Six Degrees of Dio: Ice-T/Body Count

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Here’s a feature I haven’t done in a while. The premise of Six Degrees of Dio is basically the Kevin Bacon game except it connects various bands back to my all time metal idol, the late Ronnie James Dio. Previously I’ve done bands like Judas Priest and Iron Maiden who perform the same genre of music as Dio. Now I thought I would focus on acts that you wouldn’t think could be connected to Dio, for example rapper Ice-T.

Now Ice-T did have the metal band Body Count but that’s not how he’s connected to Dio. Ice-T did a guest rap on the Black Sabbath song ‘The Illusion of Power’ on the 1995 Black Sabbath album Forbidden. And as we all know Dio was also in Black Sabbath. Here is that song…

Now I know some people are going to get butthurt over the fact that I’ve even mentioned Body Count because of the song ‘Cop Killer’. While I may not agree with the lyrics of cop killer I’d be a hypocrite if I said that song shouldn’t exist while a ton of metal bands have written way worse lyrics. Anyway here’s Body Count with ‘There Goes The Neighborhood’. (NSFW Lyrics)

If you can think of a band or act that can be connected to Dio let me know and I’ll use it for a future post.

All hail his name \m/

All hail his name \m/

Review of the Haus Personal Vaporizer Single Tank

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I’ve talked about the Haus Personal Vaporizer before. I bring it up because I was in Wal-Mart the other day and I thought I would check out one of their tanks, or clearomizer if you will, out of curiosity. The retail price was $7.95 and you know what? It’s a pretty decent tank. It holds a ton of juice and fit on both my eGo and Itaste batteries. It feels well put together too.

Now would I recommend this to an advanced vaper who knows how to change the coils in their tanks? No. However I would definitely recommend it to beginners and it’s also convenient if you find yourself tankless at 2am and know that you can run down to your local Wally World to get one.

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For the two of you who are actually reading this site it now has its own Facebook page.

Trench Reviews The Flash

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***SPOILERS AHEAD***

Ok, I’m over Barry Allen being so young. That said I kind of lied the first episode but I thought it suffered the same problem the first episode of Gotham did, shoving too much into one episode. I know origins are overdone in comic book adaptations but I would have preferred more of a slow burn (no pun intended) of Barry getting to know his powers and not just mastering them in one episode. Also I hope they didn’t kill off Weather Wizard but if you’re going to kill one of The Rogues I’d guess he’d be the guy to go.

What I did like is that I thought at the start they were tipping us off to the killer of Barry’s mom with Jesse L. Martin’s partner until the end sort-of-maybe reveal?

So while the first episode was a little problematic I’m looking forward to the rest of the season so far.

Trench on the new Captain America and Thor

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***SPOILERS AHEAD***

So last week Marvel Comics finally debuted Sam Wilson aka Falcon as the new Captain America. They even had a little fun with the non-reveal which I thought was kind of clever. While Sam has not been in action yet as Cap it looks like he’s keeping his Falcon wings. Not to be Comic Book Guy about it but I don’t like him having both the wings and the shield. It seems like that Marvel is setting him up to be a second-rate Cap. Fanboys everywhere will say “Well Steve Rogers didn’t need wings to be Captain America.” Then again unlike most fanboys I can admit when I’m wrong so he may be the greatest Cap ever but that remains to be seen.

Marvel also revealed the new female Thor, sort of. It’s still a mystery as to who she really is. Marvel kind of dropped some hints but I think that might be a red herring. The part I didn’t like was the Thor we all know and love supposedly losing his arm to Maleketh. I really hope that this isn’t akin to when Aquaman lost his hand. That’s one of the few good things the New 52 corrected.

So basically it’s still too early to say whether or not either character is a success yet and that’s a good thing not only for fans but for comics in general. It keeps us buying and reading comics but we’ll see if these are watershed moments in Marvel Comics history or just another cash grab.

Trenchcast Episode 1: Domestic Violence

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In my new podcast I discuss my experience with domestic violence for Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

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17 years of bringing the truth

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On this day 17 years ago I published my first hand typed snippets of HTML known as a website from a one room apartment on the South Jersey shore. On this day in 1997 the persona that would become to be known as Trench Reynolds was created.

Thank you all for your support over the many years.

Trench Reviews Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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***POSSIBLE SPOILERS MAYBE?***

With most superhero movies you have to sacrifice something vital to the comic book that doesn’t necessarily work on the big screen, this movie did not have that problem. Almost everything from the comic translated seamlessly to the movie and the minor things they did change worked for the better.

As far as I am concerned this is the new standard that all superhero movies need to be held to. Unlike The Avengers there was no slowdown in this movie. I was transfixed from start to finish. Since I read the comic I was aware of what the big reveal was going to be but I was still, anxious waiting for the moment to happen.

I can’t recommend this movie enough. If you don’t like this movie you hate America and freedom and are probably a member of Al-Qaeda.

Trench Reviews Gotham

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***SPOILERS ABOUND***

I liked it. I thought the casting of Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock was brilliant and the guy who plays Penguin is great as well. My only problem with the premier episode is that jammed too many references into one episode. One of the great things about Arrow is that they limit those geek references to about one per episode. In this initial episode of Gotham we were given glimpses of Catwoman, Riddler, Poison Ivy and Joker. We get it, this is Gotham City.

The other thing is that I hope they’re not leaving the investigation of the Waynes’ murder as is. It could be a season long or even series long story arc and it kind of felt like they just dropped it at the end of the episode.

However all in all so far so good.

Trench on ‘surprise’ medical charges

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Lately an article from the New York Times about surprise medical charges has been making the rounds on Facebook. Once again people are taking the article at face value without doing any further research. Luckily for you I’m here to tell you the real deal as I call upon my 20+ years experience in the healthcare field. If you doubt my credentials they just happen to be that I worked for a major health insurance company for ten years and for the next 15 I’ve been working in various medical clerical positions mostly including medical billing.

The article seems to be mostly focused on one man’s plight when he received a rather astronomical bill for a surgery that he had. The charge was for an assistant surgeon who was out of his insurance’s network. The article gives the impression that there is no recourse even though there is.

First off this is a rare occurrence in my experience. If you going to have surgery in a hospital that is in your network and the primary surgeon is in your network then the odds are that the assistant surgeon will be in your network too. If the assistant surgeon is not in your network a majority of the time the insurance company is willing to make a deal with the doctor and most doctor’s offices are more than willing to work with the insurance company. The article also seems to give the impression that doctor’s will know ahead of time they they’ll need an assistant surgeon. Usually an assistant surgeon is called in during the surgery when an anomaly or difficulty is discovered. Also if you read deep into the article you’ll find that the man’s insurance company did end up paying the assistant surgeon’s fee.

Here’s the one tip that everybody needs to keep in mind. Doctor’s do not know how billing procedures work. They are usually too involved in treating the patient to worry about each individual insurance policy covers. That’s what medical billers and coders are for and most of us bust our asses to get the most benefit from your insurance company.