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The McBournie Minute: Why ‘Super Troopers 2′ is a bad bet

Comedian, writer and TV host Neal Brennan once mocked crowdfunding with the above tweet. It’s sort of funny to think about all those campaigns out there begging for your money, like the guy with the handwritten sign you ignore on your way to work. I’ve always found it funnier to watch certain projects wildly beat their goals, only to get slogged down in development or some other bump in the road neither they, nor their investors, saw coming. Remember that Android-based game console from a couple years ago? Whoops.

It’s made much more sense to me to invest only in things made by people who have previously made something of value. If someone has done work that I truly enjoyed, and for some reason can’t get the funding for his or her next project through the traditional channels, I’ll consider making a meager donation. Except for Zach Braff. Screw that guy.

So when Broken Lizard came knocking at my laptop asking for a handout, why did I turn them away? Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Why do we have frats anymore?

I graduated college 10 years ago. A lot has happened in that time. Society is very different from what it was then. Smartphones didn’t really exist yet. MySpace was dominating Facebook, and no one had heard of Twitter. Our culture was in some ways monolithic, since we still relied on traditional media forms to learn about trends and such. I’ve changed, too, but I don’t think anywhere near as drastically.

I didn’t have a cell phone in high school. When the bottom fell out of the economy, I was already on my second job in my career in journalism. I’ve never agreed with being called a “Millennial,” because there’s a big difference culturally between myself and people five years younger than me. Ten years gone, I’m certain that college life looks very different than it did when I was there–it’s probably changed more in the past decade than any other 10-year span.

But one thing that hasn’t changed is Greek life. Why do we still have fraternities, anyway? Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Do we really need a 311 beer?

There is no shortage of serious issues to address these days. Not that there was ever a time when there weren’t any problems that we as a society had to address, I just like opening up with a platitude. It gets you all on my side. And I don’t need to tell you that one of the most important issues today is beer.

It’s been a while since we talked about beer and the issues around it. I can tell you there is one non-issue getting a lot of press since the Super Bowl: the AB-InBev attack ad on craft beer. It’s not news that craft beer has long looked down its nose at poor-quality, mass-produced brews, but it was the first time one of the big boys hit back. It’s not an issue, because it didn’t do anything but get people riled up. No one watched the ad and decided to reconsider their taste in beer. No one. It just made beer related social media annoying to follow for a while.

So what’s really going on out there with beer? Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Ban acceptance speeches

For the past several years, my wife and I have gone to an Oscars viewing party hosted by friends. We all fill our ballots and eat and drink. The hosts are huge into movies, and have usually seen most, if not all, of the movies up for an award–even the foreign ones and animated shorts, which no one ever sees.

It reminds me that I haven’t seen that many movies, which I was already clear about this year. But it also reminds me that the show isn’t really for me, it’s for the cinephiles like them. That’s not necessarily a bad thing in theory. But take into account that ratings really sucked last night, which means we’re watching other things. We’re bored by award shows.

That’s why we need to ban acceptance speeches. Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Drink like a president

Happy Presidents’ Day, everyone. If you live on the East Coast, there’s a decent chance you were just hit or are now being hit by a snow storm. That means you’re hoping you don’t have to go outside for any reason tomorrow, and would rather just drink.

It’s the most appropriate way to celebrate Presidents’ Day, aside from visiting a president’s grave, or offering a living one sexual favors or something. So we’re going to take a step back to Feb. 20, 2012, where I talked about the drinking habits of our first three presidents.

We now join that column, already in progress. Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Football is just pro wrestling for adults

I try to avoid writing about sports when I can. We already have someone in-house to do that, and besides, the internet is littered with random people giving their hot takes on the latest happenings in the world of sporting. (You could make the same argument about snarky blogs, but whatever.)

So when I do write about sports, I try to do it from an angle calling the industry and its followers out. This is one of those posts. I’ll do my best to keep my fanboydom to a minimum, but you’ll probably roll your eyes once or twice. I just ask that you take your head out of your ass.

Now, let’s talk about ball pressure. Woo, sports! Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Everyone chill out, craft beer will be fine

I follow craft beer news, so when I see something make headlines in non-beer-geek news outlets, it’s always surprising to me. I’ve been surprised quite a bit lately. As with any industry, there’s the major, and usually inaccurate news that the average person will hear about, and then there’s the day-to-day stuff that’s in the weeds. It’s the news that no one cares about except for people who are in the industry, or fans of it.

This may come as a shock to many of you, but I am a fan of craft beer. My fandom grew from just imbibing new and exciting brews, to making beer myself, to reading up on what the pros are doing to get excited about their new stuff, and get inspiration for my own attempts.

But there’s been a lot of crap out there about craft beer lately. Pull up a stool, pour yourself a pint, and let’s sort it out. Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Hot takes after the blackout

Welcome back to the internet. Not you, I was talking to myself. During the holiday break, I did my best to avoid it, but I mostly focused on avoiding the news. I did a pretty good job, too. There was plenty of TV to watch and friends and family to interact with, and it seemed like everyone was on a week-long bender. Why not join them?

But despite my best efforts, some headlines still snuck into my awareness. I’d say it’s mostly because of social media and the various newsreader apps I have on my phone. This lead me to largely just read headlines and move on. Not only did this save me a lot of stress, it also kept me free to make some snap judgments on the headlines I saw.

Let’s take a look at what happened in my feed while we were out and my hot takes, in as best chronological order as I can remember. Whatever. Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Your favorite Christmas song sucks

I was on the last leg of an eight-hour drive to Ohio back in September, looking forward to looking at anything but flat, straight, boring road. My wife was scanning the radio stations, because we’re the last people left who listen to terrestrial radio, when she came upon Christmas music. A station was playing nothing but Christmas music. Let’s remember this was September. I had a sudden urge to steer the car into a tree, but we were in Ohio farm country, it could have been hours before we saw tree for me to hit.

In my seething rage, I thought back to the column I wrote about Christmas songs last year, and I’ve been waiting to reread it ever since. (That’s right my complaint about hearing the same songs is itself a repeat, get over it.) I’m still really proud of it, and I think it’s way better than any “Christmas season gets longer every year” type of rants I could muster up this year. And judging from our site’s daily hit counts, a lot of you out there probably missed it last year, anyway.

So we now take you to “Your Favorite Christmas Song Sucks.” Continue reading

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The McBournie Minute: Food nostalgia must die

America is the eating champion of the world, and we have been for 72-years straight. No one can eat like us. They don’t even come close. We compete against each other to eat the most hot dogs, pies and other healthy snacks. We have entire TV network dedicated to the cooking and enjoying of food.

We’re also adventurous eaters. As a country, we enjoy more variety of food than any generation before us. No one thinks twice if you say you’re having Vietnamese-Cuban infusion for lunch, and mouths water at “innovations” like waffle tacos or pizza with a Doritos crust. But with all this looking forward in food, we seem to find ourselves looking wistfully at the past.

It’s a terrible trend. Don’t believe me? Continue reading