October 21st, 2014
I suppose I’m lucky that I live in an area where there are a couple of stamp shops, or at least they pretend to be stamp shops. I haven’t walked into any of them recently because I haven’t really collected stamps in a while, but since I’ve gone a little nutty of late and gotten a considerable number, I was running low on a couple sizes of stamp mounts, I figured I might as well stop in and see what I could see.
Now I wish I hadn’t.
October 18th, 2014
I was talking to a friend today and he brought up something he read in Linn’s Stamp News and that brought back a lot of memories. See, I used to subscribe for years and years and years to Linn’s, back when it was a weekly full-size newspaper and I actually gave a damn about modern stamp issues. I still have a couple of boxes out in the garage filled with back issues. I used to love going over the pages every single week, but that was before the dark times, before the Internet, which largely killed it, and the enjoyment I got from it.
October 14th, 2014
Recently, I was involved in a discussion about what kind of stamps people collect. I’m someone who collects mint stamps almost exclusively, others enjoy used stamps. Some people like complete covers and documents, others like just stamps. It really doesn’t matter what you collect so long as you collect what you like, but there are people who get really upset if everyone doesn’t do what they want to do, like it’s a personal affront to their collecting.
October 11th, 2014
Recently, I got an order of stamps from a new dealer who was recommended to me and while I’m extremely pleased with the stamps that I got, I was about to throw away the envelope and I noticed that the stamps hadn’t been cancelled by the Post Office. For an organization that is in perpetual need of money and has to keep raising rates, apparently they don’t care about doing the easiest part of their job, keeping people from re-using stamps.
October 9th, 2014
This is a very incomplete TV Thursday – 10/9/14, I just have no time to write up TV reviews these days, I hardly have time to even watch the shows, therefore I am taking a hiatus from doing reviews for a while, writing here might be sporadic for a bit as well. Besides, as far as I know, nobody even reads these reviews anyhow, it seems to be a waste of my very limited time. These are the shows I got reviewed before I completely ran out of time. Enjoy.
October 7th, 2014
I ran across something that Adam Savage did on YouTube where he talked about what should be in a person’s basic toolkit and it got me thinking. The video is about 45 minutes long, but I’ll link to it at the end of this article and I think he has a lot of good ideas, but I think there is more to be said on the subject so I’m going to say it!
October 5th, 2014
I love Godzilla. I really, really, really love Godzilla. I’ve seen all of the original Toho movies at least a dozen times each, I have tons of toys and figures of Godzilla and his foes, I have the entire run of the original Marvel Godzilla comics and lots more. Like I said, I’m a fan of Godzilla.
Unfortunately, and a lot of people might disagree with me, this was not Godzilla. It just wasn’t, any more than the 1998 Matthew Broderick film was Godzilla.
October 4th, 2014
I guess my collecting goes in cycles. I didn’t realize until a day or two ago that I’ve kind of wandered away from collecting stamps, until I got an e-mail from Delcampe saying they hadn’t seen me for a while and wanted to know what was wrong. Well, nothing was wrong, stamp collecting just faded from my radar for a while. It wasn’t because I disliked it, I wasn’t tired of it, I just… lost focus and interest.
And that’s not really a bad thing, I don’t think.
October 2nd, 2014
Things just explode this week, not only do I add a new show, Forever, but Castle and Resurrection come back as well. That makes a lot of new TV to make my way through this week, some of it really good, some of it really bad. Which one is which? You’ll have to read on to see in TV Thursday – 10/2/14. Let’s get started.
September 30th, 2014
As anyone who reads my comic reviews knows, I’m a huge Iron Man fan and part of that is loving War Machine. Now that Rhodey has changed from being War Machine to Iron Patriot, that love really hasn’t changed. James Rhodes isn’t an egomaniac like Tony Stark, he’s a much more down-to-earth kind of guy, he loves his family, he loves his country and he wants to do what’s right, willing to sacrifice his life to save the people he loves. That’s a great combination of characteristics and one that had me follow him from his War Machine days into the Iron Patriot suit.
Now, he’s got his own comic book, how does Iron Patriot fare when stacked up against some of the other superhero suited characters in the Marvel Universe?