008 Game Time with Lopez, Sheets and Fagan

As you may have heard a little in some of the previous episodes of the show, a lot of the Lopez Radio crew loves to play video games and are particularly obsessed with PC gaming through Steam.  I did record a disclaimer that this isn’t a typical episode of LR but I will have a new episode up later this week that is a little more the normal speed.  In this episode Lopez, Sheets, and Fagan talk about PC gaming and how you can game cheaper than normal via Steam and Amazon digital sales.  It’s a must listen if you consider yourself a gamer.

 

Links:

Should I by this game? A Steam Flow Chart

Enhanced Steam Browsing

Hotline Miami Soundtrack

Ducktales: Remastered Trailer

Wanna Build a gaming PC easily?? LOGICAL INCREMENTS!!

Steam Store

Amazon Digital Games Store

007 Tyler From Horror Bull and PU Podcasts

I had a nice sit down with Tyler from the Horror Bull Podcast and Principle Uncertainty Podcast.  Lots of meandering in our conversation that mainly centered around movies and video games.  The ladies’ll LOVE this one…. (Sorry, ladies..)

Links:

Horror Bull Podcast!!

Principle Uncertainty Podcast!!

Gone Home Game Trailer

Knock Knock Game Trailer

Hotline Miami Game Trailer

Hotline Miami Soundtrack (Full)

Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

Only God Forgives (Netflix)

Bronson starring Tom Hardy (Netflix)

Sound City Documentary Trailer

006 (not 7) Sheets and Fagan

Lopez and Sheets returns!   It’s a glorious reunion between myself, my lifelong radio partner Sheets, and the great Lord Fagan.  We gush a little, talk gaming amongst the buzz of the new consoles, asked what we think our tech thresholds are, and a little bit about butt-sore Atlanta Braves fans.

 

Links:

Papers, Please (a highly recommended game from Fagan and Sheets)

Volgarr the Viking

Elizabeth Warren Schools us (long but good)

For those that read and are interested in more from Warren

60 Minutes apologizes for not being more thorough

 

005 Fagan & Krista

Krista and Fagan join me for talks about the destructive life of Justin Bieber, the absurdity of retail’s beloved Black Friday and its effect on family time, lowering the legal drinking age while educating “the children,” apologies from mascots, and politicians who plagiarize.

Links:

Jaimie Alexander pic from Thor premiere

Bieber dead eyes and empty soul gif

*Bonus* (Not talked about on the podcast) Bieber passed out after Brazilian Romp

Freddie Falcon apologizes for suicide tweet joke

Rand Paul plagiarizes other people and won’t take the hit

Maryland Attorney General doesn’t report underage drinking and the drinking age debate

The quesiton that ruined Generation Y (via Fagan)

 

Episode 003 Fagan

The Government is shut down (day 8) and the sky has yet to fall.  Me and the Man discuss Breaking Bad, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Government, and NY Biker Boyz playing a real life game of Grand Theft Auto.  Hit lopezradio.com for links from the show.

 

Links, “y’all:”

  • Fagan discussed Anna Gun’s editorial about her character Skyler White in the series Breaking Bad and it’s worth a read.  Click
  • DMZ is a Comic about current time United States if it were dealing with another civil war. Click
  • Godzilla is returning to the big screen.  Let’s hope it is free of love stories and P. Diddy songs.  (Warner Bros.  keeps removing the video.  Sorry!)
  • But at least you can see the Teaser for Avengers: Age of  Ultron.  Click
  • Escape From Tomorrow is an interesting independent film that was actually shot under the nose of Disney right in their own theme park.  Looks a little intense.  Click
  • Out of the Furnace has a great cast.  Let’s hope it’s not just Hollywood “trailer voodoo.”  Click
  • Bikers in NY get bold with an SUV driver?  Who do you think was in the wrong?  Click

 

Episode 002 Tyler

This episode was inspired partially by Louis C.K.’s appearance on Conan where he discussed Smart Phones and the inability to deal with sadness in life.  My guest host is Tyler who also hosts the Horror Bull Podcast (@horrorbullpcast) and the Principled Uncertainty podcast (@pupodcast).  This episode goes to a deep dark place but sometimes that’s necessary.

Podcast links for Episode 2:

  • Horror Bull Website:  One of Tyler’s podcasts, with co-hosts Drew and Bryan, that is a must listen for fans of the horror genre. Subscribe on iTunes or download directly from the site.
  • Principled Uncertainty Podcast:  Tyler, along with MJ and Bernstein, discuss current events, politics, video games, and pretty much whatever they want.
  • Louis C.K. on Conan:  Pretty much the inspiration for this episode and a reminder of how lucky we are to be living in a time where this man is in his prime.

What to Watch:

 

LopezRadio Episode 001 Fagan

LopezRadio returns to your ears (hopefully) with myself, Lopez, and the great Lord Fagan.  We have a good long conversation and hit on some great topics.  Here are your links for Episode 1:

  • Fagan discussed the underground push for a sequel to 2012’s Dredd and you can get on board with the movement by signing this petition.
  • We all love some graphic novels and new comics, right?  Check out ‘Saga’ on the recommendation of Mr, Fagan.
  • Check out some shots of the cool packaging that the entire Breaking Bad series will be sold you you in by clicking here.
  • This trailer for HBO’s new show ‘True Detective’ will make your crotch tingle.
  • And finally… Bronies are real.  I repeat, Bronies are real!  Take a look into the weird and disturbing world that is grown men that are obsessed with My Little Pony.

Look, you have to appreciate this Silva Situation…

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So I decided to wait a week before I reviewed the UFC 162 fight card.  I wanted to sit back and watch the controversy of the main event unfold over the course of the following week.  That and I have a job that currently limits my daytime and waking hours.  The card was excellent and I was very happy with the caliber of fights that took place.  Even the fights that went the distance seemed to remain entertaining throughout.

There were a few stand out fighters that I thought did an exceptional job in their fights.  Cub Swanson had an excellent fight against Dennis Siver who, by the way, looks like an evil Nazi henchman/Hitler’s wet dream.  Edson Barboza DESTROYED Rafaello Oliveira’s legs with kicks that resulted in a TKO.  Gabriel Gonzaga put away Dave Herman in an impressive 17 seconds, though I think that the fight was stopped a little prematurely and that maybe referee Kim Winslow had a bad angle when Herman went to the ground. Mark Munoz looked great in his return to the octagon as well, gaining a decision over Tim Boetsch.  Unfortunately, a fight that I was looking forward to, Roger Gracie and Tim Kennedy, was not as explosive as I thought it would be.  Kennedy proved to be much more prepared for this fight despite a significant height and reach disadvantage.  Kennedy also managed to handle Gracie on the ground with what appeared to be very little problem.  Gracie looked gassed out very early and was dominated for most of the fight, giving Kennedy the decision.

The fight of the night went (rightfully so) to Frankie Edgar and Charles Oliveira.  This was a full out war in which Edgar seemed to constantly have an edge even when he wasn’t exploding with some of the most impressive stand up combinations I’ve witnessed.  I’m a huge fan of Edgar and seeing the fight go to decision put a slight pit in my stomach because of how many close and (some might say) robbed decisions he has received.  This decision was unanimous in the favor of Edgar and he proves that he is still a title worthy contender in his still fairly new position in the featherweight division.  I just want to see this guy finish some fights and really turn up the heat.  He’s very explosive and entertaining to watch.

As the main event was hyping up between Anderson Silva and Chris Weidman, I was watching all the highlights flash by of Anderson just owning each and every one of his past opponents and couldn’t help but feel a weird vibe in the air.  I literally thought to myself, “what if Silva just decides that he is tired of this and allows himself to be knocked out?”  It wasn’t anything that I expected to actually occur at the moment and was more of a fleeting thought than a serious one.  Both fighters looked great.  It’s hard to not like Silva because he is so damn entertaining and it’s also hard to not like Chris Weidman.  Weidman has been dominating opponents in the UFC with ease since his debut in March of 2011 and has even taken fights with the likes of Demien Maia on just 11 days notice, which is an amazing feat making his weight and all (UFC on Fox 2).   Even after watching this fight  several times, I still wasn’t sure what outcome I wanted or expected.  I just wanted a good fight regardless.  Give me a good three or three and a half rounds of good hard fighting with a clear winner and I’d be happy with either hand raised.  It went almost exactly opposite of that.

Aside:  It is interesting to note here that after this event happened, it was like everyone in the world was a UFC viewer and avid critic.  Nice to meet you all! Shitheads.  Quit relying on ESPN for your sports info and thinking that you’re an expert because you can regurgitate the things that SportsCenter anchors are regurgitating to you.  Can’t wait to see you cheer when/if Silva wins his title back saying, “see? I told you that guy was good.”  Assholes.

Most of us know that Anderson lost the fight while taunting the young Chris Weidman.  I’ve heard plenty of people say that the fight was “thrown” or “Silva took a dive.”  I really don’t believe that.  I feel that, consciously or subconsciously, Anderson Silva wanted to lose.  He’s been the champ for 7 years.  He’s fought and defeated the best in his weight class for 7 years.  He’s had a full plate of press and training and focus for 7 damn years.  I think he got mentally lazy and detached from what he became, the greatest pound for pound fighter we have ever been lucky enough to be alive and witness.  Until someone else holds that belt longer than he did, no one will hold that status.  It’s akin to having a job that you are really good at but not passionate about.  There comes a point where you let things fuck up in order to have something different to do.  I think this was Anderson Silva’s way of letting his work fuck up and giving him something to strive for.  You have to admit that having NOTHING to work toward on a different level can be defeating.  Hell, I’ve capped out the wage for my job title where I work and haven’t had a raise in over 4 years.  Mostly that is my choice but it does wear on a person. What’s the motivation when you are as far as you can get and you turn around to see no one keeping up with you?  Maybe you just sit down and wait for the pack to catch up so you can have something to catch up to.  “Satisfaction is the death of desire,”  as it has been said several times.  Anderson Silva will remain the greatest fighter for possibly our lifetime.

History when it comes to arts, sports, or any form of expression is hilarious to me.  It isn’t fully appreciated until “the good ole days” are behind us and we are looking back on them.  The same goes for when a musician or artist or author dies.  Record sales, art value, copies sold all sky rocket because now those forms of expression have become finite and that source of whatever expression you you so crave has now dried up.  I don’t appreciate that Anderson Silva didn’t take this fight seriously but I do relish the fact that I am living to see him in his prime.  He has made himself a staple in any in-depth MMA conversation.  He grabbed a lot of heat from MMA fans that now act like they always disliked him, which is bullshit.  People just love to see the fall.  They love to see the fall as much as they love to see the recovery.  That possible recovery will take place (tentatively) on December 28, 2013.  The rematch has been set.  Anderson has apologized to his fans (which was cool of him but I still don’t think he owed any of you or myself any of that).  You know that Chris Weidman will never be fully happy with his win until he gets to fight a prepared, non-taunting, Silva.  I know and you can see it in Chris Weidman that he didn’t beat the best Silva.  He was just lucky enough to be the guy in the cage when Silva decided to see what happen if he let go of the wheel and allowed the vehicle to drive itself.