3 months ago
You thought this was an Age of Ultron post? Nah. Close though.
My wireless router has died, well, the wireless part has. I can still get online with my desktop which is tethered. I really want my wireless back though. XD
So, all my friends much wiser than I am... I have a budget of $200 but I'd like to only spend half of that if possible. What router should I buy?
3 months ago
Forgive me father for I have sinned, it's been a year since I last logging onto RT.
Yeah, so I've been absent for awhile. For the three of you who care, I've been doing okay. I spend most of my online time on tumblr, but I've been spending a lot of time at the local comic book shop. Made some friends there, been helping to renovate the place. It's pretty awesome.
I've been writing, a lot. I finish a book called Copper and Gold. I even had it content edited. I'm doing some edits based on the content edit and then going to get it line edited. I am also having a cover done for it. Don't know what I'm going to do exactly once it's done. I've already started the sequel (six chapters in). Might try to self-publish but I dunno. I vary between "this is a fun little popcorn book" and "no one would want to read this in a million years"... so typical writer stuff.
Mentally I'm in a better place, better than I've ever been before actually. Clinical depression is still there but I manage it much better. Still off caffeine and that's helped a lot.
I have a small garden now. And a growing collection of key-issue comics. Which is in direct confliction to my saving up for a massive trip to Australia but them's the breaks. I'm also going to Branson again this year but that's actually being paid for me so yay.
Nothing truly exciting going on in my life which is a bit of a thankful thing seeing as I've had my share of drama. So, yeah... nice and peaceful, most days.
1 year ago
After watching a movie recently, I was speaking to a friend of mine and in the conversation I mentioned how I didn't like that they killed off a certain character. His reply: "Someone had to die.'
Really? When did that become a rule? Where is it written? Who said that someone had to die for a story to be more effective?
It's become an increasing trend that stories/movies where someone dies, for whatever reason, are given automatic praise, while films where everyone survives to the end are deemed unrealistic and trite. (This is not counting horror/disaster movies where the point of the film is that everyone is going to die.)
I do not live in a bubble, I know that people die and have seen many deaths in my lifetime, up close and personal in some unfortunate instances, and I understand that this is a part of life: people live, people die. So why such a focus at the moment on death? Why is it that a character has to die in order to prove the severity of the situation? Why do heroes only become heroes after someone dies?
Isn't that rather... selfish?
What does it say about your hero if they will only rise up to the challenge of saving thousands of nameless strangers unless someone they know and care about is killed?
Granted, death is not always as petty as that, but increasingly this is the plot device of choice. Insert Character A and B. Kill Character B to get Character A to react thusly. Or worse, kill off Character B to prove that things are serious without actually having to do any work in building up the villain beyond 'hey, they killed someone, they must be a bad dude'.
The common argument I hear is 'it's more realistic' if a character dies.
For certain stories dealing with certain subjects, yes, I would be highly disappointed if death was just glossed over and ignored. But when you're talking about films or stories that are meant to simply entertain, to prove life lessons, or be self-affirming... life is just as realistic as death.
People survive the unimaginable every day. Through luck. Through shear force of will. Through the work of true heroes.
Why have we forgotten this?
Why do our writers/producers/etc now believe that if they are making a movie where the genre/subject matter doesn't automatically require everyone lives or people die, then the default should be to go ahead and kill people off cause 'that makes it more real'?
I have theories... but I'm not really qualified to say for certain.
All I know is that I can no longer get attached to characters because there is a better than even chance they will be killed off just to prove the story means business, instead of the writer taking the time to actually flesh out their characters and show that they are evil, demonstrous individuals, without taking a single life... which is a hell a lot scarier than any death could ever make me fear.
Sleepy Hollow airs on FOX on Monday's @ 9/8c
In this modern-day twist on Washington Irving's classic, ICHABOD CRANE (Tom Mison, â€œSalmon Fishing in the Yemenâ€) is resurrected and pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to the founding fathers. Revived alongside Ichabod is the infamous Headless Horseman who is on a murderous rampage in present-day Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod quickly realizes that stopping Headless is just the beginning, as the resurrected rider is but the first of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and only one of the many formidable foes that Ichabod must face to protect not only Sleepy Hollow, but the world.
As Ichabod finds himself in 2013's Sleepy Hollow, he discovers a town he no longer recognizes and grapples to understand. Teaming up with Lt. ABBIE MILLS (Nicole Beharie, â€œ42,â€ â€œThe Good Wife,â€ â€œShameâ€), a young cop who has her own supernatural experiences, the two embark on a mission to stop the evil that has awoken along with Ichabod and that now is seeping into this once-sleepy town.
So what do you think? I was pleasantly surprised by the fact that show avoided a lot of the time travel tropes and exposition in favor of seamless story telling.
2 years ago
Because of an epic quote usage, I feel like posting some quotes from 80s movies. See if you can guess the movie, some are easier than others, but no cheating!
1. The short dead dude from our history review.
2. I ask for so little. Just fear me, love me, do as I say and I will be your slave.
3. Life is NOT a malfunction.
4. What did you do, wake up this morning and say, "Today, I'm going to ruin a man's life"?
5. I was a victim, too. At least my wife was. She had friends who were Socialists.
6. Hey, it's a kind of magic!
7. Do you think you can help me? Someone seems to have stuck a knife in my wallet.
8. You lost today, kid. But that doesn't mean you have to like it.
9. Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.
10. You killed the car.
2 years ago
So I decided to finally sit down and watch Legend of Korra this evening, only 12 half-hour episodes so it wasn't the worst marathon I've ever done.
Anyway, while I loved the look and feel of LOK with it's 1920s vibe and almost steampunk-ish aspects, overall, I thought it was sub-par.
The storyline was yet another in a long line of what I call "occupy plot". The whole quasi-socialist manipulative government revolution stuff is by far anything new, just recently it's in everything and always used the same way. Makes it hard to care when you can figure out the playbill one act in.
For a bit there I thought they might actually do something fresh with the love triangle stuff but at the end it was just lame. Of course those two hook up, yawn. It might have been okay if it wasn't so cookie cutter in how it played out. Though I will give props to the writers for not making Korra and Asami fall into the bitch-fight trope or villifying the other woman trope.
Now, I know, they were only planning on this being it, one mini-series only, so I can forgive a lack of character detail in places whereas in TLA you got to see more of the universe. I just wish that they could have spent some more time fleshing it out in LOK, just here or there. It all felt way too rushed, but again, won't totally fault them on that. (Though I think it would have made the end of Amon have a lot more impact if his backstory wasn't just jammed in there at the end.)
It also wasn't quite as fun. I mean, Bolin was hillarious and lovable (so of course he didn't get the girl /eyeroll), but there wasn't that sense of joy that was in TLA. I mean, I see what they were trying to do, Korra is a different personality than Aang, plus the world was changing, becoming more industrialized... but the balance between joy and gravatis didn't quite seem balanced to me.
Am I going to watch the next book? Yeah, I did love what they did with the visuals and the universe, plus there is so much under the surface that is just waiting to be scratched at. It's just if it wasn't being extended... I'd feel very disappointed in the whole thing.
2 years ago
My mom is reading the Dresden Files books... she gets to the end of "Changes" which is the twelfth book in the series and, basically, a lot of shit goes down and leaves on a really big, HUGH, cliffhanger...
But all my mom can say is "What happened to Mister?"
Mister is the cat.
Nevermind everyone who has died, been injuried, etc... she's worried about the damn cat.
I love my mommy.
2 years ago
Okay... as some of you might now... I've been kinda out of the loop the last week or so because I've been trying to catch up on an Anime called Fairy Tail. It started as a Manga in 2006 and is still ongoing as both manga and adapted anime series. It's also free to watch on ianimetv.net/series/fairy-tail/ and you can read the manga online as well.
What is it about, you ask? (Okay, you probably didn't, but gonna tell you anyway.)
Fairy Tail is the name of a wizard's guild in the town of Magnolia in the kingdom of Fiore. In this world, wizards are specialized, you have anything from wind mages to ice mages to card magic mages to rune mages, etc. There is a strange mix of modern and classical in the world as well, such as there is no industry that I can tell, or electronics, yet some characters wear sunglasses. But it works, trust me.
Anyway, this doesn’t sound very unique… and really… it isn’t… the world itself is pretty average as they come, even with it being a little different, the idea of these kinds of mages/wizards and guilds and stuff aren’t something we haven’t seen a zillion times.
What makes this series great is the fact that it’s so darn hilarious and often very self-aware.
One of the main characters, Lucy, is a Celestial Spirit mage and can call forth celestial spirits, some of which are members of the Twelve Zodiac like Taurus and Aquarius… both of whom have issues. Seriously… Taurus is a pervert and Aquarius is a piece of work. Virgo is always asking to be punished, even when she’s being thanked for a job well done.
Natsu is arguably the lead character and he’s a Fire Dragon Slayer… he was taught dragon slaying magic… by a dragon… the problem with that is noted, yes. He is extremely powerful, actually eats fire… and gets extremely bad motion sickness.
His best friend is Happy. A blue cat that talks and flies in a world where cats are… cats. So Happy is unique and is often the one to throw out one-liners. He also has an obsession with fish, but he’s a cat, so what else is new?
Natsu’s other best friend (though neither will admit to being friends, pfft, they might as well be brothers they way they act) is Gray. Gray is an Ice-Make Mage which means he creates ice instead of just controlling ice. Natsu and Gray always fight each other to a draw… though Natsu will only fight Gray if he’s at least wearing pants.
Gray has this little problem… he’s an exhibitionist. There is reason behind it, but basically Gray will randomly start taking his clothes off without realizing it until some points it out to him. Usually it’s just his shirt that goes but he’ll often go down to his underpants… though there has been an occasion or two where he’s just gone completely nude without realizing it.
Don’t worry guys, there are plenty of girls in this too and all are drawn like typical Anime females, there is even an episode that admits to being completely fan service and makes an excuse for almost every female seen in the show up to that point to all get into bikinis…
Oh, there is also Erza, one of Fairy Tail’s strongest wizards, even Natsu can’t defeat her, and she’s very much the stoic straight man of the act. She has her moments though.
There is also tons of other characters who show up, come and go, and all have a uniqueness to them that either makes them fearsome, sad, hilarious, or huggable.
As for the hilarity I mentioned before, that comes in the dialogue. Like I said, the show is self aware and there is often inserts of comments made by people that are often off the wall or “that’s exactly what I was thinking” kind of things. I really like it, I found it totally hilarious.
And in the reverse, there was even times that made me cry. The show does a great job of investing you into the characters beyond just the fighting and comedy. Sure, that's a big part of it, but everyone has a backstory, everyone has a reason for being who they are at this moment. Erza specifically has some very powerful scenes in the Nirvana story-arc that just blew me away. Both the words used and the weight behind them. It's a good example of how to use drama without being 'dramatic for drama's sake'.
Now, like any anime, Fairy Tail can get a little repetitive in the literal sense of reusing a lot of scenes and reminding the audience what is going on (which when you're watching back to back is more annoying than once a week, i guess)… and there are some bits of dialogue that I’m glad I watched it Subbed rather than in English cause I’m just not sure any voice actor could pull it off… but over all… I think it was a great investment of my time and I even bought some of the manga’s.
If you guys are looking for something fun to kill some time then check out Fairy Tail!
Theatre Manager as a Prestige Class
Requirements: LvL 6 Neurotic with min seven ranks in Electrician, Mechanic, Accounting, Promoting, and HR Management.
Feats: Babysitter, Improved Babysitter, Craft Popcorn, Craft Cotton Candy, Dauntless, Exotic Weapon Profeciency (Popcorn Scoops) and Dodge.
Skill Points: Min +3 Mods in Dex, Int and Wis. Will Save: Maxed.