had so much to say lately and have just been too lazy to post. I'll try and fix that, what with this being my last year in my 20's. The countdown to 30 has begun. 51 weeks. I'm just assuming my life will implode.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Friday, September 09, 2011

The Big House...

This may come off as UM bashing, but I can assure you, college football for me is all about rooting for State and not really caring about what happens to anyone else. But I think it's noteworthy to mention that UM playing a game under lights shouldn't be garnering this much attention. They're lights people. They were invented a very long time ago and teams across all sports have been playing night games for over a hundred years. According to wikipedia, "The first night football game was played in Mansfield, Pennsylvania on September 28, 1892 between Mansfield State Normal and Wyoming Seminary." 1892?!!! That was 119 years ago!! Maybe it's just because ESPN is a shitty network and the only thing they can report on is a game being played under artificial light and it really isn't a big deal at all, but they've got a lot of people convinced.

The question should really be, why did it take so long for one of the greatest venues in all of sports to get lights?

If I were a UM fan, I'd be celebrating. I'd be pumped about a night game because I've attended a few night games at Spartan Stadium, and the amount of alcohol you can drink before a 7:30pm game seemingly increases exponentially every hour after 12. But aside from UM fans who will be at the game, is it really worthy of College Gameday (another grossly overrated waste of time) to be there?

To be fair, the only teams I feel that actually deserve any national recognition are Alabama (shit they're good - Roll Tide!), OU, Boise St, LSU and Oregon. These teams are way better than any other team in college football and it amazes me that anyone would care about two unranked teams playing a night game.

Anyway, maybe I'm just mad at ESPN for their terrible US Open coverage, but the madness has got to stop. And why doesn't anyone else HATE Andy Murray. That kid whines more than anyone I've ever seen.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Living Together Observations: Part 3...

Just to be clear, in case Nebraska ever uses the internet, I enjoy living with my significant other, these are just some thoughts that I think other guys feel and can relate to.

Decorating. I have refrained from covering the walls in Halo posters and Detroit sports team paraphernalia, but it's taking an absurdly long time to figure out where our things do go. For me decorating is all about feel. If I think a picture/painting/whatever looks good in a certain spot, I put it there. But for her, it needs to no only look good in the spot, but look good in conjunction with everything else in the room and fit the theme of the room. Most of you haven't been to our apartment, but if you had, you wouldn't know that any room had a theme. But they do. I guess.

Football. This applies to sports in general, but it's becoming evident that my days are numbered. Nebraska has always been exceptional at not just letting me watch sports, but watching with me (though that often means her taking a nap). Now that we live together, I fear that those days are over or approaching an end. This all relates back to a point I mentioned earlier: there's always shit to do. When it comes to college football, the only game I care about watching is the State game. I;ll watch other games, but I'd rather do other things. But on Sunday, it's Lions and fantasy day all day. I assume that this is going to result in direct conflict with dishes, cleaning, spending quality time with each other and a seemingly endless list of things to do. Let's pray it never changes. She wanted to salsa dance on Sunday and when I reminded her football kicks off the same day, she was silent though never mentioned it again. Storm's coming.

I'm out. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Friday, August 19, 2011

Living Together Observations: Part 2...

My friend, Bobtail, said she had a good time reading my first installment, so before I head out for the weekend here's part II of my observations of living with your significant other.

1: You need two TVs. You know what is a really terrible show (in my opinion, though I have since learned not to express that opinion out loud)? Dance Moms. Yup. That exists. Last week I busied myself with laundry, dinner and trimming my nose hair. The only thing to get me away from it in the future will be the addition of another TV. You might say, "read a book. Aren't you a writer and avid reader?" Seems reasonable, but I need something more active to get my mind off the fact that the show exists.

2: Dinner is more complicated. We ate dinner together most nights before we moved in, but usually she'd come over and eat whatever I was making. Now we have to decide ahead of time what we both want to eat. Not a huge problem yet, but I can see it being an issue when I want wings and she wants a burger. Rocky times ahead, people.

3: Bed time. I'm used to going to bed when I feel like it and generally it's the same time as her. Sometimes, like last night's Halo time, I want to stay up a little later. Which means, I have to do my killing quietly, tip-toe around (which always leads to stepping on a cat toy), and I can't cuss at the screen. This isn't so bad. The worst part is when you get in bed and all you've got is the edge. The edge! I hate the edge, but I swear, every time I get in bed after her, I'm relegated to sleeping on the edge trying to avoid her outstretched arms and legs.

That's all for now. It's almost 5 and I'm about to punch out (figuratively speaking since we don't have a time clock, though aren't all clocks 'time clocks'?).

Clear eyes, full hearts. Party at my place tomorrow. Be there or be square.

-M, p, z & shredder

I'm Not the Only One...

Whenever the topic of favorite places in the world or country come up, I've long held the belief that I need not stray far from home to find mine. The combined area of Sleeping Bear Dunes, Traverse City, Charlevoix and Petosky (all right next to each other) has been my favorite location I've ever been since I first ventured up north.

As you've probably seen around the many Michiganders posting it on their fb pages, I'm not alone. Apparently tens of thousands of people voted and Sleeping Bear Dunes was crowned the most beautiful place in America. While not news to me, it's nice that it's getting some national recognition, especially for a state that most people think of as looking like downtown Detroit in the first Robocop.

There's really nothing that makes me happier than being up there out on Lake Michigan. If you haven't been, make the trip, it's worth it.

Clear eyes, full hearts.

-M, p, z & shredder

Living Together Observations: Part 1...

You may ask, "where the f*&^ have you been swami-says?" Well I'll tell you. I don't usually blog about relationships and the like but changes have come about that I feel compelled to blog about.

A few weeks ago, Nebraska (my gf) and I moved in together. That's right, kids. It's kind of like going to Rivindale, only if Frodo didn't have any friends with him. It's something you can't really get a grasp on unless you do it. It's been about 3 weeks or so now and here are my first observations:

1: There's an endless amount of things to do. When we moved in I naturally assumed the time it took to clean, do dishes, laundry etc. would decrease by half. Instead, not only has it not decreased but it's seemingly increased. There is always something that needs to be done. It doesn't make sense. I blame the smaller-than-normal dishwasher, but still, it can't count for everything.

2: Toilet paper vanishes. I'm used to living by myself and a roll will last me a very very long time. I'm talking about a month more or less. Living with a girl changes that. I think we're averaging about 2 rolls a week. A week! No wonder girls by that one-ply crap. It's just not reasonable to by the expensive stuff. Might need to get another dispenser for myself because I seriously can't live without my Charmin Ultra.

3: Master Chief and I are finding it hard to hang out. I was under the impression that my routine of coming home from work and playing Halo all night would remain intact. It hasn't. I didn't even get to hook up my Xbox until last week. Last night, literally as soon as I turned it on, she told me she wanted to watch Jersey Shore (which I love but was not ready to do that) so we did. I had to wait until she went to bed to play.

Anyway, there's also good things about it. For example, if she's going to the store I can ask her to pick me up some stuff too. There's other good things but they're pretty lame so we wont talk about them here.

Clear eyes, full hearts.

-M, p, z & shredder

Your Boy Is Back...

And for the umpteenth time, I've come back from hiatus. You know what I realized? Working full time is not conducive to having a blog. Especially when your job is writing. The last thing I want to do when I get home is open the computer I use for 8 or 9 hours a day and write more.

So instead, I'll write while I'm at work. Lunch breaks are more fun when you're not working anyway.

You know what's cool? Being a writer. I wouldn't have thought it growing up, but I'll be damned if David Duchovny didn't make it seem like the most noble, bad-ass profession the world has ever seen. While I'm no Hank Moody, I do have the luxury of being able to tell people that I'm a writer, though to be fair, I'm pretty sure my job is one that Hank Moody would rather set himself on fire than do, but you can't win 'em all.

I'm gonna post 4 times today. Watch me. Go big (I think I was gonna start saying something new but I forgot what. I'll have to go through the archives and see).

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, July 25, 2011

Friday Night Lights...

As many of you know, FNL has long been one of my favorite shows. A couple years ago, when it was teetering on the cusp of cancellation, I was convinced it was gone but was elated when NBC and Direct TV made a deal to keep it going for two more seasons. Now, sadly, those two seasons are over and so is one of the best dramas I've ever seen.

Rarely does a drama have the ability to pace itself without having disaster episodes when a train crashes and everyone is crying. Instead, each character had a wonderful story arc and the writers took time developing these people that I watch on the edge of my seat every week.

It further frustrates me that shows like Two and a Half Men, with or without Charlie Sheen, is still on the air after 8 or 9 seasons or whatever it is. I used to think America was crazy. But then I realized that there are some people that just haven't been exposed to really good comedy. If you watched Family Matters and Step by Step, then moved on to Will and Grace, the natural progression would be to enjoy shows like Two and a Half Men. Some people never watched Fresh Prince or Arrested Development or The Cosby Show. They just don't know that TV can be great.

I'm glad FNL went out being true to the show that it was since the first episode. It's really one of the best shows around and if you've never seen it, start with season 1 and watch it everyday for the next couple months. Your life will be better.

'Go big' will heretofore be replaced with Clear eyes, full hearts. It's been my fantasy football name for a few years but really means the same thing and is a better way to say it.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, July 18, 2011


Don't usually blog about ads but this is pretty awesome work. I don't wear Axe and since I'm not a teenager, I probably never will, but I like their ads. Anyway, I think I realized my dream job is to be a freelance commercial writer. Is that a thing? If not, it's going to be my mission to make it my thing.

Go big. I know I will.

-M, p, z & shredder

Friday, July 15, 2011

Go the F*ck to Sleep...

You know what the secret to life is? Take all those dumb ideas or hilarious ideas you have and make them a reality. One of them is bound to make you a millionaire. This is how I always fake talk to my future kids, and this guy made a book out of it. Here's Samuel L. Jackson doing what he does best.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Curse You, Netflix...

I love Netflix. But they're trying to kill me and put me out of a home. I used to have the three DVDs at a time back when streaming was just a few crappy movies. That was only 14 bucks a month. Then they changed all the prices and I paid 16 for the same service only a little more streaming. Then they upped the fees again when streaming got even bigger and I had to downgrade to 2 movies out at a time and unlimited streaming for the same price. Now they're raising the price again. Again!

I either have to get 1 movie and unlimited streaming for the same price I'm paying now, or keep my same plan and pay 20. Netflix used to be a viable solution to not having cable. I'm happy without cable and have been for 2 years. But if I'm gonna be paying 20 a month plus 8 for hulu plus, in addition to 40 for internet, I'm already at 0ver 70 after taxes. I should ditch Netflix and Hulu Plus because what's another 30 for cable plus HBO and On Demand?

I love movies. I still try and watch a movie every day and I enjoy that more than TV. But why is Netflix, who I generally swear by, making it so hard?! Maybe if they streamed all the movies in my queue of 480 dvds I could be happy about this. But less than 20 of them are available for instant view. Maybe if they had all the shows Hulu has, I'd be elated. But they don't. Basically I'm just getting f*cked and there's nothing I can do about it but vent to you.

Man, between bitching about the price of gas and how good things used to be before all this technology and all these assh*le teenagers acting crazy in the streets, I'd swear I was 90 years old.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, July 05, 2011

Your Boy Is Back...

Dang! It's been a long time. Haven't posted since I started my internship which is both crazy, but also a pretty adequate meter of how busy I've been. I've actually had a lot to post on but somehow keep forgetting what I was going to say by the time I got home so I figured I'd squeeze in a quick post at work.

Work rules. I was as disappointed as you could possibly be about not getting a full-time job without ever actually applying for one, which is still somewhat considerable. But this internship is working out better than I could have hoped or imagined. My fingers are crossed it turns in to a full-time gig in 6 weeks when it's over but for now, I'm just happy with how it's going.

I just closed a small chapter in my life. I have been on this kick lately of unsubscribing from email lists. I was sick of waking up to 30 emails, none of which were spam. I'm still on a few lists but this last one was the only one that made me sit back and think. I unsubscribed from two film production job posting sites. Basically they would just email me when a job on a film or TV show would be available. I guess I realized that that will never be something I am going to do again.

Not that I'm not still working on screenplays and such, but I don't ever want to work on a production again unless it's as a writer, director or producer. So you can get your own damn coffee (not that I ever actually got anyone coffee). So to all my fellow production folks, peace out.

And I'm out. I'll be normal again soon. I swear. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Halo 4: Awakening...

Oh my god ohmygodohmygodohmygodomygod. OMG. O. M. G. Finally. Life is still worth living.

Thursday, June 02, 2011

When it Rains...

First off, yesterday was my folks 36th anniversary. Damn dude! For realz?! That's a long time. I will say that my dad couldn't function without my mom and my mom's head would literally explode if she couldn't nag my dad.

Now let's talk about me. So that interview on Tuesday went well. I'm going back in tomorrow. To meet more people. Last Thursday I met 6 people who work there. Then Tuesday met another. Then tomorrow I'm gonna meet around 10 people. This field is awesome because of two things: one) I can/will drink/play games while I work and two) it's all about hanging out with people and making friends and if there's a few things I'm good at it's drinking, playing, hanging out and making friends.

As if I wasn't happy enough about this interview, I've got another one next week and to complicate things a little, I was offered an internship this morning that starts Monday and I need to decide on by tomorrow afternoon.

...it pours.

I'll let you know how it goes but til then, keep your ears to the grindstone for me. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Cute to Death...

So this might be the cutest video ever. I'm talkin cuter than sneezing Panda baby.

I can't believe how many hits this thing has. People are crazy.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

And Here We Go...

So I'm done with school. I finished my book last Thursday and after a very productive and eventful debut at PN9, I came out swinging. I've got my first interview (and hopefully my last) in a few hours and I couldn't be more excited. It's at a pretty bad ass agency and despite my best attempts to not get my hopes up, I did.

This is the first time I've ever been excited for an interview and looking forward to getting a full time job.

Anyway, I'll let y'all know how it goes. Go big.

-M, p, z % shredder

Friday, May 27, 2011


I was listening to an old Jada Kiss song the other day called 'Why' where he basically just asks a bunch of questions the whole time. I used to like the song but the more I hear it, the more I get annoyed. Most of his "deep questions" are really easy to answer. So I figured why not answer them. So here's me blowin up Jada's spot.

Yo, why is Jadakiss as hard as it gets - He's not.
Why is the industry designed to keep the artist in debt - Stop buying sh*t!
And why them dudes ain't ridin' if there part of your set - Stop paying for them!
And why they never get it poppin' but they party to death - Because they're broke.
Yea, and why they gon give you life for a murder
Turn around only give you eight months for a burner - Seriously? Killing's illegal.
Why they sellin' niggaz CD's for under a dime - It costs less than a penny to make.
If it's all love daddy why you come wit your nine - That's just dangerous.
Why my niggaz ain't get that cake - I don't know what this means.
Why is a brother up North better than Jordan
That ain't get that break - I call bullshit.
Why you ain't stackin' instead of tryin' to be fly - Fiscal irresponsibility.
Why is rattin' at an all time high - Snitching is cool.
Why are you even alive - When a man loves a woman he inserts his...
Why they kill Tupac n' Chris - To bring back Unsolved Mysteries.
Why at the bar you ain't take straight shots instead of poppin Crist'- Gross.
Why them bullets have to hit that door - Velocity = Mass x Acceleration
Why did Kobe have to hit that raw - She was asking for it
Why he kiss that whore - That's just rude

verse 2

Why would niggaz push pounds and powder - Money
Why did bush knock down the towers - Woah. Conspiracy theory?
Why you around them cowards - I went to private school.
Why Aaliyah have to take that flight - Business.
Why my nigga D ain't pull out his Ferrari
Why he take that bike - Trying to look hard I assume.
Why they gotta open your package and read your mail - Anthrax?
Why they stop lettin' niggaz get degreez in jail - This is the first good question.
Why you gotta do eighty-five percent of your time - Good behavior.
And why do niggaz lie in eighty-five percent of they rhymes - You made up that stat.
Why a nigga always want what he can't have - Grass is greener.
Why I can't come through in the pecan Jag - Pecan? Seriously?
Why did crack have to hit so hard - It's not good for you.
Even though it's almost over
Why niggaz can't get no jobs - The Great Recession.
Why they come up wit the witness protection - To keep people safe. Dummy.
Why they let the terminator win the election - People voted for him.
Come on, pay attention
Why sell in the stores what you can sell in the streets - Mark ups.
Why I say the hottest shit but we sellin' the least - You're sh*t isn't hot.

verse 3

Why Halle have to let a white man pop her to get a Oscar - Terrible actress.
Why Denzel have to be crooked before he took it - Make up for Hurricane?
Why they didn't make the CL6 wit a clutch - Good question #2.
And if you don't smoke why the hell you reachin' for my dutch - To cook dinner.
Why rap, cause I need air time
Why be on the curb wit a "why lie I need a beer" sign - To get beer. Dummy.
Why all the young niggaz is dyin' - Gangs, violence, guns, etc.
Cause they moms at work, they pops is gone, they livin' wit iron
Why they ain't give us a cure for aids - Ask Magic Johnson. He's got it.
Why my diesel have fiends in the spot on the floor for days - Is this a question?
Why you screamin' like it's slug, it's only the hawk - Slugs are cool.
Why my buzz in L.A. ain't like it is in New York - Because you suck.
Why you forcin' you to be hard - Image is everything.
Why ain't you a thug by choice - People are generally nicer than they look.
Why the whole world love my voice - False, Jada.
Why try to tell 'em that it's the flow son
And you know why they made the new twenties
Cause I got all my old ones - You and Fort Knox
That's why - Saying "that's why" isn't an answer to anything.

Anyway, I hope this helped shed some light on a topic that greatly needed delving into. I need some pizza.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, May 23, 2011

Law Suit...

So the guy who tattooed Mike Tyson's face is suing the producers of The Hangover II because they've re-created the tattoo on Ed Helms' face. When I first heard this a few weeks ago I rolled my eyes, but I think I'm actually on his side now. If you've ever gotten a tattoo, you know that tattoo artists are proud of their work and consider it their artwork that they're putting on your body.

No when you're dealing with art and who owns it, things can get a bit tricky. Obviously the Mona Lisa is used in many movies and I don't think they're paying dues to some Da Vinci fund to use it. But the way I see it, the guy owns the design. He doesn't own Mike Tyson, who I think should be free to go wherever he wants without paying this artist, but when they take the design and use it to their financial gain, that doesn't sit right with me. I'm not saying this guy should get a billion dollars, but he should be paid accordingly.

Musicians sell the rights to their music for movie soundtracks and I don't see this as being any different. It plays a more significant role than just a song so I think he should be paid more than whatever a musicians label gets, but he should definitely be paid.

I'm not a lawyer (much to the disappointment of my mother) but some of you are and I wonder what your stance is on the situation.

Anyway, go big. If you still haven't seen Fast Five, don't talk to me.

-M, p, z & shredder

Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Dark Knight Rises...

I'm watching The Dark Knight for the umpteenth time and I'm more secure in my belief that Batman Begins was a superior movie. That said, this movie rocks. I can't wait until next summer. 2012 is going to be ridiculous. Between Batman and The Avengers, we're in for an awesome summer. I wanted to do some movie reviews but they are all glowing so I'm just going to tell you that if you are in the mood for an awesome action movie go see Fast Five. It's the best action movie I've seen since the last FF movie. I may be the biggest fan in the world of the franchise, but I took Texas to go see it with me and he wasn't a fan of the first two, liked the second two and loved the 5th. They wrapped it up in a way that it could be over, but kept it open to make more. My dream is that one day I get to pull my kids out of school and take them to see a 50 year old Vin Diesel ripping up the streets.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, May 16, 2011


So last week I found out the perfect way to stop a street canvasser from talking to you. I was walking home from the grocery store when I noticed this girl wearing a bright neon pink t-shirt that said Planned Parenthood on it, holding a clipboard and getting ready to try and engage me. I hate these people. I love Planned Parenthood and support the organization, but god how I hate canvassers. I used to be one. For a day. Actually, it was half a day. I spent one morning training and then during our lunch break, I just dipped. I said I wasn't feeling well and never went back.

So there is no one within 100 feet of me and this girl and she sees me and I see that she sees me so I do the usual look around and act like I'm interested in the motorcycle that just drove by. I keep hoping someone will come up walking faster behind me, but as I get closer she starts waving and motioning for me to take my headphones out. First of all, don't wave at me like you know me. Second, don't tell me what to do. I'm having a good day enjoying my walk, the weather and my music and you're about to stop all of that from happening, so stop smiling. So I reluctantly take out one of my earphones, which is to act like I care but still hold firm in not wanting to talk to her. I then stop her mid-sentence and say, "Sorry. My popsicles are melting," and motion to my bag. She looked shocked that I cared more about my (non-existent) popsicles than helping her murder babies (I kid).

Anyway, I encourage you all to use ice, ice cream, popsicles or even go the opposite route and say your soup is getting cold, when stopped by these faux protectors of the earth.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Thursday, April 28, 2011

The Three Amigos...

It's been 25 years since the movie came out and it still kills me. Empire did a photo shoot with them and oh how I wish I were there. Steve Martin's autobiography is one of the reasons I continue to try to be a writer. What a bunch of knuckleheads.

I'm still busy with school but I'll get back to regular blogging when I'm done with school and unemployed.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Thursday, April 21, 2011

First Class...

The new X-Men trailer came out today and it's sweet. This summer is going to be amazing. Ripe with comic book movies and bad ass action, all of which kicks off next week(!!!!!) with Fast Five aka best movie ever.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, April 12, 2011


My dad showed me this the other day. It is awesome for two reasons. First, my dad showed me something on the internet I'd never seen before which is kind of like catching an asteroid in a baseball mitt. Second, it's really interesting. Last time when I was in India I had a conversation with my cousin, who was thinking about moving to America to go to school or get work in the IT sector, that went (basically) like this:

Me: Hi cousin I haven't seen since I was 10. How's it going?
Her: What do you go to school for?
Me: I'm in film school. I want to be a writer and director.
Her: What do you know about IT?
Me: Um, that it stands for information technology. Right?
Her: What can you tell me about it?
Me: I don't know anything about it other than what it stands for.
Her: You don't know anything about IT? What else do you do?

At which point my dad started laughing and interjected that people in America don't know anything nor do they have aspirations of joining the IT sector, as we have ill advised dreams to chase such as being a director.

Anyway, it's interesting and you should watch it if you've got ten minutes. I didn't know anything about the India Institute of Technology, but after watching this and coincidentally reading about it in a book I'm reading, it really is possibly the best technological school in the world.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder


Um, if you like action movies and haven't seen the trailer for Legend of the Fist yet, you're missing out. Enjoy.

And if you still don't believe me:

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, April 11, 2011

It's All Good Y'all...

I was going to blog about Tiger validating human existence yet again, but someone did it better than I would have so read this post instead.

It was 85 degrees and sunny in Chicago yesterday. On April 10th. People were at the beach, grilling and general sharing outdoor merriment. Of course I was at home in Michigan where the weather was still nice, but about 20 degrees cooler. I hope this wasn't the one day of the year I look forward to most. The one early Spring day you wait all Fall and Winter for. The one day that reminds you why you live in the Midwest, the reason you're not one of those people in California who stay inside when it's sunny and 80 degrees out. I hope there is another Summer advance coming soon, because if I missed my window for margaritas and bbq-ing a month or two before I should expect it, I'll be pissed.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Food Network...

I'm slowly becoming obsessed with new things. Gone are the days of American Idol (which I haven't seen a single episode of yet this season) and whatever else I used to watch, only to be replaced by more mindless pleasures. I've always liked cooking shows, but since I haven't had cable for a couple of years, I never got into Iron Chef or any of those shows...until now. Since Nebraska has cable and a willingness to hand over the remote, I've become infatuated with Chopped and Top Chef. I can't get enough. The only thing I had about the Food Network is their seemingly endless supply of episodes of Cupcake Wars and baking shows. Give me a restaurant renovation show and some cooks going head to head and I'm good for about 12 hours. Don't get me wrong, I'm still committed to Parks & Rec, Community, Californication and Modern Family, but for the other 166 hours a week those shows aren't on, I've got TFN.

And also Swamp People. I think that's on the History Channel. That show is also amazing. If you have On Demand, you should watch all of season 1. Season 2 just started and it's gonna be a good one. Willy already got bit! Crazy, I know.

Texas and I decided we are going to start doing our own Iron Chef challenges. Someone is going to choose a few ingredients for us and it's up to us to use them however we see fit. A judge(s) will decide who the winner is. This will surely be fun and fascinating for you, so I'll be sure to update you with pictures or videos. Maybe then I'll have something to blog about.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, March 29, 2011


Just wanted to share a video from SXSW you may or may not have seen. It's pretty legendary.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Monday, March 28, 2011

Win Win...

Did some movie hopping last Friday. I saw Sucker Punch, Kill the Irishman, Limitless and Win Win. Sucker Punch was the best. Zach Snyder is really in a league of his own when it comes to cinematic vision. He has really honed his style and skill and it's probably his best effort since 300 but the fact that he wrote it himself makes it his best film yet. Go see it.

Win Win was awesome though. Hilarious. I like seeing Paul Giamatti not play a bumbling self-loathing wimp. If this is playing near you, then you need to go see it.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

School's Out Forever...

Sorry for the temporary hiatus. I finished school last week and this month has been busy to hectic, though now that I only have a few months of classes only on Monday while I finish my portfolio and hopefully land a job soon, I'll have more time to devote to all of you.

For our 'final exam' we have to do 5 minutes of stand-up. This is mine.

I'm back. Go big.

-M, p, z shredder

Monday, February 28, 2011

Charlie Sheen, I Hate You: vol. 19...

Oh what a wonderful little twist this story is having. As you all know by now, I am a fierce opponent of the fact the Charlie Sheen is still alive, and as such am always elated when bad things happen to him. It seemed as if he would never get what was coming to him. Hold your wife at knife point on Christmas day? No worries, you're Charlie Sheen. Drive while under drugs? NBD. Busted for cocaine? How about a raise?!

But finally after years and years of perpetuating the collapse of American society with that terrible terrible atrocity that is Two and a Half Men, you may have finally done it. After calling out AA and CBS and making personal attacks on the creator of the show, it canceled the rest of the season. Fantastic news. And now, his appearance on the Today Show this morning, has resulted in an incredible backlash against him. Not since Tom Cruise called Matt Lauer 'glib' has anyone given such a crazy interview. He's still on drugs and his spiral into hell is really fun to watch.

Here is a coincidental link Kingsford recently posted about what people look like after getting addicted to drugs. Look at those and tell me Chuck doesn't belong with these other assholes. Hopefully within the year, people will forget that he ever existed.

Charlie Sheen, I hope you don't die, but live a long agonizing life where I get to punch you in the face every day until I have kids and then they get to punch you.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Thursday, February 24, 2011


VW strikes again with another great idea. I don't talk about ads a lot on here because I spend enough time at school talking about them, but this is an example of a perfectly simple idea that goes a long way.

3 in one day? I'll slow down. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Black Mamba...

The Kobe or Lebron discussion may still be up for debate (Kobe) but as far as commercials go, Kobe pretty much gets the MVP with this one.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Bad Teacher...

And yet again, something I'm writing has been done. This is literally the third script I've written about teachers, the first two were pilots the most recent a screenplay, only to find out it's already been done. I stopped writing my screenplay when I first read the synopsis for this movie, which looks pretty funny, but with JT in it, I'm definitely watching it. Writing screenplays is a lot like writing ads; you think you have a great idea only to find out someone else has already done it. And once someone has already done it, you can't do it (though a recent look at movies coming out of Hollywood would suggest otherwise).

Clearly my goal for posts this month was a joke. I'll try and get to 15 though. Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Friday, February 11, 2011

First Class...

Finally a trailer for the new X-Men movie. I couldn't be more excited for this summer. Thor, Captain America, X-Men and let's not forget about Fast and Furious 5. Greatest summer ever? Probably, but only time will tell. In other great X-Men related news. I read that Darren Aranofsky told Hugh Jackman that while he was ripped in the past as Wolverine, he was too lean and wanted him to get huge. Wolverine is supposed to be short and stocky, not tall and muscular. Anyway, Jackman has since gained 20lbs and is eating 6000 calories a day. My hero. I'm off to the gym.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

C'mon Dudes...

Seriously? Another camera phone scandal? This time it was Congressman Christopher Lee of New York, and while I'm all for any hit the GOP takes, I'm more troubled at the idiocy of these dudes. First of all, stop texting! You're an adult. I'm 28 and find texting tedious, annoying, juvenile and impersonal, what is this congressman doing?

I just don't understand. You know you're going to get caught right? There is a 100% failure rate for any public figure who sends pictures. You don't even need to be attractive, as was the case for this dude. Or have a large penis, as was the case with Brett Favre. You just need to be in the public eye in some form or another.

Guys just can't catch a break. You know why you never hear about chicks resigning from this? It's not because they don't do it. It's because when they send pictures to guys, guys don't hold it against them as blackmail. Guys will thank them for it. Girls just wait til the dude f*cks up and the next thing you know, you're getting the back of your Escalade broken by one of your own golf clubs.

If I ever hold any sort of public spotlight, you bet your ass I'm ditching the cell phone and getting a land line. A rotary phone at that.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

ps - is this dude seriously flexing?! I mean, I do it a lot in private, but when you flex in front of a chick, you gotta do it on the DL so it just looks like you're really that strong.

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Best of 2010: Albums...

So, like last year, I will do two music lists. One for best albums and another for best songs. I've gotten really bad at blogging. 3 blogs last month? Who am I? What am I doing that keeps me so busy or am I just too lazy to post? These are the burning questions that keep me up at night. That and sugar. I try not to have sugar past 6 or 7pm. My brain can't take the stimulation. Anyway, here were my favorite albums of the year. I couldn't decide on 10 so "mine goes to 11."

11.) She & Him: Volume 2
A great follow up to Volume 1. Not as many perfectly mood fitting songs, but Zooey's voice touches me somewhere only Tom Hanks, Wes Anderson and that one really awkward but amazing scene in Good Will Hunting can.

10.) The Roots - Wake Up!
Wake up indeed. This was the most refreshing thing to come from the roots since their live album which contained Seed featuring Cody Chesnutt. That song was great. So is this album. The best beats they've had since Things Fall Apart and that was over 12 years ago.

9.) Taylor Swift - Speak Now
Most of you who know me well will be wondering why this is ranked so far down my list. To be honest, I've refrained from listening to the album too much because I'm not ready to drive around with my windows down singing with all of my heart. I'll re-evaluate post Spring but for now rest assured that my love for her is as unwavering as ever.

8.) Jack Johnson - To The Sea
He may have peaked with In Between Dreams, but To The Sea is nothing to shake your fist at. Packed with enough songs for me to want to sing along with and enough to make me wish I was better at both piano and guitar to keep me feeling like Spring all Winter long.

7.) J. Cole - Friday Night Lights
Though this was just a mixtape and not an actual album, I couldn't leave him off the list. Punchrhymes introduced me to J. Cole last Spring and he's already risen to be easily one of my top ten favorite hip hop artists of all time.

6.) Eminem - Recovery
Changed from The Relapse 2 to Recovery, Eminem surely knew what he was talking about when he named this album. I'm sure you've all heard the album and agree with me. It's awesome. A mature Slim Shady who isn't relying on gimmicks or shock factor is a serious force to be reckoned with.

5.) Girl Talk - All Night
My initial response to the album was that it wasn't as 'hype' as the last three, but I gotta say, the more I listen to it, the more I love it. With the exception of the Wiz Khalifa mash-up, he improved on every beat to every song he sampled which is saying quite a lot.

4.) Vampire Weekend - Contra
I'm not sure which I like more, this or their first album, but that in itself is a feat. I love Vampire Weekend. Every track on this album is perfect except for one, the name of which escapes me right now.

3.) Josh Ritter - So Runs The World Away
If you don't listen to Josh Ritter, he's pretty much the gateway into folk-rock. Through him, my eyes have been opened to some of my folk favorites including, Blind Pilot, Joe Pug and Slow Club. All of these bands are worth checking out and this album, if you haven't heard him before, will be your new favorite.

2.) Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
I'm surely going to catch Hell for not making this my number one, but number 2 ain't to shabby either. It's got some of the best songs of the year, and a return to the great music he hasn't done since 2007 with Graduation. This album is amazing and really could have gone number 1.

1.) Kid Rock - Born Free
Kid Rock? Really? I know what you're thinking, but you clearly haven't listened to the whole album. I'm obsessed with this album. Kid Rock has left behind any semblance he ever had to the flashy late 90s sound he had, and has wholeheartedly embraced a sound that makes him the heir to great Michigan rockers like Bob Seger. Part country, part rock, he really captures something here and maybe you have to have as wide ranging a musical palate as I do, but he really fucking nailed it.

Anyway, that's it. Sorry for the delay on this. Top ten songs coming up shortly (I hope).

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

ps - Other Guy is 31 today. Shit man, that dude is old.

pps - I've been a bad blogger these last few months but I'm trying to get back in the groove. I'm going to go for my goal from a couple years ago which was something like 28 blogs for February. I've got a few to make up but I'm gonna shoot for the moon here.


In lieu of doing my usual top three Superbowl ads, I'm just going to talk about one. Most of you have already seen this, but it's worth a repost. This commercial is my favorite. Ever. There is an attitude and a feeling that comes from being a Michigander (and loving it) that very few people outside of Michigan can capture. Kid Rock and Eminem can do it, but they've got street cred. Not sure how the guys at Wieden Kennedy nailed it (the ad agency behind every ad that leaves you jaw dropped) but they really, really nailed it.

I read an interview with Eminem's rep that said it originally started out as just a music licensing request, but after Eminem found out the vision and the idea he not only thought it was awesome and paralleled his recent comeback, but he wanted to be in it and rep the D. Some people were hating on him being in the commercial, but I loved it.

I love that the people from Michigan who are famous really try and promote the state. What a great place to represent.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Best of 2010: Movies...

Man, I'm sorry. I really suck at blogging lately. So in an attempt to fill my January quota, I'm going to try and barrage you with overdue blogs. First up, following suit with the release of the Oscar noms on Monday, here are my top 10 movies of 2010, also known as Animation Domination.

[just a reminder to those who question my choices, these are my favorite movies of the year which I think embody the best of all categories which includes entertainment value as witnessed by last years winner, Avatar, which nudged out 2nd place Moon which had the best acting by far.]

While compiling the list of movies I've seen this year (which was probably close to 40) I must say, the competition was stiffer than I thought. They weren't the greatest movies ever, but ranking them was tougher than I thought. So as usual, here are the honorable mentions: Robin Hood, The Switch, Going the Distance, Micmacs, Get Low, The Fighter and Scott Pilgrim.

10.) Kick-Ass
Kick-Ass was one of my favorite graphic novels and I was worried they would ruin it the same way the ruined Wanted, but I was pleasantly surprised. Nick Cage didn't blow it and casting an unknown was really the only was I could get behind it. They changed very little and it ended up being almost as cool as the book.

9.) The Expendables
The movie pretty much opens with Dolf Lundgren yelling, "Warning shot!" and then shooting a guy in half with a grenade launcher. It only gets more ridiculous and hilarious after that.

8.) The Warrior's Way
Not sure if this was an manga or an anime before, but this is how movies like Street Fighter and Dragonball should have been made. It's the closest thing to a real life anime I've ever seen and I was blown away by the action.

7.) Despicable Me

The first of many animated movies on here. If you haven't seen it, do yourself a favor and cozy up with a blanket and some popcorn because this one's adorable.

6.) True Grit
I am a huge fan of the original and though they changed a few things, the Coens somehow made it better. Jeff Bridges is awesome in it and if Hailee Steinfeld doesn't win an Oscar, I'm going to punch someone in the face.

5.) District-13: Ultimatum
If you haven't seen District B-13, it's on netflix instant. Two things I love, parkour and action movies, couldn't have meshed more perfectly. This sequel was even better than the first. Non-stop action and "wtf did he just do?!"

4.) How To Train Your Dragon

This could have landed in either the third or second spot as well. There isn't a whole lot I can say about it. It's everything you want in a movie.

3.) Toy Story 3
Emotional roller-coaster. I've been waiting for this movie for a very long time and was not disappointed. I laughed, I cried, I cried, I laughed and then I bawled. What a great ending to what has to be one of the greatest trilogies of all time.

2.) The A-Team
You may be wondering how this movie got so high on my list. Well, the first time I saw it, it might have been 6th, the second time I saw it maybe 4th, but the more I watch it the better it gets. It's just a really funny perfect summer action flick. It's well paced, well thought out and surprisingly well acted. I have as much fun watching it as it looks like they had making it.

1.) Inception

Before I saw the movie, I read an review that said something to the effect of, "it doesn't matter if you hear people talk about it before you see it because you'll have no idea what they're talking about. I could tell you the whole plot of the movie and you wouldn't know what I was talking about until you saw it." That pretty much sums it up. There are a lot of theories about the ending and while I believe he wasn't dreaming, a friend of mine pointed out that the top wasn't even his totem, it was his gun. Who knows. This film an incredible work of art.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Have a Dream...

I hope you are all enjoying your day of civil liberty, brought to you by one of the greatest orators this country has ever heard.

Go big.

-M, p, z & shredder

ps - more blogs coming asap. Best of 2010 blogs coming soon

Wednesday, January 05, 2011


2011?! When did that happen? What happened to the first decade of the millennium? Where did my 20s go? A retrospective seems in order, though to try and recall the last decade would just be easier if you go back and read my blog over the last 6 years dating back to my old friendster blogging days.

My life has changed quite a bit and headed into so many different directions over the last decade that I feel like an old man when I look at kids still in high school and think about all the adventures and life they have yet to experience.

I started the decade heading to college and I ended it still in school. I've got another 3 months and then I never want to go back to school. I think. Since 2000, I have moved from Ann Arbor to Ohio to East Lansing to New York to LA back to East Lansing back to New York and then, finally, to Chicago. Depending on where I find work after I finally finish school, I may end up in the area forever, or somewhere else entirely. The top cities I'm applying to jobs in (in order of preference) Chicago, Denver, Austin, Minneapolis, Detroit, San Fransisco, San Diego, London, Paris, Madras and if I can't find a job in one of those cities, I'm screwed.

I guess we'll see where this next decade takes me, but as always, I'll go big and hope you do the same.

"Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana."

-M, p, z & shredder