Singing Filet-O-Fish Sandwich

In honor of Lent season, here’s a funny random video from 2011 where I make a Filet-o-Fish sandwich sing. And no, Mickey D’s did not pay me to do this.

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Resolutions


Well, here it is, everyone. By the time you read this, we will officially be in 2017. Happy new year, everyone.
2016 was definitely a roller coaster ride, wasn’t it? Whether it was all the celebrity deaths or the fact that Donald Trump has now been elected President of the United States, it was a roller coaster ride in every sense of the word. As for me, I made it through the year perfectly fine. This year marked the first year that I didn’t have to go to classes up at the college even though there was still some drama involving me getting my degree as in why I haven’t gotten it yet even though I was supposed to be done in December 2015. It turned out that there was an error on the part of the college where I was supposed to take a class that was no longer offered at the college as part of my requirements for my degree so I took another class as a substitute course. Thing was that the paperwork was never filed with the registrar’s office so I had to straighten that out. And now that I got it straightened out, I am now set to finally get my Associates Degree from Herkimer College in February. Not in time for Christmas, but in time for my birthday.
I also managed to get out to the movies more in 2016 as opposed to last year where I only saw The Force Awakens. I saw almost every major event movie with the exception of Suicide Squad. As far as the best movie of the year goes, I would have to say that Deadpool was the best movie I saw all year and the Ghostbusters reboot was the worst. The worst movie was actually a tougher call for me because it was either that or Batman vs. Superman which was another movie I was disappointed in. But as opposed to Ghostbusters, Batman vs. Superman had some redeemable qualities. And Ghostbusters I saw for free at Herkimer College so you can’t accuse me of being paid off by Sony.
2016 was a milestone for me as far as my Internet life goes. This year marked ten years since I officially started my journey into the world of social media with my first blog site on Yahoo 360. Also that year, I started my blog site on the Chester Gillette murder case to tie in with the centennial commemoration that year and I also signed up for YouTube that year even though I wouldn’t start making videos until 2008.
On the YouTube front, I was able to do more videos this year. I started out by resurrecting my hour-long format show where I talk about several things at once but I had the same problems as the last time I tried it as far as time goes and also finding stuff to talk about.  Then I tried cutting it back to half an hour and then finally going back to the weekly vlog format I did from 2010-2012. I eventually decided to start up Blackcatloner Reviews as a separate series again and I also decided to review religious movies like God’s Not Dead 2 and Old Fashioned. And I ended the year by replacing the vlog series with a podcast show that is available for free download on iTunes.
In the midst of that, I also discovered a new video sharing site called Vidme which I signed up for in October (ironically around the same time that I signed up for YouTube ten years ago.) As it turns out, my videos got more views on Vidme with each upload there than my more recent uploads on YouTube. That in addition to the crap I had to deal with, especially with the riffs on the Public Domain educational movies and I decided it was time to move on. As of a couple weeks ago, my channel has officially become verified which is pretty much the equivalent of being a YouTube partner.
So why have I decided to go back to writing? Well, I guess it has to do with the fact that I am getting older. Believe it or not, I am inching closer to 40 and I am not getting any younger. In fact, age is part of the reason why I decided to switch to podcasting. Plus, I think that writing again might be better for me because there are some things that are better told either through written word or podcast rather than video. But don’t worry, I haven’t fully abandoned video making entirely. I’m still doing the reviews show as videos plus some other things as well.
This year, I will also be hitting some milestones. In addition to me finally graduating from Herkimer College, this year marks ten years since I launched my official website which is on WordPress even though I started it on Blogger first. This year also marks twenty years since I graduated from Red Hook High School. So who knows what else will happen this year? I guess that’s part of the reason why I decided to start this new blog. So, we’ll see how this goes.
Now I know what you’re thinking: “How do you find time for all this stuff?” If it’s something you enjoy doing, you make the time.
And for the record, I didn’t see the ball drop this year so I ended up watching Taxi Driver instead. I’m normally not one for making resolutions but I probably should consider eating better. I eat out frequently but eating at McDonald’s and Burger King is kind of a necessary evil because they have free Wi-Fi. I should probably give up on online dating as well. But as far as online dating goes for me, I have had no success and no matter how much I try to quit it, it’s like an itch you can’t help but scratch. Not to mention that at my age it’s not getting any easier. Again, we’ll just see what happens.
So here’s to what I’m hoping will be another good year. And I hope to keep up this blog for as long as I can.

It’s a Deadpool, Breakfast Club, Fair Use Kind of Thing

This week’s episode features a review of Deadpool, an editorial of The Breakfast Club, more Fanboy News, a response to the Nostalgia Critic’s video about the YouTube copyright system, and I get to try Burger King’s new Grilled Dog and their answer to the Oreo Irish Mint Shake.

Q & A: Team Blackcat Pwns Team Edward

Well, here it is, my latest Q & A vlog is now up. This is my first original video since going on my year-long hiatus from video making. I was in the process of writing this video when the computer I was using ended up losing its sound which rendered me unable to make videos. But now that I’m back with a new camcorder and new editing software, get ready because I’m back and ready to hit the Interwebs hard. So if you have 20 minutes to spare, hope you enjoy this. So without further ado, here we go.

Q: Would you rather date a lot of different people, or be in a committed relationship?

A: At this point in my life, I think it would be best if I was with a lot of different people as opposed to being in a committed relationship with a girl who is absolutely wrong for me.

Q: If you were given the money to start a new business, what business would you open?

A: A film studio.

Q: How many languages do you speak?

A: Primarily I speak English but I also took Spanish in high school. I’m at least 14 years out of practice. lol

Q: What’s your favorite season of the year?

A: Summer. Hot weather, hot chicks, awesome times.

Q: If you were offered the job of U.S. president would you take the job?

A: No. In fact, right now it looks like I may not be voting in this year’s elections for the first time since 1996. It’s shaping up to be one of those “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” elections.

Q: What was your favorite TV show as a child?

A: There was so many. I was a fan of Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider, Garfield, the 60’s Batman series, The A-Team, Greatest American Hero, Star Trek (both original and The Next Generation)… list goes on and on. I was a child of the 80’s. It was the best decade for TV, the best decade for movies, and the best decade for music. 80’s FTW.

Q: Have you ever been fired? If so why?

A: Not yet. I quit a couple of jobs though. I worked at McDonald’s as a second job for a month in 2001. I quit because they didn’t give me enough hours and I quit Stop and Shop in 2002 because I was moving up to the Mohawk Valley.

Q: What does your average day consist of?

A: Sleep, work, Internet, school and whatever else happens.

Q: What’s your favorite genre of music?

A: Top 40 music and 80’s music. Once again, 80’s FTW.

Q: If you had a personalized license plate what would it say?

A: 1LONECAT

Q: Butter side up or butter side down?

A: Butter side up.

Q: Would you rather own a luxury yacht or a private jet?

A: If I had the money, I’d take both.

Q: Do you consider yourself athletic?

A: Well I do work out with weights and walk, but I don’t really play sports. So I guess you can say I’m sorta athletic. lol.

Q: What would be your favorite Charlie Sheen-inspired cocktail? Would it be made by a Warlock with Tiger blood? Whatever your choice make sure it’s a winning one!

A: It would be a Major League Wall Street Special w/ a 2 1/2 Hot Shot lemon twist. Is that winning enough for you? lol.

Q: If a genie granted you three wishes, what would you wish for?

A: To be rich, to find true love, and to be successful.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from this past summer?

A: I haven’t really have too many memories from this summer since this summer has officially started but my favorite memory from last summer was when I went to the Boxing Hall of Fame.

Q: Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego?

A: Haven’t seen her in eons. Must’ve retired or something. lol

Q: If you could immediately change one thing about current affairs, social policy, and so on but it had to be something that didn’t directly benefit you, what would it be?

A: The economy.

Q: Do you believe in karma?

A: Yes I do.

Q: How would you tell your crush that you like them?

A: Best just to say it flat out.

Q: What’s your favorite saying?

A: “One lone cat against a big bad world,” which as many of you already know (unless of course you’re new to my videos) is the very definition of my username.

Q: What is the most difficult job you can think of?

A: My current job. lol

Q: How do you like your eggs cooked for breakfast?

A: Overeasy.

Q: Who are your top 5 favorite rappers of all time?

A: Eminem, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Tupac.

Q: Where’s the best place in your hometown to get a great burger or milkshake?

A: Outside of Mickey D’s or Burger King, I would have to say Empire Diner. Not sure if they serve milkshakes or not. lol.

Q: If you have kids, are you gonna let those little bastards play video games?

A: Depends on what video games I let them play. lol.

Q: If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get?

A: Pizza.

Q: Which do you like better – football (NFL) or football (soccer)?

A: Not a fan of either, but I would have to go with the NFL on this one.

Q: How do you generally get around – walk, bike, drive, public transportation or some other way?

A: Usually walk. My travel is very restricted.

Q: What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

A: I know it’s a bit late for Christmas (or early depending on your point of view since we are already halfway through the year) but I’ll answer the question anyway: Chocolate chip.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about staying in a hotel over the holidays?

A: I don’t usually stay in hotels over the holidays but it would be really nice if I did.

Q: If you could kiss any celebrity at midnight on New Year’s Eve, who would it be?

A: So many, but I think this year I’d have to go for Scarlett Johansson.

Q: What fast-food restaurant do you visit most often?

A: I usually visit McDonald’s and Burger King most often.

Q: What would you do if you saw that a friend had a piece of food stuck between his or her teeth?

A: Offer a toothpick?

Q: What is the first word that you said as a baby?

A: Not sure. Can’t really remember too much until I was 2. And that reminds me of a quote that I learned during my first semester at HCCC. My writing professor said that no matter how bad of a day you have had and you go around thinking that the day you had was the worst day of your life, keep in mind that you already survived the worst day of your life: The day you were born. Thankfully a lot of us don’t have memories of us being born. If we did, chances are we’d all be in therapy.

Q: Last time you got a portrait taken by a photographer?

A: I think it was my senior portrait waaaaaaay back in the 1996-97 school year at Red Hook High School.

Q: Could you eat a pizza right now?

A: There’s always time for pizza.

Q: And this is a Twilight question, folks. Breaking Dawn: Part 1 came and went in theaters and of course I did not go and see it and I’ll take your word for it that it sucked and it’s safe to say that I’m definitely not going to see Part 2 when it comes out later this year. Then again, it’s not really required to see the Twilight movies to know they suck. But I will answer this age-old question for you since I know you like it when I rip on Twilight: Are you Team Edward or Team Jacob?

A: Neither. I’m Team Blackcat. However, since I’ve heard about how badly Jacob (supposedly the nice guy in the franchise) has been portrayed throughout the franchise and the fact that the girl would choose the sparkly emo whatever he is over over the nice guy is so disturbingly like real life it’s not even funny. And since I’ve been in that situation many a time, I guess you could say I’m Team Jacob.

Q: Is masturbation cheating?

A: No. In fact, some people are aroused by that.

Q: Do you eat dairy products?

A: Some dairy products. Not that I’m vegan or anything like that. I just don’t like certain cheeses and not a fan of milk.

Q: Do you use Google Plus?

A: Yes. I’m on Google Plus. The link is in my Links/Contacts section on this blog.

Q: Between “The Hunger Games,” “Harry Potter” and “The Twilight Saga,” which is your favorite?

A: I’m not too familiar with the Hunger Games series and I’m pretty sure you know by now how I feel about Twilight, so I have to say Harry Potter all the way! Although I do think in all fairness that the Hunger Games movie looks very interesting and I might check it out but I’m gonna wait till DVD for that, not to mention Jennifer Lawrence (the hot girl who stars in the Hunger Games is much hotter than Kristen Stewart. I’m sorry, but Kristen Stewart doesn’t really do anything for me. Just sayin’.

Q: What was your best subject at school?

A: In high school it was English and Spanish. So far in college I think it was my writing class during my first semester last year.

Q: Rock, paper or scissors?

A: Rock.

Q: What do you put on your French fries?

A: If it’s store-bought French Fries or fries at a restaurant, I usually put ketchup on them, but if it’s at Mickey D’s or BK, I just eat them plain.

Q: Have you ever been a victim of bullying?

A: I’m pretty sure everyone at one time or another has been bullied. Yes, I have been bullied before but looking back, it wasn’t as bad as the cases of bullying that affect the world today.

Q: Zombie, werewolf, or vampire?

A: Zombie. The werewolf and vampire genre is pretty much dead now, thanks to a certain franchise that will remain nameless. (sneezing) Twilight!

Q: Did you make any New Year’s resolutions this year? If so, have you stuck with them so far?

A: Yes. One of my resolutions is to get back to making videos in 2012 and now that I have my new laptop and HD camcorder, I am actually meeting that goal. As far as the working out resolution goes, I’m definitely not having a problem with that one since I had gym last semester and I have access to the Fitness Center during the summer. I also have another gym course next semester since I need two credits in gym to graduate. So that will definitely not be a problem.

Q: What do you do to stay fit?

A: I walk and lift weights at the HCCC gym. And when I go outdoors from spring to fall, I go for walks on the Canal Trail. Not to mention as I said earlier that I walk pretty much everywhere.

Q: “Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming.” In case you don’t know, that’s a quote from Matthew Arnold. Do you think it’s better to be and become?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you think a movie or restaurant makes for a better first date?

A: Either one would work well for me.

Q: What message would you want to put in a fortune cookie?

A: What a wise man (Clint Eastwood) once said: “You’re shit out of luck!”

Q:  What piece of clothing in your closet will you never throw away?

A: My leather jacket.

Q: What song do you sing in the shower?

A: I don’t sing in the shower. Can’t sing to save my life.

Q: Do you watch Glee?

A: Nope. I could care less about Glee. It’s pretty much a less kid-friendly rip-off of High School Musical done in TV series format.

Q:  Is there such a thing as too much chocolate?

A: One can never have too much chocolate. lol.

Q: Do you ever think that you have a “calling” that you are supposed to answer?

A: Yes I do. I’m kinda doing it right now.

Q: Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?

A: Cookie Monster.

Q: What is your favorite comeback story?

A: When Michael Jordan left basketball in the early 90’s to pursue a baseball career and then deciding to come back to basketball over a year later and led the Bulls to another 3 NBA championship titles.

Q: Do you have a special diet like vegetarian, halal, kosher, gluten-free, etc? How long have you kept it for?

A: Nope. I still eat what I want. But I am starting to eat a little healthier.

Q: See any good movies?

A: Last one I saw in theaters was The Avengers. There’s a few coming out this year that I wanna check out. And no, Breaking Dawn: Part 2 is not on the short list. More like the Spider-Man reboot, The Dark Knight Rises, Expendables 2, the new Bond movie “Skyfall…” I could go on.

Q: Frogs: Friend or foe?

A: I don’t think frogs are that bad actually.

Q: How old is too old for a teddy bear?

A: I guess never.

Q: Have you ever been horseback riding?

A: Yes, when I was a kid.

Q: Have you ever been to San Francisco? What’s your favorite spot in your hometown?

A: Nope. Haven’t been anywhere in Cali yet. Don’t really have a favorite spot in my hometown.

Q: Do you have the moves like Jagger?

A: I haven’t danced since 8th grade so I have no idea.

And now let’s move on to the Meetme questions:

Q: What’s the most expensive gift you’ve ever got for someone else?

A: I haven’t really bought anything expensive for anyone to tell you the truth.

Q: How do you learn to love again when the one you loved the most has betrayed you?

A: Very hard question to answer. Sometimes you can’t. Something like that is never easy to get over.

Q: Are you left-handed or right-handed?

A: Right-handed.

Q: What is one trait you could not put up with in another person?

A: Being controlled by them.

Q: What’s your favorite flavored Pringles?

A: Ranch. Basically I don’t discriminate against Pringles. I can down a whole can of those in one sitting without gaining weight. It’s one of those few products that actually live up to its tagline: “Once you pop, you can’t stop.”

Q: What are the best relationships based on in your opinion: Friendship or physical attraction?

A: Either one is about the same to me.

Q: Do you chat on Yahoo?

A: Not really, although I am on Messenger.

Q: What’s the most played song on your iPod?

A: Actually I don’t have an iPod. I can’t afford it.

Q: Have you ever had a crush on a coworker? And if so did it work out?

A: Yes, several times between two different jobs. And neither one of them worked out. Long story on both of those and I don’t really want to make this longer than it needs to be.

Q: If you knew you were going to die tomorrow, what would you do today?

A: Whatever I want.

Q: You’re eating alone and you look across the room and there is a girl sitting alone. You think you might know her. Do you approach the girl or shrug it off?

A: Depends on the situation. She may want to be alone.

Q: If the Pope poops, is it holy crap?

A: It could be.

Q: Your boyfriend or girlfriend says “I love you” first. How do you respond?

A: With the words, “I love you too.”

And like I said earlier, now that I’m back making videos, I have a lot planned for this coming week. Among them is the long-awaited episode of The Adventures of Blackcatloner, which I am hoping to start up again sometime soon.

Q & A: Humanity Ends in 10 Years!

Here is the latest Q & A vlog featuring yet more questions from my Formspring account and my Myyearbook.com. Anyway, let’s get started.

Q: What’s the story behind your Formspring username, which is as always, Blackcatloner?

A: It’s the same name I have used on all my Internet accounts since I created my email address in 2005. “Blackcatloner” is defined as “One lone cat against a big bad world,” but it’s basically the definition of my life to date.

Q: What was your first paying job?

A: A cashier at Grand Union in Rhinebeck, NY. I worked there from September 1997 until March 2001 when it became Stop and Shop (same building as GU) where I worked from March 2001 until I moved to Central New York in September 2002.

Q: What accomplishment are you most proud of?

A: All my accomplishments online (blogging, YouTube, etc.)

Q: What’s the worst show on TV?

A: Teen Mom.

Q: Would you rather be the best player on a losing team or the worst player on a winning team?

A: Worst player on a winning team.

Q: What three things do you think will become obsolete in the next ten years?

A: Marriage, television, and not sure what else, although a co-worker I added on Facebook suggested that humanity as we know it will become extinct in ten years. I can see where that’s going.

Q: Would you rather swim in a pool or the ocean?

A: The ocean.

Q: Cats or dogs?

A: Cats.

Q: What historical time period would you most like to visit?

A: The future.

Q: If you could change your name, what would you change it to?

A: Now that you mention it, I have been considering legally changing my name to Blackcatloner.

Q: Where’s your favorite place to buy clothes?

A: Yard sales and rummage sales at churches, which is actually the only time anyone should go to church.

Q: Would you rather be really hot or really cold?

A: Really hot because as I always say: “Hot weather brings out hot chicks.”

Q: What do you think about formspring.me so far?

A: I think it’s really awesome, especially since it gives me material for my Q & A videos on YouTube.

Q: What movie can you watch again and again and never get sick of it?

A: Taxi Driver. I could watch that DVD over and over and over and over again. It’s a really good movie and it only gets a bad rap because of that Hinckley douchebag who tried to kill then-President Reagan so he could score with Jodie Foster.

Q: What’s your earliest memory?

A: Seeing Empire Strikes Back (the original version) when I was 2 years old.

Q: What TV show do you wish would go off the air for good?

A: Barney. Apparently they still haven’t killed that purple dinosaur yet.

Q: Who and when was your first kiss?

A: No comment.

Q: Who’s the funniest person you know?

A: My friend JJ aka jjthefunnyguy.

Q: Do you believe in fate?

A: Sometimes.

Q: What celebrity would play you in a movie about your life?

A: Noone plays Blackcatloner but me, got it?

Q: What’s the best way to relax after a long day?

A: Hang out online.

And now on to the Myyearbook questions:

Q: What’s the best place to pick up someone?

A: The Internet.

Q: Are you glad Bin Laden is dead?

A: Hell, yeah!

Q: Whopper or Big Mac?

A: I like both of them. I haven’t really had a Whopper in eons because they’ve gotten pretty expensive, but Big Macs are pretty good, especially without cheese. I am not a fan of American or cheddar cheese. I am more of a fan of Italian cheeses instead.

Q: Are you on Facebook?

A: Is water wet? lol. facebook.com/blackcatloner

Q: Should you believe a chronic liar if he admits that he is a chronic liar?

A: Well, if he/she admits it, then yeah.

Q: Is New York boring to you?

A: It can be. After all, I’ve lived in New York State all my life. And it doesn’t look like I’m leaving anytime soon.