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Review: Doctor Strange

Review: Doctor Strange

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The mighty Marvel movie-making machine mystifies the masses.  The latest offering introduces the uninitiated to the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange.  Maybe not as well known as some other Marvel heroes, the world in which the good doctor operates is one of the best suited for the big screen.

December 2, 2016 0 comments Read More
Replaying the classics part 1 – “The Adventures of Willy Beamish”

Replaying the classics part 1 – “The Adventures of Willy Beamish”

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I always loved graphical adventure games like “King’s Quest” and “Leisure Suit Larry.”  With the global adoption of the mouse, the old style graphical adventures gave way to the “Point and Click” adventure games like “Myst”, “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade”, and one of my all-time favorites “The Adventures of Willy Beamish” (Dynamix, 1993.)  I spent hours getting this trouble-prone kid through his quest to get enough money to enter the annual Nintari championship.  Now with my shiny new FPGA computer (the Mist from Lotharek) I have a fully functional Amiga at my disposal with plenty of old games to keep me busy.  The first of my old friends I decided to revisit was my good buddy Willy.

October 19, 2016 1 comment Read More
Review: Warcraft on Blu Ray/DVD

Review: Warcraft on Blu Ray/DVD

warcraftHaving been a World of Warcraft (WoW) player for a few years, I was skeptical of watching this movie. I have very fond memories of my time on this MMO that Blizzard puts out and didn’t want anything to tarnish it. I especially didn’t want a poor venture to just grab more money to change my outlook on WoW.

I was wrong to be skeptical. The movie was very entertaining.

October 7, 2016 0 comments Read More
So You Want Your Own Arcade Cabinet?

So You Want Your Own Arcade Cabinet?

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To paraphrase the great Gene Wilder as Willy Wonka, Button… button… who’s got the fire button?

If you’re like me, then among other pipe dreams you grew up wanting your very own arcade cabinet.  Pac-Man, Frogger, Zaxxon and Defender were played until your fingers bled or the quarters ran out.  Even after purchasing multiple computers and consoles trying to re-capture the feeling you had playing on those cabinets, it was just never the same.

Now thanks to the miracles of modern technology and the geekiness of like-minded individuals there are multiple ways to make that dream come true.  The options range from budget-friendly to very budget-ow-quit-it.  Let’s start somewhere in the middle with:

 

September 26, 2016 1 comment Read More
Which comes first; book or movie?

Which comes first; book or movie?

bookmovieSo much of what makes it to TV and movies gets its source material from printed works; i.e. books, short stories, comic books, etc.  In those situations, which are you more likely to consume first?  I can’t think of an instance where the printed version contained less detail than the screen version.  Conversely, the print version makes you rely on your imagination for the visuals, whereas the screen version…well kinda obvious.  Yet with the screen version, you’re viewing the story through a small group of peoples’ interpretation; the Director’s and Producers’.

September 20, 2016 0 comments Read More
Comic Books: A Generational View (part 1, The Golden Age)

Comic Books: A Generational View (part 1, The Golden Age)

Any idea how long comic books have been around?  Those new to the medium probably don’t spend a lot of time reflecting on it.  To many they’re characters on the big and small small screen who come from colorful books that look more like sales brochures than a means for serialized storytelling.  For the collector, most think back to the days when Superman and Captain America made their debut.  The history of comics goes back further than that, though.  Depending on the source and interpretation of what constitutes a comic book, some trace the origins back to 18th century Japan.  Many attribute the first US-based comic to The Adventures of Obadiah Oldbuck published in 1842.  This series of posts will trace the American comic from its early days in the 1930s through today’s resurgence in the medium.

September 16, 2016 0 comments Read More
#DoctorWho – Deep Breath

#DoctorWho – Deep Breath

The 12th Doctor! The 12th Doctor!

Last night was the series premier of Doctor Who Series 8 and of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. The episode is called Deep Breathe and takes place just after Matt Smith’s Doctor regenerates into this new version. For those familiar with the Doctor, I do not have to describe the joy and anticipation leading up to the airing.  I watched it last night and now again with my daughter. I felt the need to write down a few thoughts.

If you haven’t watch the episode yet you may want to stop now (Spoilers!).

August 24, 2014 0 comments Read More
A #Tardis key

A #Tardis key

A friend of mine from work is a huge Dr Who fan. Saying that is a gross understatement. He is the biggest Dr Who fan I know. So when he sends an email asking if anyone knows a Dr Who prop and what episode it’s from, I know it’s going to be good. He sends me a picture of a Tardis key he saw online. I immediately jump onto the internet and start doing my search.

I found two websites that had a good deal of information on Tardis keys. The first is The Tardis Index File. It is a wiki site that covers Dr Who, Torchwood, The Sara Jane Adventures and K9. It is updated and supported by its fans.  I found a page dedicated to the Tardis key. The section of the page going into the history of its design I found very interesting.  It gives a small history of the design changes as the various Doctors have changed it.

August 7, 2012 0 comments Read More
And Here I Sit aka #CommutefromHell

And Here I Sit aka #CommutefromHell

Light Rail CommuteIt’s no secret that I have a horror commute. At best it’s four hours a day. On a bad day it’s six. Worst case scenario, let’s just say I have a plan involving a sofa at a friend’s house near where I work. I have few things that I enjoy during this time. I love my music. My iPhone has saved countless people from my ire sitting on the train. I love my Nook by Barnes & Noble. I’m currently at the end of the fourth and final book in the Inheritance Cycle by Paolini. My iPad with its applications, dropbox, and Bookman application that allows me to read things from ebooks, to PDF’s, to comics.  I will submerge myself in the distraction so that I don’t have to hear everyone else’s business as they converse all around me.

July 31, 2012 0 comments Read More
How do you deal with problem people at work?

How do you deal with problem people at work?

We all have to deal with them…the problem person! Who is the problem person you ask? He or she is that person who, for whatever reason, has to give you that little bit of attitude or angst. They may be the person who doesn’t understand something and as you try to explain it, tells you that you are wrong. That person who argues points to unimportant items. That person who want sall of the attention and wants none of the work. I can go on and on about the types of problem persons, but I won’t. We all can compile our own lists very easily.

July 5, 2012 0 comments Read More
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