Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Midnight Nation

After really enjoying Rising Stars on @professorbeej's recommendation I picked up Midnight Nation which is another comic series by the same author.

This comic is much darker and grounded more in the real world.  It's about what happens when people fall through the cracks and how the world can feel like a completely different place at night compared to during the day.

I liked all that about the series and I also liked that it had a story to tell and then wrapped up.  It's not a long drawn out series.  It's only twelve comics in total and I grabbed them as a set from Comixology.

The only thing I didn't really like were the religious overtones (and undertones for that matter) which ended up tying into the main story.  It wasn't too heavy handed or focused on any one real world religion but it still felt like a bit of a cop out in an otherwise unique world.

If you're in a dark and broody mood and want a comic series to match, check out Midnight Nation.

Monday, May 2, 2016

The Hateful Eight

I finally got around to watching The Hateful Eight, Tarantino's latest film.  His films seem to be kind of hit and miss with me and I end up really liking about half of them.

The Hateful Eight is a film I'm glad I saw once but don't ever need to see again.

It's almost 3 hours long, which is just way too long for a movie, but besides that it also has very slow pacing in the first half of the movie.  You see scenes of winter, snow, blizzarding, people moving through the snow, more blizzard.  I mean... I live in Minnesota... I don't need to see the snow this much.  I get it.  There's snow.

But the second half of the film picks up the pace and feels very Tarantino.  It was entertaining enough that it made watching the first half worth it once.

If you've enjoyed Tarantino films in the past you should probably watch The Hateful Eight at least once, but it's not going to end up being a film I rewatch.  At least not for a long long time.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Geek to Geek S1E9 - Love Kills People

Game of Thrones is Back!

In this episode:
  • Beej forgets whether it’s A Song of Ice and Fire or A Song of Fire and Ice. Please accept our sincerest apologies.
  • Game of Thrones is back! Season 6 debuted last week, and for the first time (we think) in television history, the adaptation is further along than the source material.
  • The edits the showrunners made to the show help viewers invest in the world, and the combination of seasons and characters make the show more palatable than the books may be to readers.
  • We discuss which characters they want to see standing when it’s game over, and aside from Tyrion, there are actually a couple of surprises on what they want to happen and who they want to live/die! Do you agree with us? Let us know!
  • Weekly Geekery
  • Health Hack: Go streaking! Take your normal exercise, dial it down, and do it every single day for a week. This will build your resolve, keep you from getting exhausted, and set up a new habit!

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Music by CarboHydroM

Rising Stars

On the recommendation of my friend @professorbeej I checked out Rising Stars.  I had been talking to him about the things I like and dislike in comics and that I've had trouble finding ones that click with me.

This recommendation was right up my Alley.

Rising Stars sees an event happen over a small town which causes all the babies currently in utero to gain super powers once they're little kids.  So, one generation from one small town are all the super heroes the world will ever have.

It's about their lives and how they impact the world... and each other.

It has a story to tell, it tells it, and then it wraps up.  I wish that more comics would do this instead of trying to drag out series forever.

I can easily recommend Rising Stars to you.  I grabbed it on Comixology in three volumes that make up 24 comics total.  Check it out if it sounds like your type of comic!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Yurei: The Japanese Ghost Review

This is not my normal kind of book.  It's about Japanese ghosts and how they fit into Japanese culture.  I don't typically stray from fiction when it comes to reading for fun, but this one was cool!

I found it because it's by the author that does Japanese cultural essays in Wayward, which is my favorite part about that comic.  It's actually the main reason that I still pick it up whenever a new issue releases.

Yurei: The Japanese Ghost is all about Japanese ghosts and their evolution over the years.  It's a fascinating read and gave me a lot of cultural insight that I knew nothing about.

Overall it's an interesting read, although it had some culture touch points that were hard for me to grasp as a Westerner.  But I got a lot of good information out of this book.  I would say if you're interested in either Japanese culture or ghosts in general you'll find something worthwhile in reading this.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

The Force Awakens Special Features

They're so good!

I loved getting my Blu Ray of The Force Awakens.  By the time it arrived I had already watched the movie digitally a bunch (since it released that way first) but the Blu Ray came with the special features.

They were fantastic!  The main documentary included was one of the best official behind the scenes documentaries I've ever seen.  The deleted scenes added a little bit more context to parts of the movie, but it was obvious why they were cut.  And all the little feature vignettes were awesome from the creature creation to John Williams scoring the movie.

I can't recommend the special features enough.  If you love Star Wars like I do it's a must watch!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Wii U Hard Drive Fix!

I've been having a ton of trouble with my Wii U external HDD lately.  It randomly will disconnect and after playing with it and troubleshooting it for months I've come to determine that it's probably the fault of the Wii U and not the HDD.

So I looked for a good solution, but didn't want to buy another external HDD with external power to just run into the same situation again

Then I found some other people in forums having a similar issue and I was super surprised to see the recommended fix.

Who would have thought the fix would be a cheap little flash drive?  I grabbed a 128GB flash drive as cheap as I could find it (which was very cheap) and moved all the games from the old HDD to the flash drive.

Not only is it totally stable, it's also faster to load.  Weird.

Anyway, if you run into the same problem maybe the same fix will help you.