2/27/17 Movie Monday: Standup Comedy

Posted February 26, 2017 By Mom
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Welcome to DMM’s 2/27/17 Movie Monday, where I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies and videos you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase. This week, I’m sharing some of my favorite picks from one of my favorite genres: Standup Comedy.


Against Picketing


All of these have strong language and may have adult situations, references to drugs or alchohol or innuendo too, so while they’re generally marked ‘Not Rated’ they should be treated like R-rated content.


Steve Rannazzisi: Manchild
MANCHILD is the first Comedy Central one-hour stand-up special from Steve Rannazzisi, co-star of “The League.” Taped at The Civic Theater in New Orleans, Rannazzisi’s special shows that he is a stand-up husband, dad, and Manchild above all else.

I never watched The League and had never heard of Steve Rannazzisi before his comedy specials showed up on some premium channel or other. Rannazzisi is likeable and hilarious, and this special will be particularly enjoyed by anyone with young children. From the challenges of traveling with kids in tow to the “Dad whistle”, parents are sure to relate to a lot of Rannazzisi’s material. Some great relationship material too.


Kyle Kinane: Loose in Chicago
Filmed at the historic Metro, Kinane addresses the terrestrial woes that plague us all, or none of us whatsoever. A cross section of concealed carry opponents, gout survivors, and historians of personal regret would probably get a kick out of this.

Kyle Kinane is the “voice of Comedy Central”: the guy who does most of the voice-over announcements on that channel. And he’s a terrific comedian in his own right. This is his third special, recorded in his hometown of Chicago. Kinane’s material draws from his own experiences as a fortyish, never-married man, so you won’t find any “having kids is so nuts!” or “take my wife, please!” material here. This is observational and self-deprecating comedy, with the occasional razor-sharp insight thrown in.


Pete Holmes: Nice Try, The Devil
In his first hour-long special on Comedy Central, Pete Holmes perfects his signature silliness. He may look like a youth pastor, but he’s as comfortable talking about religion as he is secretly hating his girlfriend’s friends. This special is McDonald’s.

That last line of the description will make sense after you’ve seen it. Pete Holmes is also an observational humor guy, but he’s got the thirtyish single guy take. So of course there are some great anecdotes about dating, but he’s also got some very funny stories on subjects like his parents, his goofy, “fun Dad” look and persona (even though he’s not a father), and his overly-optimistic routine on nights when he thinks there’s a chance he might be bringing a date back to his apartment.


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Welcome to DMM’s 2/24/17 Freebie Friday! Today I’ve got a classical sampler that’s currently available for pre-order for free, and an album of music for meditation.


The Club Can't Handel Me


Today’s first freebie is The Classical Sampler from Affetto.

9 contemporary Classical tracks from modern composers. Piano, strings, and even some chorale.



Today’s second pick is The 5 Elements of Om Mani Padme Hum. Music for Tai Chi, Qigong, Yoga and Meditation.

Six tracks to cover wood, metal, water, fire, earth and qi elements in meditation, also free as of this writing.


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2/20/17 Movie Monday: Tom Hanks Comedies

Posted February 19, 2017 By Mom
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Welcome to DMM’s 2/20/17 Movie Monday, where I’ll help you tackle movie night with brief reviews of movies you may have missed that are worth the rental or purchase. This week’s focus is on lesser-known Tom Hanks comedies.


Tom Hanks as Tom Hanks


Hanks has been known primarily for his dramatic roles for quite some time, but he got his start in comedies and all of these are winners.


The Money Pit (PG)
Tom Hanks and Shelley Long buy their dream home, but life soon becomes a nightmare as their shabby mansion falls apart around them in this comedy from executive producer Steven Spielberg.

A hilarious movie any comedy fan is sure to enjoy, and a particularly relatable treat for anyone who’s ever remodeled their home. Hanks and Shelley Long have excellent comedic chemistry, and the excellent script offers a rich mix of physical comedy and snappy repartee.


The Burbs (PG)
A comic tale about a week in the life of a thirtyish suburban father who chooses to spend his vacation at his home in the suburbs among neighbors from Hell! In HD.

This gonzo mystery-comedy features Carrie Fisher and Bruce Dern in supporting roles. It’s one of those films that’s difficult to classify, but its originality is what sets it apart from more formulaic 1980’s comedy fare. It’s a neighbors-from-Hell story with a murder mystery twist.


Turner and Hooch
A detective must adopt the dog of a dead man to help find a murderer.

The rare “shaggy dog” movie that actually works. In this case it’s more of a slobbery dog, but fans of action comedies like Beverly Hills Cop will enjoy this one. The main plot is a crime story, but it ends up taking a back seat to the comic subplot of a compulsive detective (Hanks) having to work around a huge, messy, powerful dog that is nonetheless crucial to solving the case.



2/17/17 Freebie Friday

Posted February 16, 2017 By Mom
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2/17/17 Freebie Friday: Apps
Here are ten currently bestselling free apps from AI Factory Limited and KARMAN Games, all rated 4/5 stars or better.

Remember that free apps may include in-app purchase (IAP) options or be ad-supported, but given that these apps have been given very high ratings by MANY consumers, where IAP links or ads are present they must be pretty unobtrusive. Descriptions below are from the apps’ product pages.



Move It! Free – The block-sliding, brain teasing classic puzzle game.

Sudoku Free – 1500 Sudoku puzzles over 5 difficulty levels.

Four In A Line Free – Just like the checker-sliding game, in mobile app form!



Euchre Free – Euchre – the popular contract trick-taking card game for 4 players, brought to Android by AI Factory – is developed to the same high standard as the rest of our apps with an easy-to-use interface, smooth gameplay on all handsets, clear stylish graphics and individual CPU player “styles”.

Canasta – Play against the computer or real-life, online friends.

Pinochle – Play against the computer or real-life, online friends.



Chess Free – Chess Free provides a rich and challenging experience of this classic board game, all within the confines of your Android device.

Spades Free – Full Spades Partnership Play – 18 CPU characters of varying skill (beginner to expert) – Choose your spades partner with and who to play against!

Gin Rummy Free – A great card game with levels for every player from beginner to expert.

Hearts Free – Classy graphics, super smooth gameplay, highly scalable difficulty & much more. Hearts has never been so good!


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Vizio Internet TVs Tracking Owner Habits

Posted February 14, 2017 By Mom
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Last week many consumers learned for the first time that their internet-enabled Vizio TVs from model year 2014 going forward have been spying on their viewing and web surfing habits.


Gollum Privacy Meme


From Time Magazine:

TV maker Vizio is paying $2.2 million to settle charges that it tracked owners’ viewing habits, then turned around and sold that data without users’ permission.

Here’s more from the Federal Trade Commission’s statement:

According to the agencies’ complaint, starting in February 2014, VIZIO, Inc. and an affiliated company have manufactured VIZIO smart TVs that capture second-by-second information about video displayed on the smart TV, including video from consumer cable, broadband, set-top box, DVD, over-the-air broadcasts, and streaming devices.

In addition, VIZIO facilitated appending specific demographic information to the viewing data, such as sex, age, income, marital status, household size, education level, home ownership, and household value, the agencies allege. VIZIO sold this information to third parties, who used it for various purposes, including targeting advertising to consumers across devices, according to the complaint.


Click here to read the full article on Time, which includes instructions for how to disable potential tracking on your Vizio internet-enabled TV.


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