Animal House Inspired College Toddler Shirt!

New item this week at supersweetshirts.com.  I’ve been wanting to create a toddler version of this shirt for quite some time.  This week I finally got around to it, trying to replicate the shirt in the film as good as I possibly could.  The end result was fantastic!

This shirt is now available in our eBay store, Etsy Shop, and at supersweetshirts.com. “Toga! Toga!”

First Shirt of 2015: V for Vendetta

    Remember, remember, our V for Vendetta shirt!  The first new shirt design of 2015 is officially here.  I’ve been wanting to design a V for Vendetta shirt for quite sometime now and had several different ideas sitting on my computer.  Now that the holidays are over, I had to get a new shirt out!

   This has been added to our Etsy shop, eBay Store, and at supersweetshirts.com .


"Rambo: Last Blood" is coming.

    Sylvester Stallone is one of my favorite action stars on earth. He is amazing.  As a kid, I watched everything he did, R-rated or not, I would find a way to watch it.  I love that I’m in my 30’s and I still get to see his movies.  Not only is he still making movies, but he unrealistically is still the bad ass hero in them, they look like they were made in the 80’s, and they are still awesome.
  According the the N.Y. Daily News Stallone has tweeted that he had just finished working on a Gangster movie, and that he was wrapping up a new (and possibly last) “Rambo” movie.  Stallone is also set to bring back Rocky Balboa in a movie called “Creed.”  Rocky will be training Apollo Creed’s son.

  I have to say, another Rocky sounds terrible, even if it’s technically about Apollo Creed’s son.  In this day in age, boxing is an afterthought.  The sport has been so badly damaged, that I’m just not sure who would even care. Another Rambo though? Most definitely!  The last Rambo movie was one of the most memorable movies I had ever seen in a theater.  “John Rambo” was one of bloodiest action movies ever.  I could best describe it as a tasteless “Saving Private Ryan.” The movie was filled with an over-usage of blood, severed limbs, a nasty rape scene, and even a seen where a baby is just casually thrown into a burning hut.  My favorite scene of the movie, and probably the most memorable, involves a jeep full of Burmese soldiers pulling up to Rambo, who is in the middle of mowing down an entire fleet of soldiers coming at him with a Gatling style rotary machine gun which has two giant shields on it to protect his eyes from other peoples brains.  The jeep pulls up within a few feet of him, and he just turns this massive gun around and unloads it into the jeep at point blank range.  A volcano of blood shoots out from the top of the vehicle.  The theater erupted in applause and laughter.  It was one of the most unintentionally funny movies I had ever seen on the big screen.  I’m hoping “Last Blood” will follow tradition.


  How should this end?  I think that Rambo has to finally die, it’s only fitting.  But he needs to die in the most manliest of ways possible.  That is going to be one hell of a brainstorming session!

Two Shows Coming to Netflix That Should Get You Excited

    The over-saturation of comic book adaptations has not really done anything for me.  I’m a comic book guy.  For some reason, the whole mega-blockbuster Marvel movie thing got away from me.  I’m not quite sure why.  The actors they get are fantastic, the effects are visually stunning, the sound is incredible – there are so many reasons why these things make hundreds of millions of dollars.  I just don’t seem to care about them.  When it comes down to it, it basically has more to do with the fact that I like a good series better than a movie.  These days I rarely sit down and watch a movie, but I’ll binge watch an amazing series.  They just have way more time to tell a better story.

    April 10, 2015 will be the date that Daredevil comes to Netflix in a 13 one-hour episode series.  “Marvel’s Daredevil” will follow the journey of Matt Murdock who became blind as a kid but had extraordinary senses, fighting injustice during the day as a lawyer and at night fighting crime in Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil.  The show will star Charlie Cox as Dare Devil, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, with Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple and Vincent D’Onofrio as Wilson Fisk.

    I have to admit, after the Ben Affleck Daredevil movie disaster, I had pretty much given up
 all hope that we would ever see “the man with no fear” ever again.  Getting to see this in a 13 hour long series is going to be awesome and will hopefully breathe new life into one of Marvel’s most fascinating characters.

    The second show coming to Netflix that has me excited is “Sense8” a new sci-fi drama by the incredible Wachowskis’.  “Sense8” will follow eight characters around the world who, in the wake of a tragic death, find themselves linked to each other mentally and emotionally.   According to Andy Wachowski, “They can not see and talk to each other as though they were in the same place, they have access to each others deepest secrets.  Not only must they figure out what happened and why and what it means for the future of humanity, they must do so while being hunted by an organization out to capture, kill or vivisect them.”

From the description of this, it sounds like its right up the ally of the Wachowskis’.  They missed completely on a few projects (especially “Speed Racer”) but if they can capture the feel that “The Matrix” had, this show could be awesome.

Play Star Trek 25th Anniversary In Your Browser along with 2500 other DOS Classics!

    Oh the days of DOS games…how I miss thee.  There were so many sweet PC games back in the day, and they were always so much cooler than the old console games.  It was kinda like cable TV shows compared to Network TV shows.  There was always that feeling that PC games could get away with way more, and it was totally true for a while. I was reading the Washington Post today online, I came across an article basically announcing that the Internet Archive had made 2500 DOS games available online for free to play in browser.  This is amazing.  Cruising the overwhelmingly large collection of sweet games, including the classic Oregon Trail, Leisure Suit Larry, and Doom, I was lucky enough to find Star Trek 25th Anniversary which is pretty much awesome.
    The games take a minute or two (depending on your connection) to load, play seamlessly right in your browser with the ability to go right into full screen mode.  Your days of boredom are over!

New Music: Smashing Pumpkins -"Monuments to an Elegy"

Monuments to an Elegy

    I was never a Smashing Pumpkins fan in the 90’s when they were pretty much on top of the world.   Being into music in middle school and through high school, you usually go through a period of pretentious snobbery surrounding yourself with others who do the same, while listening to the most obscure things imaginable.  As you approach your late 20’s into your 30’s, you tend to just not care about being cool anymore.  I started listening to the Smashing Pumpkins when “Oceania” was released in 2012 and was blown away by how incredible the album was.  From start to finish, this album was a masterpiece.  So I started listening to the older albums and the band instantly grew into one of my favorites.

   When “Monuments to an Elegy” was announced, I was really excited.  I would scour the web looking for something leaked, just to get a preview of what the music was going to be like.  Billy Corgan is a weird guy who is constantly misunderstood.  I’m not going to pretend that I get him fully, but musically I understand his struggles as an artist.  If you listen to the Smashing Pumpkins, you know that each album released is different.  They each have a different sound which to me makes the band interesting.  It also explains why the band fell off the map.  The commercial sounds of “Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness”  didn’t carry over from album to album, in fact, it would drastically change.  On the Howard Stern show, Corgan came out and said he felt that bands like the Foo Fighters and Nirvana were good but overrated.  He stressed that the Foo Fighters have almost mastered a formula for their music, lacking innovation.  He’s right.  Every Foo Fighters song is the same.  Even fans of the band that I know will admit that.  It all sounds the same.  “Monuments to an Elegy” is an almost sarcastic take on “Mellon Collie.”  I won’t admit to knowing this myself, but Corgan revealed that the album was supposed almost be a tribute to the commercial sound that made them famous, basically hinting that it’s not “THEIR” sound but its for “US.”  The explanation he gives is awesomely convoluted, but that’s why he’s a genius. 

    The number one criticism I hear from this album is that it’s too short.  And it is.  With that being said, the rest of the album musically is outstanding.  The drum work in this album is totally awesome.  We basically know that there are only 2 original members of the band left.  Currently playing with them on drums on the regular is Brad Wilk of Rage Against the Machine, but on this album, it’s Tommy Lee.  I’m not a fan of Tommy Lee as a person and always thought he was a bit lame, but on this album, he blasts these songs out!  The story on how they got him was great.  He was in the recording studio doing something of his own when Corgan and the band came in to record.  They had approached him to see if he would play the drums for one song on the album.  He of course said yes, rocked the song out as if he were playing a stadium show, and then wanted to play for the whole album.  The drum work on the album is great.

  In the end you have an album that is above average by the Pumpkins, short in length, but solid in content.  The music is interesting to listen to and the songs are catchy like their old commercial hits.  I actually got this on vinyl for Christmas and it’s super nice.  Check out “Tiberius” below.  If you like it, you will love this album.

Beginner Guide to Cutting the Cord

    Three years ago when I purchased my house, we signed up for Direct TV.  As time went on, it would eat away at me that I only watched one thing on it.  All of those channels that I would never ask for if given the choice, and nothing worth watching.  I had to get rid of it.  Almost $80.00 a month was just being thrown out the window.  I just wanted to pay for what I wanted, but of course that isn’t an option.  Or is it?  With a little effort, you can get the exact set-up you want, and tell your TV provider to piss off.


What To Think About When Deciding If This is For You.
    You all know what you watch.  You know what’s important to you and you all have your shows.  Or maybe you watch sports religiously.  You may have a local team that you watch that they only show on cable.  When you make this decision, you have to break down what you watch, and figure out other ways to watch them.  In this article, I’m going to go over the options you have, explain ways around local blackouts, and a few other things.
What You Will Need.
   The best way to watch content without owning a video gaming system or connecting a computer to your television is to own a streaming device.  There are loads of them out there including the Amazon Fire Stick, Google Chrome-cast, Apple-TV, and my personal favorite – The Roku.  There are several versions of the Roku out there and it is relatively inexpensive.  The Roku 3 was rated the best of all streaming devices.  It is the most expensive model, but it is a super powerful little box capable of streaming content from Apps, streaming local content on your network, and even has a USB input to play video files right from an external hard drive.  This feature is the best.  You can literally connect your digital library right to this little box.  Amazon has this device at the lowest price of $84.99.  The Roku will allow you to stream content from Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and literally hundreds of other places both free and paid.

The Content.
   I don’t watch many TV shows, but the shows I watch are all on Hulu Plus.  The service is dirt cheap and they offer you a 2 week trial for you to decide if the shows that you watch are on there.  They also host a variety of obscure movies that are interesting.  Hulu is 7.99 a month.  
   If you are an Amazon prime member, they provide a TV streaming service that might possibly be the best of the three (although some months Netflix has better content.)  Amazon prime is $99.00 and includes the streaming service, free 2-Day shipping, a streaming music service, and over 500,000 free e-books.  If you order from Amazon regularly, its a ridiculous deal.
   Netflix is probably still the king of streaming services hosting award winning original programming along with a gigantic library of films and complete TV series. Netflix is 8.99 a month.
   For most people, their TV viewing could be satisfied by using any of the 3.

Sports.
   This is probably the biggest deal-breaker for people.  How will I be able to get my sports?  This will depend on what you watch, and what teams you watch.  Most major league sports offer online packages.  If you are a fan of your local team, this could be a problem.  Instead of doing a broad generalization, let’s break it down by some of the more popular sports.
Football:  The good thing about football, is that if the team you love is your local team, you will be able to see it on local television.  Digital Antenna’s are available on Amazon which allow you to play the games on your TV in HD and they are super cheap.  Most of them are barely noticeable.  If your team is out of market, it gets tricky.  If you live in an apartment building you can qualify for the Direct TV streaming Sunday Ticket.  Unfortunately if you are a fan on an out of market team, there aren’t many options and cutting the cord might not be the best move for you.
Hockey:  If you are a fan of hockey, both of a local or out of market team, you are probably well aware that 99% of the games are on cable.  The cool part is there isn’t a TV service like Direct TV monopolizing the content.  Game Center Ice is 100% online and the Roku even has an App for it so you can watch it right from there in HD quality depending on your broadband.  I know what your thinking.  What if you love your local team?  It’s blacked out.  VPN services are available at a low cost and allow you to spoof your location so that they think you are somewhere else.  This allows you to get around the black out.  There are two ways to do this.  A VPN on your computer hooked up to your TV or a DD-WRT router set-up.  I get into VPN services in general on Episode 1 of my Podcast.  Check it out below:

Next week I am going to do Episode 3 of The Super Sweet Podcast where we will discuss the DD-WRT setup in more detail. Basically, it’s programming your wireless router to constantly be connected to your VPN, so that all of the devices that connect to it can utilize it. This is ideal for sports packages. I will get into how to acquire a DD-WRT router, how to flash your existing router (if compatible) with the DD-WRT firmware, or how to buy one already set up and ready to go with no hassle.  Remember, I’ll be talking about this stuff like an average guy.  You don’t need to be a rocket scientist to learn about this stuff, just a little time and research.

Baseball:  Baseball is the same as Hockey and it also can be streamed on the Roku.

    As you can see, there are some things to think about and consider when deciding if this is for you.  Once you get your set-up up and running, its extremely liberating.  You are paying for what YOU want.  If you have any questions at all, send me an email at:

I will read all questions on the podcast as well as in an email response.  If you haven’t checked out the Super Sweet Podcast, check it out.  If you are a beginner techie, nerd, geek, or new dad – this show is for you!  Now available to subscribe to on itunes.

The Sony Incident

    Oh what a world we live in.  If you haven’t been following the most embarrassing story of the year, you probably are now with the recent announcement to pull “The Interview” from being shown on Christmas day.  I’m not sure anyone saw that coming.  Or maybe you did?

    With the incredible damages that have been done to Sony, one would wonder whether or not, the “Interview” was worth everything terrible that had happened to Sony.  Leaked emails burning bridges with major stars, medical records of every employee stolen along with a class action law suit to follow, racist conversations leaked from corporate leaders regarding the president, and 5 major films leaked prematurely including Brad Pitt’s “Fury’ which hadn’t made it to the theater yet before being downloaded over a million times.  This was truly a mega-disaster.  100 Terabytes is a breach unheard of.  To cap it off, today Sony announced that they won’t be releasing “The Interview” thus caving in to ‘Terrorist” threats.   
    With some time to think about this response, I decided that I wasn’t really surprised by it.  Sure, everything about the situation is unethical, but the contents revealed from this company is alarming.  Are we just supposed to pretend that we didn’t see it?  Howard Stern stated on his morning show, that this was a terrorist attack and that it was no different then 9/11.  He said that the media should be ashamed of themselves for reporting on the hacked information, an that we should all unite together as a country and strike back at these terrorists.  He said we were “attacked.” As a listener of his show for my entire life, for the first time, I thought he sounded like an idiot.  Sure, innocent people had their personal information stolen.  But where were these comments when Home Depot and Target were hacked.  There we none.  Now that its happened to Hollywood, we are supposed to get all up in arms?  There is a reason why Sony went after news outlets and threatened them with lawsuits if they did any further reporting on the breached info.  Sure, they didn’t want everyone to know that the company leaders exchanged black jokes about our President, or they didn’t want the salaries of their workers posted for the world to see.  They didn’t want comments made about major actors being made public.  All of this is obvious and not that surprising.  Oh I forgot to mention their plan to destroy the Internet.  I forgot that little detail.
    Leaked emails revealed the MPAA plans to pay elected officials to attack Google.  The MPAA has been after the internet for years stemming back to 2011 with the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA), a dangerous and deceiving bill to combat piracy.  Fortunately it was shut down thanks to the great internet blackout when over 7000 websites protested by shutting their services down.  Wikipedia stated that they had successfully reached 162 million people with their banner to fight this issue.  It was a legendary day for the internet that paid off immensely.  The MPAA has not given up and their lawyers are turning their focus to attacking the DNS (Domain Name System) that directs traffic across the internet.  This was one of the practices included in the SOPA bill, and now looking for a way to practice this in existing law, working with ISP’s like Comcast to see how the system could work technically.  If it does work, this could be the key to the MPAA’s long standing goal blocking sites from delivering content to the U.S.  At the same time it also threatens the basic engineering of the internet.
   A memo commissioned by the MPAA in August proposes a legal case for blocking infringing sites from the DNS entirely.  It would be the equivalent to wiping out addresses and phone numbers from a phone book.  This powerful new tool they are working on would essentially threaten ISP’s with potential secondary liability if they do not cease connecting users to infringing sites.  This wouldn’t fully block users from reaching “infringing” websites as they could still use a DNS friendly server, but it would make it much more difficult for the casual user to find the sites.  Sounds reasonable?  Think again.  A system like this would make it extremely easy for anyone to knock a site offline with a fake copyright claim.  The MPAA’s legal argument is that the DNS records are acting like a directory or index rather than simply routing the data.  If this holds true, the DNS links could be subject to the same take-down rules used to wipe torrent searches from Google links.  It would make it as easy to remove an entire website as it is to remove a video from Youtube.  Sure, there are easy ways around any of these tactics for someone that wants to use a little effort.  VPN, Tor, and typing the address directly into the address bar are a few, but the goal of the MPAA is to stop the majority of the people, people with “101” knowledge of the Internet.
    The DNS system is already a security issue as it stands, exploited by hackers to hijack websites and any authentication measures like DNSSEC would quickly run into issues under this new MPAA system.  If users leave standard DNS servers in search of pirate sites, it would essentially create an underground DNS market, exposing people to unknown security risks.
     Above all this represents another massive attack on the open Internet by an individual corporate interest group.  The hack on Sony may be looked at by some as a “Terrorist” attack, but if you look closer, it’s just a greedy corporation being outed for doing (and planning on doing) a bunch of terrible things.  I”m not sure I feel all that bad…
     Protect the Internet at all costs!

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