01.26.22 “UNBOX’D,” a new series about unboxing vintage games & toys, debuts today on my YouTube page!

Yep. You heard that right. Due to me having issues with my voice, I decided to put "BCB Storytime" on hiatus and instead, I am bringing you another new series, but this one's all about unboxings. What exactly am I unboxing, you ask? Well, vintage games, collectibles, toys, antiques, and mail calls, as well as random items that made me smile. #vintagegaming #youtube

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01.20.22 This week – Two “No Filter” episodes posted on my YouTube page, featuring the Atari 2600 & Mattel Intellivision

Earlier this week, I published two episodes of "no filter' on my #youtube page. In episode #17 on Monday, I brought you the #Atari2600 Showcase Vol. 1, featuring 8 great games for the system. Come check out which ones... I also posted episode #18 on Wednesday, which features the Mattel #Intellivision Showcase Vol. 1, featuring 4 great games. You know the drill....

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01.16.22 Gamers need Colonoscopies, too. (Journal/PSA)

Yes, you read that right. "Gamers need colonoscopies, too!" And as my dad used to often say: "I'm serious as a heart attack!" Well, I had my first colonoscopy two days ago on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 11:45 am. And I'm so glad I did! Read on to find out why this is so important!

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01.13.22 Jabberwocky Blues (Poetry)

A new #poem for you... about being 46, single and feeling a little blue. As one does. "Jabberwocky blues" was written on January 13, 2022 in my poetry book for Jan-Mar 2022, 'New Season.' -BB

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01.07.22 “BCB #24 – Best of 2021 – NYE Special,” “No Filter #15 – Nintendo Wii U w/ Yoshi’s Woolly World,” & “BCB Storytime #5 – Sweet Pea Ch. 5” now up on YouTube!

This past week, I've released three new episodes to my #vintagegaming #youtube channel! "BCB #24" was a #newyearseve special released where I talk about my favorite 5 or 6 vintage gaming consoles & purchases of 2021. In "No Filter #15," I play 'Yoshi's Woolly World' on the Wii U. It's an underrated classic in my... Continue Reading →

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01.01.22 Happy New Year!

Wishing you all a fantastic New Year and I hope you and your loved ones enjoy health and happiness! I'm taking a little break from here until Friday, but I wanted to send everyone wishes! I've been spending the weekend watching Twilight Zone marathons (as I do each year), cooking, playing some Atari, Wii U... Continue Reading →

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12.31.21 “BCB #23 – Holiday Storytime!,” “No Filter #14 – Evercade w/ Psycho Pinball,” & “BCB Storytime #4 – Sweet Pea Ch. 4 – The Glorious Blurry TV Years” now up on YouTube!

This past week, I've released three new episodes on my #vintagegaming #YouTube channel! They are: "BCB #24 - Holiday Storytime! (Bonus Dec 25th Episode!)" which is a break from gaming to discuss two holiday stories from my youth, "No Filter #14 - Evercade w/ Psycho Pinball," where I play this Codemasters Vol. 1 title on... Continue Reading →

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12.30.21 The Blinking Twilights (Poetry, 2020)

Remember when 2021 held such promise? After an extremely bleak 2020 filled with deaths of loved ones and mass confusion the world over, 2021 seemed like a shining diamond on the parched horizons. Did 2021 live up to my expectations? No. Nothing does. With the global pandemic still burning, it's been yet another rough year... Continue Reading →

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12.29.21 Wintertide XVII (Poetry)

It's that time of the year again. Since 2004, I've written this poem annually to do a check on the state of affairs of myself during the holiday season. Here's this year's version. It's "Wintertide XVII" from my poetry book for Oct-Dec 2021, 'Earthly Delights in a Closed Type Universe.' Have a wonderful holiday! -BB... Continue Reading →

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12.27.21 “BCB 22 – Xmas Game Bonanza!,” “No Filter #13 – Atari Jaguar w/ Trevor McFur” & “BCB Storytime #3 – Sweet Pea Ch. 3 – The Birds & The Memaw Beas” now up on YouTube!

The past week on my YouTube #vintagegaming channel has seen the release of many new episodes, including "BCB #22 - Xmas Game Bonanza! Christmas Themed Games" for the holidays, "No Filter #13 - Atari Jaguar w/ Trevor McFur In The Crescent Galaxy," where I play a much-beleaguered Atari Jaguar launch title & "BCB Storytime #3... Continue Reading →

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12.25.21 My Christmas Wish

My Christmas Wish this year is for the world to continually strive to be a better place. My wish is for people to get along, regardless of their political or religious beliefs (or otherwise). My wish is for everything to stop being so political, life's too short. My wish is for everyone to get their... Continue Reading →

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12.20.21 Reach for Fire (Poetry, 2015)

Is falling in love again worth the risk? Is putting your heart on the line worth it when you're in your 40's and have seen and lived every trick in the book? Sometimes, it's like rolling dice, or reaching for fire. This poem was written six years ago on Dec 21, 2015 and was contained in my poetry book, 'Look for the Silver Linings.' Enjoy! -BB

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12.18.21 The Edge of December (Journal)

So here we are! On the edge of December... on the verge of yet another new year. Can you believe it? In this month's journal, I talk about the fast pace of life I've become accustomed to lately. Enjoy!

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12.10.21 The Zing Factor. (Previously Unpublished Journal from 6.7.19)

This is a journal entry from back in June 2019 that was previously unpublished. I thought I'd go ahead and publish it since I hate it when things go unpublished! The moral of the post is... seize the day, and don't hold your breath waiting for tomorrow. Tell your loved ones you love them in the moment! And be the best you can be each day. -BB

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12.09.21 Remembrances of You (Poetry, 2021)

"Remembrances of You" was written about the second anniversary of my Dad's passing. It was written on Dec 5, 2021 in my poetry book, 'Earthly Delights in a Closed Type Universe." Love & miss u always, Dad! -BB

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12.3.21 “No Filter #9 – Atari Jaguar w/ Super Burnout,” “Bubba’s Shoutouts #5 – Bladtez,” & “BCB #19 – Blaze Evercade” up my YouTube page this week!

Hey gang! It's yet another chock-full week of #vintagegaming goodness! 😀 This week, I released "No Filter #9 - Atari Jaguar w/ Super Burnout," "Bubba's Shoutouts #5 - Bladtez," & "BCB #19 - Blaze Evercade - Overview & Gameplay!" Check out some image captures below and visit my YouTube page by visiting my blog! #evercade #retrogaming #gaming #youtube #gameplay #blazeentertainment

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11.30.21 Giving Thanks & Dodging Blanks (Journal)

Over Thanksgiving break, I thought I had Covid (I didn't) and our extended family bailed on us (I'm over it), but we still had a fantastic holiday combo birthday weekend! 😀 Click below for the story. Happy holidays! Get them trees up, yall! xx -BB

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11.21.21 Atari VCS 2020 – One Year Later (Review)

I've been the owner of a 2020 Atari VCS, the new console released by Atari, since Dec 2020. It's quite pricey to buy 'in the wild' and initially had pretty high expectations for us retro gamers. Does the console live up to its expectations one year later for me? Let's find out... #vintagegaming #retrogaming #atari #atarivcs #review

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11.20.21 Five Amazing Vintage Gaming Podcasts & Websites I Adore

Hey guys! Today, I wanted to let everyone know about FIVE amazing vintage gaming podcasts, blogs & websites that I 'read/listen to/watch/leave feedback for' each month (or thereabouts). I also leave personal feedback on three different vintage gaming podcasts. Here they are... #vintagegaming #retrogaming #videogames #atari #atarijaguar #atari2600 #atarilynx #ballyastrocade #atari8bit

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11.17.21 Remote Controlled (Poetry, 1990)

"Remote Controlled" was one of my very first poems I wrote way back in 1990, when I was 14, over 31 years ago. This one's about my Dad and I... his alcoholism at the time and his verbal and physical abuse I endured. We made up years later, thankfully, and became best friends before he passed in 2019.

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11.07.21 May I Borrow You For a Minute? (Poetry, 2021)

"May I Borrow You For a Minute?" was written on October 23, 2021, and is contained in my personal poetry book for Oct-Dec 2021, 'Earthly Delights in a Closed Type Universe.' It's about tortured souls and what not, and how they like to feed off people's energy. I did that for a long time myself (can we say, my entire 30's?) Anyhow, growing up is all about self-awareness and changing your ways, becoming a better version of yourself, as I like to do every year. (haha) Enjoy. -BB

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11.3.21 The More Melancholy Aspects of an Interpersonal Relationship (Poetry, 1999)

For your perusal is this turbulent poem from way back in August 1999, when I was a drug addict, living on the streets of Dallas. (It originally appeared on my blog, Ballistik, on LiveJournal, where I used to blog for 10 years, from 1995-2005.) This poem was written five years after my dear friend Kevin drowned in a hot tub in 1994. I was going through drug withdrawals at the time and was contemplating suicide when I wrote this. (I've been clean for 21 years so this is no longer who I am, but I just thought I'd share. We all have our rock bottom, and this was one of mine.) -BB

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