What Men Want For Christmas 2011, Day 2

Depending on his level of geekability and tinkerability, you can’t go wrong with a Media Center. Media Center’s come in all kinds of shapes, sizes and configurations. But if he’s a true geek and likes to tinker, he’ll want to build his own. And the base of any good Media Center is a big screen tv. I’ve included a picture of my Media Center in it’s current configuration. However, I’m always changing, upgrading and tweaking. That’s part of the fun! It can be a costly hobby, but it doesn’t have too. That old computer that you’ve been thinking about getting rid of can make a very nice hub for your Media Center. As will that old Xbox or Playstation that you’ve recently upgraded to the latest model. Sure, you can throw it up on Ebay and get a few bucks out of it or, you can put it to use in your new Media Center. Some additional costs may also include a Xbox live account and a NetFlix account. It just depends on how far you want to take it. I get asked a lot about building a media center pc at a reasonable price. What are the benefits of having a media center pc and how does it integrate with other equipment. There really is no simple answer and I can assure you that there probably aren’t any two media center setups identical. And as I stated before, it really doesn’t have to be an expensive project either. You’ll just have to take your time and shop around. Since I hardly ever throw anything away that has to do with pc’s or servers, I had most of these parts on shelves and in drawers. So, you can look at my current setup (which is always changing) and maybe it’ll give you some kind of idea of what to do in case you want to build your own media center pc. A lot of money can be saved by going with a Linux distro and media center software for Linux, neither will cost you a dime. I’m a Windows person, so that’s direction I took. I’m using Windows 7 Ultimate and the license isn’t cheap. But once you’re past the cost of the software and the hardware upgrades, a media center will bring months and years of entertainment to any man cave out there! Approximate cost: $100.00 to $2,000.00.

Abandoned US 23 (Ashland, Ky.)

Today we decided to do a little exploring. For years, I wanted to know what became of the road between Ashland and Russell that ran parallel with Armco Rd. I remember as a kid, my mom would stop along the hillside on US 23 at a market (Artrips I think) on our way home from Ashland. Once the 4 lane was completed and long before the new Walmart was built, the viaduct out of Ashland was torn down and the road was abandoned. Not too long after this, the new apartments were built on top of the hill across US 23 from Walmart on what is now known as Providence Hill. You can see it in the center of the map below.

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If anybody remembers when the road was officially closed, please let me know! I’ve also included a short video that was taken with my iPhone from in front of what was the market.

31 Days Of Halloween

Every year, we kick off the Halloween season by watching one scary or seasonal movie a day beginning on October first! Some times we watch the same movies year to year, but most of the time, we’ll throw in something new! We’ll update this post daily to let you know what today’s movie is, our selection is totally random, the movies aren’t selected in any particular order.

Be sure to let us know what your favorite Halloween season movie is!

October 30th – The Mothman Prophecies – 2002
9 Stars (9 / 10)

October 29th – Se7en – 1995
8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

October 28th – Jaws – 1975
9 Stars (9 / 10)

October 27th – Paranormal Activity 3 – 2011
8 Stars (8 / 10)

October 26th – The Ring – 2002
7 Stars (7 / 10)

October 25th – Jacob’s Ladder – 1990
7 Stars (7 / 10)

October 24th – Altered States – 1980
7.5 Stars (7.5 / 10)

October 23rd – The Rite – 2011
8 Stars (8 / 10)

October 22nd – Poltergeist – 1982
7 Stars (7 / 10)

October 21st – Psycho – 1960
9 Stars (9 / 10)

October 20th – The Amityville Horror – 1979
6 Stars (6 / 10)
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Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes

Finally got around to watching Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes this weekend. I was such a fan of the original movies back in the late 60’s and early 70’s, had the toy gun, mask and all. After the Tim Burton disaster a few years ago, I had great hopes for what seemed to be more of prequel than a reboot. Not only was the story line awesome, but one obvious fact came to light…you just can’t put a human in an ape costume and convince the audience that you’re watching an ape. Case and point, King Kong 1976 and King Kong 2005. Andy Serkis breaths life into these characters and without him and the advancement of CG, they just couldn’t pull it off. The Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes fits beautifully with the original 1968 movie and it’s left wide open for possibly a remake of The Planet Of The Apes….let’s hope so, this is by far, the best movie of 2011 and possibly the best movie I’ve seen in the past few years!

8.5 Stars (8.5 / 10)

Cars 2

Last week, we went to see Cars 2. The first Cars movie has been one of our favorite animated movies since it’s release in 2006, so we had high expectations for the new movie, especially since we watched it in 3D. And while 3D added a whole new element to the movie, we just didn’t think it was as good as the first one. Not that it was a bad movie, it just wasn’t as good as the first. However, we’d have no problem recommending it to anybody who’s interested in seeing it. Overall, a great movie for the whole family. BTW, the nod to Paul Newman in the movie was a classy move.

6.5 Stars (6.5 / 10)

Summer Motion 2011

On July 5th, we attended Summer Motion in Ashland, Ky. and was treated to an outstanding Kenny Loggins concert. We also got a preview of Loggins new country band, The Blue Sky Riders. It was great to see the Port Of Ashland looking spectacular after years and years of effort to give Ashland the riverfront that it deserves. And as always, thanks to WSAZ for the awesome seats that we had, it was truly a great time!

Lenora’s New Scooter

img_0720Looking for a way to save a little money on rising gas prices, this should be the ticket. Lenora went a few weeks ago and got her motorcycle permit and we bought this scooter for her last week. Has a lot more pep than what I thought it would, it’ll easily do 60mph. Lots of fun!