Took my Fiance to meet my Dad at the Cobblestone today, to catch a matinee of the historical biopic drama, “LBJ”. It was very good, we all liked it. Made me want to see the PBS American Experience series on him again. Well, I’ve missed the opening weekend to a Marvel Comics movie, first time in a long time. Missed THOR: RAGNORAK this weekend. Will have to see it twice next weekend, then! 😁😎 Now, THE WALKING DEAD. Catching up…. […]
https://www.sciencefriday.com/articles/six-bestselling-authors-share-their-favorite-other-worlds/ (R.I.P., Sir Terry Pratchett. Note-to-self: begin re-reading the Discworld novels. You used to enjoy reading for pleasure, “slow-reading”.) OtherFun: ImaginaryWorlds: https://www.imaginaryworldspodcast.org/ OtherFun: WELCOME TO NIGHT VALE: http://www.welcometonightvale.com/ Monster Microbiome Mash – Science Friday: https://www.sciencefriday.com/segments/monster-microbiome-mash/:
A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001) – Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/ai_artificial_intelligence/ Wow, that “Critics’ Concensus” blurb really sums things up. I remember seeing this movie twice in the theater back when it was released. I remember that l liked it, with a couple caveats. Don’t remember seeing it since. Worth another viewing. (I guess I’m just into bleak sci-fi movies about where human behavior and our innovative technological advances might ultimately take us, which is either some degree of Enlightenment (rare outcome in these movies) […]
Categories: Ethics/Morality/Character, geek/drone & movies/TV, Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy, grey_zealot's_zone, History/Arts/Language, Science/Technology/Engineering/Math, Stupid Monkey Preaches from Soapbox • Tags: A.I., artificial intelligence, machine learning
Self-taught AI is best yet at strategy game Go : Nature News & Comment: http://www.nature.com/news/self-taught-ai-is-best-yet-at-strategy-game-go-1.22858 Reposting this, after a “cohort” in the politics forum I frequent linked it this past week. As a lover of science fiction an real human history, gets me thinking about this: http://freakonomics.com/podcast/american-growth/ If throughout Human History, Civilizations’ economies have pretty much only grown at a rate 2%-3%, and if the ‘recent’ surges (past 500 years) of phenomenal growth are slowing down because we’ve taken ceryain advancements to […]
There are days where I wish I could “veg-out”, or maybe “veg+”. Am consumed, ‘in rotation’, every waking second of every day, with: Work Fiance, and our impending marriage and impending cohabitation. Mom & Dad, and their various health issues and living situation . Gramma, and her various health issues and living situation. “Veg+” would be doing like I was doing prior to November 2011 (when I still lived on my own): wrapped up in HeroClix collecting and blogging about […]
Well,…. FX’ season premiere of AHS has been weirder than usual*. *(good thing) EDIT: Question: Why aren’t clown allowed to be goofy or funny anymore? (….. Really hope WizKids can some day make a HeroClix set based on Kurt Busiek’s ‘Astro City’. Could use the clown-themed hero Jack-in-the-Box….) EDIT II: “HONC”! Hilarious! EDIT III: From NPR News: Professor: 37 Historic Dictionaries Disagree With Trump’s Definition of ‘Emolument’ http://n.pr/2iPznk9
Short version: finally got to see “War for the Planet of the Apes” last Saturday. LOVED IT. Long version: ….. [BRB] EDIT (2017-08-06): Well, I wasn’t back right away. Sorry. So, the week of July 14th, the week WPA [War for the Planet of the Apes] was to open, was telling the girlfriend I hoped she would see it with me. So, we used her On Demand service to watch the first of this series, 2011’s “Rise of the Planet […]
Categories: geek/drone & movies/TV, Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy, grey_zealot's_zone • Tags: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, War for the Planet of the Apes
The preview for the “Blade Runner 2049” is the only one I remember from the slew previews — like 25 minutes worth — they played before the matinee of “Wonder Woman” I saw last weekend. I hope it’s good.
Categories: Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy, grey_zealot's_zone • Tags: dystopian futures, sci-fi, science!
Movie: Wonder Woman. IMO: Thumbs up. (Caveat: I’m biased in favor of such movies.) Keep in mind I’m more of a ‘Marvel Guy’. I put DC’s WW movie up there with the Captain America/Avengers movies I love. After the Man of Steel, Batman v. Superman, and Suicide Squad movies…. Maybe this should be the official ‘starting point’? For the DCCU? [Space reserved for additional future comments.]
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Wonder Woman. Out in theaters this weekend. Sounds like it’ll be fun, better than previous, recent DC Comics’ superhero movies. Hope to make time to see it this weekend. Edit (2017-06-04): ‘When Time Was New’: ‘Wonder Woman’ Brings Sunlight To The DC Universe : NPR: http://www.npr.org/2017/06/02/531269060/when-time-was-new-wonder-woman-brings-sunlight-to-the-dc-universe Can ‘Wonder Woman’ Offer A Superhero Soundtrack That Sticks? : NPR
Categories: Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy • Tags: Captain America, Wonder Woman
I love Rocket Raccoon. Have, still, in my dwindling comic book collection, the 4-issue limited series from the 1980’s. I keep wondering if there’s room in Marvel Studio’s schedule for R.R. to get a ‘stand-alone’ movie, his own ‘origin story’ movie? More like, he and Groot (or maybe without Groot?) take a break away from the Guatdians, with Rocket secretly following a lead about who he is and where he came from because he’s fonally curious enough and has a […]
Categories: geek/drone & movies/TV, Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy, grey_zealot's_zone, HeroClix Wish-List (UnClixed & ReClixed) • Tags: Blackjack O'Hare, Halfworld, HeroClix, Marvel, Rocket Raccoon
Saturday (2017-05-06), took my two nephews to a 10:45am matinee of “Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2”. I liked it, but I’m biased. With a lot of superhero genre movies being “origin stories”, Volume 2 concludes Star-Lord’s origin story. The movie raised some questions for me, especially the differences in the concept of “Celestials” between the comic books and the ‘cinematic universe’. I usually avoid spoilers, including posting them here, but i wanted to see what someone else thought, so….. […]
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Black_Cauldron_(film) For whatever reason, looking online at those mock-1980’s tee shirts made me think of this 80’s Disney animated movie. It wasn’t very good, but there were some cool ‘nuggets’. For whatever reason, it also made me think of the Disney movie “BRAVE” and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. It’s also bringing to mind the arcade game “Dragon’s Lair”, and, again, for whatever reason, the sci-fi/horror movie, “The Cube”. Just wondering if Disney could re/make an exciting, creepy/scary, 3D […]
[From NPR News “Morning Edition – Sunday”: Beyond The Pale (Male): Marvel, Diversity And A Changing Comics Readership: http://www.npr.org/2017/04/08/523044892/beyond-the-pale-male-marvel-diversity-and-a-changing-comics-readership Demographic representation, even in the fictional world of superhumans, is incredibly important to me. I’m glad the marketplace and product has evolved the way it has. Hope “House of Ideas” doesn’t backslide. FYI: I stopped buying individual issues of comics over a decade ago, I rarely buy a physical trade paperback collection of comics anymore, and I’ve only bought a ‘handful’ of […]
This week at work, we’re still busy, with plenty of projects still underway, plenty coming down the pike. But, we do seem to be in a slight “lull”. So, I took today (a Friday and a payday) as a vacation day. Got my driver’s license renewed first thing, the bummed around for a bit, then headed to an 11:30am matinee of “KONG: Skull Island”. I feel a bit guilty, as i didn’t let my parents or grandmother know i had […]
Just saw “Ghost in the Shell”. I liked it. But, I’m biased. Like a lot of sci-fi, plays with concepts of identity, humanity, meaning. Wrapped in a crunchy shell. I avoided all spoilers. I barely remember seeing an anime movie of the story, late 1990’s. Time now to read-up on the story of the story. EDIT (2017-04-07): Wow, GitS has seen a lot of anime iterations since 1994. Sidebar: I still haven’t read any reviews of this 2017 version, but […]
avclub.com: spiders-could-eat-you-and-everyone-you-love http://www.avclub.com/article/spiders-could-eat-you-and-everyone-you-love-if-the-252847 Reminds me of the 1990’s sci-fi/horror/’monster’ flick, “Arachnophobia”. Which reminds of a spider in my bathroom some time ago…
Categories: Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy • Tags: Arachnophobia, Brood, HeroClix, Spiders
Watching “The Walking Dead” now. The mid-season premiere starts in less than 10 minutes. Have to say I “love to hate” Negan. JDM’s portrayal really nails the character’s use of humor as a weapon. For some reason, it makes me want to see that Robert Duvall movie, “The Great Santini”.
How Sylvester Stallone Transformed Demolition Man from a Subversive Satire into a Sylvester Stallone Movie << Movie & TV News and Interviews – Rotten Tomatoes: https://editorial.rottentomatoes.com/article/how-sylvester-stallone-transformed-demolition-man-from-a-subervsive-satire-into-a-sylvester-stallone-movie/
PBS/NOVA: “Search for the Super-Battery” Really looking forward to this tonight. Need to check the schedule, see if it conflicts with FX’s “LEGION”. I think/feel like I need to either cut the cable entirely, or invest in a DVR. EDIT: Meanwhile, some interesting listening as I got ready to work this morning — npr.org: 2017/02/08 — despite-decades-old-law-funeral-prices-are-still-unclear npr.org: 2017/02/07 — a-funeral-may-cost-you-thousands-less-just-by-crossing-the-street
Well, missing the opening weekend of “Hidden Figures”. But, next weekend is a payday weekend, so next Saturday after work, that’s what I’ll be doing. This weekend? Work yesterday, staying in from the cold and watching my “The Martian” Extended Edition today. EDIT (2017-01-15): Well, another Sunday evening. Busy day for Gramma, what with the friend’s birthday party, a slew of senior activities, i just took her for a walk (she’s not out of that wheelchair enough, needs all the exercise […]
Finally! Hit the Cobblestone for an 11:30am matinee of “ARRIVAL”. “Hard sci-fi.” Not an explosive action/fantasy flick; more cerebral thriller. Every bit as good as I’d heard. Ultimately a positive movie, not necessarily “uplifting”, but hopeful of the future. One to add to the collection when it hits DVD.
Was up until passed 2am over the election. Trump pulled a “W”. I turned off the radio before Trump’s victory speech. Apparently, Trump said in his speech he would be president to everyone, was offering everyone a chance to get on board now. I’m detecting an NYC-style “…or else” in there. Comparisons between our “Pax Americana” and the long-fallen Roman Empire come in and out of fashion. My $0.02: by voting for John Kasich during the primary, then for Hillary […]
Imaginary Worlds: “Economics of Thrones and Starships” Just catching up with IW podcasts. This one stood out for me. Why? Captain America, “The Walking Dead”, and “Seven Samurai”. Was thinking last weekend, while mowing the lawn (a tedious, futile waste of time and energy; other people find joy/satisfaction in this form of work,I don’t), using the other 3/4 of my mind not involved in the task, to play with a nerdy fanboy question: “Which 3 of the warriors of Akira Kurosawa’s […]
Categories: Current Events & STEM/HAL/EMC, geek/drone & movies/TV, Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy • Tags: Battlestar Galactica, Game of Thrones, Holloween, monsters, The Walking Dead, vampires, zombies
http://cosplayforacause.com/ I’ve always wanted to buy one of these calendars. This year will be the year, I think. Next payday, after my Christmas shopping is done.
Categories: Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy • Tags: CosPlay, CosPlay for a Cause, Riddle
Hillary Clinton says she believes in science. Donald Trump isn’t a “great believer” in human-caused climate change. But that doesn’t mean that Trump hates all science or that Clinton would always make the same choices as a lab technician. Truth is, “science” is more than one thing and every politician has sciences they prioritize and… via The Science Of Trump: Energy, Space And Military Tech — Features – FiveThirtyEight
Categories: Genre Stuff: Superhero/Sci-Fi/Spy/Thriller/Fantasy, grey_zealot's_zone • Tags: 2016 Presidential Race, Hillary, Trump