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Hey there everybody!

Man, it’s been a while. Hard to believe it is already June. The year truly has flown by.

I figured I would throw together a post to give a bit of an update on where we are at and where we are going.

Bad news is that there has been such a long break. Ultimately, I have had a ton of things going on with work and the personal life and for lack of a better term motivational issues have limited production on the various projects I’m working on with this blog.

The good news? I plan for that to end right now! So here is the plan for the various aspects of this site so you all have an idea.

Long Distance Drinking: Will continue on as it has been going. This really has been the only thing that hasn’t dragged to a halt. The goal is to get it to release on a more regular, every-other-week schedule, preferrably on Tuesdays. We have a few ideas that we are going to be messing around with on the cast, so as always, let us know what you think!

GOON Gamecast: It has been a long while for this hasn’t it… Well, Game On Oblivous Noobs, because we are getting back in action this month. We have one veeeerrrrrryyyy old episode that has our in-depth review of Rogue Legacy. The goal for that is for it to be live in the next week and a half (aiming for June 7). At that point, GOON as you knew it will be complete…

The New GOON Gamecast: Given the long wait between episodes, we wanted to get things moving with the podcast and have revamped it a bit. We are aiming less for the marathon sessions of some of the previous episodes and settling in on approximately 1 to 1.5 hour episodes with a bit more of a traditional set of segments. The goal is to also hit a every-other-week schedule for releases, either on Tuesdays or Wednesdays. We’re aiming for Episode 1 to be out shortly after the Rogue Legacy episode (it is already recorded, just need to get the beast out of the way). It will still include Tom, Lance and myself, so no worries there. Just a streamlined focus to the shows from our initial aims.

Videogame Posts: One of the biggest struggles I have had was finding a structure for how to write about the various games I’m playing. Coupling this with my huge gaming back-log, I ended up coming up with an idea. My focus each month will be playing through games on my back-log, focusing on working through games of the same series each month. So, starting with June, I am playing through the Borderlands series. So, there will be at least one post a week (aiming for two) that will be relating specifically to the things I am seeing in games from that series. Aside from that, there will also be posts of other random things I am playing too if I get a good idea.

Tabletop Game Posts: There has been a lot happening with Tabletop gaming recently… My goal is to put up a post a week about a topic that strikes me on those. I am aiming for Wednesdays or Thursdays with these posts. Plan on the next few to be about the Warhammer Fantasy new edition on its way and my thoughts or speculation about it. I am also hoping sometime in the future to do some video content of various tabletop gaming topics and those will be shared here as well.

Movie and TV Show Posts: These will probably be a bit fewer and further between. Similar to before, I am planning on throwing out my instant opinions if a movie really strikes me. Then, I will see what other topics or ideas I find interesting with that and write about it about once a month.

June may be a bit of a struggle, but I’m really hoping to get more stuff written and out there. There will be some rough edges on the posts, but if I’m going to be looking at getting a quantity of things posted, there will be a few errors here or there. Similar to terrorism, if you see something, say something and I’ll fix it.

Also, if there are any ideas you want me to weigh in on, just throw it out there. I am also sure Tom will be throwing some posts up from time-to-time as well to get things out there.

So, I hope I can get more stuff out there moving forward and utilize this space much more effectively. There are a lot of things I know that I want to do past what we are talking about, but this is the baby steps to get in that direction.

Cheers!
Joe Burns “Hobby Box” Burns

Cheers!

On this episode, the guys take some time to break down their thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron and their review may surprise you a bit. Also, they take some time at the beginning to talk about Burns’ hatred for panhandlers and over-the-top Veteran reunions (he hopes it doesn’t make him a terrible person, but it just may).

Burns also walks through two other movies he saw during his mini-movie marathon weekend in Ex Machina and It Follows. The fellas also break down the new red-band Vacation reboot trailer, excitement for Tomorrowland and Mad Max: Fury Road, and Brent talks about what the next big thing in movie theater view will be – HDR.

But, most importantly, Burns tries out the new Coors Light Citrus Radler, their summer seasonal. This one may be a game changer (or it is just another light beer). All of this and they drink and drink some more, so clink ’em and drink ’em and hopefully you enjoy (or at least tolerate) the 21st Birthday of Long Distance Drinking!

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Welcome back drinking buddies!

It is upon us yet again, another Trailerpalooza! Even with Brent on location in Hot-lanta for work, we discuss the most recent reveals of information and how we feel about Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Jurassic World, Terminator: Genysis, Fantastic Four, and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.

We also discuss the new pictures of Jared Leto’s Joker from Suicide Squad. Plus, we get into a bit of a talk about WWE vs. WCW in the late 90s and early 2000s, the Nepal Avalanche and David Hasselhoff’s new song True Survivor from the movie Kung Fury.

But, most importantly, Burns does a double-book-end of Coors Banquet Beer and Shiner’s Birthday Beer. And the guys drink and drink some more! Prost, clink ’em and drink ’em and join us for more Long Distance Drinking! P.S. – Apologies for some slight audio volume issues in the very beginning of the show, it goes away by the 10 minute mark.

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We know it has been a bit, but we are back and ready to get drinking!

On this episode, we discuss Brent’s almost complete turn to the dark side as he has added an iPhone 6 Flex to his already long list of Apple products. With the Apple Watch out, will he want to complete his collection?

Continuing with the Star Wars metaphors, we get a little lost trying to classify who is what evil character in the Star Wars universe at Disney. And Lance says he is pretty sure he is done with Star Wars (we’ll believe it when we see it).

In direct reference to Star Wars and the amount of non-movie content that Disney is putting out there, we attempt to quantify how much of a good thing really is too much and attempt to put us in the place of the creators to see how we would react.

Aside from that, we debrief from all things March Madness and discuss what we did on our vacations over that time as well as give an update on various related enterprises. We also come up with a new show idea, called Between Two Uber Rides and discuss the regular random crap.
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In a true sign that March Madness has overtaken us, we have another very special episode of Long Distance Drinking!

On this episode, we kind of celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by discussing how for a couple of us, it pales in comparison to March Madness for us. Then, we discuss our March Madness traditions and why it is we get so excited about the tournament!

Then, we discuss our plans to have a podcast-wide March Madness Pool! To join, just email us at HobbyBoxBlog@gmail.com. If you want to run the pool with your group of friends, you can get the sheet from the link later on in the show post.

After that, we get on to all sorts of topics: the science and stats of a zombie outbreak or apocalypse; The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and The Last Man on Earth; California is running out of water; more Power Rangers; and we have new listeners (who may have been scared away by all of the P Talk at the beginning of the episode…).

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Hey There Fellow Drinkers! It is time again for another batch of some Long Distance Drinking!

On this episode, through Leonard Nimoy’s death, we end up discussing and re-living the great career of Michael Clarke Duncan more than that of Mr. Nemo’s (as Lance keeps accidentally saying).

Aside from that, we stick with the “Hollywood” theme by discussing The Oscar Nominated movies for Best Picture, Hot Topless Maids and Brently’s proclivity for putting dicks in his mouth. We also delve into the process of paying respect to a TV show or movie by creating a fan-film that is different in style but still plays up the fan-service.

We also give an update to our Long Distance Dynasty on NCAA Football 2014 – here’s a spoiler, the three of us suck at it – and to Burns’ dismay, we avoid playing What’s in My Mouth again…

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Happy Belated New Year Everyone!

This episode we discuss why it is we didn’t record when we were all together for the holidays as discussed in the last episode (our title lays it out pretty clearly). We then discuss the things that went down over our holiday break, including our discussion of The Interview.

Aside from that, we delve into the video game we are all playing together, the College Football Playoff National Championship game, a bunch of the trailers that have been released in the last few months, and we play a new game.

Plus, we preface what we hope will be a new game to play along with the podcast in future episodes – Long Distance Drinking: The Bingo Game!

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Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Fellow Drinkers!

We get together this time to debrief from our previous craaaaazy episode. Brent decides he can no longer discuss relationships on the podcast, Lance decides that he should never drink a half-bottle of scotch in one sitting ever again, and Burns continues to say stupid shit he regrets instantly! And makes claims that his voice probably doesn’t live up to…

Meanwhile, we discuss one year of podcasting, rehash many things we had previously discussed, and discuss the TV shows and movies we’ve recently seen and if there is a lack of good, innovative science fiction out there. Oh, and there are a shit ton of conversation killers. And we create a band name – we just need to figure out how to make music now.

Plus, we preface this next episode which we will all be recording in the same place over Christmas weekend (whhaaaAAAAttt???). So send us your thoughts for topics or games we can play while we record what we hope to be a marathon session of (not so) Long Distance Drinking!

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It’s time again to do a little (or a lot of) Long Distance Drinking! One year to the day that it all started on as a matter of fact!

This time, the main topic of conversation is the fellas thoughts on the story and science of the movie Interstellar. In fact, we go into a good amount of detail with Lance’s amateur theoretical physics knowledge. And of course we rate the movie on the patented Hobby Box Blog 7 Point Scale (patent pending).

Along the way, we also try to make it seem like we know more about alcohol than just how to drink it; Brent solicits relationship advice from the two most single guys he knows; and we play a brand new game of Burns’ concoction. Plus, Lance’s level of inebriation leads him to a series of mumbles and curses by the end of it, but he blames the scotch for that. Near the end, we also share some listener feedback and we then say what we are Thankful for as it is Thanksgiving time.

So clink ’em and drink ’em along with us! Prost!

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It’s time again to do a little Long Distance Drinking!

The fellas (joined by #1 fan Justin) cover pretty much the whole gamut of hot topics that are challenging society today: Ebola, the apocalypse, Snapchat, the Redskins name debate, marijuana legalization, the Loch Ness Monster, Amazon Prime vs. Netflix, reality TV, the worst fast food places and jamberries.

We also discuss what we think Silver Linings Playbook 2 should be about (and we think it is awesome). Then we review some of the feedback all of you have shared with us. Don’t forget to share anything else or any other ideas for topics via the contact information below! All of this and more on this episode of LDD! So drink along and enjoy!

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First off, apologies on the sound being a tad quiet at parts and over-loud at other parts. It apparently wasn’t a great idea for Burns to be blitzed when mic testing. Or for an entire podcast, which he was.

On this episode, Burns cannot hide his exuberance at the Gophers beating the Wolverines and winning the Little Brown Jug and explains why it’s important. The guys then tackle the tough topics of the day like the Fappening and Adrian Peterson. Then we introduce a couple of new segments – Challenge the Akinator and Fan Fiction Fuckery.

But, the whole episode falls apart once the gang debates the greatness (or lack therof) of the O.C., which causes Drunk Burns to completely lose his mind. Is it just the alcohol talking or is Burns really that insane? Find out on this edition of Long Distance Drinking!
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It’s time again to get your drink on!

We’re back with one of our longer drinking sessions. This time we discuss how Michael Bay is raping our childhoods – and specifically how Lance keeps falling for it. We try to prognosticate where he will strike next and then decide to cast a new He-Man movie, but don’t get very far.

And also, Lance describes how the antiquated methods of measuring drinks, especially scotch, need to be revised. He looks to the cutting-edge system of equine measurement for inspiration.

Drinking rules are as follows:

  • Chug through the entire theme song along with Burns, if you’re cool like him.
  • Whenever you hear a conversation killer sound effect, take a drink.
  • Take a drink each time we say spoiler.
  • Take two drinks for each Michael Bay movie you’ve seen that Lance mentions, because you are part of the problem.
  • If we say something that crosses the line to you (sexist or what have you), take a drink as it will make it better!
  • If you are ever confused about the rules, just take a couple drinks and move on!

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Kanpai faithful drinkers! It is time for another Long Distance Drinking!

In this episode, we discuss Guardians of the Galaxy and just how awesome of a movie it is. We also debate whether it is the best marvel movie yet and why.

We also have the revelation that Lance is a goth hipster and explain why. Then we have some discussion on Adrian Peterson’s supreme athleticism and confront an angry Kraken.

Plus, we unveil the kickstarter for our best podcast project! So join us and bottoms up!

Drinking Rules for this episode:

  • Whenever you hear a conversation killer sound effect, take a drink.
  • Take a drink each time we say spoiler.
  • Take a drink (or a shot if you dare) whenever Lance butchers the English language.
  • If we say something that crosses the line to you (sexist or what have you), take a drink as it will make it better!
  • If you are ever confused about the rules, just take a couple drinks and move on!

Musical interlude provided by Young the Giant, performing R. Kelly’s Remix-Ignition at the A.V. Club as a part of their Undercover series. See more here: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Oi1lx4NALbY

As always let us know if you have any thoughts or suggestions (or if you want to be on the show). Email us at hobbyboxblog@gmail.com or send a message on Twitter to @hobbyboxblog. You can also follow us separately : @hobbyboxburns, @brentlydavis and @roninclark (though Lance doesn’t ever post anything, so no need in that…)

Cheers!

Game On, Oblivious Noobs!

We’re off-topic once again as we wanted to finish up our thoughts on E3 and then discuss the Destiny First-Look Alpha that happened right before that!

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We’re back! Out mid-season break has us relaxed and ready to rock out, with our cocks out!

Godzilla is out and we discuss our thoughts; spoiler alert – Lance had issues with it (no surprise there). We even create our own spin-off character from the show (and we want all licensing rights).

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Image courtesy of foxsports.com

COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS – In an unexpected news conference on Wednesday, Texas A&M University announced it would be suing many major banking institutions over the use of logos for their Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) due to the copyright infringement against their brand.

During the press conference, which many thought would be about NCAA violations, University Athletic Department Spokesman John Gildman stated that the action is being taken due to the likeness seen between the University’s iconic logo and the signage used on or around most ATMs.

TAM and ATM Logos

“As a university and a brand, we need to do what is right for Texas A&M, our alumni and our fans,” Gildman said.

Gildman continued to describe that given the similarity in the two logos, it may begin to draw negative connotations towards Texas A&M University. One main association that concerns the university is the association of ATM logos and money.

“We don’t want the likeness in these two logos to create a negative connection between Texas A&M University and money,” Gildman explained. “Our great university isn’t just about money. That is why we decided to bring these lawsuits against these financial institutions.”

This isn’t the first lawsuit Texas A&M has brought forth in order to protect one of its copyrighted properties – in 2006, the university filed a lawsuit against the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks over their use of the “12th Man” title for its fan-base. Texas A&M traced its use of the moniker back to 1922, well before the Seahawks first use of the term in 1984.

The Seahawks now pay a licensing fee to Texas A&M University in order to continue using the “12th Man” title for their fanbase.

Courtesy of www.thebatt.com

However, Gildman did state that the Seahawks may now be in violation of the licensing agreement.

“The licensing agreement with the Seattle Seahawks allows them to utilize the “12th Man” name with our permission in marketing activities both inside and outside of the stadium,” said Gildman. “However, recent activities by players and fans of the Seahawks in this year’s NFL Playoffs represent emulation that is outside of their licensing agreement. We will have to revisit that language and pursue further action accordingly.”

Gildman cited Seahawks fans throwing food items, including popcorn, at seriously injured San Francisco 49ers Linebacker NaVorro Bowman as he was being carted off the field along with Richard Sherman’s post-game tirade as examples of the Seahawks emulating the “passion and commitment” that Aggies’ fans and players display on gameday that isn’t currently covered in the pre-existing licensing agreement.

Llewelyn Jensen, a sports industry professor at Texas A&M University, agreed via phone interview that the Seahawks are becoming dangerously close to breaching the agreement.

“The Seattle fans and players fervent display of deuchebaguery is becoming too similar to what is seen in College Station on every football gameday from the real 12th Man,” said Jensen.

Fox reporter Erin Andrews and former WWE interviewer “Mean” Gene Okerland were not able to be reached for comment on their interviews with the Seahawks Defensive Back Sherman.

During the press conference, Gildman was asked if this series of lawsuits had anything to do with former Texas A&M Quarterback Johnny Manziel leaving the university to go to the NFL and attempting to replace the money he earned for their organization.

“This series of litigious actions has nothing to do with Johnny Manziel leaving the college,” Gildman replied, while contradictingly nodding his head yes.

Sources close to the situation that would like to remain confidential stated that the problem was posed to final semester students at the Texas A&M University Law School to be their capstone project for the Spring 2014 Semester. The project, titled “Recouping Future Losses Now: How to Replace a Cash Cow with Lawsuits in only 30 Days,” challenged the students, working in groups of five, to find “out of the box solutions” to “legally increase the university’s bottom line, both immediately and in perpetuity.”

Reportedly, other future lawsuits include suing each of America’s farm families for infringing on the teams nickname “Aggies”, seeking a cut of Johnny Manziel’s earnings from his “autograph sessions”, and taking action against the University of Texas for stealing Texas A&M’s idea of hiring an African-American head football coach and acting like they did it first.

Gildman refused to comment on any classes or the work that any students may be doing.

“In the Athletics Department, we prefer to distance ourselves as much as possible from the academics,” Gildman stated. “It makes many accusations so much easier to refuse in the future.”

Merry Christmas Everybody!

I hope you all are having a wonderful Christmas wherever you are! As we mentioned yesterday, today we are finishing things off with some drinking rules for some of the more “modern classic” Christmas movies! If there are any movies you would like us to evaluate in the future, Christmas or otherwise, just let us know in the comments below. Also, if you have any additions you think should be made to the rules for these four movies, let us know as well. But, without further ado…

Day 12 – Christmas Day: Christmas Movie Drinking Games

A Christmas Story

Health Warning: It is advised that you DO NOT play this game over and over again every time it comes on TBS today… Only one time is recommended.

Thanks to its popularization by cable television, this movie is now a staple of most folks’ Christmas, and why not: it does about the best job any movie has of capturing what it is like to be a child at Christmas.

  1. Any time “You’ll shoot your eye out” is said, take a drink.
  2. When the kids run away in fast forward, yell “Run Away!” and then drink!
  3. Anytime someone swears but it is replaced with gibberish, take a drink!
  4. Each time Randy starts oinking, take a drink.
  5. The first time the leg lamp is seen within a scene, say “I love lamp!” and then drink!

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

Christmas Vacation is definitely my favorite Christmas movie and is probably the best Chevy Chase movie of all time (aside from maybe Fletch and Caddyshack). Nothing makes you feel better about your own family’s Christmas than watching another family’s Christmas fall apart in hilarious fashion.

  1. Every time Clark says “Griswold Family Christmas” take a drink.
  2. Whenever Ellen calls Clark “Sparky”, take a drink.
  3. When Clark’s boss mispronounces his name, take a drink.
  4. Whenever Clark hurts himself in a klutzy way, take a drink.
  5. Whenever Cousin Eddie comes onto screen in a scene, take a drink.

Home Alone

As if there weren’t enough reasons to have a large, family vacation over Christmas, Home Alone gives you one more – people will break into your house, steal all of your possessions and leave the water on. Interestingly enough, this is the second movie on the list that takes place in Chicago and the third that takes place in the Midwest (A Christmas Story is based in Indiana).

  1. Any time that Kevin screams, take a drink.
  2. Say “Keep the change, ya filthy animal” along with it when it is said in the movie and then take a drink.
  3. Every time Kevin mouths off to someone, take a drink.
  4. Whenever the term “wet bandits” is said, take a drink.

Die Hard

Though it is overlooked at times, the original Die Hard is in actuality a Christmas movie. The incident in the movie happens during the company’s Christmas party, which is why John has flown all the way from New York to Los Angeles.

  1. Whenever “Nakatomi” is said, take a drink.
  2. Any time Sgt. Powell comes onto screen in a scene for the first time, say “Did I do that?” in your best Erkel impersonation and then take a drink.
  3. When John McClain laughs, drink for the duration of the laugh.
  4. Take a drink at each cowboy reference, whether someone is called one or a phrase, like “Yippee-ki-yay” is used.
  5. Every time John kills a bad guy, cheer and take a drink; whenever a bad guy kills someone, boo and take a drink.

I hope you enjoyed your 12 Games of Christmas as much we have! Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night – of drinking!

In our second podcast we discuss the likelihood that the NSA might be the first people to care about us (sorry parents).  And we put to bed some very controversial subjects.

In our inaugural podcast you get to see hear how three lifelong friends keep in touch using the power of the internet.  Lance goes off on his political views about Amanda Bynes, Burns talks about his love of Buttered bread, and you get to find out if Brent is really an asshole.  click on the play button and let us know what you think.