Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Our Only Hope

The Princess is Dead. Long Live the Princess.

From Hollywood Royalty to Galactic Royalty twice-over. Subversive as a Damsel in Distress (as well as real life). Leader of a Rebellion but at times unable to keep her own body from rebelling against her.

Carrie Fisher got through it all with an impish grin and a dignity that didn't always match her actions.

The Star Wars Saga has seen many of its great collaborators pass on over the years, one all too recently in fact. But this? To a Star Wars fan, this is the equivalent of losing a Beatle.

The Force will be with you, Carrie, always.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The Twelve Lists of Listmas

Tonight is both Christmas Eve and the First Night of Hannukah. So here are Twelve new and updated Lists  of my favorite things because if anyone is still reading after the various long periods of silence knows, it's that I'm self-indulgent like that.

Plus, I'd like to keep up for posterity how things have changed, even if its as minuscule as  slight reordering.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

We Are Many

First impressions of World of Warcraft: Legion, after a month of Beta and a few post-100 levels.

Minor Spoilers Ahead.

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Rogue None?

I realize this title may be more clickbaity. This isn't a full on article. Just a brief announcement.

There's a good chance I will be skipping Rogue One during its theatrical run.

I'm not boycotting it. I actually commend them for bringing the Mon Mothma from the RotS deleted scenes back, and hope the rumors about the return of Smitts as Bail are true. And I'll probably catch it and give it a fair shake when it's released to home formats. And remember, I famously would never have even given Clone Wars a second look had my eventual wife not won tickets from a radio contest.

It's just none of the trailers I've seen for it make me the least bit excited. The style it's advertising just doesn't interest me.

If my family decides to go and pay the way, I may go with them. But with limited money, and movies I am excited about such as Fantasic Beasts and Dr. Strange coming out, well...if I had to choose, I'll save my money on Rogue One. So don't expect a timely dissertation from me. If it happens anyway, well, it'll be a nice surprise. Just don't count on it.

And let me know when the official VIII trailer comes out.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Public Service Announcement

I don't like to talk politics on this site. It opens up a Pandora's Box of gargantuan proportions, and this site is about having fun and celebrating cool things. As bad as some of the Star Wars discussions get, they rarely approach what political subjects can devolve into.

But I feel like this election is too important to ignore.

So I'm going to urge people to be civil. I won't say "if you don't want to hear it, avoid it," since the entire reason I'm doing this is to reach out to people. However, think before you comment. Too much baseless accusations and negativity without respect or decorum and I will not only delete offending comments like I've done in extreme cases for Star Wars, but disable comments for this post altogether.

I hope I don't regret this...

Monday, October 31, 2016

Lame Claim to Fame

One time I met Weird Al backstage after a concert - and I completely choked!

My shirt was appropriate

Sunday, October 30, 2016

After Over a Month of Nothing, Hey! Post-A-Day!

Yes yes, like I always do after not having anything to say for a month, I try and go for a week of one post per day before going off into obscurity again for a while. So I'm here to announce that.

What I won't have this year is a standard Halloween entry, since due to budget and time concerns I'm just pulling my Vader suit out, and it's like - who hasn't seen that?

I'll also be stepping outside my comfort zone a bit this week, so be prepared.

Lastly, this December I'm bringing back my Listmas thing from my early days, to simply update based on new material and changing opinions.

Watch this space.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

(Almost But Not Quite) Infinite Possibilities

With Disney Infinity beginning to cancel its online services at the end of the month, I thought it was high time to talk about this game that has enraptured me whilst my computer has been on the fritz. Though I've had it for a while and had experience with similar games before, it's only in the past months since its sudden cancellation that I've begun truly ulocking its secrets and my enjoyment.

This will be a long review with multiple facets.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I. Am not. PREPARED!....yet....

Remember when I promised a post on the Legion Beta?

Well my computer was dying and too many people were on it so due to unplayable lag I was only able to get to the end of the Demon Hunter starting experience before I had to give up due to nothing loading.

So now that the game is out and I own it, I may as well wait to progress a bit farther before I talk about it.

This won't be like Warlords of Draenor where it completely fall under my radar.

More to come.


I'm a little late to this due to working on getting my laptop up and running again, but I wanted to take some time to mourn the passing of a comedy legend.

Gene Wilder. Many people of my generation remember Gene best as Willy Wonka, but while he certainly gave the best performance of the character that I've seen, I prefer the Burton film in every other category.

No, I remember Gene Wilder as Fredrick Frankenstein ("Fronkensteen"?). As Leo Bloom, and the Waco Kid. Arguably Mel Brooks' greatest collaborator, though he had much success on his own as far as talent is concerned.

Wilder was a clown, but one with dignity and grace. Softspoken, but with a manic energy hidden just below the surface that would explode when you least expected it.

The last time I saw him, he was the Mock Turtle in a wonderful made-for-TV "Alice in Wonderland" adaptation. That was in 1998. After that, he dropped out of my and most others' radar. Mel mentioned getting his blessing a few years back for the YF musical, but other than that no signs he was still around.

It was sad to hear that he was in poor health in recent years, as well as the tragedies he went through in his life. But for us? All he gave us was smiles.

Say hi to Gilda, Zero, Marty, Madeline, Richard, and Peter for us.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

If Any of My Circuits or Gears will Help, I'll Gladly Donate Them

I had to pop on through my phone to pay respects to the actor who brought the true hero of the Star Wars Saga to life.

Kenny Baker was a true renaissance man, a veteran of film and vaudeville and by all accounts a professional and pleasant man to work with.

George Lucas wrote R2-D2. Ben Burtt and his sound team gave him a voice. Artists, fabrication teams, puppeteers, and animators too numerous to mention by name gave him physical form. But it was Kenny Baker, and Kenny alone, that gave R2-D2 his soul. The most important droid in the galaxy. Mechanic of royalty, partner to Jedi, agent and savior of rebellion.

Kenny, you will be missed. The Force will be with you, always.

Monday, August 8, 2016

Dry August

Just a heads up:

My hard drive on my laptop is dying. While I can post from my phone (in fact, that's what I'm doing right now), I DON'T LIKE IT. Therefore, posts will probably be scarce until I get a new hard drive installed (which is being worked on as we speak).

The rest of the posts I promised for the remainder of summer and beyond will still come, just slightly later than anticipated. This post is just to say: I didn't forget, and I didn't give up, and worst case scenario I have ways of bringing you all what I said I would.

Enjoy the disgusting, disgusting heat.

Friday, July 29, 2016

Love Letter to the Women of Star Wars

(Originally Written for Jedi News)

Within the last few months, I finally watched The Force Awakens again for the first time since the theatrical run. What I had liked about it at first I loved even more the second time. What had bothered me about it the first time likewise bothered me exponentially in the repeat viewing. All in all, it makes for a very awkward filmgoing experience for me – I love parts of it too much to say I dislike it, but I hate other parts too much to say I like it. And even if Episodes VIII and IX tie the narrative together in a way that really makes Awakens shine in retrospect, the fact that those films have totally different teams behind them (as opposed to The Maker’s overarching, if fickle-with-details narrative) will always undercut whatever “hidden brilliance” we may or may not find in the film upon future analysis.

The above paragraph was originally supposed to be a lead-in to a whole column re-evaluating The Force Awakens upon a repeat viewing away from the hype and the fear, but frankly, that’s really all I have to say on the matter until the entire picture comes to light. Besides, the main point of my column is to keep Episodes I-III and their rightful place in the Saga as a whole in the public’s eye as a positive force (pun unintentional, but welcome), lest the bile levied at them by mainstream geekdom be history’s final word on them.

But it does serve as a nice introduction to a matter that I’ve been wanting to write about for nearly a year, but wasn’t confidant I could do it justice. Because there is one element of The Force Awakens that I have had a slight but noticeable shift on in the intervening months: Rey.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Reflections on 30

30 years old today.

I've been on this planet for three decades.


I speak to adults who say they grew up with things that didn't exist until I was in my teens.

I'm the new adult generation.

I'm only a "young man" in the technical sense with lifespans ever expanding. Just a few centuries ago, I'd be middle-aged.

I'm already flabbergasted by "kids these days".

And the worst part?

It doesn't really feel any different from my late 20s.

I've learned so much in the last six years, that I am in many ways a different person than I was in college, but that's not tied to any specific number.

I thought I would have more insight, but frankly I don't know how I feel on this milestone of a day.


...I'm going to go play some WoW....

Sunday, July 24, 2016

My Name is Dory, and I Suffer From Short-Term Memory Loss

Hi, I saw Finding Dory.

Boy, I've seen more theatrical movies in the past three months than in the past three years.

Hi, I saw Finding Dory!

Minor Spoilers Ahead...I think?

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Dude, Bringing Back the Mohawk! Good for you!

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows.

Didn't even know they were making this until it came out.

Intermediate Spoilers Ahead

Monday, July 4, 2016

Thursday, June 30, 2016

An Update

Okay, so the time I had mentioned setting aside in my reply to a comment on my last post got destroyed by last-minute schedule changes, so the posts I've been meaning to make for months will be pushed back yet another week (I'll work on what I can today and tomorrow, and begin staggering them all next week).

But lest you think I have been intentionally shirking my duities to both this site and the Prequel Appreciation Society (where I have been made an administrator in order to help review comments - which I always seem to find time to do after they've been reviewed already), let me let you in on a bit of what has been going on.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Geekdom Madness 2016: Tournament of Losers Victor!

We are ready to announce the Victor for Geekdom Madness 2016: The Tournament of Losers. As usual, unlike the other Victor postings which are right on the front page, I'm going to add a page break because SUSPENSE!

Saturday, June 18, 2016

GM16: The Semi-Final Victors

We're ramping up for the end here, so let's not waste any time. You have spoken. These are your champions.

The Victors for the Geekdom Madness Semi-Final are...

Captain Jack Sparrow
"You will always remember this as the day you almost caught...Captain Jack Sparrow!"

 With 6 out of 9 votes (66%), he yo-hoed Yoda. He has what it takes.


"You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me...ME! The mistress of all evil!"
 With 4 out of 8 votes (50%) and a tiebreaker die roll of 14 to her opponent's abysmal 1, she riddled the Riddler. She has what it takes.

Here's the breakdown. Tomorrow, the Geekdom Madness 2016 Final!

I thought that was going to go 100% the opposite way

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Geekdom Madness 2016: The Semi-Final

Hello all, and welcome to Geekdom Madness 2016's Semi-Final. Our Elite Four will be whittled down to the final two. So let's not waste any time!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

GM16 - QF: Unreadable/Hear Me Roar Victors

Interesting split.

The Victors for the second round of the Quarter-Final and the last two Elite Four are...

Captain Jack Sparrow
"You will always remember this as the day you almost caught...Captain Jack Sparrow!"


"You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me...ME! The mistress of all evil!"

Disney wins the day. Captain Jack nailed Match 1 by a landslide 8 votes out of 10 (80%). Maleficent came back from a disappointing start, winning by one last-minute vote to gain 5 votes out of 9 (55%).

So now, ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Elite Four of Geekdom Madness 2016: The Tournement of Losers





Tomorrow, this Final Four will be whittled down to the Final Two, and after that, There Can Be Only One! 
Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!
Technically speaking, Disney owns 3/4 our this year's Elite Four

Saturday, June 4, 2016

GM16 - QF: Emerald Elves/R&R Victors

Close, but no cigar.

The Victors for the first round of the Quarter Finals and the first of our Elite Four are...

"Much to learn, you still have."
The Riddler
"Riddle me this: I have billions of eyes, yet I live in darkness. I have millions of ears, yet only four lobes. I have no muscle, yet I rule two hemispheres. What am I?"

In another week when the vote count differs between matches, Yoda won Match 1 with 5 votes out of 8 (62%), while the Riddler won Match 2 with 4 votes out of 7 (57%)

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

Solve your riddles in the comments below!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Geekdom Madness 2016 - Quarter Final: Emerald Elves/R&R

Welcome to the Geekdom Madness 2016 Quarter-Finals! Our past losers have been ruthlessly proving themselves winners in their own right, and now we see who gets to be in the Elite Four!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

GM16 - TRG: Poachers/Thrillseekers Victors

So close yet so far....

The Victors for the fourth and final round of The Real Game are...

Captain Jack Sparrow
"You will always remember this as the day you almost caught...Captain Jack Sparrow!"


Rose Tyler
"So history’s happening and we’re stuck here."

Match 1 was no contest. Captain Jack had all the votes until literally the last second, but he still got 8 votes out of 11 total (72%). Match 2 was a lot more even, with Rose squeaking by with a single vote, ending with 5 out of 9 (55%).

Here's the breakdown. The Quarter-Final starts tomorrow!

Bloody pirates.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

GM16 - TRG: Unbreakable/House of M Victors

Talk about a flip-flop.

The Victors for the third round of The Real Game are...

"Super Effective!"

"You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me...ME! The mistress of all evil!"

These two had an early lead before their opponents overtook them. However, last-minute, Mewtwo gathered a total of 5 votes out of 8 (62%) and Maleficent gathered 4 votes out of 7 (57%)

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

We were THIS CLOSE to Kenny and Marv.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Top Ten Things I Love About Episodes I-III

Now, at this point, I’ve more or less eschewed the notion of May the 4th, or Revenge of the 5th/6th (whichever pun is better), and decided that May is Star Wars Month. George Lucas was born in May, and all of his Star Wars films (including Empire and Jedi) came out in May. That being said, when the Star Wars Prequel AppreciationSociety dubbed this Friday “Prequel Appreciation Day” (traditionally May 19th, the release date of Phantom and Sith, but moved a day over so people can celebrate on a Friday) and called out to friendly bloggers to share the love by posting their Top Ten favorite things about the films, well I felt inspired to write about Star Wars for the first time in many months. Now it goes without saying, I will be repeating myself here, and these are going to be mostly subjective to my experience. But as I said in my previous post those many weeks back, we need positivity now more than ever.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

GM16 - TRG: We All Wear Masks/Sabotage Victors

No contest.

The Victors for the second round of The Real Game are...

The Green Goblin
"This is why only fools are heroes - Because you never know when some lunatic will come along with a sadistic choice!"


The Roadrunner
"BEEP BEEP *zip-tang!*"

While Match 1 had more overall votes than Match 2, both our Victors scored all but one, with Gobby winning 6 votes out of 7 (85%) and Roadrunner winning 4 votes out of 5 (80%).

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

We're well over halfway through.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

GM16 - TRG: Return of Wizard's Duel/Theory or Practice Victors

That was a fast turnaround.

The Victors for the first round of The Real Game are...

"Much to learn, you still have."


The Riddler
"Riddle me this: We're five little items of an everyday sort; You'll find us all in A Tennis Court."

Out of 9 votes total each match, both Yoda and Riddler scored 5 votes (55%). Interestingly, it was Snape and Michelangelo that had early leads, but our Victors surpassed at the last minute by one vote.

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

Would it ruin the suspense if I told them that they get a new riddle each time Riddler wins?

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Geekdom Madness 2016 - The Real Game: Return of Wizard's Duel/Theory or Practice

Welcome to Geekdom Madness 2016: The Real Game. Our first matches: Slimy Mudholes and Booksmarts vs Streetsmarts.

Real Game Delay

Just a quick announcement that the next round of Geekdom Madness will be delayed for several hours today, as the time I had scheduled to finish setting it up turned out to be needed elsewhere. It should be available by late afternoon/early evening at the latest. Thank you for your patience.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

GM16: Miscellaneous Victors

One Final Save.

The Victors for the eighth and final round of the preliminaries are...

Katniss Everdeen
"Thank you for your consideration."


Rose Tyler
"So history’s happening and we’re stuck here."

Match 1 was a flawless victory, with the Girl on Fire nabbing 100% of the matches 8 votes. Match 2 was in Rose's favor until a literal last-minute vote tied it up. I declared Rose the Victor because of her weeklong lead, but Austin Powers will be saved from total elimination due to the tie.

However, we must still hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to Count Dracula ("There are far worse things awaiting a man than death."). With the preliminaries over, the contest continues as normal, and those who've made it this far are exempt from Total Elimination.

Here's the breakdown. The Real Game begins tomorrow!

Our Match 1 Victor inspired the use of the word "Victor" in this contest.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

GM16: Worst Swordsmen/Battle Amongst the Stars Redux Victors

No contest.

The Victors for the seventh round of the preliminaries are...

Captain Jack Sparrow
"You will always remember this as the day you almost caught...Captain Jack Sparrow!"


"Yoko to bantha poodoo, hehehehe..."

The story is the same for both matches: Out of a total of 7 votes, Captain Jack Sparrow and Sebulba received 6 votes each (85%), nearly flawless.

Now, let's hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to The Black Knight ("COME BACK HERE AND TAKE WHAT'S COMING TO YOU! I'll BITE YER LEGS OFF!") and Lt. Commander Data ("There are still many human emotions I do not fully comprehend - anger, hatred, revenge...")

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

The Trekkers must be furious.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

A True Test of CHARActer

“Brave ones, foolish ones - Both walk not the middle road.”

Warning: Severe spoilers for “Undertale” ahead. Only continue if you have already finished the game, or have no intention of playing it (and even then I recommend at least giving it a chance first).

Saturday, April 16, 2016

The Nilbog Answers

Here's finally that answer post to the "Ask the Nilbog" that I posted last month.

GM16: Trial by Fire/Egos Proportionate to their Names Victors

Are you guys intentionally tying so that I save more characters from the exile bin?

The Victors for the sixth round of the preliminaries are...

Kenny McCormick
"M Mph Mp?!"


"That sure is a damn fine coat you're wearin'..."

Each match had six votes. Kenny won his handily with 4 votes (66%), but the second match was a tie, facilitating another tiebreaker which Marv only narrowly beat. That means that Rumpelstiltzkin will stay in the prospective pool for future events.

However, we must still hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to Axel ("Why do I always get stuck with the icky jobs...")

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

Seriously, I'm trying to DECREASE numbers here

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Speak Up, Speak Out!

(Originally Written for Jedi News)

So it’s been a while since I typed anything out. I will admit that everything about Force Awakens kind of burnt me out on Star Wars for a while, for the second time. Not to mention a couple of major personal upheavals that I won’t bother you with.

I will say that in general, it’s becoming increasingly difficult not to retread old ground when I talk about Star Wars. I’ve mentioned many times, in fact, that sometimes I feel like I’ve said what I had to say. Unfortunately, while there is still hate against George Lucas and his vision from those who claim to be fans of Star Wars, and even within his own former company, I can’t just stay quiet.

Well, I should just say “WE” can’t stay quiet. Because it’s really not about me, is it?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Geekdom Madness 2016: Trial by Fire/Egos Proportionate to their Names

This week, I start running out of ways to BS the connections between our contenders!

GM16: Artificial Life/Toast Victors

And then a bunch of 6s.

The Victors for the fifth round of the preliminaries are...

"Super Effective!"


"You poor simple fools! Thinking you could defeat me...ME! The mistress of all evil!"

Both matches won with about two-thirds of the vote; Mewtwo with 6 votes out of 10 (40%) and Maleficent with 6 votes out of 9 (66%). There's something significant about this but I can't put my claw on it...

Now, let's hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to Edward Scissorhands ("...Goodbye...") and The Dude ("That's just...like...your opinion, man...").

Here's the breakdown. Check back in an hour!

No time to say enlarge, please click! I'm late I'm late I'm late!

The State of Things

So I missed my deadlines. How surprising.

So, just a quick update on a few things.

I was late. I screwed up. It will be set later today after this. I deeply apologize.

I submitted an article about a month ago that never went up, and I didn't want to bug my editor without another article, and I just haven't had anything new to say on Star Wars in a while.

Hey, remember when I used to do posts looking at interesting points and developments from things other than Star Wars? There's a bunch of that I'd still REALLY like to do, but I can't coalesce my thoughts enough to produce something coherent. I'd like to promise they'll be here soon, but you know what tends to happen when I say things like that (R.I.P. Anniversary Reviews...)

I have not forgotten about that, just wanted to give another week or so for last-minute questions. I will answer one of those questions now though as a sneak preview because it pertains a lot to all of the above: Do you have a job yet? Well, no. I have an angle or two that I'm working that have very high chances, but any actual hiring consideration won't be for at least another month, and I'm almost out of unemployment. The stress over our finances and trying to secure these "angles" of possible employment have left me lightly baked to a tender and savory crisp, so that when I do de-stress I just escape into more private and personal forms of leisure (mostly Blizzard games, which I REALLY want to do a series on soon).

Like I said, I don't want to make any promises that I'm not sure I can keep, and those of you who still read this have stuck with me through more burnouts and sabbaticals than it's fair to ask. But having this site really does mean a lot to me, and I want to make a better effort at giving you guys more content, and consistent content. I don't know when I'll have the time and energy for this, and I don't know what form it will take, but I hope that when it happens you'll still be there.

Saturday, April 2, 2016

GM 16: Temper Temper/Walas' Nightmares Victors

Well, this had some interesting results. I had to pull out every tiebreaker method I had for Match 1 - and that tied too! In the end, I decided to go with who had the earlier lead.

The Victors for the fourth round of the preliminaries are...

"Must investigate further..."


"Now was that civilized? No, clearly not. FUN, but in no sense civilized"

The Gremlins won handily with 5 votes out of 6 (83%). However, while Rorschach had an early lead, he ended up tied with Donald Duck. As a result of that and my ties in the tiebreakers, I will make Donald exempt from Total Elimination, and he will still remain in the candidate pool for the future.

However, we must still hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to Seth Brundle ("I'll hurt you if you stay!")

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

Press the thing to make the thing a bigger thing.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Saturday, March 26, 2016

GM16: Mad Bombers/Run like the Wind Victors

Well, those were clear victories!

The Victors for the third round of the preliminaries are...

The Green Goblin
"This is why only fools are heroes - Because you never know when some lunatic will come along with a sadistic choice!"


The Roadrunner
"BEEP BEEP *zip-tang!*"

Goblin won handily with 8 votes out of 10 (80%) and a clear lead. Roadrunner outstripped his opponant's early lead by a mid-week influx leaving him 7 votes out of 9 (78%).

Now, let's hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to Slappy Squirrel ("Ah forget it. Here's some dynamite down your pants!") and Sylvanas Windrunner ("I have no time for games!")

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

GM16: Tall, Dark, and Moody/Mind Games Victors

Sorry for the delay, I'm still struggling to get back on any sort of schedule. Then again, given the lackluster voting numbers, we all may be.

The Victors for the second round of the preliminaries are...

Severus Snape
"Clearly, fame isn't everything"


The Riddler
"Riddle me this: The poor have it, the rich need it, and if you eat it you'll die. What is it?"

Snape won 5 votes out of 7 (71%), and the Riddler snagged 4 out of 6 (66%). Some of our lower numbers, but we're just getting going.

Now, let's hang our heads as Geekdom Madness bids a final farewell to Lt. Worf ("There is nothing shameful in falling to a superior enemy.") and Jean Grey ("It's better this way. Quick. Clean. Final.")

Here's the breakdown. Check back tomorrow!

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