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Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Random Pics of the Month - Dec.

Hey all. As for every month, here are the random pics for this Christmas-y month:

Wow, I wonder if Batman is soprano or bass...

This is the only way I'll ever get in a pic with Zac Efron

Why is this here? Simple: my sister got me a Captain America shirt. It's weird because I have been looking for Brubraker's run on the book.

So Merry Christmas and God Bless.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Random Thoughts #21

Well, I'm at work and there's nothing much to do. It's the week before Christmas after all. I think it's time for another episode of Random Thoughts.

Grad School
Not my best pic, but oh well.

Well, it's official. I am a Master of Science! It took over a year to do this venture, and Saturday was the day to get my degree...or some if it. I have to wait a month to get the actual degree. That sucks, but I had to wait a month before I got my actual B.A. Grad school had its good as well as its bad, but it was a great experience overall. I thank God for the chance to do something worthwhile and I thank Him for helping me in those stressful times. I also thank my parents for encouraging me and my teachers for giving me the chance to strut. I also met some cool people. Well, now what? Since this is over, what should I do now?

X-Men Month!

Yeah, it's coming back. Next month (or sometime later this month), I'm pretty much going to hit the rest of the X-stuff I didn't get to do last year. I'll hit the other stories I missed on, the other TV shows, that "Wolverine" movie, and a couple of surprises.

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Well, I guess it's time to get back to some work or something. Peace and God Bless.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tales From the 50 Cent Bin! - Quantum Leap #13: Time and Space

....Yes, there was a Quantum Leap book. Before one can even comprehend that statement, he or she must ask this: "What is Quantum Leap?"

For those who don't know, QL was a scifi show that aired on NBC in the late 80's and early 90's. The show dealt with time travel in a unusal and unique way...I'll let the intro explain it to you. Unfortunately, it got cancelled and it ended pretty disappointing. I harped on that ending here a while back. I missed the show while it was on, but did see some of it on the Scifi Channel (aka the Channel Formally Known as Scifi). It's not my favorite show, but it is still pretty interesting. Seeing Sam and Al deal with those situations is fun.

A few weeks ago, I found this issue in a 50 cent longbox and knew I had to talk about it.  It was done by some company called Innovation. The series lasted for about a few issues before the company basically went out of business. I can actually see why right on the cover. That issue went for $2.95 back then. Yeah, I could make a joke about it, but that's a lot for that time.  Apparently, Innovation wasn't that innovative. Anyway, this was the last issue of the run. Is it good? Let find out, shall we?

Quantum Leap #13: Time and Space
Writer: Christine Elaine Hantzopulos
Artist: Luke Ross
Inker: Mike Deodato. Sr


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Weird Star Trek Eps. - Spock's Brain aka"...Wait. What is this called again?"

Need I say more? This is an episode where Spock's brain is stolen. Is it a a bad one? Eh...it's not the best from the series. It's from Season 3 which is the weakest of the three seasons. The episode is still a hoot especially when the crew is dealing with the captors. It's also all taken so serieously at times to the point where you might think you're looking at a parody.

Favorite Moments:
Scotty's "Distraction"- Warning: you will laugh.


-RoboSpock - Yes, using a remote control to move a Vulcan around sounds like riveting television, don't you think?
Kirk: McCoy, what the hell were you drinking?

-The fine-looking but stupid leader - Lastly, there's the leader of this hot-looking but stupid team. Is it wrong for me to say she's hot? No? Good.
Kara:Ooooo....

Well, that was fun. Hopefully the next episode I briefly talk about is a little better...


Saturday, November 24, 2012

Random Thoughts #20

Wow...this segment has been coming monthly for a long time...That's certainly better than most comic book series (Yes, I'm looking at you All-Star Batman!!!). Well, I'm in a hotel listening to some relatives talk about politics...I think it's time for a couple of random thoughts.

Grad School
Well, it's done. The paper topped out at about 3,700 words, 28 references, and three more gray hairs. Now, I'm in proofread mode. I gotta turn it in by tomorrow night, but I may turn it in tomorrow morning. instead. Here I am hoping and praying for at least a decent grade. After that, I have a group project and books to read.

Women...
....No comment.

"And now, a taste of things to come."
Yeah, I'm quoting Mortal Kombat. Well, it's time for something different and new. I don't know what yet, but it'll be something good. It could be something scifi. It could be music-related. It may even involve another group of mutants. The only difference about these guys is that they live in a sewer.


Well, I'm out. Peace and God Bless...and Happy Thanksgiving!!!!!!!!!

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Random Pics of the Month - November

Here are some random pics that should get one through the long holiday season...

Afterwards, the Ghostbusters made some Pumpkin Pie!

Neal Adams...WHAT HAPPENED???

Yeah, I made this. I got bored, okay?


Friday, November 9, 2012

Graphic Novels - Superman: Earth One Vol. 1


Well, in the midst of writing a 3000+ word paper, one must take a break. For some reason, I decided to write even more words to pass the time. Yeah, it’s crazy, I know. For the final post in Superman Month(s), I have decided to look at the somewhat controversial (?) graphic novel Superman: Earth One. I bought this book at a Borders’ store for 10 bucks, so you can tell that I really wanted this book. I thought about talking about it last year but decided to hold it off till now. Also, the second volume has FINALLY came out, so it's a good time to talk about this.

The Earth One line is kinda DC’s second attempt at rivaling Marvel’s Ultimate line. It takes the most popular heroes and updates their origins. Top talent, and I mean “Top!” is on these books. For the Batman book, it was Geoff Johns (aka the God of DC) and Gary Frank. For Superman, it is J. Michael Straczynscki (aka JMS) and Shane Davis. JMS is known for many things. From Babylon 5 and Thor to the walking Superman and the devil-dealing Spider-Man (not his decision by the way), JMS has done a lot of good and bad. I’ve seen Shane Davis on a few books and he’s pretty good. So with all of that in mind, let’s get to it.

Superman: Earth One
Writer: J. Michael Straczynski
Artist: Shane Davis

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Random Thoughts #19

Well, since it was a productive day, I thought I might end it with a couple of random thoughts.

Superman Month(s)
Well, it's the end of SUperman Month. That was one heck of a long month! The whole battle was nuts. It actually took three months to do all of this since I started writing stuff in August. That being said, I'm happy with how it turned out. Will I ever do this again? Yeah, but it won't take two frakkin' months  to finish it! I do have one more Superman post to finish and then the month (or months) will be over. I am definitely going on a break after all of this...

Grad School
"Now the fun begins." I have officially started on my research paper for my capstone class. The paper is on security violations in the workplace. I have about 2 pages written and am hoping to be done this weekend. The whole paper isn't actually due till December, but our teacher wants to do an assessment on our paper to see if we're on the right track. Here's hoping I'm on the right track. I also have the other two classes do deal with, so I'm pretty busy. And then there's my full-time job...Dang, now all I need is a girlfriend and that'll fill the "BUSY" quota.

Movies
A while back I said I was going to give a brief review of all of the movies I saw this summer. Well, here it is:

  • The Avengers - As I said before, "'Nuff said." This movie was awesome!!!
  • The Dark Knight Rises - This was good. On how it stacks up against the other two, I have no clue yet.  
  • Prometheus - This looked really interesting and started out well, but it got weird towards the middle and kept going on with the weirdness. I definitely think someone was right in naming this movie "Don't Touch That!"
  • The Expendables 2 - This...was pretty epic. All of my favorite action heroes were in it and it ruled. 
  • Snow White and the Huntsman - Yes, I saw this. I saw it with a friend. It was okay. Hemsworth was awesome, Theron was wickedly evil, and Stewart was bland but cute (Did I just say that?). 
  • Looper - The movie had a great premise and reminded me a lot of The Terminator. It does drag in the middle, but it picks back up towards the end. 
Now, there were some movies I wanted to see but just didn't like ASM and MIB3. I'll probably talk about those later.

Women
...yeah, I got nothing to say tonight about them. 

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Well, I need sleep, so Peace and God Bless. Watch out for a somewhat detailed look at that thing JMS wrote about Superman two years ago.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: The Story/Conclusion


Well, after two freakin’ months, I’ve gotten to the end of this long and arduous battle. It didn’t go too bad. I know I will definitely want to do something like this again I have a few ideas on what things could get matched up against.  When they’ll come out, I don’t know. I got a 3,000+ paper work on.  I do know that it’s not going to take two months to get through it!
Before I start the final round, here a few interesting facts on these writers:
  • All have worked on a Justice League comic of sorts.
  • All have done a run on a Superman comic book (except Waid. Come on DC!!!!)
  • Waid, Morrision, and Johns worked on the mini-series 52.
  • All of these guys at one time or another did work with Marvel.
  • Morrison and Byrne are known for having worked on an X-Men book.
  • Waid and Johns are known for working on The Flash.
Well, as Batman and Superman tend to say in every DC animated movie, “it ends tonight!”

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: The Art


Well, I’m finally toward the end of this battle and it’s looking close. Will something come out on top or will a tiebreaker be needed? Personally, I have no freaking clue, but it looks like I’ll be finding out soon. Today’s post is going to look the art and I’m going to try to choose the best one. It’s hard because the artwork in all four origins is more than decent. So, I’m going to do this in a straightforward format: Art team, pros, cons, and the decision.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Superman - Part 3


The Superman

Finally, here is the section about Clark in Metropolis. His reasoning for coming to the city is still the same: he comes to Metropolis to help people in need. They are all determined in fighting for their cause. All the versions also treat everyone the same way. He treats Luthor the same but he ain’t afraid to choke or punch one.  He regards his parents in the same way and he kind of treats Lois the same way. Of course, there are still differences. His friendship with Jimmy in the Nu52 is different and the way he treats his true heritage is different. In MoS, he doesn’t embrace his Kryptonian heritage like he does in all of the others. He’s like “So I’m an alien with knowledge of my home world? Meh, I’ll pass.”

Insert Wayne Brady joke here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Superman - Part 2


The Reporter
In this section, I’m going to look at the reporting side of Clark. It’s something that has been with the character since the beginning. All of these versions became reporters for a reason. For MoS Clark, he did it get to the first word on trouble. It’s a lot like how it was in the Golden Age. Since technology has stepped up during that time, there had to be another reason. With Birthright Clark and Nu52 Clark, they became reporters because they liked it. It's shown in their respective origins. Secret Origin Clark’s reason is vague and not mentioned, but I can guess it’s because he likes journalism as well. 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Superman - Part 1


And now we have gotten to the main star of these books: Kal-El, the last son of Krypton. We also know him by other names: Clark Kent and Superman. Out of all of these “battles,” this one is probably one of the hardest to do. I mean, it’s Superman! The book revolves around him and he’s actually pretty good in all of them.


Instead of doing what was done before, I going do something different. I’m splitting up this battle into three sections:  Pre-Superman, the Reporter, and Superman.  My decision will be in the final part.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: "Clark Kent: Mild-Mannered Reporter"


Today’s post is going to talk about something a little different: “Clark Kent: Mild-mannered Reporter.” Oh yes, I’m talking about the disguise that Clark has to have in order to have some sort of a normal life. Is Superman the real deal and Clark Kent the disguise? I’m not here to answer that question, but I do believe that there is a part of Clark Kent that is a disguise. So with all that being said, let’s get “Swell”.

...Swell. Who even says that? Oh well...

Friday, October 5, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Other Supporting Characters


Today’s post is going to look at the rest of the supporting characters that show up in these books. These are pretty much the friends and co-workers that appeared in some books and didn’t appear in others.


The supporting characters in MoS that are of some sort of importance are Perry White,  Lucy Lane and Lana Lang. Lucy shows up during the fifth issue and you can read more on that HERE. To sum it all up, Lucy was pretty much a damsel in distress. With Lana, it’s much more different and more personal to Clark.  She is pretty much the girl Clark left behind in Smallville. I talked about this in my look at MoS. This, as well as other things that happen in the book, makes Clark wonder about his place in the world and about whether he could have a future with Lois or not. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Random Pics of the Month - October

Well, it's October so you know what that means: Presidential Debates...Ah. Also, it's Halloween. So here are a couple of pics that are in the theme of the season, and here is one pic that shows that I haven't forgotten about my "battle" of the origins.

This is what happens when you threaten  to destroy PBS, Mr. Romney. 

MTSU is even weirder during Halloween.

I wonder what these guys would think of the debate...





Friday, September 21, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origin: Lois Lane


And now it's time to look at one of the most recognized characters in Superman’s universe: Lois Lane. She’s also known as “The Woman Who Can’t Put Two and Two Together.”

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Supporting Superheroes


Today’s post will stay within the spirit of the week and concentrate on the other superheroes that showed up in these origins. Yeah, I know that Birthright had no other heroes, but still...it's my show! So, let’s start off with that one hero who everyone loves for some reason: The Rick James-Slappin’ Batman!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Jimmy Olsen


This week's posts are the supporting characters of these books. Here’s a quick one on a character who most people hate for some unknown reason: Jimmy Olsen.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Krypton


In today’s post, I will look at the other side of Superman’s heritage: the Kryptonian side. Unlike last time where I only looked at the Kents, I will also look at the world of Krypton as well as the Els. The overall story is pretty much the same in all four incarnations. Krypton is about to blow up, so Jor-El sends his only son into space to a planet where he will be safe. Are there differences? Oh Yes.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: The Kents


This week’s posts will look at the both sets of parents. Today, I will be looking at the adoptees of the origins: John and Martha Kent. I’ll be calling them Pa and Ma for short. 

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Random Pics of the Month - September

To stay within the themed month, here are some images from the four books I'm looking at. These are images from the books that not only look distracting. Some of these just look off.

Lois! I think we're in the wrong book! Superman's got that dang collar!

If there is one thing that is constant in this origin, it's that Lex ALWAYS looks evil even when he's a kid

Clark: What happened to me? What happened to you? Did you use that race-changing machine again?

And of course, there's this "gem"...

Weeeeee!!!!!!! I'm high suckas!


Friday, September 7, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins - Other Villains

Today’s post will talk about the other villains that appear in these origins. Oh yeah, the surgery went well. I'm back home recuperating.


Thursday, September 6, 2012

Best Superman Fights

For this post, I'll be going over my favorite Superman fights. Like last year's post, it doesn't matter which medium they're in. Movies, TV, comics, you name it.


10. Superman vs. Draaga (Superman: Exile)
I'm not talking about the fight from Justice League, I'm talking about the fight from the "Exile" storyline. We see Superman being forced to participate in Mongul's gladiator matches. The last combatant is Draaga, the current champion. It's an even fight and Superman gives in to his inner "Conan" to kick some butt.
One wonders if he will pillage villages and laminate women after this incident. 

Monday, September 3, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Lex Luthor

Today, I’ll be looking the four versions of Lex Luthor in these origins. He’s considered to be Superman’s greatest enemy as well as a cool enemy himself. He’s “so bad”! He appears in all four origin stories though the one he least appears in is MoS. I’ll start out with some basic information on each one and then I’ll do a comparison/decision.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Battle of the Super-Origins: Intro


Well, here I go...

A few months ago, an idea popped into my mind: What is the greatest recent Superman origin that was or is in continuity? I actually kind of wanted to know mostly because there have been so many of them in recent decades. As Superman fans well know, Kal-El has had his origins told over and over again. In this millennium, we’ve have had three different (technically four) origins in the comics. Characters like Batman and Spider-Man have had one origin that have stuck for a long time. The same goes for a lot of comic characters…except Wonder Woman of course. I don’t know why that is. I understand that stuff has to change over time, but 3 reboots in the last decade? That’s a bit much.

Well, this pic makes a whole lot more sense now!

Random Thoughts #18

Well, it's Sunday and I'm trying to relax a bit from last week. It's time for some random thoughts.

Grad School
Well, I'm about to start my last semester of grad school. I have three classes and they look challenging. One class involves a long research paper that's due at the end of November. Another class involves decision making with Excel. That's gonna be a little challenging, but I should do alright in all three classes. It shouldn't be too hard, especially with having a new job and all...oh yeah, I have a new job!

New Job
Monday, I started a new job. I'm now an Analyst at Yates Services. They're contracted by Nissan and it's not too far from Murfreesboro. It's pretty much between Nashville and the Boro. Right now, I'm trying to fix some Access databases that they have had for a while. I know another task I will have will be being the support for the time attendance software called Novatime. The whole job looks challenging, but I can do it. I know who I can turn to for help.

Surgery
Yeah, the title is unfortunately right. A couple of weeks ago my side was hurting badly ,so I went to the emergency room. It turns out I have gall stones in my bladder. Friday, I'll be getting outpatient surgery to remove my gall bladder. Prayers for a quick recovery and no complications are wanted. I'm not too worried  about the whole thing though. I just want it over with. I know this week I'll be trying to get done certain assignments because I know I may not want do to much over the weekend.

Superman Month
Well, its that month again. This month is going to be a bit different. Here's the link to my intro for the Battle of the Super-Origins. I'm also going to post a few other things for the month. I actually have a lot of the Battle done and ready. The themed month still  might go into October since I have a job and I'm a grad student. I also work part-time for Zordon when Alpha 5 gets all messed up on malware...Yeah, I'm kidding about that.  Still, that would be cool.

Zordon: Alpha! What are you viewing on the viewing globe?
Alpha 5: I do not know. I do know it is frying my circuits!

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Well, I'm outta here. I gotta get some things posted and read. Peace and God Bless.





Friday, August 17, 2012

Random Video of the Week - Daredevil video

Here's the recent buzz on the new Daredevil movie by Fox: it ain't happening. You can read more about all that stuff here. The video I'm about to link is what recently-hired director Joe Carnahan showed to the bigwigs at Fox.  It's basically a sizzle reel that shows clips from the 70's and the Daredevil comics and movie. I have to say it was GOOD. If they ever make a TV show or a movie that's based like this, I'm all in for it.

Here's hoping that Marvel can do something with the character. I do like the 2003 movie but it's not my favorite. I actually have the Director's Cut which has been said to be better than the theatrical version....Ive had the DC for a while and I still haven't watched it yet. I just may watch it this weekend.

Here's the video:


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Random Video of the Week: Watcher of the Skies by Genesis

I guess while I'm off in origin-land, I guess I can post some random stuff. For some reason, I have been looking at the Peter Gabriel-era of Genesis (Yes, Genesis.). It was  acutally pretty good. The music was sweet. Phil Collins was just on drums and sounding awesome. On the other hand, Peter Gabriel (lead singer at the time) was good, but...well...look at this and see what I'm talking about. I like the song by the way.



Some random tidbits:

  • Yes, that's Gabriel, not Dracula...I think anyway. I have to admit that the 70's were weird.
  • No, this isn't Phantom of the Opera though that beginning makes it feel like this is. 
  • Phil Collins has hair and lots of it!
  • I can't explain the ending...I don't think anyone can.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Random Pics of the Month - August

Before I start my break from this place, here are three pics that have are a teaser for later...

Well, it's official...Deathstroke has the title for "Worst Surrogate Father" as well as the "Worst Father" award. 

Heat vision usually has three uses: Offense, Intimidation, and Shaving. Guess which one goes into "El Diablo!!!!" territory. 

I found these laying around the house, so I did this. I think they're still stuck in this position. 




Random Thoughts #17

Well, it's Wednesday, I have an interview tomorrow, and I am bored off my butt. I think I got a couple or random thoughts to dish out.

Grad school
Summer school is finally over. Now, I just have three weeks of relaxation...dang, that sounds wrong. Oh well...I did pretty good with my classes except for the first one. I made a C. Ouch. At least it was one of those "Miracle of God" C's. My other class went better. I made an A and it even  made me get productive in this idea I've had for a long time: a library system for my stuff (movies, books, games, and comics). It's coming together pretty well. I have three more classes in the Fall and then I'm done.

Jobs
I recently had an interview for this company called Yates Services. The job looks interesting, I'll give it that. I haven't heard anything yet though. I also have an interview tomorrow at this company in Lebanon. I don't know how all of this stuff will work out, but I do know someone who does know, so I'll be going to Him for guidance in whatever happens.

Women
I think it's finally time to look for one of those. (lol)

A Break
Yes, I'm taking a break from this blog. I think I need it especially since I have something special planned for September. My plan is to look at the recent rebooted origins of Superman (Birthright, MoS, Secret Origin, and New 52) and see which origin is the best. It's actually an idea that I have had mulling around in my mind for the past few months. It's also a question that I myself want to find the answer to. during the month, I plan to read the four origins (I haven't read Secret Origin yet) and I  will post the results of my "analysis" in September.
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"So, it's been a lot of fun, but...well...I guess that all!!"...for now.

Oh yeah, Trigun is awesome!!!!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

Movie Talk - The Nolan Batman Franchise

All this poster needs is Michael Jackson in the middle of the two and a boombox playing "Beat It". 

Well, it's time for that post that will end Spider-Bat Month. I'm holding off the Spidey movies for a while. I haven't seen them. I'm also holding off the other Batman shows because I really don't have much to say about them. The Batman was okay for what it was.  and Batman: The Brave and the Bold was good. That show was more of a DC show than a Batman show though. Yeah, Batman was the main star, but it was the guest stars who made the show interesting.

And finally, it's time to talk about the guy.... What, are you dense? Are you stupid or something? Who the heck do you think I am talking about? I'm talking about Nolan's Batman, suckas!!!

 And yes, I just G-rated the infamous quote from All-Star Batman. Thank you, thank you.

Background
I did not know what to think when I first heard that a new Batman movie was coming out back in '05. After that last franchise, I think no one knew what to expect. I had never heard of Chris Nolan or Christian Bale. I ended up seeing both Batman Begins and The Dark Knight at the KUC on MTSU's campus. The KUC shows movies that are close to coming out on DVD. Then there's The Dark Knight Rises. I just saw that at Pulaski's theatre The Martin. Yes, we have a theater and it's about time.  What did I think about the three? Find out below:

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Wow...these men have moves!

Well, I had nothing to post today, so I thought I would post something weird: Heroes Dancing!!!

And yes, I apologize for bringing this scene up...


This next scene I have no apologies for: it's AWESOME...in a cheesy way.


Cheers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Graphic Novels - Batman Knightfall: Part One - Broken Bat

Well, that one movie that’s destined to break the box office has finally come out. No, I haven’t seen it yet, but I plan to soon. It’s a little hard to write something down in this intro because I really don’t have much to say today. It could be that I still got that whole Colorado thing on my mind or I just really don’t know what to say (it’s probably both).  I know that I have a lot of stuff coming up school-wise, so it’s time to get this done. So here we go…Well! Maybe I did have something to say after all. 

The 90’s was full of awesome stuff and not-so-awesome stuff. This event, along with another DC event from this era that involved Superman, fits in there somewhere. I just don’t know where yet. For those who don’t know, Knightfall was a major crossover event in the Batman books during the 90’s. Without spoiling anything, it all started when some dude named Bane decided to do something to the Batman. I ended up getting Part one of this event at The Great Escape for a bargain. I read it and I’m saving my opinion for later.  The creative team for this tpb is listed below and I don’t know much about these guys except for Jim Aparo and Chuck Dixon. Well, with all of that out of the way, it’s time to start this sucka!

Batman: Knightfall Part One – Broken Bat
Writers: Doug Monech and Chuck Dixon
Pencillers: Jim Aparo, Norm Breyfogle, Graham Nolan, and Jim Balent

SYNOPSIS

Monday, July 16, 2012

TV Talk - Other Spider-Man Shows

Well, I'm back to finish this segment for the wall-crawler off. Instead of doing 3 separate posts, I've decided to combine them into one big post because I really don't have much to say about them. There are four shows left,  so let's start with the show that is....well...Spider-Man Unlimited!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Graphic Novels - Ultimate Spider-Man: Power and Responsibility


Well, here it is…ULTIMATE…SPIDER-MAN…Yeah. Not X-Men. I don’t know if I will ever do that GN on here. Anyway, since Amazing Spider-Man has just come out (and I still haven’t seen it), I thought it would be good to look at a piece that may have influenced this movie a little bit.

 For those who don’t know, Ultimate Spider-Man was the first of a new series by Marvel Comics. Basically, it was a whole new modernized universe with the characters we love. We would see their origins modernized and up to date. Spider-Man and the X-Men pretty much started out this Ultimate Universe and it was a success. The Ultimate Universe is still around in some fashion today but things have changed a lot. One thing about this universe I like is that literally anything can happen. And yes, ANYTHING, even horrible crossovers.

The creative team for this GN and the USM book at the time was Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley. Bendis is pretty much known for the Avengers stuff and other things like his run on Daredevil and a book called Powers. I don’t know much about Bagley. I do know that he used to be on the Spidey books back in the 90’s. The issues in this trade are the first seven issues of USM. For this, I’m going back to the issue by issue format.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Favorite Songs - Earth, Wind, and Fire

But first, a small piece from a funny conversation:

Me: What does Earth, Wind, and Fire bring to mind?
Brie: lol Captain Planet?
Me: (laughing my butt off) ....Close, but no.
Brie: Then what?
Me: EWF is a old-school R and B group and they're playing in Nashville on the 23rd. Since you don't know about them, I doubt you would want to go.

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This was about a couple of months ago when I first heard about the concert. At first, it looked like the concert would happen. My friend said she might want to go. Alas, I realized something: I'm a freakin' grad student taking summer courses. So, me and my friend did not see the Elements do their thing live. Oh well...it may had been for the best since I had an SQL project to work on.

So how did I find out about EWF? Thank Mixed 92.9 and some of my uncle's records for that. When I was younger,  92.9 used to have this segment every Saturday night where they would play music from the 70's. The records were at the house ("Greatest Hits Vol."1 and "I Am") along with a lot of other records (one being Michael Jackson's "Thriller") and a record player. I don't have everything they have done. I only have one of those "Essentials" CD packs and a few other songs on my iPod. I'm  gonna have to eventually listen to all of their songs. I know there are some good ones that I have never heard. Man, I wish we played some of their stuff back in my high school band. Who knows how it would have sounded though...

Anyway, when it comes to saying which songs are the best, it's a little tough...Okay, Real Tough. ALL of them are good. It's probably why I held this group off for so long, but it's time to do this.   I really don't have much to say about these songs. Most of them talk about things like love and life. Their music is a good blend of rhythm and blues, funk, and soul. I had to stop at ten because that sounds like a good place to stop. Besides, this is just a piece of the pie that is Earth, Wind, and Fire. Take a listen.

Friday, July 6, 2012

TV Talk - Spider-Man (1994)

Well, it's time for another TV show. I do have to say that this one trumps the live-action tv show by a lot, but this is a show that also included this...guy. Wow. Anyway, what show am I talking about? Spider-Man (aka Spider-Man: The Animated Series).

Background
It all started with a tape of recorded shows. After part 3 of the Dark Phoenix Saga ended, I saw an intro (an awesome intro) of this show. It was the first episode of the series. I really didn't watch the series regularly. I either saw episodes recorded or at someone else's house. When we finally got cable, the show was getting ready to go off and I was able to see the last two episodes. Since then, I've seen just about every episode of the show via Disney XD and reruns on FOX. I think my favorite seasons would have to be Seasons 2 and 3. You can't go wrong with mutated spiders and goblins.  Recently, I've been watching some episodes on  Netflix. What do I think of  it now? Find out below.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Random Thoughts #16

Well, it's 1:22 PM (and all's well!!!!)  and I'm at home trying to relax before I have to head back to Nashville. It looks like it's time for a couple of random thoughts.

I hate overdrafts...
'Nuff said.

Grad School
Next week I'll be starting another class. Luckily, this class only lasts for four weeks. From what I've heard, it's based around Microsoft Access. So, it looks like I'll be retreading some old ground  again this time. Oh yeah, I made a C in my Database Programming class....yay? That class was pretty tough and gruelling. Still, I'm glad I took it because I have some new skills with SQL now. Yeah, they still need growing, but this looks like something I'll be using in future jobs God willing.

Movies
Well, I've seen three movies since May. I still have a couple more to see like Amazing Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. I'll post my thoughts on the movies I have seen at the end of the summer movie season. Out of all of them, my favorite has definitely been The Avengers. It's definitely on my top list of great comic book movies. The worst or least favorite involves a "Big Frickin' Facehugger".


Women
...Yeah, just putting this here. No reason yet.


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That's all I got today. I'm still in Spider-Bat (or Bat-Spider) Month, so I'll still be posting things. I got some  more TV shows coming up, two movie franchises, and two GNs. After July, I'm taking a break. It's mostly because I'll be planning something for September.What is it? This pic should give a hint.