Top Ten Tips for Ultimate Thrift Store Shopping

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[Editor’s Note: Thrifting is fantastic. I’ve gotten some of my favorite t-shirts and jackets from such places. But nobody out-thrifts Thespia. If it becomes an Olympic sport, with her on the team, we’ve got it in the bag. No pun intended. She knows her stuff. -Widge]

How many times have you complimented a friend on a piece of clothing and heard the response, “Isn’t it great? And I got it for only five dollars!” Finding great deals isn’t as hard or as time consuming as many of us may believe. One of the easiest (and I daresay most fun) ways of saving tons of money on clothing, household items, etc. is to check out your local thrift store. Whether you’re a seasoned “thrifter” or have never set foot in a second-hand shop before, check out the tips below on how to make your trip smooth, effective, and enjoyable.
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Headsup: Check Out These Complete Collections and Buy South Park a Drink

Jackass Complete TV Movie CollectionIf you’re a fan of the Jackass television series and movies, you’ll be excited to know that the Jackass Complete Movie and TV Collection is now available in an eleven-disc DVD set.  Released just in time for Action Point (the newest movie in the franchise), the set features all seven films and the entire television series (presented in its unrated version). Thrilling stunts and uproarious pranks abound as Johnny Knoxville, Bam Margera, Steve-O, Chris Pontius, and Jason ‘Wee Man’ Acuña seek to fill their lives with as much hilarity as possible.  Sadly there are no bonus features in this collection (I imagine all the hijinks create some fairly lively behind-the-scenes action and that these guys would provide some pretty colorful audio commentary, but there you have it.)  The Jackass Complete Movie and TV Collection is available on Amazon for $18.59, which considering the total run time of 979 minutes means you’re paying less than two cents a minute to experience everything Jackass.

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Headsup: Two Pair and a Joker

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Batman Ninja. The opinions I share are my own.

Gunsmoke Thirteenth Season Volume One Gunsmoke Thirteenth Season Volume Two
If you’re a fan of classic westerns, you’ll be happy to know that Season Thirteen of Gunsmoke is now out (spread across two DVD sets).  The series follows the adventures of iconic Old West hero Marshal Matt Dillon (played by Emmy Award nominee James Arness) as he strives to keep order amidst gunfights, bank robberies, murders, and other outlaw-ish activities, along with the help of his endearing deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis).  Along for the ride are the alluring saloon mistress Miss Kitty (Emmy Award nominee Amanda Blake) and stalwart Doc Adams (Emmy Award winner Milburn Stone).  Volumes One and Two of Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season feature all twenty-five episodes of the 1967-1968 season (presented in color).  The only “bonus” features are original episodic trailers, which is a shame considering all they could have done with that; even though a lot of the cast and crew have gone to the big ranch in the sky, people like Burt Reynolds and Buck Taylor are still around (and I assume available to sit for a few hours to provide what would be very entertaining audio commentary).  That aside, if you’re a fan and want to make sure to get Season Thirteen on the shelf, this is your chance to grab it.  Both Volume One (fifteen episodes) and Volume Two (ten episodes) are currently available on Amazon for $22.96.

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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: We Do Beg Your Pardon…

The show is Would I Lie to You?, in which a panelist from one team reads out a fact from a card. The panelists from the other team must then determine if the panelist with the fact is telling the truth or lying.

It’s always a glorious episode when Bob Mortimer is on. He is a very twisted individual. Take the following video as evidence.

Your Weekend Justice #274: Because All the Cool Kids Are Doing Timejumps

Helen Mirren AARP Selfie

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…and the title says it all.

Agenda:

  • Death vs. Inflation
  • It’s not a goddamn agenda
  • Rox and an update on world domination
  • Daguerreotypes and blackmail
  • Podcasting lets you know when the honeymoon is over
  • European tin cans are incompatible with American tin cans
  • Time zones are infinitely confusing
  • Your Antarctica update
  • Rob and an update on world domination
  • Jon’s home update
  • The meaning of Tuesday
  • Rob vs. Germany
  • HGTV parallel universe fun
  • Rock Lobster!
  • Worst adaptation of Equus ever
  • Movies for Grownups
  • Rox hasn’t seen Black Panther because sex…or something
  • Mall cops check out
  • Horrible songs
  • International Sup Initiative
  • The second line plan for DragonCon
  • Aaron Fever, comic book scribe
  • Florida, again
  • The mystery of CH
  • Sleeper cars
  • Ready Player One is a smoothie
  • Annihilation
  • Neil Gaiman: polite as hell
  • Venom
  • Jon’s kid is furious
  • Justice League
  • Non-agenda becomes agenda
  • Lost in Space
  • Curling with movie scores
  • Russians can’t stop doping
  • How to wake up
  • Altered Carbon
  • Cuisine
  • Digging in the basement

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Your Weekend Justice #252: Daredevil’s Apartment is Made From Unstable Molecules

Walking Dead Nerf Lucille Blaster

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…we dip into the archives, with this gem, recorded just after the invention of fire.

Agenda:

  • We join these Walking Dead observations already in progress
  • The Visiting Germans
  • Leigh and spitting on things
  • Respectability and pinball machines
  • Anticipating Civil War
  • Batman v Superman fallout
  • Suicide Squad trailers and such
  • Joker regrets
  • The arrival of PG-13
  • Cloverfield: The Franchise
  • The idea of a SHIELD spinoff show. How novel.
  • ABC Family
  • Superbook and unintended consequences
  • Androgynous Kids Looking For Jesus
  • Kasey Kasem and Battle of the Planets
  • Porn tax incentives
  • How to take care of your doctor during a zombie apocalypse
  • Multiverses and how to introduce them
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Rox’s Book Club
  • Rogue One trailer
  • Agatha Christie
  • Best-selling books ever
  • Marvel Team-Up: Daredevil and his CPA
  • The Spazhouse Zine Collection

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Infinity War & Seemingly Stupid Character Decisions, or “We’re All Going to Die But Are You Going to Eat That?”

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War

Warning: This skews fairly serious towards the end and since I’m not Pixar, I’m going to actually tell you in advance so you don’t get blindsided. You’re welcome. Also, DO NOT READ THIS if you have not seen Infinity War.

So there’s something in Infinity War that’s been bothering me. Well, it was bothering me but now it interests me a great deal. I’m talking about certain decisions that the characters made. Specifically, bad decisions. And much has been made about some, not so much about others. Some examples:

When half of the life of the universe is in the balance:

  1. Why would Star-Lord lose his shit and screw up The Entire Plan?
  2. Why would Gamora give up the location of the Soul Stone to save Nebula?
  3. For that matter, if Gamora knew something so valuable that Thanos finding out would mean Utter Doom, why didn’t Gamora just kill herself?
  4. Why would Vision not get sacrificed from the get-go and the Mind Stone get destroyed to keep it from winding up in Thanos’ hands (well, on his hand, specifically)?

Granted, for this last one (and possibly for all of them), when a Time Stone is in play, a large number of bets are off. But I think you get the gist.

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Music Whenever: Denys Baptiste, Kid Congo, Gal Costa & More…

Denys Baptiste

We start with a performance from UK saxophonist/composer Denys Baptiste: it’s “Dusk Dawn,” from last year’s album, The Last Trane. As you might expect from that album title, it’s based on the work of John Coltrane…this track is specifically from Coltrane’s 1965 album, Kulu Sé Mama. There’s really only one other thing to say about this: let it be your life goal to love something you do as much as the gentleman drumming in this video absolutely freaking loves playing the drums.

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