My Broken Angels (Altered Carbon Sequel) Casting

Altered Carbon on Netflix was awesome and now it’s time to think of casting for Broken Angels, the sequel to Altered Carbon. If you’ve read the book, then you know that Takeshi Kovacs is in a new sleeve and he’s on another planet with a cast of characters looking for an Alien ship. So let’s cast this thing…

Roger Cross (Dark Matter) as Takeshi Kovacs

Amber Rose Revah (The Punisher) as Tanya Wardani

Steve Howey (Shameless) as Jan Schneider

Ed Stoppard (Knightfall) as Matthias Hand

Those are my picks… Now Netflix, make it happen!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 2/6/18

If a Tree Falls in a Forest…

But no one is there to hear it… Does it make a sound? Let’s find out.

Conan is coming to Amazon Prime

News broke yesterday that Conan is in development for Amazon Prime. The best part… It’s supposed to be based on the original stories by Robert E. Howard. For many Arnold Schwarzenegger is the default Conan, and while I love those movies, that really wasn’t the Conan that you read in the books. I do hope that they go for the Frank Frazetta style from the classic art and comic book covers. And please… don’t make him just use one special sword. Conan uses whatever weapons are available to him in whatever area of the world he is in. I hope this turns out good!!!

Spinning Wheels

I have a revision to do for my NaNoWriMo book and then I need to finish my Cyberpunk book… but I’m not feeling the writing process right now. It’s like the wires are crossed in the brain or something and that leads to a shutdown, reboot, and continuous loop. Plus I’m seconding guessing myself on the revision. I think I despise the revision process the most now. Writing the book… no biggie… revising it… what a damn drag.

I Need an Adventure

I really feel like this little cube in a closet that is my work environment is taking its toll on me. No natural light, no air flow, white noise and either too hot or too cold temps from the vents. It’s quite “cell-like.” After 5 years in an office with a big window and natural lighting, where I never turned on the office lights, this cell has been quite hellish in comparison. Like the Queen song went… I want to break free!!! Ergo an adventure. Somewhere not confined inside a closed space for hours and weeks on end. What that adventure could be… well… I have no idea??? I just know I need one. I feel like I’m missing out on living life because every week revolves around work. Sleeping, eating, any free time is all at the whims of this place right now. There must be more than just working the hours of life away. There has to be…

What do you want to eat tonight?

It’s the age old question and the number reason why I want the powers that be to create a “Nutrition Pill” that gives one the needed daily nutrition while making one not feel hungry at all. Just think about it, no more back and forth on what you should eat that night and no more wasting an hour or so with prep, cook, and actual eating. Just pop an N-tab and go…

That’s the Stream…

Korn (Live at the Masquerade Atlanta – The Beginning)

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The most intense and electric show I’ve ever been too is without a doubt when Korn played the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. This was in the early days right after their first album had come out. At that time they were not the mega star band they are now. As a matter of fact before the show that day they even did an in store signing at a local Tower Records that a friend and I went too. In all maybe 15 – 20 people showed up for that. The band signed the covers of our CD’s and because it was a small amount of people there was even small talk.

Later that night at the show the energy began to rise. The Masquerade is 3 floors: The upper 3rd floor is Heaven (where shows are preformed, The mid floor which is a bar is Purgatory and the lower floor which is the dance club area is Hell. As we made our way up to Heaven we pushed our way into the sold out show and realized that this little band we had latched onto was now becoming bigger than we had thought. Heaven could hold 1000 people and it was packed in tight. The opening bands were forgettable. Even now I don’t recall who opened the show.

The lights went out and the body heat was making everyone sweat while we looked on in anticipation. The band made their way to the stage and then the opening “sounds” to Blind began. When Jonathan Davis roared, “ARE YOU READY” shit got real and the entire floor of Heaven erupted into a mosh pit. Bodies flying everywhere. The band on stage became a soundtrack to the onslaught  upon the floor. Moving was more akin to swimming through wreathing, sweating bodies. One guy grabbed the back of my shirt collar and pulled me back into the center of the floor and as I went I spun around and my fist connected right into his face. He went backwards and moments later was lost in the sea of bodies going crazy on the floor.

By the end of Blind I was able to make my way over to the side steps which became like a sand bar island in the violent sea. I looked back toward the bar and the mosh pit had even consumed that normally non-chaotic area. There were even people on the pool table rolling around and diving from on top of it. Never in all the shows I had seen or would see in the Masquerade did anything this intense take place. It was if the songs from that first album had tapped into some primal consciousness and flipped the switch on order to the side of chaos. It was simply amazing to be a part of. By the end of the show we were worn out and covered in sweat with our ears ringing. I remember sleeping deep that night because that show infused us with energy and then left us spent at the end.

 We saw them again the next time they came through Atlanta. This time they played a bigger theater and while there was still a very big mosh pit going on it wasn’t near as intense. By the time this next show had come around they had move from college radio to mainstream alternative rock stations and those general listeners where now in attendance. They weren’t moved in the same way as those of us who discovered Korn on those late night college radio shows before the album had even been released yet. That Masquerade show was for those of us fans who had discovered this band and who had been there since the beginning. Korn gave us a show that night at the Masquerade that would be forever stamped into our memory. Truly the most intense show ever.
 

Streamline Supplemental 2/5/18

I’ve Lost my Social Media Mojo

I may start to play around with how I do this. Social media doesn’t seem to be doing anything at all for my blog. I get some views from it but ever since G+ collapsed I’ve been in the void as far as social media is concerned. These sure are not like the good old days of having 5,000+ followers on my profile and 27,000+ followers via Collections. I can’t make up any ground on Twitter because I’m fairly sure that you need to either be a celebrity or only talk politics 24/7/365. Facebook, as stated before, is mostly IRL friends and family so I don’t really have much in common with them. G+ currently has some funky algorithm glitch where the stream never really updates. So I’m not even sure how many people are seeing a new post there. So yeah… I’m not sure if it is even worth the time to go post up my blog entries in any of them now.

Maybe it’s for the best. I’m worn out on social media as it is. This blog is just becoming more of a way to exorcise the daily thoughts instead of just turning them over and over again in my head and continuously thinking about them. More of a journal blog to no one in particle. I’d be lying though if I said that I didn’t miss those high engagement G+ days. Those were some good times. Lots of conversations, engagement, and thoughts exchanged.

Everyone has a soapbox now. Why share a news story even? What comes from that? The conversation now is generally snark or a 50/50 split of people in agreement or people that disagree. Then I have to ask myself, why should anyone listen to what I say? Who am I, that my words even matter in the least to any discussion? Sadly they don’t… ergo the void that is. But really, my words shouldn’t matter. They are only words from my perspective. My opinions. My theories. I use logic and reason to come about my thinking but most people out there… don’t. Most people use feelings to come to a decision on everything. So right away, any words of logic and reason are factored out.

I don’t know what the answer is, nor do I know the goal either. I don’t even know who the audience is supposed to be anymore??? On G+ it used to be circles of “like-minded” individuals but that entire dynamic is missing from all of the social platforms now, including G+. I guess the answer is a resounding: I DO NOT KNOW!!! If so… Then really? What’s the point of social media???

That’s the Supplemental… If anyone reading this has any answers, feel free to comment.

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 2/5/18

Solo: A Star Wars Story

The teaser debuted last night. The trailer was released today. It looks good to me. I’m excited. The negative internet however… Well.. Negativenet via Social Negativity sites couldn’t wait to slam it. They of course slammed it based on a very short teaser for a coming trailer. There were sites that rushed out “story analysis.” It’s things like this that make me despise the internet, the various sites, and the negativity of virtually everyone on the internet. How about, you wait for the trailer, decide for yourself if you want to see it or not, and then let it go? Instead, we get people who automatically go negative and then have to try and persuade others quickly that something is bad. I’m so over it.

Tales of the Gold Monkey

Someone posted up some pictures of this show from the 80’s. It was basically Indiana Jones for TV. In other words it was a great show. I posted in the comments the picture of my DVD set and that I had always loved this show. But of course… someone has to ruin the entire convo about this show and post information that we all already knew about the star Stephen Collins. News Flash… I don’t care. What happened in his personal life and his crimes does not ruin great stories and a great show. If I don’t care about a celebrities politics, do you really think I’m going to let something else in their “real life” detract from the show? Nope… sorry.

Once again… This is the shitty internet. Everyone knows about Stephen Collins. The person that posted up the comment and the link to the old story just wanted to be an asshole and douse a good conversation on a fun show. It’s like, “Whoa… whoa… whoa… These people are having too much fun reminiscing about this. Let me just kill their discussion. They probably know about this but let me just remind them.” Like I said… asshole.

51% Automation means… We WILL need a New System

When the world hits 51% automation we will need a new system to live by. Don’t get me wrong, I love capitalism and the free market and I champion it all of the time. Having said that, reason and logic will dictate that when we cross the threshold for automation, those excellent systems that have served us well for so long will no longer work. If half the population is jobless, there is now no one buying anything. When workers can be created from workers who are already automated, your workforce with “humans” drops. I think it would be better for people right now to think about how these changes that will take place and how a new system can work versus getting to that point and thinking, “Well shit, we really do have an issue here.” Truth be told, that is what will happen though. Those on the left will push for action right now while those on the right will push for no action or thought of it ever. Both are 100% wrong. We need a plan and a gradual movement to that plan. No fast action and no apathy of the change will ever work. Dealing with illogical humans though, means we’re screwed.

Super Bowl

This was the first Super Bowl since the early 90’s that I did not watch. Not because of any of these political boycotts. I just don’t care for either team and the rules are so watered down and convoluted now (for player safety) that I just don’t find the sport very fun. Solution: Make players sign a medical waiver. If you want to get paid X amount of money, you’ll sign this waiver stating that you understand the effects it could have on you. You will also sign away your ability to sue the league. Either the player signs or they don’t play. Period. That won’t happen though. Instead it will just get duller and duller. I probably watched less than 2 full games of playing for the whole year, if even that. Like I said… I just don’t find any excitement in it anymore.

That was a great Sci-fi weekend

I binged the excellent Altered Carbon on Netflix, got a new episode of the excellent Star Trek: Discovery (the season finale is next week!!!), and checked out several classic ST:TNG episodes which were fun to revisit. Too bad it wasn’t a long weekend… Monday came and was such a spoilsport to the sci-fi flow. Oh well…

Speculation Media

I’m bringing this term into being. I just read the headline, “Why Amazon should buy CBS” over on Recode. It’s a tech sight that is really just tech blog articles. In other words, it’s not news. It’s tech opinions from people with no journalistic ability whatsoever… Like Engadget, The Verge, IO9, Gizmodo, and any other number of blogging sites. So now a blogger from that site has the idea that Amazon should buy CBS because a couple of weeks ago, a speculator that speculates decided that Amazon should buy Target and that led to hundreds of stories on, “Is Amazon going to buy Target?” This is how “news” works these days. Doesn’t matter if it is technology, pop culture, US News, politics… just a bunch of opinionated bloggers writing speculation that other opinionated bloggers pick up on and add their own twist too. All brought to you by the internet. It’s sad, but I believe very little reported news anymore. It all usually turns out to be BS in the end.

That’s the Streamline… Blog you tomorrow…

Altered Carbon (Netflix) – Review (NO Spoilers)

Altered Carbon on Netflix is simply a masterpiece of Cyberpunk film making. It follows the book (Written by Richard K. Morgan) fairly well, adding and changing things in certain places for the sake of the series narrative. Don’t worry… If you loved the book (REVIEW HERE) you will be VERY happy with these 10 episodes that cover it.

I believe I sat there smiling for several episodes just because I was finally able to see these characters come to life. I’m not going to go over the plot, you can click on the book review linked above, as that is the same. The characters and acting was wonderful. The sound and atmosphere through the CGI was beautiful. I’m serious when I say that this may be the BEST show I’ve ever watched on the Netflix platform. We all know Bladerunner has been the film to judge all Cyberpunk on since its inception but I do believe that Altered Carbon surpasses both Bladerunner and Bladerunner 2049 for creating a fully fledged world that is both interesting in the genre and makes the viewer believe that this world could exist. If you are a true Cyberpunk fan then you will love this show.

Strangely this is the first time I’ve binged something and I feel like going back to watch it again because it was so damn good!!! I’m beyond ready for Netflix to green light the sequel book: Broken Angels, and get that underway. So if you haven’t checked out Altered Carbon on Netflix yet… GO CHECK IT OUT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Streamline (Stream of Thought) 2/2/18

Captain Marvel (Shazam)…. (DC)

Let’s talk about Captain Marvel, not the good female Captain Marvel from Marvel Comics, but the Captain Marvel Shazam DC character. Admittedly, Captain Marvel… screw this, let’s just call him Shazam… Shazam was a hit… once… in the 40’s. He was more popular than Superman even. Fast forward to today and I have to wonder, does anyone even care about this character? DC is making a movie about him with Zachary Levi (Chuck) playing him and details keep coming out (like how they don’t want to confuse him with Marvel’s now better known Captain Marvel so he will be Shazam) about casting and I really have to ask… Is anyone excited about this character or this film??? If so, why?

As for me… I never cared for this character. I think I had the Mego toy as a kid because I already had Superman, Batman, and Spider-man so why not? Nothing in this character’s history is remotely interesting to me. I don’t know if he will be part of the DCEU or not but I hope not. He’s just not a very compelling character in 2018.

Sleep 10 Hours a Night?

Before electricity humans slept roughly 9 to 10 hours a night. A new study just released, says that, that is what we should be getting or we incur “sleep debt.” Here’s the thing… Working means roughly 10 hours are used up for work and commute. So 10 hours for sleep gets you to 20 hours. Don’t forget an average of 1 hour for food prep and eating dinner. Now you are at 21 hours. Getting ready for bed and normal household chores are probably another hour, and that gets us to 22 hours. Your free time may then be 2 hours per day. Personally… I think we need to re-evaluate the lame 40 hours per week work schedule that makes no sense in a technological world. With the advent of technology, our work hours were supposed to go down but I know I have over 40 hours per week on most weeks. Companies instead used technology to get more out of the people so instead of humans getting better hours, the companies got more income. Just get us to the point of having the magical Star Trek replicators and no one needs to have a job then. Is your replicator going bad? Just replicate a new one before it does.

Individuality of the 90’s

In the 90’s, everyone fought to be seen as individuals. No one wanted to be typecast and thrown into some group because being in a group meant you were a follower who had given up your identity. 2018… You must segregate and identify yourself by your sex/gender, race, religion, or orientation or you are a threat to a group mind safe space mentality to the sheep who can not handle individuality and free thinking.

I blame the internet. Social media and the internet didn’t create a place for individuality to flourish but instead created an echo chamber vector for like minded people to come together and be intolerant of everything outside their core belief or identification system. It didn’t create a place where people could learn about others and have higher engagement or disagreements where both sides ended by saying, “I respect your opinion but I disagree, lets go get a beer and talk about something else.” Instead, it fostered the mentality of “I am right, you are wrong, and I will get my mob echo chamber to destroy you.”

More and more… I just want to leave social media completely. Just use the internet for a vector to media (books, comics, movies, TV) and general information. I’m just over the countless “groups and followers” who are all complete dumbass intolerants. They can have their safe spaces and safety pins in their hollow and sheltered lives.

I’d rather be an individual and a free thinking person that creates my own identity instead of just another sheep who follows their group mindlessly.

The Path (HULU)

I wish I had better news on The Path but… I really liked where The Path was headed in season 1 and 2 but for Season 3… not so much. Eddie has embraced his status as the new cult leader of Meyerism after 2 full seasons of battling the cult itself. Then (like Knightfall), we get these “magical elements” sprinkled in but the writers don’t seem to be too keen on going all out fantasy with it. So you get this half assed… well is it really magical or is it just in their heads? Episode 5 was released Wednesday and I just realized I haven’t watched it yet. Which leads me to believe that (again… like Knightfall) I’m losing interest in it.

It may be a case of losing touch with the characters. We could identify with Eddie in S1 and S2 because we were cheering on his plight to escape the cult. With him taking over the cult, we have an inside operation taking place and Eddie and Cal fighting for who will lead it, while there is no one actually saying, “Hey this is a bloody cult, we should leave!” Granted, Sarah seems to be being groomed to be the one to leave it next but even then, the way it is being done seems contrived. She grew up devout in Meyerism, ran the moevent all last season, did dirty things that were illegal to keep it funded, and now… after losing power, she loses her faith??? I’m just not buying it. We don’t even have Detective Abe anymore. So the government investigation is just over now? See… I can’t identify with a cult. I get people trying to leave one or bring one down but the show is now putting the viewer in the position of picking who in the cult they should side with for the greater glory of the cult itself. I don’t like that. It’s a cult for crying out loud.

The Memo Release

I’ve read The Memo and Comey and Yates should see prison time but that won’t happen. This entire fantasized Trump/Russian collusion investigation should end but that won’t happen. What will happen is both sides are going to whine, moan, and complain over this because both sides have a narrative and facts mean nothing. If the corrupt government agencies didn’t come down due to the Snowden release (arguably the biggest corruption in our governments history), then this memo will have very little effect. The memo shows clearly that the Clinton campaign (maybe not Clinton herself but who knows???) was colluding with the FBI and other agencies inside the Obama administration to spy on Trump. But what of it??? Maybe if the people had been pissed and demanded change from the Snowden release, then maybe these FISA courts and US citizen spying issues would have been changed earlier. But no… the sheeple just went on with their daily lives and then this memo comes out and they are surprised??? Do humans have any capacity to link things together with common sense or logic anymore or do they prefer to hide in their “strawman comebacks” and actual argument issue deflection? Common sense and using logic will get you called the strawman, meanwhile corruption runs rampant. Our society is so stupid sometimes. SMDH…

Star Trek The Next Generation… Hope they had an iRobot Roomba

I’ve been watching some old episodes of ST:TNG recently and I have to say… I hope they had some iRobot Roomba’s that came out at night to vacuum the massive amount of carpet on the Enterprise. That ship is ALL carpet. Looking back on it now, it’s very “swanky” vs Expeditionary or even “ship-like.” They’d be screwed if someone went down to an M class planet and came back with some super potent dust mite!!!

That’s all I’ve got for today… I’m going to get the Stream out of here!!!