Category Archives: Random Thoughts

Something to bind my ramblings together.

Taking a break

To any readers that frequent this blog, I apologize for being away the last couple months. Mostly as a result of my fatherly duties, it’s become harder to make time for writing my posts. So for the foreseeable future, I will be stepping away from the blogosphere.  I don’t plan on leaving for good, just for a little while. Thank you to anyone who still drops by. I hope to see you again when I come back.

Who Shot First: Han or Greedo?

I would like to go on record about the “age-old debate” regarding who shot first, Han or Greedo. There is no debate. Those who misguidedly think Greedo shot first have only seen the versions of A New Hope released since the 1997 Special Edition. In the original theatrical release, Han shoots Greedo without a second thought. No self defense for being shot at, just plain, old-fashioned murder. Han’s a smuggler, living on the fringe of society in one of the seediest places in the galaxy. This kind of behavior should be expected from smugglers, scoundrels, and the scum that live in places like Mos Eisley and on Nar Shadda and Nal Hutta. Han murdering Greedo is important to his character development from devil-may-care fringer to hero of the Rebellion. Adding the special effects to make Greedo shoot first and miss because of Han’s apparently Force-assisted reflexes diminishes his character in a big way.

Ok, I’m stepping g down from my soap box now.

Indiana Comic Con 2015

This post is long overdue, but work and being a father had take up a lot of my time, as of late.  Indiana Comic Con was a much better-organized convention than it was last year in its inaugural happening.  They had much more space, bigger stars, and a great line up of artists and vendors.

I was very pleased to add two more autographs to my Season 1 Game of Thrones: Rory McCann (The Hound), and Jason Momoa (Khal Drogo).  Both of them were really cool to meet.  Rory was interesting to see smiling and happy, very unlike Sandor Clegane.  Jason was very much the bad-ass you would expect him to be, with his shades, long hair, and general muscly-bigness.

Another highlight of the weekend for my wife and I was getting some brief interaction and an autograph from Jenna Coleman.  Yes, THE Clara Oswald was in town!  It was a little exhilarating to hear her say our names with her accent.  We exchange brief pleasantries with her before moving the line along, but it was nice that she made an effort to say hi and thank us for seeing her.

My wife also took some time to meet a couple of the Disney princess voice actresses.  Paige O’Hara, who voiced Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was there, as well as Linda Larkin, who voiced Jasmine, in Disney’s Aladdin.  My wife got an autograph from each of them to her and our daughter.  Granted our daughter can’t appreciate them yet, but she will sooner than I realize, no doubt.

I was able to find a few issues of Dark Horse’s Star Wars: Legacy and Star Wars: Dark Times that I was missing.  The comic vendor selling them only asked $1 a piece!  I didn’t get to look at any of the other comic vendors, unfortunately, because it turns out I have a lot of missing issues for Legacy.

Speaking of comics, on Saturday of the con, I was dressed in my Captain America (Cap costume hoodie, jeans, nice boots, and the shield) and got to get some pictures with one of the actual shield props used in Captain America: The Winter Soldier!  And it was signed by the main cast of Winter Soldier and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D!! I really felt like Cap for a minute…

Perhaps the pinnacle of nerd for me was a combination of a Saturday and Sunday.  Carrie Fisher was a guest of the con, so of course I had to get her autograph.  I was wrestling with what to have her sign and decided on the variant of the new Princess Leia comic of Carrie from A New Hope with her blaster.  Bonus: Mark Wade was there at the con, so I had him sign it too!  While talking to him, I mentioned I was going to have Carrie sign it and he warned me that she had been glittering people all day.  ‘Oh, boy, something weird to look forward to when I get up there tomorrow,’ I thought.  Man, was I right.

After some schedule rearranging, and time to rest and feel a little better, and lots of time in line, I finally got up to see Carrie F#@*ing Fisher!  Her con handler passes her the comic with the post-it ‘To Phil’.  “Phil!” she exclaimed.  “Hi,” I said.  She wrote ‘Love to Phil’ on the comic cover and paused to look up at me with a look of someone thinking hard.  “Help me remember,” she said.

Uh…what the hell was I supposed to say to that?!

I stood there, with this dumb look on my face, eyes wide with confusion and panic, mouth agape.  “Just say anything,” she said after a few seconds.  As I stumble around in my brain for what to say, I finally just blurted out “Tacos.” Tacos.  Really brain? That’s what we went with?!  Oh well, it’s too late now, as she’s writing.  Under ‘Love to Phil’ she added ‘Meet me at Taco Bell – Let’s ring it! Carrie Fisher.’  I kid you not.  Then, before I’m allowed to leave the table, she tells me to wait.  She stands up, gets out this gold paint-on make up and puts two spots on my left check, then adds some silver glitter.  Then she adds another gold spot to my right cheek and more silver glitter.  This is not a joke.  Here’s photographic proof.

Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher.
Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher.
Aftermath of meeting Carrie Fisher
The Taco Bell autograph.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All in all, it was a great con.  We got to see some friends attend a convention for the first time, got some fantastic autographs, and had a great time.  We even had the baby with us one day!  This was one of the best cons Indiana has had to date, excluding the well-established Gen Con.

A life is like a garden

As you should know by now, the legendary Leonard Nimoy passed away last week.  Like many of you, I was thoroughly shocked and profoundly sad upon hearing the news of his passing.  I’ve had a week now to come to terms with this loss, and find myself aching from it still.  Never before in my life have I felt the death of a celebrity as personally as I have Mr. Spock’s.  Several times last Friday, I found myself on the verge of tears and finally broke down that night as I was laying in bed watching the funeral scene from Wrath of Khan.  So, for the rest of this post, I will do my own little tribute to Mr. Nimoy, a man who truly did live long, and prosper.

The final tweet from Leonard Nimoy's Twitter account.
The final tweet from Leonard Nimoy’s Twitter account.
Image from https://www.facebook.com/NukeTheFridgeWebsite?fref=nf
Image from https://www.facebook.com/NukeTheFridgeWebsite?fref=nf
My Facebook post regarding Leonard Nimoy's passing.
My Facebook post regarding Leonard Nimoy’s passing.
Honestly, I can't recall where I found this, but I will officially state it is not mine.
Honestly, I can’t recall where I found this, but I will officially state it is not mine.
This one though, I did make from a picture I found at random on the internet.  I made the meme on icanhascheeseburger.
This one though, I did make from a picture I found at random on the internet. I made the meme on icanhascheeseburger.

So Say We All!

Picture from https://andrewblog1.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/fleet.jpg
Picture from https://andrewblog1.files.wordpress.com/2011/09/fleet.jpg

Last month marked the 10th anniversary of the season premiere of the Battlestar Galactica reboot.  While the miniseries had aired several months before, the show didn’t start until January 2005.  This is one of my all-time favorite sci-fi shows.  The drama of the show is incredible, as is the writing and acting.  I bonded with a couple of my friends over this show.  In fact, my friend, Jeremy, got me back into the show after I lost touch with it early in college.  I felt I needed to post something about a show that has shaped much of my view of what sci-fi is and can be.  Words do not do justice to the impact this show and its characters had on my view of life and humanity.

Are you a fan of the show?  What are your thoughts on the show being 10 years old?  I, for one, plan to re-watch the whole series sometime very soon.  Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.  And, if you are a fan of the show, I recommend you watch the video below put together prior to the start of season 4 as a quick recap.  It’s both funny and accurate in as brief a video as possible.

Who’s that Giorgio guy on Random Access Memories?

So, if you’re like me, you listened to Random Access Memories and wondered, ‘who’s this Giorgio guy talking over Daft Punk’s awesome music?’  Well, I just looked him up on Wikipedia, and holy crap.  Apparently, nearly all of techno owes its popularity and roots to this guy.  I’ve included a rather lengthy video of a live session he did in New York not too long ago.  I think it’s a great session of classic techno sounds, beats, and melodies, and I’m pretty sure it covers a lot of his music career.  If you have the time, I highly recommend it!

Work Sucks

Hello, everyone!  I wanted to apologize for missing another Weird Al Wednesday.  Work has been pretty crazy lately and I’ve been working lots of long days.  I am going to make a concerted effort to get more things posted and work on my next entry for my friend’s blog over at quaintjeremy’s thoughts.  For now, please enjoy this funny picture.

Picture from https://www.facebook.com/MovieRoomReviews/photos/a.10150550772673549.377087.234426013548/10152416115568549/?type=1&theater
Picture from https://www.facebook.com/MovieRoomReviews/photos/a.10150550772673549.377087.234426013548/10152416115568549/?type=1&theater

 

Deep Breath – The New Doctor Begins

So, we have the first Doctor Who episode with Peter Capaldi as the Doctor (yes, I know it’s been a couple weeks).  I have to say, I was intrigued by the choice to go with an older actor.  However, I fully reserved my opinions until I saw him in action.  I have seen the Series 8 premier and my patience has been rewarded.  Peter Capaldi is an excellent choice to succeed Matt Smith.

One of the best lines from the episode.  I believe this to be a point of foreshadowing for the series to come.
One of the best lines from the episode. I believe this to be a point of foreshadowing for the series to come.

I have to say, that I embraced the move to an older doctor pretty much from the start.  I haven’t seen much of the Classic Who, but what I have seen of Doctors 3 and 4 are rather good.  Capaldi also does well at capturing the essence of the Doctor.  Once his brain gets starts to fall into sync, he displays the same plain-as-day, matter-of-fact demeanor when making certain points, as we often saw with Christopher Eccleston, and to a lesser degree Matt Smith.  We see the wide-eyed craziness that David Tennant brought to the show when the Doctor decides that exiting through a door is boring, and definitely “not me.”

I also see some some of the sternness from Tom Baker, John Pertwee, Patrick Troughton, and William Hartnell.  The early Doctors had much more of a fatherly/grandfatherly feel to them.  This is  much different style than was seen with Eccleston, Tennant, and Smith.  Capaldi gives me the sense that he will bring some of the classic feel of the character back to the show.  It helps, I think, that Capaldi has watched the show for a long, long time.

I very much look forward to this new Doctor, with his new look, sort of new T.A.R.D.I.S. control room, and the new series.  I especially can’t wait to find out who put the advertisement in the paper and how Stephen Moffat explains Capaldi’s “reappearance” in the Who-niverse.

Are you looking forward to the rest of Series 8?  What are your thoughts on Peter Capaldi?  Do you think we will see any new enemies?  How many of the old ones do you think will return?  Who the bloody hell is Missy?  Leave your thoughts in the comments!

GenCon 2014 Summary

I had a great time this past weekend at GenCon 2014!  My wife and I went all four days this year, which was a big undertaking.  This year, they had the entire convention center!  I have never been to a con that big!  We got to spend time with some friends, play some cool games, buy some of those cool games, meet a couple ‘famous’ cosplayers and see some great cosplays.  I got a few of my Magic: The Gathering cards signed by artist Terese Nielson.  We got to see Wil Wheaton and a couple producers from the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel’s TableTop at a cool and hilarious panel.  We bought some nerd-tastic baby stuff for the coming nerdling.  I got the chance to meet and get photos with a couple cosplay ladies I follow on Facebook, Toni Darling and Envy Us Deviant.  You should check out their pages, as they are awesome and a good at what they do.  I was able to have a different cosplay every day, myself.  Granted, a couple of them were last-minute and not overly phenomenal.  But, I had folks asking for pictures all four days, so that was nice.  I will see about starting a public page to share pictures with you guys, as my personal Facebook page has some high privacy settings.  All in all, it was a fantastic weekend and four days off with my lovely wife!  I can’t wait until next year!  Stay tuned, as I got the August Loot Crate today, so an unboxing post should be up in the next couple days.  Also, don’t forget that Weird Al Wednesday is tomorrow!