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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The Last Episode of The Daily Show

Jon Stewart

Last night was Jon Stewart’s last night of hosting The Daily Show, something he had done for the last 16 plus years. I watched The Daily show here and there when Craig Kilborn was the host, and sporadically when Stewart took over, but Ali and I became faithful viewers during the year before the 2008 election. We’ve watched almost every episode for over seven years, and next week without the show is going to be very weird. Stewart changed direction of

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The Changing Face of TV

Earlier this week the Golden Globes were on. Ali and I love watching the Emmys, Golden Globes, and Oscars since we are big TV and movie nuts. As we were watching Ali and I were of course live-tweeting because we are big dorks. One of my Twitter friends made an interesting comment, and I responded to him. Amazon Instant Video wins over Netflix who had started beating HBO, who was the first to lodge network shows. TV has changed. #GoldenGIobes

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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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TV Broadcasters Still Don’t Get It

Breaking Bad’s fifth and final season was broken into two parts in 2012 and 2013. The first half closed out with 2.78 million views. The second half opened with 5.92 million viewers, that’s a gain of 3.14 million viewers. The series finale 8 weeks later brought in 10.3 million viewers. According to Entertainment Weekly the show’s ratings shot up 442% from the season 4 premiere to the series finale two years (18 episodes) later. Breaking Bad definitely deserved the ratings it pulled in.

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Why People Pirate

This past weekend I was doing some maintenance on my site and in doing that (read: procrastinating) I was reading some old posts of mine. I came across this one: “CDs, DVDs, Digital Downloads and Price Gouging“. While re-reading it, the subject and argument of piracy (from the media companies) kept creeping into my head. I didn’t touch on it there, and felt a follow up post was needed. The media companies who produce, market, and distribute movies and music

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Thoughts on the Office Finale

Last week NBC’s long standing hit comedy The Office aired it’s final episode. I was a huge Office fan. I got into it late, around the 2nd or 3rd season, but as soon as I started I was hooked. The Office was a strong show for NBC for many years until the last two seasons where the show hobbled on to its end, but more on that later. The Office was great because it was real. You knew these characters.

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I Miss Editing

Every once in a while I see something that reminds me how much I love film editing, and loved doing it. It’s what I studied in college, it’s what I wanted to do, and did for a while as a professional job. Back in college, I thought what I wanted to do was shoot and direct. Editing a project in school was a necessary step to completing an assignment to get a grade. Then, one day it clicked. I edited

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