Worst Christmas Tree Ever? Worst Christmas Tree Ever.

VirginiaMore than 100 praying mantises hatched from an egg case hidden under the branches of the Christmas tree Springfield resident Molly Kreuze bought for the holiday season. The bugs are moving freely through the house, “crawling on the walls, crawling on the ceilings,” Kreuze told the station, adding that they gravitate toward light. Video taken by WJLA showed the insects hanging from the ceiling and crawling on the windows.

Burn it. Just burn it to the ground now before it’s too late. This is plague punishment for something this lady did and that city needs to act now.

A reasonable person would want to just destroy these monsters.

Instead of vacuuming them up, Kreuze has been using an envelope and shoe box to store the mantises.

Oh well that makes sense. It’s easier to destroy them once they’ve all been captured.

Kreuze has been feeding them fruit flies and is “hoping to re-gift them,” she said.

Nope. Nope. Nope.


Why you should watch black and white movies with your kids

Via lifehacker – I’m not sure what this says about my aspirations as a parent, but one exciting thing about my kid getting older is that we can now watch more TV together. We’ve been finding more shows to get into as a family—when it’s time for MasterChef Junior, for instance, the three of us will stop what we’re doing immediately, migrate to the sofa, snuggle up under a blanket and get ready to watch a group of tiny home cooks dazzle us with their culinary creations. Television viewing now feels more like real bonding time rather than please-sit-here-and-watch-this-animated-drivel-so-I-can-get-stuff-done time.

A genre we’ve recently added to our TV queue is silent films. I first read the recommendation on Reddit—parents noted how great some of the classic comedies are for children. Charlie Chaplin films. Buster Keaton’s stunt-driven masterpieces. Anything with Laurel and Hardy. Kids are drawn to these shows because the stories are relatively simple and told purely through physical theater—they can dive right in without much context. Many are shorts, so they’re ideal for those with limited attention spans. And since there’s little or no dialogue, the films force kids to build their imaginations. Their brains must fill in everything that isn’t spoken—what the characters are feeling, why they made certain decisions and what they’re hoping will come next. Parents can also add in their own prompts and dialogue, making the whole viewing experience surprisingly interactive.

With my five-year-old daughter, we started with Modern Times, Charlie Chaplin’s 1936 silent-talkie hybrid about a factory worker who subjected to being a cog in the grinding wheels of the Industrial Revolution. It’s absurd fun—I figured the kid might check out because the film is in black and white, but she didn’t. She couldn’t take her eyes off of Chaplin, and chuckled at his antics for a good 45 minutes. Throughout the show, I read the written words that would appear, and it kind of felt like we were moving through an interactive book. At one point, she astutely noted: “Mom, this movie isn’t silent at all—there’s music.” She was right. It was neat to notice together how music can make things feel more exciting. When it was finally time to turn off the TV, she asked, “Can we watch more of that show later?” We can and we will.

As some viewers have pointed out, it’s important to guide kids through the adult themes that can appear throughout these old silent movies—some films show smoking, drunkenness, vandalism and theft. There was an early scene in Modern Times when I thought to myself, “Yeah, that is definitely sexual harassment in the workplace,” and murmured to my kid, “Should we chase people who do not want to be chased?” (She replied “no.”) That said, I think it’s great to give your kids an appreciation of the dying artistry, flaws and all. A cool thing about watching these films now is that there’s all sorts of behind-the-scenes content that you can also show your kid if they’re curious—for instance, you can see how they filmed with famous rolling skating scene in Modern Times (it’s so neat!).

No Company In The History Of The World Has Made It Harder To Give Them My Money Then Best Buy Did Today


So I was rewarded by the the In-Laws for surviving another year of life with $60 Best Buy gift card (shout out to the in-laws). Since most of our money goes to sustaining another human life and a small dogs life this was a rare chance to treat myself.


So I could either drive too many miles to the nearest Best Buy, purchase Far Cry 5, or I could just simply buy some playstation store cash digitally and boom pre order the game, wake up tomorrow and play.

I make my way over the Best Buy website, search for what I want. The biggest digital download I can find is $20   Fine, no problem, I’ll just enter quantity 3 and be done.

Nope can’t modify the quantity. Alright seems pointless but whatever.

Find the $10 card. It let’s me edit the quantity.

Nope, too many cards. I guess three is just too huge for the website to handle.  It tells me to call to the business line to buy “in bulk.” Congrats to me, I’m the first person to ever need multiple digital cards.

Back to the $20 card.  Fine I won’t edit the quantity. I’ll just add multiple single orders to my cart.  Oh no no no, can’t do that either.

At this point I’m ready to fling my phone into the next county and just call it a loss.

But no, I wan’t Far Cry 5.  I get a new game once a year.

This is now my white whale.

I decide to take the only option that seems available.

3 separate orders. One at a time.


Login in. Done.

Select Item. Done.

Best Buy wants to send you a verification code to continue your purchase.


To Spend a gift card?


Wait for code to come in email. Enter code. Proceed.

Enter personal info. Select option to save info for future orders.

Finally purchase gift card. Get code.

Then repeat process.

Personal info doesn’t save.

Enter again.  Purchase code two.

Third Purchase.

Repeat process.

Personal info doesn’t save.

Enter all the same info.

Click purchase.

Receive email from Best Buy.

Your order has been cancelled. Unable to verify personal information.

The same information I have entered in each of the previous orders.  Order again. Best Buy Cancels order again.  Same explanation. Order a third time. Canceled again.  Try to talk to a contact rep. Wait. Wait. Wait. Disconnected.

Order again.  Cancelled.

This process started on 9 am on 3/26. It is 11:58 pm as of this writing. No response from customer support. No purchase accepted.

No Far Cry 5

This is my white whale.

Call me Ismael.