October 28th, 2014
There’s been a considerable discussion of late about getting kids interested in collecting stamps and the problems inherent in such. Most stamp collectors are stodgy old men who have been doing it for decades, finding stamp collectors under 50, in most cases, is a difficult task indeed. Lots of people have, through their own wishful thinking, said that we should make a concerted effort to introduce more kids to stamp collecting as a means of passing on our hobby to the next generation.
I say it’s a waste of time and here’s why.
October 25th, 2014
It’s that time again, time for me to take a belated look at a movie that was in theaters months ago, but has just come out on Blu Ray and I finally got to see it. This time, we visit Bryan Singer’s return to the X-Men franchise with X-Men: Days of Future Past, a take on the classic X-Men story told in Uncanny X-Men 141-142, originally published in 1981.
So here we go into the X-Men franchise reboot, which certainly has to be better than that execrable X-Men 3.
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.