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.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

One Million Pageviews (does the Dr. Evil pinkie raise thing)

A couple days ago the old blog hit one million pageviews. Now, I'm pretty sure I started this stupid thing in 2009 so a million pageviews over 8 years isn't exactly anything to crow about BUT I remember how few hits my first couple websites got and a million might as well be a billion. Seriously those first couple websites I built in, I want to say 1996, would get like one or two hits a day. I think my main website which this one replaced had something like 4,000 hits when I retired it. My Pimpbot 5000 site actually did quite well, but that was back in the day when if you could get your website listed by Yahoo you were gold.

Anyway, if you're one of those one million, thanks a bunch. If you're a bot in one of the million, BEEP BOOP BEEP BEEP.

Friday, February 10, 2017

New Iron Fist Trailer

A couple days ago Netflix released a new trailer for Iron Fist. It's pretty good. I mean on it's own, in a vacuum, it's fantastic but I have a few minor issues with it that probably aren't really it's fault.

The biggest one is the Might Whitey trope. I've talked about it a bit here before but in case you're unfamiliar the Mighty Whitey essentially refers to a type of story where some white guy is placed in a different culture and suddenly becomes better at everything that culture does, often he becomes an exalted hero or leader. It's a story telling trope that was big in the 18th and 19th century but is still plenty popular today. I mean when I think of famous Samurais, Tom Cruise is the first one to come to mind...

Anyway, the story of Iron Fist is a product of it's time and by that I mean it's kind of a rip off of the TV show Kung-Fu. White kid is stranded in a Mystical Asian city, learns super Karate, becomes the most powerful Karate guy on the planet. It's fine, I mean it's lazy but its fine. If you want to complain about Asian representation in Superhero movies and TV shows ask someone why there's no Kamala Kahn/Ms. Marvel movie, or an Amadeus Cho Netflix series. Iron Fist has a long history in the comics and they're sticking with the original origin. It's like a B- move for Marvel. They did hire RZA to direct an episode so it's not like it's all bad here. Also Iron Fist is far better know as being part of Heroes for Hire with Luke Cage and that book actually had real cultural significance in the 70s with it's portrayal of a pair of black and white superheroes who were best friends. If Marvel/Netflix decides to go that route and once those two characters are paired up, the Mighty Whitey/cultural appropriation stuff starts become less and less of an issue.

My one other knock here on this specific trailer is the whole, hey kids here's the last of the Defenders. I'm totally over the whole Marvel Cinematic Universe stuff. I think it worked fantastic in Captain America and Thor for the build up to the first Avengers movie but it kinda ruined the Iron Man movies. Also obviously Avengers two was a loosey goosey mess and Joss Whedon directly blamed the insistence from Marvel to add a bunch of cinematic universe nonsense into the story. I don't really think any of the Netflix shows have really suffered in the build up to the Defenders but that doesn't mean I'm still not wary of it.

Ok, this is way more that I had planned on writing about this trailer. I'm sure the show will still be good, if nothing else it's probably going to have a great soundtrack.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bill Nye Saves The World, Trailer

Hey kids remember Bill Nye? Sure you do, he was on The Nightly show just about a year ago talking about global warming while a couple really bad comedians shouted over the top of him some stupid sex jokes. In related news, Hey kids remember the Nightly Show?

I'm not super into Netflix bringing back shows that were canceled over a decade ago. Fuller House is terrible and from everything I've seen the new Arrested Development season was a disappointment, but this new Bill Nye show doesn't look much like the old Bill Nye the Science Guy. Quite frankly this reminds me a lot more of the science segments he would do on Almost Live with John Keister. I'm all in on that. Sort of like Mythbusters but with an occasional celebrity guest.

WWE Smackdown Live: The Review

My son and I went to WWE Smackdown Live last night. That's me in the circle holding a sign. I'm super famous now.

A couple months ago It came up randomly in a conversation with my son that the next time the WWE was in town he wanted to go. It was weird because he really doesn't have much interest in wrestling. Whenever I'm watching it he's usually got his face buried in his Kindle watching youtube or playing Roblox. So, when it was announced Smackdown was coming to town I jumped all over a couple tickets and we made a fun day of it. We visited the Space Needle first, checked out the EMP (Mo-Pop now), got a huge thing of french fries and some french fry only place at Seattle Center.

This was only my 3rd live wrestling show and the first one in about 15 years. I was expecting the experience to have changed a bit but it really hadn't. Same mix of drunk guys and families yelling at a bunch of sweaty dudes pretending to beat each other up. If you're into the pro-graps it's definitely worth your time and money to check it out. I had forgotten how loud everything is. The fireworks, the guys hitting the ring, the crowd. Oh man, the crowd. There were several time the crowd got really loud and tried to drown out the wrestlers while they were on the mic. The Miz in particular was having a lot of fun with it. Holy cow, that guy is fantastic at what he does. I think I had forgotten how much fun it was to boo someone in real life.

Anyway, we had a ton of fun. WWE puts on a good show. Key Arena is still a pretty good facility to check out small events like this (assuming you were in the lower bowl and not in the nose bleeds). Seattle Center has a lot of fun stuff to check out, it was more family friendly than I had remembered. All in all it was an A+ kinda day.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Super Bowl Movie Trailers, all of them

Ok, so this probably isn't all the movie trailers you'll see during the Superb Owl but it's a few of them. The big two holdouts right now are expected new Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy II trailers. It's probably a pretty significant sign as to how confident the studio is in their movies as to whether or not they feel like they need to leak their big trailers early.

There's also a chance we'll see new trailers for Wonder Woman and Thor: Ragnarok and a big big big maybe that we'll see something for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. All three of those movies have been shot and are to be released later this year. None of them probably need the hype machine started this early (with the exception of Wonder Woman, there are a lot of bad rumors surrounding that one) but hey a guy can dream, can't he?

Oh yeah, I can't believe they still make live action Transformers movies. Who watches these? Kids?

Thursday, February 2, 2017

The Pressure

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Game Links

Skin In The Game. You guys know I normally throw a few links up here covering whatever noteworthy web articles I've stumbled across over the last day or two but today all I've got is this one long form article by ESPN. I actually read it in ESPN the magazine last night, which is something I don't ever remember subscribing to but just started showing up at my house last year. It's a staggeringly good article, and is a real insight to a side of eSports that I've never really heard about, unregulated gambling.

Specifically this article deals with all the gambling that goes on related to Counter Strike: Global Offensive. I knew CS:GO was a popular game, I know there are professional players with twitch and youtube streams that rake in the bank. I even knew the game had micro-transactions where players could pay for and trade in game items. What I didn't know is that there is a huge gambling market related to those in game items. Players won't just bet unique gun or knife skins on professional Counter Strike games, they'll bet them on online slot machines or coin flip games (yes, apparently these on-line gambling sites were inspired by Vegas Vacation).

I'm telling you this is the kind of thing that scares the crap out of me as a parent because by the time you actually learn about what's going on your kid can be neck deep in a $10,000 gambling problem. They could be 12, they could be 20 the trap is there and from the article there's a ton of youtube and online personalities out there that make bank off these gambling sites. It's like the 1960s, when Robert Mitchum would be telling all the cool kids how great smoking is. Most kids are stupid they'll do anything their heroes tell them to do. Last year an estimated 5 Billion dollars worth of in-game content was gambled on these sites. 5 billion. That's absolutely insane.

It's a long article but trust me it's well worth the read. Unless you're too cool for school and you already know about all this stuff but if that's the case why didn't you tell me about it already? I thought we were friends.


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