Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.

Simplicity in Woodworking

February 28th, 2016

A couple of days ago, someone in a woodworking forum popped up and wondered how one would make a mechanism that would allow upright drawers to pull out and swivel like the ones in the picture.  I ended up being first into the thread and pointed out that it could easily and cheaply be done with a couple of t-tracks, some t-bolts and, if you wanted to be fancy, four bearings.  But nobody liked my $10 solution, everyone kept coming up with things that cost much, much more, ostensibly because it costs so much more, it must be better, right?

Not really.

Comic Review: Captain Britain & the Mighty Defenders #1-2

February 27th, 2016

This is a weird situation, clearly Captain Britain and the Mighty Defenders is supposed to be a takeoff of the Captain America and the Mighty Avengers, but I’m going to review this one first and the other one next week.  Don’t ask me why, it just happened that way.  Just accept it and move on.

So is this 2-issue mini any good, judging it as a stand alone title?  Let’s find out.

Movie Review: Batman: Bad Blood (2016)

February 25th, 2016

I never remember these when I think about doing reviews.  I do plenty of TV reviews and comic reviews and book reviews and movie reviews, but when it comes to animation, I tend to go blank and that’s not a good thing.  DC animation has been something that, at least at the beginning, was always amazing and something to look forward to, but as time has gone on, it’s become rather hit and miss in both animation quality and writing.  This time though, with Batman: Bad Blood, I wanted to take a look at the story and animation of this direct-to-Bluray and digital download release and see if DC Animation still has it.

Do Turners Just Like Making Shavings?

February 23rd, 2016

I spend a bunch of time on YouTube watching videos whenever I have a few extra minutes and I’ve been watching a lot of wood turning videos.  I honestly don’t do a lot of turning, I just don’t have time, although sometime I’d like to be able to spend more time at it, but it’s fun watching what other people can create.

Lately though, I’ve noticed a lot of different turners doing things that I’d consider very inefficient, just because it makes a lot of shavings.  In fact, in one recent video, I saw someone round out the top of a project, then instead of cutting off the protruding tenon, which was 4-5 inches long, they swung their rest around and ground down the entire tenon into shavings.  Why?

Can’t They Just Be Superheroes?

February 21st, 2016

I know I’ve brought this up before and will again, but I can’t be the only one who is genuinely sick and tired of superheroes, whether they be on TV, in the movies or in comic books, having their gender or race or sexual orientation pointed out again and again and again, just because they aren’t straight white males.

Shows like Supergirl and Agent Carter both beat you over the head over and over and over with the gender of their characters.  There is nothing subtle here.  In fact, I think it proves that the TV and movie producers are  convinced that the hardcore feminists and liberals are just stupid, they have to keep blatantly saying “see!  See! We’re giving you what you want!”

Comic Review: Age of Apocalypse #1-5 (2015)

February 20th, 2016

I’ll be honest, I’m not really a fan of revisiting old stories.  You told it already, we don’t need to go back and tell it again.  The original Age of Apocalypse was a classic take of 20 years ago, but now with Secret Wars, Marvel is milking every old story they can and this is no exception.

A “classic” 90s event, we return, at least in spirit, to Earth-295, where mutants are dying from a mysterious plague and it’s up to our heroes to save the day.

TV Thursday: Heroes Reborn Mini-Series

February 18th, 2016

We just re-watched the first season of the original Heroes in preparation for this mini-series event and while I was really hoping that this would be excellent, not like the last couple of seasons as the show slowly slid into craptasticness, I finally realized as I watched the opening that this mini has some built-in problems. Instead of being Heroes Reborn, it should have been Heroes Rebooted, where they just forgot the last three seasons ever happened.  But no, they had to deal with that nonsense and that crippled Reborn from the very first frame.

But even with everything inherently wrong with the concept, the first season of Heroes was, at least at the time, an amazing piece of television.

Unsympathetic Characters

February 16th, 2016

There’s a popular “rule” out there that in writing, you should never have your main character be unsympathetic, otherwise your readers cannot identify with or sympathize with their plight.  While in most circumstances, I suspect this is a good idea, after all, trying to cast Hitler as your protagonist is probably going to be a pretty hard sell, but as with all rules, they are made to be broken and I know that in my case, I’ve done it very effectively with my character Joe Orokamono. While he isn’t downright evil, he comes pretty darn close, yet people still seem to enjoy his exploits.  

Cost Analysis of Writing

February 14th, 2016

This has been going around the writing circles lately and I think it’s clear that there’s something seriously wrong with the conclusions.  Of course, the whole point of the article is “hey, let me sell you something” and I have nothing in particular against that, but you have to at least present accurate and honest data in a way that isn’t twisted to mean something that it  clearly does not mean.  I’m not accusing the writer of being dishonest, just of twisting the facts a little to make her product a bit more attractive.  So here’s why I don’t think that this particular cost analysis really means what people seem to think that it does.

Comic Review: Wolverines #1-20 (2014)

February 13th, 2016

Following the end of the vastly underwhelming Death of Wolverine storyline that I reviewed last year, Marvel did a 20-issue weekly series following the same set of characters trying to hunt down the adamantium-coated corpse of Wolverine, hoping that it could save their lives.

I pretty much panned the other mini-series that they did, really didn’t like any of these characters and frankly, only got this because I’m a completist, but now that I’ve read it, how is it?  Was it worth getting 20 issues of Wolverine-hunting action?  Here’s my look at Wolverines.

Cephus' Corner

A Place to Share my Geeky Side With the World. Comics, movies, TV, collecting, you name it, I indulge in it.