Doritos’ “Boldest Thanksgiving Recipe” actually looks pretty tasty

I’ve been running this website for a long, long time and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Thanksgiving-themed video contest before.  That’s strange because the concept is just so easy.  “Hey Product X fans, tell us why you’re grateful for Product X and you could win a giant turkey stuffed with hundred dollar bills!”  Well, Doritos did run a Thanksgiving contest this year and they just announced the results.  They were looking for  holiday recipes that included Doritos.  I don’ know your grandma feels about side dishes full of orange chips but if I showed up and my Nana’s place with a Doritos dish she’d probably fake a seizure and drop it on the floor.  But the video that won the $3,500 grand prize actually looks pretty good…obvious…but good.  And I mean God Damn, this is the most obvious Doritos recipe anyone, anywhere could think of.  It’s basically just a taco pie with Doritos on top.  In fact, if you  you google “Doritos Taco Casserole” you’ll find tons of similar recipes.  But at least the video is well-made.  I can’t embed the video so click the image below to watch it on the Legion of the Bold site.

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That looked sort of tasty, right?  I don’t know if I’d make it for Thanksgiving but I’ll definitely whip one up if I get invited to 420 day fest.

Tongal and Project Greenlight Digital Studios want to produce the next great animated series

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Hot news from Tongal:  Project Greenlight Digital Studios and Tongal are teaming up to find and produce the “next great animated series.”  Right now they’re looking for an original concept that can be developed into a new show.  The judges are looking for “unforgettable characters, fun conflict, compelling storylines, engaging worlds, and clever points of view.”  Translation:  They want to create the next Rick & Morty.  God bless them.  Here’s the fine print:

Now through December 14, submit your idea in a one-to-three minute pitch video. Five finalists will be selected and awarded $5,000 each to create a “proof of concept” based on their original animated series idea. The public will have a chance to vote for the winning idea on tongal.com, along with a panel of industry judges. The creator of the winning series idea will then receive $70,000 to produce an 11-minute pilot episode based on their concept.

To submit a pitch, head here:  https://tongal.com/project/nextgreatanimatedseries

The 2016 Chicago SantaCon is on for December 3rd!

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If you’ll indulge me for a moment, I have some personal business to discus.  I’ve been to the Chicago SantaCon maybe 5 or 6 times over the past 10 years but this year I’m helping to promote the event.  So, if you live in the Chicagoland area and you enjoy Christmas, beer, dressing up like Santa Claus, having fun, walking around in the cold, caroling, beer, making merry and beer, you may want to check out this year’s SantaCon.  If you’re unfamiliar with the concept, Santa Con is basically a big Chrismasy bar crawl.  They happen all over the world but it seems like Chicago does one of the best ones.  It’s not as sloppy and stupid as the one in New York but it’s also not as tame as some of the Santa Cons that happen in other cities.  I think it’s just the right level of ridiculous.  The word is that some guy is running a second Santa Con in a different part of the city but ours is the real deal.  It’s the original Chicago Santa Con and it’s been around since 2005.

The 2016 schedule has just been released.  Here it is:

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016:

Noon to 1:00PM – Congress Plaza Hotel Bar.  520 S Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL.

1:00 to 1:15PM – Steps of the Art Institute for photos and caroling.

1:15 to 2:30PM – Beef and Brandy and The Bar Below.  127 S State Street.

2:30 to 3:30PM – Santa takeover at The Bean/Cloud Gate at Millennium Park

3:30 to 4:30PM – Bar Louie – River North.  333 N. Dearborn Street.

4:30 to 6:00PM – Adelines (Formerly Celtic Crossings). 751 North Clark Street.

6:00 to 8:00PM – Brehon Pub 731 N Wells St # 1

8:00 and beyond – General Shennanigas

If any VCN actually want to go this year, let me know and I’ll buy you a drink!

Bunch O Balloons “Secret Weapon” winners

2016 is a weird time to be a kid.  On one hand they have incredible toys and gadgets and an endless supply of tv shows and youtube videos to watch.  On the other hand, Donald Trump just got elected president.  I’m not sure MineCraft/Avengers is really exciting enough to offset the fear/panic some kids will feel under a Trump/Pence administration.  Maybe some “Bunch O Balloons” will help?  If you haven’t seen then, Bunch O Balloons are these new waterballoons that you would have killed to play with when you were little.  You can fill up dozens of them at once and then the balloons somehow seal themselves shut. The company just wrapped up their first video contest and here’s the entry that won the $2,500 grand prize.



Ahh, wasn’t that a pleasant look back at a sweeter, more innocent time?  I really miss the good ole’ days of 2 months ago.  Everything seemed possible back then….we were going to have the first female president,  a liberal supreme court, and new alt-right TV network named Trump TV that we could all mock and revile.  Sigh….well at least we still have water balloons that seal themselves.

Libertarianism.org’s 2016 video contest winners

Happy Election Day Eve, everybody!  24 hours from now we’ll probably know who the next president will be.  This election year has been totally bananas and I’m glad I got to live through it.  I think future Americans will still be talking about and writing about Clinton V. Trump a hundred years from now.  And an amusing footnote to most of those stories will be the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson.  2016 was supposed to be the Libertarian’s big year!  All the pundits thought Johnson would pull in big numbers of people who didn’t want to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush.  But ooops, the republicans nominated a straight up loony bird and Johnson proved he didn’t really know anything about anything so the Libertarian’s hopes fizzled out months ago.

Oh well, there’s always next time (unless Trump wins and he cancels the 2020 election so Ivanka can take over.)  For now I figured I’d give the Libertarians one last chance to shine and post the winners of the Libertarianism.org video contest.  For this contest, filmmakers were supposed to explain what makes them passionate about liberty.  The top three videos won $4,000 each.  Here they are:







See you all in the future! Have a safe and fun election day. Be sure to take a drink every time a state turns blue and say a prayer whenever a state turns red. And if the Libertarians somehow win a state, well I guess you should do a big bong rip and fire an assault rifle into the air.