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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

A Great New Graphic Novel

Yesterday, I received in the mail Vol. 2 of The Manhattan Projects. The Manhattan Projects is a comic book series that tells the story of Einstein, Oppenheimer, and the "other" projects they worked on for the U.S. government. (The atom bomb was just the beginning, DUH, DUH, DUH, DUH.) How these famous scientists react to the new situations of aliens, time traveling, parallel dimensions, and the Communists, form the core narrative of this series.

I read Vol. 1 a few months ago and really enjoyed it. I thought it told a great Science Fiction story that was engaging, imaginative, and gruesome. (Some of the fighting scenes are incredible grotesque and fun at the same time.) I've been on a great string of late on finding really fun graphic novels to read. See Rocketeer post.

More and more I am finding myself really enjoying the genre of Science Fiction. When done well, science fiction tells great human stories. They are just placed in extraordinary circumstances. I have great faith that Vol. 2 of The Manhattan Projects will not disappoint. I'll post my review in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The Third Trailer for Man of Steel

I know that I am beating a dead horse, however I'm a superhero nerd. So if I didn't take notice, I wouldn't be fulfilling my job description. But yesterday the third trailer for the new Superman movie Man of Steel was released. I was really excited for this movie based on the two previous trailers. This third trailer however has put me over the top with excitement. I want to see this movie and I want to see it immediately. These trailers have done an excellent job showcasing how important quality trailers are in creating a buzz around a film. Also it show just how fascinating the Superman character is. I just hope that the movie lives up to the trailers.

If you have not seen it, take 3:03 and bask in its magnificence.

Monday, April 15, 2013

A Video Game Post

This is a very unusually posting for me. Mainly because I sold all of my video game consoles and games about 4 years ago. Anyways, I saw this posting earlier today. I for one loved the Nintendo 64. Some of the most enjoyable moments for me playing video games ever...was playing the Nintendo 64. WrestleMania 2000, No Mercy, GoldenEye, Super Mario Brothers, Mario Kart, WCW vs. NWO. These are the games of my youth.

I wonder if there is an online emulator where I can play all of these old games? 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Proper Concert Attire: Don't Wear a T-shirt of The Band You Are About To See Live


For the past six years I have been the general manager of a college radio station. In that time, I have worn many different hats. I have been technical/software expert. I've produced sporting events. I even clean the studio on a weekly basis. But the hat I wear most is the one of advice giver. Many of my students come to me asking advice on various topics from best study habits, to how to write and record sweepers and promos.

Over the past few weeks I've had a few of my students approach me, and they all have asked me the same question. "Is it ok to wear the t-shirt of the band I'm seeing live in concert that night?"For example, tonight I am going to see Muse in concert, is it ok for me to wear a Muse t-shirt?" The answer to this question is NO!!! You do not want to be that guy. You know what I'm talking about.

It is an unwritten music code that you do not wear band t-shirts to concerts. (I didn't write the rule, but I became aware of it early on. And I must help enforce it.) Especially a t-shirt of the band you are seeing. It is not socially acceptable, and music super fans are a very unforgiving bunch. They will tease and mock you behind your back if you do this. So be prepared for this to happen to you if you wear a band t-shirt.

That being said, there are five ACCEPTABLE band t-shirts you can wear to any concerts, and have it be socially acceptable. In fact any show you go to, and you wear one of these t-shirts, people will more than likely come up to you and compliment you on the awesomeness of your shirt. They are, in no particular order:

1. The Beatles
2. Social Distortion
3. The Misfits
4. Led Zeppelin
5. Iron Maiden

Why are these bands acceptable, and others are not? I don't know, they just are. So in conclusion, if you are going to a concert and insist on wearing a band t-shirt, make sure they are the socially acceptable ones. Otherwise, you will be that guy. And you do not want to be that guy! Do you?