The Surprise of there NEVER being a Surprise Party

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I’ve always wanted a surprise birthday party. It’s never happened though. I’ve thrown surprise birthday parties for people. I’ve dropped subtle hints here and there but alas… I think that ship has sailed. The closest to having one (or so I thought) was in the mid 90’s. At the time we had a big group of friends that congregated together on an almost constant basis. That past winter and the current summer I had gotten a few surprise birthdays to go down. So when my day was coming… I was almost sure of it. So sure, because out of the norm, our group all made up excuses to be doing things completely out of the norm for each of them. It was almost bad how bad the excuses were!!! So from early morning though the afternoon I was ecstatic. I knew all of my friends were going to throw something big. As 6 pm arrived, people started to take off on these stupid excursions though. All of a sudden, I realized that there was nothing happening. I had made no secret of the day, in the lead up to that very day, and no one bothered. In fact, no one even really remembered until all the various parties were about to take off and I said something to the effect of, “Yeah right, you’re not going there, right? This is like a surprise birthday thing right?” To which they replied they had forgotten and wished me a Happy Birthday. Then the various sub groups departed to do their thing. I think I just went home and watched a movie.

That wouldn’t be the last time either. For some strange reason, people just tend to forget my birthday altogether. There was one year where absolutely no one remembered. I thought I would get a call or even a well wished greeting but nothing. Never mind getting gifts or having a surprise party, can I get a “Happy Birthday?”

When Facebook came along, I’d then get the “Happy Birthday” post since FB reminded people. I actually made my birthday private this year, since I’m not on FB all that much. Yet, I still went over their to check it out on that day and not surprising… nothing. Even my best friend forgot this year (again actually). I don’t know what it is precisely but I’m completely invisible and in the background. I’ve given up on there ever being a surprise birthday party (never mind the fact that most of the group of friends has pretty much dispersed at this point). I have become the invisible Ninja.

It is what it is… But when that day hit his year, like every year, I did fantasize about that surprise party I’ve always wanted. Maybe next year… Yeah right… Oh well… At least Bing remembered and gave me a whole screen/wallpaper with motion all that day to enjoy!!! THANKS Microsoft/BING!!!!!!!!

 

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 5/19/18

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The Royal Wedding

We got up this morning at 6:30 am and tuned into CBS to watch the Royal Wedding. I liked it a lot. I liked seeing the cast of Suits and other celebs pointed out. I liked watching the British spectacle mixed with American ease. It was fun.

I saw some snarky social media things online and it instantly reminded me of why I’m no longer participating (posting or tuning in daily) in the social media nonsense. I so hate social media these days. Nothing but a dumpster fire of snark.

 

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Season Finale

FINALLY we have a good episode!!! Too much of this back half of the season was basically just Agents of Dark Hallways. The title of this episode was “The End” and truthfully, it should have been. But… It was renewed for another 13 episodes. This left off in a good place and renewing it really just makes it filler. I would have been happy if this was really the final episode. I have no clue how they will drag it on from here.

 

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Please Amazon Prime… Pick up The Expanse!!!

I’m going to be really sad if this show does go the way of Dark Matter and Blood Drive because SYFY is a shitty network. I’m hopeful that Amazon Prime will pick it up, since they already have the streaming rights to past seasons. Netflix is too focused on putting out a million things that are all original content, so I think even bothering with them is a lost cause at this point. I love Netflix but honestly… Their game plan for the future is really bad. At certain point, bills will be due to pay for all of this “original content” and their subscriber growth will have plateaued. So, for this reason, I hope the producers of The Expanse concentrate on getting Amazon Prime to pick them up.

 

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Google just GO AWAY!!!

I used to be “all in” when it came to Google but now… I can’t stand this company. It’s the biggest “1984, Big Brother, out of touch, and evil company” that exists today. From this creepy duplex AI robo-calling to their “Selfish Ledger,” where they want to use everyone’s information to force people to act and be a certain way… Google is just EVIL. People need to wake up because Google is a really bad company to have anything to do with.

 

 

SYFY Drops The Expanse

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Remember when Dark Matter was cancelled by SYFY last year because SYFY only had first run LIVE viewing rights? Turns out, the same is true of The Expanse, and since SYFY can’t make any money streaming it, they are dropping it. Our lesson should now be that we check the viewing rights for any show SYFY greenlight’s because if they don’t have them then expect a 3rd year cancellation.

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The studio that makes The Expanse are going to try and shop the show’s fourth season around but I don’t have a lot of hope for a new home to be found. After all, Dark Matter had even more viewers and no one picked it up. If this was the time of the up and coming of Netflix, Prime, and HULU then there may have been a shot. As it stands, those “saviors” don’t go for left overs much these days. Especially expensive leftovers. The truth is… It’s better to not hold out hope of a savior for the show and then if it does happen, enjoy it as a surprise.

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It also seems like SYFY is announcing this now, after only 5 episodes have aired in season 3, in the hopes of actually killing it’s chances of being picked up elsewhere. If people see that the show has been canceled now, then many will just drop it now. The ratings for the last half of the season tank, and then the metrics are worthless. It’s a pretty shitty thing for SYFY to do.

I’ll finish off this season, watch the final season of 12 Monkey’s and Killjoys, and that just leaves The Magicians left for me to view on SYFY. I may not even bother with George R.R. Martin’s Nightfliers because the chance for cancellation is just to great on this channel. SYFY needs to learn that you can’t just dump on the core viewers like this. Pretty much all of the goodwill SYFY fostered over the last decade has now been drained right out. It’s a pretty pathetic game plan if you ask me.

 

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 5/9/18

Medieval Spawn and Witchblade #1 (Image)

Here comes a nice little crossover series that will have Spawn and Witchblade mingling together. Will they fight or join forces… Or fight then join forces (that seems to be a pretty normal dynamic now). The art looks beautiful and the story in this first issue is basically just setting up Medieval Spawn and that he was once a former king. The land was once green and lush but now evil is everywhere. It’s Spawn though so it’s automatically worth checking out!!!

Scooby Apocalypse #25 (DC)

Whoa… We lose a cast member!!! I was not expecting this. I mean, this series is more adult than the after school cartoon version but we actually see the death of a main cast member in this issue.

This series has really been stellar so far and it works on so many levels. My only complaint is the backup story needs to be dumped so we get more pages of the main story every month. Other than that… I have no issue at all about recommending this. It’s a really good read!!!

Anon (Netflix)

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Let me just start by saying… I would buy this movie. This has the total cyberpunk/Sci-fi/BladeRunner “feel” to it. It has “speculated reality,” as in this is stuff we will probably see in upcoming technology. AR has way more potential than VR will ever have. Mark my words here. The reason… AR gives companies way more advertising potential. Sad but true. Damn marketers and advertisers. But I digress…

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Anyway, Clive Owen is a detective who is investigating killings done by a woman who is completely anonymous. She can hack the system and disappear from everything. In this world, you can see the overlay (AR) through your eye and you have a “life record” that records everything. Basically, no privacy at all. So Amanda Seyfried has the ability to hack this system and stay anonymous, which makes her the perfect person to be a contract killer.

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The movie has a unique premise, really good acting, and it really draws you in. Bravo to Netflix for grabbing this one. This is truly a quality movie!!! On a side note, why is Amanda Seyfried not in more movies???

 

 

Ahead of the Superhero Curve

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I was always ahead of the super hero curve. That’s what comes from being a comic book collector from way back. I was buying and wearing Batman T-shirts a whole year before Batman (’89) came out (that’s about when you could start finding them). I remember in middle school there were others who made fun of me, “What a loser, wearing a Batman T-shirt.) The next year, after the movie was released, guess what? Those same losers who made fun of me, were now sporting Batman t-shirts. And now? Superheroes have blown up!!!

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I no longer have those old shirts but I quick Bing image search and I found them (Google…. man you have fallen so far. You didn’t even pick these up). My favorite was the top one with the purple tinge to it, and the street gang beaten up at his feet. Then I liked the second one with the cape hanging down in a cool way. The third one below was a cool swinging depiction which I believe came out after the first two above because I remember other people wearing this one.

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My point being… Well… No point really. I just found it funny that the clique morons made fun of me one year and then were doing the same thing the next year. Some of us live like individuals and don’t follow the beaten path while others… they follow us even though they look down on us from their fake platform of superiority. Being an individual is ALWAYS better than being a follower or some member of some group. Just saying…

 

 

 

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 5/2/18

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Harbinger Wars 2 Prelude #1 (Valiant)

It begins. The government goes too far and while keeping LiveWire distracted, they go after LiveWire’s Secret Weapon psiots. However, a small power fluctuation allows LiveWire the ability to break the psiot dampening in the building she is in and she learns of the threat to her the Secret Weapons. This is the first shot fired and it pushes LiveWire into the position making a massive move back. In this case, killing all of the electronics in the country. As in EVERYTHING!!! Now the stage is set for the Harbinger Wars 2.

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LiveWire is my favorite female comic book character. I love her story. I love that she started out as a somewhat side character and her story naturally progressed to the point where she is one of the most powerful characters in the Valiant Universe. I know that this HW2 is going to put LiveWire and Ninjak on opposite sides (they’re in a relationship) and this is going to be intense when it plays out.

Of special note in this issue, LiveWire is “hearing” everything done through technology and remember in Superman Returns when Superman is hearing everything and trying to tone out all of the voices, she is somewhat in the same boat but I think she is really “hearing” and “seeing” even more. I love the way this “over stimulation” plays out in this issue. I highly recommend jumping on this massive event NOW!!!

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Spawn  #285 (Image)

This is a great issue. Spawn is playing the game of being powerless and mute, moving the pieces on the board to achieve his ends. What are those ends? We the reader don’t really know yet but it works. The art is still terrifying and beautiful to behold. I’m loving this journey that Spawn is now on. I’m all in on this ride!!!

 

 

 

Avengers: Infinity War (NO SPOILERS)

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This is an epic once in a life time movie and the first part of the magnum opus that will end in Avengers 4 (May 2019). This is Marvel’s version of Empire Strikes Back. If you cry at movies, bring a hanky. Lot’s of people in tears when leaving the movie, even after sitting through the credits for the VERY important one scene at the very end. For those that have not read the comic book arc this is based on, this will be harder for you because you have no idea what is to come. For those who have read it, and knew this reckoning was coming, you will leave in a dark place but ready for the battle ahead.

Make no mistake, this is Thanos’ story. And one that is ripped right from the comic book. Truth be told, he actually has a very good point when you really think about things. Unlike the misguided hunters who believe it is their duty to cull animal populations, but scoff when the same is said about humanity, Thanos does NOT stand on a foundation of hypocrisy and he believes all life must be culled by 50%. So if you hunt, look in the mirror at your own hypocrisy. I don’t believe Thanos is correct in his undertaking but be that as it may, he has a VERY good point about overpopulation. No species should be culled or hunted by another intelligent being may be my belief, it isn’t his. But I digress… It is up to the cast of characters of the Marvel Universe to try and stop Thanos.

There are battles on an epic scale. There is the most moving music to ever be featured on film. Yes, the Avengers music may even hover higher than that of Star Wars now. You have to see this movie because it is very true, no other movie ever made is this epic. And this is only part one.

As a side note, The Scarlett Witch has really become one of my favorite characters and she is definitely one of the most powerful characters in the Marvel Universe.
GO SEE THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!

 

New Comic Book Reviews for the Week of 4/25/18

X-O Manowar #14 (Valiant)

This has to be one of the BEST covers of the year!!! I also love that the art inside is now back up to a gold standard. The last several issues, the art had been pretty sub par. I’m happy to say, every panel of this issue looks beautiful.

Aric returns to Earth, just in time for the Harbinger Wars 2 Event that starts next month. We don’t know where the battle lines are drawn but I’m willing to bet that LiveWire and Capshaw are on alternate sides here, both vying for X-O’s to join their side. We also get to see how the armor has grown in character too. I like that the armor can now speak, it makes for more character depth as the armor really is another aspect of the X-O character. You should definitely pick this one up!!!

Saga #51 (Image)

This starts out as more of an in between issue for our characters. We get to see daily events pass as they wait for the reporters to come through on the identity changes for Robot and his kid. Yet, don’t think it is all just normal life playing out. We lose a character in this book and I’m willing to bet there will be some major fallout in the next issue. Saga is still one of the BEST books out there and you can’t help but to be moved by these complex and interesting characters every month. Pick it up!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 4/21/18

Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe

Ninjak Vs. The Valiant Universe episode 1 of 6 of the webisodes debuts today at 11AM EST on Comicbook.com. A new episode will be ready to view each day at 11AM until all parts have aired. Comicbook.com will have the viewing rights for a short time so please GO WATCH THESE EPISODES!!! Us Valiant Comics fans have been waiting a long time for this web series to finally hit. The anticipation is HUGE!!!

Agents of Shield… Ready for The End

The final episode of the season/series is titled The End and I’m ready for The End. The budget must be next to nothing this year because virtually every scene takes place in a dark hall. This was understandable for the first part of the season when they were in space but now back on Earth… It’s just getting boring and dragging on and on. It feels like the writers either lost what made this show fun to watch or the limited budget just doesn’t allow for anything good to actually happen. Therefore.. I’m ready for it to just end.

The Internet… Ruined by Troll Comments

Someone posted some cool pics of their trip to Israel online and I wish they would have been able to disable the comments. Sure enough… some troll posted that it was “Palestine.” I guess you could lump him in with the millions of other dumbfucks who never learned anything about history and don’t realize that there is no Palestine. Just because you make up a name doesn’t make it a place. But I digress. This is why I increasingly try to avoid comments and debate on the web now. Instead of just letting people enjoy this other persons trip and the pictures they took, he had to be an ultra douche and chime in with his stupid comment.

For the record… The Palestinian side… get’s all of their water, food, electricity, and aid subsidized by Israel. So if they hate Israel so much… I’m a-ok with cutting this all off and letting them fend for themselves. That’s what a real country would do.

I got nothing else for today… Enjoy the Weekend… This has been the Streamline!!!