Friday, August 13, 2010

The Big Bang and the theory of disbelief.

It's an inevitable that this event will happen to everyone, especially sci-fi nerds. We all have our favorite series, the ones that we speak to us for various reasons. We watch them with an enthusiasm the rivals the Super Bowl or even religious events. They are there when we are happy and when we need to something to help us escape our lives. You're watching your favorite show enjoying it when all of a sudden you that thought gingerly crosses your mind: There's no way he/she/they are going to die.

It's just a simple thought but it undermines everything the show is trying to accomplish. We all go into this unspoken agreement with tv shows and movies, we suspend our disbelief and they agree to transport us into another world. It is the only way that the relationship can work. If we don't believe that the acts committed or that the characters are in real danger then it's impossible to enjoy it. Unfortunately, it will eventually cross your mind.

It happened to me while watching the Doctor Who series 5 finale, The Big Bang(spoiler alert, of course if you haven't seen it by now you probably have an interesting life in which case, what is that like?). At the end of The Pandorica Opens I thought," Holy cow, all of the Doctor's enemies teamed up and locked the Doctor in the Pandorica. How is he gonna get out of this one?" Then watching The Big Bang I watched the Doctor somehow time travel back in time and free himself(albeit, indirectly) from the Pandorica. Later he is saved from being erased from time by Amy Pond remembering him. Really?!!

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(And yes I know it's mirrored.)

I had briefly broke the contract. I let the fact that these fantastical events were so outlandish make me forget that this is what I love about the show, the fact that the most impossible things happen to this character precisely because the Doctor is so impossible(and the fact that time is not linear, but wibbly, wobbly, timey, whimy). This is not reality but fantasy and it runs by a different set of rules and that knowledge is what the contract depends on.

I'm happy to say the my belief is once again suspended and I've been able to enjoy my shows just fine but I want to know; what events on your favorite shows have caused you to break the contract temporarily or permanently? Where you able to continue and enjoy your show or did they jump the shark for you?

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Guess Who?

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Well after an extended break I'VE COME BACK TO BLOGGING. No applause please............ and now that deafening sound of silence has passed I would like to tell you that after taking some time to process how I wanted my blog to be, I'm finally ready to get back to it. It won't be to much of a difference than before but I think it'll be a welcome improvement over what I've done before and my posts come at a semi-regular pace. I hope you enjoy what I have in store.  

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Like I Really Need A Reason to go to the Comic Book Store

May 1st is Free Comic Book Day everybody. The one day a year where we make our way to the comic shop like giddy little school girls is coming up and I'm pretty excited(wait that can't be right the one day we go and shop like gidy school girls, that's like everyday at the comic store for me but I digress).

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The line up for Free Comic Book Day has been announced and there are plenty of titles for everyone. They've been split into 2 categories, Gold Sponsers and Silver Sponsers. War of the Supermen, Ironman/Thor, and Doctor Solar /Magnus are my picks for the Gold Sponsers while Bongo: Free for All, Oni Press: Free for All, Ironman: Supernova, Radical: Bigger Books, Atomic Robo, and of course The Tick round out my picks for Silver.

To add even more to the excitement a special Free Comic Book Dat t-shirt will also be available as well as a Heroclix War Machine figure.

Mark your calenders cause this year's Free Comic Book Day is not one you want to miss.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Want! of the Week

ThinkGeek :: Star Wars Chop Sabers

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So this is going to be my new weekly post of things I would love to have if I had disposable income. I'm broke people, seriously. and to commerate this landmark post I give you: Star Wars chopsticks.
My buddy Cory posted on Facebook that his finally came in. I've been looking at them for like 2 months but I couldn't justify spending $12.99 on them. Thanks Cory for once again out geeking me...............jerk.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Why Green Lantern is My Favorite DC Hero

I'm sure that I'm not alone when I say that Green Lantern is my favorite DC superhero. I used to be all about Batman but recently I realized that GL is more appealing. I won't get into which Lantern is my fav(I'm a Kyle Rayner man, although John Stewart is a close second)but I'll happily tell you why I've developed a new fanboy crush.

Lately I've been re-evaluating my life and I've decided that I should take a more pro-active approach to attaining my goals. I'm a smart guy and I believe that I am creative and pretty good on my feet so I'm sure that I can achieve my goals but one thing seems to hold me back, willpower. I get distracted like everybody else and sometimes I can be downright lazy. Well keeping up on DC news I've been following the "Blackest Night" storyline and it got me re-interested in the Green Lantern mythology and I decided to review GL history(thanks wiki). Looking into Hal Jordan's "Rebirth" storyline, Rayner's history and the powers of the GL I realized that they are the most remarkable heroes of the DC universe. Sure you have your Supermans and your Batmans and all sorts of characters but how many are powered solely by will power. It's the only way that you can use the ring and not just anybody can use it(Green Arrow found that out the hard way). You have to be a person with remarkable will just to be chosen to wear the right and the most powerful Lanterns are those with the most creative minds. That's right, you gotta have heart and imagination to play in this league and just being a hero doesn't cut it.

Now if you asked me truthfully there's no way in hell that I would make the cut, I'm clearly unqualified for the job. Still it gives me something to strive for and another goal to work and who knows, one day I may get there. For now I'll just try emulated the qualities of the Green Lantern and wait for my ring to show up.
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Tuesday, January 26, 2010

I see in 2D

3D is everywhere these days. From kids' movies like "Monsters Vs. Aliens" to huge blockbusters like "Avatar". This year's CES was buzzing with hype about the new 3D tvs that are being developed and we're even hearing about 3D video games. Now normally I'm all for new technology and honestly I think that it's pretty exciting. Imagine sitting down to watch your favorite movie and being totally emmersed in it. I mean literally be part of a movie. Can you imagine it? Well I can't and the reason is that I don't see it.

No really. I don't see it. I mean I really can't see it. I can not see 3D. I'm blind in my right eye and because of that, 3D glass don't work for me. When I was a kid I bought 3D magazines and comics excited to see the images pop out at me. Of course all I saw was red, and I don't just mean that I was pissed. The red lens was the only one I could see out of. For the longest time I thought that 3D was crap and it wasn't until I was a little older that I realized why 3D didn't work for me. Now 3D didn't really cross my mind again until recently and now it seems that 3D is what we all should be looking forward to. Great thanks. I'm six years old all over again. And like ethan suplee in mallrats; I can't see the sailboat. And really I'm not alone. Anyone who can't see out of both eyes or is colorblind is screwed if we follow our current protocol and eventually phase out LCD's and OLED's in favor of 3D. Of course that would be a while off and maybe by then we'll have some amazing surgery to take care of these problems.

I know that this is a small minority that I'm referring to and in no way am I trying to rain on anyones parade. But the 'yay! 3D!' Party was just starting to get to me. Of course I'm sure there are others who aren't jazzed about 3D. Do you get all warm and fuzzy about 3D? Do you even care? Let me know and why?

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Do they know?

Last week when I went to the local library on one of my usual dvd hunts I heard the librarians taking about e-book readers. Well to be exact the Kindle. Now it seems obvious to most people what the Kindle is given the hype and uproar around e-book readers these days. It seems that you can't go a step without hearing about the Kindle or the Nook, etc. They seem to be fastly becoming commonplace as did the netbooks in 2009. Well not so much. While the one librarian seemed to at least have heard of the Kindle the other had not. That boggle my mind. I would have thought that everyone would have heard about the Kindle or at least seem to know of e-book readers but I was wrong.

Now don't take this the wrong way, I am not making fun of them. I simply didn't think that they wouldn't know. I figured librarians being surrounded by books would know what was going on seeing how this isn't just a new flashy piece of tech but is very revolutionary in the literary world too. E-book readers are presenting new challenges and oppertunities for book lovers, students, and the entire book/magazine industry. I'm not saying that this going to uproot everything over night but you can look down the tracks to where we possibly could be heading. I would think that the would be on top of it, not only because of personal interest but to inform and educate patrons on the exciting new progress that is going on.

The main point of this post isn't to point out any perceived shortcommings but the question if the mainstream world is aware that new options and changes are coming that will change how we read books, magazines, newspapers, pretty much the written word. Do they even care?