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…

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…