Wednesday, August 16, 2017

The President's a Moron

Man if you missed the presidents 15 minute press conference on "infrastructure improvements" yesterday you should really check it out. Odds are you've probably been bombarded with quotes from it already but in my humble opinion you really need to watch the whole thing.

The immediate takeaway is that he talk like a child who forgot to study for a book report. For someone who has the best words he sure hooks onto one small phrase and repeats it into the ground. I lost count at the number of times he says he wanted to get the whole story before making a statement. It's especially stupid when you remember he did put out a statement immediately after the events in Charlottesville and it was intentionally garbage. If you take him at his own word he didn't wait to get all the facts to lay blame on "both sides" of the protest there.

It's just all so amazing. Yesterday the president went on national tv and said that there were lots of fine folks on the alt-right side of the protest. I guess they just happened upon the protest being held by nazis and white supremacists by accident? Anyway, I haven't gotten a chance to watch it yet but I've heard this documentary on Charlottesville put together by Vice is pretty much required viewing. I'm going to check it out on my lunch break, for some reason I doubt I'll be less outraged after watching it.

The Amazing thing is this won't hurt the president at all. The odds were pretty good he wasn't getting re-ellected in 2020 anyway and there's zero chance a republican controlled congress is going to impeach him over been too casual with supporting racists. Half of those guys in congress owe their jobs to racists, they're not about to bit the hand that feeds them now. They'll just make some statements for a couple weeks and boom, tax cuts for the rich next month. Ugh, this country is so depressing.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Don't Worry Son...

Monday, August 7, 2017

First Look of Josh Brolin as Cable

A couple hours ago Fox (by way of Ryan Reynolds) released the first couple pictures of Josh Brolin as Deadpool's # frenemy Cable. For those not completely in the know Cable is one of the X-men. He's a mutant from the future sent back in time to stop Apocalypse before his rise to power, kind of like if the Terminator was a good guy. At this point he's probably the most popular/well know mutant to not have appeared in any movie yet. Dude was super popular in the 90s, so much so that he's what a lot of people think of when they think of terrible comics from the 90s. It's too bad, when Cable came out he was different an interesting, it's not Cable's fault that he was so popular they tried giving guns and leather jackets to the Avengers in an attempt to look cool and hip.

But back to the point, Josh Brolin looks really cool here. So much of what Cable is about is just in the way he looks. I mean you don't need to know a thing about him and just by looking at this you can tell he's some sort of grizzled war vet, with cybernetic parts, the glowing eye hints at some mutant powers to come. Here's hoping Deadpool 2 is just as good if not better than the first one. It feels like Fox is just starting to really get a hang of what to do with the X-men, it would be too bad if they took took a set back all of the sudden.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Old Links

Atari’s new Ataribox console will be like an NES Classic. As much fun as it it to imagine an Atari revival this thing looks like it's going to be a huge failure. There are already a half dozen different Atari retro consoles on the market and it's not like anyone is dying to play Yar's Revenge again. Don't get me wrong, I loved my 2600 when I had it but Atari games aren't that fun to play these days. I'll play combat or boxing for a few minutes but that's about it. This thing has Ouya written all over it.

By the by, I know all these links are super old but I bookmarked them and never got around to using them last month. I'd like to say that this month I won't be just as busy and will have more time to blog but that's a total lie. I'll probably be lucky if I get to 10 posts this month.

Frank Darabont's Furious Emails to His Walking Dead Coworkers: 'Fuck You All'. The e-mails they have published here are pretty funny. It's obvious at the time Darabont was writing them he either thought he was getting fired or really wanted to get fired. It's amazing to think looking back on it now that Season 2 was pretty much DOA due to AMC's insistence on cutting the show's budget in half. Now a days its the biggest thing on TV. The showrunners could probably get an old space shuttle if they wanted to do a couple zombies in space episodes.

Star Wars' Firing Reveals a Disturbance in the Franchise. Lots of people wrote about this but the Hollywood Reporter probably had the best breakdown of the exact reasons Lord and Miller were fired from Han Solo. It's pretty interesting stuff and goes to show you Disney is not messing around with the Star Wars franchise. That's probably a good or bad thing depending on your point of view. We're probably never going to see a director go completely off the rails and turn in a crap movie but on the other hand there's no room for a real talented auteur to come in and carve out a piece of lore for him or herself.

Japan’s Most Ridiculous Wrestling Promotion Hits Somewhere Near The Big Time. DDT-Pro Wrestling is crazy pants. Like they have some ultra serious looking matches with some of the hottest young talent around and then they'll follow it up by putting a title on a table. Like literally a figuratively, the table's the champ now. I wish I could justify spending the cash on their subscription service but I'm already spending too much on other stuff every month. In the meantime I'll just have to keep following them on twitter, which is still pretty fun.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

2017 SDCC Cosplay

Our friends at Sneaky Zebra (I say friends because one of them e-mailed me like 3 years ago) posted this cosplay video of last week's big ol San Diego Comic Con. It starts out with a guy firing up his Zune so you know it's going to be good.

Speaking of Zune's did you know Apple officially discontinued the iPod nano and shuffle today? It's tough finding a stand alone mp3 player these days. I know its because the market for them is pretty dried up but it still sucks. I actually prefer using one over just my phone but I know I'm in the super duper minority. The last one I bought was made by some Chinese company I'd never heard of. Maybe I should stock up on them in case they all disappear forever.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Overwatch League Players Will Get Paid

Quite a few months ago I passed along the info on this new Overwatch League thing Blizzard is trying to create. Essentially they're setting up their own Lingerie Football League but it's for video games and there are less wedgies (I assume). Since the official announcement details haven't exactly been flying from camp Blizz but today they had a big blog post that highlights some specifics of the new league. The big one is how much players will make.

The League minimum is 50K and they're requiring team owners to offer health insurance, some sort of 401K/retirement program and housing during the season. That's not bad. I mean it's weird/not weird that they expect you to move into a house with your team. That's pretty standard stuff for professional gaming I guess, but it's certainly not ideal if you want any sort of family life.... which I guess if you did you wouldn't be a professional video gamer, but whatever, I digress.

The minimum salary will be boosted by winnings earned in the league and tournaments. $3.5 million is supposedly up for grabs during the first season. On paper it sounds great, it will be interesting to see if Blizzard can make it all work in practice. One of the big obstacles I see stopping it is presentation. You need viewers for a league like this to work and there's a pretty big difference in watching streams on twitch and actually watching an entire 6v6 match up. Fighting games and strategy games lead themselves to showing all or most of the action on one screen. With an Overwatch tournament you have to be constantly switching first person points of view to tell what's actually happening in a match. The one tournament I watched was ok but it was less than ideal. The presentation leaned heavy on the announcers explaining what was happening.

I wish everyone involved luck, the more professional video gaming out there the better. My son is going to need a job eventually.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok SDCC Trailer

One of the trailers that made a lot of hay at San Diego Comic Con last weekend was this new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok. It's not hard to understand why, it's funny there's some cool looking action and the character/art design is really interesting bad ass.

Almost no one claims the first two Thor movies as their favorites of the Marvel Universe, which is a shame, I think Thor is a much more interesting character than Iron Man or Captain America. Marvel just hasn't found the right mix of action, humor and drama to really connect with the audience. So far Ragnarok looks like it's on the right track. It's like the made a Guardians of the Galaxy movie with the Avengers and Jeff Goldblum.

Friday, July 21, 2017

This comerical for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is perfect

I did not enjoy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 as much as I did the first one, however this commercial for GOTG2 is pretty much the most perfect thing ever. I want to live in this commercial or at the very least get a cool polo/sweater combo like this smooth dude here. If you look closely he has two collars popped. TWO!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Ah! Bear Attack!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

ESPN: Not a Fan of Virtual Butts

Last Sunday ESPN broadcast the EVO 2017: Street Fighter V finals. Yeah, professional video games on ESPN. It's been happening for a while now so that's not the surprise here. The surprise here is that ESPN made a gamer change his fighter's skin because he was playing as Cammy and Cammy has been all about the thong since 1993. Specifically he had to change from Cammy's default outfit to her "formal-wear" DLC outfit.

It's kind of funny to me that ESPN would have an issue with this just a week after they shipped their body issue. That thing is full of butts. Just butts everywhere. Also ESPN shows a lot of Beach Volleyball and while those ladies aren't jumping around in thongs the typical beach volleyball outfit shows a lot of cheek. Maybe they were worried that since this was a video game tournament there would be more kids watching? I don't know, seems like a weird hair to split.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Abandoned Soviet Space Shuttles: Exploring The Unbeaten Path

I think I posted a link a while ago about the abandoned Russian Military base that still houses one of their space shuttles. If I didn't I apologize because this is kind of a cool history thing. Essentially the Soviet shuttle program was abandoned decades ago and the base was just shuttered but a lot of stuff was left in it, including an unfinished shuttle.

The base is pretty well knows but I guess it's not the easiest thing in the world to get to, there's still active Russian security keeping people out of the site. These guys from this YouTube channel I've never heard of made the trek out there and took a ton of cool footage of the base. Apparently they lost a lot of their footage but what they have is well worth taking a quick break from TPS reports.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Get Bent Komo 4

A couple weeks ago John Oliver did a segment on Sinclair Broadcast Group, highlighting how they're requiring stations they own to run conservative editorials and how they're trying to expand their footprint across the nation. Around the same time The Seattle Times also did a story about Sinclair focusing on how a lot of the staff at Komo 4 weren't very happy with the mandates from their new corporate overlords. This whole thing is gross and a pretty good example of how unfettered capitalism and the free market screws all of us.

Crosscut has more about that here.

It used to be that media companies like Sinclair were heavily regulated, it was something like they couldn't own more than 6 stations and never two stations in the same market. If they're allowed to acquire Tribune Media they'll own something like 220 stations including two in Seattle. The only people that's good for are the people that own Sinclair. It's certainly not good for the public, who are supposed to own and control the airwaves.

Anyway watch the John Oliver segment then watch the rebuttal from jackhole Boris Epshteyn. It's amazing that his takeaway is "um actually... terrorism is important". You can't even argue with people like this. They just immediately surround themselves with strawmen. No one is saying Terrorism isn't important Boris, we're saying your terrorism reporting is garbage and is politically motivated. It's a difference any rational person can see.

Gah, I need to stop writing about this and just get back to the salt mine. Thinking too much about this will just ruin my day.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Healthy Dinner

Beastie Boys | Sabotage | Sesame Street Mashup

You're welcome.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Microsoft's Xbox One X Benchmarks Revealed

Digital Foundry did some pretty thorough bench marking on the new X Box One X. Yeah, the video is a bit long but there's a lot to unpack with the new X Box One X, you can't just slap "4K gaming!!!" on the box and be done with it. These days with the millions of dollars companies spend on marketing it can be a bit hard wading through the ridiculous stuff like "enhanced pixels" to get to the actual important stuff like 10% lower rendering times.

Anyway, I'm still kind of on the One X bandwagon. I mean if I have to be dragged back to console because those jerk faces at Rockstar won't publish Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC then I might as well get the best and the shiniest.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Here's a Dollar...

Marvel's Inhumans - Official Trailer

It's a bird, It's a plane, no it's the trailer for Marvel's Inhumans and it doesn't look very good! There's a lot to unpack in this trailer and I don't really have time to write paragraph after paragraph on the Inhumans but yikes, this looks super boring and nothing like the Inhumans I grew up with. I guess the fact that Marvel demoted them from a feature length movie to a TV show that will premier in theaters says a lot about how confident they were in the property.

For those not in the know Marvel comics lore says that hundreds of thousands of years ago, giant space faring aliens called Celestials visited Earth and split the population into Humans and Inhumans. Humans were given the ability to evolve while Inhumans couldn't except through the introduction of a MacGuffin called the Terrigan Crystals. This somehow lead to Humans dominating the planet and Inhumans living in seclusion in a secret base on the moon.

Then 10 years ago Marvel movies started making huge bank and Marvel realized they gave away one of their best intellectual properties in the X-Men and Mutants to Fox for pennies on the dollar. Marvel needed a replacement for Mutants and turned to the Inhumans. The Terrigan Crystals were blown up and a cloud of mist roamed the earth randomly turning people with trace amounts of Inhuman DNA into super powered beings. Agents of SHIELD has done about 3 seasons of TV taking old mutant storylines and applying them to the concept of Inhumans. It's kinda trash and it's my least favorite thing at Marvel right now.

Back to the TV show, man this looks boring. It's like the decided to remake Game of Thrones but without all the violence and sex. Also what's the point of filming a TV show in Imax if all the scenery is going to be super dull? I'll probably check out a couple episodes of the show just because I'm a completist but I can't imagine going to a movie theater and paying 15 bucks to watch it. Good luck with this Marvel, hopefully you get those X-Men rights back soon so we can go back to the Inhumans being all freaky deaky like they should be.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Dog 911...

Are You Ready For Some Mini-SNES Action?

Hot off the heals of it's very successful (and nearly impossible to find) NES Classic, Nintendo has announced that this September they will start selling a mini-SNES. $80 gets you the system, two controllers and 21 SNES Classics including: Super Metroid, Super Mario World, F-Zero, Star Fox and a previously unreleased Star Fox 2.

I'm a bit torn on the whole thing. For $80 I could put together 3 Retro PIs and load up pretty much every SNES title every made for free. Of course as cool as the Retro PI is it never quite feels like the "real thing" and I'm assuming with Nintendo's stamp of approval this is going to feel pretty genuine. I don't know, this Christmas I either want to pick up a Xbox One or a Nintendo Switch, I'm probably better off saving my cash. However if you don't want to go through the hassle of putting together a Retro PI, I'd probably jump on this. Those classic SNES titles are heads and tails better than the NES classics. Excitebike is fun to play for like 10 minutes, but the other day I put in a good 3-4 hours with my son on Legend of Zelda a Link To The Past.

Ah, why even bother thinking about it? This thing will probably be impossible to find in stores and getting one on Ebay will cost like $200. If I ever run across one maybe I'll grab it and try to flip it on ebay myself.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Everyone Play Dead!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7: Trailer #2

Wooohooo CleganeBowl CONFIRMED! Ok.... maybe it's not you know confirmed confirmed, but in this trailer I definitely see Sandor Clegane with a sword looking ready to chop a sucker up in the Dragon Pits outside of King's Landing. I'll eat my hat if he isn't facing off against his zombie brother Sir Strong.

This new trailer is seriously hot fire. The last one they had was cool and all but it didn't show off a ton of action, this trailer is like WHAM POW! Here's some dragons, John Snow is fighting wildlings, THIS ONE DUDE'S SWORD IS ON FIRE. I'm beyond excited.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Mammoth Links

The top ten games to watch for after E3 2017. Lists like this remind me that I need to take a break from Overwatch for a while. Of course then Overwatch starts a new event and I'm all like "I NEED THAT NEW WINSTON DANCING EMOTE" and I'm back to where I started.

The Mammoth Pirates. This is a really interesting photo essay on dudes that hunt for Woolly Mammoth tusks every summer in Siberia. It looks like horrible work, and it pretty much destroying the natural environment but I'll be dammed if I don't think it's cool that there are guys literally harvesting 10,000 year old bones out of the frozen ground. I had no idea that was even possible.

The Untold Story Of WCW’s Glacier, And The Battle To Find Personal Happiness In Professional Wrestling. Warning, this is a very long article. Double Warning, it's also very very good so find a couple minutes in your day to check it out. Glacier was a sort of Mortal Kombat knock off wrestler who worked for WCW back in the late 90s, but the story isn't 100% about him. It's hard to describe but it's sort of a slice of Americana if Americana had to fight off skeleton warriors.

It’s so hot in Phoenix, planes are physically unable to fly. Turns out hot air provides less lift than cooler air and some smaller planes can't get enough lift to safely take off. Science is kinda heartless that way, it doesn't care if you have to get to Flagstaff by 2:30. It's hot, so you're staying put.

As a follow up, I once spent a couple weeks in Phoenix when it was in the high 110s, it might even have reached 120 that summer. It was incredible. You can barely catch your breath its so hot out. No one was outside doing anything, people were barely driving around. It was like a ghost town. Like a fool I tried to go for a bike ride one day, I got 2 blocks from the house and was like NOPE.

Friday, June 16, 2017

How To

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The DuckTales Main Title Sequence

Cartoons are really the only TV Shows that have cool title sequences anymore aren't they? Sitcoms now have cold opens and usually like 5 seconds of a jingle and that's about it. I'm not even sure what Dramas do. I watch a bunch but I can't even remember if say, The Expanse even has a title sequence.

Anyhoo, I like this new version of the classic DuckTales theme and I really like the new art style. If there's some way I can get over the new celebrity voice cast I might actually be able to enjoy this show.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Holy Links

How To Track Down The Holy Grail Of Subarus. I don't have any particular interest in Subarus but this article about a pilgrimage to Car Do Subaru Mitaka a Subaru dealer outside of Tokyo is pretty cool. Someday I'd like to have a car that has a really active community like Subaru does. Nothing against my Mazda 6 Wagon but there's not a lot of 6 Wagon clubs in Western Washington. I mean there totally should be, but people don't know what's cool around here.

What Microsoft got right and wrong at E3 2017. First off, Xbox One X? LOL.

The new Xbox looks like the system that probably should have come out when they launched the Xbox One but didn't because it would have cost like $1,000. Even if it's an extra $100 if I had to choose between the XBX or the PS4 Pro I'd pick the Xbox. It's the first console in a while that can sit beside your average gaming PC and look good, I mean it can't go toe to toe with a high end PC but next to a hodgepodge like mine it's very comparable.

It's too bad that while Sony was showing off all these cool exclusive games (or at least semi-exclusive map packs and DLC) Big Redmond was "stuck" showing Forza 7 and Crackdown 3. Also a lot of talk about backwards compatibility, which to me always seems weird. You have a chance to really make hay with your newest and shiniest toys and one of your big announcements is a game that came out 17 years ago? Good luck with that.

Still, if I end up forced to get a new console because those rat bastards at Rockstar won't put Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC I'll probably get an Xbox One X.

Sony PlayStation at E3 2017: The 15 best announcements. Speaking of Sony and their cool exclusive games, just watch the footage of the new Spider-Man game. Holy carp, that looks super fun. All the VR stuff they showed off looks doofy to me but I don't know. Maybe this time Virtual Reality will stick and not just be some brief fad.

Star Wars: Battlefront 2: Free DLC, better weapons, and new character classes. Do I dare get on board the hype train here? I finally got a chance to play Battlefront a few weeks ago and it was a pretty cool game. I know it got a lot of hate with your "hardcore" gamer but I don't know. What I saw I liked a lot. If they've taken that same experience and added to it? I might just have to drop the $59 and put down Overwatch for a few weeks.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Black Panther Teaser Trailer

I guess there was a big basketball game the other day and during it Marvel premiered the first teaser for Black Panther. I say I guess because the NBA has been dead to me ever since they moved the Sonics to Tulsa or something.

The trailer is super dope, extra super dope. I'm not the biggest Black Panther fan in the world but I have a pretty big soft spot for Christopher Priest's 60 or so issue run on Black Panther from the early 2000s. I'm hoping this hits that same sweet spot for me. I just watched Ant Man again a couple weeks ago and man did it hold up well. Something really refreshing about a movie where the hero doesn't necessarily have to save the planet or plant the seeds for the next Avengers movie.

Now I fully expect the last infinity gem or stone or whatever it is they call it in the MCU to be in Wakanda but outside of that I'm hoping this gives us a sort of contained techno-jungle adventure. Black Panther has a lot going on in his own world. I'm cool if Thor and the gang stay home for this one.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Should We Be Concerned

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Paths of Hate

I stumbled across this animated short film, Paths of Hate the other day and holy carp is it cool looking. I have no idea how they animated it like this, If it was all computers or some sort of modern day rotoscoping but the results are incredible. I'd be down for an entire feature length film that looked like this.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Ant Man: Alien Invasion

Recently Marvel has released a few animated Ant-Man shorts by French filmmakers Ugo Bienvenu and Kevin Manach. They're kind of fantastic, in fact there's no kind of about it. They're fantastic. The animation style feels like it's lifted right out of a Tales To Astonish from the 1960s.

Marvel never really has had a house animation style the way DC has had ever since Batman: The Animated Series. I'm telling you they could do a lot worse than patterning all their animated shows and films after this. Kids love fake retro stuff these days, or at least adults buying this stuff do. Kids don't even watch cartoons anymore, too busy with their fidget spinners and all that dabbing.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman: Breaking Records and Faces

In case you hadn't heard Wonder Woman was a big hit this weekend. It passed $100 million domestically and had the biggest opening weekend for a movie directed by a woman. I know I've passed along tons of rumors about how there were behind the scenes issues and that the studio wasn't happy with the movie but believe me, I'm glad it was a hit. Yeah, when it comes to comics I'm a Marvel zombie but as far as movies and TV shows go I just want to see good stuff. I don't care what multi-billion dollar media conglomerate is behind it.

It's not just "Hey I like super heroes, so I want to see good superhero movies" though. A big blockbuster staring a woman, directed by a woman based on a comic book? That's good stuff, important stuff. Not important like universal healthcare for all, but its a blow to sexism and with when the president of the united states is grabbing em by the pussy a win, is a win, is a win.

Unfortunately I didn't get to see the movie this weekend. My son got invited to a birthday party (the day before the party!) so my Saturday plans were blown up. I'm going to try and check it out next weekend. I might not be able to be part of the record breaking opening weekend but maybe I'll be a part of the "not as huge of a drop off as summer blockbusters usually have" second weekend.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Ok Neil

I think I've come to the sad realization that blogging during my breaks at work has become impossible. I'm not shutting up shop or anything, I'm just going to have to do a bit more from home and later at night than I'm used to. My goal next week is 5 posts, it might not be one a day but 5 total posts. I think we can do it!

Friday, May 26, 2017

I Don't Have Much Time Left...

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Game of Thrones Season 7: Official Trailer

Hey everyone, it's a bright shiny new Game of Thrones trailer! Season 6, aka the one where they finally lapped the books, was pretty well received by casual watchers and huge GRRM nerds alike. I'm excited to see where things go in this, the penultimate, season. Just off the trailers and based rampant speculation I'm guessing this season will be spent building the final conflict. Of course, the added layer here is what's really the final conflict? The White Walkers invading Westeros or Daenerys storming Kings Landing and gaining control of the 7 kingdoms. Maybe those things will all happen at the same time? I for one wouldn't be surprised if they put Dany on the throne, trick the audience into thinking everything is settled and then throw an invading army of White Walkers at everyone.

Whatever happens it should be fun, I can't wait for July!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Generated Links

Universal’s Dark Universe risks being yet another extended universe franchise. Soooo, Universal is rebooting League of Extraordinary Gentlemen but they're making it into like 30 interconnecting movies and the kick off is Tom Cruise's sexy Mummy movie? Have fun with that. Maybe, and this is a big MAYBE if this was just a single movie with a bunch of monsters throwing down it could be interesting but what they have right now sounds like the worst attempt at getting some of that Marvel money.... except without the interesting characters or good movies.

Microsoft is placing a big bet on its new Surface family. The Surface is probably my favorite computer that I'll probably never actually buy. They're pretty and I like their functionality but they just cost too much. I'm already all in on PC gaming so nothing is replacing my tower that's a given. If I'm on the go there's not much I need to do that I can't do on my phone or my kindle. Or at least there's not a lot I would be doing because my kids won't give me a second to myself. The only thing I really didn't like here is they're adopting that awful Apple terminology where they're just calling the new Surface Pro, the "Surface Pro" so there's no way to casually identify it as the new unit and not one of the previous iterations. The comic book collector in my hates it when things aren't numbered nicely.

Strafe: Difficult, randomly generated Quake-like kicks ‘90s ass. Thanks to the new Zelda game I'm a week removed from having played Overwatch. Once I beat Zelda I might have to check out this game Strafe. Sounds like they're finally unlocked the secret to randomly generated levels that don't feel boring and repetitive. Plus I'm big into those retro graphics right now.

The Best-Looking Video Game Consoles Of All Time. Speaking of retro graphics. This list is short and sweet. The only one they missed that I would have included is this JVC WonderMega. Look at that thing. I'm not sure if it plays video games, launches missiles or drops the beat. In fact put a fan in the middle of it and I'm pretty sure it looks just like my latest graphics card. I bet it's ready for 4K gaming.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Destiny 2 - Official Gameplay Reveal Trailer

I think most people would concede that Bungie's billion dollar IP Destiny fell a bit short on its first iteration. Before the game released in 2014 expectations were really really high. It wasn't just that Bungie has a great reputation but they promised some pretty amazing things. Even with the luke warm response on launch I was still willing to give the game a try but it was scrapped for the PC, so that quickly turned into a non-issue for me.

But here comes Destiny 2! Yesterday they posted the first gameplay trailer and it looks cool enough. For a gameplay trailer its still pretty heavy on cinematics so that has me a bit skeptical, still. I'm really intrigued by a FPS/dungeon crawler hybrid. If this thing runs well on PC (yes it's PC confirmed!) and it can overcome some of the criticisms of the first one I'm willing to give it a shot. It doesn't release until September and I MIGHT be done with Zelda: Breath of the Wild by then.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Star Trek Discovery: First Look

Lookie here, it's the trailer for CBS's new show Star Trek Discovery. It looks good, perfectly fine. I doesn't look good enough for me to ignore all the horrible things you hear about it's production. I'm too lazy to link to anything specific but if you google it, it's out there. They lost their showrunner, it's been delayed by about a year, I believe I even read something about how the scripts have undergone massive rewrites. Not the kind of behind the scenes stuff that usually goes along with a great show.

Also this is going to be the first CBS: All Access exclusive show, so if you want to see it you have to pay $7 a month for it and unlimited reruns of Two and a Half Men and Hawaii Five-0. Honestly, I'm probably not even going to bother torrenting it unless I hear REALLY good things about it. I mean I already pay for cable and I can watch The Expanse every week. Why am I paying extra for a service I have zero interest in for a sci-fi show that's probably not going to be half as good as what I can already get?

Sometimes I feel like I'm an outlier when it comes to nerdy stuff like this but I have a pretty good feeling that I'm not alone on my thoughts of CBS's streaming service and this show. Either this thing flops huge and ends up on regular TV anyway or it flops moderately and it ends up on Hulu after a couple years. The people that watch CBS aren't paying for a streaming service and the people that are willing to pay for a streaming service aren't watching CBS, no matter how many Star Trek shows they have. Good luck with all that CBS, live long and prosper.

Monday, May 15, 2017

GLOW Official Trailer

If you had told me last year that in June 2017 I would be hotly anticipating a new GLOW TV show AND a Baywatch Movie I'd have been very incredulous for about 5 seconds, thought about it, and then said "you know, that sounds about right".

The only big problem with this is that it's on Netflix and right now Netflix is on super-ultra low priority at casa de Newburn. I'm about 5 episodes behind on Bob's Burgers, The Goldbergs, Fresh of the Boat, etc. Not to mention I haven't even started Luke Cage or Iron Fist. There's a VERY VERY slim chance I get to GLOW before Fall when the new season of everything starts. My only chance is if all the WWE stars start tweeting or Instagraming about it and my wife really wants to check it out. So, hopefully that happens.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Difference

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

This is Progress

British Wrestling is really hot right now. I mean I'm not watching any but the fine folks that make up my twitter feed are crazy for it. Specifically they're crazy for this promotion Progress. The trailer for This is Progress, a kickstarter funded documentary on the promotion gives you a quick glimpse as to why people are nuts for it. Or maybe gives you a quick glimpse of the people that are crazy for it. I guess that's kind of splitting hairs.

Hopefully they get their cash, documentaries on wrestling are usually pretty cool even when they're trainwrecks.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today's Star Wars weather

Apparently meteorologist Sian Welby from 5 News over in England somewhere really likes to sprinkle pop culture puns and references into her reports. She's done Back to the Future and Superman v Batman, Suicide Squad, etc. I know this clip is about a year old but what the heck, it's Star Wars day and I couldn't find anything else that was both interesting and quick to post.


Wednesday, May 3, 2017

World 1-1

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel Reveals Details of His Son’s Birth & Heart Disease

I'm not going to lie to you, this monologue from Jimmy Kimmel had me in tears last night. First off, I can only imagine how awful it is to have your kid rushed to major surgery like that so soon after they were born. Just having my son born via "rushed" (emergency isn't quite the right word there) c-section was enough for me. When they wheeled my wife into the operating room and I had to wait outside while they prepped her, it was the longest 10 minutes. A couple months ago my daughter had to have an MRI for a spinal issue and that was equally nerve-racking.

My daughter is fine, in the grand scheme of things but we've been in and out of Children's Hospital the last couple weeks and have appointments scheduled through May. Some days it is tough going there and seeing all the medical issues kids have to deal with. Kids should be outside climbing trees or inside watching too much youtube, they shouldn't be in hospitals.

Anyway I'm missing my point, which is totally political. The United States of America is the richest nation in the world, probably in the history of the world. It's beyond ridiculous that we can't care for each others medial needs. My daughter's spinal issue (which again, isn't that big of a deal) is going to require an MRI every six months to monitor until it either goes away or she's done growing at the age of like 22. Even with insurance that's $3,000 an MRI and I'm not about to do the math to see how much that will cost in until she's graduated and has her own insurance. Without provisions for pre-existing conditions there's a good chance she would never be able to get insurance or if she could it's going to be insanely expensive.

I'm not saying I have all the answers or even any answers. I just know that in a nation with this much wealth its ridiculous that anyone should have to go bankrupt because they needed medical care. How some people are cool with stockpiling tanks we don't need and nuclear weapons we hope to never use, but heaven forbid we pay for someone's liver transplant is beyond me. People's lives aren't just another line in the budget, whatever it takes to keep kids, mothers, fathers, brothers, aunts and uncles alive and healthy is money well spent.

Ok, I'll get off my soapbox now. My next post will be a Mario cartoon or something.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Disaster Links

Modern “Hackintoshes” show that Apple should probably just build a Mac tower. It is hilarious to me that Apple hasn't updated the Mac Pro in a couple years. Do you have any idea how long a couple years is in PC computing power time? It's like dog years. I'd be surprised if the Mac Pro could even run Zork. If I was a musician or graphic designer who really really "needed" to run Mac OS you better believe I'd build my own. It's insane that they expect you to pay a premium for out of date hardware, but I guess that's the Apple way.

A Tech Bro Charged Thousands for an Island Getaway That Turned Into The Hunger Games. OMG you guys, have you been keeping up with the Fyre festival disaster? I know this story popped last Friday but it's been a busy few days. Long story short is the Fyre Festival was sold as "what if Coachella was in a tropical paradise and everyone there was super rich". Tickets went from a mildly unreasonable $1,200 to an absurd $250,000. Turns out the guys running the festival had no idea what they were doing, all the bands canceled and the people who went there expecting super luxury conditions got cheese sandwiches and disaster relief tents.

I Worked at Fyre Festival. It Was Always Going to Be a Disaster. “Let’s just do it and be legends, man." That's your money quote from some Fyre Festival exec who was told the event would cost 50 million to produce and STILL wouldn't live up to what was hyped. Then they fired almost everyone working on it. I'm assuming to save some cash for those cheese sandwiches. Seriously man, this first hand account of how poorly planned this festival was is amazeballs.

$100 Million Lawsuit Claims Fyre Festival Owners Knew It Was Doomed All Along. And here's your lawsuit! Looks like there's some evidence that the promoters actually told certain high end guests to stay away knowing was a shitshow everything was turning out to be. Of course they let all the other suckers fly out the to Bahamas anyway. The absolute best part about all of this is they're still planning on a Fyre Festival 2018. Good luck selling that amigos.

Star Wars THE LAST JEDI - Easter Eggs & Predictions

I've been so busy the last few weeks I'm not even sure I posted the trailer for The Last Jedi. So lets just skip that and go straight to this Easter Egg breakdown from The New Rockstars. There's definitely some good stuff in there that I missed the first dozen times I watched it. I'm not 100% sure their educated guesses to storyline points are more than guesses but hey, it's always fun to speculate. Plus my son watched this with me yesterday and said I need to put it on my blog. Not even sure he knows what a blog is yet but that was a fun Sunday,

Friday, April 28, 2017

#BuyMyVitara - Suzuki Vitara '96 for sale

Holy cow does this guy know how to sell his Vitara or what. I mean if I didn't need 4 doors for the kids I'd throw all the money I have at this thing. $487, that's enough to get a '96 Vitara, right? He does say it needs some paint, that's at least $300 off Blue Book.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

In Another Castle

Friday, April 21, 2017


Here's one of those videos where a bunch of teenagers don't know about something that happened 20-30 years ago and everyone is either supposed to be shocked or feel old. I mean sure I guess it does that. What it really highlights is something I've been thinking about a lot lately while stuck in traffic listening to my old man jams.

My generation (gen-X) is going to be the first generation of grandparents who were really into hip-hop, right? Sure, there were probably some really hip 30 or 40 year olds that loved Run DMC when they first came out but for the most part Gen-Xers are really the first generation raised in a culture where hip-hop was fully accepted and incredibly popular. How weird is that going to be? Bunch of super old dudes just chilling at the retirement home bumping Enter the Wu-Tang or Ready to Die. Hopefully they'll have a really big screen tv with a killer retro-game emulator, maybe some Surge on tap.

Welp, I'm ready to retire now.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Wonder Boy: The Dragon's Trap - Launch trailer

Wonder Boy III: The Dragon's Trap was a game released way way back in the late 80s for the Sega Master system. From everything I've heard and read about it, it was one of the best games for the Master System but since it was for the Master System pretty much no one has ever heard of it.

Well some crazy genius decided to dust off the old Sega IP for 2017 and they just released a new updated version of the game for all the new shiny systems (except PC, which doesn't ship until June). It looks really fun. I've been playing a lot of Castle Crashers and Battleblock Theater lately so these kinds of updated 2-d side scrolling fight em up games is right up my alley. I can't wait to check this one out.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

A Tribute To Carrie Fisher

Today started the big old Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, if you're not familiar with Star Wars Celebration it's like Comicon but just Star Wars and they don't exactly have it every year. ReedPop the same people that own and run NYCC and ECCC run it. Whatever, that doesn't really matter.

Today they premiered this really nice tribute to Carrie Fisher, they also announced a bunch of other stuff like new toy lines and books and a cartoon. The thing that made the most hay on the internet was this tribute. It's all Star Wars, so it doesn't cover her writing career or anything, which I guess is to be expected. It's nice that even though she did a lot of other things in her life she's perfectly fine with being remembered as Princess Leia. It always kind of sucks when a celeb becomes really resentful of their big break. It's also impressive that she remembers all her dialogue, I bet you money Harrison Ford couldn't recite more than 3 lines.

Hey Brain....

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

KILLING IN THE NAME OF- played with toys

The Wackids (they're a real thing I swear) just posted this clip of them playing Rage Against the Machine's Killing In The Name Of on a bunch of kids toys and it's kind of fantastic. In a weird way it really captures how I've felt the last couple weeks at work learning the new computer systems. I really want to Rage but what's the point.

I hope they do No Shelter next.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Thor: Ragnarok Teaser Trailer

Did you know that Thor: Ragnarok is being directed by one of the screen writers for Moana? Also did you know this new trailer for Thor: Ragnarok looks amazeballs? Because it does.

Even though I loved it, I know a lot of people felt that Thor: The Dark World was a bit of a misfire. Here's hoping Ragnarok catches some of that Captain America Winter Soldier lighting in a bottle and everyone both loves it and it makes a ton of cash. Just going off the trailer his movie looks like it introduces us to quite a number of classic Thor characters, Hela, Skurge the Executioner, Valkyrie, which I love. In the comics Thor has a really great cast of friends and enemies. Maybe not Spider-Man or Batman level but way more interesting than say Iron Man or Doctor Strange. It'll be fun to see a few of those classic characters get their time on screen. If for nothing else so I see more Hela cosplay at ECCC next year.

Oh yeah, Thor is going to fight Hulk too. That's cool.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Jimmy Kimmel's Tribute to Don Rickles

Jimmy Kimmel had a really nice tribute to Don Rickles last night. Normally I find Kimmel a bit too cool for school as far as late night talk show hosts go but this was really heartfelt and moving. It's not exactly in my normal blogging wheelhouse but it was nice enough that I thought I'd share.

I spent a lot of time as a kid flying around visiting relatives, since my mom worked for an airline flights were pretty much free. When I flew I used to listen to the comedy channel a lot (this was pre-fancy in flight entertainment of course) so I became very familiar with the stand up acts of a lot of classic comedians like Don Rickles, Bill Cosby, Rich Little, Stephen Wright, George Carlin etc. I don't know what it was but United Airlines comedy channel was stuck like 10 years in the past so it was a lot of guys from the 70s and early 80s with like a single Seinfeld set thrown in their seemingly randomly.

I don't know, there's no real point to this it's just weird when celebrities you've grown up with die. It's like I've never known a world without Don Rickles busting peoples balls. I assume he's probably called St. Peter a hockey puck like 30 times already.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

New Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer

Part of my new, I don't have any time to blog, blogging schedule is going to be posting and commenting on stuff that's already WAY to old. This new Spider-Man trailer came out two days ago which is like 7 years in internet time. Most of the comic book geeks I follow on twitter are pretty hyped. I'm a bit more ambivalent.

I like Spider-Man, and I'm all for the further adventures of him even if they're on their 3rd actor in the last 10 years really I'm just tired of RDJ and Iron Man. Especially this new do as I say not as I do because I've screwed up so many different things, Iron Man. Get bent Tony and let Spider-Man be Spider-Man. He's never created a robot that almost killed the earth.

If you go by the trailer Iron Man is all over this, hopefully that's just trailer magic and he's in the movie for like 3 seconds.

Also, did I imagine it or did this trailer pretty much give the entire movie away. Like I'm pretty sure I know the entire plot now, and if we accept the fact that Spidey is going to beat Vulture we pretty much know everything. That's not good is it? A trailer should make you want to see a movie not outline the entire plot? I don't know, I'll probably wait for reviews. If it gets killed by critics this might not be a must see for me, sort of like Amazing Spider-Man 2 was. If everyone goes LA LA Land for it I might be able to fit a couple hours into my precious schedule.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

What do you call.....

Friday, March 24, 2017

Cosplay Melee: The Review

First I'd like to start with a quick programming note. Haven't had much time to blog lately and odds are that's going to get worse before it gets better. At work we're moving to a new inventory/ordering system and I've spent tons of extra time in training and blah blah blah. Things should get better in late April but until then posts are going to be even more sporadic than usual.

Cosplay Melee is a show I watched! It's true, it was on TV and everything. I think this is the 2nd Cosplay show SyFy has tried to get off the ground and I can definitively say it's much better than Heroes of Cosplay. Yes, it uses a tired competitive format that really isn't what Cosplay is about but as far as entertaining TV it works so much better than the artificial drama of Heroes of Cosplay. The format is familiar to anyone that's watched TV in the last 15 years, it's essentially Chopped for Cosplay.

Its not groundbreaking TV by any means, and yes it's all very silly but watching the skill and work the cosplayers put into their outfits and props is really interesting. The first episode included just enough personal history of the contestants to keep it interesting without having to get into any sort of artificial personal drama that Heroes of Cosplay tried to play up.

If you like watching people build stuff, especially foam suits of armor, it's well worth checking out. It's not going to bump Legion off your DVR or anything but it's the perfect show to have on in the background while you're playing Overwatch or something.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Katsucon 2017: A Cosplayers Paradise

That's the name of the video, not my made up description of the video. I just wanted to make that clear. Cosplayers Paradise sounds too much like a low rent Coolio Parody to me.

Katsucon is a big convention over in DC that mostly focuses on Anime, Manga and Video Games. Here in Seattle we have a similar convention called Sakura-Con that I've thought of going to a couple times. I'm not really that into Manga or Anime but it's in Seattle and what else do I have going on? Wait a minute... I just checked out how much it costs. That's a big nope for me. I'll just enjoy these cosplay videos. The Anime, Manga fans really put a lot of effort into these things. Frankly I expect to be pretty busy at work this week so this whole week might just be 5 straight days of cosplay videos.

If you're lucky one day I might include the story of how I lost my wallet on the light rail this weekend.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Southpaw Regional Wrestling - Episode 1

Over the last couple years the WWE has really pushed to deliver more #content to it's subscribers and fans. Some of it has been really good but a whole lot of it has been complete drek. I'm not 100% sure what category Southpaw Regional Wrestling falls into yet. I think this is amazing but I'm not 100% sure. I feel like I could be convinced either way. Whatever it is it's definitely mesmerizing.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

American Gods, Official Trailer

Yesterday saw the release of the first "official" trailer for Starz new series American Gods. It's super bloody and sort of crazy looking. I think I like it?

It's been a few years since I read it but I remember liking American Gods, just not loving it. I do remember thinking it would make a really great movie. Frankly there were a lot of ideas in the book that I didn't think were fully realized so I thought a 2 hour adaption to sort of trim the fat would be good for the story. Here we have the exact opposite, I have no idea how they're going to draw everything out to a 10 episode series. I can't imagine there being a season 2 unless they really go off the reservation.

Whatever the end result might be the trailer is good enough to have me check out at least the first episode. I'm already crazy behind on every TV show I watch, what's one more added to the list?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Star Wars Battle Pod: The Review

A couple years ago Bandai/Namco introduced a big fancy new Star Wars game for the arcade market called Battle Pod. I think I did a post about it but don't quote me on that. Well, thanks to a doctor canceling an appointment same day, my son and I spent the afternoon at an arcade and got a chance to check it out.

The arcade that we went to has a lot more classic games than new ones (with the exception of all the fancy new pinball machines) so I was surprised to find it there. It wasn't cheap, $2 a play, so we only played it a couple times. If the levels weren't so short and you didn't have to pay to continue to the next level we might have played it more but it was worth giving it a try. It's a bit hard to tell by my crack photography here but the screen is curved and wraps around you somewhere around 180 degrees. It's not total immersion but it's pretty close. Close enough that when you're making that trench run you definitely feel like you're Red-5 and Darth is on your tail. It might not be the best Star Wars game I've ever played but as far as feeling like you're in a movie I don't think it can be beat. It's a rail shooter so you don't have much control over where you're flying. I feel like if they took the same screen and graphics and just made it a full on space flight sim you'd really have something special. Maybe save the rail shooter stuff for the trench run but also have full space battles where you're actually piloting the x-wing.

Just throwing some ideas out there.

If you run across one of these in the wild I heartily recommend you try it out. It's worth the couple dollars just to experience once or twice. Or if you're a millionaire and had $20,000 burning a hole in your pocket this would make a real nice cornerstone of a home arcade.

UPDATE! These things cost $100,000, that's a lot of wampa pelts...

Monday, March 13, 2017

New Wonder Woman Trailer

Hey kids, this last weekend a new Wonder Woman trailer hit the webs and lets just forget about all the rumors that this movie is terrible and WB/DC is seriously stressing out about it.

Ok, to be fair that rumor started on one blog and has snowballed to the point that most people can only point to other blogs that are reporting that other blogs have reported on the rumor. Real through the looking glass kind of stuff. All three of the big trailers look pretty good and not in a Suicide Squad, all we've done is set random footage to a cool song, kind of way. I'm going to continue to be cautiously optimistic about this one. Unless the early review are that it's absolute garbage I'll try and check it out opening weekend.

You know, just like I did with Logan which I still haven't seen yet! I might just call in sick on Friday and go to the movies alone like a chump.

Friday, March 10, 2017


Thursday, March 9, 2017

Woo Woo Woo ECCC 2017

Welp, another year, another Emerald City Comicon in the books. Lots of fun was had and plenty of money was spent. I'm not 100% sure I'm ready to claim it as the best ECCC I've ever been too but I know I had as much fun at this one as I have at any of the other ones I've been to.

I'm one of those weird people that actually go to conventions for comics and and while the nerds on facebook did plenty of handwringing over the celebrity guests this year, you could not argue with the selection of comic book creators they had. This year they moved all the celebrity signings out of the convention center and to a nearby hotel. It opened up a lot of space in the convention center and made it way easier to move around. I heard some grumbling from the people who actually wanted to see the celebs but almost everyone agreed the effect it had on artist alley was super positive. I kinda screwed up a bit and didn't manage my time very well and I missed quite a few artists and didn't pick up as many sketchbooks and prints as I wanted. I still walked away with plenty of stuff and it's hard to complain about not blowing my budget entirely.

One of the things I did do this year is check out more panels. Outlander, Stranger Things, The Image Founders, Sean Gunn and Michael Rooker, Timothy Zahn, 10 minutes of boring ass Jeremy Renner, I saw them all. I can't remember going to an ECCC where I checked out this many panels. It was definitely a nice change of pace from just walking the show floor looking at pikachu shaped pillows or laser printed metal portraits of Jean Luc Picard.

The big highlight of this year was that I won this lottery thing where I got to go to a special signing with the founders of Image Comics (minus one Jim Lee). Yes, I understand that if you're not into comics that doesn't really sound as cool as it was but whatever, it was really cool. All the founders were super nice, I got to talk with each of them for just a couple seconds and I got this pretty awesome poster out of the deal. For a frame of reference the line to get just Todd McFarlane's autograph (he was only signing one day) was about 3-4 hours long. I got his and like 5 other super cool guys.

The whole thing got a little Troy Meets Levar Burton when I got to meet Rob Liefeld. Man when I was 14 I was such a huge Rob Liefeld fan, his art is the thing that made me want to start drawing comics way back when. I got a book signed, the poster thing and a picture with him. Plus a fistbump and a handshake, it was crazy. I'm just glad I wasn't a complete blubbering mess.

Anyhoo, that's about all of it. I'll try and get to a cosplay roundup next week. I took a few pictures but not enough for like a real gallery or anything, I'll probably just post a bunch of links to some good galleries. Next stop Rose City Comicon in September.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Big Bang Theory but with Ricky Gervais as the whole studio audience.

You know how sometimes you'll be dinking around on YouTube and you'll come across a video where the title doesn't actually match what is going on at all? This is not one of those times.

I'm working on my ECCC recap post but it doesn't look like I'll get to it today. Stupid real work. Hopefully I'll have it up tomorrow and by tomorrow I mean Friday at the latest. Spoiler: I had a fun time.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Hello ECCC

Welp, it's that time of year again. Tomorrow is the start of the 15th annual Emerald City Comicon. As you might have guess I'm looking forward to it greatly. I even took the day off to prepare for it. Sounds silly on its face but I've got stuff to do and it's hard to get stuff done with kids. Big important stuff like change the oil in my car and shave in a fresh mohawk for my Quentin Quire cosplay on Saturday.

This year I'm going to try and catch more panels, some celebrity some comic book industry related. When they expanded the convention to 4 days it really allows you to slow down and take in more scheduled stuff without losing time on the show floor. I've got a pretty big stack of comics I want to get signed so with any luck I'll get a good portion of those done tomorrow when there aren't as many people there.

I thought for a few seconds that this might be the year I finally jump into collecting some original art instead of just prints but man... Most every one I would really want a commission from would mean blowing my entire budget on one picture. We'll see, maybe I can just get a couple head sketches or something. Or you know, I'll just blow all my cash on churros and N64 games. We'll see!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017


Kong: Skull Island - Rise of the King

I guess we're going all in on movie trailers. Here's the greatest and latest for Kong: Skull Island. I really dig this trailer and pretty much everything I've seen about this movie for the last year. Like in 2015 if you had told me they were rebooting King Kong again I'd have rolled my eyes so hard toilets would have exploded. But here we are in 2017 and this movie looks killer....

...almost too killer. They sure are showing us a lot of the plot and the monsters in this trailer. This better not be a scenario where they really only have about 3 minutes of cool stuff so they're showing it to you all in the trailer. I mean, I'm not expecting The Sixth Sense here or anything but I'd like there to be a couple surprised in the movie.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bright, The Trailer

Will Smith as a cop with a sword fighting trolls in a modern day Los Angeles? Yeah I think I can find 2 hours in my precious schedule to watch the hell out of that. Good work Netflix.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Kinda New FF8 trailer

The international trailer for The Fate of the Furious just popped up in my YouTube feed so I thought, why not? FF7 was on this last weekend so I'm sort of in the Fast and or Furious mood. This international trailer has like 7 seconds of new footage over the last one they released last month so I guess that's something.

BTW, there's a scene in FF7 where Ludacris modifies a grappling gun with a NOS canister. That is not how any of that works. If I didn't know any better I'd think the producers of these movies aren't that interested in a realistic portrayal of the LA Street Racing scene.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Rough Night: Archer Season 8 Trailer

Woohoo new Archer is right around the corner! Sure I'm wildly behind on all my regular TV watching but why not add a bit more to the pile. Actually Archer is good enough, and it's only a half hour, so it'll probably get watched way before Luke Cage or Legion or Better Call Saul. I mean I love all those shows but man an hour where I actually have to look at the TV and pay attention, that's tough. Its way easier to keep up with The Curse of Oak Island or something where I can watch it while I smoke fools on Overwatch.

Anyway, new Archer. Yeah it's another gimmick season but that's ok with me. Even the most mediocre Archer episodes are better than any other comedy I'm watching right now.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

No Problem

This is me at work for the last 4 weeks. We're migrating to a whole new computer system and the transition has been ROUGH. We're 6 weeks away from going live with the new system and I haven't used it at all yet. I've barely been able to keep up with all the extra work involved with getting the old system to talk to the new one. Ugh.

I guess there's a silver lining, if I get fired or quit I'll have way more time for blogging.

Via James of No Trades

Friday, February 17, 2017

Blizzard Shuts Down SEXY Playwatch Magazine

So you are away, I copied the title of this video direct from YouTube so the fact that SEXY is in all caps was their decision not mine.

Also it should be noted that I'm posting this video without having watched it. It just popped up in my subscription feed and it's mostly relevant to my Overwatch interests.

This is 1000% no surprise to me. Blizzard has been very active at trying to squash all the porn associated with Overwatch, League of Legends and World of Warcraft. I mean they're not doing a great job of it. It's still everywhere, but I'm just plugged into the digital art scene enough to know that they'll get your tumblr or twitter account shut down for a while. The funny thing to me here is that Playwatch wasn't porn, again I have no idea if the video points that out or not. Yes Playwatch cribbed their name from Playboy and the while the cover to the magazine (which is being generous, it was just a fanzine you could download as a pdf) did usually feature a character from Overwatch in a suggestive pose the inside of the magazine was pretty innocent. It had interviews with cosplayers, and some fan art and articles on gameplay. Typical fan-zine kind of stuff.

My guess here is that the magazine was just a bit too polished for Blizzard's liking. It certainly looked like a real magazine and while it was free the creators were "cashing in" on Blizzard's intellectual property. I'm never a big fan of some big fancy moneypants corporation getting all bent out of shape over fan created stuff but at the end of the day they own Overwatch not the guy drawing D.Va in a her underwear.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Reportedly Links

Ben Affleck Reportedly Doesn't Want to Play Batman Anymore. Are we at full on crisis mode over at the WB/DC yet? Around the time when Ben Affleck was first announced as the new Batman he went on record saying he would direct a stand alone Batman movie as long as the script was right. First it was announced that he wouldn't be directing the movie now everyone and their grandma is reporting that he doesn't want to do it at all. That's not good. Combine that with how poorly Dawn of Justice was received by critics and the rumors that Wonder Woman is a mess and everyone at the studio hates it, and you're left with a less than rosy outlook for the DC Cinematic Universe.

Oh yeah, it's also been reported that they're trying to get Mel Gibson to direct Suicide Squad 2. Can't wait for the scene where Joker calls Harley sugar tits.

Kate Upton lands 2017 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue cover. I thought we were all over Kate Upton, so congrats I guess, for getting back in the public eye. I think she's tied a record for most cover appearances. I guess I could google it but that seems like more work than I want to go in on this. Someone on the radio mentioned this was some kind of record so lets just go with that.

Also Angie Everhart is the greatest former SI model no one ever talks about. #fact

Inside the Booming Business of Adults Who Play With Toys on YouTube. Oh man, my daughter is all over these stupid videos. She will hand me the kindle and ask to watch "let it go", which doesn't mean she wants the song from Frozen. It means she wants to watch one of these Youtubers that always plays with Elsa and Anna dolls. Next to Paw Patrol and waking up in the middle of the night, it's like her third favorite thing in the world.

Hero Coder Adapts 'Portal' for the Apple II. I don't know if I'd call him a hero, that doesn't look like a ton of fun to play. I'm surprised more of these kinds of things don't exist. Sure pretty much no one has an Apple II in the house but getting your hands on an emulator is super easy. How come there aren't more SNES and NES games. If I was single and had freetime you know I'd be coding up some mods for SFII, sexy mods. Like Guile without a shirt on.



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