Media Bites – April 2018

Here’s a quick review of some of the movies, television shows, music, and other media that I’ve consumed and thought was worth sharing for the month of April 2018. Movies Ready Player One – I went into this movie mostly blind to the story or plot. I just knew that there was a ton of references (and Easter eggs) to some of my favorite pop culture items and that there was a battle between two camps – the users of

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Media Bites – March 2018

Kottke.org, one of my favorite blogs, has a recurring feature called “Media Diet” where Jason Kottke lists out all of the media he’s consumed in a given time, and shares the worthwhile ones. I love that idea and want to copy it. So I am. With the clever name – Media Bites – which will hopefully be a monthly thing. In these posts I’ll include movies, music, comics, television shows, books, articles, whatever I come across that’s worth sharing. They won’t

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Best of 2017

Best of 2017

Wow, what a shit show 2017 was, huh? Daily doses of idiocy from Trump and administration, countless mass shootings, hurricanes, Net Neutrality being destroyed, and so much more. But, there were a lot of great things too. We kicked off 2017 by meeting our newest nephew TJ in March, and our second niece Gia in November. We now have 2 nieces, and 5 nephews, ranging from 9 (10 next year) to 2 months. I can’t believe our oldest is going

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Best of 2016

Best of 2016

Man, 2016 was a rough year. We’ve lost so many important people. Losing Bowie alone was crushing. But the rest of the musicians, actors, athletes and dignitaries that died compounded that feeling. And then add the train wreck that is President Elect Trump and man, 2016 was just the worst. I usually hate seeing end of the year posts on social media because the same people complain year after year that current year was awful and they can’t wait for

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Best of 2015

Another year come and gone. Some big changes for the Rastiellos in 2015, namely I said goodbye to my friends at LyntonWeb and joined Rackspace. On top of that, we traveled to Arkansas, Chicago, and Memphis, and New Jersey twice (not to mention several road trips within Texas). We saw my youngest sister get married, and our awesome niece and nephews grow even more awesome. We celebrated Ali’s 40th birthday, and my mom’s 60th. We saw a ton of concerts,

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Best of 2014

Best of 2014

2014 is slowly coming to a close. It’s been a good year. Ali and I did some traveling, hung out with friends, spoiled our niece and nephews some more, saw family, and a few weddings. Our biggest news of course is that Ali and I built and moved into our dream home in New Braunfels, just north of San Antonio. I decided to end the 2014 on this blog with my first ever “best of” list. These will be random

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Bruce Springsteen Concert Recap

(Photo courtesy of Jo Lopez and BruceSpringsteen.net) Wow. Just wow. That was an amazing show. Definitely one of, if not the best, concerts I’ve ever been to. We had great seats, eleven rows behind the pit. You can kind of see how far back I was here. The arrow is the general area I was in (in the dark area). The band played for over three hours, playing the classics with a handful of newer songs and a bunch of great

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Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen in Cincinnati, 2014

By the time your reading this I’ll either be on my way to or rocking out to Bruce Springsteen in concert. I’m from Jersey, our love of the Boss is engrained in us. Springsteen’s music is a history lesson. A peak back into the not too distant past. Springsteen is a little older than my parents are, and listening to him sing about his experience growing up is a like looking back at the time when my parent’s grew up. His songs told

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Where Have You Gone, Rock and Roll?

I love music. I may even be obsessed with it. If I am awake and in my office, car, working in the garage, I am most probably listening to music. I like music better as a source of background noise over the TV, and I hate working in quiet unless I really need to concentrate on something. Most times I just want to rock my face off. I was always like this. I remember listening to music in middle school

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CDs, DVDs, Digital Downloads, and Price Gouging

I’m a big movie geek, and I have been for a long time. I had a handful of VHS movies in the late 90′s, but when I got my DVD player in 2001 is when my love blossomed. The advent of DVDs brought special features to the movie loving public, it’s something that couldn’t exist on VHS. I got lost in special features. Behind the scenes featurettes, commentary tracks, extended and deleted scenes, directors cuts and more. They opened a

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