May 042016

What kind of geek would I be if I didn’t mention Star Wars today? Well, I’d probably not be considered that cool of one.
I remember standing in the rain way back in the day to see the premier of New Hope. I remember standing in lines to see it again. I remember the thrill when the Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi came out. I remember the thrill of the announcement of the prequels, quickly followed by the disappointment. Now, it’s a new age for the Star Wars universe. The Mouse has taken the reigns. Good movies are being made. Force Awakens was pretty good (but not without some faults) and Rogue One looks awesome. But I can’t help but feel a little down.
Part of the post movie joy back in the old days was hunting down whatever merchandise, T-shirts, toys, comics, books, or magazines that came out. It was a hero’s quest and just as much about the journey as it was about finally finding that Holy Grail. Now, you can’t swing a stick without seeing some bit merch.
Now, I’m not saying the good old Uncle George wasn’t out to make a buck and pushed movie merchandising to a whole new level. But just the amount of stuff that’s filling every freaking store is staggering. It kind of takes the joy out of being a fan. But then again, in a Jedi philosophy sort of way being a fan isn’t about how merch you’ve got but how much you enjoy the universe. So maybe that’s one of the signs of true fandom. It’s not about how much money you spend, it’s about your particular bit of geekery makes you feel.
So be happy. Have fun.

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Apr 272016

The fifties and sixties were time of social and moral upheaval in America. The straight laced types were busy wringing their hands about the morality of the country and the fate of the children. From 1959 to 1962, the Society for Indecency to Naked Animals was out to protect American morals too. The president of the organization, G. Clifford Prout, was busy making public appearances and gather support for the idea that the root cause of America’s moral degradation was naked animals. The solution. Clothe the animals. As silly as this sounds, the idea actually gained public support.
There were faithful and sincere supporters of this movement. Heck, they even had a catchy slogan, “Decency today means morality tomorrow”. It actually gained enough support and notoriety that G. Clifford Prout was going to be interviewed by Walter Cronkite. If you don’t know who Walter Cronkite is then get off my lawn! That’s where things finally got interesting. One of Cronkite’s staffers recognized Mr. Prout as none of than Buck Henry. Really. If you don’t know who Buck Henry is then get off my god damned lawn! The whole thing was a hoax. A prank. A joke.
Some people were outraged. They were sincere believers and the whole thing couldn’t be joke. They were doing it for the good of the community and protecting the less informed from moral turpitude.
This makes me think about the whole Internet Social Justice Warrior thing with its safe spaces, trigger words, and over use of the word “problematic”. I’m just wondering if out there somewhere is a SJW patient zero-practical joker who is just laughing their ass off at the silliness that has ensued. Even if such an individual existed would a confession be even believed. While I have no hard evidence, it’s probably pretty safe to assume that there are those on the Internet who just throw gasoline on the fire of each and every bit drama and sit back and laugh.
I wonder in 40 or 50 years will people look back on this stuff and shake their heads in disbelief. I hope so.

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Apr 202016

SyFy has been doing a good job of late. Killjoys, Dark Matter, and The Expanse all rocked. Then comes along Hunters. Yes, it is based on a novel and I haven’t read it. So I have no idea how closely the TV series matches up. So I’ll just talk about the show.
Here’s the elevator pitch. It’s like Men in Black but take out all the humor and pop culture references. It’s a secret government organizations hunting alien terrorists on Earth. Our main character is a vet with PTSD turned FBI agent whose wife gets kidnapped by the aliens. And thus he gets caught up in the whole fight the aliens thing. And we have to throw some mysteries to keep viewers coming back. First, we don’t know why the aliens are even here or bothering to mess with humans. The premier does give us the insight that the aliens are doing it because humans deserve it (according to the aliens anyway). We also learn that some how the aliens infiltrated the super secret government task force. But it’s either a red herring or they aren’t even trying to hide which character it is. Yeah. That’s it. Maybe some interesting characters would liven things up. Well, after just the premier, they’re really going to have to do something because right now, there aren’t any.
On one hand, the plot would make an interesting game but so far it hasn’t really made an interesting series. So I’ll give my usual three episode trial run and see what happens. But so far the Magic 8 Ball says, “Outlook is not good.”

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Apr 132016

So that’s what I’m going to be doing with the old blog. Just not as often as I have in the past. I figure there should be at least one thing about the life and the world that catches my attention that I can rant about each week. Not serious rants mind, those crazy and hopefully funny rants that come to my mind.
Since this is the Internet, I figured I’d start with conflict. Remember, when the Internet was billed as the great thing that will bring people together in an exchange of ideas? Yeah, well. It still does do that occasionally. But what we hear about most of the time is the silly flame wars and hashtag activism.
One of the philosophies I’ve adopted in life is “Never fight a battle you don’t have to win”. On the web, that means don’t engage in debates that are pointless. There’s plenty of people out there who aren’t interested in discussion. They aren’t interested in facts or logic. Portions of your argument will be taken out of context and used against by an virtual lynch mob. So no. It’s just not worth it.
Wow. That is kind of downer. Not exactly the fun filled post that I thought it would be. But this is how keep from smashing my head into my keyboard and let’s me enjoy the other and more important things in life.

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Apr 052016

History Channel used to have history. Then it went all Nazis, occult, serial killers, and aliens. But heck now they’ve gotten into the comedy biz. And it ain’t half bad.
Basically Night Class is two very short shows crammed into one. Now the best one is Crossroads of History. It ain’t politically correct (but then history never is) and it ain’t safe for work but it’s safe for late night basic cable. What a wonderful world we live in. But instead of me ranting about it. Just watch it.

There’s also the second one. Great Minds. This sort of reminds of those crazy vignettes on MST3K. But hey that’s online too.

Both are pretty damned funny and you may learn a thing or two which isn’t bad. Of course, someone won’t like it but hey that’s the way it goes.
Check your local listings or watch them over here.
So this is the kind of stuff you’ll see here. Just crazy stuff, I find interesting and whatever the heck I feel like. So that means the posting probably won’t be as regular as before. Remember the gaming stuff is over here.

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 Posted by at 10:57 am
Mar 142016

I haven’t posted over here in a while. That’s mainly because I still don’t know exactly what to do on this blog. Plus real life have been pretty darned busy.
Let’s see. I’ve dipped my into the RPG Publishing arena. And well that keeps me busy pounding on the keyboard and brainstorming. The hunt for a new day job has succeeded. So I’ve got the preparation for that and a list of house chores that I’ve been neglecting that need to get done before I start punching the clock again.
Of course, there’s also posting on my RPG blog, They Might Be Gazebos. I mention this because I’d like to add a little shout right here. If you have a Kickstarter, take a moment to read something about the blog before send off that email, “Please rant about my cool new thing.” If you won’t take the time to do that then why should I take the time to pitch your stuff.
So with that. I return to chores, projects, and a new day job. Now, I just also have to think what to do with this blog….

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