The BEST of 2017 Year End Wrap!!!

BEST Movie of 2017

For me, it was without a doubt Spider-man Homecoming. Marvel did right by me in bringing Spidey to life in a way that was very true to his early (and Ultimate) comic book form. The wise cracks were great, the action and adventure were on target, and updating the suit with “Hey Suit lady.” was a great addition. I can’t wait to see ole web head in Avengers Infinity War and the next Spidey movie.

Runners up:

Wonder Woman

Star Wars The Last Jedi

Justice League

BEST TV Show of 2017

The BEST TV show of 2017 was without a doubt Mr. Robot. Season 2 saw this show fall from my top 10 due to the slow pacing but season 3 rocketed this excellent show back to the top spot with its intense tension that filled each and every episode this year. There were moments where I found myself just holding my breath for what was to come next because the tension was so damn high. I’m super excited for the 4th season in 2018!!!

Runners up:

Game Of Thrones

Humans

Blood Drive

BEST Comic of 2017

The BEST Comic for 2017 was Ninjak (a second volume just started as Ninja-K) from Valiant Comics. Think Tony Stark crossed with Batman for a hi-tech Ninja that contracts with MI-6. The art is extraordinary, the stories are adult and in depth, and it’s an all around fun read.

Runners up:

Spawn

X-O Manowar

Scooby Apocalypse

*I didn’t read any new release books from 2017 as I’m still digging into older books such as Game of Thrones and some cyberpunk stuff from back in the day. Nor did I actively play any video games much in the last year, so that’s why both of those are not on this list. I’m trying to keep to things that were released or happened in 2017.

Most Anticipated Movie of 2018

Avengers Infinity War

Most Anticipated TV Show of 2018

Mr. Robot

Most Anticipated Comic of 2018

Ninjak vs the Valiant Universe (companion comic for the coming web movie release)

And that’s the wrap… Here’s looking forward to 2018!!!!!!!!!!

I’m Not Getting My Jetpack Am I?

When I was a kid, I had teachers who actually said, “By the time you are older, you’ll be flying around in jetpacks and flying cars.” I’m still waiting.

Sadly, I don’t see it happening and the reason being: Power Lines. Do you think the government would really allow us the freedom to strap on a jetpack, shoot up into the sky, and then chance being tied up in a power line? I’m fairly certain, that if jetpacks ever became economically viable and had the ability to last more than a minute, that the government would shut our fun new way of travel down real quick. I get it… You would have power line electrocutions on a regular basis. Just as we have car accidents now, but in this case, you would have people pissed that they have no power because Joe Smith went out and got drunk, strapped on the jetpack, and took a wild ride into the power line. Joe Smith won’t be doing any drunk flying after that one time though. Flying cars would even have stricter regulations. What if Joe Smith instead took the Porsche Air 911 out on a bender and crashed into a house? The fit is going to hit the shan then.

So here I sit, dreaming about flying high with my jetpack, the warmth of the engines toasting the backs of my legs, as I’m pushed into the fluffy white clouds above… only a dream of a future that probably won’t happen because of power lines… and irresponsible un-evolved monkeys who want to drink and fly… (sigh)…

Quick Hits: The Monthly Pop Culture Round Up

Star Wars The Last Jedi

I saw Star Wars The Last Jedi Saturday morning and I loved it. It was fun, it was visual, and despite a nit picky audience, it did Star Wars proud. I did go in knowing what the spoilers would be. When I had read through the spoilers on Friday, I have to say, they made me mad. Mad enough to lower my expectations. In the end, while every spoiler was in there, none of them really mattered. It proved to be a movie that flew over the audience criticisms and I enjoyed it thoroughly. If you haven’t seen The Last Jedi yet, what are you waiting for? GO SEE IT!!!

The Amazing Spider-man Worldwide

I’ve sworn off reading/buying Marvel comics ever since they retconned the Peter/MJ marriage, after all, Spider-man is my favorite superhero. I had every right to be mad. With that said, the artwork and the change up in the dynamic of Peter Parker’s life had been piquing my interest. I may not have bought or read any current Marvel comics, but I did stay in the know. With Worldwide, Parker had become a Tony Stark-like persona with his own company, Parker Industries, and Spider-man was now, much like Iron Man, Peter’s secret identity that was also his bodyguard.

I ended up picking up the trades via Comixology and I have to say, this has been a super fun read. Yes, Marvel, you lured me back with this. I wouldn’t even mind if Peter Parker got involved long term with Bobbi Morse (Mockingbird) since their dynamic together has been so damn good in this. Also… We really need a Cloak and Dagger monthly!!! This team seems so much more interesting now, than how they were portrayed in the 90’s.

I may even put Spider-man back on my Comixology subscription list now… Well played Marvel… Well played…

My Comixology Subscriptions…

That brings me to my Comixology subscriptions. I feel a change is coming. All summer I have immersed myself in The Valiant Universe but there is a tremor in the verse. Harbinger Renegades seems to have gone on hiatus until Harbinger Wars 2 starts later next year (2018) meaning that subscription is currently TBD (To Be Determined for a release date). The last several issues seemed to be meandering, which was odd because everything to do with Harbingers had been excellent. It started to feel like they were just milking it to get to the Harbinger Wars 2 “event” instead of trying to offer up anything in the time being. Then all of a sudden, the monthly title is on hiatus after they print up a #0 last month. I’m not happy about that.

Bloodshot Salvation has been written really weird too, ever since this new volume debuted. The 4th book was completely done as a backstory for Rampage, a new bad guy that they are introducing. As a matter of fact, this issue #4 felt like one of the last issues for Harbinger Renegades that had nothing to do with the current book but making a setup issue for the bad guy that is to come. When I got the end of reading both of these, it kind of felt like spinning wheels. Introducing new villains and such should still have something to do with the current book. After all… I’m not buying the book for Rampage. I’m buying the book to see what happens to Bloodshot. It shouldn’t take a whole book to tell the past on one bad guy.

That brings me to X-O Manowar. I’ve been liking where it is going but some of the art that is coming up, which has been previewed, has got me worried. One of the things that I rave on Valiant for, is the excellent artwork. These new upcoming pages don’t look like they hold up to past work. Hopefully this won’t be an ongoing trend.

Ninja-K issue #1 was awesome!!! Still my favorite standout character in The Valiant Universe. If you haven’t checked out the new Ninja-K, then you should go check it out immediately.

I’ll probably remove Harbinger Renegades from my subscriptions for now since it is on hiatus. Bloodshot may go next if it doesn’t get back on track. The same for X-O if the artwork suffers too much. Ninja-K is secure in every way right now.

Tidbits:

-I’m done with The Walking Dead. I just can’t anymore… That show has just gotten so bad that “hate watching” it doesn’t sustain my interest in it.

Mr. Robot S3 just ended and DAMN… By far the BEST show on TV. So much tension in every episode!!! I can’t wait for S4 (which has been greenlit out of 5 seasons in total).

Shameless on showtime is still proving to be a powerhouse of a show. I just can’t get enough of the Gallaghers. We’re at the halfway point for this season and it is MUST WATCH TV!!!

Agents of Shield S5 has been really good too this year. Moving the agents to future space has proved to be a good decision. And Fitz just showed up!!!

Knightfall on History had me excited… then I watched the first 2 episodes and I’m just not feeling it. I start doing other stuff while it is on because the characters are just not holding my attention. This one might be over for me.

Until next time…

Most News Sites are Nothing more than Blogs

The internet gives everyone a voice. Unfortunately, it made bloggers think they were journalists at the same time. THIS is a blog. I’m not relaying any information that is not of my opinion. However, everything from news to tech to pop culture sites are dressed up as news but have bloggers with no idea how journalism and ethics even work. This lack of decorum completely ditches journalistic integrity and ethics in favor of slanted editorial meant to NOT relay the news but make the news and push opinion. That isn’t how it is supposed to work.

Once these glorified bloggers have posted up their opinion pieces, they race over to Twitter and Facebook and whatever other social network they are on and they proceed to blast out their opinion where it will be shared by the mindless sheep who are pushovers for being told what to do, how to think, and how to act. The general population is very much of the hive mind subservient type these days. These opinion pieces, which are almost always wrong when it comes to having any facts, are then shared over and over and people believe it as if it was some religion.

We really have very little real news anymore. Real news frames the picture, shows off both sides, and then lets the viewer or reader form their own opinions. That no longer happens. As a matter of fact, I’d say that 99% of the news these days is editorial opinion pushing an angle. The very headlines are opinions to TELL you what to do.

When it comes to headlines… you can spot bloggers quickly… They like doing this type of headline quite a bit these days: “No/Yes… X is/is not doing Y.” If the headline begins with “Yes” or “No” then you are dealing with a blogger that is pushing opinion. If you see one of these headlines, just keep moving. Don’t bother clicking on their clickbait articles.

The fact that “real news” sites now pay bloggers to push their editorial as news is alarming because “the free press” has died by being over ran by these paid bloggers opinions. I don’t want my news telling me how to think, what to do, or how to feel. I don’t want my news to be all about drama. I want my news to state the facts of both sides and for those relaying the news to be impartial. Unfortunately… that is a dead dynamic that has long since been buried by the rise of the paid bloggers.

When Social Media just becomes a Cesspool

It was a good run. Social media started for me with Myspace. I hadn’t intended to use it for socially meeting people though. Myspace had a blogging feature back then. So my main purpose for being on there was to use the site as a blog. Then I figured out that I could post the link to each blog entry in the broadcast feature and get more views from it. We had a good group over there and we got into some discussions. This all ended though, once Facebook surpassed Myspace. When that happened, Myspace decided to become the black and yellow Facebook and in one fell swoop, wiped out the designed pages that everyone had worked so hard to make. Granted, most pages looked like someone threw up a crayola soup all over them but still… they were our pages. This led to the great Myspace exodus. If they were going to force Facebook on us, we might as well just go learn Facebook. So we did.

Facebook was different though. It wasn’t about meeting other people but collecting your real life friends and family into an ecosystem. The problem with this is that while you may get along great with friends and family in real time, that doesn’t always translate onto the internet where no filters make people much more apt to say what they want to say. Suddenly you saw people who knew each other or who were friends in real life (IRL for you Millenial dopes) fighting and arguing with each other. This led to people de-friending people. It’s really quite toxic. The fact is, the people we meet online generally come to it through an interest base, whereas, the people we know in real life are the relationships that were made through family or being in real proximity. Facebook does NOT foster a good atmosphere for people looking to find similar interests.

Enter Google+. G+ started off awesome!!! People quickly found others with similar tastes, ideas, and interests. We could group them into circles and then just post specifically to those circles. That way if X liked movies and TV conversations but hated politics, X would never see your political posts because they were posted to your politics circle. This was actually an ingenuous way to keep ideas based on interest going. Also, we had Hangouts on the side and could instantly hit up anyone for a chat or video Hangout if we wanted to take the conversation to another level. Sadly, Google is the House of Half Assed and when they changed the site up this last time, they ripped out Hangouts, made posting a chore, and added Collections. Collections might have been a good thing but they quickly turned into forgotten relics that no one posted too. Instead of people choosing 5 or 6 Collections that they talked a lot about, they made Collections for every topic under the sun. So when you went searching for a Collection that you had interest in, you would see that the last post in that Collection was 20 weeks ago so that Collection was probably dead and useless to follow. Communities started out strong on G+ too but then people lost interest in most of them. Add to that the constant spam and porn posts from spam artists and you couldn’t even bring G+ up in a public place for fear that people would think you were on a porn site if they looked over your shoulder. Thus began the great G+ exodus which would take most people over to Twitter. You want to talk about a dumpster fire? Let’s talk Twitter…

G+ had the greatest platform but lost the users, meanwhile, Twitter has the worst platform but has all of the users. Twitter is a toxic dumpster fire. It is a place to be snide, rude, and develop your witty and cutting edge comebacks and insults into 280 characters a scathing idiocy. I really hate Twitter though I use it. The upside to Twitter is LIVE Tweeting with stars when TV shows come on. That’s actually fun. Also, you get better customer service from brands when you blast them on Twitter than you would get from calling their customer service line. Outside of that… It’s a Dumpster Fire. Twitter is too much information, too politicized, and too loud. When you post a tweet, it is the equivalent of sending a message in a bottle off into the ocean. The jump in character count from 140 to 280 has helped create better conversation but all in all, Twitter is not a place to converse. It is a place to complain, rant, rave, and just release your inner Hulk. Ideas really don’t get exchanged and echo chambers of followers exist in ways that rarely allow either side of any issue to see anything different. Twitter is a place where Block Lists are distributed so people can just go ahead and mass block you, just so they never have to come across a Tweet that might offend them or make them think. Twitter is a place where your Tweet count seems to be something that validates you. When one person noticed my Tweet count stays at around 500 or less, and asked about it, I told him I have a free service monitor and delete Tweets after 7 days on a regular basis. He was shocked. He asked me why and I said, why do I need them around? He had no answer. The only people that go back looking through tweets are those that want to spring something on you. No thanks. Talk about a waste of time.

I’m on Twitter and Facebook. Facebook is more for just family and food pictures. I’ve steered away from most comics and politics talk just because no one there cares. Twitter I haven’t figured out. I’m tempted to try and just stick more to the LIVE Tweeting but political crap draws me back in. As for G+… I’ve deleted every post and Collection I’ve had over there. Sadly, the best social experience where I had met a ton of people, is in overdrive trying to force everyone out of it.

Overall… Social just doesn’t feel very social anymore. It breeds echo chambers, mob mentality, and seems to bring out the worst in people. I’m much happier with the internet when it is media (movies, TV, books, comics, etc…) and learning things. Most of the time, this no longer happens in a social setting. In fact, when ever some social aspect is added to something, it seems to just turn it into yet another dumpster fire or cesspool.

A Middle Ground Solution to Gun Rights & Gun Control

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I would be willing to have a more literal ruling of the second amendment. The 2nd amendment was created as a check on the federal government. The federal government cannot have all of the guns. If they do, then the people can be oppressed.

A correct interpretation, and one I would be okay with, is for States to create State Militias. The federal government has zero oversight of the state ran militias. The federal government has zero control over how the state runs them. Period. It is a check on federal power.

Local state citizens would be background checked and admitted by the state to their state ran militia. With admittance, you can buy semi-automatic rifles through the militia. Someone kicked out of the militia would not be able to keep their semi-automatic weapon. Citizens who are non-militia can still buy handguns, shot guns, and single shot rifles under current gun laws. These cover your home protection.

This is a middle ground solution and one that actually conforms to the 2nd amendment in how it was written. I doubt we will ever get either side to see the logic or reason in it because just as with climate change, both sides have gone to their corners to forever be in an unending standoff. Partisan children on both sides.

Also: All guns should be coded with biometrics and DNA locking. Common sense through technology. 

 

 

Let the Hunters be Hunted

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I’m no fan of any hunter. They serve absolutely no purpose at all. They offer up lame excuses for hunting, like keeping a species in check for the sake of the species. That excuse is pure trash though. If you believe that excuse then you must also believe that human population should be culled for the sake of the species too. After all, the human population is really the only species with unchecked growth that is rapidly growing.

Personally, I wish we did have an alien Predator species who would come down, abduct the hunters, take them to another planet, disarm them, and then hunt them down. Let’s see how hunters react to be shot down for no reason at all. Maybe then they wouldn’t see hunting defenseless animals as a sport. To top it off, at least the human prey would know they are being hunted. The defenseless animals don’t even know that some bottom feeder hunter has them in their sites.

I’ve had a long time to think about this and my opinion on it will never change. I can tolerate hunters, even be friendly to them, but I have no respect for them. I will NEVER be a “friend” to a hunter. I find their idea of “sport” to be disgusting and despicable. If only those Predators would come for them.