Untitled Personal Podcast Project #3

I sit in on Greg Daniel's Untitled Personal Podcast Project #3 and once again am sadly without the benefit of Google's Toolbox of zany visual props, so I put on my own real beard and hat. We chat about that goddamned Starbucks cup, too early Christmas, Veteran's day, The Kardashians, Thanksgiving dinner, Matt runs a trivia game and I give my Too Late Review on the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Greg forces me pick a favorite Republican Canidate.  Watch below and subscribe to the channel here
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Too Late Review: Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge

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Let me start by saying I am one of those guys that dreads upgrading my phones. I've never been impressed with gadgetry, but rather have found that what impresses me about a device is the ergonomic design and logic of menu flow and the positioning of tools and buttons to conduct the following critical concerns: make the calls I need, browse the interwebs, play my games, take and post pictures of my kids, check my e-mail, text my wife. Higher numbers on things like processors and camera resolution vaguely imply something to me about speed and quality, but really, I feel we are fast approaching the level of diminishing returns on supercharging our pocket devices.
 
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge comes with a fine pedigree as far as phones go; I've owned the Galaxy S4 and S5 and have been impressed with them both. I didn't have any reservations about the next step, until I used the Galaxy S6 Edge for about five minutes. The Edge functionality, an extension of the touch screen surface that curves over the longitudinal sides of the phone, is a gimmick that ruins the phone. The commercial we've all seen is of a caterpillar traveling from screen to screen, metamorphosing into a butterfly as the image crawls from one device screen to the next. It's impressive that the screen can "see" what's on the next and react, because of the curved sides, or at least that's what the commercial implies; but, given all the back and forth between Samsung and Apple with accusations of design theft, that's an incriminating choice to feature on your flagship phone's debut to the world, since co-operative screenplay is a rabbit Apple pulled out of the hat in 2012, and they did it without curved screens. Either way, please take note that an image-traveling-from-screen-to-screen-across-the-multiple-devices-I'd-need-to-buy-to-pull-of-that-parlour-trick is NOT on the above list of things I need my phone to do. (Incidentally, the slogan, "It's not a phone, it's a Galaxy" is that sort of warning in plain sight you miss the first time you watch a horror movie.)

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I sit in on Untitled Personal Podcast Project Episode #2

I sit in on Greg Daniels' Untitled Personal Podcast Project again as we talk about my recent jaunt to Europe, Storage Wars IRL, Left and Far Right politics, evolution, climate change, police brutality, halloween and the son-of-a-bitch who owns brianparra.com.  I drink a Cucuy. Watch me struggle with technology.
 
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I sit in on the Untitled Personal Podcast Project

My friend Greg Daniels is launching a new podcast, Untitled Personal Podcast Project, (or yet unnamed) where he moderates a discussion of trending Facebook topics covering entertainment, politics, memes, whatever happens to on the mind of the collective Facebook psyche. He invited me to sit in on the first episode.
 
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How to Be a Fat Man, Dress Well, and Not Look Dumpy-Part 1 of 6

Illustrations by Brian Parra

This is the first of a six part article about factual fashion advice for fat guys. Read Part 23, 4, 5, and 6.

The author dressed so well, his wife was willing to take pictures.
There are 285 pounds of blogging chub inside this sharp-looking sports coat.

 

Fat guys have a hard enough time in life, and looking good in clothes is one of those chores that is inherently difficult and fraught with shame. The main difficulties for dressing while fat are lack of options, poor fit, weight change, the expense of big and tall clothes, and, of course, sheer embarrassment. A common pitfall for fat guys is looking dumpy, when one's clothes are poorly worn, ill-fitting and weirdly proportioned, giving the impression he is slovenly and bigger than he truly is. Looking dumpy is the first thing a person notices about a guy. It's human nature to notice flaws first and dumpy details about your dress can speak louder than the real person inside the clothes.

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How to Be a Fat Man, Dress Well, and Not Look Dumpy-Part 2 of 6

Illustrations by Brian Parra

This is the second of a six part article about factual fashion advice for fat guys.  Read Part 13, 4, 5, and 6.

 

Just because you are fat, that doesn't mean you aren't Regular.
When you see clothes described as Regular or clothes don't have a specific cut indication like Big, Tall, Portly, etc., you should assume they are cut to fit the average-proportioned body. Plenty of fat men, regardless of their size, have average body proportions and should be wearing Regular-cut clothes. If you have a large paunch, or belly, and a 3XL shirt is tight around the middle, then look to clothes designated as Big."B" in the size means there is extra room around the body for guys with large girths, so a 2XB is a 2XL garment with extra room around the middle. Tall clothes have longer proportions in many places for guys over 6', so an XLT shirt is an extra-large shirt cut with longer proportions. Portly, in suits, means they are cut for men whose waist size is less than 6 inches away from their chest size. Long suits are for guys 6' and taller. You can also find combinations of these, such as Portly Tall suits or clothes that are both Big and Tall. Pay attention to these labels and understand what they mean to your fit.

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