Evolution of Card Gaming


The history of card gaming goes back thousands of years to earlier civilizations in India, Egypt, and China, the last of which is said to have actually created the playing cards we all know so well. Those are the facts according to HOPC, which also notes that there are Read more

A Christian Contemplation on Suicide


Have you ever heard a truly great preacher? I’m not talking about the stereotypical hell-fire-and-brimstone one the church of olden days churned out. I’m also not referencing the feel-good spiritual gurus who dominate the airwaves now, who seem to be OK with everything except not leaving a donation in Read more

The One that Hurts the Most: Rest in Peace, Robin Williams


Yesterday, we were all shocked and deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Robin Williams. We each simply wanted to share a few words about our experiences with the actor and comedian that brought so much joy and laughter to the world. Some of us talk about Read more

Elvis Week Spotlight: New That's The Way It Is and Viva Las Vegas Digibooks


With this year's Elvis Week kicking off a week from today on August 9 - August 17, The Wise Guise wanted to shine some light on a timely new product from Warner Bros. in the form of an Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Two Disc Special Edition Blu-ray Read more

The Bachelorette Finale: "Why'd You Make Love With Me?"


The Bachelorette finale is in the books. The journey is over. Andi found true love and happiness, and Nick’s hand-drawn storybook found the nearest dumpster in the Dominican Republic. But before we move on, I need to take care of two things. 1) I’m having a hard time writing this post Read more

The Binge-Worthy Shows of the Summer Season


The dog days are here. It’s hot. No need to be outside when it feels like absolute death. So what better to do than park it in front of the TV and catch up on some quality television programming before the Fall TV Season begins. Here are three picks to Read more

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Roundtable: What is the Best Disney Song Ever?

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Alex Beene: Disney’s latest animated feature is one of their biggest hits ever. “Frozen” has made more than $1 billion worldwide, has merchandise selling out in stores nationwide and has kids lining – and parents paying – up to get in on the fun (the wait to see the “Frozen” princesses at Disney World runs an average of two hours!). Read more

The Bachelorette: Meet the Fellas

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Opening night has come and gone. 25 desperate men made the nerve-racking walk from the limo to greet their hopeful bride-to-be, Andi, and five of those men were sent packing… some more emotional than others, (cough) Josh B (cough).

As far as opening nights go, this one was pretty tame, and tame is a nice way of saying boring. Let’s give it a 6/10 – three points for the awkward limo entrances, and three points for the season previews we saw after the show. After all, the season previews are the most important aspect of the first episode.

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Friday Morning Mailbag: LeBron/Durant, World Cup, Star Wars & More

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It’s Friday morning. There’s a lot going on in the world and the month of June will likely bring a few days where we’ll get the U.S. Open at Pinehurst, the start of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and the end of the NBA Finals. And that’s just in the world of sports… not even including the march of Major League Baseball into the All-Star break. The summer movie season is officially getting under way as well. There’s a lot going on. So my alliterative friends have been writing in and asking all sorts of questions. It’s time to answer some of them.

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The Bachelorette 2014: Bio Breakdown

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The sun is back out, summer vacations are just around the corner, and there are a few less pastel v-necks on the shelves — that can only mean only thing…

Ladies and (begrudging) gentleman, its time for The Bachelorette!

That’s right, if you’re thinking that The Bachelor just ended, and how could it already be time for The Bachelorette, then we agree. But hey, there’s nothing we can do about it. We just need to clear our Monday nights and lie to our friends about what we’re doing. Easy breezy.

Andi, the drug busting, crime fighting, Juan Pablo hating District Attorney from Atlanta is primed and ready for her turn to find love, and this time she’s in charge (I picture her saying that in a cheesy promo followed by crossing her arms and turning to the side). I can hardly wait for the staged court room work scenes that they’ll wheel out for the premier.

So who are the lucky 25 fellas that get a shot at wooing the world’s worst dancer?

I’ll break down some of the bios that jumped out at me, highlighting some quick hitters about each walking piece of hair product.

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Love Never Felt So Good

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Last summer’s hit song, Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s “Blurred Lines,” was awesome the first time I heard it. Catchy the next 20 times. But naturally, like most summer jams, it got really, really stale by the middle of June. Then there was the whole Miley Cyrus/Robin Thicke VMA debacle that completely ruined it.

About a week ago, I heard “Love Never Felt So Good” off of Michael Jackson’s posthumous release Xscape. Then I heard the version of the song that featured Justin Timberlake. Immediately I knew this would be the 2014 summer mega-hit.

It’s catchy. It’s danceable. The video is great. It alludes to Jackson’s past videos and features JT doing some signature MJ moves. It’s pretty much the perfect song for the hot summer months. So look for it in the club, on the radio, on the streets, everywhere.

And in about two months, look for it to still be enjoyable. “Blurred Lines” became very easy to hate. “Love Never Felt So Good” will be a song the world is still enjoying years from now. The duet between the King of Pop and who I believe is his heir-apparent is a refreshing change of pace for the inevitable continuous airplay this summer.

If you haven’t heard it, check out the video below. I bet you’ll love it. And I bet you’ll still love it next summer.

Bauer Breakdown: 24 Season 9, Hour 3

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With the return of 24, Joseph is living out his dream of covering a season of Jack Bauer saving humanity from blood-thirsty terrorists of every race and creed week-by-week on the blog. Catch up with last week’s roundtable discussing the two-hour premiere and enjoy this week as Jeremy Wilson and Joseph Williams share their thoughts on the latest time-ticking hour of 24: Live Another Day.

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Another week of 24 is in the books, and they continue to cruise right on with their old tricks. We saw Jack and Chloe teaming up with traffic cameras to find a perp, the CIA staying just a step or two slower than Bauer, and a gut-wrenching minute of stitches being applied to a fresh wound. Surely the stitches are just to get us prepared for some torture scenes further down the road.

We also learned last night who is really running the country – Heller’s chief of staff, Mark Boudreau (Tate Donovan). Through three episodes/hours, Mark has shown that he is the puppet master to a president who is losing his mind – quite literally – and last night he went as far as to forge Heller’s signature. I can’t wait until Bauer swoops in wearing his aviators and leather jacket and steals Audrey from him, but we are several hours away from that scene.

An important part of last night’s episode was the introduction to the terrorists. What an odd group! A redheaded British woman and former wife of a deceased Taliban leader and her house of misfits are preparing to let Hell rain from the sky down on ten of London’s most popular venues. By the way, she’s definitely going to kill her own daughter, right? She held off the urge last night, but the gravedigger can go ahead and grab his favorite shovel, because it’s a done deal.

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Film Review – “Neighbors”

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“Neighbors” has been a bit of an enigma heading into release. When the promotion of a film is centered on Zac Efron taking his shirt off in multiple media appearances, your expectations for high quality may be watered down a tad. And given the fact Seth Rogen’s cinematic record is spotty at best, it’s fair to see why there would be a healthy dose of skepticism for his latest outing. Read more