August 22, 2012
Fully Fantasy Football: Wide Receivers

By J. Goodman

We’ve gone through the QBs and RBs, the WRs are up next. Those balletic speedsters tip-toeing the sidelines, one-hand grabbing, screen-pass catching, over-the-middle soaring all for the sake of the team….team. [Ed. note: Holy obscure reference!]

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August 21, 2012
Overheard in New York City: August 21st, 2012

By J. Goodman

A lot of people, who don’t live in New York City, come and visit and then go back home and say to friends and family: “It was fun, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

Hey! That’s my home, asshole!

But I know what you mean.

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August 20, 2012
College Football Preview: Part 1

By Lawrence Lyman

Why does the St. Johns River flow north? [Ed. note: beats me]

If you know the answer to that question, then you know the best time of year is almost here. College football season: when you eat tasty tailgate food and drink way too much, often with your closest friends, and you get presents like Jarvis Moss blocking three kicks to beat South Carolina and Mark Richt’s childish attempts at coaching at the World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party.

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August 20, 2012
Fully Fantasy Football: Running Backs

By J. Goodman

It used to be you entered your draft knowing what to do: RB-RB, back to back. Simple. Get your stud running backs and worry about round 3 when it got to you. A lot has changed the past couple seasons. The NFL’s rule changes and coach’s playbooks are intersecting to highlight the pass more and more. Injuries among running backs are up (or at least seem to be) and teams are responding by moving towards the dreaded running back-by-committee. When it comes to fantasy sports, you never want to see ‘by-committee’ - it just Hydrogen bombs all value.

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August 16, 2012
Don’t Call It a Comeback 13: Notes From a Last Place (Fantasy) Team

By Dre Rivas

They say all good things must come to an end. Sometimes we don’t get to decide how. That’s just life. You’re born, you’ll die. A sun rises and then sets. All good things. Like HBO’s Deadwood.  A beautiful sentence. Your best date. A greatest baseball game you saw this season. Crowds come and they go. All that’s left is an empty stadium. They all come to an end, these things. Anyway, that’s what they say.

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August 15, 2012
FILM DISTILLED: The Untouchables
One of my favorite movies with a great Ennio Morricone score. We thought this movie and this quote were quite relevant, given certain goings ons the last few weeks.
*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: The Untouchables

One of my favorite movies with a great Ennio Morricone score. We thought this movie and this quote were quite relevant, given certain goings ons the last few weeks.

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

August 14, 2012
The ‘Gang’nam is All Here

By J. Goodman

Here at Fully Operational we’re always operating. It’s like a tautology. We are also sometimes late to the party. That’s what happens when you’re always operating, some things go by unnoticed.

Take our admired pal Krispy Kreme, for example. His landmark video ‘The Baddest’ had already exceeded 1 million views by the time we came to it.

Well, there’s another viral music video dominating the web (closing in on 30 million views). One with drastically better production values - because it’s an actual music video.

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August 13, 2012
Fully Operational’s 1st Annual Summer Movie Awards

Summer is almost over and now is as good a time as any to conduct our first ever Summer Movie Awards. Like most awards, ours need a good name. Oscars/Academy, SAG, Golden Globes. These are all well known. Our awards must become equally recognizable. It begins with the name. But what name can signify the ingenuity and insightfulness that has become Fully Operational’s trademark?

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August 13, 2012
Monday Morning Quarter-Baking: Lunchables

By J. Goodman

Remember Lunchables? Me neither. Growing up we didn’t get Lunchables. We had a brown bag with a pack of Sunmaid raisins, a juice box and a sandwich like peanut butter and jelly, cream cheese and jelly or turkey and cheese…and jelly.

Now, I’m older. I usually don’t pack a bag lunch. Instead, I spend close to $10 a day for fancy sandwiches called paninis, Indian buffet, Thai lunch specials, or if I’m in a pinch chicken and rice from a food cart. It’s cooked on the street by a guy without gloves (who also handles the cash barehanded) and it’s $5 so you know it’s good.

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August 10, 2012
Breaking Bad Season 5: War of the Whites

Get ready for some SPOILERS. Sorry. It can’t be prevented. When we talk about Breaking Bad, we talk about Breaking Bad. We don’t pussyfoot around the storyline like Walter White hiding his 2nd cellphone in the ceiling tiles in 3rd period Chemistry. We get right up in its face like Walter White telling Saul, we’re finished when I say we’re finished.

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August 9, 2012
Get Them More Work: August 9th, 2012

The economy still has a long way to go. Jobs are not as abundant as they need to be. Still, America was founded on principles of merit, effort, talent. Cream rises to the top. These actors are the cream, the creme de la creme. They need jobs. Please help them.

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August 8, 2012
FILM DISTILLED: Full Metal Jacket
We thought we’d kick off your Wednesday morning with a little Kubrick Face.
*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

FILM DISTILLED: Full Metal Jacket

We thought we’d kick off your Wednesday morning with a little Kubrick Face.

*Film Distilled is a weekly series of freeze frames from some classic films (as well as some television) with editorial flourishes by Dre Rivas.

August 7, 2012
Movie Trailer Tuesday: Killing Them Softly, Flight

There is nothing better than, after a long weekend, watching some movie trailers. If only Tuesday could be Monday. So without further ado.

Killing Them Softly:

J. Goodman: Hmm, I don’t know. It looks decent. Some style, some flash, some substance, some one-liners, some Brad Pitt.

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August 6, 2012
Directors and Their Favorite Films: Part I

Brad Brevet over at RopeOfSilicon (one of the few movie websites worth visiting) [Ed. note: you mean, other than this one] has this great post about Sight & Sound magazine’s Top 50 Movies of All Time. The really interesting part is that - separate from the Top 50 - are the Top Ten films from celebrated directors ranging from Quentin Tarantino and Martin Scorsese to Edgar Wright and Bong Joon-Ho. It’s a nice peek inside the mind of some of these guys, seeing what really makes them tick. I recommend checking out the article over at RopeOfSilicon, but in the meantime, J. Goodman and I are going to lightly breakdown some of the director lists the article featured.

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August 6, 2012
Monday Morning Quarter-Baking: Celebrity Tie-Ins

By J. Goodman

Success demands more than a great idea. If that’s all it took, Dre and I would be ka-jillionaires, and every quarter-baking post would set the world on fire. As far as I can tell, that hasn’t happened. You probably also need hard work and dedication. Now, I’m not a business professor, but hard work and dedication are overrated. No, what you really need is a celebrity to sell the shit out of your idea. Push your product. Colbert ‘bump’ your novel. Etc.

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